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September 10, 2009

Mainlining Bill Roggio – Summer 2009 – Week 3 – Volume 7

Filed under: Predator Strikes,Summer 2009 — huntingnasrallah @ 7:04 pm

Mainlining Bill Roggio – Summer 2009 – Week 3 – Volume 7

http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2009/07/us_strikes_taliban_c_1.php

US strikes Taliban communications center in South Waziristan
By Bill Roggio
July 10, 2009 2:04 PM

The US conducted yet another Predator airstrike against Baitullah Mehsud’s forces in Pakistan’s Taliban-controlled tribal agency in South Waziristan.

The latest strike targeted a Taliban communications center in the town of Painda Khel, according to the Associated Press. A US intelligence official contacted by The Long War Journal confirmed the strike.

Three Taliban fighters were reported killed in the Painda Khel airstrike. No senior Taliban or al Qaeda fighters were reported killed at this time.

Today’s airstrike is the fourth this week. All of the attacks took place in Baitullah Mehsud’s tribal areas. Two days ago, the US launched a pair of strikes on a Taliban convoy and a training camp in South Waziristan. More than 50 Taliban fighters and several al Qaeda operatives were reported killed in the pair of attacks.

The day prior, a strike on a training camp killed 12 Taliban fighters and four al Qaeda operatives. Kifayatullah Anikhel, a close relative of Baitullah Mehsud and a senior Taliban commander, was reported killed in the attack.

South Waziristan is a major focus of the US air campaign against al Qaeda and the Taliban. Of the 30 US strikes carried out in Pakistan this year, 22 of them took place in South Waziristan.

Baitullah Mehsud’s territory has been hit 14 times and Mullah Nazir’s areas have been hit eight times. Both Nazir and Baitullah host al Qaeda training camps and shelter senior leaders of the terror group. Seven of the last nine attacks have targeted Baitullah’s camps and safe houses.

The US is well on its way to exceeding last year’s total of 36 airstrikes in Pakistan.
The Pakistani Air force has also been launching airstrikes in South Waziristan. On July 9, 12 Taliban fighters were reported killed during airstrikes on Taliban strongholds in the towns Upper Kani Karam, Mordaralgat, Kacha Langar Khel, Momikaram, Zagawoi, and Ladha.

The Pakistani military said a ground offensive is in the works, but there has been little movement on the ground in South Waziristan since June 20.
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Extended Notes (Roggio’s Links)
1) http://www.geo.tv/7-9-2009/45636.htm

GEO Pakistan
12 militants killed in S Waziristan bombardment
Updated at: 1315 PST, Thursday, July 09, 2009

WANA: Twelve militants killed and four hideouts were destroyed when security forces jets pounded militants’ positions in different areas of South Waziristan.

According to sources, in fresh action, forces jets targeted militants hideouts in Upper Kani Karam, Mordaralgat, Kacha Langarkhel, Momikaram, Zagawoi and Laddha. Twelve militants were killed and four hideouts were destroyed in the bombardment.

On the other hand, it has been revealed that Kifayatullah Anikhel, a close relative of Baitullah Mehsud had been killed in July 7 missile attack. He was the commander of militants in Zangra area. Eighteen militants including six foreigners were killed in the attack.

Local residents are migrating towards Tank, Dera Ismail Khan and other safer places.

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