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Cross-Border Attacks On The Increase in Afghanipakistan

BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan -- Usually when you hear about cross-border attacks here, they are perpetrated by the Taliban. Not so much in recent weeks -- this

Tyrese Griffin
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Last updated: Jul 31, 2020 | Sep 09, 2008

BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan — Usually when you hear about cross-border attacks here, they are perpetrated by the Taliban. Not so much in recent weeks — this time it’s the U.S. dipping its toes into Pakistan, which Sen. John McCain has said Sen. Barack Obama is naive for proposing.

Last week, the U.S. allegedly went after a target in Pakistan — something that the U.S. military never confirmed but nonetheless prompted Pakistan’s new government to shut down a crucial NATO resupply entry point. Today comes word that the U.S. fired a missile at the old-school Taliban commander Jalaladeen Haqqani’s Pakistan redoubt.

With any luck I can get to the border tomorrow, to learn more about all this crossborder activity. In the meantime, Bill Roggio’s Long War Journal has a very informative post about the increase in cross-border operations in 2008. Most of them, it seems, have come in the form of airstrikes, because ground troops were a no-no even during the relatively complaint government of Pervez Musharraf. Perhaps last week’s (alleged!) ground-troop raid was a test of what the U.S. military can get away with. Keep an eye on how new Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari reacts in the coming days.

Tyrese Griffin | Tyrese started her education in the performing arts at the prestigious Alexander Hamilton Academy in Los Angeles. She returned to civilian life after serving in the United States Army as a tracked vehicle operator, and started writing short stories and screenplays, as well as directing short films and music videos. She has published six novels, which have sold over 200,000 copies, as well as audiobooks and short stories for anthologies, and has earned several awards.

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