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A Brutal Afghan Clan Bedevils the U.S.
The Times ^ | September 24th 2011 | Mark Mazzetti, Scott Shane and Alissa J. Rubin.

Posted on 09/25/2011 4:51:03 AM PDT by Cardhu

WASHINGTON — They are the Sopranos of the Afghanistan war, a ruthless crime family that built an empire out of kidnapping, extortion, smuggling, even trucking. They have trafficked in precious gems, stolen lumber and demanded protection money from businesses building roads and schools with American reconstruction funds.

They safeguard their mountainous turf by planting deadly roadside bombs and shelling remote American military bases. And they are accused by American officials of being guns for hire: a proxy force used by the Pakistani intelligence service to carry out grisly, high-profile attacks in Kabul and throughout the country.

Today, American intelligence and military officials call the crime clan known as the Haqqani network — led by a wizened militant named Jalaluddin Haqqani who has allied himself over the years with the C.I.A., Saudi Arabia’s spy service and Osama bin Laden — the most deadly insurgent group in Afghanistan. In the latest of a series of ever bolder strikes, the group staged a daylong assault on the United States Embassy in Kabul, an attack Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, charged Thursday was aided by Pakistan’s military spy agency, the Directorate for Inter-Services Intelligence, or ISI. According to two American officials, cellphones used by the attackers made calls to suspected ISI operatives before the attack, although top Pakistani officials deny their government played any role.

But even as the Americans pledge revenge against the Haqqanis, and even amid a new debate in the Obama administration about how to blunt the group’s power, there is a growing belief that it could be too late. To many frustrated officials, they represent a missed opportunity with haunting consequences. Responsible for hundreds of American deaths, the Haqqanis probably will outlast the United States troops in Afghanistan and command large swaths of territory there...

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TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; chicagoway; haqqani; haqqaniclan; isi; jalaluddinhaqqani; pakistan; palistan
A very interesting three page article about the Haqqani Clan and it's ties to the CIA, Taliban, Al Quieda and the Pakistan ISI.
1 posted on 09/25/2011 4:51:09 AM PDT by Cardhu
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To: Cardhu

IF our GD, CS politicians wanted to, the US military could wipe them from the face of the earth.


2 posted on 09/25/2011 4:53:09 AM PDT by Levante
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To: Cardhu

What can they do in Afghanistan for big money except go into the Drug trade or rip off the tourists. They have been doing this since Alexander. The answer is to leave or exterminate them.


3 posted on 09/25/2011 4:55:45 AM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Cardhu

Nuke ‘em, and see how that works out.


4 posted on 09/25/2011 4:56:21 AM PDT by Darteaus94025
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To: Cardhu
Correction:

A Brutal Afghan Clan Bedevils the U.S. POLITICIANS

Unleash our military to do what it was designed to do; Kill people and break things. Then call in FEMA to clean up the mess, and not a moment before our nation's best are finished.

5 posted on 09/25/2011 5:06:03 AM PDT by mazda77
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To: Anti-Bubba182

I say exterminate this filth, then leave.


6 posted on 09/25/2011 5:08:22 AM PDT by Levante
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Hmm If we had John Wayne as our president instead of Pee Wee Herman they would all be pushing up Daisy's.
7 posted on 09/25/2011 8:16:13 AM PDT by troy McClure
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To: mazda77
Unleash our military to do what it was designed to do; Kill people and break things. Then call in FEMA to clean up the mess, and not a moment before our nation's best are finished.

Better yet, kill people and break things, and then LEAVE without calling in FEMA. Have screwing with us have unambiguously negative consequences and no upside.

8 posted on 09/25/2011 8:19:50 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (When you've only heard lies your entire life, the truth sounds insane.)
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