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“Politics is breaking out all over. You don’t see many people saying, ‘Well, it’s time to start digging trenches again.’”

At least one top Taliban leaders agrees.

“It would take some kind of divine intervention for the Taliban to win this war,” a Taliban commander known only as Mawlvi told Britain’s New Statesman Magazine this week.

The Taliban enforced a brutal type of Islamic law over Afghanistan from 1996 until 2001, when U.S. troops overthrew the regime for sheltering Osama bin Laden and his al Qaeda terrorist network.

“At least 70 percent of the Taliban are angry at al Qaeda,” Mawlvi said. “Our people consider al Qaeda to be a plague that was sent down to us by the heavens.”

OUR MAN IN MYANMAR

Derek Mitchell this week took his new assignment as the first U.S. ambassador to Myanmar in more than 20 years.

Mr. Mitchell arrived in Yangoon, the former capital, and traveled immediately to Nay Pyi Taw, the new capital, to present his diplomatic credential to President Thein Sein.

The last U.S. ambassador, career diplomat Burton Levin, was withdrawn in 1990 to protest the crackdown on democratic activists by a military government.

The restoration of full diplomatic ties followed the released of democracy advocate Aung San Suu Kyi in November and parliamentary elections in April.

Call Embassy Row at 202/636-3297 or email jmorrison@washingtontimes.com. The column is published on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

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James Morrison

James Morrison

James Morrison joined the The Washington Times in 1983 as a local reporter covering Alexandria, Va. A year later, he was assigned to open a Times bureau in Canada. From 1987 to 1989, Mr. Morrison was The Washington Times reporter in London, covering Britain, Western Europe and NATO issues. After returning to Washington, he served as an assistant foreign editor ...

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