KABUL – At least one top US military commander has realized the blunder reported in a report prepared by Department of Defence (DoD) and accepted the effectiveness of Pakistan’s anti-insurgency operation Zarb-e-Azb.
Lieutenant General Joseph Anderson – one of the senior commanders for US and NATO forces in Afghanistan – has admitted before US high officials in Pentagon (US Military Headquarters) that ‘due to Zarb-e-Azb Haqqani Network is now fractured.’
General Joseph made this comment during a video briefing from Afghanistan.
“They are fractured. They are fractured like the Taliban is. That’s based pretty much on the Pakistan [operations] in North Waziristan this entire summer-fall,” he said, acknowledging the effectiveness of Pakistan’s continuing military offensive, Zarb-e-Azb.
“That has very much disrupted their efforts [in Afghanistan] and has caused them to be less effective in terms of their ability to pull off an attack in Kabul,” General Joseph added.
It was only yesterday that Foreign Office of Pakistan (FoP) launched an official protest with the US over an ‘unsubstantiated’ report in which it was reported that “Taliban attacks in Afghanistan launched from sanctuaries in Pakistan remain a serious problem. These sanctuaries exist primarily in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and Baluchistan.”