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article imagePakistan's Operation Zarb-e-Azb breaking Taliban's hold in North Special

By George McGinn     Jul 22, 2014 in World
Pakistan's Operation Zarb-e-Azb has decimated the Taliban stronghold in the North Waziristan Agency, crippling its ability to wage a war against Pakistan and invade Afghanistan once U.S. withdraws its troops.
Operation Zarb-e-Azb
After its successful operation allowing peaceful elections in Afghanistan by preventing the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) from crossing the border into Afghanistan, the Pakistani military stepped up its efforts on June 14 and went on the offensive in the fight against the Taliban in Pakistan who made the northern Pak-Afghan border area in North Waziristan Agency its headquarters.
Troops during house to house search in Miranshah. Ground operation was launched early in the morning...
Troops during house to house search in Miranshah. Ground operation was launched early in the morning in North wazirastan Agency.
ISPR – Pakistan Army
Operation Zarb-e-Azb charges the armed forces from Pakistan's military, Air force and law enforcement agencies to launch comprehensive missions to eradicate local and foreign terrorists who are hiding in sanctuaries in North Waziristan Agency as well as using the tribal territory as a base of operations.
Military missions target buildings, infrastructure, bomb factories and other hiding areas and training camps with airstrikes and ground troops that is used by the Taliban.
Pakistani military, law enforcement and other agencies are participating in the operation. Fighter jets and Pakistan's newly renovated Cobra gunships have successfully destroyed targets and provide surveillance for future missions.
The Taliban in the North Waziristan Agency
The TTP has been using the Pakistan-Afghanistan border in the North Waziristan Agency as a launching place for hit-and-run attacks against the US military, Afghan Security Forces and Pakistan Security Forces. The close proximity to U.S. and Afghan bases allows for a quick retreat back to the relative safety of Pakistan, as the U.S. and Afghanistan military cannot chase them across the border back into Pakistan.
The North Waziristan Agency is close to Pakistan's capital, Islamabad, allowing the Taliban to strike targets in the city with ease and wage war.
Security Forces carrying out house to house search operation in Miranshah   North Wazirastan Agency
Security Forces carrying out house to house search operation in Miranshah , North Wazirastan Agency
ISPR – Pakistan Army
"Using North Waziristan as a base, these terrorists had waged a war against the state of Pakistan and had been disrupting our national life in all its dimensions, stunting our economic growth and causing enormous loss of life and property," said a military spokesman by email to a Digital Journal reporter through the Director General, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). "They had also paralyzed life within the agency and had perpetually terrorized the entire peace loving and patriotic local population."
Anonymous sources within the Pakistan Army said the TTP has been building up its forces, supplies and infrastructure in North Waziristan in anticipation of the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, promising to return and remove the current elected government and rule once more.
Results of Operation Zarb-e-Azb
Pakistani Army Maj. Tariq provided Digital Journal with operational results reported between June 15 and July 4:
• 376 terrorists have been killed,
• 19 surrendered,
• 61 hideouts destroyed.
• 19 Pakistani military and various law enforcement agencies were martyred
• 10 injured.
In other updates provided to the Digital Journal by various sources through the ISPR, between July 5 and July 16 an additional: 74-plus an unknown number of terrorists killed, including 35 who tried to leave the cordoned off area around the North Waziristan Agency (created after the military relocated about 500,000 civilians), 24 hideouts destroyed, and large numbers of IEDs, weapons and ammo, suicide vests, and explosive filled vehicles were captured and destroyed.
The Pakistan Security Forces suffered six killed and two wounded.
Artillery targeting terrorists hideouts in Miranshah
Artillery targeting terrorists hideouts in Miranshah
ISPR - Pakistan Army
On June 30, the Pakistani Security Forces captured a major IDE factory in Miran Shah, a town and administrative headquarters of the North Waziristan Agency in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan.
Security forces recovered more than 700 prepared pipe bombs, 10 anti-tank mines, 225 explosive-filled cylinders, more than 100 empty cylinders, training materials, and other items such as prepared explosive packs, wiring and welding equipment used in making IED's.
Military sources said this capture of the IDE factory dealt a major blow to the TTP's ability to execute its plans of terrorizing the border to Afghanistan and target U.S. and Afghan Security Forces military bases and troops.
Humanitarian efforts for Pakistan's displaced persons (IDPs)
COAS and Prime Minister of Pakistan  Muhammad Nawaz Sharif During his visit to IDPs Camp Bannu.
COAS and Prime Minister of Pakistan, Muhammad Nawaz Sharif During his visit to IDPs Camp Bannu.
ISPR – Pakistan Army
Before the start of Operation Zarb-e-Azb, the military and law enforcement evacuated the entire civilian population, killing anyone fleeing and identified as a terrorist.
Once the civilians were cleared from the area and placed in camps, the area was cordoned off, leaving no one but terrorists occupying North Waziristan Agency, allowing unrestricted military operations.
Maj. Tariq provided a Digital Journal reporter with complete information on the humanitarian aid being given to the some 500,000 civilians displaced by Operation Zarb-e-Azb and placed in a number of camps in the surrounding areas.
Maj. Tariq said Rawalpindi Corps personnel delivered a second delivery of supplies to the civilians displaced by the fighting. Thirty-two trucks carrying 220 tons of rations, including flour, rice, sugar, lentils, cooking oil, dry milk and tea, to Internally Displaced People (IDPs) of North Waziristan Agency.
Residents of Islamabad and Rawalpindi donated needed rations at collection points established by the Pakistan Army. The Rawalpindi Corps has delivered a total of 440 tons of food and other aid to the IDP's.
With other data provided by the ISPR via email communications to Digital Journal, other IDP camps received an additional 1,012 tons of rations, and Army doctors were relocated to help local medical efforts in Bannu providing medical services to IDPs.
To date, 96,533 ration packs, each 110 Kilograms have been distributed to IDPs, and 12,587 patients have been treated by the Pakistan Army, and 221,000 IDPs have also received Polio vaccinations.
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