On Monday militants ambushed a pickup truck and shot three intelligence agents. A spokesman for Fazlullah took responsibility for that attack, telling the Associated Press it was launched in revenge for the alleged torture of militants by security forces.
A militant spokesman also claimed that a pro-Taliban group today burned down a girl's school in a part of Swat known as Khawaza Khela. Islamic militants oppose giving girls education and have threatened to launch more attacks if Islamic law is not imposed in parts of the Northwest Frontier Province.
Just yesterday President Bush publicly praised Pakistani Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani following a meeting in the Oval Office. But administration officials have recently warned the Pakistanis to step up their campaigns against the militants, and have even hinted that the U.S. would have to take a more hands-on role in northwest Pakistan if the government did not do a better job at confronting the militants.
Today Gilani met with presidential hopefuls Senator John McCain and Sen. Barack Obama. Obama has said in the past that the U.S. should have the right to attack militants inside Pakistan.