Pakistan launches military operation against militants
February 25th, 2014
08:21 PM ET

Pakistan launches military operation against militants

By Jim Sciutto

With Pakistan suffering from terrorist attacks "left, right and center," a senior Pakistani government official said Tuesday a massive military operation is underway in North Waziristan to "close the chapter" on the Haqqani network in Pakistan.

When the operation is complete, the Haqqani network will "reach a conclusion" in Pakistani territory, the official said.

A recent wave of terror attacks has claimed more than 200 lives in the last month alone, according to the official.

And while the Pakistani government is still involved in reconciliation talks with Pakistani militant groups, "while they are talking, they are killing people," the official said.

The overall aim of the offensive is to push the Haqqani network out of Pakistan and across the border into Afghanistan, where, the official explained, "People on the other side can receive them," a reference to US and Afghan forces.

Asked if U.S. forces were involved in the operation, the official said only through routine communication at the tactical level between commanders on either side of the border.

soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Smart Strategy

    If the US and its allies were smart about it, as Pakistani guns and bombs push the Haqqanis into Afghanistan, ISAF will be waiting to receive them...with their own guns and bombs.

    March 9, 2014 at 3:54 pm | Reply
  2. Rob S

    Wait – shouldn't they be trying to reason and negotiate with the militants instead? What happened to that great plan?

    March 8, 2014 at 7:11 pm | Reply
  3. Adnan

    These Muslims pakistani terrorist are father of americans. no doubt

    March 6, 2014 at 12:20 pm | Reply
  4. W.G.

    Where were the pakistanis when we needed them to do this earlier ?? Oh , that´s right they were
    "Harboring" them and letting them live in comfort there ! And now see what good it has done them ?
    Like our own home grown terrorists the republicans , terrorists always bite the hands that feed them !
    Do I feel sorry for them ? NO ! They asked for it ! Now they got it !

    March 4, 2014 at 6:25 am | Reply
  5. rkfrom ny

    they usually do that..kill more of their own..when the gravy train from US is dwindling and their begging bowl is running on empty..!

    March 3, 2014 at 6:49 pm | Reply
  6. dougjmiller

    The P akistani government is finally doing something to protect their citizens from radical Islamic terrorists. The Taliban and other extremist organizations have been waging wars of conquest against Pakistan for several years. Most of the time the government sits back and permits the Islamic terrorists to murder Pakistani citizens. They are at long last taking the initiative. The civilized world wishes them success in defeating the terrorists.

    March 2, 2014 at 6:19 am | Reply
    • George patton

      Good grief doug, have you any notion of how that civil war is devastating the lives of the people in Pakistan? If you know anything about American history then you should know just how much devastation the civil here had on our people. What the Pakistanis need to do is to reach some kind of agreement with the Taliban and stop this bloody war.

      March 2, 2014 at 11:41 am | Reply
  7. Donald George MacDonald

    It is not enough to worship with faith
    and feel worthy of saving
    and then show your hate with charm
    and then praise your guns and blows
    and then spread your crimes with wars.

    February 26, 2014 at 1:09 pm | Reply
    • Donald George MacDonald

      THE MOTHERLOAD:

      http://ireport.cnn.com/people/DGMacDonald?viewingAsOthers=true

      February 26, 2014 at 2:33 pm | Reply
  8. Donald George MacDonald

    Our more evolved descendents will realize that we humans of the 21st century do not yet completely understand and control our primal, hereditary influences of anger, hate, violence, territorialism, and predation.

    Our more evolved descendents will realize that we humans of the 21st century are presently entering an especially dangerous period in our evolution. Our gradually growing intellect does allow us to develop the technology needed for our desired comfort and prosperity. Yet, they will also know that since our Second World War, leaders of nations and movements have also chosen to try to use the imposing technology to produce and sell and buy invisible bombers and smart missiles and quiet subs and fast tanks and many, many more weapons of our mass, self-destruction.

    Our more evolved descendents will realize that even though our heads appear large to us, we still possess the eyes of predators.

    Our more evolved descendents, looking back at us with sadness and scorn, will realize that our world citizens and leaders should have condemned, long before now, ALL hate and violence and barbaric wars against ANY fellow, equally perfect, feeling, living being.

    Our more evolved descendents, looking back at us with sadness and scorn, will realize our world citizens and leaders should have long ago condemned our continuing, conformist allegiance to hate and violence and barbaric wars.

    Our more evolved descendents will realize that our hate and violence and barbaric wars must be replaced with empathy and kindness and patience and communication and mutual respect and compassion and love.

    February 26, 2014 at 12:39 pm | Reply
    • RA

      Or perhaps that "unevolved" side of us will be all that's left, the way we're going...I mean we're not spending trillions on cancer research, we're spending trillions on futile wars

      February 28, 2014 at 6:34 pm | Reply
    • Eric Josephson

      The more evolved descendants of the American Indians that the Euro Americans wiped out are looking at you with sadness and scorn, we do realize that your world citizens and leaders should have condemned, long before now, ALL hate and violence and barbaric wars against All human beings. As time passes the weaker nations will be assimilated and in the end there will be but a few giant nations left to war it out. What a blast that will be.

      March 6, 2014 at 8:58 am | Reply
  9. George patton

    Let's all hope and pray that this "offensive" fails big time. The current leaders of Pakistan are no more than puppets for the right-wing thugs in Washington and are now doing their bidding!

    February 26, 2014 at 10:12 am | Reply
    • Jorge

      The Pakistani Muslims are all thugs. These Pakistani Muslim leaders are killing a few of their own people just to gain some level of trust from Washington to secure some more dole out dollars. As soon as they receive the aid, these Pakistani Muslims will be back to their old habit of hiding and protecting terrorists like bin Laden.

      February 26, 2014 at 11:42 am | Reply
    • Kamran Khan

      Right on George patton! Your absolutely right.

      February 26, 2014 at 12:27 pm | Reply
  10. Arnold

    Muslim terrorists are killing Muslim terrorists for the benefit of the rest of the world.

    February 25, 2014 at 10:42 pm | Reply
  11. Donald George MacDonald

    It remains a common individual and social tragedy when Christians, Jews or Moslems express beliefs in God, then are coerced or inducted to wound, kill or die for their countries or causes. It is especially tragic when any world citizen who feels love, and who shares love with others, enters the military and goes to war. It is tragic when our finest youths still agree to kill other equally perfect human beings.

    Most people have been indoctrinated since birth by government, church, family and friends that “Thou Shalt Not Kill,” except in wars. It often appears that our morality still changes to suit the needs and desires of the moment.

    The majority of our world citizens and even, amazingly and ironically, our highest religious leaders, continue to believe that sending our finest youths to fight and kill is a necessary evil in our world already gone awry.

    February 25, 2014 at 8:57 pm | Reply
    • Donald George MacDonald

      Past and continuing world militarism provides the fear and self-justification that malleable citizens need in order for them to further endorse their leaders' expanding and modernizing military might. The expanding and escalating cycle thus feeds itself and prospers, like a self-perpetuating social and moral virus allowed to further drain our global health and wealth.

      The majority of our world citizens, led by leaders of nations, movements and religions, continue to forget that this social and moral virus is reversible, is curable and is not yet terminal.

      February 25, 2014 at 8:57 pm | Reply

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