Thursday, July 30, 2009

Pakistan Injects Precision Into Air War On Taliban

Pakistanis in May at a temporary camp for internally displaced people. Millions of civilians have been moved from conflict areas. Lynsey Addario for The New York Times

From The New York Times:

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Pakistan’s Air Force is improving its ability to pinpoint and attack militant targets with precision weapons, adding a new dimension to the country’s fight against violent extremism, according to Pakistani military officials and independent analysts.

The Pakistani military has moved away from the scorched-earth artillery and air tactics used last year against insurgents in the Bajaur tribal agency. In recent months, the air force has shifted from using Google Earth to sophisticated images from spy planes and other surveillance aircraft, and has increased its use of laser-guided bombs.

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My Comment: Pakistan's Air Force is learning from the Americans. Why level a town to get a group of men when a precision missile strike can decapitate these men with minimal collateral damage.

The video in the New York Times piece is worth the watch.

Hat Tip: Prairie Pundit

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