This strike is recommended in this report, which exposes Pakistan’s support for the Taliban. “Pakistan launches strike at Taliban hideouts,” by Kathy Gannon for Associated Press (thanks to all who sent this in):
KHYBER AGENCY, Pakistan – Pakistani forces bombarded suspected militant hideouts with mortar shells Saturday as the government launched a major offensive against Taliban fighters threatening the main city in the country’s volatile northwest, officials said.
The offensive in the Khyber tribal region marked the first major military action Pakistan’s newly elected government has taken against the militants operating in the tribal areas along the border with Afghanistan.
The government had said it preferred to try to defuse tension with the groups through negotiations, but with threats by Islamic militants to the city of Peshawar growing in recent weeks, the military decided to take action.
Khyber also is a key route for moving U.S. military supplies into neighboring Afghanistan.
By Saturday afternoon, the paramilitary Frontier Corps began shelling suspected militant hideouts in the mountains in Khyber.
“We have occupied, captured all important heights, and we have taken control of the area,” said Maj. Gen. Alam Khattak, the Frontier Corps’ head. He said his troops destroyed three militant centers and killed a gunman. The operation was expected to last up to a week.
In response to the operation and other recent confrontations with security forces, Baitullah Mehsud, the Taliban leader in Pakistan, said he was suspending talks between his allies and the government. He implied his forces could cause trouble in Pakistan’s main cities.
“Peace cannot be brought with force and aggression. This will be very unfortunate for the Pakistani nation if fighting starts again,” he told The Associated Press by telephone….