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Fighter jets and helicopter gunships launched attacks on Taliban positions in Buner today in a dramatic expansion of a military operation to halt the march of extremists out of the Taliban-controlled Swat valley.
The army sealed off roads leading to Buner ‑ a district 60 miles north-west of Islamabad ‑ as residents reported tank and troop movements into the area.
"I saw the jet planes earlier and now I can see two helicopters. They are hitting targets in the mountains close to the town," resident Jaffar Shah told the Guardian by telephone, shortly after the attack started.
He insisted the army had a "great capacity to eliminate" the militants. "There is no reason to be worried that they can pose any kind of threat," he said.
The Taliban ratcheted up pressure on journalists in Swat today, distributing tracts that threatened journalists who did not tell "the truth". "Under sharia law, if you tell a lie you must be punished," Khan said.
Pakistan's military says attack helicopters and fighter jets are pounding Taliban militants in the northwest, as the military works to to expel extremists from Buner, a district that is only 100 kilometers from the capital.
A Pakistani Army spokesman said the military expanded its operation against the Taliban Tuesday. He said officials obtained communications that showed the Taliban extremists had no plans to leave Buner. He said the military estimates about 500 militants are in that district in the Malakand region.
Reporting from New Delhi -- The Pakistani army launched an air attack today and prepared to deploy troops against Taliban bases in an area near the capital, Islamabad. The offensive appeared to signal a broadening of recent moves against militants, many of whom have become increasingly brash after reaching a controversial peace deal largely on their terms.
Athar Abbas, a military spokesman, told reporters in the city of Rawalpindi that army and Frontier Corps paramilitary units launched the operation in Buner district, building on a days-long offensive in the region. Abbas said an estimated 450 to 500 Taliban were believed to be active in areas of Buner, many of them believed to be engaged in what he termed "criminal activities."
Originally posted by SLAYER69
reply to post by TheKingsVillian
Thanks I think with everyone's head in the swine flu pages the rest of the world is falling apart and nobody is noticing.
[edit on 28-4-2009 by SLAYER69]
What would the Taliban do if they captured Pakistan and had access to fire nuclear missiles?
Pakistan launches air and tank attacks to halt march of Taliban
Republican Senator Jon Kyl described the monies as a down payment of sorts on 1.4 billion dollars in Pakistan aid included in an 83.4-billion-dollar emergency spending bill that may not clear the US Congress before July.
Originally posted by jam321
I'm just curious why Pakistan have never gotten serious with the Taliban until now. Very few countries would have allowed their enemies to get that close to their capital in the first place.