Monday, February 22, 2010

Taliban and Al Qaeda are on their heels in Pakistan and Afghanistan!

Taliban accused of human using human shields in Marjah

Taliban and Al Qaeda are on their heels in Pakistan and Afghanistan: Not a good time to be a member of the Haqanni family or the Taliban or Al Qaeda as Mullah Baradar's capture is having a rapid snow balling affect in Taliban and Al Qaeda caprures and deaths.
Mullah Baradar was the first big catch in what is turning into a string of important militant leaders captured or killed in Pakistan since the operation in Helmund province was started, more specifically the town of Marjah. He was seized in a morning raid on Madrassa Khuddamul Quran near Karachi by Pakistan's ISI intelligence service on February 8th. Of course it is denied but this is great!

This was a serious big catch and it is already paying off! Not only because he was grabbed in Karachi Pakistan by the ISI but because they were using CIA intelligence and he was grabbed while conducting day to day business where he was once protected and safe. His capture is even bigger because he not only is second only to Mullah Omar and Taliban's military commander. Baradar was Mullah Omar's right hand man and his knowledge is extensive.

We have to hope he talks and he is! He is one of the four men who founded the Taliban movement in Afghanistan 1994 and I am sure he knows the disposition of Bin Laden and the whereabouts of Mullah Omar. I understand he is talking and we can only hope to see future sting operations. He is a childhood friend of Omar's and a long time adviser.

This is pretty cool you can look at the large map indicating all the areas in Pakistan next to the border where the Taliban or any of the other militants cross the border to fight. Click on the provinces or the links below the map to see how militants operate on either side of the border. Afghan-Pakistan militant nexus

I think this was a stunning development as he was arrested in a Madrassa, this is sacred in Pakistan, I am sure the Taliban is trying to prevent their fighters from being disheartened and giving up the fight because their leader was caught. I am hoping that is exactly the case! The noose is tightening, keep up the pressure.

There is growing trust and cooperation all around in the battle against the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Pakistan is cooperating more than ever.

As we said, he in fact was captured at a Madrassa by the ISI and that is huge! I hope this breaks the Taliban’s back as they are disheartened with their commander’s capture in Pakistan along with the death and capture of many of their leaders, and NATO’s operation across the border to clean out their last stronghold. I hope they melt back into society!

*In closing: Taliban and Al Qaeda are on their heels in Pakistan and Afghanistan, this is not a good time to be a member of the Haqanni family or the Taliban or Al Qaeda.
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James Joiner
Gardner, Ma


Demeur said...

Don't get your hopes up too soon Jim. Isn't this about the third time we've caught their third in command? And what was that old phrase about seeing an end in six months? Then the strategy was to banish them to the hills where they could do no one any harm.. That worked great didn't it?
The two problems that must be addressed before this thing ends will be the replacement of the opium fields with another farm crop and the cleaning up of the corrupt Karzi government.

an average patriot said...

Demeur it's about a thousand times beyond that right now. The first guy the ISI got in a Madrassa was the co-founder of the Taliban and Omar's right hand man.

He is talking and so far at least 6 important leaders caught and more than that killed, I just wish we could avoid killing civilians, even if they are being used for shields,

an average patriot said...

Funny, I just said that and now I run into this!

Finally, a glimmer of hope for US in Afghan war