Jihad and the "Reconciliation" with Islamic Supremacism

Sources and Related Documents:
1. Sources Regarding U.S. Defense Secretary Gates
2. Sources Regarding U.S. General David Petraeus
3. Sources Regarding U.S. General David McKiernan
4. Sources Regarding Other U.S. Discussions on Afghanistan
5. Sources Regarding Afghanistan Government Negotiations with Taliban
6. Sources Regarding Pakistan's Nawaz Sharif
7. Sources Regarding Other Calls for Negotiations with Taliban
8. Background Sources on British Appeasement of Islamic Supremacism
9. General Sources

1. Sources Regarding U.S. Defense Secretary Gates

October 6, 2008 - AP: Gates: Afghan militants key to country's future

October 8, 2008 - Pakistan Daily Times/AP: Taliban key to Afghanistan's future: US defense secretary

October 7, 2008 - Dawn: US seeks peace with 'reconcilable' Taliban: Gates

October 7, 2008 - Reuters: U.S. says Afghan war comments "defeatist"

October 9, 2008 - AHN: Gates: Reconciliation With Taliban Possible, But Not With Al-Qaeda

October 10, 2008 - Pakistan Daily Times/AFP/Reuters: Pentagon sees no reconciliation with Al Qaeda

October 2, 2008 - AP: Gates may remain if Obama elected

September 20, 2008 - AP: Gates urges Western militaries to steer middle course

April 13, 2008 - UPI: Gates: Enemy in Iraq is extremism

June 2008 - U.S. National Defense 2008 document (PDF)
-- Alternate link


2. Sources Regarding U.S. General David Petraeus

October 8, 2008 - AFP: US should talk with its enemies: Petraeus --- speaking at Heritage Foundation

October 8, 2008 - Reuters: Petraeus sees possible value in talking to Taliban
--- "The British commander in Afghanistan, Brig. Mark Carleton-Smith, also told the Sunday Times that negotiations with the Taliban could bring needed progress. Asked about those remarks, Petraeus noted that Britain's long experience negotiating with adversaries helped reduce violence in Iraq. 'They've sat down with thugs throughout their history, including us in our early days, I suspect,' he said."

Gen. David Petraeus Announcement of "Law and Order" Task Force


3. Sources Regarding U.S. General David McKiernan

October 16, 2008 - Reuters: INTERVIEW-Taliban gets foreign help but won't win-general -- NATO's U.S. General McKiernan

October 12, 2008 - AP: Top General: NATO not losing in Afghanistan - David McKiernan

October 3, 2008 - Geo TV: NATO general says reconciling with Taliban a political decision

October 2, 2008 - CourierMail: Taliban reconciliation 'a political move'

October 2, 2008 - AFP: NATO does not rule out Afghan talks with Taliban

October 1, 2008 -  Canwest News Service: Little progress in Afghanistan: NATO official -- U.S. Gen. David McKiernan

August 11, 2008: Der Spiegel: 'A Counter-Insurgency Takes a Long Time, Longer than We Thought'
-- NATO General McKiernan previously stated regarding Afghanistan: "answer must be found politically"

June. 16, 2008 - NBC: One-on-one with General David McKiernan

4. Sources Regarding Other U.S. Discussions on Afghanistan

October 10, 2008 - Reuters: Mullen sees Afghanistan worsening into next year

October 10, 2008 - Washington Independent: What Kind of Negotiations Should There Be Between Karzai and The Taliban?
---- "Peter Bergen asks a great question: Since we're seeing movement toward Karzai-Taliban negotiations, what kind of negotiations should there be?"

October 10, 2008 - Pakistan Daily Times: "Taliban said to have agreed to sever ties with Al Qaeda" -- "according to Stratfor"
--- states: "The analysis predicts that ultimately there will be a negotiated settlement with a new [Taliban] leadership that will retain its ideology but within the confines of the Afghan nation-state and will abandon not just Al Qaeda but also its transnational objectives of a supranational caliphate"

October 9, 2008 - New York Times: U.S. study is said to warn of crisis in Afghanistan

October 9, 2008 - Daily Telegraph: US forces vow to fight on against Taliban

5. Sources Regarding Afghanistan Government Negotiations with Taliban

October 17, 2008 - RTTNews: Afghan Ex-Province Mayor Turns Taliban Leader
-- former mayor of Herat Province Ghullam Yahya Akbar

October 17, 2008 - New York Times: Senior U.S. commanders to assess Afghanistan mission

October 17, 2008 - Irish Sun: Afghanistan Taliban becomes stronger in numbers 
--- "Taliban's strength in Afghanistan has increased by up to 20-30 percent over the past year, according to Major General Jeffrey Schlosser, a top general in-charge of US ground troops in Afghanistan"

October 16, 2008 - CBS News: Gen.: Enemy Numbers Swell In Afghanistan
-- Tells 60 Minutes The Enemy Has Increased Forces Up To 30 Percent In A Year

October 16, 2008 - AP: Afghan policeman kills U.S. soldier -- in Patika province
-- AP: "It was the second time in less than a month that an Afghan officer has killed a U.S. soldier, raising concerns that militants may have infiltrated the Afghan police force"

October 16, 2008 - Christian Science Monitor: To fight Taliban, US eyes Afghan tribes

October 15, 2008 - Christian Science Monitor: Some Afghans live under Taliban rule and prefer it

October 15, 2008 - Reuters: Taliban may give up al Qaeda, ex-minister says
--- former Taliban foreign minister Wakil Ahmed Muttawakil

October 14, 2008 - MEMRI: Taliban To Continue Suicide Attacks On U.S. And NATO Troops

October 13, 2008 - Pakistan Daily Times: Karzai offered Taliban role in govt

October 13, 2008 - Pakistan Link: Karzai offered Taliban role in govt

October 11, 2008 - Daily Telegraph: "Afghan president offers Taliban a role in governing country"

October 11, 2008 - AFP: US may rely more on Afghanistan's tribal militia: report

October 8, 2008 - Christian Science Monitor: No Afghan-Taliban peace talks, for now
-- "say sources close to the insurgents and the government"
-- former Taliban official Waheed Muzhda: "The meetings signal that the Afghan government is weak and is desperate for a solution"

October 8, 2008: Karzai's brother 'met ex-Taleban'
-- Qayum Karzai -- BBC reports also in attendance was "former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, and a delegation of at least 15 Afghans" and "Taleban's former ambassdor to Pakistan, Abdul Salam Zaeef"

October 7, 2008 - Long War Journal: Taliban have not split from al Qaeda: sources -- Bill Roggio

October 7, 2008 - AFP: Kabul held Mecca talks with Taliban: Saudi paper
--- claims negotiators "included Mullah Mohammad Tayeb Agha, who was the chief in Kandahar of Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar and his spokesman before the Taliban's ouster from power by the US-led invasion of 2001, and Omar's 'foreign minister,' Wakil Ahmad Mutawakkel"

October 7, 2008 - Pakistan Daily Times: Kabul and Taliban reject Saudi talks
-- "Taliban spokesmen and Qari Yousef Ahmadi also denied peace talks had taken place, while Mullah Abdul Rahim, a Taliban commander in southern Afghanistan, said the issue was raised recently during a Taliban meeting"

October 7, 2008 - Pakistan Daily Times: Taliban, Afghan officials met in Saudi Arabia

October 6, 2008 - AP: Taliban, Afghan officials meet in Saudi Arabia

October 6, 2008 - CNN: Sources: Taliban split with al Qaeda, seek peace
--- CNN: "A Saudi source familiar with the talks confirmed that they happened and said the Saudis take seriously their role in facilitating discussions between parties to the conflict. A second round of talks is scheduled to take place in two months, the Saudi source said."

October 3, 2008 - GeoTV: Karzai proposes Mulla Umar to return to Afghanistan

October 3, 2008 - Reuters: Taliban leader rejects talks with Afghan government
 -- "Mullah Brother told Reuters by satellite telephone from an undisclosed location"

October 2, 2008 - UAE's The National: Afghans back Taliban, says abducted senator
--- Abdul Wali Ahmadzai: "The important point is that the people support the Taliban. This is the main problem: now the people do not like the government and they support the Taliban"

October 1, 2008 - New English Review - The Iconoclast: So Much For Freeing The Afghan People From The Taliban - by Rebecca Bynum

September 28, 2008 - London Times: Taliban revival sets fear swirling through Kabul

August 11, 2008 - MEMRI: Karzai: International Community Must Act Against Taliban

August 10, 2008 - Reuters: Karzai urges world to target militants in Pakistan

October 2, 2007 - Afghanistan's Taliban: US Tactics - Defeat or Negotiate? - by Jeffrey Imm

September 29, 2007 - Are the Taliban "The Enemy" or Not? - by Jeffrey Imm

September 29, 2007 - AP: Afghan president offers Taliban a place in government for peace deal

September 29, 2007 - JihadWatch.org: Afghan president offers Taliban a place in government for peace deal
--- Robert Spencer: "Surrender"

U.S. Rewards for Justice: "Seeking Information Against International Terrorism: Wanted - Mullah Omar - Up to $10 Million Reward"


6. Sources Regarding Pakistan's Nawaz Sharif

October 7, 2008 - Gulf Times: Sharif offers to broker Taliban talks

October 7, 2008 - AFP: Pakistan's Sharif offers to broker Afghan talks: spokesman
--- "Pakistan backed the Taliban during Sharif's second spell in power from 1997 to 1999"

October 13, 2008 - Pakistan Daily Times: Nawaz Sharif: "Resolve terrorism through dialogue"

Wikipedia: Nawaz Sharif
--- "On January 16, 1999 the Nawaz Sharif Government imposed Islamic law in the traditional tribal areas of the north-west straddling the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, vowing to impose it throughout the country"

September 6, 1998 - Indian Express: Nawaz to go ahead with Islamisation Bill - September 1998


7. Sources Regarding Other Calls for Negotiations with Taliban

October 13, 2008 - Daily Telegraph: UK Shadow Home Secretary David Davis: UK risks disaster in Afghanistan without change in strategy

October 9, 2008 - Nicholas Rigillo/ DPA/Expatica: NATO tries to avoid 'Vietnam syndrome' in Afghanistan

October 9, 2008 - Expatica/AFP: French army chief: no victory in Afghanistan
--- French military General Jean-Louis Georgelin supports comments by British Brigadier Mark Carleton-Smith
--- "A British officer 'was saying that one cannot win this war militarily, that there is no military solution to the Afghan crisis and I totally share this feeling,' Georgelin told French television channel Public Senat."

October 8, 2008 - AFP: France to host meeting of Afghanistan's neighbors
--- Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner reportedly indicates that "Paris has asked Pakistan, Iran and other neighbouring countries to attend because they could play a role in helping Afghanistan reach peace with the Taliban"

October 7, 2008 - AP: France supports talks between Afghan govt, Taliban
--- French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner

October 8, 2008 - Independent:  UK press says "defeat not inevitable"
 -- just that "conflict will then have to be resolved through political means"

October 8, 2008 - AP: NATO question: Is it time to talk with Taliban? Defense ministers to meet in Budapest as Afghanistan situation declines

October 8, 2008 - AP: NATO to meet as Afghan war effort founders 

October 8, 2008 - AFP: Danish FM for dialogue with Taliban
-- Danish Foreign Minister Per Stig Moeller: "We should civilize the Taliban"

October 7, 2008 - Der Spiegel: German Press: 'There Will Be No Lasting Peace without the Taliban'

October 7, 2008: Pakistan Daily Times quoting Eide: "what we need most of all is a political surge, more political energy"

October 6, 2008 - AKI: Afghanistan: UN envoy agrees war cannot be won militarily 
--- UN special envoy to Afghanistan, Kai Eide, told journalists in Kabul: "We all know that we cannot win it military. It has to be won through political means. That means political engagement."

October 6, 2008: Pakistan Daily Times: Afghan war can't be won: Britain
-- follow-up Pakistan Daily Times report on Brigadier Mark Carleton-Smith interview
--- "a spokesman for the Taliban said on Sunday there would be no negotiations with foreigners"
--- "They should know that Taliban will never hold talks with the invaders," Taliban spokesman Qari Muhammad Yousuf told the Pakistan-based Afghan news agency, AIP

October 5, 2008 - London Times: War on Taliban cannot be won, says army chief --- Brigadier Mark Carleton-Smith
--- says British public should be "prepared for a possible deal with the Taliban"

October 5, 2008 - Daily Telegraph: War in Afghanistan 'cannot be won', British commander warns

October 4, 2008 - AP: UK official: Taliban part of Afghan solution

October 5, 2008 - AP: UK official says Taliban talks may be necessary

October 3, 2008 - Daily Telegraph: "Saudi Arabia can rein in the Taliban and al-Qaeda - by Con Coughlin"

October 2, 2008 - London Times: British envoy says mission in Afghanistan is doomed, according to leaked memo
-- UK Foreign Office's Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles

October 1, 2008 - UN Observer: Afghan President invites Taliban leader to join peace talks, ministry

June 29, 2007 - Reuters: U.N. chief in Afghanistan, focus on lack of law and order


October 12, 2008 - Huffington Post: Gates Says Talks with Taliban "Conceivable" -- Let's Get Started - Robert Naiman
-- Robert Naiman: "One obstacle seems to be that our politicians have painted our country into a rhetorical corner through years of demonizing the Taliban, without acknowledging that, regardless of their crimes, they might have some legitimate aspirations - like driving foreign troops out of the country."

October 10, 2008 - Huffington Post: General Petraeus: Talks with the Taliban Are Kosher - Robert Naiman

October 8, 2008 - Huffington Post: What the Debate Missed on Afghanistan: Brits Say Talk to Taliban - Robert Naiman

October 7, 2008 - Huffington Post: On Invasion Anniversary, British Govt Says: Talk to Taliban - Robert Naiman


August 23, 2008 - AFP: Taliban not strategic threat to Afghanistan: Defence minister

June 22, 2008 - London Times: Stop killing the Taliban they offer the best hope of beating Al-Qaeda - by Simon Jenkins

March 29, 2008 - Daily Telegraph: We must talk to the Taliban, says UK Defense Secretary Des Browne -- and talk to terrorist groups as well, such as Hezbollah
"What you need to do in conflict resolution is to bring the people who believe that the answer to their political ambitions will be achieved through violence into a frame of mind that they accept that their political ambitions will be delivered by politics,"
-- Telegraph quotes Browne that "Government should be negotiating with some parts of the Taliban and Hizbollah."

December 26, 2007 - Daily Telegraph: Gordon Brown called to explain Taliban talks
-- "MI6 agents held a series of discussions, known as "jirgas", with 'important motivating figures inside the Taliban'"

December 26, 2007 - Daily Telegraph: Britain in secret talks with the Taliban

September 26, 2007 - AFP: Taliban must be involved in Afghan peace process: UK

August 13, 2007 - Pakistan President Seeks Mainstream Taliban - by Jeffrey Imm


8. Background Sources on British Appeasement of Islamic Supremacism

August 31, 2008 - British Government Efforts against "Extremists" Ignores Jihad and Islamic Supremacism - by Jeffrey Imm

May 30, 2008 - Guardian: Time to talk to al-Qaida, senior police chief urges

May 30, 2008 - BBC: Britain 'could talk to al-Qaeda'
-- Police Service of Northern Ireland chief Sir Hugh Orde

March 16, 2008 - BBC: Not talking to al-Qaeda 'silly'
-- Security Minister West

March 15, 2008 - Guardian: Top Blair aide: we must talk to al-Qaida -- Former No 10 chief says Irish peace process showed link to enemy needed


9. General Sources

September 2001 - Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF)

October 2002 - Joint Resolution to Authorize the Use of United States Armed Forces Against Iraq (Public Law No: 107-243; House Joint Resolution 114)
-- Alternate link

July 2, 2008 - Crossroads in History: The Struggle against Jihad and Supremacist Ideologies - by Jeffrey Imm
-- PDF format
- Infiltration of America's Military to Prevent Focus on Islamic Supremacism - by Jeffrey Imm
--- Seeking to Change What America's Military Says
--- Seeking to Change Who America's Military Views as the Threat
--- Seeking to Change What America's Military Views as the War
--- A Brief Voice of Reason

January 5, 2008 - JihadWatch.org: "The termination of Stephen Coughlin on the Joint Staff is an act of intellectual cowardice"

July 2007, "'To Our Great Detriment': Ignoring What Extremists Say about Jihad" - Stephen Coughlin, Major, Military Intelligence, USAR

June 2008 - West Point Combating Terrorism Center (CTC) Sentinel: "Engaging Islamists in the West" by Peter Mandaville (page 5)

July 16, 2008 - The Jihadist who is still a Jihadist - by Jeffrey Imm

July 2008 - West Point Combating Terrorism Center (CTC) Sentinel: Why Terrorists Quit: Gaining From Al-Qa'ida's Losses - by Michael Jacobson (page 1)

April 24, 2008 - Who is America Fighting - Jihadists or Extremists? - by Jeffrey Imm

October 16, 2008 - Washington Times: "Afghan ally Haqqani is now a foe"
-- reports on Taliban's Jalaluddin Haqqani, references role in fighting Soviets in 1980s

September 26, 2008 - Fractured Fairytales about Jihad on Capitol Hill - by Jeffrey Imm

September 24, 2008 - U.S.-Muslim Engagement Project Calls for Engagement with Muslim Brotherhood - by Jeffrey Imm

September 18, 2008 - Jihad and the Growing Surrender in Counterterrorism - by Jeffrey Imm

August 22, 2008 - Transnational Jihad, Supremacism, and Cold War Tactics - by Jeffrey Imm
-- Cold War Tactics to Fight Statists When Faced With Supremacists
-- The Regional Conflict Perspective to Jihad

April 24, 2008 - The Inconvenient 9/11 Commission Report - by Jeffrey Imm

October 7, 2008 - Globe and Mail: You say al-Qaeda, I say Taliban - by Andrew Steele
-- "My point was that al-Qaeda and the Taliban are closely linked and any negotiation with the Taliban is, by definition, a negotiation with al-Qaeda."

July 26, 2008 - Peter Bergen on What "Winning" the War Means - by Peter Bergen
-- "the next administration has an opening: to set a course that is based not on an ideological interpretation of the threat"

July 31, 2008 - Washington Times: Inside the Ring - War of Ideas

January 30, 2008 - AFP: Afghanistan's Senate endorses reporter's death sentence: official
-- "The senate, called the Meshrano Jirga (House of Elders), issued a statement Tuesday backing last week's decision by the Balkh province primary court" against Afghan journalist Sayed Pervez Kambakhsh

March 29, 2006 - AP: Afghan Christian convert finds sanctuary -- Abdul Rahman

March 30, 2006 - Gulf News: Asylum-seeking convert must not escape: MPs

BBC Report on Taliban That Addresses Taliban's Support for Global Caliphate (my title)

January 21, 2008 - The Islamic Army on al-Arabiya - by Marc Lynch

October 22, 2007 - Osama Bin Laden Message Urges Jihadists to Unite in Iraq - by Jeffrey Imm
--- Osama Bin Laden condemns extremists... "ta'assub"

Robert Spencer Quote: "The counterjihad, the resistance to Islamic supremacism, is much larger than any personality."

October 31, 2007 - BBC: Pakistan militants firm on Sharia

June 10, 2008 - Pakistan and the Growing Threat of a Sharia Mini-State - by Jeffrey Imm

Pakistan Public Polls on Support for Sharia

Terror Free Tomorrow: June 2008 Pakistan Poll - "Pakistanis Strongly Back Negotiations with Al Qaeda and
Taliban over Military Action; Public Support for Al Qaeda Gaining Ground"
--- Support for Sharia Law: Q8g, page 44

Terror Free Tomorrow: January 19-29, 2008 Pakistan Poll - "Pakistani Support for Al Qaeda, Bin Laden
Plunges; Moderate Parties Surge; 70 Percent Want President Musharraf to Resign: Results of a New
Nationwide Public Opinion Survey of Pakistan before the February 18th Elections"
--- Support for Sharia Law: Q12G, page 31

Terror Free Tomorrow: August 2007 Pakistan Poll - "Pakistanis Reject US Military Action against Al Qaeda;
More Support bin Laden than President Musharraf: Results of a New Nationwide Public Opinion Survey of
--- Support for Sharia Law: Q16E, page 34