Nato Confronts Pakistan Over Taliban

Good news that NATO member Canada is growing weary of Pakistans non support non do anything approach to the Taliban bases in Waziristan.

CTV: As the body of the 40th Canadian soldier to die in Afghanistan returned home Monday, NATO turned its attention to Pakistan and its alleged role in aiding the Taliban.

Trooper Mark Wilson, a 39-year-old with the Petawawa-based Royal Canadian Dragoons, died in a roadside bomb attack on Saturday. Wilson is the third soldier killed in the small reconnaissance unit in just one week.

In light of the Taliban resurgence, NATO's top commander in Afghanistan, Gen. David Richards, flew to Pakistan on Monday for high-level meetings with officials.
NATO and many Afghans blame the Taliban's revival on Pakistani influences along the shared western border.

The city of Quetta, Pakistan, has been identified by NATO intelligence as a Taliban hideout supported by the Pakistani Intelligence Service. That city is where Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, al Qaeda's chief planner of the 9/11 attacks, was arrested in 2003.

The evidence is said to include satellite pictures and video of training camps -- even the address where Taliban leader Mullah Omar is believed to be living.
Pakistan denies the accusations, but a Taliban leader seeking amnesty from the Afghanistan government told CTV's Paul Workman a different story.

Prior to seeking amnesty, Mullah Zakir Akhound said he was a deputy commander of 500 fighters. Akhound said he recently came back from Pakistan where he'd been living under the patronage and protection of the Pakistani Intelligence Service.

"I know the location of many Taliban safe houses," said Akhound. "They provide houses, food, motorcycles, telephones, so of course the Taliban is getting stronger."

I watched the Fontline episode on the Taliban a couple weeks ago. The Pakistan had made a deal with the Taliban that they promptly broke. But Pakistan sent a general to a large Taliban gathering to celebrate the agreement. My thought was now this is an excellent time to drop some large bombs. One Paki general for hundreds if not closer to 1000 Taliban fighting men? Sounds like a good deal to me.

Nato and coalition forces are going to have to go in there over Pakistanís objections. The safe haven costs too many lives. Maybe not invade the area per se but we need to take action like bombing their gatherings and safe areas to stem the flow of fighters into Afghanistan.

Itís not too hard to see these people need killing itís just the doing of it that we need to get on with.

Posted by: Howie at 11:28 AM


1 Go get 'em Howie!

Posted by: Last gasp Larry at October 11, 2006 02:15 PM

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Posted by: Garduneh Mehr at October 11, 2006 04:59 PM

3 Howie,
The Taliban don't respect the border, so why should NATO/coalition?
One of the tactics of the terrorists is to use the sensibilities and sensitivities of responsible powers against them.
It is as morally correct for NATO/coalition to go into Waziristan and thrash the Taliban as it is for Isreal for to enter Lebanon to maul the filthy Hizbullah.

Posted by: Garduneh Mehr at October 11, 2006 05:05 PM

4 Canada weary of Afghanistan? Poor Canucks. What are they going to do about it. Cut and run or get some balls and help us in Iraq. May Canada choke on the muslim menace in their country.

Posted by: Greyrooster at October 12, 2006 03:47 PM

5 Hey Greyrooster.
Instead of slamming an ally, maybe you should go over to to see what kind of casualties canadians have suffered. Calculate what the per capita death rate is compared to the US and then shut your cake hole. The world trade center was in NY yet Canadians have paid a steeper price to get the filth that brought them down.
Cut and run indeed. This Canadian would whip your ass if you made comments like that in front of me you god damn windbag. Like minded nations need to stick together but there will always be jerks like you on both sides of the border who will make Osama's life easier.

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