Excerpts of Interviews with Sirajuddin Haqqani

September 17th, 2011

After the recent Reuters interview with Siraj Haqqani, I shuffled through my archives to see if there is anything new in what he said. Below are a excerpts of a few interviews I did with him in 2010. You’ll see he covers similar ground. The Haqqanis are quite pragmatic and have an established track record [...]

The Battle for Marjah

March 8th, 2010

It was late November, 2001, and the Taliban were on the run everywhere in Afghanistan. The Northern Alliance had captured Kabul and much of the rest of the country; only parts of the southwest—including the province of Helmand, remained in the Taliban’s hands. In Marjah, a quiet market town near the Helmand desert, the dying [...]

Pak. Taliban Commander Killed in Mohmand?

January 22nd, 2009

Pajhwok reports that the Pak. military has killed Omar Khalid.  Khalid, the head of the so-called Shah Khalid group, was in control of Mohmand agency.
Khalid, whose group generally acted as the TTP (Pakistani Taliban) representative in Mohmand, was one of the highest-ranking leaders in the Pakistani Taliban movement. He was a close ally to Faqir [...]

Good times in Pakistan

January 21st, 2009

Things are devolving by the day.  The Pakistani Taliban is now demanding that buses in the northwest cannot carry audio or video players.  The Riaz Khan of the AP reports:
Transport workers in Mardan town received letters this week from militants saying that buses offering such entertainment were guilty of spreading “vulgarity and obscenity,” Walid Mir, [...]

Hekmatyar Reaching Out to Kazai? Update

May 7th, 2008

It looks like we have some confirmation of last week’s post on Hekmatyar’s letter to Karzai. The Afghan online news site Quqnoos is reporting that the President is indeed close to opening talks. Might we see a return of Hekmatyar to the Afghan government? The last time Hekmatyar held a government post, [...]

Hekmatyar reaching out to Karzai?

April 29th, 2008

As bullets flew and MPs scampered on Sunday, many wondered how insurgents were able to penetrate such tight security. The Taliban claims that they didn’t intend to kill Karzai, but of course you wouldn’t expect them to say otherwise. However, if history is any guide, they might actually be telling the truth. [...]

Interview with Qari Yousef Ahmadi, Taliban Spokesman

April 19th, 2008

What’s your opinion of the negotiations between Taliban and National Front?
I can tell you that the National Front is the same as the foreigners in this country. It is very difficult to negotiate with them. We don’t want to negotiate with National Front until the foreign forces leave Afghanistan. Karzai supported the [...]