The Irreconciable Haqqanis

Jeffrey Dressler at the Institute for the Study of War provides the background on the futility of negotiating with a group the is tightly tied to al Qaeda and the Pakistan ISI.


  • “The Haqqani network, with the help of Al Qaeda and others, is arguably the most capable and deadly insurgent group operating in Afghanistan today. The Haqqani network maintains considerable military strength and territorial control in Afghanistan’s Southeast. It also enjoys relative sanctuary in North Waziristan, and the network is capable of executing spectacular suicide attacks in Kabul at will.”
  • “The Haqqanis and Al Qaeda maintain a symbiotic relationship to the extent that each side is equally unlikely to break the bond that has been forged over the past several decades. Striking a deal with the Haqqanis will not only relieve pressure on the Pakistanis to dismantle the terror hub in North Waziristan, but will embolden Al Qaeda and like-minded terrorist organizations, providing them with a veil of legitimacy under the continued protection of the Haqqanis.”
We are going to have to strip this group of hope before victory can be achieved.


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