Paranoia grips Taliban after Dadullah’s killing

posted at 3:39 pm on May 27, 2007 by Allahpundit

The Economist reported on the phenomenon 10 days ago, noting, “There are suggestions he may have been betrayed. Certainly Western commanders are not going to do anything to allay the paranoia over internal security evident in Taliban ranks. American forces were watching Dadullah from the moment he crossed the Pakistani border into Helmand province on May 10th; they killed him within 24 hours.” Two days after he was killed, a suicide bomber detonated in Peshawar, Pakistan, near the Afghan border; taped to what was left of his leg was a message that “U.S. spies” would end up the same way as people killed in the attack.

Now the Guardian weighs in. Paranoia does indeed strike deep:

Taliban insurgents fighting in Afghanistan and Pakistan have been hit by a wave of defections and betrayals that has resulted in a witch-hunt within the militant movement.

The news has boosted morale among commanders of the Nato operation in Afghanistan, which includes more than 6,000 British soldiers. The British contingent has struggled to contain the insurgency in the country’s southern provinces over the past 18 months…

However, two of the Taliban’s most senior commanders have now been killed after being betrayed by close associates. Up to a dozen middle-ranking commanders have died in airstrikes or other operations by Afghan, Nato or Pakistani forces based on precise details of their movements received from informers. Few details have been publicly released, but senior military sources speak of ‘major hits’ that they wish they could talk about openly

‘There is a feeling that there are spies everywhere,’ said one tribal leader speaking by telephone from the violent and anarchic North Waziristan ‘tribal agency’ along Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan. ‘People are very worried and no one is trusting anyone any more.’…

According to Rahimullah Yusufzai, a senior Pakistani journalist and expert on the Taliban, ‘suspicion is now falling even on trusted men and is creating tension in Taliban ranks’.

The obvious bad news: some of the people “cleansed” in this round of purges are bound to be innocent Afghans or Pakistanis.

If you’ve got a very, very strong stomach, Rusty Shackleford has still frames from that video of a 12-year-old boy meting out Taliban “justice” to a suspected spy in their midst. It’s gruesome even by jihadi standards so please observe your strong content warning.

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Looks like those large monetary rewards are starting to pay off.

1sttofight on May 27, 2007 at 3:57 PM

“….step outta line, the man comes, and takes you away.” – the worst of 2nd in command.

The paranoia phenom – I love it. Divide & conquer from with-in.

The jawa still frames – I hate it. Gut wrenching & sickening. This is their children, folks.

michael moore & danny glover must be soooo proud of these ‘freedom fighters’.

locomotivebreath1901 on May 27, 2007 at 3:57 PM

Wonderful, just wonderfull!! I hope their hiding under their beds and hearing footsteps each and every second.

NEMETI IN SYRACUSE on May 27, 2007 at 6:01 PM

Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they can’t really be out to getcha. Bwuu-ha-ha-ha-ha! Let the purges begin.

bdfaith on May 27, 2007 at 7:31 PM

The obvious bad news: some of the people “cleansed” in this round of purges are bound to be innocent Afghans or Pakistanis.

… who just joined the Taliban to earn money for diapers and baby food.

bdfaith on May 27, 2007 at 7:33 PM

… who just joined the Taliban to earn money for diapers and baby food.

bdfaith on May 27, 2007 at 7:33 PM

Now they need to buy “Depends” for themselves.

Mojave Mark on May 27, 2007 at 7:54 PM

Could be an important tipping point – hope so.

Bradky on May 27, 2007 at 8:15 PM

The obvious bad news: some of the people “cleansed” in this round of purges are bound to be innocent Afghans or Pakistanis.

Yet I prefer that the Taliban find none of the right people.

Kralizec on May 27, 2007 at 8:45 PM

So every taliban who survives an attack is labeled a spy?

Works for me…

1sttofight on May 27, 2007 at 8:56 PM

People who hate that vehemently inevitably turn on each other. A little prodding and a few moles on the inside goes a long way. I credit this to our brilliant field commanders. Well done.

And may God help those falsely accused.

Zorro on May 27, 2007 at 9:10 PM

This is what happens when you live in paranoia. The democrat party will soon see the fruits of its own paranoia.

SouthernGent on May 27, 2007 at 9:42 PM

Good, let ‘em start killin’ each other off. Nice job, whoever started this rumor.

Tony737 on May 28, 2007 at 1:32 AM

Psst. I hear Zawahiri’s really in the Company.

(Operative informant number S-172.)

profitsbeard on May 28, 2007 at 2:24 AM

Let’s keep them on the paranoid binge..they’ll kill their own..sounds good.

Highrise on May 28, 2007 at 3:34 AM

American forces were watching Dadullah from the moment he crossed the Pakistani border into Helmand province on May 10th; they killed him within 24 hours.

So the Pakis were sheltering him, and we couldn’t get to him. Wunderbar…..

HerrMorgenholz on May 28, 2007 at 6:47 AM