The Afghan Fallujah?
Nasim Ferkat at Pajamas Media has an interesting article on the The Problem of Musa Qala. It draws attention to resurgent fighting in an Afghan town after a British ceasefire had been negotiated with the Taliban in 2006. Of particular concern is the town of Musa Qala, which the Taliban have turned into a mini-stronghold.
British attempts to turn Taliban factions to their side is superficially similar to the concept of turning one set of insurgents against the other in Anbar, an effort which has met with some success. The question is why the British have not met the same success so far. Is there a basic problem with the approach or maybe it simply requires time to work? It's an interesting problem to consider.
Nor are the problems with treachery all on the British side. The ABC Blotter says:
Dramatic new video shows how American soldiers in Afghanistan are being set up for deadly ambushes after trying to make peace with village elders in Taliban-controlled areas.
The effort to win the "hearts and minds" of village elders in the Korengal Valley of Kunar Province in Afghanistan has proved to be a dangerous one for U.S. troops, with elders often suspected of tipping Taliban fighters to the soldiers' schedule and whereabouts.
The video to be broadcast tonight on ABC News' "World News With Charles Gibson" and "Nightline" was shot by "Vanity Fair" contributing editor Sebastian Junger and photographer Tim Hetherington embedded with the 2nd Platoon, Battle (B) company of the 173rd Airborne on a joint assignment for ABC News and "Vanity Fair" magazine.