Taliban vow to defeat army in Pakistan offensive
"A Taliban spokesman vowed the Islamist militants would fight to 'our last drop of blood" to defend their stronghold of South Waziristan, predicting the army would fail in its latest attempt to gain control over it.' "
" 'We know how to fight this war and defeat the enemy with the minimum loss of our men,' Taliban spokesman Azam Tariq told The Associated Press from an undisclosed location. 'This is a war imposed on us, and we will defend our land until our last man and our last drop of blood. This is a war bound to end in the defeat of the Pakistan army.' "
"A resident in Wana — the main town in South Waziristan and in the heart of Taliban-held territory — said the insurgents had left the town and were stationed on the borders of the region, determined to block any army advance. 'All the Taliban who used to be around here have gone to take their position to protect the Mehsud boundary," Azamatullah Wazir said by telephone Sunday. 'The army will face difficulty to get in there.' "
" 'Militants are offering very tough resistance to any movement of troops,' Ehsan Mahsud, a resident of Makeen, a town in the region, told The AP in the town of Mir Ali, close to the battle zone. He and a friend arrived there early Sunday after traveling through the night."
The cowardly tactics of the not-so-great-Pakistani Army : "Mahsud said the army appeared to be mostly relying on airstrikes and artillery against militants occupying high ground. He said the insurgents were firing heavy machine guns at helicopter gunships, forcing the air force to use higher-flying jets."