South Warzistan villages “surrounded”; India claims Pakistan sending terrorists into India; Karzai declared President, no runoff; Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan now “a state of seige”

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From Bill Roggio’s The Long War Journal, a report on the status of the war in South Waziristan: “The military said the towns of Makeen and Sararogha have been surrounded and forces are consolidating positions on the outskirts.Makeen is the hometown of Baitullah Mehsud, the former leader of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan who was killed by US strike aircraft on Aug. 5. Baitullah was replaced by Hakeemullah Mehsud, while Waliur Rehman Mehsud took control of South Waziristan. The operation has been focused on one branch of the Pakistani Taliban in South Waziristan. The military signed peace agreements with South Waziristan’s Mullah Nazir and North Waziristan’s Hafiz Gul Bahadar. The Haqqani family is also being left untouched. These Taliban commanders shelter al Qaeda leaders and host training camps for the terrorists.”

Pakistan Taliban Influence Map, May 2009, by BBC Urdu Service
Pakistan Taliban Influence Map, May 2009 (BBC Urdu Service Map)

The War Widens Again:
Pak still pushing terrorists into India: AK Antony ” Pakistan continues to push in trained terrorists from a large number of terror camps across the border into India, defence minister A K Antony said on Monday, “Even now, not only the terrorist camps are operating there, (but) there are continuous efforts to push a large number of trained terrorists into Jammu and Kashmir and India. “It is a serious matter, it is a matter of concern to us. So to prevent that, whatever steps (are) needed we are taking,”

Four More Years
: Afghan President Hamid Karzai was declared winner of the country’s second election Monday by the country’s electoral commission after it decided to scrap a planned run-off ballot. ‘We declare that Mr Hamid Karzai, who won the majority of votes in the first round, and is the only candidate in the second round, is the elected president of Afghanistan,’ Independent Election Commission chairman Azizullah Ludin said.

Fear of violence turns Islamabad into besieged city
An onslaught of militant violence has transformed Pakistan’s capital from a sleepy oasis to something of a city under siege, with its tree-lined streets barricaded, schools shuttered and jittery residents wondering when the next attack will come. The fear shows how Taliban and al-Qaeda-led insurgents based along the Afghan border have brought the war into Pakistan’s political and diplomatic heart, something they hope will force the government to halt a new army offensive into their stronghold.

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