The Enemy’s Pre-Emptive Strike in Afghanistan

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Taliban-linked terrorists carried out a coordinated wave of dramatic attacks on high-profile targets across Afghanistan on Sunday ahead of a planned NATO-Afghan offensive. At the same time, Islamist terrorists broke into a jail in Pakistan, freeing nearly 400 prisoners, including 20 terrorists labeled as “very dangerous.” The sophistication of the attacks worries NATO and Afghan officials.

Seven attacks occurred simultaneously at about 1:45 PM. The fighting lasted for over 18 hours in Kabul and the capitals of Paktia, Logar and Nangarhar provinces. Several embassies, police stations, a NATO base, the Kabul Star Hotel, an airport and the parliament building all came under attack. The targets were chosen based on prominence instead of creating maximum casualties. The Islamist enemy’s goal was to demonstrate that no target is safe and to show off its ability to conduct complicated operations.

The attacks are also meant to discourage the Afghans and the American public. About 66% of Americans now oppose the war in Afghanistan and 70% believe that the Afghan population does not support the U.S. military presence. Only 22% believe the Afghans support American involvement.

One captured participant in the attacks admitted that he is part of the Haqqani network. Shortly before the attacks, the authorities arrested four members of the Haqqani network. The cell revealed that they were in the midst of carrying out a plan to kill one of Afghanistan’s vice presidents.

The alleged involvement of the Haqqani network points directly to Pakistani complicity. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, bluntly accuses the Pakistani ISI intelligence service of being behind sophisticated attacks in September. Fed up with Pakistan’s duplicity, he forcefully stated, “The Haqqani network acts as a veritable arm of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence Agency.” Outcry followed and the White House tried to soften his remarks. He wouldn’t allow it. “I phrased it the way I wanted it to be phrased,” Mullen said.

A Taliban spokesman named Zabiullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for his group and downplayed the role of the Haqqanis. He said that reports that the Haqqani network orchestrated the attacks are a part of “a baseless plot from the West, who wants to show that we are separate.” Indeed, the U.S. has been trying to lure the Taliban into a peace deal that would sever its ties to the Haqqani network and Al-Qaeda. Vice President Joe Biden even made the astonishing statement that the “Taliban is not our enemy, per se.”

Mujahid asserts that the Taliban meticulously planned the wave of attacks for two months without being foiled. He said that members even put together models of their targets so they could rehearse their attacks, secretly stored weapons and had help from agents within the Afghan security forces. He boasted that the Taliban’s planned spring offensive has not yet begun.

On the same day, 100-200 militants stormed a prison in Bannu, Pakistan and freed 384 prisoners. Among those released were 20 terrorists deemed “very dangerous,” including one who tried to kill former Pakistani President Musharraf. The circumstances surrounding the break-in strongly indicate that top Pakistani officials were involved. The fighting went on for two hours but no soldiers or police arrived. The huge group of armed militants was not stopped by the border guards at the tribal areas and passed police checkpoints and military installations on their way to the prison.

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  • Alvaro

    "Although Afghan President Hamid Karzai admits there was an “intelligence failure” on the part of Afghanistan and NATO, the Afghan security forces responded quickly, efficiently, and mostly independently. They only received some support from NATO helicopters."

    There were also Norwegian special forces from Forsvarets Spesialkommando and Hærens Jegerkommando, as shown here:
    http://www.vg.no/nyheter/utenriks/artikkel.php?ar

  • davarino

    What can you say? The Taliban are being telegraphed everything we are about to do. There is no intelligence gathering they have to do, they just have to watch American Television. Hell, Obama probably briefs them on a daily basis with his secret BlackBerry.

  • tagalog

    It's an Afghan problem now. Just get our troops out of harm's way ASAP.

  • H&R_ Barack

    Question: Who's the enemy, again?

    How Obama Is Losing Afghanistan: http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/03/how_obama_

  • BLJ

    Karzai is a Judas. We should just drop 25 or so daisy cutters on them and get the hell out.

  • Brujo Blanco

    Our interests in doing battle with these terrorists is that aw are on their hit list along with the Jews. The problem is that we are letting politics interfere with military operations. Our rules of engagemnet costs military lives. He fact is that the American military is engaged in mortal combat and they need the full support of their country. This they do not have from the American left.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

      We made that same tactical mistake in Vietnam. and we all know how that turned out.
      The communists won.

      I wonder why Obama is deliberately doing the things that always lead to failure, it's as if he wants us to lose.

      His muslim heritage must be very important to him.

  • H&R_ Barack

    Would you repeat the question.

    WHO is America's enemy in Afghanistan?

    WHAT is Obama-America's Strategic PLAN & Interest?

    …..tell us again why dedicated, innocent American Patriots, – college cadets and America's FINEST…

    ………..must (under Barack HUSSEIN Obama) spill American Blood for Islam?

  • H&R_ Barack

    GLASS FACTORY.

  • H&R_ Barack

    .
    ISLAM is HATRED without a CURE!

  • Juddea

    It is way past time to bring our troops home or stop working with the Afghans. Any President complacent in keeping troops over their under the current conditions is in on it and responsible for any deaths that may occur.

  • Ronald Johnston

    When the civilized world finally wakes up and realizes that it cannot exist with islam or any remnants of islam, we will live in peace!!!!

  • kongMing

    “WHO is America’s enemy in Afghanistan?”

    The Taliban who the ISI uses as a proxy to prevent a strong Pashtun nation out of fears it will cause a separatist movement. Complicity in the heroin trade and US aid adds in their motivation.

    “WHAT is Obama-America’s Strategic PLAN ”

    Train and support an Afghan military.

    “& Interest?”

    Prevention of an international terror base in response to the worst act of terrorism in US history. Protection of allies, mostly women, who will be horribly murdered in a genocide. $3 trillion dollars of mineral rights for rare earths which would end up in the hands of the Taliban and al-Qaeda. Attack the international heroin cartel.

    “…..tell us again why dedicated, innocent American Patriots, – college cadets and America’s FINEST…

    ………..must (under Barack HUSSEIN Obama) spill American Blood for Islam?”

    US soldiers are withdrawing and should be entering support roles. bin Laden no longer organizes arch terrorism. The worst hit so far in the war against Islamic terrorism has been the Moslems themselves by a large margin. Without a proactive strategy a very determined group of terrorists could wreck havoc here.