Indian counter-terror operations
against Maoists in eastern and southern states has put the terrorists on the
defensive. The Maoists appear to have adopted an assassination tactic, going
after commanders of counter-terror organizations, police and political parties
that are hurting the communist rebels the most. The Maoists have been violent for
the last six years, resulting in nearly a thousand rebels, security personnel
and civilians dying, and thousands more wounded. There's been a lot of property
damage, as the Maoists sustain themselves by extorting money from businesses.
October 14, 2007: Near the north Indian city of
Amritsar, a bomb went off in a crowded movie theater, killing six. Two days,
another theater in the region was bombed, killing two. Islamic terrorists, who
disapprove of movies and music, are suspected.
October 13, 2007: In Pakistans tribal areas,
attempts to arrange a truce failed and Taliban tribesmen made attacks on
several army road blocks. Over the last few days, a group of Taliban fought
with a kidnapping gang, leaving over a dozen dead. The Taliban try to improve their
image by going after criminal gangs that the police appear unable to deal with.
Some of these gangs are protected by a powerful tribe, so the Taliban is
declaring war on the tribe by going after these bandits.
In South Waziristan, tribal gunmen released another
30 soldiers, out of a group of over 200 who had been trapped and captured weeks
ago. The tribesmen are trying to force the army to shut down roadblocks in
their tribal territory.
October 12, 2007: In Kashmir, a bomb went off in an
army camp, killing seven soldiers. In the past few days, nearly a dozen Islamic
terrorists have been killed in the area, as well as at least four soldiers.
October 11, 2007: In Pakistans tribal areas along
the Afghan border, tribal elders tried to arrange a truce. Its not so much the
fighting, which is restricted to a few areas, but the army roadblocks that are
choking trade. There are food shortages, and merchants are complaining about
lost business. While the tribal elders care about this, their Taliban opponents
October 10, 2007: In Pakistans pro-Taliban border
region, a bomb went off in a CD shop. Damaging over three dozen other CD shops.
The merchants complained that they had received letters demanding that they
close, because music and videos are un-Islamic. Sixteen people were injured.
October 9, 2007: In Pakistans North Waziristan,
near the Afghan border, three days of fighting in a Taliban held town have left
about 250 dead. About 20 percent of the dead are soldiers, 60 percent armed
tribesmen and the rest civilians. Pakistan is trying to break the power of
Islamic militant groups that have been terrorizing the tribal leaders in the