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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

News from "Cambodia"

The roll-up of the network in Pakistan appears to have a little momentum. The information flow between the U.S. and Pakistan is dicey. This latest capture is reported to have been done by ISI alone (so much for the new era of trust, but one doesn't look a gift horse in the mouth):

The capture of Mullah Kabir appeared to be a strictly Pakistani operation, and Pakistani officials appeared to be keeping Mullah Kabir’s arrest a closely held secret, even from their American allies.

Mullah Kabir is a longtime associate of Mullah Omar, the Taliban’s founder. He was the governor of Nangarhar Province, in eastern Afghanistan, when the Taliban ruled Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001. Since then, he has overseen military operations in eastern Afghanistan, including those in Kunar, Nangarhar, Nuristan and Laghman Provinces.

The immediate impact of Mullah Kabir’s arrest remains to be seen. The Quetta Shura is thought to have roughly 20 people. A number have been killed or captured over the years, but the shura, and the Taliban, have gone on.

All the kings horses and all the king's men are looking for 20 people, in the haystack that is Quetta.