Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Military brains plot Pakistan's downfall

By Syed Saleem Shahzad
Asia Times

"With al-Qaeda, assorted jihadis and the Pakistani Taliban on their side, former officers in the Pakistan Army are plotting the course by which they plan to bring down the government of President General Pervez Musharraf, or at least bend him to their will. Saudi Arabia has tried unsuccessfully to defuse the situation and the plan - modeled on Vietnamese guerrilla tactics - is entering a new and decisive phase.....

Pakistani jihadis have launched many attacks on the establishment and against Musharraf, but now they face a well-coordinated "guerrilla" strategy, spearheaded by former army officers.

The former military men are operating out of the Waziristan camp of former Pakistani jihadi commander Maulana Ilyas Kashmiri. They are mostly ex-middle cadre (captains, majors, colonels) who resigned upon Pakistan's U-turn after September 11.....

In Afghanistan, he oriented the fighters to adopt the three-phase guerrilla tactics of Giap in the southeastern provinces of Khost, Paktia and Paktika. These are now being adopted against the Pakistan Army in the two Waziristans......."

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