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Monday, February 13, 2006

Al-Qaeda/Taliban Redux

Another sign that President Bush's "war" on Terrorism miscalculated by invading Iraq is a story from India reporting that al-Qaeda and the Taliban have established an Islamic state in northern Pakistan. ...

According to the Mumbai Mirror:

After taking “virtual control” of the entire North Waziristan province of Pakistan, Taliban and Al Qaeda have recently “declared” the establishment of an ‘Islamic State’ in the area and gained a major base for their operations against the US-led forces in Afghanistan, reports said.

“The Taliban recently declared the establishment of an ‘Islamic State’ in North Waziristan, and they now, through the brutal elimination of criminal elements who previously held sway, in effect rule in the rugged territory,” a latest report in ‘Asia Times’ magazine said.

It said that by “taking control of virtually all of Pakistan’s North Waziristan tribal area on the border with Afghanistan, the Taliban have gained a significant base from which to wage their resistance against US-led forces in Afghanistan.
Instead of finishing the job that the American people gave them to find bin-Laden and wreck his organization, Bush et al. muffed the job and instead gave these terrorists another foothold for launching attacks.

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