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By Mangosuthu Buthelezi
Memories of a long brotherhood tempered in common struggle
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Gretchen Peters
Western officials and analysts say U.S. and U.N. pressure is failing to persuade Pakistan to cut its ties to a terrorist network whose attacks coalition forces fear could complicate the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan.
The Pakistani government's decision to shut a key supply route for coalition convoys in Afghanistan also has cut off a source of income for Taliban militants and a trucking racket that reap big profits from a cross-border "protection."
U.S. Marines are participating in a training exercise that aims to adapt the investigative techniques the Los Angeles police have used for decades against violent street gangs to take on the Taliban more as a powerful drug-trafficking mob than an insurgency.
Dozens of Camp Pendleton Marines took part in a training exercise that aims to adapt the investigative techniques the LAPD has used for decades against violent street gangs to take on the Taliban more as a powerful drug-trafficking mob than an insurgency.
"The network has been under a lot of tactical pressure, but we have not seen them come under any financial pressure and that's what these designations could do to them," said Gretchen Peters, author of the Combating Terrorism Center report.
"What should be changing Pakistan's calculus is that the Haqqanis and other militant networks in the region are increasingly hostile toward Pakistan," she said. "Pakistan is at risk of being attacked by the very monsters it helped create, particularly the Haqqanis."