Saturday, October 17, 2009

New conflict along Af-Pak border

The Pakistan government is finally turning up the heat on the Taliban and al-Qaeda along the Afghanistan/Pakistan border.

This is just what the region has been needing. Supposedly this time they are going to employ a more effective strategy, not just clearing but actually holding the areas they clear. This worked well in Iraq and needs to be a focus for Afghanistan, as well.

This isn't the first time the Pakistan government has tried to do something with this lawless area along the Afghan border. They have failed their previous attempts and always end up cutting deals with the Taliban and affiliated groups. Let's hope this time they are far more effective militarily than they have been in the past and this time they don't make any deals with these extremist groups. We definitely can't afford another loss in the region.

Article at the Washington Post

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