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Has the Caliphate Come to Kabul?

Has the Caliphate Come to Kabul? | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Shortly after 5 p.m. on Feb. 24, Ismail Keyhan arrived at Kabul's central bus station to pick up his father, Amini, a day laborer working…
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The Islamic nations of the world cannot escape the threat of ISIS, because at the core of Islam is the yearning for the true leader, the prophet. That is why a protestant revolution in Islam will always involve a threat to the world. "The Caliph will come and lead the forces of Allah to victory," is the underlying dream and refrain to which the young and disaffected rally. The key difference between Islam and Christianity is that Christianity ultimately involved the individual's faith-relationship with Christ while Islam is about submission of the individual to leadership through the faith. The Shia have found that leadership primarily through scholarship (ayatollahs), who can operate individually. The Sunni are looking for a great leader who will lead them on to victory. And into this mix marches the madness of the American military-industrial-espionage complex, a greed driven machine incapable of recognizing or understanding the complexity of the situation. We pushed in and undermined the overall stability, albeit the stability of madness, at the behest of the Republicans who thought that with might we could remake the world. More fools us.

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Taliban Mount Major Assault in Afghanistan

Taliban Mount Major Assault in Afghanistan | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The group has attacked police outposts and government facilities in several districts of northern Helmand Province, sending the police and military officials scrambling to shore up defenses.
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I have said it before and I will keep saying it, the war in Afghanistan is a fool's errand. The Pashtun nationalism which underlies the Taliban (along with their commitment to Islam as they understand it) make this a movement that will not go away and cannot be defeated by guns. It can only be dealt with by both recognizing the nationalist aspiration (including those in Pakistan) and by trying to introduce a more moderate interpretation of their faith. 

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Origins of C.I.A.’s Not-So-Secret Drone War in Pakistan

Origins of C.I.A.’s Not-So-Secret Drone War in Pakistan | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The C.I.A.’s covert drone war in Pakistan began with the 2004 killing of a Pashtun militant, the result of a secret deal that was a turning point in the agency’s fight against terrorism.
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I have been saying Pashtun over and over in posts about Afghanistan and Pakistan. Their right to a national homeland has always been the underlying issue.

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As the U.S. mission winds down, Afghanistan’s insurgency grows more fractured and complex

As the U.S. mission winds down, Afghanistan’s insurgency grows more fractured and complex | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The Taliban is transforming into a patchwork of forces with conflicting ideals and motivations.
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That these men may believe they can hide under the Taliban label and strive for local independence actually suggests that they will end up being destroyed by the eventual (and I have no doubt it is coming) Pashtun state. The American policy in Afghanistan is as absent good sense as was the Russian. Help the Pashtun develop a nation within their traditional geographic boundaries and allow the remainder of Afghans to either join surrounding countries or set up their own separate country (or perhaps a couple of smaller countries). But to believe that the Taliban name has something to do with all Afghans is as foolhardy as believing that the mujahideen were going to be pro-Western once the Soviets were driven out.

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U.S. Drone Hits Pakistan for 2nd Time in 12 Hours

U.S. Drone Hits Pakistan for 2nd Time in 12 Hours | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The strikes were apparently aimed at the Haqqani network, a Taliban-allied faction that until last month held the American soldier Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl hostage.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

One reason for the Bergdahl deal was to free our CIA drone operations against the Haqqani bases. The Haqqani are a smaller group allied with the Taliban, also Pashtun but from a specific clan and under separate leadership. Of course, they, too, were funded and supported by the U.S. when the Soviet Union's forces were in Afghanistan.

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