“The US is looking for a lucky dip (to hit a high-value target) by accelerating drone attacks on north Waziristan because it believes that the so-called Haqqani network is operating from there,” Kamal Hyder, an Islamabad-based security analyst, told OnIslam.net.
“And this is certainly the result of perpetual refusal from
On Saturday, at least four people were killed in a
“That is why, they (US forces) have unprecedentedly increased their attacks to weaken the dangerous network.”
The Pakistani Army is heavily engaged in ongoing relief operation after the country’s deadly floods last month, which killed more than 1,700 people.
The Army is also engaged in a major offensive in South Waziristan to uproot Hakimullah Mehsud-led Tehrik-e-Taliban
“These all areas are still restive,” said Yusufzai.
“There is no normalcy there as the forces are facing strong resistance by militants. Therefore, the Americans too feel that army cannot launch operation in
The Haqqani network is a powerful militant group notorious for deadly attacks against the US-led foreign troops in
The Haqqanis were blamed for a deadly attack on a CIA center in Bagram, which killed 16 CIA agents last year.
The group is led by Sirajuddin Haqqani, a son of former Afghan guerrilla commander, Mualvi Jalaluddin Haqqani.
Jalaluddin Haqqani, who had fought against the Soviet forces in 1980s from the platform of Hizb-e-Islami (Yunus Khalis group), later joined the Taliban regime as its minister for border affairs in 1996.
“No doubt, Haqqani network has significance importance for US forces,” said Yusufzai.
“Though it (Haqqani Network) is not causing damage to foreign forces in line with Afghan Taliban, however, it’s organized structure and capability to strike at high value targets has forced the
Security experts believe that the increasing
“There is a general perception, which I believe this is somehow true, that the US has accelerated drone attacks with a tacit support of Pakistan government, with the hope to hit a high-value target,” said Hyder, the Islamabad-based security expert.
Yusufzai shares a similar opinion.
“Earlier, there had been an apparent protest by the government over drone attacks, but nowadays they are going unnoticed,” he said.
“Even the local media doesn’t give any importance to drone attacks.”
Last year, the head of the Senate’s intelligence committee said that
Experts believe that the increased drone attacks are also aimed to ease the public unease at the nine-year Afghan conflict.
“There is no doubt that drone attacks have been effective to an extent, though they have not hit any high value target so far,” said Yusufzai.
“Al-Qaeda leaders are cleverer than Taliban, that is why they are not being hit. Even those Taliban who have been killed in these attacks were not the top leaders. They were either the third or fourth-tear leaders, or their supporters. But
“That is why it sticks to this tactic (drone attacks) because it has to justify the huge expenses in
“Taliban, unlike Al-Qaeda, are not traditional enemies of the