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The Taliban Riddle (Part 2)

March 7, 2009

The Obama administration is betting that a beefed-up counterinsurgency program in Afghanistan can turn the tide against a resurgent Taliban.

However, news analyst Pepe Escobar says the complex insurgency against U.S. and NATO forces will likely continue until Washington – and its allies in Afghanistan and Pakistan – figure out how to neutralize insurgent leaders, including the mysterious Taliban leader Mullah Omar, and cut off their heroin-funding sources.

(The story summary continues below.)

Omar, from his hideout in Quetta, Pakistan, appears to be in charge of the upcoming Taliban spring offensive in Afghanistan, which President Barack Obama hopes to counter with a “surge” in U.S. troops and a more effective counterinsurgency plan. But Escobar sees long-term trouble ahead. is an independent news network that produces stories of global interest. 

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