Faqir Hamim

Faqir Hamim

He has a Bachelors of Science in Electronics from Comsats University Islamabad and is a recent graduate of International Relations from National Defense University Islamabad. He writes about U.S. and Pakistan foreign policy and economic inequality. He tweets as @faqirhamim (twitter.com/faqirhamim)

The brilliant minds of our insurgents

As Zarb-e-Azb moves towards a ground offensive in Miranshah, bomb disposal units are assigned the daunting task of safely detonating troves of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) precariously stacked in numerous factories scattered across town. A junior military officer, part of one such unit, reflected on a mission he had successfully carried out earlier in the day. Referring to the IED composition, he said, “They (TTP) are damn experts, awesome work. Brilliant minds how they use local materials urea and the likes to make IEDs, awesome. I wish I could get trained by them”. Simply by an apt assessment of the adversary’s skill set, in this case ...

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