Is U.S. Set to Invade Pakistan?
American soldiers have launched a major operation this week that has
seen hundreds of US and Afghan troops mass near Afghanistan’s eastern
border with Pakistan, raising suspicions over a possible unilateral
military strike in North Waziristan.
Called “Operation Knife Edge,“ the allied forces are deploying right
up to the Pakistani border with helicopter gunships and heavy artillery,
blocking the main road between the two countries and conducting
house-to-house searches. An Afghan Defense Ministry? official said the
operation was “largely against the Haqqani network,” the North Atlantic
Treaty Organization’s (NATO) and the Afghan security forces’ chief
threat in eastern Afghanistan.
As reported in the Afghanistan Sun, on Friday, 21 October, 2011:
is due to arrive in Islamabad on Thursday for a two-day trip for talks
with Pakistani leaders, The Express Tribune reports. The significance
of the visit can be judged from the fact that Clinton will be
accompanied by US Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey,
Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director David Petraeus and
Under-Secretary of Defence for Policy Michele Flournoy. It is a rare
instance for the US Secretary of State, who arrived in Kabul on an
unannounced visit on Wednesday, and the US military and intelligence
chiefs to undertake a joint trip to Pakistan.
Now that Libya's Gaddafi has been "neutralized", no matter what
public face of these meetings may look like, this is Clinton's and the
Pentagon's "Our Way, or the Highway" last-ditch ultimatum about alleged
the Pakistani military's inaction against the Haqqani network.
One just has to wonder how long these US officials have given the
Pakistani military and civilian leadership to comply with their demands.
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