Pakistan militants hit air force base
By CHRIS BRUMMITT, Associated Press Writer Chris Brummitt, Associated Press Writer 19 mins ago
ISLAMABAD – A suicide bomber on a bicycle attacked a major Pakistani air base on Friday, killing seven people in an escalating campaign that strikes at the heart of this nuclear-armed nation's security forces.
The strike was one of three bombings in northwest Pakistan that killed 24 people and wounded at least 28 as the army pushed a seven-day offensive deeper into al-Qaida and Taliban territory close to the Afghan border.About 200 people have been killed this month in a string of militant attacks on military, police and civilian targets nationwide. The onslaught is undermining confidence in the U.S-backed government and risks sapping public support for the assault in South Waziristan.The civilian government and politically powerful military are under intense international pressure to root out Islamist militants that are also blamed for rising attacks on U.S. and NATO troops across the frontier in Afghanistan.
Hopefully, the Pakis have determined that the Islamic threat is real. Before, they showed less than desirable resolve when it came to doing the hard work of waging a sustained and real war against their bad guys. As soon as they took too many casualties, they backed off and tried to make deals. Maybe, this time will be different. If it is, and the Pakis press the offensive, we could finally see some progress in Afghanistan. But don't be surprised if the UN tries to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory by calling for cessation and peace talks.