What is state failure? See my conceptualisation of state failure on the right flank below.

Monday, January 11, 2010

The Pak-Af borderland conglomerate II.

This is what I concluded regarding the Khost attack on the CIA outpost at the Chapman base a couple of days ago:
"It seems like the borderland conglomerate as such may have been behind the attack, as the CIA is allegedly demanding the hunting down of, and extradition by, Pakistan of Ilyas Kashmiri, an ex-SSG Afghan hand, ex-Kashmiri, then and now HuJI militant, now anti-Pakistani government operative (a living legend in jihadi circles, essentially), in connection with the bombing, while the Haqqanis and AQ also remain in the limelight."
The link @ "borderland conglomerate" explains what that term entails in my vocabulary.
When even Hakimullah Mehsud appeared beside the Khost bomber I thought it was some confirmation of the above thesis, as beside AQ, the Haqqanis and HuJI, even the TTP became implicated. (Of course Mehsud had to speak from Haqqani land which is something observers tend to forget.)
Now, I may or may not have some additional confirmation regarding the validity of my usage of the term "borderland conglomerate" and the validity of the concept, via Joshua Foust and Acorn, from Pakistan's The News. I am not sure Lashkar-e Zil is a term all of the guys implied would readily use to describe themselves, but, anyway, this article talks about them implying just that. Quote:

"The Lashkar has distinguished itself by carrying out unusual guerrilla operations, like the one targeting the CIA base in Khost. While the LeZ is mainly active in Pakistani tribal areas of North and South Waziristan, Bajaur, Peshawar, Khyber, and Swat in the NWFP, it has already carried but several deadly bombings against the US-led allied forces in the Afghan provinces of Khost, Kabul, Kandahar, Nuristan, Nangahar, Wardak, Paktika, Ghazni and Kunar, killing dozens of people.The sources say the Lashkar-e-Zil mainly consists of Tehrik-e-Taliban, Pakistan (TTP) led by Commander Hakimullah Mehsud, the Azad Kashmir chapter of the Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami (HUJI) led by Commander Ilyas Kashmiri, and the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) led by its jailed leader Akram Lahori, the Afghan Taliban militia led by its Amir Mulla Omar, the Hizb-e-Islami Afghanistan (HeI) led by Gulbadin Hikmatyar and the Haqqani militant network."

The funny or not-so-funny thing (function of POV) about the above quote is that it basically says anybody committing anything anywhere might or might not be LeZ. I am this much wiser tonight.

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