Let's hear it for General Dotsum (Ret'd.). Hard to fool an old war dog. Dotsum is a trip, by the way. A horse-riding Mongol. But he showed up a few days ago in Faryab Province in military uniform and driving a tank as he rallied the irregulars to fight.
He said to them, "Let me tell you one thing, that they [Taliban] cannot confront us. If they try to confront us, I will hit them wearing my suit and tie."
Gen. Dostum: Pakistan’s ISI behind ongoing violence in Afghanistan
Khaama Press (Afghanistan)
August 15, 2015
The Afghan First Vice President Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum joined the Afghan security institutions and top government officials for blaming Pakistan’s military intelligence for the ongoing violence in the country.
Gen. Dostum is currently in northern Faryab province of Afghanistan to coordinate military operations against the anti-government armed militant groups amid deteriorating security situation in this province.
He said the Pakistani military generals and the country’s powerful military intelligence – Inter service Intelligence (ISI) are plotting and coordinating attacks across Afghanistan, under the name of al Qaeda, Islamic State affiliates and Taliban militants.
According to Gen. Dostum, the ongoing violence in Afghanistan could end only if Pakistan’s military and ISI truely coopeate with the Afghan government.
The remarks by Gen. Dostum comes as the Afghan Intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS) said Wednesday that specific elements within the Pakistani army was behind the deadly attacks in capital Kabul, apparently gesturing towards the country’s military intelligence – Inter Services Intelligence (ISI).
NDS spokesman Haseeb Sediqi told reporters that the attacks were carried out by the elements of the Pakistani army with the help of their mercenaries – Haqqani terrorist network.
The former Afghan President Hamid Karzai called on United States and the West not to support Pakistan’s military intelligence – Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), blaming it for sponsoring terrorism in Afghanistan.
Speaking among the gathering of Afghans youths to celebrate the International Youth Day, the former Afghan President said politicians and military leaders of the United States, United Kingdom and other countries admitted in the past that Pakistan’s military intelligence is the founder and sponsor of terrorism.
Karzai further added that the US and Western leaders must stop supporting the sponsors of terrorism if they agree with the fact that ISI is supporting terrorism in the region.
14 Years Later: Al-Qaida Is Once Again Running Ops Out Of Afghanistan; Daily Caller, August 14, 2015
Top US Commander in Afghanistan Says ISIS Threat May Delay Withdrawal; Military.com, July 20, 2015
I have a bridge in Brooklyn I'd like to sell the U.S. military. Qaeda this, daesh that, jaish this, talibs that -- no matter the claptrap the paymaster is the same. The problem that Pakistan's military has right now is that the talibs have always been seasonal fighters; they go home for the harvest. Islamic State fighters will work year 'round in Afghanistan.