Wednesday, October 19, 2011

U.S. forces amass on Afghan-Pakistan border, ready for attack on feared Taliban faction

U.S. military troops are positioning on the Pakistan border in eastern Afghanistan ahead of a likely drone missile attack against militants from the Haqqani network, a feared faction of the Taliban.

The American build-up, which includes helicopter gunships, heavy artillery and hundreds of U.S. and Afghan military personnel, has reportedly caused panic in Pakistan’s north Waziristan, a usually safe haven for Haqqani fighters.

Pakistan Army sources told the Telegraph that the American plan was to force the tribal militia from their bases and into Afghanistan, where they will be 'encircled, arrested or killed.'