Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Swat Taliban leader vows to seize assets of pro-army 'traitors' - Adnkronos Security

Pakistan: Swat Taliban leader vows to seize assets of pro-army
'traitors' - Adnkronos Security: "Mingora, 21 July (AKI) - By Syed
Saleem Shahzad - As thousands of people continued to return to
Pakistan's troubled northwest Swat region, local Taliban chief Mullah
Fazlullah vowed to seize property belonging to families who have
backed the ongoing military operation in Swat.

Militant sources told Adnkronos International they have been waiting
for the refugees to return to Swat so they can use them as human
shields against the military.

The militants have also been waiting for the onset of winter when
snowfalls will cut off military supplies, the sources said

"Once these two things happen, militants will once again occupy 90
percent of the valley," a militant told AKI.

According to the Pakistani military, more than 2,000 Taliban have been
killed and the local Taliban have been completely defeated in the
three-month-long offensive to quash insurgents in the restive region.

Some three million people fled the conflict, which began earlier this
year in Swat district and spread to the neighbouring districts of
Buner and Lower Dir. Militants are fighting to introduce strict
Islamic law in Swat and several surrounding areas."...

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