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April 24, 2009

Taliban claims to withdraw from Buner

Filed under: Terrorist Threats & Attacks — by Philip J. Palin on April 24, 2009

Several media reports, including from the BBC, indicate the Taliban has instructed its forces to withdraw from an area of Pakistan occupied in recent days.  But at least one other simultaneous report suggests a more confused situation. 

According to Declain Walsh reporting from Islamabad for The Guardian, “Militants ambushed a convoy of soldiers deployed to prevent extremists taking over a district only 60 miles from the capital. Snipers opened fire on police escorting four platoons of Frontier Corps paramilitary troops into Buner district, a day after militants overran government buildings and looted western aid offices. One policeman was killed and one injured, an army spokesman said. Locals said the ambush had forced the Frontier Corps to retreat. “Now Buner is ruled by the Taliban,” one resident told the Guardian by phone. “They go anywhere they want.”

(See more information from Bill Roggio at the Long War Journal)

The claim — or perhaps promise — of a Taliban withdrawal came after intense US pressure on Pakistani authorities.  The tepid response to Taliban advances in Buner has also increased domestic pressure on Pakistan’s coalition government.

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1 Comment »

Comment by William R. Cumming

April 24, 2009 @ 8:22 am

The spiril downward in Pakistan has been steep since the assassination of Bhuto! Do we know yet who actually was responsible for that blow to democracy? Recognizing of course that being a politician in Pakistand is almost unrecognizable elsewhere as to what qualifies as a “democrat”.
Let’s cut to the chase and finally produce world wide statistics on treatment of women and level of development. Let’s face it the totality of women’s opportunities by economics and culture is best in the US although not good enough. But let’s stop fighting anywhere where basic human rights are denied women, including education, health, and reproductive decision-making. The mass revolt of women against marriage and birthing in several countries is beyond question. See Japan and Italy for example. Not hard to understand why. Yet those two countries pretend that women’s rights are NOT a big issue even as they collapse demographically. Oh yeah! I forgot to mention Russia. Putin just does not get it when it comes to equality for women. 50 years down the road if that long, Russia will be long gone and now interestingly the Chinese have figured out that perhaps restrictions on birthing of second children and shortage of marriageable age women while significant just is completely overshadowed by the fact that in someways women are better designed by DNS to operate in a modern industrial society. Well, so much for the soap box this AM!

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