The Pendleton Panther

The Taliban Strike Again—41 Dead

Posted on: October 13, 2009

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Pakistan and The Terror That Lies Within

A blast Monday left 41 people killed and dozens wounded in Pakistan. This latest attack highlights the increase in terrorist attacks over the last 7 years and shows that terrorist groups such as the Taliban and Al-Qaeda are still at large. There have been a “string” of recent attacks on Pakistan. The bombings occurred in the Shangla district in the unstable Swat Valley. Swat Valley has been the scene for many attacks as a result of the Taliban militants. News reporters have confirmed that these attacks were carried our by a Taliban based group in South Waziristan. The leader of the operation and the brains behind the explosion, Pakistan Taliban commander Wali-ur Rehan, was captured by military officials soon after the bombings took place. As a result of the recent attacks, security around the U.S. forces stationed in Pakistan has tightened greatly. We can assume that U.S. officials were the means and intended target of the bombings. People have traveled from all over Pakistan to pay their dues to the killed soldiers by placing flowers and gifts of sympathy on their shrines. We would like to think that terrorism is on its downfall since 9/11, the killing of Saddam Hussein and the forced hiding of Osama Bin Laden. As unfortunate as it is, however, terrorists groups are still at large and still a threat to countries all over the world, especially the United States. Terrorism is one of those ideas that will never go away but everyday we are reassured as civilians that our country is taking the necessary steps to assure safety within our country.

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