With bin Laden dead, what's next for war in Afghanistan?
U.S. troops walk through Camp Hansen, in Marjah, Afghanistan.
May 4th, 2011
11:54 AM ET

With bin Laden dead, what's next for war in Afghanistan?

If the impetus for the U.S. war in Afghanistan was the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks by al Qaeda and pursuit of its leader Osama bin Laden, then what does his death means for our war in Afghanistan and against global terrorism? That's the question being raised by politicians, world leaders and security experts.

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  1. pamiri

    After Osama death Taliban and Alqeada attacked on Kanadahar city and they were fighting in common places of the people and against the people, they killed and injured many people, according to Taliban they were 100 insurgents who were attacking in Kahndahar , the question is this, how these 100 insurgents entered in Kandahar province, unless there Taliban’s affiliated in security sectors in Kandhar, this is prove for that there is some people in security sectors who works for Taliban, those who thinks like Taliban there are Taliban, they need to be cleaned from the ANA and ANP and high position of the government,

    From Kabul

    May 8, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Not every fighter against US occupation is a Taliban.

      May 8, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. salerno

    Pashtun are the majority in Afghanistan, this is why americans put in power Karzai. Taliban were trained by the USA and Pakistan togheter. OBL was paid by USA- CIA. He was not from Pakistan. Mullah Omar lost an eye fighting against the soviets for Afghanistan, not for Pakistan.

    May 6, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • pamiri

      first of all the majority and minority was one of the soviet regime policy that was influencing on other ethnic groups in Afghanistan and second according on the fact with Paksitanis they are could be 15% not more in all Afghanistan, and Karzai was put in power by ISI, some Mujaheddin who has very simple thinking that time regarding Karzai, now they got that Karzai is an ISI and runs Pakistan’s agenda in the country and the world also know it better now.

      Mulah Omer did not lost his eye in fighting against soviet regime, he just lost it in implementing the Pakistan agenda, that was for Pakistan, the servant of Pakistan never be an Afghan and thinks for the good of the country.

      May 7, 2011 at 12:45 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Pakistan agenda was the same of the USA. Opposing to the Soviet regime in Afghanistan. Haqqani was received by Reagan in the White House, and Mullah Omar was an US allie helped with US money.

        May 8, 2011 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      KARZAI WAS PUT IN POWER BY THE USA AFTER THE INVASION. KARZAI IS ANTI-TALEBAN.

      May 7, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. pamiri

    Pakistani Banghash, The leaders that you mentioned they are and they were people, who were defending from the country against the soviet regime and its puppet Najeebullah regime, and they are the people who are against Russia, and Pakistan, and all those slaves who are against the country and destroying the country.

    These brave men as you mentioned they are the real sons of the country, who is against the Pakistanis and their slaves, in Afghanistan, like you, Golo, Aqani others who think like them.

    The Kabul had looted by you Pakhtons and your fathers Pakistanis during the Mujaheedin regime in Kabul and in all the country, and let me say, now you can see many equipments like tanks, jet, airplanes and other military weapons, which looted by you Pakhtons and sold to Pakistan under the Pakistan agenda, by Golo , Taliban and Aqani, which they are the slaves of Pakistan and its clear for all Afghans.

    You Pakhton are not 70% with all your Pakistanis as you count it always, you Pakhton without Pakistanis only are 15% in Afghanistan not more than that. Russian put this policy on the mouth of Pakhton that they are in majority, it is not realistic.

    Who is the Karzai to give free hands for the mentioned leaders, that were the mentioned leaders which gave the presidency for Karzai and they were thinking that Karzai is better than other and they refused Star Seyrat, who was the winner of being as president of Afghanistan in 2001 in Bone conference. and now they can kick him back too, these leaders defeat soviet regime, Taliban Alqaeda , Golu and their slaves here in the county.

    American is a great nation as other nations are in the world, and now they know better the looter and the terrorists that run the Pakistan Agenda. and every one knows this better, and people of the world also know your propaganda, and the people of the world is realizing every thing base on the facts not base on propagandas as you and your Pakistanis do,,

    People of the world are very rational and do not accept your such propagandas and shut your Pakistani mouth and it is the time to cut the money on Pakistan and their slaves in Afghanistan too,

    From Kabul

    May 6, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • BANGASH

      Pamiri your present masters Americans have occupied Afghanistan in the name of human rights and democracy wherein majority is always authority and you are not even in minority as other tribes are more in number, power and influence then you few traitors in the north. You the few agents of frequently changing foreign Masters have lost support even in your own Tajik tribe in Punjsher as you all have humiliated great Ahmad Shah Masood for supporting more the Indian cause then Afghanistan. So you all are no where, having no place in Afghanistan any more as soon you all will face accountability by your own Tajiks who's name, pride you have badly damaged for personal benefits. Your Amrullah Salih is not even Afghan as he has American nationality and is an employee of CIA since decades. He has studied and grown in America and has landed on Afghan soil with American forces in year 2002. Since his appointment as chief of Afghan intelligence RAAM, by the USA he in association with Indian RAW began to misguide Americans by projecting all Pukhtoons as terrorist which widened the gulf between Americans and Pukhtoons. This caused great damage to US therefore he was soon removed from the post and he is presently jobless. Although he is an American citizen but he served Indian interests in Afghanistan by using Afghan soil against Pakistan in exchange for, money. So Pamiri Afghans and Pakistanis are two brothers and Pukhtoons in both states are a bridge between the two therefore in future both will find new era of brotherhood and you few corrupt and traitors will have no place in this region.
      Pamiri I hope you will see your face in the mirror first and then shut your mouth as you have nothing to say. You just wait for the Day of Judgment.

      May 7, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
      • pamiri

        Bangash
        First must to tell you that for add in your empty mind, that the dogs are in majority in the world but they are not in majority,

        Second it is clear for all the world that who are the terrorists in the world, and its clear where they located and who feds them and support them,

        From where Osama been found with whom. For free I give you an advice if you have at least a dot of wise in your empty mind then think carefully. You yourself call you terrorist to yourself, there is no doubt that you, and your brothers Pakistanis are not terrorists, and now all world know the fact of you and your brothers.

        We are the people that always we are against terrorists and against those who attacks on our country, even we defeat soviet regime, Taliban regime Pakistanis Alqaedas and whoever try to see bad to our country we fight against them and you should know that we means all those who think wisely for all. now is the time gone and no one is listening your propagandas as you were doing in the past regimes against the others, who were not accepting your control, because you deserved to be working as servant in Pakistanis houses, so you got used of that. it would be better to disclosed your brothers who have the real citizenship of Pakistanis and having of American citizenship is a pride, and having of Pakistani citizenship is very shameful not just for Pakistanis but also for you too, and but I don’t think so, you have at least very little wise to know about shame,

        Amrullah Saleh is the real son of the country from those people, who always is against Taliban Alqaedas and their brutality and barbarism and he is trying to introduce the way of living as Afghan and human for the wild Taliban Alqaeda and their allies in Afghan government, and you should know that Saleh did not remove from the post, he himself got bore working with big dealer Karzai, who is very shameless man, just who is working for Pakistan, who is the slave of Pakistan, you should know that then come and comment on this site,

        Think wisely who were the people in Jalalabad Kabul bank, who been killed by wild Taliban Alqaeda, are you think they were guilty people? They were not human and Afghans you think so?
        From Kabul

        May 8, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. BANGASH

    Honestly speaking this is the only but last opportunity for safe exit from Afghan quagmire. These are face saving moments which Americans should not waste due to their usual arrogance.

    May 6, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      It is a great opportunity Bangash. The US spent 16.5 trillions from 2002 for the Pentaggon, and the consequentgreat recession after the war wiped out 15.5 trillion from housold wealth in USA, almost exactly the same sum.
      The total number of families with a net worth of more than 1 million $ including real estate, was reduced by 3 millions from 2006 to 2008, about 30%. In this period all other nations are growing. There is not just the public debt in the US, even the families have a lot of debt especially in mortgage wich turned from 5.2 trillions in 2001 to 10.1 trillions now.
      This is why Obama will probably loos the next election even if the killing of OBL gave him a temporary boost in consensus.

      May 6, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. pamiri

    we know Pakistanis how and what they are, they just know money, they do not have believe on human being and trust on positive ways, they just want to get the control of Afghanistan by ISI through supporting of their slaves here in Afghanistan which one of them is Karzai, we should not trust on Karzai too if we are committed to remove Alqaeda and Taliban, Karzai is playing game against the international forces and he is trying to confront people against international forces in Afghanistan by his statements under the agenda of Pakistan.

    We know better that what Karzai does , and running whose agenda, People are well aware of who does what, who is supporting people and who is destroying the country, so why people are happy on killing of Osama, except those people who thinks like Karzai,

    From Kabul

    May 6, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  6. Dan from Chicago, IL

    Salerno you know nothing! The ISI have been helping terrorist murderers for decades and has no care for a lawful Pakistani state that abides by international norms.

    May 6, 2011 at 3:10 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Dan – I reported CNN news, IDIOT. I read the news, you are an old pillols keeper for your mental problems.

      May 6, 2011 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
      • Dan from Chicago, IL

        Idiot Pakistan was left out of the loop!

        May 6, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Of course Pakistan was not informed about the operation, but the operation was possible because of the informations collected by the men arrested in Pakistan by ISI or Pak military.

        May 6, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. salerno

    WITHOUT PAKISTAN COLLABORATION, USA WOULD NEVER BE ABLE TO GET OBL. PAKISTAN CONSIGNED KHALID TO USA AND THEY GOT INFORMATIONS TO FIND OBL. THEY PAID PAKISTAN LIKE THEY PAID PAMIRI AND OTHERS.

    May 6, 2011 at 2:56 am | Report abuse |
    • BANGASH

      Salerno few big one in Pakistan and CIA have three decades long history of making different characters and stories to justify US military engagements in this region. Osama had double role as a hero and as a villian and in both main beneficiary remained CIA being a Master background player. No doubt today CIA celebrate her successful operations in this region but tomorrow history will spit on them for prevailing human tragedies in this region.

      May 6, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  8. pamiri

    Jak Bauer killed Osama good target after long efforts,

    from Kabul

    May 6, 2011 at 2:28 am | Report abuse |
  9. Riza Afghan

    USA should cut all AID and kick all terrorists from Afghanistan (seems no terrorist left in Afghanistan anymore, all are living in Pakistan for the past 7 years now ) then Pakistan will not have any $ and that's the end of Terrorists.

    Terrorists are only running for $, if no $ from USA and no $ from Afghan Drug then they are dead😀

    CUT/STOP THE F00KING AID TO STUPID TERRORIST COUNTRY PAKISTAN RIGHT NOW IF YOU WANT TO PUT AN END TO THE PAKISTANI TERRORISTS!!!

    AFGHANISTAN NEVER BEEN A TERRORIST STATE, PAKISTAN WAS/IS A TERRORIST STATE FROM THE BEGINNING !!!

    May 5, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  10. pamiri

    first of all it is a good point that the big devil of the world which was called Osama has been killed by the brave USA soldiers which is the part of international forces in Afghanistan that was really good news, you can imagine how was the bravely action of these champions (soldiers) who killed Osama, really it was like the scene of 24 series ( Jak bauer ), and the second point it is good news that this mission was not coordinated Pakistanis ( government) otherwise you wouldn’t kill Osama.

    I have advised to the international forces that do not trust on Pakistan government and also do not trust on Afghan government too, on those people who are thinking like Taliban and Alqaedas, and you know better who they are, since ten years they just one upped you ( international forces) and you can trust on those who were fighting against Taliban and Alqaedas before the events of 9/11, in Afghanistan.

    Take care and do yours functions effectively as you did (killing of Osama), we people who live in the country are satisfied by killing of Osama, because Osama was the killer of innocent people around the world and in Afghanistan.

    For example he killed many people on September 11/2001 and before that he killed great Ahmad Shah Masssoud on 9 September 2001, and the time arrived that more concentration needs to be made on battle against Taliban Alqaeda and their allies in Pakistan through taking of serious measures and in Afghanistan too, here is also exist some slaves of Pakistanis,
    God is always with those who support others not with those who kills others,

    From Kabul

    May 5, 2011 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Idiot- USA found OBL thank to Pakistan help.

      May 5, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
      • pamiri

        You stupid Pakistanis and your some slaves in Afghanistan from east and south of the country never have helped international forces, just they have helped Taliban, Alqaeda in one or the other way, but now the international forces have learned that Karzai and others who thinks like him are not the people you trust one them, for example usa did not let them to know about their mession, so why the mession was took place succefully, and this new method is very good m press more on them, the victory is close, god is with good people, not with terrorists and extremists and killer of the people, Sarlerno , hope the facts do not botther you, you should accept the fact is fact, now soon or late everyone knows that,

        From Kabul

        May 6, 2011 at 2:23 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Pamiri- stupid american'sdog, Pakistan consigned AQ members like Shaikh Khalid to USA from whone they got informations to get OBL.

        May 6, 2011 at 2:54 am | Report abuse |
  11. Napoli

    Rusia killed Chechen AQ Rebels.

    As many of you have discerned, I applaud the fact OBL is gone. What I have failed to consider, probably since it was not my decision to make was the probability that other countries or organizations take this action as a precedence. So, what if France dislikes who knows who Politician or drug lord or Libyan rebel, etc and decides to take him out? Traditionally, we have called this an assassination. Somehow, this action seemed different.

    In my mind I have justified taking out OBL as "the right thing to do" for many reasons. OBL was certainly an exception to all the rules, one who did not play by any rules or law. One who spat in the faces of those following standard convention and one who invented his own type of brutal warfare. Somehow, it was a justified action. He represented his own ideas and sought to damage his enemies in ways never thought possible. He was a enemy of the state for many countries and for good reason. The question still remains. His killing was not sanctioned by anyone other than the US and it seems there is little (real) negative reaction from the international community, at least publicly, condemning the action. I do not condemn the action but fear the precedence may dangerously provide justification for others. The point is, the man and his organization went TOO Far. When was it decided that too much was Too Far and how will it be known then next time some genius like him needs extermination? When the US proclaims this action was justified it is simply because there is room for someone else to disagree.

    May 4, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Killing by secret services is normal. Many countries did it. The problem with US is that they are killing innocent people even more than Hitler. OBL was exceptionally violent too, but violence against an evil empire like USA is totally justifiied.

      May 5, 2011 at 1:23 am | Report abuse |
      • Dan from Chicago, IL

        Your a justifiable retard!

        May 5, 2011 at 7:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan from Detroit, MI

      They most probably took out a bogus Ussama bin Laden the other day,the true bin Laden having died from nephritis years ago,Napoli. The American public is still having a great field day over it,however. How repulsive!!!

      May 5, 2011 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  12. NucularInternets

    We operate without borders and give India the green light to do whatever the hell they want.

    And we continue to have a large ground force in Afghanistan.

    May 4, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  13. salerno

    All the wars were moved with false and hypocrital motivations. They would invade Afghanistan and Iraq anyway .
    OBL was just an excuse, like Hitler had even better excuses for invading Polland.
    The positive is that the price is high, not just for the 6400 dead and the 43,184 wounded (many severely, as lost lims or eys),
    but even for the economical cost, higher than Vietnam war even compared with GDP. 6.5 trillion were spent since 2002 and another 5-6 trillion will be spent even WITHOUT any other war, just for madicare to the soldiers injured or suffering PTSD. Considering USA is yet in debit for 14 trillions, you get the picture.

    May 4, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • BUBBA--ALABAMA STYLE!!!

      Well said,salerno.

      May 4, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Napoli

      Yup, the US could not wait to plop down the credit card to crusade senselessly through these countries. I suppose that is one way of looking at history, but S, there are others. Thanks for your perspective.

      May 4, 2011 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Bledsoe

    I bet that those thugs who murdered the purported Usama bin Laden will soon become even more popular than Jesus Christ himself after they become known the the public.

    May 4, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan from Detroit, MI

      Now that was one of the most sensible posts I've seen here yet. Thank you,Bledsoe.

      May 4, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew Lubin

      Sadly enough Bledsoe,you're quite right. These thugs should never be touted for what they did which is quite ignoble indeed.

      May 4, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Napoli

      You can place your bets in Las Vegas....I am sure the bookies will be happy to take your $$$. How a$$inine.

      Are we boiling this down to a popularity contest?? Next we'll have the new book on Seal Team 6 a better seller than the Bible (or Quran). Great post....

      May 4, 2011 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |