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Karzai Threatens Taliban in Pakistan

Karzai Pledges Chase of Prison Break Taliban Into Pakistan

Following a giant prison break over the weekend freeing 1,200 criminals, Afghanistan has threatened to send troops across the border with Pakistan in an effort to hunt down Taliban leadership, who they blame for the explosion and flood of escapees. The threat did not sit well with Pakistan’s prime minister who responded: [we will] "not allow anyone to interfere in our national limits and our affairs.”

Hamid Karzai, the Afghanistan president delivered the bellicose speech giving many in the region pause: “When [the Taliban] cross the territory from Pakistan to come and kill Afghans and kill coalition troops, it exactly gives us the right to go back and do the same.” Afghanistan does not have the ability to send troops into Pakistan without US military and NATO consent, though it seems that friction is increasing along these lines.

The spectacularly bold prison break attack by Taliban forces on a prison near Kandahar Friday evening included two truck bombs, assault rifles and rocket-propelled grenades and was thought to be exceptionally planned. After the Taliban blew up the walls of the prison killing fifteen guards, they freed close to 1,200 prisoners. Among which were estimated 350 Taliban members.

Soon after the break, US-led coalition forces say they have killed more than fifteen insurgents and captured five militants although it has not been confirmed that they are fugitives from the daring prison break.


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trésjolie1 trésjolie1 9 years
Pakistan is in big trouble, and Karzai has been hanging on to his position in Afghanistan as best he can but he has had little support because of his affiliation with the US. And now that Musharraf lost the election the whole area is crumbling. The border between the two countries are extremely dangerous and are being governed by local chiefs. THIS is where the effort should have gone in the first place, and that we chose to deploy all our attention and most of our military in Iraq is the real joke. Taliban is mainly trained in the rural areas of Pakistan/Afghanistan, and compared to Iraq pre invasion .. well you can't even convince me the invasion was the best move at the time. Now after the invasion we managed to remove the Saddam Hussein regime, but we also managed to unravel any stability in the region, and Iran is more powerful than even ever. It's messed up.
stephley stephley 9 years
Morning Rac. Wish I didn't agree with you on this.
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
Our government sends them billions of dollars to do nothing to capture the Taliban fighters. The Pakistan military knows exactly where they are but they also know if they start killing them, the whole country will go up in flames. It's such a joke.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
I find it interesting that Pakistan won't do anything to curb the Taliban. It's almost like the Taliban are Pakistan's ex officio military...
Jillness Jillness 9 years
Scary stuff...
trésjolie1 trésjolie1 9 years
Whoa! How insane is that!?
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