USS Abraham Lincoln Moved Near Pakistani Coast, Special Forces Poised for Operations Inside Pakistan

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IBDEditorials.com reports that hawks in the Pentagon and CIA have managed to convince the White House to adopt a more aggressive, go-it-alone policy in response to Pakistan’s failure to disrupt terrorist training camps and cross-border attacks against U.S. troops and the Afghan government.

Quoting the hard hitting piece:
Politics and diplomacy had not produced the desired results, and they’ve had ample opportunity to work. For nearly seven years now — as we’ve coaxed, cajoled and even bribed our “ally” with billions in aid — Osama bin Laden and his henchmen have remained hidden inside Pakistan’s tribal areas. Patience with Islamabad has run out. It’s time for unilateral military action.

The U.S. military confirms it is sending extra air power to the Afghanistan-Pakistan border by moving the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) from the Persian Gulf to the Gulf of Oman. The battle group ostensibly will provide air support for special forces who reportedly have been given the green light — after tumultuous debate within the White House — to conduct raids deep inside Pakistan’s tribal belt to eradicate al-Qaida and Taliban bases.
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Islamabad’s ineffective campaign makes it “imperative that U.S. forces be allowed to pursue the Taliban and al-Qaida in tribal areas inside Pakistan,” said Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas. “If we don’t do something now, they’re going to strike us again (in the U.S.), and it is going to be out of this area.”
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At the same time, President Bush confirmed rumors he’s authorized a troop escalation in the region in 2009. He didn’t offer details, but Pentagon officials expect about 6,000 in reinforcements, raising U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan to about 40,000.

Read more at India Defence

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