October 11, 2006

Nato Confronts Pakistan Over Taliban

Good news that NATO member Canada is growing weary of Pakistans non support non do anything approach to the Taliban bases in Waziristan.

CTV: As the body of the 40th Canadian soldier to die in Afghanistan returned home Monday, NATO turned its attention to Pakistan and its alleged role in aiding the Taliban.

Trooper Mark Wilson, a 39-year-old with the Petawawa-based Royal Canadian Dragoons, died in a roadside bomb attack on Saturday. Wilson is the third soldier killed in the small reconnaissance unit in just one week.

In light of the Taliban resurgence, NATO's top commander in Afghanistan, Gen. David Richards, flew to Pakistan on Monday for high-level meetings with officials.
NATO and many Afghans blame the Taliban's revival on Pakistani influences along the shared western border.

The city of Quetta, Pakistan, has been identified by NATO intelligence as a Taliban hideout supported by the Pakistani Intelligence Service. That city is where Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, al Qaeda's chief planner of the 9/11 attacks, was arrested in 2003.

The evidence is said to include satellite pictures and video of training camps -- even the address where Taliban leader Mullah Omar is believed to be living.
Pakistan denies the accusations, but a Taliban leader seeking amnesty from the Afghanistan government told CTV's Paul Workman a different story.

Prior to seeking amnesty, Mullah Zakir Akhound said he was a deputy commander of 500 fighters. Akhound said he recently came back from Pakistan where he'd been living under the patronage and protection of the Pakistani Intelligence Service.

"I know the location of many Taliban safe houses," said Akhound. "They provide houses, food, motorcycles, telephones, so of course the Taliban is getting stronger."

I watched the Fontline episode on the Taliban a couple weeks ago. The Pakistan had made a deal with the Taliban that they promptly broke. But Pakistan sent a general to a large Taliban gathering to celebrate the agreement. My thought was now this is an excellent time to drop some large bombs. One Paki general for hundreds if not closer to 1000 Taliban fighting men? Sounds like a good deal to me.

Nato and coalition forces are going to have to go in there over Pakistanís objections. The safe haven costs too many lives. Maybe not invade the area per se but we need to take action like bombing their gatherings and safe areas to stem the flow of fighters into Afghanistan.

Itís not too hard to see these people need killing itís just the doing of it that we need to get on with.

By Howie at 11:28 AM | Comments |