US Top Military Commander Realizes Effectiveness of Zarb-e-Azb

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KABUL – At least one top US military commander has realized the blunder reported in a report prepared by Department of Defence (DoD) and accepted the effectiveness of Pakistan’s anti-insurgency operation Zarb-e-Azb.

Lieutenant General Joseph Anderson – one of the senior commanders for US and NATO forces in Afghanistan – has admitted before US high officials in Pentagon (US Military Headquarters) that ‘due to Zarb-e-Azb Haqqani Network is now fractured.’

General Joseph made this comment during a video briefing from Afghanistan.

“They are fractured. They are fractured like the Taliban is. That’s based pretty much on the Pakistan [operations] in North Waziristan this entire summer-fall,” he said, acknowledging the effectiveness of Pakistan’s continuing military offensive, Zarb-e-Azb.

“That has very much disrupted their efforts [in Afghanistan] and has caused them to be less effective in terms of their ability to pull off an attack in Kabul,”¬†General Joseph added.

It was only yesterday that Foreign Office of Pakistan (FoP) launched an official protest with the US over an ‘unsubstantiated’ report in which it was reported that¬†“Taliban attacks in Afghanistan launched from sanctuaries in Pakistan remain a serious problem. These sanctuaries exist primarily in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and Baluchistan.”

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