By Arnaud de Borchgrave
The Washington Times
February 1, 2008
One wing of the Taliban movement wants to give its top priority to demoralizing and evicting the U.S. and its NATO allies from Afghanistan.
The other, led by Baitullah Mehsud, who is said to have ordered Benazir Bhutto’s assassination, wants to focus on the Talibanization of Pakistan. Mullah Mohammad Omar, the one-eyed Taliban leader whose movement was deposed and who has been in hiding since the U.S.-led invasion a month after September 11, 2001, resurfaced — long enough to fire Mehsud.
Mehsud, a Pakistani Talib warlord, let be known that while he remained loyal to Mullah Omar, he also remained “the Amir of Tehrik-Taliban Pakistan” and it wasn’t much longer before both sides denied his expulsion.
He certainly echoed Mullah Omar when he spoke with an Al Jazeera television reporter….