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Current Concerns  >  2006  >  No 7, 2006  >  With the USA Conniving [printversion]

With the USA Conniving

Taliban deployment in Northeastern Afghanistan

by Christoph Hörstel, Peshawar, Kabul, October 17, 2006

Christoph Hörstel reports from Pakistan and Afghanistan that the Taliban are recruiting fighters in the border area of Afghanistan and Pakistan, with the Americans watching. Until now, this has been unheard of. Evidently, what we have known from other areas of the world is also happening in Afghanistan: The Americans use ‘holy warriors’ for their own purposes. Terrorism is staged and exploited for the purposes of power politics. With respect to the Balkans, but also in general, Jürgen Elsässer has explained this in minute detail in his book ‘How Jihad came to Europe’. This way, the war in Afghanistan is kept alive, and more and more foreign soldiers are to enter the country. To what end?

Already now it is sure that people will continue to bleed to death, as long as these crimes are not made public and the global community doesn’t signal a stop.

Ramadan is a particularly peaceful month. Fasting during the day hours, waking the night piously in solemn festivity, this paralyzes many. But others feel truly encouraged to interpret the ‘way of holy effort’ (Jihad) in their own way. Taliban, Islam Party (Hezb-i Islami) and other resistance fighters are very active, and in high spirits. The arms and material supply is running smoothly, there are new funds. And at the registry in Karachi, the major seaport in Pakistan, 700 young people are lining up to go to their final deployment in Afghanistan as suicide assassins. Half of them are young women. They are busy making phone calls. This is part of the restless organizational work back in Pakistan. They use fax and internet, and armed they are moving through cities and countryside in their jeeps. The leaders in charge act in agreement with their Pakistani liaison officers; they travel to Islamabad, if the need arises. Pakistani double game? Hardly. Under these conditions there cannot be any doubt. All this is happening not only with knowlege and aquiescence of the USA, but with their connivance. Secret service people would call this a completely open operation. None of those involved shows the slightest effort at secrecy. Pakistan’s flexible president, who, conveniently, is also a general, has clearly stated it in his autobiographic book ‘In the line of Fire’: If he didn‘t submit to the friends in the US, they would not hesitate to bomb his country. This author made this public already four years ago. Musharraf passes over in polite silence that the US preparations for the attack on Afghanistan on October 7, 2001, began in Pakistan in April 2001. This means plans were basically finalised in the USA by the beginning of that year. At present, the background of an originally secret agreement is becoming public, an agreement which the government of Pakistan entered with explicit permission by the NATO commanders. No lesser than President Musharraf commented on this unexpected permission.

There appears to be an agreement with the Taliban, evidently as far as Mullah Omar, as was heard yesterday and today in the print media of Pakistan and Afghanistan. The main points are: The border province of Pakistan with Afghanistan, North Waziristan, with its capital Miramshah, has an open border with Afghanistan, as of September 5. The Taliban may move freely. In return they had to agree to discontinue violence in Afghanistan. An immediate consequence of the treaty: Local border traffic of Taliban and other resistance organisations has increased by 300%, according to all newspaper reports that refer to NATO sources, among them the ‘Post’ from Pakistan and the ‘Daily Outlook Afghanistan’. The almost identical wording is remarkable.

Several resistance stars from the most wanted list have openly taken up residence in Waziristan. Nato reports an enormous increase in military activities by the resistance – evidently nobody in the Afghan resistance abides by the ceasefire. One gets the impression that this wasn‘t really intended anyway. In Miramshah, two offices of the Taliban operate openly. Nobody may go there, not even the German Bundesnachrichtendienst.

Officially, US agents can’t go there either. But nobody believes this, since there are eye witnesses for their presence. Remarkably, the Pakistani government, according to their official statements, views the Waziristan treaty as a model for the entire border with their northern neighbor Afghanistan. The effects could sweep away the Karzai government completely, could divide Afghanistan, as is intended for Iraq, and there are a vast range of other possibilities.

A young banker, a descendent of one Afghan prime minister, says his business partners and also he himself are gradually moving their families and transportable valuables out of from Afghanistan. Confidence is waning rapidly, and uncertainty is spreading.

These issues were not discussed in the debate of the German Bundestag (parliament), when the extension of the Isaf mandate was debated. Defense Minister Jung gave a speech, demanding a new strategy for Afghanistan, but he omitted to notice that his generals have long been participating, via NATO, in a new strategy, in existence for more than two months already. His colleague Steinmeier, who should also be informed, didn’t mention it either. The German embassy in Kabul, hospitable and friendly in past years, is rather reticent these days and declines communication. The special staff on Afghanistan in the foreign office in Berlin would not comment either.

Will members of the German parliament now come to the conclusion that the German government has deceived them? We’ll soon see. Yesterday it was claimed in Paris that France would withdraw her Isaf troups. Officially, all that has been confirmed is that France is reviewing all her military activities. In Kabul the sun is setting, the Muezzin calls to prayer. The daily fast is close to breaking. The holy month will last another week.