al-Qaeda and The Taliban Waiting Us Out In Afghanistan

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Bill Roggio updates the Afghanistan situation with some somber, but expected, news. Members of al-Qaeda are training the Taliban:

“We also have seen some indications that there have been foreign trainers that have come to train the local Taliban who are fighting here in Andar,” Lieutenant Colonel David Fivecoat, commander of 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, recently told TOLOnews. The report stated that “foreign trainers” are “Arabs, Chechens, and Pakistanis.” US military officials often describe members of al Qaeda and allied terror groups as foreign fighters.

Al Qaeda operates in conjunction with the Taliban, the Haqqani Network, and the Hizb-i-Islami Gulbuddin network throughout Afghanistan. Al Qaeda operatives often serve as embedded military trainers for Taliban field units and impart tactics and bomb-making skills to these forces. In addition, Al Qaeda frequently supports the Taliban by funding operations and providing weapons and other aid. [See LWJ report, Al Qaeda’s paramilitary ‘Shadow Army’ for more information on al Qaeda’s role in Afghanistan.]


The Andar district in Ghazni is a known Taliban and al Qaeda hub in the southeast. Since October 2008, the US military has conducted seven raids against al Qaeda cells in Andar, according to press reports compiled by The Long War Journal. Senior Taliban and al Qaeda foreign fighter facilitators are known to operate in the district.


Al Qaeda’s extensive reach in Afghanistan is documented in the body of press releases issued in recent years by the International Security Assistance Force. Looking at press releases dating back to March 2007, The Long War Journal has been able to detect the presence of al Qaeda and affiliated groups such as the Islamic Jihad Union in 70 different districts in 21 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces.

Furthermore there is talk from the US soldiers on the ground that Pakistan’s ISI is attempting to sabotage the security situation in the district of Ghazni.

“They want to destroy the plans for the government to become stronger. They don’t want these people to have government.”

General Petreaus wrote yesterday that victory can be achieved, but it will entail a much more “expansive” effort:

The general’s assessment, in the form of a letter to troops posted on the NATO Web site, outlined a fight in which troops and the military machine here had gained the edge or was on the cusp of doing so on every front. He described victory as attainable only through a vast, coordinated effort to bring Afghanistan security, good governance and economic development.

Ensuring that Al Qaeda never again uses Afghanistan as a haven requires “that we help Afghanistan develop the ability to secure and govern itself,” the letter states. “This in turn requires the conduct of a comprehensive civil-military campaign.”

Given all that, what did we get from Obama last night during the SOTU? A few sentences and then on to more choo-choo “Sputnik” ridiculousness.

It’s clear that the Taliban, and al-Qaeda, need only play a waiting game to win. They understand that with this President they are in no danger of being militarily defeated. All they have to do is hold on for a few months more and the troops will be on their way out and just like that….they will be back in the game. Deja-vu 1996.

And we all know what happened five years later.

Having a President that is more concerned about keeping power in order to keep his domestic agenda on track, rather then worrying about losing Afghanistan to the Taliban, and Iraq to Iran, we have to ask ourselves….how long until the next massive attack on our soil?

Curt served in the Marine Corps for four years and has been a law enforcement officer in Los Angeles for the last 24 years.

9 Responses to “al-Qaeda and The Taliban Waiting Us Out In Afghanistan”

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    Great tactical move on the part of the Taliban. Conserve forces, wait for the enemy to pullout and then strike with all you’ve got. Compliments of a dumbass POTUS.

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    Nan G

    Jahiliyya took over in Afghanistan as it will take over in Egypt once the present government is ousted.

    The traditional Islamic idea that all artifacts of pre-Islamic civilization are manifestations of jahiliyya, the pre-Islamic period of ignorance, and are therefore nothing more than trash. They are not to be valued, venerated, respected in any way.

    Bamiyan, Afghanistan.
    Remember before 9-11-01 there was this.

    After the Taliban there was this.

    Only after a complete destruction of the non-Islamic past can the fabricated new ”history” be spewed on the inhabitants.
    A good example of that is here.

    The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood is promising to tear apart all vestiges of pre-Islamic Egypt.
    That includes Giza, the Pyraminds (easier said than done, I suspect) and the Sphinx among others.

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    another vet

    This pretty much confirms what one of my buddies told me last month after returning from his fourth tour over there. He said it all started when someone put a timetable on when the troops would leave. It sounds like the folks over there no longer think we are committed to victory. Randy and I heard similar concerns from our interpreters in Iraq with regards to Kerry in 2004. They thought if he was elected we’d cut and run. It makes the job of the boots on the ground troops that much harder.

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    Look at the growing NeoNazi movement in Russia. From a stace that real Nazis hated Russians, it seems strange that the group of degenerates would pick up the NeoNazi movement. I think something like that is happening with the Afghans. A weaker party fluffs itself up to look bigger than it really is. Anybody can say they are a Taliban or a Nazi because nobody is around to say they aren’t. So why would members of the Northern Allience suddenly call themselves Taliban? Many were just NATO paid warlords and or tribes that were busy fighting other tribes until Sept 11. What we are really seeing is warlords and tribes vying for power and just calling themselves the Taliban to hide their true nature and abilities. The real Taliban fled to Pakistan.

    Forces in Afghanistan claimed to have killed 40,000 Taliban since 2001. In 2009, the Taliban size was said to be 25,000 from 7,000 in 2005. My guess is that 30,000 of those 40,000 were just local thugs, militias from warlords trying to sell dope and tribal militas that were attacking local tribes.

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    Haven’t read LWJ for quite awhile, Roggio has been dedicated to getting the truth out and doesn’t fail the troops or us.

    Last week I read in the press that al Qaeda had run out of money and was having a difficult time carrying on, pfft!

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    My son-in-law is there now so this is personal for me.Somehow it all ties together.
    You know, it just dawned on me! Could all the turmoil we are seeing in Muslim countries be an offshoot of perceived weakness on the part of the United States and her allies! I for one have always felt this President is firmly on the side of the Muslim world as a whole. Certainly he is the most antagonistic President as in his stance on Israel I have ever seen. As we now are at the point in which we have elected officials telling the Muslim world this country is full of racist hate and an administration that in almost every stance is extremely ” Anti-American ideals” why should one surprised that these radical Muslim Fundamentalists are taking their shots now? After all, the administration only yesterday as an example declared the Egyptian government was stable. No surprise from the blind mice running the show in D.C. now is it?

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    Taliban and Aqap Al Qaeda will win. By the way what effect for you lady gentleman?, NATO Force can going home and Taliban can Build a Country on Afghanistan. so let we Taliban be a Government of Afghanistan. UN will admit thats or not we dont care.

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    Ahli Garam,
    listen to this,
    because of all our BRAVES SOLDIERS who spill their blood and lost their life,
    that is in AFGHANISTAN, you will never succeede to gain a hold in that COUNTRY
    never again, because the people will resist now that they have learned how to fight you,
    and whoever want to make them slaves again,
    you are finish. and your power is gone in that COUNTRY, because the PEOPLE have tasted the FREEDOM

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