NATO's Supply Line Through Peshawar Under Siege
4:20 PM, Dec 8, 2008 • By BILL ROGGIO
The U.S. military and NATO received a rude awakening this weekend after Taliban military units raided three separate terminals in Peshawar. More than 200 Humvees and trucks carrying supplies to NATO forces in Afghanistan were destroyed in the attacks, which took place over the course of two days.
In the largest attack, a Taliban force of abut 200 to 300 men - a company in military terms - rampaged in one shipping terminal for 40 minutes before the security forces responded. The Pakistani military has promised to protect the supply columns, but no forces were in sight during the attacks.
U.S. and NATO spokesmen have described the attacks as "militarily insignificant." But the fact is that modern military are wholly dependent on their supply chains to sustain operations. More than 70 percent of our supplies pass through Peshawar en route to Afghanistan.
Pakistan's northwest is increasingly falling under Taliban control, despite ongoing military operations in Bajaur, Swat, Peshawar, and Mohmand. With the United States preparing to add and additional 20,000 troops to Afghanistan, the supply route through Pakistan will increase in importance. And the Taliban will have more convoys to hit as they travel through the lawless northwest.