Pakistani Taliban ‘chopped off the heads’ of 7 Pakistani soldiers in South Waziristan

The Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan claimed to have “chopped off the heads” of seven Pakistani soldiers after attacking a military outpost in South Waziristan. In all, the Taliban claimed to have killed 20 Pakistani soldiers during the attack.

The claim was made yesterday by Ishanullah Ihsan, the spokesman for the al Qaeda-linked Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, in an email sent to The Long War Journal.

Ihsan said that 20 Pakistani troops were killed after the Taliban attacked their camp in Badar, and that 29 assault rifles, three RPGs, a machinegun, a sniper rifle, a submachine gun, and “thousands of cartridges and many small military equipments” were seized during the raid. Ihsan said seven of the soldiers were beheaded in accordance with sharia, or Islamic Law.

“Mujahideen also chopped off the heads of 7 captured soldiers as Shariah directs them to do with enemies of Islam,” Ihsan said.

In the past, the Taliban previously released videos of the execution and beheading of Pakistani troops. On June 28, a video showing the heads of 17 Pakistani soldiers who had served in the district of Dir was released by the Taliban.

Pakistani officials confirmed that fighting took place at the Badar camp, and claimed that 18 Taliban fighters and only eight soldiers were killed during the clash, according to The Nation. Ihsan said that only one Taliban fighter was killed during the attack.

The Taliban have been battling the Pakistani military in the Mehsud areas of South Waziristan for nearly three years. In the fall of 2009, the military launched an operation to defeat the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, and in mid-November of that year claimed to have defeated the group in South Waziristan. But the Taliban group withdrew the bulk of its forces from the Mehsud tribal areas and relocated to neighboring tribal areas, maintaining a rearguard to fight the Pakistani military.

The Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan’s South Waziristan branch, which is led by Waliur Rahman Mehsud, later returned to the tribal agency and stepped up the fight against the Pakistani military. Most of the engagements in South Waziristan are initiated by the Taliban, who have assaulted bases and checkposts, and ambushed military convoys.

Although it is now nearly three years since the Pakistani military commenced the South Waziristan operation, only one of the six areas targeted — Sararogha — has been certified by the military as cleared, according to a report in Dawn that was published on Aug. 5. The other five areas — Shawal, Sarwakai, Tairza, Makeen, and Ladha — are still contested.

Bill Roggio is a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and the Editor of FDD's Long War Journal.

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  • villiger says:

    Kashmiri chickens coming home to roost.
    To Pakistanis: Why are Mullah Omar, Haqqani and Zawahiri worth more than 35,000 (as claimed) of your own people dead?

  • Brian Tobler says:

    And we’re worried about peeing on bodies.

  • yash says:

    Pure muslims are being killed by even purer muslims…this is what Pakistan is all about

  • villiger says:

    Bill, why not ask Ihsan about Baddy Haqqani. The Guardian is reporting Pakistani confirmation of his death.

  • chaudhry Darkhor says:

    @Villager, Sir, let me give our honest opinion why those people are more important to Pakistan than 35,000+ pak soldiers: Good Taliban are our strategic assets. The moment NATO leaves Afghanistan obviously Taliban will move in and will take over the country and as you know the Central Asian Taliban are among Good Taliban… so when Afghanistan got secured then it will be time for Central Asia by their own Taliban from Afghan soil and guess who would call all the shots? Pakistannnnnnn!!! Guess who will be bigger and more powerful than any other countries in the region? Pakistannnnn!!!! So tell me, if you were a Pakistani witch you are not my Indian friend, to you the whole Central Asia would be more important to have or 35,000 souls who will die soon or later no matter what!?

  • what you should ponder upon is why this website is banned in pakistan by pakistan telecommunication authority?
    it was banned only recently.
    to the pakistanis: you should ponder upon that too.
    and look at this as well. might give you a clue as to who is lying and who is telling the truth about everything in this war:

  • Matt says:

    same old lame brained, clueless comments, as usual…

  • Scott says:

    Remember the Pakistani outrage, the public demonstrations, the Pakistanis closing our supply routes – all because we killed some of their troops (which was most likely justified)? Remember all that?
    Where is the outrage now?
    (Crickets chirping)

  • bard207 says:

    chaudhry Darkhor,
    Exactly what is the ultimate goal for Pakistan in having the Taliban controlling land in Afghanistan and perhaps a few isolated parts of Central Asia?
    China has changed some over the decades so that it could get economic development going and thus being able to raise the standard of living for its citizens.
    For Pakistan to get economic development going, it will need to change from the current path – direction that it is on.
    Based on news and trends, Pakistan is unable to change direction and will continue going around the world with the Begging Bowl.
    If Pakistanis want to think that they are citizens of a powerful country while continuing to be dependent on the Begging Bowl, then good luck to them since they are definitely go to need it.

  • villiger says:

    You’re on a path to suicide, go ahead.
    Doesn’t matter if you add n to the power of infinity at the end of the name Paqistan. Paqistan is a regressive state and big/long-time sponsor of terror, which has to unravel. What you are doing is contributing to your demise. Carry on.

  • Able Danger says:

    No Pakistan outrage because there is no one to $hake down!
    Second, not only will Afghanistan devolve into who knows what after the US withdraws, but Pakistan will too!
    I wonder if they are counting on the good graces of the ChiCom PLA to save them from themselves.
    Go bowling into the future with the heads of yesterday.
    PakiAfganPersian alliance? Nukes – Heroin – Oil


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