Next stop – Peshawar

by Dafydd on 11/11/2009 · 3 comments

I have been wondering how it was going in South Waziristan and went surfing to see what I could find out. has this take on the situation.

Basically, they are saying that to releive the pressure they are feeling in South Waziristan, the TTP are opening a new front in the south/south west suburbs of Peshawar.

This is good news in the sense that the Pakistani military has exerted serious pressure in South Waziristan ( implies that while there is pretty stiff resistance to the advance, there has also been significant dispersal to North Waziristan).

This sort of tactic has been used by Pakistani militants before with much success (Swat anyone?). Perhaps ‘things will be different this time’.

In the meantime the IDPs from Bajaur are left to rot. Who knows, perhaps some benevolent scholar will enroll the next generation in a madrassa?

Think of them when you eat your meal this evening.

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AJK November 11, 2009 at 11:23 pm

Not to be a jerk, but the hyperlink for “rot” is broken, and I’m curious to read it.

I also can’t help but think that the whole counter-insurgency is turning into a sliding puzzle.
You know, keep pushing things into a different area, and then a different area, in the hope that one of the areas will unlock the whole puzzle. Except there are no IDPs in one of those.

Dafydd November 12, 2009 at 4:06 am


I should learn to deal with hyperlinks better…

About the sliding puzzle, it does seem a little bit like that. I suppose that is why insurgents (here or anywhere) get a distinct advantage when they can operate cross border. That takes a lot of spaces/puzzle pieces away from the conventional force.

omar November 12, 2009 at 2:25 pm

The army lacks the ability to tackle all their beloved islamist assets at one go, but until this point I am not convinced that they even have the WILL to do so. They have not yet given up on the good taliban and the good jihadis and of course, the good ones are happy to give shelter to the bad ones so the show goes on. The fact that known ISI mouthpieces are working so hard at creating an anti-american, hypernationalist information environment is not a good sign. It may be that these are now ex-mouthpieces but the fact remains that their effectiveness would evaporate if the army visibly distanced itself from them. The fact that the army has done no such thing makes one suspect all claims that they are “now convinced that all terrrorists have to be eliminated”. If they were that convinced, why would their pets like Ahmed Qureshi and Zaid Hamid be going around sowing total confusion?

The only other possibility is that this is some kind of demented psyops operation, meant to confuse the jihadi element in the army and the establishment, but if it is, it is having the opposite effect…

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