Pakistani Helicopters Drop Commandos Behind Taliban Lines

May 12, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Pakistan continued it’s offensive against Taliban militant, dropping troops by army helicopters behind enemy lines in the Swat Valley Tuesday. The troops reportedly landed in the sparsely populated Peochar in the upper reaches of the valley, one of the bases of Swat Taleban chief Maulana Fazlullah.

Pakistan launched a full-scale assault on Swat and surrounding districts last week after the Taliban pushed within 60 miles from the capital, Islamabad.  Pakistan’s Interior Ministry has said that some 700 militants have been killed in the offensive since it began last week. But the offensive has also unleashed a tide of at least 360,000 refugees.  They join some 500,000 other people who have been displaced by violence in other northwestern areas in the past year.

It’s also been reported that a suspected U.S. drone (unmanned) aircraft fired missiles Tuesday, killing at least eight people near the Afghan border in South Waziristan, an area considered to be an al-Qaida and Pakistani Taliban stronghold.


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