July 31st, 2013
03:24 PM ET

Opinion: Jihadists focus on prison breaks

By Peter Bergen and Bailey Cahall

In an attack orchestrated by a Pakistani Taliban commander, around 250 prisoners, most of them militants, were freed this week at the central prison in Dera Ismail Khan in northwestern Pakistan.

The commander, Ahmed Rashid, had been freed a year earlier, this time at the central jail in Bannu, where 150 Taliban fighters stormed the facility and released nearly 400 prisoners - Pakistan's largest jailbreak.

Both prison breaks happened in the stronghold of the Pakistani Taliban, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, which borders North and South Waziristan, and both were conducted with a high degree of sophistication.
A police officer is hospitalized after being hurt in this week\'s deadly Taliban attack on a Pakistani prison.

A police officer is hospitalized after being hurt in this week's deadly Taliban attack on a Pakistani prison.

This week's attack unfolded in multiple stages, beginning with cutting the prison's electricity, detonating bombs that had been planted around the facility to breach its external wall, and ambushing the security forces that rushed to the scene.

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  20. Powder

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  21. Powder

    @George patton do you really mean it when you say "These people need to take their country back from the West and that's all there is to it!!!"
    One of their Leaders clearly said it that their aim is to conquer the West and have as spoils western wealth, women and Children. You know what they do to Women, and the girl Child whom they can marry at 8-16years?

    August 1, 2013 at 6:44 am | Reply
    • Portland tony

      Some of our "leaders" do and say stupid stuff too. As far as women go, many societies still practice the idiotic practice of arranged marriages while others practice mutilation of young girls. And these aren't jihadists or even Muslims.

      August 2, 2013 at 12:21 pm | Reply
  22. George patton

    Let's all hope that there will be more of these breaks. These people need to take their country back from the West and that's all there is to it!!!

    July 31, 2013 at 7:51 pm | Reply
    • krm1007©

      spoken like a true Pakistani, boss.

      July 31, 2013 at 10:29 pm | Reply
    • m&m

      Some of the more fun bloggers have left because they cant post, and the articles here lately are not that great and even you patton are having a difficult time stirring the masses. Off to greener fields and good luck stirring things up.

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  23. m&m

    I wonder how many insiders was involved.

    July 31, 2013 at 7:11 pm | Reply
    • m&m

      They are replenishing the ranks it seems. They need an angle for recruitment.

      August 1, 2013 at 6:15 am | Reply

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