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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Two more Pakistani Taleban arrests

Pakistan arrested two Taleban "shadow governors" in the wake of the Baradar arrest.

It's still not clear whether this Pakistani action represents a real shift against all Taleban, or simply a picking of sides from within the Taleban's internal struggles to arrest the crazier and favor the moderates.

Two interesting points in this, though.
In the days that followed Mr. Baradar’s arrest, American officials say that Mr. Baradar was providing a wealth of information on the Taliban’s operations.

(Is he really giving up info or are they trying to discredit him?)

And, two, this can't be emphasized enough, One year in, and Obama has made more progress with Pakistan and against the Taleban leadership than Bush's "tough approach" made in seven years..


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