Jul 29 2008
The Pakistan Awakening may be beginning (and it may not ever happen). But one thing is clear in all military situations, a divided enemy is easier to defeat than a united one. So the news civil war is starting to break out amongst the Taliban forces in the Pak Tribal Areas is very good news:
aliban in the Bajaur tribal district split into two factions after infighting between two militant organisations in Mohmand Agency led to the killing of eight members of one group on July 18.
Pro-Baitullah Mehsud Taliban leader Umer Khalid killed eight members from the Shah Sahib militant group, including its chief and deputy chief, on July 18.
â€œInnocent mujahideen were killed in Mohmand. This is against shariah. Mujahideen do not kill innocent people,â€ Masood said. He charged the Baitullah Mehsud-led TTP with â€œdeviatingâ€ from the real cause of fighting the Americans inside Afghanistan. â€œWe took up the matter with Baitullah Mehsud but he did not take our concern seriously,â€ he said.
The rift between the Taliban, according to observers, would weaken Baitullah Mehsud. They believe the infighting among militant organisations would help the government exploit the situation.
Mehsud will have serious problems if he is fighting on his flanks with one time allies rooted in the region and terrain. Clearly we see the same pattern of violence against fellow Muslims (and fellow Jihadists) at the hands of the uber radical Islamo Fascists creating a backlash. This is very reminiscent of how it began in Iraq.