October 3, 2015

A DELUSION WE SHOULD ENCOURAGE:

Afghan Taliban leader claims 'victory' in Kunduz Despite later retreat... (MIRWAIS KHAN AND LYNNE O'DONNELL, October 3, 2015, AP)

The new leader of the Afghan Taliban boasted in a phone call with The Associated Press on Friday that the group's three-day occupation of the northern city of Kunduz was a "symbolic victory" demonstrating the insurgents' strength, even as his fighters were fleeing under fire from Afghan government troops. [...]

Still, in the end, the Taliban were unable to hold their ground as the Afghan military rallied in a counterattack, a sign of how the insurgents lack the manpower or firepower to carry out much more than short-term sorties into large urban areas.

Sure, it was an obvious show of weakness, but the only point of the exercise was for him to unite the warring divisions within the Taliban and to be able to sue for peace from a "position of strength."  So, pretend it was a mighty victory.

Posted by at October 3, 2015 7:21 AM
  

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