The Long View: The Taliban Express
The Long War Journal is pleased to introduce The Long View, a monthly cartoon that tackles the issues of the war. The Long View is illustrated by Chris Muir.
This month's cartoon looks at the contentious issue of NATO supplies flowing through Pakistan to Afghanistan. The supply lines were shut down for seven months following a clash between US and Pakistani troops on the border; they reopened in July only after a US apology and the release of $1.1 billion to the Pakistani military. Shortly thereafter, the supply lines were shut down again due to security reasons, and then again reopened. Weeks later, supplies have just begun to trickle through to NATO troops in Afghanistan, after further delays blamed on Pakistani bureaucracy and lack of security. Meanwhile the Taliban and allied terror groups move across the border with ease to fight NATO forces.