By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com
Pakistan is in a real struggle for control of the country with the Taliban. This is an actual war, not the threat of war as we see with Israel and Iran. I wrote about Pakistan as being one of 2 big problem areas in the world today in “The 2 Biggest Geopolitical Wild Cards in the World” post. Take a good look at the map on this post and see how close the Taliban stronghold in the northern part of the country is to the capitol which is Islamabad. If the Taliban is successful in gaining control of the capitol and the country’s nuclear arsenal, then it will affect you! For one thing, immediately higher prices for fuel. Also, If the Taliban gains control or is perceived to be gaining control, then there is no telling what the military response will be from India or the U.S. So when I read this headline in Reuters today “Pakistan braces for attacks as offensive continues”, I thought I would pass it along to you.
By Augustine Anthony
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Suspected Taliban militants shot and killed a Pakistani army brigadier and his driver in the capital on Thursday as the military continued a major offensive against the insurgents in their strongholds near the Afghan border. Exposing the country’s frayed nerves, the stock market dipped nearly three percent on false reports that a bomb had been found and shots fired at a courthouse in the capital, Islamabad. The false alarm came as the country remained on high alert for possible retaliatory strikes by Talibanmilitants while the army attacks their strongholds in South Waziristan. The offensive is a test of the government’s determination to tackle Islamic fundamentalists, and the campaign is being closely followed by the U.S. and other powers embroiled in Afghanistan. On Thursday, suspected militants shot and killed Brigadier Moin-ud-din Ahmed, deputy force commander of the United Nations Mission in Sudan(UNMIS), who was on vacation in Islamabad. “Everyone in the mission is very shocked,” Kouider Zerrouk, UNMIS spokesman told Reuters. (More from Reuters)