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Thousands of Pakistani troops were massing for an assault on Taleban positions 65 miles from the country’s capital last night after giving the insurgents 24 hours to withdraw from their advanced positions or face attack.
The threat of force follows a stern warning from American policymakers that Islamabad was doing too little to stem a growing militant insurgency.
The US considers rooting out militant sanctuaries in Pakistan critical to success in the Afghan war. Washington is also worried about the security of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons
The Talibanization of Pakistan turned it into the first semi-official caliphate in the whole world, so the presence of NATO forces in Afghanistan becomes totally irrelevant, says RT military analyst Eugene Khrushchev.
reply to post by SLAYER69
No comments? Now that is a conspiracy!
" What if there were an Islamic Al-qaeda and Taliban Coup-de-tet in Pakistan overnight ? "
Just say that the above situation did happen; imagine the repercussions? Pakistan would become a terrorist nation with access to nukes and the delivery means of launching them. They could and would effectively bring into being their dreamed of "Islamic Caliphate" that would include Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Syria, Saudi and Emirates, Iraq, Egypt, Somalia (I think); basically there would be a huge land mass that would become Isalmic, militant and Nuclear......just think for a second the repercussions of this.
It would be like an Isalmic superpower and I'm sure they would be willing to flex their muscle, at first probably taking on smaller nations in their path towards Indoneasia, the worlds largest muslim nation by population. Imagine the threat this would pose to Australia.
Several observers have suggested that if Pakistan suffers a coup by forces hostile to the United States, the US military should be ready to provide security over the nuclear weapons (or even to take the weapons out of Pakistan entirely) without the permission of the Pakistani authorities.
Others have raised the possibility of asking President Musharraf to allow the United States or China to take possession of Pakistan's nuclear weapons during a coup.
Although such responses appear possible in theory, their implementation could be extremely difficult and dangerous. A U.S. military action to seize or cripple Pakistan's strategic nuclear assets may encourage India to take similar action, in essence to finish the job.
Even if India does nothing, a new Pakistani government may launch any remaining nuclear weapons at U.S. forces or against India.
In addition, removing the nuclear weapons would not be enough. The new government would inherit the facilities to make nuclear weapons.
Extensive bombing would thus be required at several nuclear sites, including the relatively large Khushab reactor and New Labs reprocessing plant.
These types of attacks risk the release of a large amount of radiation if they are to ensure that the facility is not relatively quickly restored to operation. For example, bombing the facility so as to bring the roof down on the reactor core or hot cells is unlikely to be sufficient.
Originally posted by Melbourne_Militia
I find it interesting the part that mentions securing Pakistans nuclear weapons by force.......
yes, the US might remove them, but how easy would that be then to detonate on US soil and blame the Taliban for smuggling it into the usa?
Originally posted by The time lord
The problem with Korea, Pakistan and Iran is, the lack of trust with such weapons they are too unpredictable.
Look people of ATS do not worry the worry should be put onto God's shoulder, this will never happen and if it does God will do it his way, he does not want earth ruined for his return, he may just clean a few areas out for our safety in the process.