Archive for the ‘fighting’ Category

NATO in Afghanistan fire on militants in Pakistan

November 18, 2008

The NATO-led alliance in Afghanistan said its troops fired at militants inside Pakistan in coordination with Pakistani soldiers.

French soldiers of ISAF on patrol near Kabul on November 8.

Above: French soldiers of ISAF on patrol near Kabul on November 8.
.
The coordination, announced Monday by the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force, was noteworthy since Pakistan has, in recent months, complained that international forces were violating the country’s sovereignty by going after militants on its soil.

ISAF said Sunday’s artillery fire was in response to an attack on an allied base in Paktika province in eastern Afghanistan. Militants twice fired rockets into the base from across the border, the alliance said.

Once ISAF soldiers pinpointed the origin of the rocket launches, they fired 20 artillery rounds in coordination with the Pakistani military.

“ISAF and Pakistani soldiers observed all fired artillery rounds,” an alliance statement said. “The Pakistan soldiers assured ISAF that they would engage any insurgents attempting to flee deeper into Pakistan.”

No NATO soldiers were hurt in the rocket attack.

Read the rest from CNN:
http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/asiapcf/11/18/
pakistan.nato/index.html?section=cnn_latest

Pakistan: Militants, Army Clash In Tribal Areas

November 9, 2008

At least 22 militants and three soldiers were killed in clashes in northwest Pakistan, where the military is waging a fierce battle with Taliban-linked militants, officials said Sunday.

AFP
Fifteen militants and three soldiers were killed late Saturday in the scenic Swat valley during an ongoing army operation against fighters loyal to pro-Taliban cleric Maulana Fazlullah, a senior military official told AFP.

Pakistani helicopter gunships and artillery pounded militant positions in Matta and Kabal districts, both Fazlullah strongholds, the official added, on condition of anonymity.

The mountainous Swat valley was until last year a popular tourist destination where many Pakistani city dwellers went for their annual holidays and featured Pakistan’s only ski resort.

But it has since been turned into a battleground since Fazlullah, who has links to Pakistan’s Taliban movement, launched a violent campaign for Islamic Sharia law.

Pakistani troops on patrol in the troubled Bajaur region in ... 
Pakistani troops on patrol in the troubled Bajaur region in September. At least 22 militants and three soldiers were killed in clashes in northwest Pakistan, where the military is waging a fierce battle with Taliban-linked militants, officials said Sunday.(AFP/Pool/File/Aamir Qureshi)

Separately, soldiers killed seven militants and injured nine others in Mohmand tribal district, one of seven semi-autonomous tribal regions bordering Afghanistan, a paramilitary spokesman told AFP.

The gunfight in Mohmand erupted late Saturday when around 200 Taliban militants surrounded a checkpost near Karapa village and started firing rockets, he said.

“The security forces bravely repulsed the attack and killed seven militants and injured nine others while a paratrooper was also wounded in the clash.

“The security forces targeted the militants with artillery and mortar guns and forced them to flee from the scene,” the spokesman said.

Separately, militants blew up a bridge on a key road in Mohmand, but the blast caused no casualties and the repair work had been started, he said.

New Weight in Army Manual on Stabilization

February 8, 2008

The new doctrine elevates the mission of stabilizing war-torn nations to the same importance as the defeat of adversaries on the battlefield.

By Michael R. Gordon
The New York Times
February 8, 2008

WASHINGTON — The Army has drafted a new operations manual that elevates the mission of stabilizing war-torn nations, making it equal in importance to defeating adversaries on the battlefield.
.
Military officials described the new document, the first new edition of the Army’s comprehensive doctrine since 2001, as a major development that draws on the hard-learned lessons of Iraq and Afghanistan, where initial military successes gave way to long, grueling struggles to establish control.

Read the rest:
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/08/washington/
08strategy.html?hp