facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Floods delay Pakistan anti-insurgent fight

Sept. 14, 2010 at 2:23 PM   |   Comments

| License Photo
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Pakistani military officials say the country's recent devastating floods have delayed and interrupted the offensive against the Taliban.

At one point, about 72,000 government soldiers were being deployed for flood relief, either directly or safeguarding U.S. helicopters, The New York Times reported. While Major Gen. Athar Abbas, a spokesman for the Pakistani military, said most of the troops involved in the battle against insurgents in the northwest remained there, he said the Army has been stretched thin, flooding has cut supply lines, and equipment, including helicopters, has been diverted.

"It has draw the Army's attention for different reasons," he said.

Abbas said that in some regions of Pakistan the military has moved from offense to defense to safeguard territory already seized from insurgents. Planned operations in North Waziristan, already delayed, have been put on hold, and troops will occupy the Swat Valley for six months longer than planned, he said.

Topics: Athar Abbas
© 2010 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Poland buys medium-range missiles from U.S. Poland buys medium-range missiles from U.S.
2
Great white shark circling surfers photographed by drone Great white shark circling surfers photographed by drone
3
Watch: News anchor resigns live on-air to sell pot, '[Expletive] it, I quit' Watch: News anchor resigns live on-air to sell pot, '[Expletive] it, I quit'
4
Rutgers sophomore Caitlyn Kovacs dead after visit to Delta Kappa Epsilon frat house Rutgers sophomore Caitlyn Kovacs dead after visit to Delta Kappa Epsilon frat house
5
Hiker dead in apparent bear attack in New Jersey Hiker dead in apparent bear attack in New Jersey
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback