Security forces kill 12 suspected militants in Orakzai Agency

Fighter jets target militants’ hideouts in the Mamozai are of Upper Orakzai.


Web Desk February 07, 2013
A file photo of Pakistani F-16 jets. PHOTO: PPI

ORAKZAI AGENCY: Security forces killed 12 suspected militants in an air raid in Orakzai Agency on Thursday, Express News reported.

Fighter jets targeted militant hideouts in the Mamozai are of Upper Orakzai.

According to sources, five hideouts were destroyed in the attack.

Earlier on February 6, eight suspected militants were killed in a similar raid. It was the fifth such attack on militants this year. According to security forces, the previous four air raids killed around 38 militants, while 11 hideouts were destroyed. However, the exact figures are difficult to verify.

Strategic importance of Orakzai Agency

Orakzai Agency is strategically an important area. Covering an area of 700 square miles, the agency shares its borders with Kurram and Khyber agencies, Hangu district and Kohat, Darra Adamkhel.

It is the only agency among seven that does not share a border with Afghanistan. Its estimated population is 450,000. Since 2010, most of the agency was believed to be a safe haven for local and foreign militants, but security forces launched an operation to eliminate them. The operation is still continuing.

Around 97% of the agency has been reclaimed from militants.

COMMENTS (15)

Enlightened | 8 years ago | Reply

@Adnan Siddiqi: You have failed to notice that I have mentioned US offer to conduct COIN type of coordinated operations on both sides of border involving both countries which was unacceptable to the military. The operations against Taliban were flawed right from its launching as the military ordered evacuation of the civilian population but the militants too took advantage by melting away into safe havens and with their cadres and fighting machinery still intact came back to the areas liberated by the army and continued their killing spree. The military did not consolidate its gains by occupying the area but left it to be defended by local militia who were too weak and ill-equipped to defend. Such strategy is self-defeating and not employed by any professional army fighting a motivated terrorist outfit like Taliban and I do have some field experience in CI ops to make this statement.

Adnan Siddiqi | 8 years ago | Reply

@Enlightened:

COIN can only be successful when the conflict is localized into one particular territory. The problem here is that the supply lines of these militants run all the way back into Afghanistan through the porous Durand Line. These militants are hammered into oblivion by our security forces and their residuals fall back across the border only to rearm, regroup and then cross-over to inflict more mayhem. Naturally, our security forces do not have the mandate nor the will to go into a hot pursuit of these militants.

I agree that air power is of little or no value in assymmetric warfare and our military planners need to carefully study the Rhodesian Bush War which centered around strategic deployment of specialized combat soldiers who relied heavily on para drops and swift helicopter assaults near the theater of operations.

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