For weeks now, top Obama administration officials have been prodding Pakistan’s government to do more to stop the Taliban. In recent days, Pakistan launched an offensive against the Taliban in the Buner region, near the capital city of Islamabad.
On the eve of a critical meeting in Washington on Wednesday with Barack Obama, the Pakistani government’s ceasefire with the Taliban seemed to be coming to an end as well. After days of fighting between Pakistani troops and Taliban militants in the Buner region, fighting spilled over into the neighboring Swat Valley, as the Taliban declared an end to a three-month-old ceasefire there. Thousands of residents have already fled the violence.
Anthony Cordesman, a former Defense Department official, joins Martin Savidge to discuss the Pakistani government’s efforts and how the Taliban is likely to respond to the new offensive.
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