Fascinating story in the Asia Times about Al-Qaeda’s and the Taliban’s successes and failures in Afghanistan. They were having a great deal of success raiding NATO’s supply lines in the Khyber area. They’d even managed to secure the loyalty of the local sheikh, Namdar, who was providing them with cover and safe houses. They knew they had to be careful, but Namdar was a Salafist Muslim, just like Al-Qaeda:
After coming under intense pressure in its traditional strongholds in the North and South Waziristan tribal areas, al-Qaeda and the Taliban staged a joint shura (council). This meeting concluded that they had to be especially careful of local political parties and tribals who were all too ready to sell themselves in the US’s quest to find Osama bin Laden and his deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri. The council pointed to the example of Iraq, where the US’s policy of courting Sunni tribes to turn against al-Qaeda has had marked success.
Detour: Al Qaeda thinks there’s American progress in Iraq. Petraeus thinks there’s American progress in Iraq. The international leftist elite? “Umm…Sadr is still making trouble. Oh, wait, he’s whining and asking for a cease fire, you say? Well, have we caught Osama yet?”
Anyway, back to the Taliban: their Khyber raids were working until one day, when they got their butts whipped by Pakistani forces and retired to those safe houses, only to find a little surprise waiting for them…and Namdar laughing all the way to the bank.
Long story, but it has a happy ending. Goes to show you that in a world of changing allegiances, $150,000 can go a long way…
Since we’re in Afghanistan, by the way, did you hear that opium production is way down this year?
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