Hekmatyar = Own3d

by John Hawkins | September 12, 2006 9:12 am

Last week, Musharraf’s people cut a deal with the leaders of the tribal areas in Pakistan and the general consensus seemed to be that it was a capitulation to the terrorists. Of course, there were also people who took the alternate view, that this deal was “closing the trap on the Taliban,” and would lead to foreign fighters being expelled from the tribal areas.

Well, the verdict isn’t in yet, but the closing the trap[1] people may just be right because we have scooped up one heck of a high value target[2]:

“Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, the primary Islamic terrorist leader in Afghanistan before the Taliban and al Qaeda showed up, was captured just across the border from his Pakistani hideout. Someone gave him up, as Afghan and U.S. forces surrounded the rural compound where he was staying, and captured Hekmatyar and half a dozen followers without firing a shot. Operating from his base in Pakistan, Hekmatyar’s terrorists were responsible for much of the violence in eastern Afghanistan. Hekmatyar never got along well with the Taliban, and has been in exile in Pakistan for over a decade.”

After Bin Laden and Mullah Omar, Hekmatyar is probably the third biggest fish in the area and catching him in our net is a big deal. Is his capture a coincidence? Is it evidence that there’s a lot more than meets the eye to this pact between Pakistan and the tribes? It’s hard to say at this early date, but this is certainly an encouraging sign.

  1. closing the trap: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,3-2344665,00.html
  2. one heck of a high value target: http://www.strategypage.com/qnd/india/articles/20060912.aspx

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