August 15, 2008: Pakistan believes their combat operations in
Bajaur have killed senior Al Qaeda leader Abu Mustafa Al Yazid. The dead man is
an Egyptian, the number three man in al Qaeda, who has long been sought by American and
Pakistani counter-terror forces. Elsewhere in the Bajaur region, over 100,000
civilians have fled the fighting. The army is quick to use artillery and
warplanes in places like Bajaur, and the Islamic terrorist fighters try to use
civilians as human shields. So the civilians have learned it's best to flee
when the fighting starts. The Pakistani Army has still not developed, much less
carried out, a strategic plan to deal with the growing Islamic radical
rebellion in the tribal areas along the Afghan border. But the army is
responding to Islamic radical attempts to push the military out of the region.
The U.S. continues to press the Pakistanis for permission to operate on both
sides of the border. The Americans don't demand a public announcement of such
permission. A more discreet deal would do. Some people in the region believe
that such a deal has already been made. But it's difficult to tell, as the
border area has few roads, and lots of hard-to-reach places where anything can
August 14, 2008: In Assam (northeast India), tribal separatists
have apparently established links with Maoist groups in eastern India. The
Maoists are showing the tribal rebels better ways to be rebellious.
August 13, 2008: In Lahore, Pakistan, a suicide bomber killed
nine and wounded 35.
August 12, 2008: In Kashmir, India, weeks of unrest over a
religious dispute (involving land around a Hindu temple), between Hindus and
Moslems continues. At least 13 have died, and over 200 wounded in violent
Near the Afghan border, an American missile
hit an Islamic radical training camp, killing at least ten terrorists.
Outside Peshawar, Pakistan, a roadside
bomb killed 13 people in a bus, including six air force personnel, and wounded
twelve more. Al Qaeda claimed responsibility, as the bus mainly carried air
August 11, 2008: Outside Peshawar, Pakistan, an Islamic
radical died when the bomb he was planting apparently short circuited, and went
off. Three others were wounded, one of them also apparently, an Islamic
August 10, 2008: After four days of fighting in the Bajaur
district of Pakistan (north of Peshawar, the largest city in the area, near the
Afghan border, some of the government forces have retreated. The Pakistanis
used hundreds of locally recruited frontier guards, and dozens of these were
captured or deserted. The fighting began when pro-Taliban tribesman attacked a police
checkpoint. The army responded with more troops and helicopter gunships. Over a
hundred tribesmen were killed. The hills and forests of Bajaur have long hidden
many Taliban and al Qaeda operatives.
In Pakistan's Swat valley, groups of
Islamic terrorist gunmen continue to wander around attacking security forces.
Today, eight police were shot to death when a group of Islamic gunmen attacked a
police check point at night.
August 8, 2008: Pakistani police arrested eight terrorist
suspects in Punjab (outside the tribal areas), and seized four suicide bomber
belts. The suspects were apparently planning kidnappings as well as suicide