The Waziristan Sideshow Gets Underway

[This is the second attack on an Army convoy in Ladha in less than a week (SEE:  Army Convoy Bombed On “Abdullah Mehsud” Group Home Turf).  These attacks follow on the heels of the recent Army assault upon the remnants of Qari Zainullah’s forces, family and friends who were holed-up on at Jhangi Syedan, a mountain  two kilometers  from Abbottabad. where they were relocated by the Army after Qari Zain’s burial at a Shia cemetary (SEE:  Zainuddin Mehsuds’ brother, cousins arrested).  It doesn’t pay to lead an anti-TTP lashkar in Waziristan.   If Pakistan were a normal country, then one might wonder why the Army would suddenly turn on their former assets, just one week after the bin Laden raid,  but Pakistan is nothing like a “normal” country.  The Army was obviously picking a fight with the only remaining Mehsud militants who were still in S. Waziristan, even though these Mehsuds were mortal enemies of the criminal Mehsuds, Hakeemullah’s gang.  It was obvious that this double-cross would inspire retaliation, which we are now seeing in Ladha. 

In order to fake a military campaign in S. Waziristan, after most of the militant gangs have already been chased-out, someone had to be attacking the Army.  Apparently, the Army had to call upon its primary asset, the real Afghan Taliban to carry-out the more convincing large-scale cross-border attacks which have been taking place regularly since the Abbottabad raid.  Pakistan practices a cruel brand of psywar against its tribes, especially against its militant militias.  It relies upon them to provide the last line of defense (“strategic depth”), even though the Army turns its guns upon them on a semi-regular basis, in order to provoke the violent reactions they need to continue sucking-up US defense dollars.

There is a very ugly new game unfolding in Waziristan (North and South) and it remains to be seen whether the US is willing to go along at this point.  If the new plan is really to use the Haqqanis to go after the TTP, instead of cleaning-out the Haqqanis, what will Obama have to say?]

South Waziristan clash kills two soldiers, six militants

 

South Waziristan was the main sanctuary for the Pakistani Taliban before the military launched a large ground offensive in October 2009. But attacks against security forces have continued in the area. — Photo by AFP

PESHAWAR: Security forces killed six militants after insurgents attacked a military checkpost in the South Waziristan tribal region on the Afghan border, killing two soldiers, DawnNews reported.

The attack occurred in the tribal region’s Ladha area.

South Waziristan was the main sanctuary for the Pakistani Taliban before the military launched a large ground offensive in October 2009. But attacks against security forces have continued in the area.

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