Posted by: tristar3research | March 12, 2009

William Fallon, Ex-US head in Afghanistan speaks on tactics – 12 Mar 09

It’s impossible to operate in conflict without coordinating and supporting your allies, like Pakistan and Afghanistan. Either we work with them or exit, IMHO!

In a recent NPR interview, Fallon explained: I think it’s difficult, if not impossible, to separate Afghanistan and Pakistan. There’s a tremendous amount of overlap, not least being the large Pashtun population that inhabits Afghanistan and a significant part of Pakistan. There are troubles along the border, or have been troubles along the border. A number of reasons for that. The western provinces of Pakistan are the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, as they’re called, is pretty much ungoverned. Certainly, the writ of government from Islamabad is pretty thin out there. And they’ve historically been an area that are pretty much locally run. This has been a place that attracted, we believe, al-Qaida and those Taliban that fled in 2001 and 2002. And they’ve tended to concentrate in that area. Nonetheless, the level of cooperation, particularly in recent months, between the PAKMIL, Afghan military, and ourselves, and it’s U.S. forces that are pretty much along that eastern border, has resulted in significant success.

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