November 26, 2009 |
As President Obama prepares to unveil his long-deliberated war strategy, the Taliban's supreme commander declared Wednesday that U.S.-led forces would find only defeat, dishonor and "a bed of thorns" in Afghanistan. The statement came as the White House announced that Obama will deliver a televised speech about the war Tuesday from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He is expected to announce higher troop levels for Afghanistan and detail a plan for ultimately withdrawing U.S. forces.
September 20, 2009 |
The Taliban's reclusive leader said the U.S. and NATO should study Afghanistan's long history in a reminder that foreign forces have had limited military success in the country. The message from Mullah Mohammed Omar comes less than a month before the eighth anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion. Omar said the U.S. and NATO should recall Alexander the Great, whose forces were defeated by Pashtun tribesmen, and Afghan resistance to British troops in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
September 12, 2009 |
The voice of Taliban militants in the Swat Valley has been arrested along with four other Taliban leaders in the region they once controlled, Pakistani military officials said Friday. Muslim Khan is said to be the highest-ranking Swat Taliban commander arrested since the government began its offensive earlier this year to retake the Swat Valley from the Islamist militant group. The Taliban spokesman and the other Taliban leaders were arrested Sept. 3 during a search operation in the suburbs of Mingora, said Pakistan army spokesman Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas.
August 19, 2009 |
The Taliban's top spokesman in Pakistan, captured this week by tribal fighters and security forces, has confirmed that the country's most wanted militant was killed recently by a U.S. missile strike, sources familiar with his interrogation said today. Maulvi Umar was arrested in the remote Mohmand region along the Afghan border late Monday night with the help of a tribal militia, according to military sources who requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak about the matter.
August 17, 2009 |
For years, Al Qaeda and the Pakistani Taliban have nurtured a symbiotic relationship that has paid off for both militant groups. The Taliban provided Al Qaeda and its leaders sanctuary within the rugged wasteland of Pakistan's tribal areas along the Afghan border. In turn, Al Qaeda trained and helped finance its host. Now, with the purported death of Taliban leader Baitullah Mahsud and his organization temporarily rudderless, Al Qaeda finds itself made vulnerable by the disarray plaguing its patron, experts and Pakistani intelligence sources say. It's a window of opportunity that neither Pakistan nor the United States can afford to neglect.
August 9, 2009 |
Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan, and Peshawar, Pakistan -- A would-be successor to Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mahsud was reportedly killed today in a gun battle between rival factions of the militant group, in a sign that rifts are surfacing in the wake of his death from a U.S. missile strike. Hakimullah Mahsud, regarded as a leading candidate to replace Baitullah Mahsud, was shot and killed in the exchange of gunfire, said intelligence officials who spoke on condition of anonymity.
August 8, 2009 |
The American missile strike that killed Pakistani Taliban chief Baitullah Mahsud, Pakistan's most wanted terrorist and a staunch Al Qaeda ally, dealt a devastating broadside to militants and handed the U.S. a major victory in its bid to help stabilize the volatile nuclear state. Mahsud's death, confirmed by top Pakistani officials as well as the Taliban, creates a vacuum within the command structure of the militant group and gives the Pakistani military a unique opportunity to weaken the group, former top Pakistani security and intelligence officials said.
July 27, 2009 |
reporting from peshawar, pakistan Pakistani police on Sunday arrested Sufi Mohammed, the Taliban-aligned cleric responsible for brokering a controversial peace deal between Swat Valley militants and the government this year. That deal eventually broke down, leading to the ongoing military offensive against Taliban fighters.
June 25, 2009 |
The chief of the Pakistani Taliban, Baitullah Mahsud, and close associates attended the funeral of a militant commander in the country's tribal areas but left before a suspected U.S. drone attack that killed dozens of people, residents said Wednesday. The area where the attack occurred, the Bekh Mary Langara region of South Waziristan, is remote and there was no independent confirmation of the number of casualties.