Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Pakistan Also Losing War

Pakistan Lets Tribal Chiefs Keep Control Along Border - New York Times:
The agreement, reached a day before a visit by President Pervez Musharraf to Afghanistan, will be presented by the government as proof of Pakistan’s effort to deal with militancy and terrorism. Relations with President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan have been strained this year as the insurgency in southern and eastern Afghanistan has swelled.

The military moved into the tribal areas three years ago in an effort to curb militants who were using the territory as a base for attacks on Afghanistan, but it has faced fierce resistance, losing some 500 soldiers in the fighting.
So, let me get this straight. They couldn't stop the Talibani from invading Afghanistan, so they made a deal with them to stop the raids if they withdrew? I have a feeling the central government in Pakistan needs some lessons in military history and terminology. Can you say, "surrender?"

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