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This is an ex-senior Taliban commander
Posted by: Bryan Pick on Sunday, May 13, 2007

How often do you see a headline like this from the AP?
Taliban chief's death a big U.S. victory
The killing of the top Taliban commander Mullah Dadullah, a one-legged fighter who orchestrated suicide attacks, beheadings and an ethnic massacre, marks a major victory for the U.S. campaign at a time of flagging Afghan support over civilian killings.

As victims of Dadullah's brutality celebrated his death Sunday, analysts called the killing the most significant Taliban loss since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion. But even NATO acknowledged that Dadullah, who directed some of the Taliban's most notorious violence, would soon be replaced.
The reporter leans back and forth between the fact that he will be succeeded and the possibility that he's not entirely "replaceable." ("Well, it's scarcely a replacement then, is it?")

Reuters concurs:
"It's the biggest setback to the Taliban since they started resistance in 2001," said Rahimullah Yusufzai, a Peshawar based journalist and expert on tribal affairs in the Pashtun lands straddling the Pakistan-Afghan border where the Taliban operate.

"They can take revenge for the killing. They can become more brutal. There may be more reprisal attacks. But it is clear that for now, at least, that there is no one who can replace him," Yusufzai said.

"He was an inspirational and daring commander. I don't see any person of his standing in the Taliban heirachy."
Bill Roggio, as usual, has a good, brief roundup, including Mullah Dadullah's recent interview on Al Jazeera. NATO and Afghan forces generously extended the commander's 15 minutes so that we could bid good riddance to bad rubbish.
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I read another story with the "he will be replaced" angle. Let me know when AP has the same angle in stories about US casualties. "3 soldiers killed in IED attack, but analysts say they will easily be replaced."
Written By: Harun
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"Mullah Dadullah"???

Evidently it sounds less ridiculous in languages other than English.
Written By: timactual
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Mullah Dadullah, Mohammed fooled ya.

Bippity Boppity Boo!

None of the Suras said Heaven was hot.

Bippity, Boppity Boo!

Written By: G. Weightman
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By now I hope we know how to divide-and-conquer the Pashtun tribes in Pakistan. Dadullah’s brutality against suspected Afghan/US/Coalition allies (see Bryan’s 1st link) suggests a desperate campaign of fear to intimidate unwilling Pashtun. Hopefully that’s a sign that we’re creating a wedge.
Written By: Jason Pappas
Mullah Dadullah fo fullah
Banna fanna fo fanna

Sometimes truth is stranger (or at least funnier) than fiction ;-)
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Hello, my compliments for your nice website!
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