India-Pakistan: Islamic Militants on the Defensive

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February 7, 2006: India has moved another 5,000 troops out of Kashmir, because of the decline in activity by Islamic terrorists. This was due to better security on the border (partly due to new sensors bought from Israel), Moslems in Kashmir getting tired of years of terrorist activity, and the recent earthquakes across the border in Pakistani Kashmir, which destroyed or damaged the camps of the Islamic terrorists.

In Baluchistan, Pakistani police arrested 13 of the usual suspects (in the recent bus bombings and rocket attacks.)

In eastern India, battles between Maoist rebels and police have left over a over twenty dead in the last few days. Special police battalions are trying to find and destroy groups of Maoists who have become very active of late, attacking police and any officials who oppose them.

In northern Bangladesh, police arrested nine suspected Islamic terrorists. Also seized were weapons and bomb making materials.

February 6, 2006: Pakistani officials in Baluchistan (southwest Pakistan) blame increased tribal unrest on weapons and money coming from tribe base drug gangs across the border in Afghanistan, and India. The Indian connection is unlikely, but the Afghan one is not. A bomb went off in a Baluchistan bus, killing a 13 passengers, and wounding another 20.

February 5, 2006: In Pakistan (South Waziristan, along the Afghan border), three soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb.

February 2, 2006: Indian troops cornered and killed two Islamic terrorist leaders, Hilal Ahmad Magray and Riyaz Ahmad Bhat, in Kashmir. In Pakistani Baluchistan, tribal rebels fired some more rockets, killing eight people.

February 1, 2006: American military helicopters continue to move relief supplies in Kashmir, and have moved over 10,000 tons so far. This time of year, deliveries of fuel and food is a lifesaver, and great PR for the U.S. military. Islamic radicals cannot compete with the impact (visual and physical) of the helicopter relief flights.

Over the last few days in Baluchistan, tribal rebels fired some 250 rockets at natural gas fields and military bases. Most of the rockets were 42 pound, Russian designed 107mm unguided missiles. These are not accurate weapons, and this attack caused little damage, and only a few injuries.

 

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