06 Sep '12, 5pm

Analysis: The Taliban's 'momentum' has not been broken

Analysis: The Taliban's 'momentum' has not been broken

Other items that are not measured in this analysis, as reliable data are not available, are the cohesiveness of the Taliban's command structure and its ability to regenerate leaders and fighters. Despite years of repeated night raids and other operations against the Taliban's senior, mid, and lower-level leadership cadre, the group does seem to possess a remarkable capacity to regenerate its command structure in Afghanistan and continue to mount attacks. In addition, the top leadership cadre of the Quetta Shura and the leaders of the four regional military commands, most of whom are based in Pakistan, remain virtually untouched in these raids. And while there have been reports of tensions between the Afghan-based Taliban leaders and the Pakistan-based leadership cadre over losses, the Taliban has been able to replace the leaders who have been killed or captured.

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