9 Officials Kidnapped in Khyber Agency; Operation Mounted

The papers are saying that there will be an operation in the Khyber Agency after 9 Khassadar officials were kidnapped. Right now it appears to be the usual gunship drive, but without a campaign such as the one mounted in Swat, this won’t accomplish much.

If they are going to use ground troops to pursue, then they better team with locals and send regular army, not Frontier Corps. From the Daily Times:

Security forces are planning to conduct a military operation in the Khyber Agency, after militants kidnapped nine security personnel of the Khasadar Force on Wednesday.

According to a Dawn News report, helicopter gunships took to the air in the area after unknown militants kidnapped a line officer and eight other Khasadar Force security personnel, along with an official vehicle, in the Khsar Khor area of the Khyber Agency. The security forces were ready to act against the militants and contingents of the Frontier Constabulary had also been ordered to arrest the kidnappers.

Also in the news:
A most Wanted Jaish-e-Muhammad terrorist was arrested in Lahore. (Where they also got Muhammad Rahim last year.)
After a peace Jirga, four Taliban Commanders responsible for burning the tankers in Torkham a couple of weeks back were released on bail.