Taliban Unleashes in Pakistan

The conflict in Pakistan between the military and the Taliban shows no signs of slowing down, as the insurgents have warned locals living in four major cities to leave town, as they are planning a wave of "major attacks." On Wednesday, a bomb killed at least 26 people and wounded hundreds more. Shortly after the warning on Thursday--which was sent to news agencies by an insurgent commander--another wave of bombings occurred, killing at least ten. The warning mentioned the cities of Lahore, Rawalpindi, Islamabad, and Multan. Violence has escalated recently as the Pakistani military has pressed into the Swat Valley, the Taliban's stronghold in the northwest of the country. The military has been making brash claims about its victories over the insurgents, which cannot be independently confirmed.