The CIA men were working with the main anti-Taliban group in the country, The Northern Alliance, which was composed mainly of Tajiks, Hazaras, Uzbeks and Turkomen, ethnic groups that together made up over 60 percent of Afghanistan’s population. The Taliban on the other hand were all members of the Pushtun tribe; in fact, they resembled more than anything the racist Serbian groups that carried out “ethnic cleansing” and genocide in Bosnia and Croatia.
As the Northern Alliance gathered strength and prepared to move against Taliban, and Pushtuns began abandoning Taliban en masse and joining the rebels, pro-Pakistanis back home in our military, the State Department and media began spreading the official Pakistani propaganda line, that most of the Taliban were anti-al-Qaeda “moderates” who, with Pakistani help and given enough time, would apprehend the parties behind 9/11; an ironic policy proposal indeed, since many experts familiar with South Asia and global terrorism firmly believe that Pakistan’s military Intelligence wing, the ISI, who had organized the Taliban in the first place as a kind of proxy invasion and occupation force, actually helped plan and pay for the attacks on 9/11!
Fortunately the CIA leadership in Washington backed their agents in the field, and the US continued to focus on the Northern Alliance as the only indigenous group popular enough and with sufficient unity, structure and motivation to overthrow the Taliban. The results proved that the CIA men in the field were 100 percent correct; with only a few dozen US troops on the ground, and an expertly orchestrated air campaign, the Taliban were quickly defeated by their indigenous foes, with a minimum of civilian casualties, and the al-Qaeda leaders and their thousands of foreign fighters dispersed, most of them heading for the border of Pakistan, a country where they knew they would be safe.
As events have since shown, the Pakistanis and their powerful quislings in Washington were not going to give up so easily. Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of al-Qaeda leaders and fighters, their Pakistani military advisors and high-level Taliban holed up in the city of Kunduz, in northern Afghanistan. As US Special Forces advisors and their Afghan soldiers closed in, someone in Pakistan made a frantic call to someone in Washington.
But who? ISI’s man in Washington – some say it was someone in Vice President Cheney’s office, others say Donald Rumsfeld’s at the Pentagon) – in turn made another phone call, and a high-priority message went out to our Special Forces men in northern Afghanistan: “Pull back, and let our enemies go. All of them.” Many of the SF troops reportedly wept in frustration as over the next three days Pakistani military aircraft shuttled back and forth, carrying terrorists, torturers, assassins and bloodthirsty fanatics to safety. The same thing would soon happen far to the south, at Tora Bora, where the Pakistanis would make sure bin Laden and his inner circle found an open border when they fled from Afghanistan and a safe haven already prepared for them, where they could re-group and carry on their war against America, the great majority of moderate Moslems around the world, and anyone else they had deemed worthy of slaughter.
(To be continued)