Offiziere.ch: ISAF, Afghan Taliban Forge Unlikely Alliance

03.02.12

Categorie: Afghanistan, Afghanistan 2012, David Axe, Extremists |
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Afghan Local Police trainees, at Patrol Base Marzak, Jan. 21. 2012. David Axe photo.

Afghan Local Police trainees, at Patrol Base Marzak, Jan. 21. 2012. David Axe photo.

by DAVID AXE

PAKTIKA, Afghanistan — The U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan has an unusual new strategy for defeating the Taliban in one key eastern town: join them.

In Marzak, a Kharoti-tribe village of just a few thousand people in northern Paktika province, the U.S. Army’s 172nd Infantry Brigade, along with attached Afghan army and police, is laying the groundwork for a close alliance with native-born Taliban who have grown tired of the abuses of neighboring tribes and foreign Taliban.

The implications for the decade-long war are enormous. The Marzak alliance is helping hone the coalition’s definition of “enemy” in Afghanistan, and pointing the way towards a realistic framework for a lasting peace. Afghans affiliated with the Taliban are widely known to be less extreme and violent than their foreign compatriots.

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