Nangarhar is the secured province that is being turned over to Afghan forces, where the border incident has erupted. The attack upon Pakistan was intended as a demonstration for the world to see the dangers of an early Afghan transition and withdrawal. What else could explain this Afghan unit gaining command over Nangarhar Province on the same day that calls for air support inside Pakistan have become necessary? This is a clear-cut case of the Pentagon sabotaging the White House. It is also the first sign of what post-reconciliation ISAF actions will look like, under a Northern Alliance-dominated Afghan regime. Since the murder of Rabbani, Afghan security officials have been screaming in unison for this day to come:
“The Taliban can only be defeated by attacking them in Pakistan.”
According to former head of Afghanistan’s secret service, Amrullah Saleh, “You poison the soil where that grass is, then you eliminate it forever.” This is what has happened on Pakistan’s side of the Durand Line, the Pakistani Taliban from Mohmand (who have relocated to Afghanistan) have poisoned the Pakistani soil by firing upon Afghan forces from points near outpost Salala’s coordinates, in order to bring the two sides together inside Pakistan. This is not the first time that the Pakistani Taliban have used this tactic to bring the Afghan and Pakistani forces together. They used it preceding the “Battle of Wanat” and once again in the “Gora Prai” border post assault. In the Gora Prai video below you can see the individual militants being killed.
The Gora Prai video is from a single Predator; it pales in comparison to the latest assault which allegedly involved repeated runs of aircraft and helicopters, over a period of several hours.
The following was sent to me by a friend from Peshawar. It is self-explanatory.
“Another pack of Lies By NATO
Today’s papers carry the news that the NATO Chief has said that the attack on Pakistani soldiers was un-intentional. Very generous of him!!
Yesterday, I talked to Lt Col ZZZZZZ from Peshawar. He had just visited CMH Peshawar to meet the wounded in Salah Post by the US/ATO raid on night of 26 November. This is what he told me.
There were 14 wounded lying in the surgical ward suffering a variety of wounds. He talked to every one of them and asked them what had happened. The crux of the account of the soldiers and officers was that at about 11pm on 26th Nov a light aircraft came from across the border, flew over the post and fired flares and returned. About half an hour later armed helicopters and light aircraft came . They again fired flares and began firing at the men. They remained in the area for about 5 – 6 hours. During this time, the helicopter firing at individual personnel at will. The post had only one 12.7 anti-aircraft gun which opened fire. The gunner was shot. The major on the post took up the gun and began firing at the helicopters. He was fired at again. While changing position he was hit by a rocket or missile. His body was blasted to pieces. Only his name-plate was found.
Every one of the men on the post was killed or wounded. They seemed to be in no hurry and going after each individual separately. Having finished the entire post, they peaceably went back without any casualty on their part.
And the NATO Chief has the effrontery to say that it was unintentional.
Now my question is, if for 5 to 6 hours this enemy action was taking place and our ground troops were under such deliberate enemy fire, where was the Army’s reaction and where was the PAF during all this time?I cannot believe that the Corps HQ or the PAF Northern Command in Peshawar did not know what was going on,on the front. If so, both should be disbanded for deliberate incompetence.”
The biggest question is: Why did the joint military commands allow the attack to happen, or make no effort to end it?
If the dust was allowed to settle on this confrontation, then it would surely reveal that it was the TTP bringing Afghan and Pakistani forces into conflict, which they would be inclined to do, considering the level of penetration of the Pakistani Taliban by British, Afghan, and American secret services (SEE: Dissecting the Anti-Pakistan Psyop). Through these separate assets, plus those of India and the Mossad, the Pakistani Taliban have always danced to the same tune as the CIA. This does not necessarily mean that Hakeemullah Mehsud (and Baitullah before him), Faqir Mohammed and Fazlullah are conscious American assets, but that they might as well be. If they are so foolish as to be led around by the nose by spook money, doing the Empire’s bidding, then they are nothing more than petty mercenaries, pretending to be revolutionary jihadis.
This attack can be compared to the Mumbai attack, in that Pakistani jihadis have taken actions which were intended to bring Pakistan into conflict with one of its neighbors. The last time it was India’s turn. Indian leaders kept a cool head, at that time, avoiding another major war with Pakistan, to suit American interests. Will Afghan leaders use their heads, to see this blow-up as their own warning to turn back from the pied piper’s road to oblivion, before it is too late for us all?
Peter Chamberlin is the American political analyst, author of the blog There Are No Sunglasses. The views expressed are his own and do not necessarily coincide with ones of ORIENTAL REVIEW editorial.
I guess with what NATO did to the Pakistan troops, their creditability (and the American’s) is down the drain. I don’t think it now matters what the Afghan Government does, only when the America, Pakistan and NATO forces work together, will more be achieved.
The attack, killing 24 Pakistani soldiers is deliberate, intentional just as was the Osama bin Laden debacle. Why? Several reasons, some of them being:
1) Test Pakistan government and military resolve that they remain US-EU/ NATO servants because they get hand-outs. Don’t bite the hand that feeds the mouth.
2) Test Pakistan’s defense capability and the NATO penetration capability.
3) Test the ability of Pakistan to retaliate, how deep and how far.
4) Was the attack carried out with advance knowledge of Pakistan’s military? Was it allowed to happen with consent? If so why?
5) Test China’s friendship with Pakistan. What action would China take? Would it get involved or support Pakistan in any action the country would take?
Certainly, if the attack persisted for 5 – 6 hours, why did not the Pakistani military and air force take any action to stop this terrible act?
There are many questions but few answers. However, if I was to take a guess, my fingers would stop at 1).
The attack was deliberate or unintentional is immaterial. The question is reaction by pakistan Army while the post was under attack and Islamabad after the attck.
This will determine the course of war on terror and US/NATO/Afghan- Pak relations.
I feel confident to forexast that status quo will continue to be maintained.
It will also prove to the world that Pakistan has a very short memory and can be abused and later used at will.