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Pakistan and the Taliban, Sitting in a Tree

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Posted on Jun 13, 2010
AP / Allauddin Khan

Militants claiming to be Taliban pose with rocket-propelled grenade launchers and AK-47s in 2006.

A new report issued by the London School of Economics claims that Pakistan’s intelligence agency is not only funding and training Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan but also holds sway in the insurgency’s leadership council.

The assertion that Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence has ties to the Taliban is not new, but the scope of the relationship, the report’s author claims, could be damaging as the U.S. continues to court Pakistan’s support. —JCL

The Los Angeles Times:

Pakistan’s powerful intelligence agency not only funds and trains Taliban insurgents fighting U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan, but also maintains its own representation on the insurgency’s leadership council, claims a new report issued by the London School of Economics.

Assertions that Pakistan’s intelligence agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence, continues to nurture links with the Afghan Taliban are not new. But the scope of that relationship claimed by the report’s author, Matt Waldman, is startling and could prove damaging to the fragile alliance Washington is trying to foster with Pakistan, its military establishment, and its weak civilian government led by President Asif Ali Zardari.

Waldman, a fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, based his assertions on interviews with nine Afghan Taliban commanders as well as with Afghan and Western security officials. The report claims that it is official Pakistan governmental policy to support the Taliban’s insurgency in Afghanistan, and that the ISI has a strong voice on the Quetta Shura, the Afghan Taliban’s leadership council, named after the southern Pakistani city believed to serve as the council’s haven.

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By A Khokar, June 15, 2010 at 2:04 pm Link to this comment

While this dig out by Matt Walden of ‘ISI helping Taliban is another hat trick like the disgraced show of fictitious display of sample bottle of Sadam Husain’s WMD in UNO by Collin Powell but it does give a clue that before US finally withdraw its troops from Afghanistan; as a parting kiss; a destruction phase has to be launched and Pakistan the only potent nuclear power is being set as target for that.

With this parting kiss; Pakistan may be ally but; if Pakistan is even half as crippled; it does show that an evil of the future has been punished.

At least this show of action may serve as face saving for the troops returning home.

Regards

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By A Khokar, June 15, 2010 at 1:31 pm Link to this comment

Using the big names like London School of Economics. Harvard university, Oxfam and world human rights organisations and coming out with same old rhetoric; ISI helping Taliban.

Give us a break; man its spent cartridge.

But it does give a clue; yet another cat is about to spring up—-out of the bag.
But Matt Walden; you are too late to be called as hero

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By nemesis2010, June 15, 2010 at 12:02 pm Link to this comment

Why wouldn’t Pakistan and the Talibs be friends? The Talibs are a creation of Pakistani madrassas and it was Pakistan that first used the Talibs for political purposes in Afghanistan. DUH!

AmeriCorp will look the other way because Pakistan sits atop many millions of tons of a precious natural resource… and so does India!

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By cheyennebode, June 14, 2010 at 2:37 pm Link to this comment
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CHRISTIAN SOLDIERS ON MUSLIM LAND TRYING TO SWAY THE POPULACE
TO THEIR SIDE IS IGNORANT AND FAILURE DRIVEN•• BUT LIKE VIET NAM
THE GENERALS AND EXPERTS PLEAD FOR MORE MONEY AND TIME••THE
SOLDIERS MUST REFUSE TO FIGHT THIS CRAZY WAR ONLY THEY CAN STOP
IT••CONVINCE THEM TO SAVE THEIR OWN LIVES.

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By rico, suave, June 14, 2010 at 11:00 am Link to this comment

bogi666;

WOW! You add a whole new meaning to “convolution”.

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By bogi666, June 14, 2010 at 8:56 am Link to this comment
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Let’s see, the Pakistan ISI sent a $100,000 to the 9/11 hijackers a day or two before 9/11. Furthermore the ISI gets some funding from the CIA. The USG funds the ISI which funds the 9/11 19 terrorists which defeated the USG in 1 day. The USG funded the 19 9/11 terrorists. With this shocking revelation why am I not surprised?Also, Cheney was in charge of the eastern U.S. defense on 9/11 when all of the Air Forces were NOT IN THE AIR.Do I sense conspiracy by the USG for the 9/11 defeat of the USG by 19 men with box cutters on 9/11. How could anyone conclude involvement by the USG for 9/11.

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By rico, suave, June 14, 2010 at 5:44 am Link to this comment

Who could have imagined such a relationship? I for one am shocked. SHOCKED!

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By Mike, June 13, 2010 at 7:31 pm Link to this comment
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Speaking of Afghanistan, this story could keep the US there for decades, unfortunately. If this does pan out expect a whole new set of lousy excuses to keep sending American servicemen and women to their graves.


http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/37677987/ns/world_news-the_new_york_times/


“WASHINGTON - The United States has discovered nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan, far beyond any previously known reserves and enough to fundamentally alter the Afghan economy and perhaps the Afghan war itself, according to senior American government officials.

The previously unknown deposits — including huge veins of iron, copper, cobalt, gold and critical industrial metals like lithium — are so big and include so many minerals that are essential to modern industry that Afghanistan could eventually be transformed into one of the most important mining centers in the world, the United States officials believe.”

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