US Poised to Resume Drone Attacks in Taliban Infested Areas of Pakistan

September 27, 2009

(ChattahBox)—The United States warned Senior Pakistani officials that drone attacks would be resumed against the Taliban, specifically targeting Mullah Omar, in the Pakistani city of Quetta and the Baluchistan Province, amid growing concern of Afghanistan militants crossing the border to find refuge in Pakistan.

Pakistani officials in New York this past week, acknowledged discussions took place with the U.S., regarding the resumption of the drone attacks to rid the border areas of Taliban.

“It wasn’t so much a threat as an understanding that if you don’t do anything, we’ll take matters into our own hands,” said one official.

The United States feels a sense of urgency, as the Pakistani government seeks to move Taliban leaders to the more densely populated City of Karachi, making a missile strike more difficult.

The United States has been stepping up the pressure on Pakistan to deal with the Taliban problem militarily, with mixed results.

Although Pakistan’s military was partly successful in pushing back Taliban leaders from areas of Swat Valley, the military is frequently hesitant to confront the Taliban. Additionally, Pakistan’s military intelligence agency, the ISI, is said to be sympathetic to Taliban leaders.

President Asif Zardari is also reluctant to wage its own missile strikes on Taliban strongholds, for fear of causing civilian casualties.

“We need real-time intelligence,” said Rehman Malik, the interior minister. “The Americans have never told us any location.”

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