Trying Times for the Tired Taliban

The Taliban and al Qaeda remain on the run in Afghanistan. As Afghanistan prepares for parliamentary elections in September, efforts to disrupt a spring offensive continues apace. Afghani police repel an attack on a police station in Kandahar, a former stronghold of the Taliban, killing four in the process. A key Taliban commander, Mullah Momen, has been arrested along with five other terrorists. Malim Jan, a Taliban commander has been captured, and Mahmood Khan and 17 members of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar‘s Hezb-e-Islami have surrendered to the Afghani government. Several other Taliban commanders have turned themselves in this April, and more may follow. The Christian Science Monitor is optimistic that the Taliban is becoming a spent ideological force:

But the tide appears to be shifting. Fatigue is setting in among Taliban fighters. “We are tired of war; we don’t want to continue with the destruction of our country,” says Rasheid “Twenty Taliban have come to my office,” says Merajuddin Pathan, governor of Khost province, which abuts the Pakistan border. “They say we have more people who want to turn themselves in. They want a peaceful life. They don’t want to be harassed anymore.”

Fatigue is a curious emotion for those imbued with their perverted notion of the will of God and committed to fighting to the death. Years of defeat after pounding defeat on the political and military battlefields will do that to men, even the self proclaimed warriors of Allah. Being rejected by your own countrymen who conspire with the infidel to build a better life for themselves is demoralizing to any movement, and there is bound to be exhaustion and subsequent defections.

Afghanistan, once graveyard of the Soviet Union’s Red Army, has become the burial ground of the idealistic, barbaric movement of the Taliban, the model government al Qaeda wanted for its Islamic Caliphate.

Bill Roggio is a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and the Editor of FDD's Long War Journal.

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5 Comments

  • Rod Stanton says:

    Great! Why does this get no coverage in the MSM? Most people I know think Afghanistan is still an open battlegroud like Iraq.
    Speaking of Iraq – Why have we not killed enough terrorists as of 4/29/05 to bring a little peace there? Who or what is holding us back? All I see the last few day in the MSM is more property being destroyed and more people (including Americans) being killed by terrorists.
    What is really happening there?

  • Bill Roggio says:

    Iraq is a different animal, and will take longer to dismantle. Saddam prepared for this insurgency, and put the power of the state behind it. What you are seeing in the MSM on Iraq is an attempt to play the failure card once again.

  • Improbulus Maximus says:

    It gets no coverage because good news is no news, to twist an old phrase, at least when applied to anything a Republican has done. The media are traitor scumbags who lie and spin and propagandize for the enemy at every turn, so they would never report good news. Doesn’t matter though, they are irrelevant, or soon will be. It’s a brave new world, and there’s no room for whiney liberal scum anymore.

  • friggin aye says:

    Frig those islamofascists and the msm.
    Thx for reporting this!

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