Militant leaders on all sides being killed off: The killing added to an impression of increased turbulence for the militant groups harbored in Pakistan’s tribal belt, including Al Qaeda, the Pakistani Taliban and the Haqqani network. Over just two months, one major leader has been arrested, two have been killed in a drone strike, and now a major financier — Mr. Haqqani — has died.
The first major shot came when American forces detained Latif Mehsud, a senior commander for the Pakistani Taliban, inside Afghanistan. Weeks later, on Nov. 1, a C.I.A. drone strike killed the Pakistani Taliban’s leader, Hakimullah Mehsud, and a top deputy. Now, Mr. Haqqani, a looming figure in a militant network closely allied with the Taliban and Al Qaeda, is dead.
*Pakistan controls Taliban' - Afghan army chief Like the army chief, I firmly believe that if Pakistan gives the word the Afghan war would be over.
I want to hear Pakistan is arresting the connections that have been complicit with the Haqqani's the biggest threat to the US and Afghanistan security. I am interested in the independent Haqqani network "wikipedia"
The Pakistani Government dismisses all the recent deaths as normal inter tribal rivalry in the tribal belt along the Afghan Pakistan border in anticipation of the Americans leaving. I happen to believe the Pakistan Government has known all along where they all are and are themselves killing them off to hopefully have peace at last when we leave.
I just want the top 2 Haqqani's killed. 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.
People in Pakistan are increasingly marching to have the drone attacks stopped. Fine! If you want the drones stopped then stop the Haqqani's. We know someone there can kill or stop them at will.
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!
At this point I want to say our soldiers have done their job let them come home as scheduled if not sooner with their heads held high. They have done a hell of a job for their country.