Following a giant prison break over the weekend freeing 1,200 criminals, Afghanistan has threatened to send troops across the border with Pakistan in an effort to hunt down Taliban leadership, who they blame for the explosion and flood of escapees. The threat did not sit well with Pakistan’s prime minister who responded: [we will] "not allow anyone to interfere in our national limits and our affairs.”
Hamid Karzai, the Afghanistan president delivered the bellicose speech giving many in the region pause: “When [the Taliban] cross the territory from Pakistan to come and kill Afghans and kill coalition troops, it exactly gives us the right to go back and do the same.” Afghanistan does not have the ability to send troops into Pakistan without US military and NATO consent, though it seems that friction is increasing along these lines.
The spectacularly bold prison break attack by Taliban forces on a prison near Kandahar Friday evening included two truck bombs, assault rifles and rocket-propelled grenades and was thought to be exceptionally planned. After the Taliban blew up the walls of the prison killing fifteen guards, they freed close to 1,200 prisoners. Among which were estimated 350 Taliban members.
Soon after the break, US-led coalition forces say they have killed more than fifteen insurgents and captured five militants although it has not been confirmed that they are fugitives from the daring prison break.