By lex, on June 3rd, 2011
In a “chickens home to roost” event, a large number of Taliban militants crossed from Afghanistan into Pakistan to engage in a firefight with local security forces, leaving at least 28 of the latter dead:
At least 200 militants crossed the border on Wednesday morning and attacked a police post in Barawal, a village surrounded by rugged mountains and forests in the Shaltalo area of Upper Dir, a district in northwestern Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province. Shaltalo is near the border with Kunar Province of Afghanistan.
The fighters took up positions in the surrounding mountains and also attacked troops from hide-outs in the thick forest outside the village. They destroyed at least two schools and set several houses on fire. By Thursday afternoon, the intensity of the fighting was diminishing, and by the evening the troops had regained the advantage, the police said.
“The situation is under control,” said Jawahir Ali, a junior police official in Barawal.
Pakistani officials lodged a protest with the Afghan government late Thursday.
In related news, the Chairman says that relations between the US and Pakistan in the aftermath of the bin Laden raid are at a low ebb,* and are await a “period of introspection” from the Pakistani government:
“They’re going to have to finish that before we get back to a point where we are doing any kind of significant training with them,” he said. And for right now, he said, “it’s a very significant cutback in trainers.”
A key point of debate is Pakistan’s inability or unwillingness to go after militants in North Waziristan, an al-Qaida stronghold and a base for the Haqqani network, a deadly faction of the Afghan Taliban.
Reports that the Pakistan military may be preparing a move in North Waziristan were dismissed as untrue by U.S. military leaders earlier this week. And while Mullen said success in the Afghan war depends in part on routing out insurgents in North Waziristan, he acknowledged that Pakistan had made no specific pledge to do that in the near future.
* 10-27-2018 Link Gone; no replacements found – Ed.