Map locating Pakistan’s tribal belt and South Waziristan where Pakistani troops backed by warplanes have launched a major operation against the Taliban, sparking deadly clashes with heavily-armed fighters, officials have said.(AFP Grahphics)
After an attack at its Army Headquarters last week and multiple suicide car bombings the Pakistan launched a large ground offensive in the tribal region of South Waziristan along the Afghanistan border. Perhaps this will drive a blow to the Taliban and Al Qaida who have had free reign of the region to recruit, train, and plot military operations in the region.
Pakistan Army troops prepare to leave for patrolling during a curfew in Bannu, a town on the edge of Pakistan’s lawless tribal belt Waziristan, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009. More than 30,000 Pakistani soldiers launched a much-awaited ground offensive in an al-Qaida and Taliban stronghold of South Waziristan along the Afghan border, officials told The Associated Press – the nuclear-armed U.S. ally’s toughest test yet against militants aiming to topple the state.(AP Photo/Ijaz Muhammad)