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Friday, December 14, 2007

"Afghanistan, U.K.: London's 'New' Taliban Strategy," StratFor, December 12, 2007.

The United Kingdom appears to be trying a new tack in dealing with the Taliban: undermining the movement from within. However, London's approach suffers from a number of problems, and in any case, it already has been tried -- unsuccessfully -- by the United States. Ultimately, attempts to divide the Taliban from within will not work unless the movement faces competition from more pragmatic groups that hold the same legitimacy in the eyes of the people.


Islamabad has now lost the control it once had over the Taliban, to the point that Pakistan has its own Taliban insurgency in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas and the North-West Frontier Province. In addition, Talibanization now is rapidly spreading out of Pakistan's peripheral Pashtun areas and into its Punjabi heartland. The Pakistanis cannot offer much help at the moment.

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