August 16th’s edition of the New York Times somewhat detailed an attack on a Pakistani Air Force Base near LaHore.
What is disconcerting about this news, is that this airbase is suspected to be where Pakistan’s nukes are stored!
It’s very disconcerting that the fact that the battle went on for several hours, until dawn showing not only a severe lack of preparation and defensive capabilities.
It’s not only bothersome to free-world tacticians regarding the Pakistanis lack of ability to protect their weapons, but when President Obama has U.S. troops pulling out of the Afghanistan war, who will have control of these weapons?
At least one militant was killed and several others were wounded.
The assault came amid mounting speculation that Pakistan¹s military was (at the demand of the U.S.), preparing to carry out an operation against the militant stronghold of North Waziristan’s tribal belt / near Kasmir, the world’s most militarily contested real estate.
Early reports suggested that the some attackers, wearing suicide jackets, were targeting JF-17 fighter jets at the base that could be used in such an operation. It was not clear how many warplanes were stationed at the base, or whether any were damaged in the assault. (Though military personnel must be 18 years of age to be engaged in military action in Pakistan, female Pakistani pilots are new to the military this year.)
The latest assault resembled a May 2011 assault on a military base in Karachi in which at least two American-built surveillance aircraft (drones?) were destroyed.
According to intelligence sources, the attack was not entirely unexpected. Drones are particularly hated by the Taliban jihadists as they’ve carried out strikes killing many civilians to assassinate one particular militant on Obama’s kill list.