[FLASH BULLETIN: Veteran Army Officer Urges Afghan Troop Drawdown…the counterinsurgency strategy urged by Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal is likely to strengthen the Afghan insurgency, and calls for withdrawal of the bulk of U.S. combat forces from the country over 18 months.]
What have been the results of the U.S. forcing President Zardari of Pakistan to have the Pakistan Military attack Swat Valley and now South Waziristan? The biggest ideological impact has been to unite the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (Taliban of Pakistan) and Al Quaeda. The Mehsud led South Waziristan Taliban have been ruling South Waziristan in the absence of Pakistan government control since the formulation of the Blood Border cutting Pakistan out of British India territory.
This story comes from: Al-Qa’ida Publicy Cements Ties to the Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan written by Vahid Brown at Jihadi media, Mustafa Abu al-Yazid, Pakistan, Zawahiri [Ed. Note: this is an opinion piece].
The official al-Qa’ida media outlet al-Sahab has released a flurry of videos in the past two weeks featuring leaders of the Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP), both living and dead, in what amounts to a media campaign announcing their open alliance with Pakistan’s deadliest militant network. On September 28, Zawahiri’s video eulogy for the slain TTP leader Baitullah Mehsud – the “role model of the youth” (ritha’ qudwat al-shabab) – was posted to the forums, followed two days later by a similar video message on the “martyrdom” of Baitullah starring Mustafa Abu’l-Yazid. On October 2, al-Fajr Media distributed a third al-Sahab video eulogy for Baitullah, but this time featuring Wali ur-Rahman, the new TTP commander for the Mehsud tribal areas (an English transcript of which can be downloaded from here; links to all three videos can be found here)… these developments indicate that al-Qa’ida has successfully seized the moment in the wake of the death of Baitullah to dramatically increase its influence over the TTP.
Read the full post here.
Interview with Haji Muslim Khan, Chief Spokesman of Tehrik-e-Taliban. Mr. Khan’s English is hard to understand, but this is shown so that you can have a feel as to who these ‘terrorists’ are in the flesh. Mr. Khan describes from their point of view, what the killings are all about. Worth 6 minutes to see. Filmed 4.29.09.
“The Genocide of Habitat/Home/Income/Life”The biggest social problem is the “displaced”, such a soft term for being forced from your home and village and running for your life with your whole family and relatives, sometimes on foot. Running to where? To stay for how long? What to eat? What will be there when you return? Over 2.5 Million Swat Valley residents left the area, and over 1/2 have yet to return. What did they return to? Show us the video, but no, there’s a video blackout, a control of the news. The next problem began three or four months ago, the “softening” of the Taliban in South Waziristan by cannon fire, helicopter gun ships, and airplane bombardment and the U.S. use of Assasination Drones upon the population’s buildings and infrastructure.
There has been a blockcade of the area, meaning food can not be sent out (crops are rotting on the vine, incomes have been cut to nothing). Food, medicine, gasoline and other essentials are being kept out by the Pakistan Military. Over 200,000 South Waziristan citizens, people like you and me, have been forced to flee the area. More tragedy on the way. The death attacks are set to begin soon. This is a Civil War.
ISLAMABAD: The Chief of Army Staff, General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani, was briefing members of the ruling coalition on the upcoming operation in Waziristan, DawnNews reported…Representatives from the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), the Awami National Party (ANP), Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and Jamiatulema-i-Islam – Fazlur Rehman (JUI-F) were said to be attending the army chief’s briefing.
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Our Opinion: Is there a second Ghandi here? How about a reduction in troops by 20,000 (including NATO) and setting a date for total withdrawl? People will say “you can’t do that, the Taliban will win”. Are we in Afghanistan to protect a government? Wern’t we told we were there to get Bin Laden and al Quaeda?
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