US seeking to expand raids into Pakistan

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  1. maomao

    maomao Veteran Hunter of Maleecha Senior Member

    Apr 7, 2010
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    WASHINGTON: Top US military commanders in Afghanistan are seeking to expand ground raids by Special Operations Forces across the border in Pakistan’s tribal areas, The New York Times reported Monday.

    Amid growing US frustration with Pakistan’s lackluster efforts at removing militants from strongholds there, the officials are proposing to escalate military activities in the nuclear-armed nation, the Times said in its online edition.

    US forces have been largely restricted to limited covert operations and unmanned drone strikes in Pakistan due to fears of retaliation from a population that often holds strong anti-American sentiment in a country rife with militants.

    Even these limited operations have provoked angry reactions from Pakistani officials. The drones are believed to be largely operated by the CIA.

    Amid a looming July deadline for American troops to begin withdrawing from Afghanistan, military and political leaders pointed to a renewed sense of urgency.

    Military commanders told the newspaper that the Special Operations plan — which has not yet been approved — could help them secure much-needed intelligence if militants were captured, brought back across the border into Afghanistan and interrogated.

    US officials said they were particularly keen to capture — rather than kill — militant leaders from the Taliban or the Haqqani network in order to obtain intelligence about future operations.

    “We’ve never been as close as we are now to getting the go-ahead to go across,” a senior US officer said.

    But a senior official from President Barack Obama’s administration said he did not favor cross-border operations, saying they have been mostly “counterproductive” unless they targeted top al Qaeda leaders.

    The official also worried that political fallout in Pakistan over the operations could counter any tactical gains.

    CIA-backed Afghan militias, previously believed to only carry out intelligence-gathering operations, have also crossed the border into Pakistan’s tribal belt during secret missions, including one in which a militia destroyed a militant weapons cache, officials told the Times.

    An Afghan political leader said one of the raids by the Paktika Defense Force — one of six CIA-trained Afghan militias — was initiated to capture a Taliban commander in Pakistan. The mission was ultimately unsuccessful but Pakistani militants opened fire on the Afghans.

    Another CIA-backed force near the eastern Afghan province of Khost was recently deployed in the mountains along the Pakistan border, where it is due to try to intercept Taliban fighters during the winter, an American military officer told the Times, saying the militia has so far proven effective.
  3. Bangalorean

    Bangalorean Stars and Ambassadors Stars and Ambassadors

    Nov 28, 2010
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    Hm. It's about time...
  4. sesha_maruthi27

    sesha_maruthi27 Senior Member Senior Member

    Aug 15, 2010
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    Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh(INDIA)
    Think the americans will finally decide to launch a full scale military attack on pakistan..............
  5. divya

    divya Regular Member

    Dec 16, 2010
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    No way. They are not in condition to do that. They are already stuck up in Af and Iraq and are in no condition to open the third front. Another reason being their supply lines are from Pakistan. Then there is nuclear angle. Because as soon as Americans try that Pakistan will try to take Israel and India hostage on its nuclear weapons.
  6. Virendra

    Virendra Moderator Moderator

    Oct 16, 2010
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    Delhi, India, India
    Americans won't even try it. They're in no mindset to escalate the already aggravated situation. They just want a cheap, quick and safe exit with marketing of thier efforts as successful.
  7. IBM

    IBM Regular Member

    Jul 21, 2009
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    Why ask pakistani offficals .They are burried under $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$. Just attack on NWFP and noth waziristan. get those responsible .

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