The Epic Defense of Loe Sam. 400 against 40.
WAR NEWS: New Trend research
Pakistani Forces Beaten Back by Islamic Fighters, Declare Victory
after Relentless use of Air force: Hundreds Killed in Bombing of
Bajaur, Swat, Adam Khel
September 1, 2008: Pakistani armed forces declared victory against
Islamic fighters and announced cease fire for the month of Ramadan
starting September 2 in Pakistan. However Pakistani air force and
heavy artillery continued to pound suspected Taliban positions in
Bajaur, Swat and Darra Adam Khel.
Conservative estimates are that more than 400,000 Muslims have been
uprooted from their homes by the Pakistani army's sustained
offensive. Hundreds have been killed, mostly civilians, including
women and children, as well as scores of Taliban fighters.
The real reason for the cease fire announcement, our researchers
say, is not that the Pak military command suddenly became religious
but because they were beaten back by elite forces of the Islamic
movement known as the Pakistani Taliban.
The anti-Taliban New York Times [p.A7, 9.1 issue] admits that
Pakistan's best troops were beaten back. It says that Pakistani
forces' commander says that the famous Frontier Corp tried to take
the a Taliban position in Bajaur known as Loe Sam THREE TIMES but
was "bloodied." In each attack, the Frontier Corp used overwhelming
forces, 400 troops backed by artillery. The Paks admit that at least
29 of their troops were killed. Thereafter the Frontier Corp hid in
the fortress of Khar throughout the campaign while the air force
bombed up and down Bajaur and heavy artillery kept thumping. [Loe
Sam was captured by the Taliban earlier from the Paks.]
The second failure was that the bombing missed Taliban leaders. The
army announced that it had killed Taliban leader Faqir Muhammad but
he exposed the story by giving a radio interview soon after.
[As New Trend readers may remember, the Frontier Corp was armed and
trained by the U.S. as a killer force against the Taliban.]
Islamic Leader warns, Pakistan Army is Undermining National Unity:
400,000 Made Homeless in Bajaur by Pak Bombing and Armored Columns
LAHORE, Aug 30: Jamaat-e-Islami ameer Qazi Hussain Ahmad has warned
that no army could conquer its own citizens merely on the basis of
American patronization, adding that military operation in tribal
areas has seriously endangered country's security.
He was addressing lawyers at Karachi Bar Association on Saturday,
where president of Bar Mehmoodul Hasan and secretary Naeem Qureshi
Qazi said the war on terror was actually a war against Islam and
Pakistan. He said the recent bombing in Bajaur has left over four
hundred thousand citizens to evacuate their homes and take shelter
in safe places and relief camps where they were languishing without
food and essential needs.
Holding Army responsible for this catastrophe, Qazi asked how could
people love Army when it treated them like that. Qazi also condemned
PPP Co-chairperson Asif Zardari for violating his agreements and
promises like Gen Musharraf, and announced that JI would support
Justice Retd Saeeduzzaman Siddiqi for presidential elections. He
also paid tributes to lawyers community for its valiant struggle for
the restoration of independent judiciary, and said JI would back
them till achievement of their goal.
Qazi criticized MQM for its terrorism committed against patriotic
citizens, specially the May 12, 07 massacre, and expressed sorrow
that in the absence of independent judiciary the victims' families
were helpless since they could not move any courts for justice. He
said Gen Musharraf also sold out a number of patriotic citizens to
America but their families could not go to the court of Justice
Abdul Hameed Dogar.
Qazi visited the house of JI leader Hasan Athar who was martyred by
MQM terrorists a couple of days back and condoled with his family.
He also visited the house of Dr Aafia Siddiqi and sympathized with
her mother and sister over her abduction and illegal extradition to
Washington for dollars by Gen Musharraf. He said JI would continue
to extend all possible help to Dr Aafia, her lawyer and brother for
seeking her release.
The September 3 Attack on Pakistan
By GARY LEUPP
In the pre-dawn hours of Wednesday, September 3, three U.S.
helicopters carrying U.S. Special Operations Forces swooped down
onto the Pakistani village of Musa Nika, in South Waziristan,
killing fifteen to twenty people according to early reports. The
U.S. press noted that this is the first known ground assault of U.S.
troops in Pakistan. The provincial governor said twenty civilians
including women and children were killed. The Foreign Minister
denounced the attack, declaring that "no important terrorist or high-
value target" was hit.
The chief spokesman for the Pakistani Army registered its "strong
objection." Gen. Athar Abbas declared that the attack could provoke
a general rebellion of local tribes against his government, and
threaten NATO supply lines from Karachi into Afghanistan. The
Foreign Minister angrily declared that "no important terrorist or
high-value target" was hit. The U.S. ambassador was summoned to
receive Islamabad's official protest.
This is heavy stuff. But this news got sidelined by the star
coverage conferred by the mainstream media on Sarah Palin, whose
ringing oration, dripping with ignorance and contempt for the world,
brought down the house Wednesday night in that celebration of
stupidity in St. Paul. That speech, authored by George W. Bush
speechwriter Matthew Scully for whatever vice presidential candidate
McCain selected, asserted among other things that Bush's "surge"
had prevented al-Qaeda from taking over Iraq. The message is clear:
all U.S. military action is designed to protect the U.S. from al-
Why would the mainstream media, pronouncing "a star is born," want
to highlight the little news story about remote Waziristan? Palin
was splashed all over the front page of the Boston Globe on
Thursday; the Pakistan story was on page A-3. On Friday a follow-up
AP story made page A-26. It emphasized how the raid had "complicated
life for presidential front-runner Asif Ali Zardari."
But this largely ignored event holds potentially horrifying
significance. "Top American officials" have told the New York Times
that this raid "could be the opening salvo in a much broader
campaign by Special Operations forces against the Taliban and Al
Qaeda inside Pakistan, a secret plan that Defense Secretary Robert
M. Gates has been advocating for months within President Bush's war
The plan of course enjoys the support of John McCain, who never met
a warlike action he didn't like, as well as his opponent in the
presidential race. Barack Obama has been saying for over a year
that is the U.S. has "actionable intelligence about high-value
terrorist targets" in Pakistan and the chance to hit them, it should
do so. The hell with Pakistani sovereignty! Why should such a detail
matter after "we were attacked"?
Why should the outraged opposition of the Pakistani government
constitute a major news story? Pakistan's only a nuclear-armed
Muslim country of 165 million people, which has at great cost to
itself agreed---under duress, indeed the threat of being "bombed
back into the Stone Age"---to abet U.S. objectives in neighboring
Afghanistan. It's just a country that having helped create and
nurture the Taliban in order to stabilize Afghanistan, broke with
that organization at the demand of the U.S. in 2001 and then found
its frontier provinces flooded with Islamist militants fleeing
across the border.
According to a White House "fact sheet" issued in August 2007:
Pakistan has worked closely with the United States to secure the
arrest of terrorists like Khalid Shaykh Mohammad, Abu Zubaydah, and
Ramzi bin al Shibh. Pakistan has killed or captured hundreds of
suspected and known terrorists, including Mullah Obaidullah, who
ranked second in the Taliban hierarchy at the time of his capture.
About 100,000 Pakistani troops are deployed in the region near the
Afghan border, and hundreds of Pakistani security forces have given
their lives in the battle to combat terrorism post-9/11.
Pakistan provides vital logistical support to coalition forces in
President Musharraf has a comprehensive strategy that combines three
critical components--strengthened governance, increased economic
development, and improved security--aimed at eradicating extremism
in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas.
No government has provided more assistance to Washington as it
pursues its goals in Southwest Asia. No country has been more
dramatically destabilized as the price of its cooperation. But not
only does the U.S. political class take this disasterous compliance
for granted, it wants to further emphasize Islamabad's irrelevance
by attacking the border area at will.
It insults the sensibilities of a population that holds bin Laden in
far greater esteem than the U.S. president. It provokes the powerful
Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI), originally the creation of the
CIA, once a close partner with the U.S. in the project of destroying
the secular pro-Soviet state that existed in Afghanistan from 1978
to 1993. (The ISI, a power unto itself, is already annoyed that
Afghanistan, where anti-Indian Kashmiri jihadis used to hone their
skills in training camps, has been cozying up to India.) Its embrace
undermines any leader who seeks nationalist and religious
credentials in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
"There's potential to see more [attacks on Pakistan]," an unnamed
U.S. official told the New York Times. Who do these people think
they're dealing with?
It is one thing to ignore the government of Iraq, placed in power by
the U.S. invasion, when it says no to a permanent U.S. military
presence, U.S. forces' immunity from Iraqi law, or the privatization
of Iraq's petroleum resources. It's one thing to laugh at al-Maliki
& Co. and say, "Well, they don't mean that," confident that they'll
eventually knuckle under. It's another thing to suppose that the
Pakistanis, when they say "No," mean anything other than "No" and
will simply burn with quiet resentment indefinitely as U.S. forces
violate their sovereignty. But that sort of insane arrogance stems
naturally from the post 9-11 "us vs. them" mentality of U.S.
leaders. Not just the neocons, mind you, but the entire political
Pakistan, these leaders will note, is not doing enough to prevent
militants from crossing over the border to attack U.S. and NATO
forces in Afghanistan. One should respond to this assertion with the
The U.S. is conflating Taliban and al-Qaeda forces. But these are
not the same thing. (This is perhaps the most obvious but obviously
neglected point of fact in the post 9-11 era.) The Taliban is an
indigenous Afghan movement and--however unsavory--unquestionably
enjoys a social base.
Al-Qaeda is a mostly Arab force rooted in the U.S.-sponsored anti-
Soviet Mujahadeen of the 1980s.
Nobody in Afghanistan asked the U.S. to invade, bomb, or continue
bombing Afghanistan for seven years. Nor did the Pakistanis.
The invasion and occupation of Afghanistan, against the advice and
will of Pakistan, and the failure of that invasion to crush al-
Qaeda, pushed al-Qaeda and Taliban forces into Pakistan. It's likely
the latter far outnumber the former.
Pakistan's government had never firmly controlled the frontier
provinces or deployed large-scale military forces there in deference
to the sensibilities of local tribes.
Washington, oblivious to Pakistan's realities, demanded that
Islamabad suppress the al-Qaeda and Taliban forces that fled into
the region. In effect, it demanded that Pakistan clean up a mess
that the U.S. invasion had created.
Pakistan's efforts to obey Washington have taken a terrible toll on
the Pakistani Army, solidified local resistance to the central
government, and in fact produced a Pakistani Taliban rooted in the
local Pashtuns who identify with the Afghan Pashtuns and have no use
for the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan drawn by
colonialists who never consulted with them in drawing the map.
Faced with the prospect of a general tribal-based rebellion,
Islamabad has cut deals with local Taliban-linked groups. Washington
has expressed its disapproval, claiming such deals continue to allow
militants to cross back and forth across the border attacking its
forces and their allies in Afghanistan. Washington is, in effect,
asking Pakistan's government to risk civil war and its own collapse
to prevent Afghans from attacking its forces in Afghanistan whose
deployment Pakistan opposed in the first place.
Washington is saying to this nuclear power, Pakistan: "You must
obey!" And some in Pakistan are saying: "You do not know this
region. You've responded to 9-11 by lashing out in all directions,
creating enemies you never had before. You created this problem, our
headache, in Waziristan and adjoining regions. And you make it worse
by saying that since we're not handling it to your satisfaction,
you're going to start landing your troops in our villages, shooting
on our civilians. And you're expecting us to say, `Ok, no problem,
boss?' You're crazy."
It is crazy, even for a cocky hyper-imperialist power, to manifest
such arrogance and contempt. Such attacks on Pakistan say to the
Muslims of the world: "You are the problem and we reserve the right
to slaughter you, because back home, we have powerful politicians
who respond to a mass base that thinks fighting you all is, as Sarah
Palin put it, `a task from God.' (USA! USA! USA! USA!)
If you don't agree with our program to restructure your region,
supporting our misogynistic fanatical Islamists in the Northern
Alliance as opposed to the Taliban misogynistic fanatical Islamists
you used to sponsor, we'll invade you and take care of the problem
ourselves. (USA! USA! USA! USA!) Get used to it. It's not just the
Bush crowd. We've got Obama on board now too. We will strike
Pakistani targets as we see fit. Screw international law, which we
invoke when it serves our needs and ignore when it might restrain
us. Nobody is allowed to cross any border to attack our brave
Americans, no matter where we invade, or why. Just accept that,
world, and avoid our wrath. (USA! USA! USA!)"
That's indeed the message to Pakistan. If there were a free press in
this country, honest education and genuine discussion, the people
would recoil in horror from the crimes committed in their name and
the premises---largely lies---behind those crimes. But we have none
of that, just some posts on the internet. The outlook is grim.
Gary Leupp is Professor of History at Tufts University, and Adjunct
Professor of Religion. He is the author of Servants, Shophands and
Laborers in in the Cities of Tokugawa Japan
Protest lodged with US ambassador
By Baqir Sajjad Syed
ISLAMABAD, Sept 3: Pakistan on Wednesday condemned an incursion into
its territory by the US-led coalition forces based in Afghanistan,
saying it constituted a grave violation of its territorial
sovereignty and undermined its efforts against terrorism.
US Ambassador Anne W. Patterson was summoned to the Foreign Office,
where Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir lodged a protest against the
helicopter-borne ground attack by coalition troops on a village near
Angoor Adda in South Waziristan that resulted in 20 civilian
The foreign secretary told the ambassador that the assault supported
by air assets based in Afghanistan was a gross violation of
Pakistan's territory which was unacceptable and tantamount to a
grave provocation. He said it was most unfortunate that coalition
forces in Afghanistan had resorted to cross-border attacks on
civilians. Impressing upon the US that such attacks were counter-
productive for joint efforts against terrorism, he warned that the
incident could fuel the "fire of hatred and violence" which the
government was trying to extinguish.
The US ambassador promised that Pakistan's concerns would be
communicated to Washington.
Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani said on Wednesday no external
forces would be allowed to launch an attack inside Pakistan's
territory. He said Pakistan was a sovereign country fully capable of
countering extremist and terrorist elements within its borders on
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