Pakistan’s military is now bemoaning the US pullout of Afghanistan, because the Taliban are stepping up attacks inside Pakistan. According to a Bloomburg report:
“In the past we never had this kind of experience, where 200 to 300 militants attacked us,” [Pakistani Military spokesman, Major General] Abbas said yesterday in an interview at Pakistan’s army headquarters in Rawalpindi. “It’s a big body in this mountainous terrain” and shows that the militants have established bases in northeastern Afghanistan that can house, feed and transport such groups, he said.
Pakistan’s complaint about the Taliban filling a power vacuum in Afghanistan comes as President Barack Obama pledged June 22 to withdraw 33,000 U.S. soldiers between this month and the end of next year, replacing them with Afghan troops and police the U.S. is helping to train.
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My initial reaction? Boo hoo.
Okay, that was admittedly a bit infantile, but… The Pakistanis tip off local militants about US strikes whenever they get the chance, then whine about the growth of Taliban attacks on them?