Monday, September 10, 2012

United States designated the Haqqani network a terrorist organization. About damn time!

Sirajuddin Haqqani

US designates Haqqani network as a terrorist group: The decision to blacklist the Haqqani network, announced by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during a trip to Russia, could heighten tensions between Washington and Islamabad and have far-reaching implications for any reconciliation process in Afghanistan. Senior Haqqani commanders warned as much, telling Reuters that it showed the United States was not sincere about peace efforts in Afghanistan.

 The commanders also said it would bring hardship for America's only prisoner of war, U.S. Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who is being held by the militants. The Haqqanis, a Pashtun tribe with strongholds in southeastern Afghanistan and across the border in Pakistan, are blamed by Washington for an attack on the U.S. embassy in Kabul and other high-profile assaults in Afghanistan.

I have to laugh! The Haqqani's are not stupid they know how to play the game. They know we have long accused Pakistan more pointedly the ISI of controlling the Haqqanis. They also know that of late we have come out and accused elements of the Government and ISI of initiating the action against the west and Afghanistan.

Sadly the ISI has been complicit with the Haqqani's, Mullah Omar and other anti Afghanistan and anti American extremists from the beginning. The CIA was complicit with the ISI. The killing of 7 CIA agents by a suicide bomber changed this for the CIA. However you are not going to get the ISI to "switch sides" They have had a relationship with the Haqqani's since they were helping them fight the Russians.

Anyway you look at it we are viewed as temporary and the violent convoluted backstabbing tribal relationships will always be a way of life in the border area especially. We can only be very concerned how this is going to turn out between NATO, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. It won't be translucent or good!

I believe in the old adage "there is honor amongst thieves" I do believe Sirajuddin Haqqani when he said he is talking to the CIA and the Haqqani's had nothing to do with killing Rabbani. I absolutely believe Pakistani interests did it as has been proven out. The Haqqani's seem to be home based in Afghanistan now and have wisely severed their ties with Pakistan.

We know for a fact the ISI or at least some there and in Pakistan's Government are complicit with the Haqqani's the thing to do now is to stop making it an issue, be more vigilant, and even though Pakistan threatens us if we try another Bin Laden move, kill the Haqqani's any way we have to. The Taliban think they are getting away with something but they are being watched closely by JSOC ready to pounce and take them out when given the command.

US drone-fired missiles kill 18 suspected militants including Mullah Dadullah, the self-proclaimed Taliban leader in Pakistan's Bajur tribal area and Badruddin Haqqani second only to Jalaluddin. This is huge. Now I believe their house of cards will crumble and the Taliban will come to the table with NATO and see to it that we are able to get out by 2014. This is Huge!

Haqqani 101: With the death of Osama Bin Laden we were asked what his death would mean for the war in Afghanistan. Like the so called war on terror which includes the Taliban, Al Qaeda of every creed, and extremists of every ilk looking to carry on Osama's vendetta against the west, it will serve to fuel their cause like many other issues. His death should mean just the opposite and it does to all true Muslims.

In searching though I found them to be known rapists and murderers and of course not true Muslims or faithful followers of Muhammad and true Islam. Some of the Haqqani's and commanders have even been captured and held after traveling to Saudi Arabia for the haj and gathering donations for their cause.

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 9 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.

He travels regularly into Afghanistan " or should I say did as he now claims to be based in 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.

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.

I wish we would quickly kill the two head Haqqani's, both Jalaluddin and Sirajuddin and leave the rest to Pakistan as our invasion of their country even to kill Taliban and Al Qaeda fighters who were known killers of NATO forces may be the straw that broke the camels back.

I say let the chips fall where they may and give it now and save lives. My guess is the command to take out terrorist leaders has been given because the Haqqani's have been going down en-masse. The network is important but I think "they" should take out the Haqqani's first. I wish we would quickly kill the Haqqani's, both Jalaluddin and Sirajuddin and go home and leave the rest to Pakistan.

The Haqqani's seem true to Mullah Omar who want us out of Afghanistan and want their independent Afghanistan. Pakistan has proven they do not want a free and independent Afghanistan but want to control it. At this point I want to say our soldiers have done their job let them come home as scheduled if not sooner. Let Mullah Omar the Haqqani's and other Taliban interests fight for Afghanistan it is theirs not ours or Pakistan's. Good luck Hamid Karzai that's all I say!

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma


Demeur said...

People keep thinking there some political solution to the problems in this area. There is not. Our own generals have said as much and history proves that correct. There have been differences and tribal conflicts in that area for hundreds of years. By us being there we have presented them as a target, a common enemy that they can rally against. You would have thought we'd have learned that from when the Russians were there. We used their own sense of religious pride to defeat the Russians and now it's coming back to defeat us.
So I agree it's time to get out. Our military did it's job. It got Bin Ladin.

jmsjoin said...

Ditto to that!
They will never stop this is what they do for a living.

jmsjoin said...

What do you think of this? 'Taliban may accept US bases in Afghanistan': The Taliban are reportedly willing to negotiate a ceasefire, renounce al Qaeda terrorists and even allow the US to set up several military bases in Afghanistan. But it will not negotiate with President Hamid Karzai and would keep men and women segregated in education and the workplace. The Taliban wishlist for an Afghan peace deal is set out in a major report released on Monday by the Royal United Services Institute, a London-based strategic affairs thinktank.
It is based on detailed interviews with four senior Taliban interlocutors, including some who are close to Mullah Omar, the organisation's leader. According to the report, the Taliban leadership and base "deeply regret" their past association with the al Qaeda. But the interlocutors were also clear that any peace deal would be compromised by US drone attacks in Afghanistan and Pakistan.