Posted by Lex, on April 30, 2009
The Navy has returned the remains of three pirates killed to “authorities” in Somalia:
Posted by lex, on September 29th, 2011
Joint Chiefs Chairman Mike Mullen went a little off the reservation this week, openly saying what everyone in the national security establishment knows to be true: Pakistan’s Internal-Services Intelligence directorate – the ISI – is deeply in bed with the same network of jihadists that provoked a 20-hour firefight in Kabul last week. The Haqqani network is tolerated for three reasons in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Area: 1) Because they only attack Afghan and Coalition targets, 2) because Pakistan believes that the Taliban and their Haqqani allies will give them leverage in Afghanistan after the US withdraws, and 3) because launching an army sweep of the FATA will be both too costly in lives, and too emotionally wrenching to the fragile Pakistani body politic.
Posted by lex, on September 18th, 2011
Having despaired of “clear, hold and build,” and with surge forces already ebbing out of the country in advance of the 2014 handover, ISAF and Afghan forces are now reduced to air assaults on the rural provinces of Afghanistan to cull Taliban forces:
Posted by lex, on July 18th, 2011
A close adviser to President Hamid Karzai was killed on Sunday night after two gunmen stormed his walled home here. It was the second killing in less than a week of one of the president’s trusted but controversial political allies.
Posted by Lex, on January 5, 2011
The editorial staff of the New York Times apparently believes * that there is no potential for a homegrown terrorist threat from Muslim citizens in America. Or they believe that, even if there were a threat, it would be best if Congress didn’t investigate it. Because people might be radicalizedget their feelings hurt, or something.
Congressman Pete King(R-NY) disagrees:
By lex, on November 23rd, 2011
The WaPo reports that the war on al Qaeda is essentially down to two targets:
The leadership ranks of the main al-Qaeda terrorist network, once expansive enough to supervise the plot for Sept. 11, 2001, have been reduced to just two figures whose demise would mean the group’s defeat, U.S. counterterrorism and intelligence officials said.
Ayman al-Zawahiri and his second in command, Abu Yahya al-Libi, are the last remaining “high-value” targets of the CIA’s drone campaign against al-Qaeda in Pakistan, U.S. officials said, although lower-level fighters and other insurgent groups remain a focus of Predator surveillance and strikes.
Al-Qaeda’s contraction comes amid indications that the group has considered relocating in recent years but that it ruled out other destinations as either unreachable or offering no greater security than their missile-pocked territory in Pakistan, U.S. officials said.
Should make it easier to concentrate resources and finish the job.
When you’ve got your boot in your enemy’s neck, the important thing is to keep pushing.