India-Pakistan: July 26, 2004

Archives

Pakistani troops continue to skirmish with hostile tribesmen on the Afghan border. The army is looking for up to 600 foreigners, Islamic radicals who have been hiding out in the region for years. Many are Taliban and al Qaeda who fled Afghanistan in late 2001. There are hundreds of villages and isolated walled compounds along the hundreds of  kilometers of border. Every one of these villages and compounds contains armed men who may resist violently. The army doesn't want to start a war with the tribes, and to avoid that, they proceed slowly. Army officers attempt negotiations with tribal elders. If that fails, then roads and traffic are blocked. When tribesmen shoot at the troops, the troops then move against villages and compounds. If any foreigners were their, they are usually gone by the time the troops search the premises. But clues and tips and collected, and after enough months of this, the foreigners will run out of places to hide, and some will be captured. But all this border violence is unpopular with many Pakistanis. But these are the same Pakistanis who back Islamic radicals who have tried to kill Pakistani president Musharraf, so it's war. 

 

Article Archive

India-Pakistan: Current 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 


X

ad
0
20

Help Keep Us Soaring

We need your help! Our subscription base has slowly been dwindling. We need your help in reversing that trend. We would like to add 20 new subscribers this month.

Each month we count on your subscriptions or contributions. You can support us in the following ways:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage. A contribution is not a donation that you can deduct at tax time, but a form of crowdfunding. We store none of your information when you contribute..
Subscribe   Contribute   Close