November 07, 2008

Bad News In The Badlands

Khar, Pakistan:

A homicide bomber attacked a gathering of anti-militant Pakistani tribesmen Thursday, killing nine and wounding 45 in a northwestern region where the military has clashed with insurgents for months, officials said.

The attack in the Batmalai area of the Bajur tribal region was the latest to target tribal militias that have sprung up with government backing to take on Al Qaeda and Taliban fighters nested along the Afghan border.

Pakistan launched an offensive in Bajur three months ago to dismantle what it said was a virtual Taliban mini-state that is a source of militants flowing into Afghanistan.

The Salarzai tribesmen were preparing to stage an assault on local militant hide-outs when the blast occurred, said Iqbal Khattak, a government official. Malik Rahimullah, a tribal elder, said the bomb exploded as soon as armed contingents began to move.

He and officials initially said it appeared that a remote-controlled bomb was used, but later Khattak said mutilated body parts of an apparent homicide bomber were found, and that witnesses said they saw a young man rushing into the crowd before the explosion.

Amir Khan, a tribesman, said the scene was littered with severed limbs and that several tribal elders were among the dead.

After failing in their own efforts against the Taliban, al Qaeda, and related groups, the Pakistani military has attempted to spur a tribal rebellion against these groups akin to the "Awakening" movement in Iraq. These efforts will fail.


The question is whether or not the war in the tribal areas will spread into a civil war, and how secure Pakistan's nuclear warheads will be in the event of such a conflict.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at November 7, 2008 12:03 AM

...and with this, and Russia's rattling its saber again, it looks like Joe Biden was partially right for once. Barack Appeaser Obama will face an international test, but it won't be 6 months after the inauguration... it will be less than 6 days after the election!

Posted by: C-C-G at November 7, 2008 08:00 AM

All of that will end now that Hussein is in office. He will heal the planet...or at least let these primitives kill each other without interference from the USA.

Nukes? Hussein stopped development of Nukes back in 2009. That will stop them from attacking the USA!!

Posted by: iconoclast at November 7, 2008 11:33 AM

CY, Why do you think it will fail? An attack like that would piss me right off and send me on a kill mission to hunt down every taliban in a 100 mile radius. They'd spend days screaming for mercy.

Posted by: Tonto (USA) at November 7, 2008 06:48 PM