Monday, December 20, 2010
The two biggest impediments to success in the Afghan War are the sanctuaries in Pakistan that the Taliban enjoy and the lack of progress by the central government to put personnel into areas cleared by combat operations. A correspondent recently visited Afghanistan and interviewed General Petreaus where these issues and others were discussed. Read more in "Worldview: Petreaus has answers on Afghanistan, based on hope", Philadelphia Inquirer, December 19, 2010.
More and more correspondents are noting the relevance of the sanctuaries that the Taliban enjoy in Pakistan and the effect that these safe areas have on the conduct of the war. Read "Sanctuaries Hamper Progress in Afghanistan", Atlantic Sentinel, December 19, 2010.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
A recently returned U.S. diplomat states that the sanctuaries the Taliban enjoy in Pakistan are a major obstacle in winning the war in Afghanistan. See "Havens in Pakistan loom as biggest hurdle in Afghanistan", The Washington Post, by Rajiv Chandrasekaran, December 14, 2010.
Monday, October 18, 2010
A recent news article highlighted the difficulties of fighting the insurgents in Kandahar and Helmand Provinces when the Taliban have sanctuary in Baluchistan - a region of Pakistan located south of the Afghan border. The Pakistani government has failed to halt the cross-border movement of Taliban and has not disrupted the sanctuaries the Taliban enjoy in Baluchistan. Read more in "Afghanistan: U.S. seeks to cut off Taliban flow from Pakistan", The LA Times, October 11, 2010.