Pakistan: Strategic import of Peshawar suicide strike

Posted: February 6, 2013 in Articles, Current Affairs, World Affairs
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Ben West examines the political and security repercussions of a recent Taliban incursion into a Peshawar air force base.
STRATEGIC IMPORTANCE: Peshawar Air Force Base is the closest base to the northwest tribal areas of Pakistan

The Pakistani Taliban continue to undermine Pakistan’s government and military establishment and in doing so, they persist in raising questions over the security of the country’s nuclear arsenal.

On December 15, ten militants armed with suicide vests and grenades attacked Peshawar Air Force Base, the site of a third major operation by the Pakistani Taliban since May 2011. Tactically, the attack was relatively unsuccessful — all the militants were killed and the perimeter of the air base was not breached — but the Pakistani Taliban nonetheless achieved their objective. The Pakistani Taliban continue to undermine Pakistan’s government and military establishment and in doing so, they persist in raising questions over the security of the country’s nuclear arsenal.

On December 15, ten militants armed with suicide vests and grenades attacked Peshawar Air Force Base, the site of a third major operation by the Pakistani Taliban since May 2011. Tactically, the attack was relatively unsuccessful — all the militants were killed and the perimeter of the air base was not breached — but the Pakistani Taliban nonetheless achieved their objective.

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