Recently released Cables from WikiLeaks provide a manna of updates for those looking for newer classified updates.
The cache of cables that have just been released include several very startling facts, but most important of that is titled ‘MUSHARRAF TELLS MCCAIN: DON’T PULL OUT OF IRAQ’ which is dated 2007-04-10, and is marked as SECRET//*NOFORN. * (NOFORN, Not Releasable to Foreign Nationals/Governments/Non-US Citizens (US government classification control)
Here are the important parts from the cable:
- Musharraf noted that he and many Middle Eastern leaders were worried that a premature pull-out of U.S. and coalition forces from Iraq would spread sectarian strife throughout the Gulf region.
- Musharraf underlined the importance of increasing the capacity of the Iraqi armed forces and police.
- Musharraf said he believed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad could play a positive role in both Iraq and Lebanon, and that Assad could be “handled” if the U.S. understood his issues: &If you want him to play ball, he needs comfort on other fronts -- namely, the Golan Heights.8 Turning to another Iraqi neighbor, Musharraf agreed with the delegation that Iran could not be allowed to create further divisions in Iraq.
- Originally, Musharraf said, the Taliban movement was a reaction against growing tribalism and warlordism in Afghanistan. Since Russia and India supported Afghanistan’s (ethnic Tajik) Northern Alliance, Pakistan’s natural ally was the (ethnic Pashtun) Taliban. This all changed after 9/11, Musharraf said, and Pakistan had captured and killed hundreds of al Qaeda fighters near Tora Bora.
- Musharraf voiced concern over Afghan President Karzai,s frequent pronouncements about Pakistan’s &failure to capture Taliban leader Mullah Omar in Balochistan’s capital Quetta. &Let me tell you, Musharraf emphasized, &Omar would be mad to be in Quetta -- he has too many troops to command in southern Afghanistan to make it feasible. In fact, the only parts of Balochistan where there are Pakistani Taliban are in the province’s Afghan refugee camps, which we are planning to shut down. Musharraf said that most Pashtuns in Balochistan were traders and had no reason to join the Taliban. &They want roads to increase their trade, not to fight. The same could not be said for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Musharraf said.
The cable can be found HERE