Friday, September 17, 2010

Drone Strikes in N. Waziristan

The Long War Journal has as always a great piece about the what seems like daily strikes in the region this month. I would like to take it a step further and say that it is a concentrated effort to go after the Haqqani network. The HIG is active on both sides of the border but is considered part of the "good" Taliban because the do not launch attacks in Pakistan. There is evidence of a concerted effort in Pakistan to go after the HIG that is being supported by strikes in the Haqqani strong hold. The special ops, conventional arms, and drone strikes are not just going after high value targets but I think are trying to make it uncomfortable for any member if the HIG and any group working with them. It is more than just going after high level leaders but an effort to degrade them overall working to cut the head off of the snake while also chopping up the body.

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