Pakistan Taliban appears in turmoil

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Pakistan Taliban appears in turmoil

ISLAMABAD (AFP) – Pakistan's Taliban appears in turmoil after reports of a deadly shootout between contenders to replace the shadowy movement's leader, believed to have been killed in a US drone attack.
Intelligence officials said Friday Baitullah Mehsud, who had a five million dollar bounty on his head, was killed in a US drone attack, although the government is still seeking confirmation.
There are unconfirmed reports of a deadly shooting at a meeting of top Taliban commanders in South Waziristan region, which Interior Minister Rehman Malik said were being investigated.
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http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20090809/wl_sthasia_afp/pakistanafghanistanunrestus_20090809061356
 
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Skynet said:
Pakistan Taliban appears in turmoil

ISLAMABAD (AFP) – Pakistan's Taliban appears in turmoil after reports of a deadly shootout between contenders to replace the shadowy movement's leader, believed to have been killed in a US drone attack.
Intelligence officials said Friday Baitullah Mehsud, who had a five million dollar bounty on his head, was killed in a US drone attack, although the government is still seeking confirmation.
There are unconfirmed reports of a deadly shooting at a meeting of top Taliban commanders in South Waziristan region, which Interior Minister Rehman Malik said were being investigated.
More
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20090809/wl_sthasia_afp/pakistanafghanistanunrestus_20090809061356
From the link:-

But despite the apparent internal turmoil among the Taliban, security analyst Hasan Askari warned the threat was not over and said Pakistani authorities would have to re-establish control in the tribal areas.
I don't think that Pakistan ever had control of the tribal areas and that was part of their problem.
 
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Does this perhaps herald a schism in the Taliban? If there are two branches of the Taliban it always opens up the possibility of negotiation with one of them and the ability to play one off against the other. It's an interesting situation but may take a while to fully develop.
 
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Skynet said:
Pakistan Taliban appears in turmoil

ISLAMABAD (AFP) – Pakistan's Taliban appears in turmoil after reports of a deadly shootout between contenders to replace the shadowy movement's leader, believed to have been killed in a US drone attack.
Intelligence officials said Friday Baitullah Mehsud, who had a five million dollar bounty on his head, was killed in a US drone attack, although the government is still seeking confirmation.
There are unconfirmed reports of a deadly shooting at a meeting of top Taliban commanders in South Waziristan region, which Interior Minister Rehman Malik said were being investigated.
More
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20090809/wl_sthasia_afp/pakistanafghanistanunrestus_20090809061356
So who gets the $5 million? :wink:
 
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Markintime said:
Does this perhaps herald a schism in the Taliban? If there are two branches of the Taliban it always opens up the possibility of negotiation with one of them and the ability to play one off against the other. It's an interesting situation but may take a while to fully develop.
Terrorist groups are forever spliting and infighting, nothing new. Take a look at NI for an obvious example.

Which begs the question; did the constant splits between the various IRA incarnations speed the process towards peace or not?
 
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Are the taleban a single entity, have they ever been?

Seems like a spectacular victory to me, lets see where it goes before someone imposes order and unity again
 
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so now we will see splinter groups - The Real Taliban - The provisional Taliban etc.
 
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The Taleban of the Judean people
 
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I can imagine the scene amongst the tribal elders sat in ther sun baked compound. One turns slowly to the others and utters the immortal words - "What have the Talban ever did for us "?
 
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There may be lots of different TB entities, but a Jewish one? Can't see it myself...
ethnically the pashtun are rumoured to be from jewish decent oddly enough. they see themselves as one of the 10 lost tribes of isreal, but having embraced islam.
 
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Skynet said:
Pakistan Taliban appears in turmoil

ISLAMABAD (AFP) – Pakistan's Taliban appears in turmoil after reports of a deadly shootout between contenders to replace the shadowy movement's leader, believed to have been killed in a US drone attack.
Intelligence officials said Friday Baitullah Mehsud, who had a five million dollar bounty on his head, was killed in a US drone attack, although the government is still seeking confirmation.
There are unconfirmed reports of a deadly shooting at a meeting of top Taliban commanders in South Waziristan region, which Interior Minister Rehman Malik said were being investigated.
More
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20090809/wl_sthasia_afp/pakistanafghanistanunrestus_20090809061356
Was it kidney failure again?

Blah!
 
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Taffnp said:
I can imagine the scene amongst the tribal elders sat in ther sun baked compound. One turns slowly to the others and utters the immortal words - "What have the Talban ever did for us "?
Isn't this the scenario we've been hoping for in Helmand?
 
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meridian said:
Are the taleban a single entity, have they ever been?
That's what's confusing me . I'm led to believe that the taliban is a generic term used to describe all insurgents in Afghanistan rather than the organisation founded in Pakistan in the 1990s
 
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msr said:
StickyEnd said:
Toxicseagull said:
There may be lots of different TB entities, but a Jewish one? Can't see it myself...
ethnically the pashtun are rumoured to be from jewish decent oddly enough. they see themselves as one of the 10 lost tribes of isreal, but having embraced islam.
What? I thought it was 7 tribes and only 1 was lost. Link?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ten_Lost_Tribes

msr
Thank You anyway. I thought Abraham was the father, not Jacob. :salut: :frustrated:
 

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