Friday, February 26, 2010

US may seek non NATO Afghan help after Dutch pullout and interview with a Taliban fighter!

Interview: Taliban fighter

Finally, a glimmer of hope for US in Afghan war

US may seek non-NATO Afghan help after Dutch pullout

I have been saying for years now that the entire world has a lot at stake here even Iran who knows the Taliban want their country too. The Stans and Russia are helping even if only allowing use of airspace and or allowing us to move supplies through their country. This is finally starting to look doable.

As there are more big catches every day reiterate that the 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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Watch the video of the wounded Taliban fighter vowing to return to the Jihad once his stomach wound heals. Despite many recent gains against Al Qaeda and the Taliban many vow to fight to victory. So too must we! We must unite as a world and victory is not to defeat the Taliban only those who refuse to live as a unified Nation not under Sharia law. I finally believe we can do this.

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma


Zhann said...

I personally have a problem with fundamentalists, not to mention fundamentalist regimes. However, there is one very important difference you must keep in mind between the Taliban and the allied forces.

In Afghanistan, the Taliban think that they are fighting for their freedom, where as the allied forces think that they are fighting to free those that are not part of the Taliban. The important difference is that the Taliban are fighting on their own land, hence their resolve is substantially higher than that of the allied forces. From a military perspective, this gives the Taliban's forces substantially higher morale, especially when they are convinced they are fighting the infidels.

It is likewise important to keep in mind that America made the Taliban possible, which is something the Taliban are all too aware of. This combined with the fact that the Afghani have never lost to an invading force, hardens the Taliban's stance, which is likewise used to further drive the Taliban's morale.

I can go on and on about this, but I truly feel that this is an unwinnable war. We can remove the head of the Taliban, but like a hydra, two heads will take its place. With NATO forces killing more and more civilians each day, the Taliban is receiving a higher influx of converts. At this rate, the entire population will be Taliban supporters within 10 years.

I am not a tactical specialist, but it may be time to re-evaluate our stance in Afghanistan and take a different approach. There is no doubt that the Taliban need to be eliminated, but replacing the Taliban with the worlds most corrupt leader isn't helping. America is recently having a hard time finding good puppets.

an average patriot said...

I know and I agree! It all boils down to the Taliban are indigenous and we do not belong there. If we can just convince them to stop fighting allowing us to exit. That will work for me. A few of my sons are career military, I would like to see one less war zone at least for now.

Weaseldog said...

Jim, we can't leave Afghanistan.

If we leave the country, the government will want to be paid for the pipeline leases.

We only went in because Ken Lay and the Taliban couldn't reach an agreement on price.

We have to stay to keep costs down for foreign oil and gas corporations.

Well, that and we have to keep the heroin trade safe for the bankers.

Things will settle down in Afghanistan after we've killed a million innocents and driven a couple of million refugees out of the country. That's what we had to do in Iraq to steal their oil so that Halliburton can park their riches in Dubai.

If we were really after terrorists, we'd go after the people who finance it in Saudi Arabia and the UAE. But then we'd have another oil crisis.

Demeur said...

I agree with all of the above comments. Then from a logistics standpoint look at that map. No way could we cover that much land mass with the troops we have. We can't even guard our own borders from people coming in. This is looking so much like Vietnam it's not funny. A corrupt government, gorilla tactics, opium and a hiding place in Pakistan, does all this sound familar?
Sorry but we can not afford to rebuild an entire country and that's what it would take to end this. One last sad thought. We're paying for both sides of this war. Every time you fill your gas tank or someone buys their opium.

Weaseldog said...

Even the Vietnam war is rumored to have been a cover for the exploratory drilling by the oil industry.

According to the rumor, they didn't find any oil in the Bay of Tonkin, so the war was ended.

an average patriot said...

Wease that and all the mineral interests. Things are really looking up with half the leaders caught. Hopefully they will relent, live like they want other than Sharia law ruling the country, and we can stay at their behest or get the hell out!

an average patriot said...

Demeur there is no way in hell we can watch that border we can't even do our own. Get the hardcore Sharia guys out and let the moderates take control and get the hell out.

an average patriot said...

Wease it pisses me off but everything today is about fuel, energy, and mineral wealth.

Holte Ender said...

If all the Taliban believe like the wounded man, that they do not want democracy, just Sharia. Then we might as well go home, if not we've got to kill them all, and that might take a while.