You are currently browsing the daily archive for April 16, 2012.

Al Jazeera: “Hundreds of prisoners are believed to have escaped from a jail in northwest Pakistan after it was attacked by anti-government fighters armed with guns and rocket-propelled grenades.

Some of those who escaped from the facility in the town of Bannu, in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, early on Sunday morning were “militants”, an intelligence official told the Reuters news agency.

“Dozens of militants attacked Bannu’s Central Jail in the early hours of the morning, and more 300 prisoners have escaped,” Mir Sahib Jan, the official, said.

    Not our problem?  Or is it?  The hawks on security and protecting America abroad should be concerned about this recent development.  The Taliban, or groups loosely affiliated with them are busting their buddies out of jail using rocket propelled grenades as their calling card. 

“There was intense gunfire, and rocket-propelled grenades were also used.”

Many of those who escaped following the raid were convicted Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) fighters, Al Jazeera’s Kamal Hyder reported from Lahore.

A prison official in Bannu confirmed that “384 prisoners have escaped”.

A police official identified one of the inmates who escaped as a “dangerous prisoner”, who took part in one of the attempts to kill the former president, Pervez Musharraf.

The TTP, an umbrella organisation for anti-government groups that are loosely allied with the Taliban in Afghanistan and al-Qaeda, took responsibility for the attack.

I predict that incidents such of these will become more common as the US army withdraws from the area.  This prison break shows the capacities of the forces facing the American’s and their allies in the region.  This is the sort of scenario where projecting power via drone raids/artillery strikes is ineffective.  Preventing prison raids and other such low-level activities would require human intelligence assets that are simply too costly/inefficient to deploy in the region.

The planning of the raid was extremely KISS, blow up door, suppress prison guards, let bad guys out.  More importantly though, it shows that this fringe group knows the lay of the land, knows its enemy well enough and of course knows how to use the element of surprise to its fullest.  Tactically speaking, they could have been watching the the prison for weeks biding their time waiting for the best opportunity.  It is extremely difficult to counter an enemy that exists safely within the population and has better intelligence then what you possess.

“Another Taliban spokesman told Reuters: “We have freed hundreds of our comrades in Bannu in this attack. Several of our people have reached their destinations, others are on their way.”.

 

Our correspondent said the attack took place in the early morning and had resulted in an exchange of fire that had left several people wounded.

“After the attack the paramilitary and regular military forces came to that location and tried to surround the area,” he said.

“They have arrested up to a dozen men, but most of the people have indeed escaped.”

The injured were rushed to a local hospital in Bannu.

Sources told Al Jazeera that as many as 150 fighters were involved in the attack.

After blowing up the gates of the main prison at around 1:30am local time (20:30 GMT on Saturday), they entered the compound and freed the inmates, the sources said.

The attackers had arranged for the transportation of the inmates from the facility.

Well planned, well organized, well executed; an example Guerrilla warfare that the West simply does not have the capacity to deal with.

This Blog best viewed with Ad-Block and Firefox!

What is ad block? It is an application that, at your discretion blocks out advertising so you can browse the internet for content as opposed to ads. If you do not have it, get it here so you can enjoy my blog without the insidious advertising.

Like Privacy?

Change your Browser to Duck Duck Go.

Share this Blog

Bookmark and Share

Contact Info

Need to send me email? I have a infrequently monitored email account. Reach me at : arbourist at outlook dot com.

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 194 other followers

Progressive Bloggers

Atheism Plus

Categories

April 2012
M T W T F S S
« Mar   May »
 1
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
30  

Archives

Blogs I Follow

Out From Under the Umbrella

playing in the rain

Victoria N℮ür☼N☮☂℮ṧ

Life, Synaptic Pruning, and the Pursuit of Happiness

emilymacarthur

Organized chaos.

Leanne's Little World

Serving up a nice cup of equali-tea!

she thinks. she says. she writes.

Geek Feminism Blog

Women, feminism, and geek culture

Enquiries on Atheism

αθεος και ευτυχισμένος

Bread and Roses

Musings on feminism and LGBTQ rights from a straight male.

Class Warfare Blog

I don’t want to start a class war; it started a long time ago and, unfortunately, we are losing.

phonaesthetica

Keeping the beast in the sock drawer since 1974.

Sex matters.

"To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize."

The Arctic Feminist

the blogging of terri strange

thepoliticalvagina

Social Commentary, Activism, Humanism

The Pink Agendist

by E.B. de Mas, reachable at: pink.agendist@yahoo.com

Humorless Cunts

Media That Won't Make You Rampage

Experiential Pagan

“Question with boldness even the existence of a god; because, if there be one, he must more approve the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear.” T. Jefferson

No Fly on the WALL.

Not just another Feminist blog. || There is Feminism... and then there are Feminisms. || For those who are fly, and those who soar. || No flies are on this wall.

Feminasana

yoga + yarn + feminism

A Point of Contention

"To argue with a man who has renounced reason is like administering medicine to the dead" -Thomas Paine

resist-o-feed

relevant to your interests

The Belle Jar

"Let me live, love and say it well in good sentences." - Sylvia Plath

Believers vs Non-Believers

Religious Debates with Atheists vs Theists in PalTalk.com

FeminGenUality

Where feminism, gender and sexuality duke it out

Demolish The Troll

Comprehensive, well-researched rebuttals to ignorant internet comments.

Life and Other Musings

A Blog by Lilly Black

It's a Woman's World

We maybe Wild but We Are Woman and we Are HUMAN TOO

culturallyboundgender

Gender identity as culturally bound phenomenon

Whole Woman's Health | Changing the World, One Woman at a Time.

Mancheeze

Critiquing the Manosphere

Eric Tonningsen's "Awakening to Awareness"

Realigning With What Really Matters

Dead Wild Roses

Canadian cogitations about politics, social issues and science. Vituperation optional.

iamthepink.

musings of a modern woman (and other juicy peaches).

Full Text Reports...

A top-tier research professional's hand-picked selection of documents from academe, corporations, government agencies (including the Congressional Research Service), interest groups, NGOs, professional societies, research institutes, think tanks, trade associations, and more.

human with uterus

Pregnancy * Birth * Lactation * Personhood

Just Desserts

a blog about food, consumption, peace and justice

Consider the Tea Cosy

Scepticism, feminism, and queeristry with an Irish bent. Expect occasional knitting, cookery and roller derby. It's all in bits, like.

Feminist Frequency

Post-colonial feminist literature and art critique

Archive of the Biting Beaver

Preserving the writing of BB for posterity. Another project of the AntiPorn Activist Network.

Alpha Female Society.

“Well-behaved women seldom make history.” ― Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 194 other followers

%d bloggers like this: