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Monday, November 24, 2014
Operation Zarb-e-Azb, or "Strike of the Prophet's Sword", was mounted by the Pakistan military to dislodge terror groups located in North Waziristan - a remote and ungoverned region located near the Afghan border. This area was ignored by the Pakistan military so the recent operation was welcomed by the ISAF coalition and Afghanistan. Unfortunately, many suspect that the targets were the "Bad Taliban" and not the "Good Taliban". The operation was "telegraphed" so that many of the terrorists and insurgents ("good" and "bad") fled to other areas of Pakistan or Afghanistan. Some reports indicate that the "good Taliban" were warned ahead of time by the Pakistan intelligence service and even assisted with relocation ahead of the operation. Read more in "A Rare Glimpse Inside Pakistan's Anti-Taliban Operation in North Waziristan", NBC News, November 22, 2014.