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Pakistani Soldiers Retake Parts Of Swat

From a disappointed Associated Press:

Pakistani soldiers stand guard on top of a mountain overlooking the Swat valley at Banai Baba Ziarat area in northwest Pakistan.

Pakistani troops retake ‘bloody intersection’

By Asif Shahzad, Associated Press Writer

ISLAMABAD – Pakistani troops battling the Taliban have captured several points in the Swat Valley’s main town, the army said Sunday, including a spot nicknamed "bloody intersection" because militants routinely dumped the mutilated bodies of their victims there.

Elsewhere in the northwest, helicopter gunships pounded alleged militant hide-outs in a tribal region, killing at least 18 people, while police said they had captured an important militant commander and six other Taliban fighters…

The operation in Swat has strong support from Washington, and retaking Mingora, the valley’s main commercial hub and urban center, is considered critical to its success.

A military statement Sunday said forces moving from street to street secured eight crossings while encountering at least 12 roadside bombs. One secured spot is Green Chowk, which earned the "bloody intersection" tag due to the terrifying spectacle of the Taliban victims.

Five suspected militants were killed in various parts of Mingora while 14 others were arrested, the army said. Overall in the valley, 10 militants were killed in the past 24 hours while three security troops died, it said…

The army also said that its forces had entered Piochar village, a hub in a remote part of Swat that is considered the rear base for Swat Taliban leader Maulana Fazlullah. A large cache of arms was recovered from suspected militant hide-outs and a bomb-making factory was unearthed, the military statement said…

At least six civilians were among the 18 dead, he said, adding that the targeted spots were strongholds of Hakeemullah Mehsud, a deputy to Pakistani Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud. Hundreds fled the area amid the fighting, he said.

Also Sunday, police in nearby Charsadda district said they caught seven Taliban militants during a raid on a religious school. They included Qari Ihsanullah, a Taliban commander suspected in attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan, Charsadda police Chief Riaz Khan said.

"We recovered three suicide jackets, explosives and assault rifles," he said of the Saturday night raid.

The military says about 1,100 suspected insurgents have died so far in the month-long offensive in Swat and neighboring districts. It has not given any tally of civilian deaths, and it’s unclear how it is separating regular citizens killed from militants…

Remember all the lectures we got from the Pakistanis as well as our own media masters?

We were supposed to learn from them that surrendering to the terrorists was the most effective course.

What’s changed?

Speaking of our media’s endless duplicity, ever notice how it is always “suspected militant” and just plain “civilians” – who are killed?

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, May 24th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Pakistani Soldiers Retake Parts Of Swat”

  1. catie says:

    What’s changed is now the so called masters of the media have their guy in so everything he does or kills is great! You know there was an article in Thursdays Washington Times about the USO and how now that the messiah is in, the celebs can’t wait to go to Iraq and Afghanistan to entertain the troops. WTH? It’s all good now that their guy is in just like the puppet media.

  2. canary says:

    Sacrificing children into the belly of the beast. Schools sure are a pattern with these barbarians. Obama sacrificing little babys. Obama Obama Bad Karma.

  3. MinnesotaRush says:

    “..because militants routinely dumped the mutilated bodies of their victims there.”

    Hey!!!! Did I read “mutilated bodies”?!?!

    Where’s all these Geneva Convention experts??? .. Human Rights groups???

    Oh yeah .. they’re at the ACLU luncheon.

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