* Another fearless warrior on the way to the great bordello in the sky.
What’s worthwhile reporting is not so much the actual story, but the report here actually comes from PRAVDA, which just goes to show that our mainstream media has long lost any edge and that you can get your news cooked anywhere these days:
The killing of top Taliban commander Mullah Dadullah, a one-legged fighter who orchestrated a rash of suicide attacks, beheadings and an ethnic massacre, marks a major victory for the U.S. campaign.
Dadullah, a top lieutenant of Taliban leader Mullah Omar, was killed in the southern province of Helmand during a U.S.-led operation (cbc.ca)
As victims of Dadullah’s brutality celebrated the announcement of his death Sunday, analysts called the killing the most significant Taliban loss since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion, though one that would have little long-term impact after a new militant leader fills Dadullah’s role.
Dadullah, a top lieutenant of Taliban leader Mullah Omar, was killed in the southern province of Helmand during a U.S.-led operation that also involved NATO and Afghan troops, NATO’s International Security Assistance Force said.
Kandahar Gov. Asadullah Khalid, who called Dadullah a “brutal and cruel commander” showed the body to reporters in Kandahar who saw a one-legged corpse with bullet wounds to the head, chest and stomach.
Qari Yousef Ahmadi, a purported Taliban spokesman, denied that the Taliban commander had been killed, but there appeared little doubt Dadullah was dead.
Dadullah is the second top-tier Taliban field commander to be killed in the last six months, after a U.S. airstrike killed Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Osmani in December. Dadullah, Osmani and policy-maker Mullah Obaidullah had been considered Omar’s top three leaders.
Rahimullah Yusufzai, a Peshawar-based editor for the Pakistani newspaper The News and an expert on the Taliban, said Dadullah’s death was “the biggest loss for the Taliban in the last six years.” But he noted that even though the Taliban were demoralized after Osmani’s death in December, they quickly resumed attacks.
* That’s right, because they’re following an ideology, not some kind of leader
“I don’t think they can find someone as daring and as important as Dadullah,” Yusufzai said. “I think maybe temporarily some of their big operations will be disrupted, but I don’t think it will have a long-term effect.”
Mustafa Alani, director of security and terrorism studies at the Dubai-based Gulf Research Center, said insurgent attacks in Iraq did not abate after the killing of al-Qaida’s leader in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, last June.
“In this sort of organization, people are replaceable, and always there is a second layer, third layer. They will graduate to the leadership,” Alani said. “He is important, no doubt about it. Yes, it is a moral victory, but he’s replaceable.”
Still, Dadullah’s particular brand of cruelty was unmatched inside the Taliban.
* You see, more truth from PRAVDA than from any western news agency!