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Analysis: A look at US airstrikes in Pakistan through September 2009

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By Bill Roggio and Alexander Mayer

In August and September of 2009, the US covert air campaign in Pakistan's lawless, Taliban-controlled tribal agencies scored four high value al Qaeda and Taliban targets. The deaths of Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud and three senior al Qaeda leaders have helped to fuel the push for increasing the role of strikes in Pakistan. The US is now urging Pakistan to take on the Quetta Shura, led by Mullah Omar, and other targets in Baluchistan, and has considered expanding the air campaign outside Pakistan's tribal areas.

The US is also considering switching from a counterinsurgency-based strategy in Afghanistan, which focuses on securing the Afghan people and building up the government and military, to a counterterrorism-based strategy that focuses on covert rai


Added: Oct-1-2009 Occurred On: Sep-29-2009
By: miamisam
Iraq, Afghanistan, Other
Tags: taliban, airstrike, pakistan
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