India-Pakistan: Tribal War

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April 23, 2006: Fighting continues in southwest Pakistan, where Baluchi tribesmen are rebelling against government control of local oil and gas fields. The tribes want more money, and the government has sent in more troops. At this point, most of the action is low level. This is mostly sniping and small bombs.

April 22, 2006: In Pakistan's northwest tribal areas, rebel tribesmen blew up a railroad bridge, cutting rail traffic to Karachi and Lahore.

April 20, 2006: In northwest Pakistan, rebellious tribesmen ambushed an army convoy, killing seven soldiers and wounding 26. The army has been on the move across the tribal territories, looking for Islamic terrorists (both Pakistani and foreign) and tribal leaders who oppose government control in the tribal areas.

April 18, 2006: An Islamic terrorist, Muhammad Yousaf, wanted by Turkey, was handed over to Turkey for prosecution. Yousaf was captured on January 28th in the northwest tribal territories, during a sweep looking for Islamic terrorists.

April 16, 2006: In Indian Kashmir, police killed Aftab Ansari, the head of Islamic terrorist group JEM. Since Pakistan agreed to cut support to the Islamic terrorists, the Indian police have been taking apart these groups piece by piece. Meanwhile, moderate Moslems in Kashmir are negotiating their grievances with the Indians, and the Islamic terrorists are too weak to stop this.

April 15, 2006: The Pakistani army has sent over 10,000 troops, and even more tribal militiamen, into action in the northwest tribal territories. The force is trying to capture Islamic terrorists hiding in the area. Tribesmen loyal to Islamic radicals, or just unhappy with government presence in their territory, are resisting. But the army has dozens of helicopter gunships and transport helicopters, which are a major advantage in this kind of fighting. But many tribesmen are willing to work with the government.

 

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