News from South Waziristan?; U.S. Throwing Karazi “Under the Bus”?

The War in South Waziristan news is coming from the Pakistan Government. No one knows what is happening there. Investigate the Swat Valley War and tell us what happened there? What are the results? How much infrastructure is ruined? Drinkable water? Any crops left? Any livestock? What is the Human Condition? From this, we can see what will be the results in South Waziristan. Would someone report on this please?

South Waziristan Meeting of Tribesmen, Google photo, unknown date

South Waziristan Meeting of Tribesmen, Google photo, unknown date

This is what we know: UNITED NATIONS, Oct 16: The United Nations said on Friday that there had been new outflows of people from South Waziristan this week in anticipation of military operation against insurgents. According to one report, over 250, 000 people have fled South Waziristan so far. Andrej Mahecic, a spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), said that as of early September, more than 80,000 displaced people from South Waziristan had been registered by local authorities in Dera Ismail Khan and Tank areas of the NWFP. Earlier this year, more than two million Pakistanis were displaced by the conflict between government forces and insurgents in the NWFP. Many of them have since returned to their homes. Another story “Displaced tell of fear after 100,000 flee army assault”…I decided to leave when my neighbour’s house was destroyed by jet fighters,’ said Rahim Dad Mehsud, a labourer from Tiarza who said he walked three days to leave South Waziristan with 12 relatives. Mehsud, who comes from the same tribe as Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud and whose members are a leading faction in the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) movement, said ordinary civilians were the victims of a pointless operation.

Why South Waziristan offensive won’t help US in Afghanistan Pakistan’s offensive into South Waziristan is targeting the terrorists who have wreaked havoc in Pakistan during recent weeks and not those attacking American troops in Afghanistan. None of the three terror groups singled out as the greatest threat to American troops – according to the commander of US forces in Afghanistan – is based in South Waziristan.

Quetta, Balochistan next for Drone attacks? A town of 750,000 Baloch/Pakistani’s? The Swedes don’t think so. In a Washington Post story today “…United States would focus on counterterrorism operations against al-Qaeda with drones or Special Forces. “Why are there no Predator strikes in Peshawar or Quetta? Because it can’t be done,” said Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, whose country currently represents the European Union. “But we know leaders of al-Qaeda and the Taliban are hiding in those urban areas. I fail to see that as a viable strategy.”

US warning on Afghan poll results The US wants a resolution to the Afghan election crisis before it commits more troops.The US may not commit to sending more troops to Afghanistan until a “credible and legitimate” government is in place in the country, a top White House official has said. The warning from Barack Obama’s chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, comes as international pressure grows on political leaders in Afghanistan to resolve the country’s deepening election crisis.Appearing on US television talk shows on Sunday, Emanuel said that it would “irresponsible and reckless” to decide on US troop level when Afghanistan remains politically unstable. From Haroon Siddiqui at thestar.com: “…We are left only to argue whether Hamid Karzai’s election was less, or more, tainted than Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s. We do know this: the latter runs a far less corrupt regime than the former. That’s why part of the Afghan insurgency is directed at the Karzai cartel.”

See our other stories on South Waziristan here, here, here and here.

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