However, news analyst Pepe Escobar says the complex insurgency against U.S. and NATO forces will likely continue until Washington – and its allies in Afghanistan and Pakistan – figure out how to neutralize insurgent leaders, including the mysterious Taliban leader Mullah Omar, and cut off their heroin-funding sources.
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Omar, from his hideout in Quetta, Pakistan, appears to be in charge of the upcoming Taliban spring offensive in Afghanistan, which President Barack Obama hopes to counter with a “surge” in U.S. troops and a more effective counterinsurgency plan. But Escobar sees long-term trouble ahead.
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