Saturday, May 22, 2010

Waging the Taliban War

As I've long noted, defeating the Taliban requires coordinated efforts on both sides of the Afghan-Pakistan border. Our US and allied surge is our part. Pakistan seems to be stepping up to the plate on their side:

Pakistan is ready to launch an operation against Taliban safe havens in the mountains of North Waziristan to coincide with a Nato offensive in Kandahar, following a meeting with senior American officials.

With each side worried that their efforts will be futile if the other side of the border isn't addressed, we seem to have gotten past that cause of hesitation and restraint. We now need to keep both America/NATO and Pakistan on the line, so the jihadis can't retreat and regroup.

Maybe the defeat of the Pakistan and Afghan Taliban along with their al Qaeda allies will yet represent the last jihad.