Taliban beheads 13 Pakistani soldiers

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May 8, 2012 – 2:44AM

AP

Taliban fighters have killed 14 Pakistani soldiers in a key militant sanctuary along the Afghan border, beheading all but one of them and hanging two of the heads from wooden poles in the centre of town, officials say.

The killings in Miran Shah, the main town in the North Waziristan tribal area, highlight the dilemma facing the military in dealing with an area used by both the country’s fiercest enemy, the Pakistani Taliban, and Afghan and Pakistani militants believed to be close to the government who are battling US-led forces in neighbouring Afghanistan.

The US has repeatedly demanded that Pakistan launch an offensive in North Waziristan, especially against the so-called Haqqani network. Pakistan has promised to do so in the future, but claims its forces are stretched too thin right now fighting the Pakistani Taliban in other parts of the tribal region.

“Something has to be done, and it’s in the offing,” Lt Gen Khalid Rabbani, the army’s top commander in the northwest, told The Associated Press on Monday. “North Waziristan is the only place left” that hasn’t been the target of an operation, he said.

Many analysts believe Pakistan is reluctant to target militants in North Waziristan with whom it has strong historical ties and could be useful allies in Afghanistan after foreign forces withdraw. But those militants are also allies with the Pakistani Taliban, complicating matters even further.

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