March 4, 2014

TSG IntelBrief: Diplomacy, Futility, and Pakistan’s Offensive in North Waziristan

• The slow start of exploratory peace talks between the Pakistani Government and the Tehreek-i-Taliban (TTP), combined with a series of high-profile attacks targeting Pakistan’s security forces, has exhausted Islamabad’s patience for the diplomatic option
• The Pakistani air force has stepped up bombing raids on militant hideouts in the North Waziristan tribal agency since in recent weeks, with an estimated 100 militants killed in coordinated strikes by helicopter gunships and fixed-wing aircraft
• Previous offensives in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas have failed to dislodge the TTP from its strongholds, with the senior leadership frequently avoiding capture.