Taliban to boost attacks on NATO troops in Afghanistan
By Sajad - 12 Jan 2013, 11:02 pm
Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan on Saturday announced that they will not carry out insurgency attacks against the Pakistani troops in their stronghold North Waziristan and will rather concentrate to attack NATO troops stationed in Afghanistan.
The Pakistani Taliban group leader Hakimullah Mehsud following a leaflet on Saturday called on its fighters to stop attacks on Pakistani troops.
Heavy clashes among the Taliban fighters and Pakistani soldiers have been reported in Taliban’s stronghold North Waziristan in the past.
A senior Taliban commander also confirmed the pamphlet’s veracity, Reuters reported.
Tehrik-e-Taliban’s announcement on Saturday will possibly have direct links with the increased US missile attacks in Pakistan’s tribal region. The CIA has escalated its use of drones in Pakistan, launching seven deadly strikes during the first 10 days of 2013 and killing at least 40 people.
Last year, the US launched 46 strikes in Pakistan, according to data compiled by The Long War Journal. In 2011, the US launched 64 strikes; in 2010, when the program was at its peak, there were 117 strikes.
The US has targeted al Qaeda’s top leaders and its external operations network, and the assortment of Taliban and Pakistani jihadist groups operating in the region. The strikes have largely been confined to a small kill box consisting of North and South Waziristan. Of the 331 strikes recorded since 2004, 314, or 95%, have taken place in the two tribal agencies.