Tuesday, July 20, 2004

Afghan Refugees Forced to Flee in Push by Pakistani Army

I didn't mention this here, since it was during my latest long-term hiatus, but a few weeks ago, there was something going around about our liaisons with Pakistan and/or Afghanistan telling their government people that we'd really like to see some HVTs (High Value Targets) captured or killed before November, especially Osama bin Laden, and doing it around the time of the Democratic National Convention would be nice. (I'll dig out a link later tonight.)

Well, the DNC is next week, and look what I found in the news today:

Thousands of Afghan refugees have been forced from their homes in the border areas of Pakistan as the Pakistani Army, backed by United States intelligence and surveillance, has intensified its operations against supporters of Al Qaeda taking shelter in the mountainous region.
Some 25,000 people have poured into Afghanistan in the last few weeks from the tribal agency of South Waziristan where Pakistani forces, with American help, are battling a major concentration of foreign fighters and sympathetic local tribesmen, refugee officials said.
The Pakistani army, at the behest of the United States, has pushed into the normally autonomous tribal areas over the last five months, in an attempt to capture or kill an estimated 500 foreign fighters, and search for the Al Qaeda leader, Osama bin Laden, and his Egyptian deputy, Ayman al Zawahiri, often rumored to be sheltering in the area.
Wow, the amazing world of coincidence.

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