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guru    322
The Pakistan Taliban launched a brazen attack on a Pakistani naval base, killing at least 11 people and destroying two spy planes provided by the United States. Not only did the melee last through the night, the terrorists appeared to call on the power of the Dark Side of the Force to press their assault.

Pakistan?s humiliations compound. About twenty gunmen and suicide bombers successfully infiltrated what?s supposed to be a secure facility in the southern port city of Karachi, right as Pakistan is trying to project an image of martial strength in the wake of Osama bin Laden?s killing and a brief gunfight with NATO forces. Then the interior minister, Rehman Malik, made the bizarre statement that the terrorists resembled? Star Wars characters.

This is the second time in under two years that the Pakistani Taliban have struck deep and destructively into the heart of Pakistan?s military. The first, in October 2009, targeted the military?s General Headquarters in Rawalpindi. Like the Rawalpindi attack, the raid on Karachi?s PNS Mehran base ? very, very far from the tribal areas ? most likely involved operatives with knowledge of the facility. Not only were they able to infiltrate successfully, they found the hangars housing the P-3 Orion maritime surveillance aircraft, blowing them up like the Death Star.

Let?s pause for the message here. The Orions are supplied by the United States, something of a bribe for Pakistan?s counterterrorism aid. They play absolutely no role against al-Qaida: Orions hunt submarines ? Indian submarines. It?s possible that the bin Laden killing prompted the Taliban to target any U.S.-supplied spycraft. But they attacked a navy base, not the Shamsi airfield used for the drone war. The Pakistani Taliban appear to be saying: Continue your alliance with the Americans, and your struggle with the Indians ? Islamabad?s major strategic concern ? will be a casualty.

It took Pakistani troops 15 hours to secure PNS Mehran. The newspaper Dawn reports that 11 Navy officials and a Ranger are dead, with 16 others wounded. Interior Minister Malik said that security officials recovered the head of a suicide bomber.

That wasn?t all he said. Not only did Malik appear to list far fewer attackers than Dawn reported, he said that they resembled Star Wars characters ? although an AP reporter tweets that Malik, like so many, may have spaced and meant Star Trek figures instead. (Klingons?) So much for focusing on what matters.

http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2011/05/star-wars-terrorists-storm-pakistani-naval-base/

now Taliban gets into the raid business... :/

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Growled    3,880

Let's face it, the Pakistani military is a joke.

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carmatic    54

Let's face it, the Pakistani military is a joke.

something like the stormtroopers in every epic battle scene in all the star wars movies?

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