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7-Jul-14 World View -- Israeli police hold six suspects in the murder of Palestinian teen

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7-Jul-14 World View -- Israeli police hold six suspects in the murder of Palestinian teen

Pakistan's military attack on Taliban produces little besides chaos

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Pakistan's military attack on Taliban produces little besides chaos

Taliban militants get their hair and beards trimmed so they won't look like killers (AFP)
Taliban militants get their hair and beards trimmed so they won't look like killers (AFP)

The repercussions of the June 8-9 terrorist attack on the Jinnah International Airport in Karachi Pakistan are still being felt, in the form of a continuing military operation to "clean out" the Taliban's hideouts and weapons stores from North Waziristan in Pakistan's tribal area. The airport attack seemed finally to focus the minds of Pakistan's government so that after years of Taliban bombing of schools, mosques and markets, something was finally going to be done.

Investigations that following the airport attack revealed that many of the perpetrators were Uzbeks from the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU), a terror group with international ambitions that we're written about from time to time. The heavy IMU involvement in the Karachi airport attack indicates that the IMU is experiencing a resurgence in strength and capacity.

As of Saturday, Pakistan's military is claiming to have killed 386 militants, including dozens of Uzbeks, in the North Waziristan operation.

This has not generated much excitement among the Pakistani public, who are more concerned that the military operation is going to blow back in the form of multiple revenge terrorist attacks across the country.

Some 600,000 civilians have fled their homes in North Waziristan, many running across the border to Afghanistan, straining resources there, or else traveling north to the town of Bannu. Bannuís limited civic services were largely unable to cater to the needs of its estimated 700,000 population, but it is now required to cope with the influx of almost 500,000 internally displaced persons as well as their more than 100,000 cattle.

There are numerous reports that thousands of militants figured out that this military operation was coming, and fled the area before it started. The figure of 386 seems small compared to the thousands who have fled.

We're even seeing chatty news stories about militants who running to barber shops to get their hair and beards trim, so that they'll look like "ordinary people," rather than murderers.

Other stories reveal that these hard core militants who demand that everyone else follow austere Sharia law, avoiding anything from the West don't practice what they preach. The extort money from poor civilians and use it to buy French and Turkish perfumes, body sprays and soaps, presumably so they'll smell good the next they rape and decapitate a pretty girl.

The military has been helpless against the Taliban for years, and there's no reason to assume that things have changed much. Furthermore, some of the Taliban groups are actually funded by Pakistani agencies, to have them at the ready for a future war with India, possibly in Kashmir. So most Pakistanis appear to be cynical about the attempt to "clean out" the Taliban, and are more worried about how the Taliban are going to get revenge than anything else. The National (UAE) and The News (Pakistan) and Arab News and AFP

Israeli police hold six suspects in the murder of Palestinian teen

Israeli officials are hoping that the swift action by police in identifying the killers of the Palestinian teen Muhammad Abu Khdeir within four days of his being lynched and burned alive will cool off the tension between Israelis and Palestinians. Six young Jewish males were arrested on Sunday on suspicion of having perpetrated the crime. Most Israelis are sickened and disgusted by the lynching, but from reports I've read I get the impression that there is sizable minority of Israelis, probably mostly in younger generations, who consider the lynching to be deserved retribution and justice. There has been a small but growing Israeli anti-Palestinian terrorist gangs for a number of years, but the murder of Khdeir is exception for its brutality. The worst case scenario for Israel is the realization of a tribal and communal war waged by hatred and revenge on both sides, spiraling out of control. AP and Jerusalem Post

Israeli airstrikes kill seven Gaza gunmen

Israel launched a series of air strikes on Gaza early on Monday in response to repeated rocket fire on southern Israel, and Hamas said that seven of its gunmen were killed. Israeli military authorities confirmed the strikes, saying they "responded to rocket attacks against southern Israel," targeting 9 "terror" sites and concealed rocket launchers. They said the attacks had made "direct hits."

The rocket attacks from Gaza have split the Israeli cabinet, according to reports. Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is advocating a cautious approach, in order to avoid further inflaming the situation, while several ministers, led by foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman, criticized Netanyahu for the tepid response to rocket fire from Gaza. Reuters and Jerusalem Post

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