Report: Afghan insurgents "resilient and determined"
An Afghan policeman stands over the police vehicle where Musa Rasouli, police chief of the remote province of Nimroz, was assassinated in Herat on December 10, 2012. A Taliban roadside bomb killed the top police commander of a western Afghan province .
December 10th, 2012
06:40 PM ET

Report: Afghan insurgents "resilient and determined"

By Mike Mount

Insurgents remain determined in Afghanistan where their attacks rose only slightly during the heaviest period of fighting this year, according to a Pentagon report that also found insurgent safe havens in Pakistan remain a key threat to long-term Afghan security.

The bi-annual report to Congress made available to reporters on Monday also touted the just-completed U.S. troop surge as a success, and noted that American forces are turning more of the fighting over to their Afghan counterparts and suffering fewer casualties.

Although the report said Taliban insurgents have lost some of their punch since their 2010 peak, they remain "resilient and determined" and "will likely attempt to regain lost ground and influence" through assassinations, high-profile attacks, the use of roadside bombs and other violence.

Insurgent attacks were up about 1 percent between April and September, which covers the annual fighting season, according to report.

The uptick in violence was mainly due to a shortened poppy harvesting season, which allowed low-level insurgents who work in that business to fight sooner than usual, and increased operations by international and Afghan Security forces in key areas.

The increase mainly was seen between April and June, while a bigger drop was recorded in the summer months compared to the same period last year.

The report touted the nearly two-year troop surge, which ended in September, as a success and noted that enemy-initiated attacks dropped by 12 percent during that time.

U.S. and international forces are conducting fewer operations while Afghan forces are doing more of the fighting.

Fewer coalition casualty numbers are "what you would expect when you are doing less fighting, but Afghan numbers are up," according to a senior U.S. defense official.

The report also noted continued movement of insurgents over the border into safe havens in Pakistan, an issue that has complicated efforts to put Afghanistan on a more secure footing.

Afghanistan's eastern border with Pakistan remains volatile because of the ease of movement by insurgent organizations such as the Haqqani network and other groups, which finance anti-Afghan and coalition operations, according to the report.

"Safe havens in Pakistan persist despite improving ties between Afghanistan and Pakistan as well as better U.S.-Pakistan relations, according to the American defense official.

The report said that insurgent safe havens in Pakistan as well as "limited institutional capacity of the Afghan government and endemic corruption" comprise the greatest risks to long-term stability and sustainable security in Afghanistan."

The report also examined the overall increase in "insider attacks" on U.S. or coalition training forces.

"The rise in insider attacks has the potential to adversely affect the coalition's political landscape," according to the report. "It remains clear that the insider threat is both an enemy tactic and has a cultural component," according to the report.

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  1. Intiqhab Alam

    15 Reasons Why I Am Ashamed To Be A Pakistani

    1 -Pakistan Provides Training grounds and support for Terrorists.Literally every terrorist of any significance has some link to Pakistan. Osama Bin Laden’s presence in Abbottabad (true or not) was an icing on the cake!

    2- We have failed as nation and we all have no National Pride in our people.We have to disguise ourselves as Indians to save us the shame across every part of this world.

    December 12, 2012 at 10:35 am | Reply
  2. ShahNawaz Ansari

    LIPSTICK ON A PIG (Afterall we all Pakistanis love pigs so much): The Story of Pakistan
    There is only so much one can do to make a pig look pretty
    Slapping some lipstick is the epitomy.
    PAKISTAN is mired in sewage and poverty.
    Terrorism Terrorism, Taliban Taliban
    Has done nothing but made the people loathe.
    Lipstick on a Pig is the Pakistan way
    Either nukes will soon blow it away.
    Or an implosion can perhaps ease the sway.
    Split Pakistan into three parts, give Balochistan to the Baloch’s the tribal and ungoverned part to Afghanistan and give other half to India. This will make it governable and manageable and this will generate tremendous economic demand for western nations, be democratically more efficient and easy to manage,
    My name is ShahNawaz and I am ashamed to be a Pakistani

    December 12, 2012 at 10:31 am | Reply
  3. ShahNawaz Ansari

    India is a TWO FACE SKUNK. A source of financing and inspiration for all terrorists in the world the likes of which have attack thousand of innocents everyday across the world. A place where these extremists seek refuge after attacking neighboring countries. India is a Smithsonian specimen. Like humpty dumpty even USA, NATO and the entire free world are having a tough time holding it together. Living in the shadows of China, defined by bangladesh, haunted by
    Nepal and Myanmar and punctuated by zillion hindu extremist Terror Organizations,
    India is struggling to find a meaning for its existence and a place in the new world order. How can it stand up? certainly not on its feet .....perhaps on its knees to seek redemption for double crossing USA in Afghanistan.
    Split India into three parts, give Punjab to the Sikhs the tribal and ungoverned part to Myanmar and give other half to pakistan/China. This will make it governable and manageable and this will generate tremendous economic demand for western nations, be democratically more efficient and easy to manage,

    December 12, 2012 at 9:53 am | Reply
  4. ShahNawaz Ansari

    I am not one to mince words. The common denominator to all the bad things happening in the region is my own country INDIA/BhaRAT/HINDUSTAN ... confused? so am I ! Yes, folks...INDIA ! Look at all the countries surrounding that are reeling in TERROR because of this country when it itself is reeling under extremism and poverty and intolerance...... Bangladesh, Pakistan Afghanistan, Nepal, and now Myanmar. The mother of all trouble makers ... yes folks, hold on to your chairs
    !!! It is INDIA !!! IT IS NOT COINCIDENCE !! IT IS BY DESIGN and ITS CULT
    RELIGION BELEIVER CITIZENS !!! India cannot stop meddling in the affairs of
    these fledgling nations...financing terrorists...inciting communal violence,
    fanning religious intolerance. This already has started backfiring at this
    filthy nation so let this country explode by itself. It is already an inferno that will be
    uncontrollable. The conditions are ripe for this to happen as India all
    about terrorism that is threatening its survival in its current geo-political
    form.

    Split India into three parts, give Punjab to the Sikhs the tribal and ungoverned part to Myanmar and give other half to Pakistan. This will make it governable and manageable and this will generate tremendous economic demand for western nations, be democratically more efficient and easy to manage,

    December 12, 2012 at 9:51 am | Reply
  5. ShahNawaz Ansari

    Split Pakistan into three parts, give Balochistan to the Baloch’s the tribal and ungoverned part to Afghanistan and give other half to India. This will make it governable and manageable and this will generate tremendous economic demand for western nations, be democratically more efficient and easy to manage,
    My name is ShahNawaz and I am ashamed to be a Pakistani.

    December 12, 2012 at 8:23 am | Reply
  6. ShahNawaz Ansari

    LIPSTICK ON A PIG (Afterall we all Pakistani love pigs so much): The Story of Pakistan
    There is only so much one can do to make a pig look pretty
    Slapping some lipstick is the epitomy.
    PAKISTAN is mired in sewage and poverty.
    Terrorism Terrorism, Taliban Taliban
    Has done nothing but made the people loathe.
    Lipstick on a Pig is the Pakistan way
    Either nukes will soon blow it away.
    Or an implosion can perhaps ease the sway.
    ….Afterall we all Pakistani love pigs so much.
    Split Pakistan into three parts, give Balochistan to the Baloch’s the tribal and ungoverned part to Afghanistan and give other half to India. This will make it governable and manageable and this will generate tremendous economic demand for western nations, be democratically more efficient and easy to manage,
    My name is ShahNawaz and I am ashamed to be a Pakistani.

    December 12, 2012 at 8:23 am | Reply
  7. ShahNawaz Ansari

    Humble request to all my Pakistani brothers. Khawatino Hazrat , it is time for all of us to realize that the terrorism, violence and hatred we supported since creation of Pakistan has acted as poison against us and is running in our blood at the moment.
    It is the result of these doings that we all are living in hunger, poverty and facing humiliation since long time. Karma comes back and we are paying for our doings.
    It is time for all of us to understand and recognize that we are stuck in a false religion and the hatred that we learn starting from our childhood has given us nothing, except destruction. It is time to demolish all those hate teaching madrasas.
    Let's all return back to our roots and the religion of our ancestors, Buddhism, may be it will be able to show and give us peace. Or even Christianity.

    December 12, 2012 at 8:22 am | Reply
  8. ShahNawaz Ansari

    LIPSTICK ON A PIG: The Story of India
    There is only so much one can do to make a pig look pretty
    Slapping some lipstick is the epitomy.
    India is mired in sewage and poverty.
    GDP growth GDP growth
    Has done nothing but made the people loathe.
    Lipstick on a Pig is the Indian way
    Either nukes will soon blow it away.
    Or an implosion can perhaps ease the sway.

    December 12, 2012 at 8:03 am | Reply
  9. ShahNawaz Ansari

    HINDU KALI – GODDESS OF VIOLENCE/TERRORISM

    A recent report by United Press trust of India (UPI) stated that during the past three years more than 2,500 young boys and girls were sacrificed to goddess Kali in India. Another of AFP's recent reports say: hundreds of young boys and virgin girls are sacrificed every month for the deity Kali. In one case Rama Sewak hacked his eight year old son to death in broad daylight in Delhi because goddess Kali had told him he would come back to life and bring him good fortune. Bloodthirsty Kali is worshipped openly the length and breadth of India. Kali's statue stands naked astride the inanimate body of the Hindu deity Shiva, tongue stuck out with blood dripping from fang-like teeth. She holds a noose, a skull-topped staff, a blood-encrusted sword and a severed head. She is also known as Durga, Devi, Shaktima, Uma and Parvathi in other manifestations. The priest of Delhi, Kali Bari, says that a child sacrificed to Kali ensures a man the birth of a son. Human sacrifices are also made to these gods or goddesses, either to appease them or to ask favours of them.

    December 12, 2012 at 8:01 am | Reply
  10. ShahNawaz Ansari

    I am not one to mince words. The common denominator to all the bad things happening in the region is INDIA! Yes, folks...INDIA ! Look at all the countries surrounding that are reeling in extremism and poverty and intolerance......Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Nepal, and now Myanmar. The mother of all trouble makers ... yes folks, hold on to your chairs !!! is INDIA !!! IT IS NOT COINCIDENCE !! IT IS BY DESIGN !!! India cannot stop meddling in the affairs of these fledgling nations...financing terrorists...inciting communal violence, fanning religious intolerance. This must come to a stop immediately before this starts backfiring towards India itself. Turning it into an inferno that will be uncontrollable. The conditions are ripe for this to happen as India is currently reeling in economic turmoil that is threatening its survival in its current geo-political form.

    REPOSTED WITH DUE RESPECT TO OUR LEADER

    December 12, 2012 at 7:59 am | Reply
  11. Seetam Balam

    Hinduism is a disgusting cult. Even to this day cross-cousin, father-daughter, mother-son, brother-sister, doing each other is common practice. Let me make it easy for you and refer you to the hindu scriptures and share it with the world. Shame on Hindus and barbaric Hinduism.
    Pushan is the lover of his sister [ Rg Ved VI.55.4 ][ Apte 11 ]
    The Ashvisns married Surya and Savitri who is their sister [ RV I.116.19 ].
    Agni is the son of his father and his sister [ Rg Ved.I.91.7 ]

    December 12, 2012 at 7:52 am | Reply
  12. Amit-Atlanta-USA

    “I see skies of blue..... clouds of white
    Bright blessed days....dark sacred nights
    And I think to myself .....what a wonderful world.

    But when I look to the east or west… I see Indian Hindus and a medieval cultural sight
    And I think to myself …. what a terrible plight…a terrible blight.
    And I say to myself … let us show it the light….else let us fight decadent India with all our might.”

    December 12, 2012 at 7:50 am | Reply
  13. Star-Spangled Bullsh!t

    Fought to a standstill by 12th-century tribesmen. Outstatnding.

    December 11, 2012 at 9:23 pm | Reply
  14. ShahNawaz Ansari

    The world now need to focus on my country Pakistan. The American invasion of Afghanistan brought to the forefront of the irrelevance of Pakistan as a nation.
    Their soldiers continue hiding in the trenches scared from Talibans. A few teenage Talibans from within the country occupied entire SWAT and areas near Islamabad for months on end showing how useless Pakistan is and how coward its army and its peoples are. It was embarrasing for the world to observe this humiliation of a nation that was being touted as sewer and gutter of Asia.
    I continue to read with interest the thesis presented on CNN that "less is more" in a political context as applied to Pakistan.
    Empowering subjugated minorities in Pakistan by splitting it into smaller states would trigger uber economic demand for western nations who have given so much financial andtechnology aid to Pakistan with no return to show for the investment and only backstabbing and covert terrorist operations by Pakistan against them. Balochistan is an excellent idea to achieve this.
    Split Pakistan, give the tribal and ungoverned part to Afghanistan and give other half to India. This will make it governable and manageable and this will generate.
    I concur with this approach and with an economic background find the premise to be on solid footing. Central Asian States (CAS) are a case in point on this successful approach.
    My name is ShahNawaz and I am ashamed to be a Pakistani.

    December 11, 2012 at 7:49 pm | Reply
    • Ben

      Ashamed? You should be. You guys support Taliban and throw acid on women and disfigure their faces. Disgusting human filth!

      December 11, 2012 at 11:47 pm | Reply
  15. ShahNawaz Ansari

    Let me show the mirror to my Pakistani carpetbeggar brothers so they can understand how others perceive them. First off, let us not insult religions by putting Islam in that category.
    Islam is nothing but a cult invented by the pedophile named Muhammed.
    .The religion was based on pedophile practices of Arab slaves that the Muslim invaders travelled with in ancient times.
    Second, and that brings us to who Muslims really are..... an offshoot of illegitimate children born out of these Arab slaves. The dark skin and body odor of Pakistanis today are indicative of the DNA of these slaves. Nothing personal...it is all science.
    Recall, how the Pakistan was conquered 4 times by Indians. The mindset of Pakistani are so much set in hatred they they cant pull themselves of their poverty quagmire and inferiority complex that they developed over time.
    The problem is these Pakistanis are dragging themselves and the neighbors down socio economically while simultaneously nurturing terrorism inside their own country. We must change this equation. The way to do it is to break Pakistan into pieces so that we are able to change the mindset that is so mired in slavery.
    My name is ShahNawaz and I am ashamed to be a Pakistani.

    December 11, 2012 at 7:44 pm | Reply
  16. ShahNawaz Ansari

    TERRORIST GROUPS IN PAKISTAN
    TRANS NATIONAL ORGANISATIONS
    Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM)
    Harkat-ul-Ansar (HuA, presently known as Harkat-ul Mujahideen)
    Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT)
    Jaish-e-Mohammad Mujahideen E-Tanzeem (JeM)
    Harkat-ul Mujahideen (HuM, previously known as Harkat-ul-Ansar)
    Al Badr
    Jamait-ul-Mujahideen (JuM)
    Lashkar-e-Jabbar (LeJ)
    Harkat-ul-Jehad-al-Islami(HUJI)
    Muttahida Jehad Council (MJC)
    Al Barq
    Tehrik-ul-Mujahideen
    Al Jehad
    Jammu & Kashir National Liberation Army
    People’s League
    Muslim Janbaz Force
    Kashmir Jehad Force
    Al Jehad Force (combines Muslim Janbaz Force and Kashmir Jehad Force)
    Al Umar Mujahideen
    Mahaz-e-Azadi
    Islami Jamaat-e-Tulba
    Jammu & Kashmir Students Liberation Front
    Ikhwan-ul-Mujahideen
    Islamic Students League
    Tehrik-e-Hurriat-e-Kashmir
    Tehrik-e-Nifaz-e-Fiqar Jafaria
    Al Mustafa Liberation Fighters
    Tehrik-e-Jehad-e-Islami
    Muslim Mujahideen
    Al Mujahid Force
    Tehrik-e-Jehad
    Islami Inquilabi Mahaz
    DOMESTIC ORGANISATIONS
    Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP)
    Lashkar-e-Omar (LeO)
    Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP)
    Tehreek-e-Jaferia Pakistan (TJP)
    Tehreek-e-Nafaz-e-Shariat-e-Mohammadi(TNSM)
    Lashkar-eJhangvi (LeJ)
    Sipah-e-Muhammad Pakistan (SMP)
    Jamaat-ul-Fuqra
    Nadeem Commando
    Popular Front for Armed Resistance
    Muslim United Army
    EXTREMIST GROUPS
    Al-Rashid Trust
    Al-Akhtar Trust
    Rabita Trust
    Ummah Tamir-e-Nau
    Jammat Ud Dawa (JUD)
    LEADERS: Hafiz Saeed, Hakimullah Mehsud, Sirajuddin Haqqani and so many more.

    December 11, 2012 at 7:42 pm | Reply
    • ShahNawaz Ansari

      Sorry folks. My bad. These are all non profit orgs in India having soup kitchens for the 1.3billion starving population

      December 12, 2012 at 8:04 am | Reply
  17. ShahNawaz Ansari

    We remain extremely appalled and highly concerned about the continued stone age cultural and barbaric social practices prevalent in the name of Islam in my country PAKISTAN. Much to our chagrin, the human rights organizations are either turning a blind eye towards these injustices or are being paid off to look the other way. We are particularly aware of the victims of such practices, namely, young children and women especially those women who are pregnant and are bearing a female embryo. They are being mistreated or simply sacrificed in the name of their Islam. To the civilized world such atrocious behavior is repulsive and is condemned in the strongest words. We urge the Pakistani Muslims to immediately cease and desist from such unacceptable norms. To them we say the world is watching and will see to it that justice prevails.
    Split Pakistan, give the tribal and ungoverned part to Afghanistan and give other half to India. This will make it governable and manageable and this will generate
    tremendous economic demand for western nations, be democratically more efficient and easy to manage,
    My name is ShahNawaz and I am ashamed to be a Pakistani.

    December 11, 2012 at 7:40 pm | Reply
    • ShahNawaz Ansari

      We are also more concerned about the 50 million girls murdered in India due dowry killings

      December 12, 2012 at 8:05 am | Reply
  18. Greg

    I see that some mindless Tea Partier has usurped my name here to spew his anti-Taliban, pro-war BS under it. I'm the true Greg here and I have no use for this obscene war nor the worthless politicians in Washington who care nothing for human life and are using this war to gain votes! Let's all hope that the Taliban triumph in the end!!!

    December 11, 2012 at 7:09 pm | Reply
  19. Gary

    Send the american troops to India to search for 5o million girls gone missing. Hillary should put on her knickers and lead the charge!!!

    December 11, 2012 at 6:06 pm | Reply
  20. Tom

    Bring the troops home. Let the drones and cruise missiles handle the Taliban problem there.

    December 11, 2012 at 6:03 pm | Reply
  21. Peter Gerrigan

    The problem is these Indians are dragging themselves and the neighbors down socio economically which is causing terrorism to take root. We must change this equation. The way to do it is to break India into pieces so that we are able to change the mindset that is so mired in slavery.

    December 11, 2012 at 6:01 pm | Reply
  22. Prakash Udder TuttaKumar

    We are Hindus from India,
    And we like to put on the Bindiya,
    We are mostly Haris,
    But we like to put on the Saris,
    Sadly, we are nothing but Bhikaris,
    Sadly, we are nothing but Bhikaris,
    We take the Americans to Heart,
    But get nothing in return except a F@rt,
    So we tend to kiss the American @ss,
    Again, we get nothing in return except the American gas,
    We are nothing but Bhikaris and are Indians No Mas.

    December 11, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Reply
    • Ram Chander

      All americans will give you Indians is a bad rash just like in Bangkok, Manila. Stay away from them. China is your neighbor be friendly with them.

      December 11, 2012 at 6:08 pm | Reply
  23. Sigfried Manheim

    It is no secret that Hitler and his Nazi cronies sought inspiration from Indian extremist groups including the branding of his Nazi Party by adopting the Swastika, a traditionally Hindu symbol and representation of Hindu god Ganesha, as its marketing tool. The thesis being that like the Norwegian massacre the Jewish holocaust orchestrated by Hitler was inspired by the inherently violent cult of Indian Hindus and the manifesto of its then extremist/terrorist groups still in existence today. These groups are now the successors to and carrying out the vision of Al Qaeda all over the world albeit in a clandestine manner.

    December 11, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Reply
  24. Bhavana Chakraborty

    We now need to focus on India. The American invasion of Afghanistan brought to the forefront the irrelevance of India as a nation. With a population of over 1.2 billion people there was no value that this nation could bring to the table. Their soldiers (ragtag) 1.2 million continue hiding in the trenches scared from Talibans. A few teenage Talibans invaded the country and held it hostage for days on end showing how useless India is. It was embarrasing for the world to observe this humiliation of a nation that was being touted as a regional power.

    I continue to read with interest the thesis presented on CNN that "less is more" in a political context as applied to India. Although Mies Van Der Rohe adopted this in an architectural context, its economic and political connotations are indeed powerful. Empowering subjugated minorities in India by splitting it into smaller states would trigger uber economic demand for western nations who have given so much financial and technology aid to India with no return to show for the investment. I concur with this approach and with an economic background find the premise to be on solid footing. Central Asian States (CAS) are a case in point on this successful approach. We need to understand that India has an unmanageable large population mired in poverty and we are spinning our wheels trying to feed it. It is also too big of a geographical unit to govern. Again, we saw how a few teenage talibans were able to invade it with a few BB guns. And that says a lot... in a negative way not only for a large unmanageable country like India but also for USA which is trying to prop it up against China. Besides, Americans cannot afford to look like losers in the midst of a terror war which has lasted for over ten years now.

    December 11, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Reply
  25. Suresh Joseph Sharma

    Dashing through the Ganges
    In a one cow open sleigh
    O'er the sewage filled waters we go
    Laughing all the way
    Bells on rat tails ring
    Making spirits shiver with plague
    What fun it is to laugh and sing
    A sleighing song tonight

    Oh, jingle bells, jingle bells
    Jingle all the way
    Oh, what fun it is to ride
    In a one buffalo open sleigh
    Jingle bells, jingle bells
    Jingle all the way
    Oh, what fun it is to ride
    In a one cow open sleigh
    O’er the sewage infested waters of Ganges
    And getting infected with leprosy as we sleigh along
    Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way

    December 11, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Reply
    • Star-Spangled Bullsh!t

      I take it you have a rather dim view of India.

      December 11, 2012 at 6:00 pm | Reply
      • Peter Gerrigan

        In other words if you go snorkelling in Ganges looking for corals and reefs you ain't going to find them. Only sewage flowing from neighboring countries. Yes, from that perspective the view is rather dim !!!! LOL !!!

        December 11, 2012 at 6:04 pm |
  26. Padma Shankar

    Now let us turn our attention towards a neighboring country called India where these extremists are getting all their inspiration from. 50 million girls in India have gone missing in 3 generations through practices like infanticide, feticide, deliberate starvation, dowry murders, bride trafficking, honor killings and witch hunts !!!! We need to demand accountability and action from the Indian Hindus and the Indian Brahmin government to stop female genocide in India forthwith. It is immoral, illegal, against all civilized norms, against the principles of most religions and above all it setting a bad example for all the neighboring countries. We strongly urge you to join this movement that is now ongoing on all social media.

    We thank Malala for raising awareness of this important issue.

    December 11, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Reply
    • Shankar PhudeeRam Pradesh

      Come, Seek and Discover. Match India's medievalism to your heart, its girl trashing ways to your mind, and find a smelling experience that is yours alone. An India like no other. Dirty, Backstabbing and Cult Like. A Financier of Terrorism. DISGUSTING INDIA. COME, COME, EXPERIENCE!!!

      December 11, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Reply
  27. nicholas

    "Safe havens in Pakistan persist despite improving ties between Afghanistan and Pakistan as well as better U.S.-Pakistan relations". Making nice with Pakistan did not work. Kicking their @$$ is the best approach to deal with these low life Pakistanis.

    December 11, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Reply
  28. Ronald

    A couple of days ago drones wasted a senior militant leader in his safe haven in Pakistan. Drones vaporized the punk completely. That Pakistani is neither resilient nor determined because he is just vapor now.

    December 11, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Reply
    • Star-Spangled Bullsh!t

      What's good for the goose........................

      December 11, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Reply
  29. Greg

    LIPSTICK ON A PIG : The Story of Pakistan

    There is only so much one can do to make a pig look pretty

    Slapping some lipstick is the epitomy.

    PAKISTAN is mired in sewage and poverty.

    Terrorism Terrorism, Taliban Taliban

    Has done nothing but made the people loathe.

    Lipstick on a Pig is the Pakistan way

    Either nukes will soon blow it away.

    Or an implosion can perhaps ease the sway.

    Split Pakistan into three parts, give Balochistan to the Baloch’s the tribal and ungoverned part to Afghanistan and give other half to India. This will make it governable and manageable and this will generate tremendous economic demand for western nations, be democratically more efficient and easy to manage,

    December 11, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Reply
    • Nicky666

      You're a regular Rhodes Scholar, aren't you, sunshine?

      December 11, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Reply
  30. ShahNawaz Ansari

    Pakistan is a TWO FACE SERPENT. A source of financing and inspiration for all terrorists in the world the likes of which have attack thousand of innocents everyday across the world. A place where these extremists seek refuge after attacking neighboring countries. Pakistan is a Smithsonian specimen. Like humpty dumpty even USA, NATO and the entire free world are having a tough time holding it together. Living in the shadows of China, defined by India, haunted by
    Bangladesh and Balochistan and punctuated by zillion Terror Organizations,
    Pakistan is struggling to find a meaning for its existence and a place in the new world order. How can it stand up? certainly not on its feet .....perhaps on its knees to seek redemption for double crossing USA in Afghanistan.
    Split Pakistan into three parts, give Balochistan to the Baloch’s the tribal and ungoverned part to Afghanistan and give other half to India. This will make it governable and manageable and this will generate tremendous economic demand for western nations, be democratically more efficient and easy to manage,

    December 11, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Reply
    • Greg

      Yes it is. We should nuke it and make a glass sheet out there after leaving Afghanistan.

      December 11, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Reply
      • Nicky666

        The puerile ramblings of a complete moron.

        December 11, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
  31. ShahNawaz Ansari

    I am not one to mince words. The common denominator to all the bad things happening in the region is my own country PAKISTAN! Yes, folks...PAKISTAN ! Look at all the countries surrounding that are reeling in TERROR because of this country when it itself is reeling under extremism and poverty and intolerance...... Bangladesh, India, Afghanistan, Nepal, and now Myanmar. The mother of all trouble makers ... yes folks, hold on to your chairs !!! is PAKISTAN !!! IT IS NOT COINCIDENCE !! IT IS BY DESIGN and ITS CULT RELIGION BELEIVER CITIZENS !!! Pakistan cannot stop meddling in the affairs of these fledgling nations...financing terrorists...inciting communal violence, fanning religious intolerance. This already has started backfiring at this filthy nation so let this country explode by itself. It is already an inferno that will be uncontrollable. The conditions are ripe for this to happen as Pakistanis all about terrorism that is threatening its survival in its current geo-political form.
    Split Pakistan into three parts, give Balochistan to the Baloch’s the tribal and ungoverned part to Afghanistan and give other half to India. This will make it governable and manageable and this will generate tremendous economic demand for western nations, be democratically more efficient and easy to manage,

    December 11, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Reply
  32. krm1007 ©™

    We now need to focus on India. The American invasion of Afghanistan brought to the forefront the irrelevance of India as a nation. With a population of over 1.2 billion people there was no value that this nation could bring to the table. Their soldiers (ragtag) 1.2 million continue hiding in the trenches scared from Talibans. A few teenage South Indians invaded the country and held it hostage for days on end showing how useless India is. It was embarrasing for the world to observe this humiliation of a nation that was being touted as a regional power.

    I continue to read with interest the thesis presented on CNN that "less is more" in a political context as applied to India. Although Mies Van Der Rohe adopted this in an architectural context, its economic and political connotations are indeed powerful. Empowering subjugated minorities in India by splitting it into smaller states would trigger uber economic demand for western nations who have given so much financial and technology aid to India with no return to show for the investment. I find the premise to be on solid footing. Central Asian States (CAS) are a case in point on this successful approach. We need to understand that India has an unmanageable large population mired in poverty and we are spinning our wheels trying to feed it. It is also too big of a geographical unit to govern. Again, we saw how a few teenage talibans were able to invade it with a few BB guns. And that says a lot... in a negative way not only for a large unmanageable country like India but also for USA which is trying to prop it up against China. Besides, Americans cannot afford to look like losers in the midst of a terror war which has lasted for over ten years now.

    December 11, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Reply
  33. krm1007 ©™

    THE MOTHER OF ALL TERRORISTS GROUPS: INDIA

    • RASHTRIYA SWAYAM SEWAK SHANG (R.S.S.)
    • VISHWA HINDU PARISHAD (World Hindu Council)
    • HINDU MUNNANI
    • ARYA SAMAJ
    • SHIV SENA
    • BHARATIYA JANATA PARISHAD
    • SANT SAMITI
    • HINDU MAHASABHA
    • BAAJRANG DAL

    LEADERS: L.K. Advani/ Ashok Singhal/ Bala Saheb Devaras/ Bal Thackeray(EXTERMINATED)/ A.B. Vajpayee/ Savarkar/ Baikunnth Lal Sharma “Prem”/ Balraj Madhok/ The Shankaracharya of Puri, Niranjan Dev Theerth/ Rama Gopalan/ Variyar – Vishwan Hindu Parishad/ Dharmalinga Nadar/ Cho Ramaswamy

    December 11, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Reply
  34. Drew

    "Pentagon report also found that insurgent safe havens in Pakistan remain a key threat to long-term Afghan security".
    Does that surprise anyone after a terrorist like Bin Laden was found in Pakistan?
    Duh?

    December 11, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Reply
  35. Greg

    This could be good news indeed. I'm sick and tired of all the sickening bravado coming out of Washington about our "remarkable progress" in Afghanistan. The bottom line here is that we have no right to be there in the first place no matter how many underground resources there are in that country!

    December 11, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Reply
    • H C Brown

      Everyone's sick of Washington. OBL was found and killed in Pakistan – that is old news now. More than a year later we are still reading this report which just found out that Pakistan is giving safe haven to terrorists?... Washington is too slow. They are doing good work bombing Taliban but at a snail's pace. They have degraded Taliban considerably and hasn't been another 911 - so that's not too shabby! Progress is substantial but the pace is too slow.

      December 11, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Reply
  36. Silverado

    Two step policy. First, vaporize those safe havens with drones. Then, smoke those rats out - they will have no safe havens to run to. This is no time to go soft or worry about casualties in those places with safe havens. This is no time for political correctness - they are worthless POS and they have no regard for human lives anyway - just do the job quickly, efficiently and cost effectively.

    December 10, 2012 at 11:09 pm | Reply
    • kim

      You just can't beat the Taliban. The past 12 years prove that.

      December 11, 2012 at 7:33 am | Reply
      • Hahahahahaha

        We haven't been given the "go ahead" to actually try. Some day maybe. But not this time. Hahahahahhaahaha

        December 11, 2012 at 10:34 am |
      • Greg

        Taliban was kicked out of power from Afghanistan. Its leader, Mullah Omar, is so scared that he is still in hiding. Spiritaul leader Osama bin Laden was killed and the whole world laughed at his pitiful death. Drones pound Taliban any day with the ease of a joystick. No country in the world other than Pakistan would support the Taliban. How is that not a defeat? I guess living in humiliation is not a problem for you in your Islamic world.

        December 11, 2012 at 11:02 am |
      • Greg

        Thank you, kim. Let's hope that you're right. I hate to see those useless, Washington warmongering bureaucrats always get their way.

        December 11, 2012 at 11:56 am |
    • George Patton

      Thank you, Silverado, Spoken like a true dimwitted, war loving, bloodthirsty Tea Partier!

      December 11, 2012 at 11:52 am | Reply
  37. lovUSA

    I am very much sure that the Talibans will capture back most part of the Afghanistan once US is out of there in 2014 and the situation will become more worse then the time we invaded it.
    Immediate pull out from this country is only going to make things worse not only for the Afghan people but also for the US objectives there, Talibans will rebound back as more strong and more powerful if it doesn't happen properly.
    This rather should be a gradual process from 2014 where troops withdrawal count should be based upon the progress of govt and system stability there and not based upon a particular date and time frame.
    On the other hand Pakistan should be pressured more to act and handle the safe Taliban safe havens inside Pakistan and to stop easy infiltration of insurgents into Afghanistan.

    December 10, 2012 at 8:29 pm | Reply
    • George Patton

      Spoken like another mindless Tea Partier! Thank you, lovUSA.

      December 11, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Reply
    • Nicky666

      I would love to see you and Silverado enlist so that you can both come home either limbless or in body bags.

      December 11, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Reply
    • Seetam Balam

      Heh...When are you and @Saurov Greg, Drew, Silverado, Shahnawaz Ansari et al all same same Indians with different IDs getting married....We can have same s@x marriage in Simla, India

      December 11, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Reply

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