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When you occupy a country, you have to use police tactics in place of death from above.
The tactics being used are not effective in the long run, they're not even totally effective in the short run (as we're seeing). This has been proven over and over again, in earlier conflicts and over the course of this one. Even with a vastly superior military utilizing air power and stand-off tactics, one cannot expect to defeat an embedded enemy if one is not willing to engage the local populace.
The analogy of a city block in America is accurate, a couple of people have used it in this thread and others. If you're trying to catch a guy in apartment B on the second floor, you don't just launch ordinance at the whole block and go in later with the DNA swabs.
What country are you referring to?
What tactics do you suggest we use? The people are immune to bribes, as the $25million rewards show. Tribal loyalty is fierce. So how do you suggest we infiltrate these tribes?
Originally posted by marg6043
I don't get it, if Pakistan is Americas "Friend in the war on terror" why they didn't do the operations themselves in their own country.
from Klepto I would have suggested tighter border control in order to prevent activity from Afghanistan to Pakistan.
from WyrdeOne I'm looking at it from a law enforcement perspective. If intelligence indicates the target is going to be visiting on a certain day, then you conduct a raid. We have the means to watch and listen, and to track fleeing suspects, from the air.
Originally posted by jsobecky
The problem with this is, they are masters of disguise, and travel with commoners and peasants to get where they are going. T
Originally posted by shots
WE have a title on the thread that states 1000s of tribesmen are protesting but no one has asked if perhaps these tribesmen might have been put up to it at daily prayers by fanatical clerics in the area? Why is that?
Originally posted by Benevolent Heretic
But you said the 5000 protesters were harboring the
terrorists and it was 'their fault'...
Originally posted by pavil
We are now hearing some reports that Zawahiri was "invited" by a villiager to Celebrate a Muslim feast day.