Tuesday, June 21, 2011

US weighs separating Al Qaeda from the Taliban, about time!

Suspected US Missile Strikes Kill at Least 20 in Pakistani Tribal Region That was the 32nd this year and since this is an area for marshaling Al Qaeda and Taliban fighters for both Pakistan and Afghanistan we have heard none of the usual claims of civilian casualties.
I am pretty happy to hear that they are now concentrating on the traditional Haqqani areas in North and South Waziristan and hope to hear that at least some of them were killed. This would be big for both Pakistan, Afghanistan, and the US. Kill the Haqqani's wherever they are as they have vowed to kill us period. kill them and then we can get out of Afghanistan as scheduled and watch the border area with drones.
At this point it is right for us to treat Al Qaeda and the Taliban differently. Al Qaeda took down the towers not the Taliban. The Taliban are indigenous to Afghanistan you are not going to remove them. Making inroads in Afghanistan: U.S. troops work to establish ties in new corner of Taliban stronghold I am psyched we appear to be succeeding where others have failed!

 We are on track for success we really are but we have to kill the Haqqani's and get out as scheduled or quicker. Afghanistan will be bankrupt and in civil war as soon as we leave anyway.
The Haqqani's and their legendary stature are holding the so called terrorists force together. Their stature is legendary and hard earned. The Haqqani network and their increasingly foreign fighters have become the main focus after 10 years of fighting. The Haqqani Network's North Waziristan leadership -- usually called the Miram Shah Shura consists of a number of Haqqani family members and closely associated long-serving commanders.

At the top of the network is Sirajuddin Haqqani, who oversees the group's political and military activities and is the main liaison to the Mullah Muhammad Omar led Quetta Shura Taliban, the Taliban's leadership body (named for the capital of Pakistan's Baluchistan province). He is also one of the network's liaisons to Pakistani Taliban figures and al-Qaeda. We are getting closer to Sirajuddin and many of his now increasingly foreign fighters are falling victim to our increasing drone attacks while they try to form. I say great now get the Haqqani's so we cn close up and go home and leave Afghanistan to her own demise.

Sirajuddin still travels regularly into Afghanistan to coordinate with field commanders and occasionally to Peshawar and South Waziristan to connect with militants there. Remember Bowe Bergdhal? There are many field commanders in Afghanistan, but turnover is high because many get killed or captured. The most prominent is Mullah Sangin, who is believed to be holding Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl a captured U.S. soldier and Zakim Shah the movement's shadow governor of Khost province. Inside the Haqqani network

Jalaluddin Haqqani legendary leader who fought the Soviets and his son, Sirajuddin who directs operations are increasingly the targets of drones and now manned NATO aircraft in Pakistan as the Pakistani's have been leery to go in the area for whatever reason. Many are being killed, I heard over 80 in a week with no civilian casualties. Pakistan and the ISI increasingly turning on some of these tribes are helping us kill leaders and getting ready to go into North Waziristan. That should be fruitful and interesting heightened as long as we watch from the drones.

I wish we would quickly kill the Haqqani's, both Jalaluddin and Sirajuddin and leave the rest to Pakistan. Afghanistan is going to fall apart anyway as they are tribal whether we like it or not unless the Karzai family can hold it together with their drug money.

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma

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