i have long maintained that the taliban are simply pakistani soldiers who exchanged their uniform for the baggy pants and black turbans of the fundamentalist militia.
the URL doesn't seem to work for the telegraph story, but does for the TOI story.
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From: Ram Narayanan
Nato's top brass accuse Pakistan over Taliban aid
By Ahmed Rashid in Kabul
Commanders from five Nato countries whose troops have just fought the bloodiest battle with the Taliban in five years, are demanding their governments get tough with Pakistan over the support and sanctuary its security services provide to the Taliban.
Nato's report on Operation Medusa, an intense battle that lasted from September 4-17 in the Panjwai district, demonstrates the extent of the Taliban's military capability and states clearly that Pakistan's Interservices Intelligence (ISI) is involved in supplying it.
Gen Musharraf this week admitted that "retired" ISI officers might be involved in aiding the Taliban, the closest he has come to admitting the agency's role.
THE TIMES OF INDIA, October 8, 2006
Pak still backing terrorists: Nato
[ 7 Oct, 2006 0035hrs ISTTIMES NEWS NETWORK ]
WASHINGTON: Pakistan is in the crosshairs of western military commanders as the source, supplier and instigator of terrorism, notwithstanding periodic certifications from the Bush administration that is a frontline ally in the war on terror.
Commanders from five Nato countries – the US, Britain, Denmark, Canada and Holland -- whose troops have just fought the bloodiest battle with the Taliban in five years, are demanding their governments get tough with Pakistan over the support and sanctuary its security services provide to the Taliban, according to Ahmad Rashid, a prominent Pakistani analyst and author of an well-known book on Taliban.