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  • NATO Report Indicates Taliban Plotting Power Grab

    In a secret NATO report recently leaked to the British media, Taliban insurgents told their interrogators that they are increasingly confident that the Taliban will retake power once NATO forces depart Afghanistan, and that Pakistan is positioning itself for such an outcome. NATO officials have sought to downplay the report’s contents, emphasizing that it represents uncorroborated pieces of information, not an overall analysis of the military situation.

    Still, the contents of the report should give pause to those who are pushing for a negotiated settlement with the Taliban. There are well-founded concerns that the Taliban are uninterested in genuine peace talks and will try to string the U.S. along in talks that would simply allow them to play for time and obtain release of their prisoners. The U.S. must guard against the possibility that the Taliban will use any negotiations to strengthen their influence in Afghanistan without breaking ties to international terrorist groups or giving up their goal of establishing an Islamic caliphate.

    The leaked NATO report, based on thousands of interrogations of captured insurgents, also asserts that Pakistan supports and directs their attacks against NATO forces and is “intimately” involved in efforts to topple the Karzai government. Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar dismissed the report as “old wine in an even older bottle,” and said it was more important “to look at the conversations that are taking place with the Taliban by many other important capitals of the world.” Although Pakistan claims it is not interfering in Afghanistan’s affairs, there have been no indications that Pakistan has cracked down on Taliban sanctuaries on its side of the border.

    The NATO report, combined with findings from a recent intelligence estimate on Afghanistan that conclude the Taliban have little interest in peace talks, should cause the Administration to think twice when considering concessions to the Taliban. These reports reveal that the situation is not yet ripe for genuine reconciliation, and the Administration would be jumping the gun if it releases senior Taliban prisoners at this juncture. U.S. intelligence officials acknowledged in congressional hearings yesterday that the U.S. may release five top Taliban prisoners from Guantanamo Bay as an incentive to bring the Taliban leadership to talks.

    The building blocks for genuine peace and stability in Afghanistan are simply not yet in place. The Administration must pay more attention to the facts on the ground before diving into a pseudo-reconciliation process merely to justify an early drawdown of troops.

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    5 Responses to NATO Report Indicates Taliban Plotting Power Grab

    1. keaira says:

      i can't believe this im in school and this is one of my countries im suppose to be study?

    2. Lloyd Scallan says:

      Noooooo! Who would have thunk it. Only every person with an IQ over 30. Of course the Taliban will take over Afghanistan, and ever other country in the Middle East, where we wasted our nation's blood and treasure "after" the leaders of those countries were taken out.

    3. buck says:

      This whole argument is ridiculas , the Taliban are Muslims , nothing more needs to be said . The more radical muslims are , the more leeway they are given by the so-called moderate muslims , afterall , the goal of ALL muslims is , eventually , a world wide Kaliphate . Political correctness used to be a pain in the a– , but now it is a deadly disease and if we don't overcome it the muslims will overcome the world , including the world minority of secularists that are driving the politically correct movement as a way to minimize all religions , Christianity being first because of its size , especially here in America .

    4. Ken Marx says:

      I guess Leon Pinata (I know, it's Pinetta) doesn't read the secret reports from NATO. Just yesterday, he announced or affirmed that we would be withdrawing from Afghanistan next year. What incentive does the Taliban have not to wait us out?

    5. what a 'shock.'

      Current Afghan government is corrupt and weak full of cronies. They are tribal based and that is where their loyalties are rather than as Afghan 'nationals.'

      The Taliban leaders have been saying for a decade or more: 'They [infidels] may have the watches but we have the time.'

      They are counting on NATO and US leaving. We either kill them all or invade Pakistan where they are at. Neither is going to happen. The alternatives are: stay indefinitely or leave.

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