Taliban to defend the SWAT to the last building, bridge and road.
Looks like the Taliban will fight til the last building they hole up in is destroyed. Like a swarm of wasps or killer bees, fighters are returning from Buner and other areas to fight the Pakistan military.
Up to a million people have fled the area, but some, unable to escape, are hiding in desperate circumstances.
The Taliban have laid mines under bridges and along roads across the city. In some cases, wires trail from the bombs into houses where fighters, some of them fresh-faced teenagers, lie in wait.
Others have seized the tallest buildings, mounting rocket launchers on rooftops and taking cover behind water tanks. At the Continental Hotel, a former haunt of local and foreign journalists, the rooms are occupied by fighters, the walls are pocked with bullet holes and many windows have shattered.
Education has always been a hot issue for the Taliban – last January they ordered the closure of all girls' schools – so it is perversely appropriate that the war is being fought between schools. On Thursday, the Observer visited the Pamir building, which until recently housed the Educators School and College. It was filled with Taliban, their weapons trained on a contingent of soldiers located in a deserted school a few streets away.
The target is the last military bastion in the otherwise Taliban-controlled city, and the soldiers hunkered down inside also face fire from a second position: the Mullababa high school, on the far side of a desiccated riverbed.
Seems like they have no regard for the country or infrastructure they wish to rule. "If we can't have it, no one else will."