Saturday, June 07, 2008

What Lt. Gen Natynczyk may not know.

The term "embedded" is applied to Canadian journalists going into the field with Canadian Forces.  The perspective of Syed Saleem Shahzad, Asia Times Online's Pakistan Bureau Chief, is unique.  A 'guest' of the Taliban he from time to time is "embedded" in Taliban groups and is privy to the continuing ebb and flow of political currents on both sides of the Durand Line.

Lt. Gen Natynczyk having attended the U.S. Army War College and subsequently being appointed Deputy Commanding General, III Corps and Fort Hood and in January 2004, being deployed with III Corps to Baghdad, Iraq, serving first as the Deputy Director of Strategy, Policy and Plans and subsequently as the Deputy Commanding General of the Multi-National Corps (Iraq), will be aware of the directions of the United States.

Is he as well aware of those with whom our Forces and theirs are at war? Not through the North American media, though he may be briefed by his staff.

The writings that follow trace Shahzad as he travels with his Taliban and out of Kunar province which in his words serves "as the start of a natural route up to the northeastern province of Kapisa, from where, ultimately, the Taliban hope to enter into Kabul."

Joe Hueglin

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"In another development, the United National Front of Afghanistan, representing the strongest northern Afghan warlords and           
politicians, and the strongest force in the south, the Taliban and HIA, have admitted to opening channels of discussion. The          
US-backed Karzai is the only stumbling block - at this stage he is not acceptable to the southern strongmen or the northern ones."


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May 28, 2008 Part 3: In the footsteps of Osama ...                    
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