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February 24th, 2010
11:05 AM ET

'True night dreams' guide Taliban leaders

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Ken Ballen
Special to CNN

In practical terms, it might seem that the recent arrests of key Taliban members and the success of the U.S. offensive in southern Afghanistan might indicate a new phase in the war against the Taliban.

But how the Taliban respond will be based on a world view and beliefs far different from the American perspective and that of the Western-educated Afghan and Pakistani elites, whom we rely on for strategic advice and partnership.

On Tuesday, Pakistani authorities confirmed the capture of Mullah Abdul Kabir, a member of the Taliban's inner circle and a leading military commander against the Americans in eastern Afghanistan.

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  1. Tim Gibson

    How does not stand up against such "extreme" visions as that?

    February 24, 2010 at 11:17 am |