Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Militant Groups Slip From Pakistan's Control

From the International Herald Tribune:

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Pakistan's premier military intelligence agency has lost control of some of the networks of Pakistani militants it has nurtured since the 1980s, and is now suffering the violent blowback of that policy, two former senior intelligence officials and other officials close to the agency say.

As the military has moved against them, the militants have turned on their former handlers, the officials said. Joining with other extremist groups, they have battled Pakistani security forces and helped militants carry out a record number of suicide attacks this year, including some aimed directly at army and intelligence units as well as prominent political figures, possibly even Benazir Bhutto.

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Additional Coverage And Analysis from Belmont Club.

My Comment: Both articles accurately outline how another country's policies and actions may initially be isolated within their own borders and neighboring countries ....... but when it comes to militant islam we now have a result that attacks on other countries which are thousands of miles away are bringing pain and grief back to host countries of terror such as Pakistan ........ 911 being a perfect example of this blowback.

The years when groups like Al Qaeda have enjoyed autonomy in these regions are now coming to a close. Unfortunately, for the next few decades Pakistan will now be experiencing violence and turmoil from this past policy of appeasement and accommodation of extremists.

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