For the first time since 2009. a major offensive against Islamic militants in Pakistan’s tribal areas has been launched with close coordination between the military and the elected government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
The military campaign in North Waziristan, one of the tribal regions where Pakistani and Afghan Taliban and a whole host of foreign jihadis have lived for years, started two weeks ago with a bombing campaign.
This week saw the start of a ground offensive, with troops going house to house in the regional capital of Miranshah. Some 30,000 members of Pakistan’s military have been based in and around the city for years, but they never interfered with the activities of the militants who controlled at least half the town. Continue reading »