Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Welcome to the Afghan-Pakistan War

Wow, and we're right there to see it too, the Afghanistan-Pakistan War featuring cameo appearances by US Special Forces and maybe, before it's over, NATO too.

Christopher Hitchens, writing in Slate, talks about the terrorist bombing campaigns being waged against both Afghanistan and India by Pakistan's ISI military intelligence agency.

Now Islamabad has announced that Pakistan's military has ordered its forces to open fire if US forces launch another air or ground raid across the Afghanistan border. From the Associated Press:

...army spokesman Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas told The Associated Press that after U.S. helicopters ferried troops into a militant stronghold in the South Waziristan tribal region, the military told field commanders to prevent any similar raids.

"The orders are clear," Abbas said in an interview. "In case it happens again in this form, that there is a very significant detection, which is very definite, no ambiguity, across the border, on ground or in the air: open fire."

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