Apr 29 2006
The hottest battlefront in the GWOT has been in northern Pakistan, in the once unruly Tribal Regions. Apparently Musharraf has been able to take control of that reqion.
The Pakistan Army is in full control in the troubled tribal region of Waziristan, where 324 militants have been killed in operations over the past nine months, officials said on Saturday.
The military made the claim as they accompanied a team of foreign journalists to Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan near the border with Afghanistan.
Miranshah was the scene of fierce battles between pro-Taliban militants and the army in March which killed 145 militants including 23 foreigners, chief military spokesman Major General Shaukat Sultan told reporters. He said up to 1,500 militants had attacked Miranshah and described the March 4-8 clashes as the heaviest in the region.
In April near Miranshah, the military said it had killed senior Al Qaeda operative and explosives expert Muhsin Musa Matwalli Atwah, indicted in the United States over the 1998 twin embassy bombings in east Africa.
If so, then any foreign fighters in the area, such as Bin Laden and Zawahirir, will either be rounded up soon or have been chased someplace else. Anytime they are forced to break cover it presents an opportunity for us to nab them.Â Much more here.