US: Pakistan Lacks Plan to Defeat Taliban

US: Pakistan Lacks Plan to Defeat Taliban | Report warns Pakistani military struggling to ‘hold’ tribal areas

A report released to Congress today warns that the Pakistani government still has “no clear path” toward defeating the insurgency in its tribal areas, beyond sustaining a deployment of over 147,000 troops in the areas. Even then, they are struggling to “hold” areas after they’ve been cleared.

The report also insists that the US war in Afghanistan cannot “wipe out” the Taliban there either, unless Pakistan is able to control their side of the border, and details Pakistan’s “concern” about letting US troops operating on the ground in Pakistani territory.

Interestingly enough, the report could well have been written with exactly the opposite take, as Pakistani officials have long maintained that they cannot win the war in the tribal areas until the US is able to control the Afghan side of the border.

On both sides it seems to be the case that offensives drives the insurgency away from a region, only to crop back up when the attack is over. Neither nation has the ability to occupy the entire region permanently, which means there is always someplace to flee to.

Indeed the US admitted in December that it wasn’t even theoretically possible to secure the border between the two nations, which is largely mountainous and sparsely traveled. In this context the report seems to be more about blaming Pakistan for the reality of an unwinnable war than anything.

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  • Gabriel

    Pakistan has no plan to defeat the Taliban because they cannot. The audacity of the Americans to expect Pakistan to accomplish what the US has been unable to do in nearly ten years.

  • MoT

    Pakistan hasn't a "plan", eh? I suppose that's why Davis was running around gunning people in the back because he was engaged in meaningful "plans" ordered by his overlords. Hmmm? I wonder where this rat bastard has skittered off to.

    • thedissenter

      I wonder where this rat bastard has skittered off to.

      Rumor has it he's been recycled to Libya now.

  • Tehmas Khan

    Great observation. This fourth generation war is going nowhere. The Brits are running away from Afghanistan as are the Germans,Italians,Norwegians and all the others. The Pakis have sacrificed a lot and made some gains. However their own leaders and military is under seige in its own home. Lets put an end to this madness. Make peace and GET THE HELL OUT OF AFGHANISTAN. All will be ok.

  • Observator

    Davis is a gi-joe in civilian camouflage.

  • thedissenter

    But I'm sure the US got a plan, right? And that plan may or may not be the same as the one they had in Iraq. And Afghanistan. And now Libya. And Yemen. And…

  • tioche

    There is NO win in war – only losers; and fascist amerika IS the big loser as its collapsing empire is showing !