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Bin Laden and Taliban not so popular in Pakistan
Posted by: McQ on Sunday, February 10, 2008

Funny how that works, isn't it?
Sympathy for al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden and the Taliban has dropped sharply in Pakistan amid a wave of deadly violence, according to the results of a recent opinion poll.

The survey, conducted last month for the U.S.-based Terror Free Tomorrow organization, also identified the party of assassinated opposition leader Benazir Bhutto as the country's most popular ahead of Feb. 18 elections, and said most Pakistanis want President Pervez Musharraf to quit.

The poll suggests Pakistanis are looking to peaceful opposition groups after months of political turmoil and a wave of suicide attacks.

[...]

Only one percent of Pakistani voters would cast their ballots in favor of al-Qaida if it was running in parliamentary elections, the survey results said, adding that the Taliban would get 3 percent.
A bit like the experience in Iraq where the people, beginning with the Sunni, turned against al Qaeda.

That on the heels of some interesting diary finds in Iraq from al Qaeda outlining their reasons for failure and the "crusader's" success:

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Excuses, excuses. But I have to admit, I enjoyed seeing number 1 in writing.

The "TC" you see in there is the translator's notes. The diary was kept by Abu Maysara, a senior advisor to Abu Ayyoub al-Masri, killed last November. As MNFI describes the document:
"Overall, the document is a pessimistic assessment of al Qaeda Iraq’s long-term prospects in the al-Anbar area. The author describes the difficulties involved with trying to manage foreign fighters. He states that al Qaeda Iraq has lost popular support in the province. He recommends that al Qaeda Iraq’s remaining foreign fighters in al-Anbar be moved to other areas of Iraq, where the terrorists might have greater freedom of action.
Another diary found was that of Abu Tariq (November of last year). In it he talks about what the change of heart among the tribes has done to his effort:
In these pages, the al Qaeda emir said that the changing turn of events reduced his strength from almost 600 fighters to just 20 or fewer terrorists.

[...]

Describing the Battalion of Abu-Haydar al-Ansari, the al Qaeda emir claimed that it once had 300 fighters well equipped with weapons and vehicles. He then tells that the leader of this unit deserted just before the Awakening movement was organized. After this, the unit’s strength declined to just 16 fighters, and then later only two. Of these two, the emir wrote that one was arrested and the other captured as well. The rest of the fighters joined Awakening groups.
Seems a terrorist in Iraq or Pakistan just can't catch a break.
 
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Just in time for the Democrats to take office and take credit.
 
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No, no, no McQ... you have it all wrong. Everything is bad everywhere and everyone blames Bush.
 
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"The rest of the fighters joined Awakening groups."But don’t worry they are totally committed to our side, and the Shia central government, now. Oh yeah, and Iraq will turn in to an Al Qaeda safe-haven if we leave.
 
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