Who lost Kyrgyzstan?

posted at 5:59 pm on February 19, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

The new administration just got an object lesson in power politics, and now has given Russia control over the supply lines to the biggest effort in the war on terror.  Just when Barack Obama announced an increase in troop levels in Afghanistan, the Kyrgyz parliament almost unanimously backed President Bakiyev’s decision to evict the US out of Manas AFB, a key part of our lines of communication into Afghanistan.  Now the US will likely have to rely on Russia to move troops and materiel, putting Vladimir Putin in charge of the NATO operation:

The Kyrgyz parliament voted Thursday to force the U.S. military to abandon its air base here — part of what many say is a Kremlin-backed initiative — posing a severe setback to American efforts in Afghanistan.

The vote, a resounding 78-1, signaled that Kyrgyzstan’s government is ready to follow through on its president’s threat to close the Manas Air Base.

Now that the parliament has passed the measure, all that remains is for President Kurmanbek Bakiyev to sign it and his government to issue an eviction notice giving the Americans 180 days to pack up.

This should have been an easy move for the Obama administration.  They needed to outbid the Russians, who are now cash-poor after the collapse in oil prices over the last six months.  Instead, as comments from the Kyrgyz parliament make clear, the US waffled around until they ran out of time for a counteroffer.

How easy was this for Putin?  He wants leverage against NATO expansion to include Georgia and Ukraine.  With energy prices crashing, he can’t afford to cut off Europe any more.  This move was as clear to see as anything else on the Great Game table.  NATO’s most vulnerable in its supply lines into Afghanistan, and Kyrgyzstan holds the key.  Putin offers to give NATO some supply lines, and then makes sure he has the only paths possible for resupply by buying out the Kyrgyzstan government.

A child could have seen this coming.  After Putin played the card two weeks ago, the Obama administration still could have responded by upping the ante.  Instead, for some reason, Obama sat on his hands and allowed himself to get punked by Putin:

One Kyrgyz parliament member seemed to suggest that the small country — with a population of some 5.3 million — would take what it could get.

“Our government has the full right, without explaining anything, to terminate this agreement,” said Alisher Sabirov, a deputy with the president’s party. “Our friends are not those who are stronger, but those who help us.”

Of course, and our side should have understood that.  It sounds as though we’re seeing the replay of the Carter administration in losing friends and influence on the foreign stage.


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I suspect that our side did understand that, but they’re only on the field now, not in control, and someone else is calling the plays. Too bad that the game is not no-score-keeping T-ball for our players.

htom on February 19, 2009 at 7:49 PM

Putin to Obama:

“How does my a$$ taste….”

BobMbx on February 19, 2009 at 7:50 PM

Didn’t you get the memo?

Montana on February 19, 2009 at 7:05 PM

No and neither did our enemies.

I’d rather the filthy liar, who doesn’t have a clue in these situations, to leave the status quo than deciding that God has told him what to do with our overseas bases. The GWB policies were not perfect but it is clear the filthy liar doesn’t even put foreign affairs as a priorty- my guess is that because these are long-term issues that doesn’t give him the opportunity to jet in for photo-ops.

highhopes on February 19, 2009 at 7:52 PM

good job Obambi and Shillery. Wait…Where is Shillery?

cobrakai99 on February 19, 2009 at 6:05 PM

Busy getting rolled by the Norks, I think.

trigon on February 19, 2009 at 7:57 PM

Dare I suggest that this was an act of legendary incompetence?

TastyPanda on February 19, 2009 at 7:59 PM

If disco and leisure suits come back, that’s it I’m out. Not only did the economy suck under the peanut farmer but music and fashion…

But didn’t That 70′s sham make the 70′s hip and cool again. I see many teens and twenty somethings especially in pop culture wandering around with the “I havn’t washed my hair in a week scruffy look” around. Also, I believe except for a brief period in the 90′s, “rock is dead my friend.”

cobrakai99 on February 19, 2009 at 8:06 PM

What Obama, and Hillary, and Carter failed to understand is that in International Relations decisions are guided by:

1) Mutual interests.

2) Differing interests.

Thus, if a Nation desires to do something that will enhance its position, prosperity, or power, it will seek accommodation when it is weak. When it is strong, it simply takes what it desires with threat of war to back it up. Or, a Nation compels lesser players to accept that they are weak, with the threat of war, and takes what it desires.

If two or more nations have mutual interests, then it is relatively easy to engage in trade-off’s…with each nation being relatively satisfied with their portion of the pie, so to speak.

In no point in the history of mankind, has being “nice” been a successful long-term strategy for survival in a harsh world.

The Left, and the Dems, and Obama, and Hillary, and as many of us lived through, the Carter years, being “nice” cost us greatly over the long run…and cost hundreds of thousands, if not millions, their lives, livelihoods and national identities…and here we are, again, watching another Administration offering limp carrots…and having no stick.

coldwarrior on February 19, 2009 at 8:06 PM

Bull. Jindal isn’t a potential Reagan? Palin isn’t a potential Reagan? I think we will all be pleasantly surprised .

BlameAmericaLast on February 19, 2009 at 7:43 PM

I hope, but I honestly don’t see anyone with the integrity, guts, vision and intellect of reagan…I remember seeing reagan debating buckley about the panama canal on ‘firing line’ he was a brilliant man.

right4life on February 19, 2009 at 8:11 PM

The US could resist with force.

Libertarian Joseph on February 19, 2009 at 8:17 PM

… and then, Putin lectures on how the US needs to avoid the evils of SOCIALISM. Bwahahahahaha! That dude has a pair, ya gotta admit.

As Dick Morris says, it’s Amateur Hour at the White House.

What’s Russian for “teabag”?

Changucopia on February 19, 2009 at 8:21 PM

Wasn’t Putin a KGB guy?

Libertarian Joseph on February 19, 2009 at 8:23 PM

Total and complete disaster for Afghanistan and the majority of its people that are tired of war, they will be the ultimate victims of Putins power play and Obama’s fleckless nothing. Our supply lines will collapse, we will be lucky to maintain the current troop level never mind Omoron’s additional 17K. All Hail the destruction of America and its influence!

dmann on February 19, 2009 at 8:26 PM

right4life on February 19, 2009 at 8:11 PM

Yes, he was! =)

BlameAmericaLast on February 19, 2009 at 8:29 PM

Wasn’t Putin a KGB guy?

Libertarian Joseph on February 19, 2009 at 8:23 PM

Putin made his bones as a KGB officer in Dresden, East Germany, spying on fellow Soviets and on the East German leadership to ensure their loyalty. He was never targeted against the US or NATO…and this is significant. He turned on his own people whenever it was expedient to do so…and was able to use fear and threats, and brute force, to make sure those he went up against ended up either dead, or totally loyal to him. This explains his rapid rise in the Soviet hierarchy after he left East Germany after the Wall was taken down. Contrary to accepted myth, he did not engage in “recruiting” East Germans to work in the West…he “recruited” [coerced] East Germans and Soviets to spy on each other.

coldwarrior on February 19, 2009 at 8:30 PM

I hope, but I honestly don’t see anyone with the integrity, guts, vision and intellect of reagan…I remember seeing reagan debating buckley about the panama canal on ‘firing line’ he was a brilliant man.

right4life on February 19, 2009 at 8:11 PM

Too bad he didn’t do anything he said he was going to do.

Libertarian Joseph on February 19, 2009 at 8:31 PM

Too bad he didn’t do anything he said he was going to do.

Libertarian Joseph on February 19, 2009 at 8:31 PM

Referring to Reagan?

Actually being part of the Reagan team back in the 80′s, we did one hell of a lot of what Reagan said he was going to do…except for that little part about outlawing the Soviet Union and having the bombing start in five minutes.

coldwarrior on February 19, 2009 at 8:35 PM

Getting rid of the Department of Education?

Libertarian Joseph on February 19, 2009 at 8:36 PM

Every day this administration underscores the fact style only trumps substance on the fashion runway and apparently political campaigns.

moxie_neanderthal on February 19, 2009 at 8:37 PM

Getting rid of the Department of Education?

Libertarian Joseph on February 19, 2009 at 8:36 PM

Really, bro. Think for a minute. What Democratic Congress do you know that would pass that? I thought so.

BlameAmericaLast on February 19, 2009 at 8:49 PM

Since the Oval Office is currently populated by a foreign policy invertebrate, expect to see Russia continue to expand its influence to the southern Muslim states (they can’t go north, a very strong China’s to the east, and Russia’s control over the EU’s natural gas supply eliminates that need).

The Soviet bloc “stan” countries contain quite a bit of what will be the major strategic resource of the 21st century: energy resources. Russia’s already deeply in bed with Iran, which is positioning itself to try to be the major player in the energy-rich Middle East (to Saudi Arabia’s great anxiety).

Given the animosity of the Muslim countries toward Israel, countries which are hemorrhaging money in the current oil market (richer Muslim nations historically has meant less aggression twd Israel, and vice versa), don’t be surprised if we see a string of wars on Israel by her neighbors.

I’m personally waiting for a joint attack by Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, and Hamas-run Gaza. Jordan’s the only piece there that has peaceful relations with Israel — but that may be changing.

Other than that, keep your eyes on Turkey. If Turkey swings back to a traditional (anti-Israeli) Islamic culture, keep your eyes peeled for a big war against Israel. Turkey’s a NATO power — they’d be capable of bringing a whole new level of trouble on Israel’s head.

Harpazo on February 19, 2009 at 8:53 PM

The vote, a resounding 78-1

Wow, there’s one guy there with some real guts. Though whether they’ll stay inside his body for long…

Tzetzes on February 19, 2009 at 9:03 PM

Harpazo on February 19, 2009 at 8:53 PM

I agree the whole area looks like it just needs a spark to ignite, but there still is the age-old issues of Russian vs. Persian, vs. Turk, vs. Arab. Somehow, that has to figure into the analysis of what the future holds.

JiangxiDad on February 19, 2009 at 9:03 PM

DTMHs was embarrassed to come on this thread so he asked me to post this for him.

Hi I’m DeathToMediaHacks and this is exactly what my President wanted to happen. Why Bushitler ever used Krygerkistan, Kerginkistan, Tergerbalstan that place with Manas Airbase is just beyond what any of we Liberal Genius Wyle E Coyote types would have done. Let me guess, you fraking NEOCONs are going to try to say this is some kind of setback right?

I’ve consulted with rep Murtha and evidently, troops and goods can bre flown directly from Subic Bay in Okinowa. Stupid Conservative mouth breathers.

DeathToMediaHacks

hawkdriver on February 19, 2009 at 9:05 PM

DTMHs was embarrassed to come on this thread so he asked me to post this for him.

Not a chance DTMH is a guy.

JiangxiDad on February 19, 2009 at 9:08 PM

So this is what it’s come to. Not only do we constantly have to run around the world and clean up the mess left by liberals, but now we have to ghost write for them too.

God. Whats next…The Hannity Liberal Hour?

BobMbx on February 19, 2009 at 9:09 PM

Obama is the anti-Christ , thats why Putin beat him to the punch. He wasn’t born in this country either. I think he might be a Muslim sleeper cell to, and the kids. Original Sin was caused by Obama, don’t ya know?

athensboy on February 19, 2009 at 9:11 PM

thanks for posting on this Ed, its a terrible screw up by the new Admin. The Russians made their move the very week Obomber was sworn in, and the kid was not ready–simple as that.

It would be a disaster if the kid actually intended to turn up the heat in Afghanistan, but I don’t believe that is his game plan. The announced deployment of 17k, that is a chip in Obomber’s behind the scenes negotiations for a deal to Get the Hell Out of A’stan. Cut n run is the goal.

james23 on February 19, 2009 at 9:13 PM

athensboy on February 19, 2009 at 9:11 PM

Not sure about the original sin, but Obama sure does suck.

JiangxiDad on February 19, 2009 at 9:14 PM

It was said that Obama would be tested early. First test; first failure.

Tennman on February 19, 2009 at 9:14 PM

james23 on February 19, 2009 at 9:13 PM

Right. When Obama get’s butt-effed over Afghan., who does it, Ahmad or Putin?

JiangxiDad on February 19, 2009 at 9:15 PM

Read this http://mises.org/story/1544

Libertarian Joseph on February 19, 2009 at 9:19 PM

Obama is the anti-Christ , thats why Putin beat him to the punch. He wasn’t born in this country either. I think he might be a Muslim sleeper cell to, and the kids. Original Sin was caused by Obama, don’t ya know?

athensboy on February 19, 2009 at 9:11 PM

No, he’s just an idiot when it comes to foreign policy. He really, really, really, really, really screwed the pooch on this one. I’m sure many more are to follow.

hawkdriver on February 19, 2009 at 9:21 PM

I agree the whole area looks like it just needs a spark to ignite, but there still is the age-old issues of Russian vs. Persian, vs. Turk, vs. Arab. Somehow, that has to figure into the analysis of what the future holds.

JiangxiDad on February 19, 2009 at 9:03 PM

The traditional factors that typically divide the Muslim countries — nationalism, tribalism, the Sunni/Shia schism — are historically and currently non-issues when it comes to pushing Israel into the sea.

A contemporary example would be the proxy war that Shi’ite, Persian Iran is waging against Israel by providing the financial and materiel supply lines for Sunni, Arab Hamas.

Furthermore, the common denominator in all of those countries you mentioned (save Russia) is Islam. The memory of and hope for the Caliphate is a major force in the Islamic culture that we Westerners don’t consider most of the time. And with Turkey back in the cultural fold, the old Caliphate will have been essentially reestablished ad hoc (the major missing pieces being Israel and Greece, and I don’t have any info about the Muslim population in Greece).

As for the Russians, as I understand it, their associations with the Middle-Eastern Muslim nations are guided by their economic troubles. Russia has a third-rate (and dropping, as the energy markets remain in the gutter) economy with first-rate military production capabilities. They can make a lot of modern weapons in short order. The Muslim countries to their south need modern weapons if they are to have any hope of accomplishing that worldwide Caliphate they’ve been trying for fourteen centuries. It’s nothing personal, just business (or, in Russia’s case, necessity).

Harpazo on February 19, 2009 at 9:26 PM

Obama is the anti-Christ , thats why Putin beat him to the punch. He wasn’t born in this country either. I think he might be a Muslim sleeper cell to, and the kids. Original Sin was caused by Obama, don’t ya know?

athensboy on February 19, 2009 at 9:11 PM

BTW, is this what you do when you really can’t defend the flipping idiot? The topic was why he didn’t move to secure a very important Air Base we desperately need.

hawkdriver on February 19, 2009 at 9:27 PM

athensboy on February 19, 2009 at 9:11 PM

The above is a Lib-troll. Don’t feed.

Harpazo on February 19, 2009 at 9:28 PM

So far, Obama and his cronies have proved themselves incompetent and inexperienced at everything – economics, foreign policy, domestic policy, science – everything.

Anyone with a brain saw this coming during the election. I’m sorry to have been proven right.

Common Sense on February 19, 2009 at 9:31 PM

james23 on February 19, 2009 at 9:13 PM

Yes, Obama has directed that 17,000 troops be deployed to Afghanistan as soon as possible, and the Pentagon is working the figures to get the logistics train moving, and the Planning Staff at JCS is hammering out the details. All well and good.

But…and this is the subliminal note most fail to see…Afghanistan is NOT Iraq. At least Iraq was generally cohesive as a recognizable nation, and access to Iraq was a walk in the park, really.

Afghanistan in several ways is a lot like Pakistan; an amalgamation of several distinct tribal groups, and is not a cohesive nation, nor has it ever been a cohesive nation. Pakistan was artificially constructed after Partition in 1947. Afghanistan? Well, it is basically what was left after all the rest of Central Asia had been staked out.

What the ultimate game plan is, and this is pure Obamaesque, the President will continue to direct the Pentagon to get a move on and get the ball rolling to get more troops into Afghanistan. Regardless of their having a plan beyond disembarking at Baghram.

Then, because it will be logisitcally impossible to maintain the force there, because the Central Asian forward support bases will be denied us, and the Karachi-Pashawar route will be closed off, and the Pakistanis on the street and within the Paki legislature (after Senator Feinstein’s brilliant disclosure) are demanding the US get out of Pakistan, what choice will Obama have?

He’ll take the easy route. Always does. The White House will declare that it is simply not possible to maintain the force out in Afghanistan, too costly in dollars and all, and we will hand Afghanistan over to Hamid Karzai and NATO, and get the hell out.

Obama does not “lose.” He tried, right? His intentions were in full view. He attempted to do the honorable thing but was thwarted by circumstances beyond his control.

He’ll come out of this looking like a hero.

Afghanistan will come out of this looking like a large smoking crater.

But by that time, in the eyes of most Americans, who cares?

coldwarrior on February 19, 2009 at 9:33 PM

A child could have seen this coming.

……….. a child is what we have in the White House!

Seven Percent Solution on February 19, 2009 at 9:39 PM

Libertarian Joseph on February 19, 2009 at 9:19 PM

Again, I’ll reply to you by asking the question: What Democratic Congress do you know that has ever cut overall Government spending? EVER?

Reagan was destined to fail that fight and he did.

BlameAmericaLast on February 19, 2009 at 9:44 PM

Who lost Kyrgyzstan?

The 52%.

baldilocks on February 19, 2009 at 9:56 PM

Is there any question that he is trying to destroy us?

baldilocks on February 19, 2009 at 10:06 PM

r.e.. Hillary:
I am reminded of the joke whose punchline is,”Don’t worry, the smartest woman in the world just jumped out of the plane wearing my backpack”

billhedrick on February 19, 2009 at 10:41 PM

A Decisive Stand And Sustained Military Action Takes: 1)Stated Words Of Conviction, Which Will Be Recorded And Considered (Now And At A Later Time To Prove Their Wisdom). 2)Money. Neither Of Which, Professional Politicians Are Willing To Give…A Word Of Wisdom To Obama & Dem Bots… “Dont Get Involved In Your Party, Get Involved In What Is Right!”…George Washington, American Patriot

GD on February 19, 2009 at 11:14 PM

Is there any question that he is trying to destroy us?

baldilocks on February 19, 2009 at 10:06 PM

Is there any question that many Ruskies ever quite trying?

Speakup on February 20, 2009 at 12:59 AM

Yep, incompetence incorporated….

DL13 on February 20, 2009 at 1:13 AM

Obama was so busying bribing his political pals at home with the mega-pork ~for 2012 ~ that he forgot to bribe the Kyrgis for our base in 2009.

Short-sighted sophomoric schmuck.

profitsbeard on February 20, 2009 at 1:14 AM

Forget chess; Obama seems to be playing at Go Fish while Putin is playing Go (and making Kikashi moves.)

htom on February 20, 2009 at 1:31 AM

Is there any question that he is trying to destroy us?

baldilocks on February 19, 2009 at 10:06 PM

NO.

The only question is,
whether or not we’ll have enough spunk to
get up off the deck, and grab the ‘bully pulpit’
back from the socialist cadre that snatched it?

“Let’s Roll”

On Watch on February 20, 2009 at 1:53 AM

and who was the “foreign policy” expert on the ticket?

nwnelson on February 20, 2009 at 1:57 AM

Warmwater port baby. The Russians have been trying to get one for 100 years.

percysunshine on February 20, 2009 at 7:04 AM

Obama,Carter on steroids.

apoole on February 20, 2009 at 8:23 AM

Oh, but isn’t Kyrgyzstan a small country, hence insignificant?
/sarc

Send_Me on February 20, 2009 at 8:40 AM

I’m sorry, but this is too funny.

I predicted that Putin would have Ogabe for lunch, and what do you know…

I didn’t think he would rolled this soon. It would be funnier if this wasn’t so damned serious, but still, the enemy of my enemy is my friend and all that. And, at this point, Ogabe is a bigger threat to the US than Putin.

PimFortuynsGhost on February 20, 2009 at 9:24 AM

Where, besides here, is this playing?
Is any of the MSM picking this up…if they are not, it means nothing.

right2bright on February 20, 2009 at 11:46 AM

Russia is shrewdly moving chess pieces while Barry gurgles I won “King Me” in a game of checkers. It makes me wonder if the satellite collision was intentional. I think Barry’s letting that 3am phone call go to voice mail when the voice mail’s already full.

Mark30339 on February 20, 2009 at 11:55 AM

Of course, and our side should have understood that. It sounds as though we’re seeing the replay of the Carter administration in losing friends and influence on the foreign stage.

But I thought the Europeans like us now and really isn’t that all that matters when we go to the cocktail parties??

Bunsin on February 20, 2009 at 1:27 PM

Warmwater port baby. The Russians have been trying to get one for 100 years.

percysunshine on February 20, 2009 at 7:04 AM

Technically, Murmansk is a warm-water port, in that it’s able to be active year-round do to a warm-water current. It seems a little counter-intuitive, but it’s true.

I’m wondering why you brought this up, though. Kyrgyzstan is landlocked, and there are several countries between it and any large body of water. If this was about Russian influence near the Black Sea (where it’s other warm-water port is located, although Russia has to get permission from Turkey to leave that sea), I’d understand the comment.

Anna on February 20, 2009 at 2:03 PM

Interesting that you didnt include this part of the McClatchy article:

Earlier this month, the U.S. spokesman in Afghanistan told the Associated Press that “I think it’s political positioning. . . . We have a standing contract and they’re making millions off our presence there.”

The spokesman, Col. Greg Julian, pointed to the fact that Gen. David Petraeus, the commander of the U.S. Central Command, had just been in Bishkek.

When Petraeus was asked in a January news conference in Bishkek about reports that the government wanted to shut down the air base, he brushed the question aside, saying he’d received high-level assurances that that wasn’t the case.

So maybe Obama got “punked” because he listened to Petraeus’ advice. Nah, couldnt be! Petraeus is a supersoldier who can do no wrong!

Plus, let’s not forget that the reason that Afghanistan is such a big issue is that Bush utterly failed to complete his mission there. Obama wouldnt have to be sending extra troops into the country in 2009 if Bush had done his job in 2002-2008.

Finally, your comment about how *Obama* is responsible for losing friends around the world is absolutely laughable.

orange on February 20, 2009 at 2:28 PM

Wow, it isn’t enough for Obama to ruin our Country from within with his stupid, idiotic domestic policies, he has to ruin our foreign policy also.

Putin and the Russians know what a light weight hack Obama is, and that he knows nothing about foreign policy, and they are taking advantage of the situation. Guess Biden was right, Obama failed the first test huh? The sad thing is, that not only does this affect the USA, it affects all of Afganistan and most of the world because we just gave the terrorists more leeway, and Russia control over that part of the world! And people complained about Prez. Bush? I liked Bush, but even people who didn’t, are wishing he was still leading our foreign policy.

Obama doesn’t know what he is doing, and frankly, I don’t think he cares.

Susanboo on February 20, 2009 at 4:28 PM

God, I miss W already.

Cr4sh Dummy on February 20, 2009 at 6:16 PM

Anna:

As you mentioned, Russia isn’t after Kyrgystan for its bustling maritime trade. However, you are incorrect by stating this has nothing to do with a warm water port. The thing is not so much a warm water port perior- as you mentioned, they have Murmansk- but a warm water port in the Indian Ocean and/or Persian Gulf. This has been a centuries-long political dream for Moscow, and Putin obviously has mantianed that tradition.

The British managed to defeat them in round one of that match.

Now it is up to us.

Turtler on February 20, 2009 at 8:29 PM

I can picture in my mind a world without war, a world without hate. And I can picture us attacking that world, because they’d never expect it. – Jack Handey

Sigh.

ace tomato on February 21, 2009 at 1:27 AM

Btw . . . If Putin puts a naval base on Abkhazia, you can be sure that idiot Saakashvili will run his rag tag army up on it and try to drag us into a rumble with Russia.

ace tomato on February 21, 2009 at 1:30 AM

Finally, your comment about how *Obama* is responsible for losing friends around the world is absolutely laughable.

orange on February 20, 2009 at 2:28 PM

Behold the Obama apologist.

hawkdriver on February 21, 2009 at 2:08 AM

Plus, let’s not forget that the reason that Afghanistan is such a big issue is that Bush utterly failed to complete his mission there.

orange on February 20, 2009 at 2:28 PM

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Be careful which “utters” you latch onto orangeman!
Also, might I suggest you have that chronic BDS of yours treated, before you go completely blind.
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Islamic Jihadis, a work in progress:
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US attacks inside Pakistan and incidents along the border in 2008:

• US strikes in two villages in South Waziristan
Dec. 22, 2008
• US Predator strikes in North Waziristan
Dec. 15, 2008
• US strike in South Waziristan kills 7
Dec. 11, 2008
• US Predator hits al Qaeda target in North Waziristan kills 3
Dec. 5, 2008
• US strike in North Waziristan kills 3
Nov. 29, 2008
• US hits Taliban safe house in North Waziristan
Nov. 21, 2008
• US Predator strikes al Qaeda & Taliban outside of Pakistan’s tribal areas
Nov. 19, 2008
• US targets compound in North Waziristan
Nov. 14, 2008
• US Predators strike al Qaeda camp in North Waziristan
Nov. 7, 2008
• US Predators strike again in Waziristan
Oct. 31, 2008
• US strikes kill al Qaeda operatives in North & South Waziristan
Oct. 31, 2008
• US targets Taliban “facility” in South Waziristan
Oct. 26, 2008
• US hits Haqqani Network in North Waziristan
Oct. 22, 2008
• US strike in Baitullah Mehsud’s territory kills 6
Oct. 16, 2008
• US targets safe house in North Waziristan
Oct. 11, 2008
• US strike kills 9 al Qaeda and Taliban in North Waziristan
Oct. 9, 2008
• US conducts two strikes in North Waziristan
Oct. 3, 2008
• Taliban: Baitullah Mehsud alive; US strike in North Waziristan
Oct. 1, 2008
• Pakistan military fires on ISAF forces
Sept. 25, 2008
• Pakistani military fires on US helicopters at border
Sept. 22, 2008
• US strikes Taliban camp in South Waziristan
Sept. 17, 2008
• Report: US helicopters fired on while crossing Pakistani border
Sept. 15, 2008
• US hits compound in North Waziristan
Sept. 12, 2008
• US targets Haqqani Network in North Waziristan
Sept. 8, 2008
• US airstrike killed five al Qaeda operatives in North Waziristan
Sept. 5, 2008
• Report: US airstrike kills four in North Waziristan
Sept. 4, 2008
• Pakistanis claim US helicopter-borne forces assaulted village in South Waziristan
Sept. 3, 2008
• US hits al Qaeda safe house in North Waziristan
Aug. 31, 2008
• Five killed in al Qaeda safe house strike in South Waziristan
Aug. 31, 2008
• Al Qaeda safe house targeted in South Waziristan strike
Aug. 20, 2008
• Cross-border strike targets one of the Taliban’s 157 training camps in Pakistan’s northwest
Aug. 13, 2008
• Six killed in strike in South Waziristan
July 28, 2008
• Report: Strike targets Baitullah Mehsud’s hideout in Pakistan
June 14, 2008
• Senior Algerian al Qaeda operative killed in May 14 strike inside Pakistan
May 24, 2008
• Missile strike kills 20 in South Waziristan
March 16, 2008
• Unprecedented Coalition strike nails the Haqqani Network in North Waziristan
March 13, 2008
• Missile strike on al Qaeda meeting in South Waziristan kills 13
Feb. 28, 2008
• Senior al Qaeda leader Abu Laith al Libi killed in North Waziristan
Jan. 31, 2008
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Hat tip > Bill Roggio for the 2008 compilation:
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http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2008/12/us_strikes_in_two_vi.php
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AND THE BEAT GOES ON…
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“Let’s Roll”

On Watch on February 21, 2009 at 4:28 AM

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