Foreign and Defense Policy, AfPak

Mullah Omar’s Eid message: Congrats on military victories

In his Eid message released today, Taliban’s reclusive leader Mullah Omar congratulated his followers on “this year’s unprecedented military victories” against the Coalition forces in the country:

[Translated from Dari] Mujahid brothers: You are witnessing that the ranks of jihad are growing stronger every day; the acts of sacrifice and shoulder-to-shoulder cooperation of our brave people with the mujahedin is expanding across the country; the occupiers’ key bases are targeted by large-scale offensive attacks and jihadi tactics; the invaders are vacating their military bases in fear of the mujahedin; brave and caring Muslims from within their puppet regime are waging deadly attacks against the occupying, deceitful enemy…”

 

Omar also called on all Afghans to side with the Taliban to drive out foreign forces and establish an “Islamic” rule in the country. He called the insider attacks – the killing of American and NATO soldiers by the Afghan security forces or Taliban members dressed in their uniform – “the most effective weapon against the enemy,” and emphasized that the scope and intensity of such attacks will only increase in future.

 

The message shows that the Obama administration’s accelerated troop withdrawal plan has given the Taliban increased confidence of a military victory in the near future. The insurgents and their al Qaeda affiliates see the withdrawal as a retreat and are preparing for a comeback. Afghan officials say al Qaeda and Taliban are already reconstituting in remote areas of eastern Nuristan and Kunar provinces vacated by foreign troops.

 

As I and my colleagues have written in the past weeks (here, here, and here), there’s much at stake in Afghanistan and the US mission there has a reasonable chance of success. So far, both President Obama and Governor Romney have only talked about their exit plans. But to succeed in Afghanistan, the next administration needs to pursue a strategy that focuses more on achieving vital US interests there than just withdrawing and ending the war.

10 thoughts on “Mullah Omar’s Eid message: Congrats on military victories

  1. Maybe you’re too young to remember 9/11. Or perhaps you’ve forgotten why we are there. It’s not to build Afghanistan; it’s to deny al Qaeda territory from where they can attack us.

    • ” It’s not to build Afghanistan; it’s to deny al Qaeda territory from where they can attack us”

      and if they spread to and/or already in Pakistan, Libya, Syria, Sudan, Yemen and Iran and other countries?

      what’s your plan? Let me guess.. it’s a Dick Cheney, John McCain, Lindsay Graham – “take over the middle east” special, right?

  2. re: 9-11. You sound exactly like the folks during Vietnam who were talking about Communist domination of the world guy.

    If al Qaeda “spreads” to Iran, or Syria or Sudan or Peru what is your “solution”?

    are we to control the world to “protect” ourselves?

    you fundamentally do not understand realities.

  3. So your solution is to declare failure to jihadists and withdraw? Many of those states you mentioned have strong governments that can prevent an Al Qaeda takeover. Afghanistan doesn’t.

    • re: the “smart” way to fight asymmetric threats… i.e. NOT invading countries and NOT nation-building.

      why use 1980 tactics in a 21st century world?

      Oh I forget, you guys are STUCK in the 80′s.

        • how about these: also caused by Clinton:?

          22 January 2002 Calcutta, India gunmen attack Consulate 5dead

          14 June 2002 Karachi, Pakistan al-Qaeda truck bomb detonates outside Consulate 12 killed

          12 October 2002 Denpasar, Indonesia Consular Office bombed

          28 February 2003 Islamabad, Pakistan Unknown gunmen attack Embassy 2 killed

          30 June 2004 Tashkent, Uzbekistan Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan suicide bomber attacks Embassy 2 killed

          6 December 2004 Jeddah, Saudi Arabia al-Qaeda gunmen raid diplomatic compound 9 killed

          2 March 2006 Karachi, Pakistan Car bomb explodes outside Embassy unknown 2 killed

          12 September 2006 Demascuc, Syria Gunmen raid US Embassy 4 killed

          12 January 2007 Athens, Greece RPG Fired at Embassy

          18 March 2008 Sana’a, Yemen Mortar attack against US Embassy 2

          9 July 2008 Istanbul, Turkey Armed attack against Consulate 6 killed

          17 September 2008 Sana’a, Yemen Two car bombs outside US embassy in Yemeni capital

          and the correct solution in all the above is to invade the country and hunt down the transgressors?

          • It’s ludicrous to compare any of those 17 terror incidents to 9/11. Do you really need me to explain why?

          • re: 17 incidents AND 9-11 COMPARED to ONE Libya incident.

            tell me what is different?

            did Bush LIE about WMD?

            Was Bush responsible for torturing people in Iraq prisons?

            did REAGAN LIE about Iran Contra?

            My view – and I bet most normal Americans view is that bad stuff happens no matter how much you try to protect – there is always weak points and the enemy finds them – and then politicians – Bush, Reagan, Clinton, Obama often do not deal up front with their failures.

            but tell me what specifically is a more serious failing on this POTUS part different from his predecessors.

            did REAGAN protect the Marines in Beirut?

            tell me how this POTUS is much different than his predecessors in dealing with these types of incidents?

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