Taliban, Afghanistan, Pakistan

General: Taliban Offensive Unlikely

Army Maj. Gen. David Rodriguez told a Pentagon news conference that Taliban and al-Qaida fighters operating from havens in the largely ungoverned tribal areas of western Pakistan appear to have shifted their focus toward targets inside Pakistan rather than across the border in Afghanistan.

“I don’t think there’ll be a big spring offensive this year,” Rodriguez said.

Though what’s good for Afghanistan and the US and NATO troops in the country isn’t terribly great for Pakistan, and Pakistan knows it. They’ve just launched a new offensive in South Waziristan.