Waziristan Taliban alliance declares support for Osama bin Laden and Mullah Omar


The three senior-most Taliban leaders in North and South Waziristan have joined forces to wage jihad against Pakistan, Afghanistan, and the US at the behest of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and Taliban leader Mullah Omar. The new Taliban alliance said it openly supports Omar and bin Laden in its war against the US, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.

North Waziristan Taliban leader Hafiz Gul Bahadar and South Waziristan leaders Mullah Nazir and Baitullah Mehsud put aside differences last week and created the Council of United Mujahideen. Previously, Nazir and Bahadar had feuded with Baitullah due to tribal disputes as well as Baitullah's rising power as the senior leader of the Pakistani Taliban.

The three leaders have had pamphlets distributed throughout North and South Waziristan to announce the formation of the Council of United Mujahideen. The Taliban leaders have "united according to the wishes of Mujahideen leaders like Mullah Muhammad Omar and Sheikh Osama bin Laden," The Nation reported.

The Taliban alliance said it "supported Mullah Muhammad Omar and Osama bin Laden's struggle" against the administrations of US President Barack Obama, Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, and Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

The new alliance further stated it was waging war "in an organized manner'" to "stop the infidels from carrying out acts of barbarism against innocent people" just as Omar and bin Laden were waging war against Pakistan, Afghanistan, and the US.

The creation of the Council of United Mujahideen and the Council's open support of al Qaeda and the Afghan Taliban has finally put to rest the Pakistani government's claim that Bahadar and Nazir are "pro-government" Taliban. While Bahadar and Nazir opposed fighting the government for tactical reason they had openly supported al Qaeda and the Afghan Taliban.

The establishment of the alliance also helps to consolidate the expanding network of Taliban, al Qaeda, and Central Asian terror groups operating on both sides of the Afghan-Pakistani border. While analysts have previously claimed that the Pakistani Taliban was a localized phenomenon disconnected from the global jihad, the claim is not sustainable given Nazir's open support for al Qaeda and the Taliban, the interconnections between the North Waziristan-based Haqqani Network and al Qaeda, and the establishment of Taliban-run suicide camps whose attendees conduct attacks in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and the West. Furthermore, the Lashkar al Zil, or the Shadow Army, al Qaeda's joint paramilitary force that includes some Taliban forces, operates on both sides of the border.

The Pakistani government ceded North and South Waziristan to the Taliban after a series of peace agreements that began in 2004. The government attempted to restore its writ in 2007 and in early 2008 after the Taliban openly violated the agreements, but the military was defeated and agreed not to conduct operations in the region. Al Qaeda and a host of jihadi terror groups maintain training camps and safe houses in Waziristan.



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READER COMMENTS: "Waziristan Taliban alliance declares support for Osama bin Laden and Mullah Omar"

Posted by trac at February 23, 2009 1:02 PM ET:

Guess Pakistan's government lost another excuse to their taking the fight to the taliban. Whats next for the radicals after we have allowed to them to present a unified front? Let me see, rearm/refit phase. Check!

Posted by Sanjay at February 23, 2009 6:12 PM ET:

Well, when it comes to the separatist rebels in Balochistan fighting for independence from Pakistan, then Islamabad pulls no punches. They have directly shelled, rocketed and machine-gunned villages into rubble to defeat these non-fundamentalist rebels in Balochistan. Musharraf openly vowed to crush them, and boasted "they won't know what hit them."

Funny then how Pakistan does a total retreat and surrender when it comes to the fundamentalist Pashtun guerrillas known as Taliban. Suddenly, Pakistan's aggressive attitude is reduced to one of complacency and compliance with their demands.

Something tells me that Pakistan is putting on an act, when it says it can't defeat the Taliban, and that peace is the best way with them. Pakistan treats Americans like the gullible gringo tourists they are.

Posted by KW64 at February 23, 2009 6:46 PM ET:

Now that they openly claim to belong to Al Queda, maybe people will quit complaining that our Predator strikes against these fellows will radicalize them.

Posted by Bill Barnes at February 23, 2009 11:51 PM ET:

This article reveals the Eastern Pashtun radical bloc is putting aside differences and uniting under Nazir, Bahadar and Baitullah. More importantly, they are in league now with Muhammad Omar (Western block of radical Pashtuns) and are allied with Al-Qaeda. I can't remember when there was unity like this. The Northern Alliance forces were fighting the Taliban when the latter held the reins in Afghanistan so there was no regional unity before 2001 either.

The article reveals petty feuding and jealousy of Baitullah and his prominence in Pakistan. Perhaps this feuding is what needs to be nurtured in order to keep these parties from being an effective united force. This bickering is typical of the region. The individuals are warlords who don't want any other warlord to gain the upper hand.