Monday, May 30, 2011

Pakistan ready to launch an operation against a sanctuary for al Qaeda

Pakistan has decided to launch a military operation in North Waziristan near the Afghan border, "a sanctuary for al Qaeda and the Taliban. United States had long been demanding Islamabad to act in this area to encircle the Haqqani network, one of the bloodiest Afghan factions against American troops in Afghanistan, according to a local newspaper.

After the initial reluctance of Pakistan, have decided to take the step to launch the offensive after discovering that Bin Laden was hiding in its territory and the pressures of Washington. According to the newspaper, which quoted "sources of all solvency Pakistani military aircraft targeted launch attacks from the air before it came to a terrestrial phase.

If the operation is carried out, will be the first time in the current war against militancy "that foreign troops set foot on Pakistani soil with the consent of the country. This could pose a great risk to the Pakistani generals. Following the recent operation against the leader of Al Qaeda, Pakistan has suffered some criticism.

Some think that any joint operation between U.S. and Pakistan would mean an increase in criticism of the troops. "The reaction would be even stronger because the people are very negative when it comes to the interference of the Americans," said Imtiaz Gul, a writer specializing in the Pakistani army.

"People feel sufficiently humiliated by bin Laden and now have another reason to rant against America," he concludes. There is no doubt that the country depends on U.S. economic aid, so they are under pressure and must show, now more than ever, the seriousness of their commitments.

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