Saturday, September 29, 2007

Interesting Strategy in Afganistan

There are interesting reports that the Global Jihad movement may be splintering. The American Thinker is reporting on this now. "In March and again in May of this year I reviewed relevant South Asian media reporting to predict that the global Islamic jihad movement was cracking up. That theory focused on a split between the leadership of al Qaeda and the jihad groups that secure them in Pakistan such as the Taliban.".
It appears that the U.S. used this split to set an elaborate trap in Afghanistan. Acc
ording to the UK Telegraph...
But an observer may wonder why, if al Qaeda had to vacate the camps, didn't they just go to other hideouts in Pakistan? According to this article in the Telegraph:
The Uzbeks are a surviving remnant of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, an al-Qa'eda affiliate that fought with the Taliban against the Americans in 2001.

Its surviving members fled into Pakistan's lawless tribal belt where earlier this year their hosts turned against them following a dispute. Afghan leaders say that the Uzbeks were recently given the choice to fight the Americans in Afghanistan or face annihilation by the local tribes.
At least one sizable group of al-Qa'eda and Taliban fighters is continuing to resist despite heavy bombing raids and attacks from US Special Forces. American military spokesmen declined to corroborate the claim, saying the operation was ongoing.

In addition, the leader of the Pakistani jihadist groups, Maulana Fazlur Rahman, was notified a few months ago that he was on a Dead Pool style list of people that al Qaeda wanted assassinated. Rahman came to our attention in captured Iraqi documents as the go between for Saddam and the Taliban arranging military and security agreements between the two in 1999. (Our book Both In One Trench: Saddam's Secret Terror Documents will be available on in a few weeks.) I mentioned before that he had turned over al Qaeda associated terrorists to the Libyan government and this had made him an enemy of al Qaeda.
He is probably the most responsible for turning the Taliban -- which he had a significant hand in creating -- against al Qaeda. Which means, believe it or not, on some level he may be working with the Pakistani government and possibly the US government, since he is purely an opportunist. No doubt he will not advertise that fact to his jihadists buddies.

This cannot be overstated: it is the most crucial development since the capture of Khalid Sheik Mohammed. Cutting al Qaeda's support in Pakistan has been a massive coup, of which our media has no clue of right now.

If you will recall ,VP Cheney went to Pakistan several months ago and it was leaked that we had coordinates for 29 terrorist camps in Pakistan that we were getting ready to bomb since Mushariff was not taking care of them. Since there was now a split within Al Qaeda they were only left with a path into Afghanistan that the Americans left open. Once across the border inside Tora Bora the U.S. closed the door. Now they were actually where we could attack them.

MSNBC is reporting on the battle here. The interesting thing here is that there is very little reporting coming out of this operation. Apparently there are NO reporters allowed in this one. Ray Robinson thinks that the full story may not be told for years but could be a huge Military, Intelligence and Diplomatic success splintering the Jihadist movement worldwide. This story is really worth watching. I for one never underestimate the breadth of the Jihadist movement or their resiliency. Lets just hope it's true.It would be welcome news.


gerald said...

Great pic of tora bora mts.
Didnt Internet anthropologist have something to do with this?


Dr. Alan Weldon said...

Gerald, thanks for the note.
Absolutely, the link can be found through the American Thinker tag or here Internet Anthropologist It's a great site with info you won't find elsewhere.