Our War With Pakistan
So the entire time we thought we were at war with the Taliban, and even Al Qaeda, we were really at war with our "ally" Pakistan. Well, at least now we know. And they know we know. And we know they know we know it, which is probably still not enough to make this bullshit stop.
Seriously, you are going to want to watch all twelve installments of this two-hour BBC documentary, explaining the real motivations and backstory for the events in that region for at least the last 10 years.
From the BBC:
....those who claim that Pakistan's hidden hand has shaped the conflict fear the same is now true of the negotiations for peace. Last year, in the Pakistani city of Karachi, Mullah Baradar, the Taliban's second-in-command, was captured by the ISI.
Secretly, Baradar had made contact with the Afghan government to discuss a deal that would end the war. He had done so without the ISI's permission and he was detained "to bring him back under control" according to one British diplomat.
More recently, Hawa Nooristani, a member of Afghanistan's High Peace Council, says she was called to a secret meeting.
Waiting for her was a commander from the most lethal faction of the Taliban, the Haqqani network, which first brought suicide bombing to Afghanistan. To her astonishment he said he wanted peace talks.
"He said it was vital Pakistan intelligence knew nothing of the meeting. He said not to disclose it because Pakistan does not want peace with Afghanistan and even now they are training new Taliban units.
"He was also scared that the Pakistanis will arrest him because he lives in Pakistan and he said it would be easy for them to arrest him."
Talks with the Taliban collapsed after the killing of former President Rabbani The Afghan government began peace talks with the Taliban but these were abandoned after its chief negotiator, former President Rabbani, was killed by a suicide bomber purporting to be a Taliban envoy.
Among other disturbing details.