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August 10, 2013

Get serious: Mullah Omar talks green-on-blue, 'modern education,' and inclusivity

Topics: Afghanistan, Political News and commentaries

As I had written years ago, we had this jihad leader in custody but our good friends the Pakistani's let him go.

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Mullah Mohammed Omar, the Amir al Mumineen ("the commander of the faithful") of the Afghan and Pakistani Taliban.

More on press black out of Mullah Omar's Capture

Believing anything this rag head says qualifies you to become a recipient of the Brooklyn Bridge.

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As Bill Ardolino owner of The Long War Journal, and The Threat Matrix discusses:

Three days ago, Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar issued a rare online statement marking the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr.

Much of his rhetoric in the release was typical: foreign forces must withdraw from Afghanistan completely, the Taliban will fight them to the bitter end, the current government is made up of quislings, and upcoming elections are a "deceiving drama" and "a waste of time." But a few items stand out. First:

I urge all Afghans who perform duties in the ranks of the enemy to turn barrels of their guns against the infidel invaders and their allies instead of martyring their Muslim Afghans. We have always given a hero welcome to these young fighters and, on the basis of fraternity, we welcome everyone who leaves the rank of the enemy and comes over to his Mujahid people.

This is by no means the first Taliban reference to insider ('green-on-blue') attacks conducted by Afghan security personnel on ISAF forces, but it's interesting coming from Omar. Last year, US military leaders initially speculated that cultural tensions were the primary motivation for these attacks and that only about 10 percent were caused by Taliban infiltration of the Afghan security forces.

But this number was later revised upward to 25 percent in an August 2012 statement by then-ISAF commander General John Allen, and last month's DoD report to Congress assessed that "roughly half of the (insider) attacks in 2012 involved some level of insurgent links, with a third of those only making contact with insurgents after their attack."

It's impossible to precisely gauge the extent to which Omar's reference or other Taliban statements reflect a concerted strategy or simply capitalize on a trend, but the pace of attacks spiked in 2011, closely following the Obama administration's announcement of a US surge capped by a 2014 withdrawal. (See The Long War Journal's special report: Green-on-blue attacks in Afghanistan: the data.)

More here.

Posted by DancingCzars at August 10, 2013 10:15 AM



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