More Problems in Western Pakistan

An update on North & South Talibanistan, and across the border in Afghanistan

The situation in Pakistan’s rebellious tribal regions worsens. In South Waziristan, the tribes have invited the Taliban to “establish their offices to control the law and order situation in the agency,” and according to an unnamed official, “the move has been welcomed by a number of officials including military [officers].” The tribes and Pakistani military wronglybelieve the Taliban will not be enforcing Shariah law and “instead of spreading hate and extremism, will be providing justice to the resident of the largely lawless tribe.” Portions of South Waziristan has essentially been turned over to Taliban control, without a fight from the Pakistani military. The question is will the Pakistani military and the local tribes who oppose the Taliban’s extremism oppose them.

Land mines confiscated from bunkers in Afghanistan. Image courtesy of ISAF.

In North Waziristan, the towns of Miranshah, Khatti Kalay, Miran Kalay, Porakhel, Tapi, Esha and Dattakhel are being deserted by the local residents out of fear of fighting. Pakistani forces are razing Taliban owned madrassa, the schools where the Taliban indoctrinates the youth with education in radical Islam. A madrassa linked to Taliban commander Jalaluddin Haqqani has destroyed. Haqqani is one of the more effective Taliban commanders, and Pakistani police are said to be actively hunting him.

Across the border in Afghanistan, two large weapons caches were uncovered. One cache contained over 400 pounds of explosives, and another was a massive find, which purportedly include “1 bunker of detonators, 2 bunkers containing a total of 80 tonnes of Russian TNT, 1 bunker with 15,000 Anti Personnel and 10,000 Anti Tank mines…”

A bunker of explosives confiscated in Afghanistan. Image courtesy of ISAF.

In Ghazni city, five government supporters, including a former provincial governor who was outspoken against the Taliban, were murdered in a Taliban ambush

The Afghan police have arrested two couriers in Nangarhar province. This provides supporting evidence that Mullah Omar, Osama bin Laden and Zawahiri are in Pakistan’s tribal belt.One was a Taliban district leader during prior to the regime’s fall, and “was carrying letters from Mullah Omar and Ayman al-Zawahiri,” and the other courier “was arrested with some 500 ‘night’ letters which asked people not to cooperate with the ‘illegitimate government’ and to obey orders of Mullah Omar and Ayman al-Zawahiri.” Making distinctions between the Taliban and their al Qaeda sponsors is often meaningless, a lesson the Pakistanis have yet to learn.

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

4 Comments

  • More Problems in Western Pakistan

    Courtesy of The Fourth Rail:
    An update on North & South Talibanistan, and across the border in Afghanistan
    The situation in Pakistan’s rebellious tribal regions worsens. , the tribes have invited the Taliban to “establish their offi…

  • Scott Malensek says:

    “This provides supporting evidence that Mullah Omar, Osama bin Laden and Zawahiri are in Pakistan’s tribal belt.”
    The ring tightens

  • blert says:

    OBL and Dr Z seem to have split up. Much too risky to lose both at once.
    Figure Dr Z and Omar to be in the tribal areas — little question on that.
    Figure OBL to be in Baluchistan — floating between Afghanistan, Pakistan, and IRAN.
    A prince directs the fight, he does not lead it.

  • “Peaceful and Stable” Afghanistan

    I remember reading that Afghanistan was stable and that the Taliban has been erased…of course, I read this when a so-called expert from NATO claimed it was so. Some of what this expert wrote: I have been to Afghanistan more

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