Insurgents in the eastern province of Nangarhar recently perpetrated one of the most vicious attacks against Afghan civilians in recent memory.
Although Uzbek militants have been active in Afghanistan and Pakistan since the late 1990s, little attention has been paid to these fighters.
The Quetta Shura Taliban (QST)& their senior leadership is distinct from the Haqqani Network, which operates primarily from the southeastern provinces of Khost, Paktia & Paktika, all the way to Kabul.
The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) is a terrorist group founded in 1998, whose stated goal is the overthrow of the Uzbek president & to create an Islamic state in Uzbekistan.
The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) has been active in the Pakistani tribal region since late 2001, where it reconstituted after fighting alongside the Taliban.
Securing Afghanistan is a vital requirement for American national security.
Now that President Obama has authorized Gen. David Petraeus to continue to execute the current strategy in Afghanistan, the question is: Can the U.S. strategy succeed?
Negotiating with the Haqqani network, a terrorist organization in Afghanistana nd Pakistan, is not an option.