Saturday, December 23, 2006

US kills top Afghan Taliban leader

Ka-boom...should be a merry Christmas.

US forces said they had killed the Taliban's military chief in southern Afghanistan, who had close links to Osama bin Laden and was heir to the rebel leadership.

While most people tend to look upon the killing of a high-ranking Taliban commander or a top-level al-qaeda terrorist as swatting a honey-bee despite the hive, the removal of a Taliban commander or terrorist always brings a smile to my face. Why? Maybe because I'm a sick bastard. Or maybe it's because, in any network, the exit of someone in power causes waves. It causes complications. It causes problems to the network as a whole. While supreme Taliban leader Mullah Omar is probably tucked away somewhere incapable of making much decisions and acts more as a centerpiece or idol for the movement, it's the commanders that lead the insurgency. Take out the commanders and the insurgency starts getting confused, getting wreckless, getting clumsy. If you take notice to the news on captured or killed terrorist "big wigs", they are almost always followed by the removal of more "big wigs". Make no mistake, while this surely won't destroy the Taliban, they are hindered a little by this lose. And that, well, that makes me smile.

Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Osmani was the most senior leader killed yet and was targeted in a region where the insurgency is at its bloodiest, a military spokesman said. Osmani and two other guerrillas were killed in an air strike on their car on an isolated desert road on Tuesday, spokesman for the US-led coalition force, Colonel Tom Collins, said in Kabul.

Should have gotten a GPS unit.

The Taliban said Osmani, anointed by the group's leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar, as his heir in 2001, was alive. "We strongly deny this. He is not present in the area where American forces are claiming to have killed him," commander Mullah Hayat Khan told Reuters by telephone.

Mainly because the missile blew him somewhere into Northeastern Afghanistan.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Between this war and the middle east war...hasn't anyone got the message "don't ride in cars"

December 28, 2006 12:42 PM  

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