The Taliban’s Roads to Kabul

While our happily Smiling Assassin is mulling the US request for SAS troops in Afghanistan it might pay to realise that the Taliban are part of a 30 million strong Pashtun population and that there are only between 30.000 and 60.000 (Full surge numbers) Foreign troops in Afghanistan. Not good odds ladies and gentlemen, not good odds at all.

Hamid Karzai, who played host to the British prime minister, Gordon Brown, in Kabul two days ago, will have been delighted to hear the Prime Minister confirm the long-standing Afghan belief that there can be no long-term success against the Taliban in southern Afghanistan so long as they base themselves in Pakistan.

Afghan leaders blame the Taliban resurgence since 2006 on support from the ISI, Pakistan’s military intelligence, and the use of base areas in Pakistan to regroup, train, and receive weapons and supplies. But Afghans wonder if the US, Britain or their allies are really prepared to do anything effective about Pakistan’s support for the Taliban, which has been obvious since the 1990s.

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3 thoughts on “The Taliban’s Roads to Kabul

  1. Greetings;

    One cannot take the number of ethnic Pashtuns and associate them all as being Taliban-affiliated.

    In fact, the majority of the Taliban’s front-line fighters fight only because the Taliban either forces them, or pays them (This latter dynamic stems from several economic issues both in Afghanistan and Pakistan. One instance being in the Korangal Valley of Afghanistan, once home to a thriving timber industry, the Afghan government put a halt to the felling of trees in the region. The displaced workers signed on with the Taliban, to make money).

    There exists only a relatively small core of fanatical Taliban fighters, numbering in the low thousands (liberal estimate there; probably more like the mid-to-high hundreds), who run the show: Forcing each family in a village to give up one male of fighting age to the Taliban for training, etc.

    The lack of opportunities for the youth of Afghanistan/Pakistan (Tribal areas) lead them to fight… again, more times than not, for money, for something to do.

    The core veterans are among the ones being targeting by U.S. drone strikes into Pakistan.

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    • I did not say that the entire population was Taliban, they are however not the intruders. The US and its minions are.
      I don’t support any extremist movement be it Islam or Christian but the fact is that the invading powers are in Afghanistan not to subdue an extremist terrorist movement but on a war of conquest with the events of 911 used as the catalyst.
      You analysis seems based on the assumption that the Taliban, rather than a local extremist and most likely initially CIA and SIS financed Mujahideen fighters against the Russians, are a threat to US safety.

      I don’t subscribe to that. I think that the US is an empire in the process of collapse and is grasping at straws and violently so in order to keep a hold on the worlds resources.

      • Well, many Taliban have come from foreign Arab nations specifically to engage the Americans in jihad.

        Afghanistan, under Taliban rule, with its close associations with Al-Qaida, directly attacked the United States of America.

        We took action against them, and routed them.

        The Taliban and Al-Qaida are operating in unison; they are close allies.

        Yes, it is true that the CIA assisted greatly in the expulsion of the Soviets.

        But when we have the Pakistani Taliban in SWAT Valley making public statements inviting Osama bin Laden to SWAT, and that they would protect him, is a pretty strong indication that, if left un-checked, the Taliban and Al-Qaida will establish yet another stronghold from which to plan further terrorist attacks and train with impunity.

        An American empire eh? That can be argued to some extent, but historically speaking, in regard to the amount of power we have, our military forces on the field (other than very isolated incidents) are the most morally upright the world has ever seen.


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