In Pakistan's South Waziristan, along the Afghan border,
helicopter gunships attacked three Taliban camps, killing, killing at least
thirty "foreign fighters." No ground troops went in to collect more
information. The tribes are supposed to keep the foreign terrorists out, and
the government is not supposed to make attacks like, according to a peace deal
made with the tribes four months ago.
faces the real possibility of political collapse and civil war, if the January
22 elections are not accepted as fair by most of the population. Polarized
political parties are increasing relying on large demonstrations to protest. If
there is a total breakdown in order, the Islamic radicals have a shot at
seizing more power.
15, 2007: In Pakistan, roadblocks manned by Taliban gunmen, near the
Afghan border, are used to extort money, and search for enemies (police spies,
or tribesmen they don't agree with). This is causing some uneasiness in the
tribal territories, and a call for the government to do something about it. The
Pakistani government insists that the Pakistani Taliban are a separate problem
from the Afghan Taliban.
15, 2007: Indian generals complain that half their 1.2 million troops are
already tied down in counter-terror operations in the northwest (against
Islamic terrorists) and northeast (against tribal separatists), and have not
got the manpower to help police deal with the increasingly violent Maoist
rebels in eastern and southern India. The Maoist gangs are popular in many
poor, and rural, parts of India. The Maoists are something like Robin Hood, in
that they attack the local gentry, for the benefit of the poor, and the
Moaists. The army considers the Maoists a police problem, and that they will
14, 2007: Four members of Pakistan's Atomic Energy Commission were kidnapped by
13, 2007: Pakistan is moving ahead with its plan to build a security fence on
the Afghan border, in order to stop the Taliban and al Qaeda raids from camps
inside Pakistan, which Pakistan insists do not exist.
southeast India, police killed another Maoist leader, along with three of his
12, 2007: The U.S. has again publicly accused Pakistan of ignoring Taliban and
al Qaeda camps on its territory. In private, American officials badger the
Pakistanis with more detailed evidence. The Pakistanis protest that an attack
on those camps could trigger a tribal uprising among the Pushtun and Baluchi
tribes (together, about ten percent of the countrys population). The U.S. is
sympathetic to this, but American officials also have political pressure to
defeat the Taliban and al Qaeda.