Pakistani Army Poised to Invade Mingora; Husain: Taliban like Borg

The Pakistani army is preparing to invade and reduce the city of Mingora (pop. 200,000), the largest city in the Swat valley.

During the course of the current military campaign, which pits 15,000 infantry of the regular army against 4,000 Pushtun fundamentalist irregulars, the Pakistani army claims to have killed 800 ‘Pakistani Taliban.’

During the course of the recent fighting, a million Pakistanis have now been displaced by the fighting since last fall.

Aljazeera English reports on the vastness and difficulties of the internally displaced.

McClatchy sees signs that this time the Taliban might stand and fight, rather than melting away guerrilla style.

Irfan Husain likens the Taliban to the emotionless Borg androids of Star Trek.

Aljazeera English reports on the Pakistani campaign, and on the way in which the Taliban are still in control of distant villages.

Aljazeera English reports on the Pakistani military campaign in the Swat valley, paying special attention to the officers’ connections in the North-West Frontier Province.

The documentary “Made in Pakistan” attempts to shed light on the situation in that country by following 4 Pakistanis. This is the trailer:

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