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    New strategy for fighting Al Qaeda

    The NY Times is reporting that a new strategy is being considered for fighting Al Qaeda and the Taliban in the border regions of Pakistan. The idea is to try to replicate the success the military has had enlisting the help of local tribes in Anbar province:

    WASHINGTON, Nov. 18 A new and classified American military proposal outlines an intensified effort to enlist tribal leaders in the frontier areas of Pakistan in the fight against Al Qaeda and the Taliban, as part of a broader effort to bolster Pakistani forces against an expanding militancy, American military officials said.

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    Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/19/wa...policy.html?hp

    To the local tribes, the Arabs that are guarding Osama bin Laden have to be sticking out like a sore thumb. If their support can be enlisted, I think it would be very successful.



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    Re: New strategy for fighting Al Qaeda

    I would think that there would be a better chance of success from implementing this strategy than the current strategy (relying primarily on air power).



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    Re: New strategy for fighting Al Qaeda

    Quote Originally Posted by iceclone View Post
    The NY Times is reporting that a new strategy is being considered for fighting Al Qaeda and the Taliban in the border regions of Pakistan. The idea is to try to replicate the success the military has had enlisting the help of local tribes in Anbar province:

    WASHINGTON, Nov. 18 A new and classified American military proposal outlines an intensified effort to enlist tribal leaders in the frontier areas of Pakistan in the fight against Al Qaeda and the Taliban, as part of a broader effort to bolster Pakistani forces against an expanding militancy, American military officials said.

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    Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/19/wa...policy.html?hp

    To the local tribes, the Arabs that are guarding Osama bin Laden have to be sticking out like a sore thumb. If their support can be enlisted, I think it would be very successful.
    See link. Interesting article; background on General Patreaus' strategy in Anbar province and more.

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    Re: New strategy for fighting Al Qaeda

    Oddly enough, the strategy for Al Anbar was derived from our "success" in Afghanistan. We borrowed the Provincial Reconstruction Team and dependence on the "tribal structure" from there, anyway.

    Everything old is new again....


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    Re: New strategy for fighting Al Qaeda

    I have a question concerning the article linked by iceclone. The article states, "The United States now has only about 50 troops in Pakistan." Could somebody clue me in on what "50 troops" means?



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    Re: New strategy for fighting Al Qaeda

    Quote Originally Posted by alaskaguy View Post
    I have a question concerning the article linked by iceclone. The article states, "The United States now has only about 50 troops in Pakistan." Could somebody clue me in on what "50 troops" means?
    The only place I can think that we have "troops" is in Lahore. And that is kind of a "presence" base, used to house "advisors" to the Pakistani military.

    Everything else I've heard has been Rumint(tm).


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