Say goodbye, Taliban

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    Gilani Says Pakistan Will Defeat Taliban; 700 Militants Killed

    By Khalid Qayum and Ed Johnson

    May 11 (Bloomberg) -- Pakistan’s Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani said the army will defeat Taliban militants after his government disclosed that troops backed by helicopter gun ships in the northwest killed more than 700 guerillas in the past two weeks.

    “We were left with no option but to start the operation because the very existence of the country was at stake,” Gilani told lawmakers in the capital, Islamabad, today. “No matter how strong these terrorists are, they cannot stand up to the army.”

    About 700 militants were killed and 20 soldiers died in the last two weeks, Interior Minister Rehman Malik told reporters in Islamabad today. The operation against militants is “making headway successfully” as 52 Taliban gunmen were killed in the last 24 hours, the army said in a statement from Rawalpindi today.

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    what? they didn't throw out any propaganda about "innocent civillians" you mean Pakastani army can artfully weave it's way around innocent civillians??
     
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    Too bad Pakistan is so busy trying to prove they can do everything on their own. The Taliban is caught between the Pakistan Army and our military. A joint effort to crush these thugs would work rather well.
     
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    15,000 army troops with tanks, helicopters, and planes should be able to defeat 5,000 Taliban.

    It is probably better politically for Pakistan to do it themselves.
     
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    It would work well from the tactical standpoint, but undermine the credibility of the Pakistan Government among the people.

    If the Pakistan army can rid the word of these subhumans, though, I say more power to them.
     
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    Isn't that what we said? We may have done a lot of damage, but the remaining members just moved their act to Pakistan and are the ones of which we now speak.

    It will be interesting to see if Iran lets them slip across their border.
     
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    do you really think it is that simple...we kill enough of them ..they are gone? history proves that wrong...if one simply looks at the terrain being discussed you will understand more of the problems of attack ...retreat....the pakis don not want to stop ..if anything they will end up joining them...the government is shakey....both on action and truth
     
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    The Pakistani army doesn't want to destroy the Talibani, just keep them in their place, remind them who is in charge.

    To understand the origin of the Taliban is to understand what is going on. The nation of Pakistan is made of many ethnic groups groups ( Punjabis 60%, Pashtuns 14%, Sindhis 12%, Balochs 4%). Pakistan wants to maintain a religious identity.

    In Afghanistan, the Pakistanis offered to send aid after the Russian invasion , but only to those Islamist groups, not the secular or nationalist. (Prior to the Russian invasion, pictures of Kabul show a western appearing city.) Thus Afghanistan became islamist, and the Taliban formed, four years before the CIA decided to train and support them.

    The Pakistani army supports the Talibani, and created same in Afghanistan. If the crazies try to actually take over the country, the army will mercilessly put them down- but not destroy them: they are useful against the real enemy- India.
     

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