This is an article about the taliban in Pakistan trickling into its largest city, Karachi, to take refuge from the U.S. missile strikes.

They seem to have figured out that concentrating on one large war-torn area makes them an easy target and so they have begun to spread themselves around the country.

It seems my city is no longer the haven it used to be.

Not for me anyway.

The Taliban seem to think otherwise.


Throughout the years, the proclaimed 'War on Terror' has been more an exercise on adapting anyways. Both the Taliban (LTE, etc - a general term for armed extremists groups in my opinion, more than anything else) and the US Army (including AF, Navy, SF and others) are both racing to the next move: strategical warfare, suicide bombings, democratic elections, rural strongholds, predators, urban infiltration & underground movements - the faceoff conditions are constantly changing.

It was only expected, following the 'peace deal', that the Taliban would keep on moving. Not becaues of specific orders or itching desires (give the devil a finger and he'll take the hand); it was probably more due to the lack of orders or specific desires. Most likely, even Taliban (and associates) was rather surprised when they were granted such freedom.

And, due to the power struggles throughout the Pakistani nation, no real counter-force has been produced to this messy, uncontrolled, snail-like invasion. The US power is also rather limited - it cant put boots on the ground for both political reasons (both image back home and tactical-political limitations in Pakistan) and financial reasons. However, there might be a glimmer of hope - was there not a new general assigned to the Frontier and the Army? 

It is a very interesting piece, Zehra. Thank you for bringing it to our attention. Counter-insurgency has a record of provoking unintended consequences.

I suppose we shouldn't be surprised Taliban types are turning up in even such westernised cities as Karachi these days.

The unintended consequences Tim talks about have have their origins in the Eighties.

It was after all the Pakistan military -- particularly military intellignece, the ISI --  who armed and trained the Taliban-Jihad-fundamentalist muhajhedin (call them what you want) on behalf of the Americans during the war against the Russians.

It is widely believed that the ISI continue to nurture these people on both sides of the border in "Afpak".

Fear of Taliban influx in Karachi, Pakistan