South Waziristan War Run by General Petraeus?; The “Wali” of Swat, Maiangul Aurangzeb blames the U.S.; A description of South Waziristan

Is General Petraeus in charge of the attack plans? Read’s reporting this:
WASHINGTON: Gen David Petraeus, head of the US Central Command, leaves for Pakistan on Monday for talks with Pakistani commanders who are conducting a major operation against the extremists in South Waziristan. The decision to send Gen Petraeus, who was treated for prostrate cancer last week, shows the importance Washington attaches to this operation in an area it describes as an Al Qaeda safe haven.
…the US is rushing in equipment that would help with mobility, night fighting and precision bombing, while a senior military spokesman told reporters that the Pentagon was closely monitoring the operation. Read full story here

South Waziristan Area, over 6,000 square kilomteters  -Photo Online

South Waziristan Area, over 6,000 square kilomteters -Photo Online

The terrain and people of South Waziristan
South Waziristan is the stronghold of the Tehrik-i-Taliban,
an alliance of more than a dozen militant groups that is fighting the government. The Taliban have been responsible for a wave of violence across the country.

Miangul Aurangzeb, who was the “Wali”, the ruler of Swat Valley before it became part of Pakistan says that the blames former President Pervez Mushrraf and the United States for the bulk of Pakistan’s troubles with the Taliban. “They should not have involved Pakistan in Afghanistan’s affairs. If they (the U.S.) wanted to bomb Afghanistan, they could have done it from America,” he said.

“Pakistan produced the Taliban to help America throw the Russians out. And then Musharraf stabbed them in the back to please the Americans. Now the Taliban are taking revenge,” said Aurangzeb, with a raised voice for added emphasis. “Revenge is a very important factor. They (the Taliban) have been let down by Pakistan.” He claims Musharraf allowed the Taliban to grow in strength in order to frighten President George W. Bush into giving him more money and weapons.

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

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