Discussion in 'Current Affairs' started by Jenny_Dabber, Dec 16, 2008.
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Why would Taliban militants bother to surround a burnt house unless the hit had been on a legitimate target and they wanted to deny INTEL?
Sounds like a good call to me!
Perhaps if Pakistan did more to control their border areas these drone strikes inside Pakistan would become unnecessary
And the problem is?
The FATA have never been well controlled, the Raj administration only really gained some control in the latter part of the 19th Century and were limited to air superiority missions into the 1920s. In the 20s and 30s the region was essentially autonomous and was one of the major targets for German interference as it helped undermine Raj authority along the strategic routes to Kabul, Dushanbe and Tashkent as well as threatening the route to Persia.
One of the major security issues in the FATA is that the threats are indistinguishable from anyone else and the tribes protecting allied facilities by day are rebranding at night.
Notwithstanding the ''hearts and minds'' value of showing an interest is there any assurance that those surrounding the house were Taleban? The nature of relationships in the FATA are extremely fluid and it could have been any collection of armed individuals.
Anyway, think about the practicality. If you're wanting to run a collection on a location, it's generally not the brightest move to blow it up first. Running a collection would have needed boots on the ground, so put them in first rather than announce the threat by blowing the place up.
Cheers for the insight karma. In response to broadsides comments, on Panorama last night a senior pakistani official cited that when a compound/village whatever has been hit by coalition jets the Taliban then return and remove their dead. Perhaps that is the reason for their return in this case. He also mentioned that they also openly display dead women and children so that they score on the propoganda front. Peace cannot be established without speaking to the enemy powers at be.
IMHO its a no win situation
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