John on March 23, 2007 at 3:00 pm
There has been almost a week on ongoing fighting in the Pakistan-Afghanistan border region known as Waziristan. After a brief ceasefire yesterday to allow both sides to bury their dead, fighting continued today:
The death toll mounted Friday in northwest Pakistan as an effort to negotiate a ceasefire in semi-autonomous South Waziristan failed.
At least 128 people, 26 Waziri tribesmen and 102 foreign fighters, have been killed, the Pakistan Tribune reported.
South Waziristan, a semi-autonomous area along the border with Afghanistan, has reportedly become a sanctuary for al-Qaida and Taliban fighters.
The fighting this week pitted tribesmen against Islamist fighters from Chechnya, Uzbekistan and Arab countries, the Washington Post said. Many of the tribesmen support the Taliban but resent the foreign influx.
In other words, the Taliban friendly warlords are killing Al Quaeda foreign fighters. I guess Waziristan favors home grown terrorists to the carpet-bagging foreign kind. Whatever the case, this may be the best thing happening in the effort to wipe out Al Quaeda right now.
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