Refugees arrive at a checkpoint at Bannu, at the edge of Waziristan
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Security forces claim…to have made steady gains in their assaults on militants’ strongholds in South Waziristan and army officials said they were surprised by low level of resistance.
‘The area has been heavily mined. There are a lot of improvised explosive devices and mines. But the level of resistance from the militants is not very high,’ one of them said…
They are now poised to enter the strategic Kotkai valley. Troops are also believed to have launched attacks from the north to enter Makin.
Meanwhile, an anti-Baitullah militant group has offered support for security forces against the TTP. ‘We are with the security forces and, if called, we would fight alongside them against Baitullah’s men,’ a spokesman for the Misbahuddin group said…
More than 100,000 people have fled South Waziristan where the government has launched a major ground assault against the Taliban, officials said on Sunday…’Some 80,000 people had already left Waziristan before the operation. More people are coming out. In the last two days about 1,500 families or you can say some 22,000 people have left the area,’ he added…
A spokeswoman for the UN refugee agency in Pakistan confirmed that authorities had registered more than 100,000 displaced people.
It appears that the long-awaited offensive against the Pakistan Taliban has begun.
Will the Taiban melt back into the hills, join the Pashtun shuttle forth-and-back between Pakistan and Afghanistan? Standing and fighting may seem heroic; but, it is not the most sensible option.