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Waziristan Operation (Rah-e-Nejad) Week One

Waziristan Operation (Rah-e-Nejad) Week One

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Operation Raj-e-Nejad launched by Pakistan military on October 17. This document contains maps, stats regarding operation how Pakistan military advances with help of maps and other essential details of militants.
Operation Raj-e-Nejad launched by Pakistan military on October 17. This document contains maps, stats regarding operation how Pakistan military advances with help of maps and other essential details of militants.

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Published by: Gul Ayaz on Nov 01, 2009
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The War in Waziristan:
Week 1 Analysis of Operation Rah-e-Nijat
By Reza Jan and Charlie Szrom
 
Background
August 6, 2008: Pakistan begins a military operation in BajaurAgency
April 28, 2009: Pakistan begins operation in Swat to clear militants led by MaulanaFazlullah, low-level violence continues up to present after initial clearing
May 17: President Ali AsifZardari
declares, “We’re going to go into Waziristan.”
June 28: Hafiz GulBahadur, Taliban commander in North Waziristan, ambushes convoyand September 2006 truce
July 16: Infantry and armor arrives in Miranshah, North Waziristan and Tank district
August 5: BeitullahMehsudkilled in drone strike near Makin, South Waziristan
August 22: HakimullahMehsuddeclared TTP Leader
September 22: Large clashes between militants and security forces in North Waziristan
October 5: TTP attacks UNWFP office in Islamabad
October 9: Car bomb explodes in Peshawar’s Khyber bazaar
October 10: General Headquarters (GHQ) of the Pakistani military attacked
October 15: Simultaneous attacks on law enforcement facilities in Lahore
October 16: Government meets and decides to launch operation at behest of Pakistanimilitary head General AshfeqParvezKayani, who urges the commencement to respond torecent terror attacks
October 17: Operation Rah-e-Nijat(Path to Deliverance) begins
 
Pakistani Forces in Area of Operations
Ground Forces
Total
: 36,000-40,000 soldiers
Regulars:
28,000-30,000 men
 –
two divisions from XI Corps, which is based inPeshawar and commanded by Lt. Gen. Mohammad Masood Aslam7th Infantry Division, operating in North Waziristan and commanded by Maj.Gen. NaweedZaman; home base is Mardan(NWFP, NW of Islamabad)
Likely involved in the northern front of the operation, between Razmakand Makin
9th Infantry Division, operating in South Waziristan and commanded by Maj.Gen. Khalid Rabbani; home base is Kohat(NWFP, not far from N. Waziristan)
Likely split between the two southern fronts of the operation, on the west side at Wana/ Shanainorth to Sharwangiand on the east side at Jandolanorth to SpinkaiRaghzai, Kotkaiand Sara Rogha
Frontier Corps (FC):
8,000-10,000 men
 –two “corps” (3,000
-5,000 each) likely drawnfrom local units. Frontier Corps headquartered in Peshawar and commanded by Maj.Gen. Tariq Khan.
Special Forces
: 500 commandos from the Special Services Group (SSG)
Aviation:
31st and 32nd Army Aviation Squadron (helicopters), whose home base is inMardan; portion based in Miranshah(26 miles from theater)

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