first published on September 23, 2017 by Will
Video, including close drone footage, shows a Pak Mil raid on an isolated Pakistani Taliban (TTP) stronghold.
The video starts out with a large ground force of Pakistan military forces closing in a suspected insurgent mud huts. Soon, militants engage the government forces from a hilltop dwelling. The troops return fire and then Cobra attack helicopters are called in to engage the enemy position. The low, slow flying passes of the attack helicopters is enough to make any Western military combat arms service member cringe. There doesn’t seem to be any practical reason for the pilot of such an expensive and important asset to put it at such great risk of being brought down by an easy burst of small arms fire.
The Taliban fighters that aren’t killed in the airstrikes are flushed out into the kill zones of waiting soldiers and are shot down. The troops then go on to clear each mud hut individually. Later in the video, the soldiers can be seen throwing grenades into the houses before entering them. One of the grenades causes a roof to collapse. An absolute gaggle of Pakistani troops, decked out in sweet tactical gear, just stroll around in unorganized groups with the appearance of little or no command and control. You can dip a dog turd in gold… but it’s still nothing more than a shiny turd.
Although the Pakistan government has put pressure on the TTP Taliban, they have done little to oppose the groups the US is currently fighting, such as the Afghan Taliban and Haqqani Network. Years of evidence actually points to the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), the Pakistani version of the CIA, funding and facilitating our enemies.
President Trump called them out in a recent press conference saying that we could, “No longer be silent about Pakistan’s safe havens for terrorist organizations… We have been paying Pakistan billions and billions of dollars, at the same time, they are housing the very terrorists we are fighting … that must change immediately.”