February 20, 2010

Canadian al Qaeda Killed in Pakistan: Also, al Qaeda and Taliban NOT Separate Entities

Can someone please stop circulating the "al Qaeda and the Taliban are completely different entities" meme now?

The US killed a key al Qaeda military leader based in Pakistan's Taliban-controlled tribal agency of North Waziristan during an airstrike on Feb. 17.

Sheikh Mansoor was killed in a Predator attack that targeted a Taliban compound in the village of Tapi near Miramshah, the main town in North Waziristan.

Go ahead and read the rest of Roggio's post, but Mansoor (al Qaeda) appears to have been killed while attending the funeral of Muhammad Haqqani (Tailban, brother of Siraj -- "Missed him by that much"). [UPDATE: Oops, actually Haqqani was attending Mansoor's funeral when he bit the dust. Mansoor was killed in a Taliban compound the day before -- Thanks to "The Dude"]

Also, Mansoor was Mansoor Khadr. Name ring a bell? If he holds the same citizenship as his father (dead, also killed in Predator strike) and his two brothers then he's Canadian. You may recognize one of his brothers as Omar Khadr, the youngest detainee at Guantanamo, one of the media darlings of the Left who constantly scream that he should be set free. Late last year the vast majority of Canadians supported the notion that this "innocent" kid should be brought back.

Daddy and brother were known al Qaeda operatives -- top al Qaeda operatives -- and yet he was just some poor innocent kid caught up in the throes of war. And holed up in a house with another al Qaeda operative. And at least one of the two was shooting at US forces before throwing a grenade at them.

He was just a kid. Fifteen. As if the same notions of "childhood" applied in Pakistan and Afghanistan where at fifteen boys are just a little too old to have sex with, a little too young to get married, but just right for jihad.

Injustice! Bush-hitler! Free Khadr!

Does eating too much Kraft Dinner and mayonnaise on your burgers make you lose your spines or what?

Back to the Taliban vs. al Qaeda. Sure, the two are separate "organizations", but they share the same goals and the organizational boundaries between the two are fluid. From a strategic standpoint there is no real distinction of any importance.

Those who want to say that this is a "war on al Qaeda" -- like our current Sec. of Defense -- have really missed the entire point. In fact, the majority of jihadis in the West have been linked to other groups entirely. Especially Lashkar-e-Toiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad. Both Pakistani groups with ties to al Qaeda and the Taliban.

Again, you can try to minimize the scale of the task ahead of us all you want, but doing so masks the enormity of it at the risk of national security.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 06:18 PM | Comments |