Pashtun Tribe Vows To Fight Taliban – If We Pay Them For It.

by Daniel Russ on January 28, 2010

“JALALABAD, Afghanistan — The leaders of one of the largest Pashtun tribes in a Taliban stronghold said Wednesday that they had agreed to support the American-backed government, battle insurgents and burn down the home of any Afghan who harbored Taliban guerrillas.

Elders from the Shinwari tribe, which represents about 400,000 people in eastern Afghanistan, also pledged to send at least one military-age male in each family to the Afghan Army or the police in the event of a Taliban attack.

In exchange for their support, American commanders agreed to channel $1 million in development projects directly to the tribal leaders and bypass the local Afghan government, which is widely seen as corrupt.

“The Taliban have been trying to destroy our tribe, and they are taking money from us, and they are taking our sons to fight,” said Malik Niaz, a Shinwari elder. “If they defy us now, we will defeat them.”

The pact appears to be the first in which an entire Pashtun tribe has declared war on Taliban insurgents.

But the agreement, though promising, is fragile at best. Afghan loyalties are historically fluid, and in the past the government has been unable to prevent Taliban retaliation. The agreement may also be hard to replicate, since it arose from a specific local dispute and economic tensions with the Taliban.

While the Shinwaris are now united against the Taliban, if payments from the Americans falter or animosities flare with the Afghan government, the tribe could switch back just as quickly. “

Source: Daily Beast

This is exactly why I think the Afghan mission is in trouble. I mean if the Taliban were actually something the Afghanis opposed, then wouldn’t they fight without being bribed? The fact is, the Afghanis have no sense of nationhood. They are all mercenaries, the way they have been for centuries.

I can’t think of a worse way to use our tax dollars. I mean after we rewarded the bankers and insurance industry for screwing us, now we have to pay off a tribe of 15th century Central Asian goat herders.


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Corsair8x January 30, 2010 at 11:23 pm

There has been the suggestion that there is a huge shakedown going on over there. Districts which were quiet suddenly had attacks, which seemed to stop once the region received aid to help them fight the new insurgents cropping up. Remember, this is a place where tribes consistently rob outsiders. Something to think about.

mustafa safi August 15, 2011 at 9:34 pm

look u all pashtun tribe always saved the world from the big pawers like they kicked rasions ass and englishes ass 3 times it was a ll for thire mother land not for money and saved the world

Daniel Russ August 15, 2011 at 9:45 pm


Are you the first Mujahadeen here?

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