CBS Reporter Warns Al Qaeda Still Strong in Afghanistan
Move America Forward | October 12, 2012
|On Sept. 30, CBS’s 60 Minutes aired a program, aptly titled “The Longest War,” that discussed al Qaeda’s resurgence in Afghanistan. You can watch the program [above].
The program makes several points that we here at The Long War Journal have made for years: al Qaeda has provided key assistance to the Taliban, including training and personnel [see our report on the Shadow Army from February 2009]; al Qaeda remains entrenched in Afghanistan, and has a safe haven in Kunar (we warned about this starting in 2009); and the US military’s own press releases detail the reach of al Qaeda and other terror groups in the country (LWJ has been covering this exclusively for years, in painstaking detail).
See the following excerpt from the program’s transcript:
LOGAN: Are you the only commander with al Qaeda fighters?
TALIBAN COMMANDER: There are many groups that have them. We can’t do this without them.
LOGAN: What skills do the al Qaeda fighters bring?
TALIBAN COMMANDER: They are masters of everything. For example, making IEDs, something we don’t know how to do. But they are teaching us. They are also master engineers and good with all weapons. When our weapons break, they are the ones who repair them. We can’t do this without them.
LOGAN: While the U.S. has been saying for a long time that al Qaeda in Afghanistan is almost defeated, the U.S. military’s own reports from the battlefield reveal a very different picture.
The Long War Journal OCT 9 2012
Read more: http://www.longwarjournal.org/threat-matrix/archives/2012/10/reports_of_al_qaeda_taliban_de.php#ixzz28vIwXqPT
While Obama contemplates retreat, it is clear from this report and others like it, our mission is not over! Troops will have to remain in Afghanistan at least until 2014, the ‘scheduled’ withdrawal date, but very likely beyond. We have to support our troops in the field and continue supporting their efforts to defeat the terrorists!
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