[Not only does US Central Command, Special Operations want you to believe that all 70 "Al-CIA-da" are massed together in one spot (where American bombers could have easily taken them all out, if they had really wanted to), but the source of the information must have interviewed most of them, in order to have determined their nationalities.
This war is such total bullshit that it dumbfounds me to think that it has gone on this long, and that it will continue for at least another 25 years. Every "battle" of this war has really been another propaganda misinformation operation, with the actual fighting being incidental, or nonexistent (SEE: Fighting “Simulated Wars” Nearly Always Leads To Real Wars).]
Here is what Panetta said on ABC News’ This Week:
“I think at most, we’re looking at maybe 50 to 100, maybe less.”
[CentralAsiaOnline.com is a website sponsored by USCENTCOM]
KABUL – More than 70 al-Qaeda militants have massed in Afghanistan along the border with Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast, Tajikistan, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL)’s Tajik service reported September 7, quoting Abdullaval, director of security for Arghanj Khwa District, Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan.
Authorities noticed the militant group soon after five Afghan border troops were killed in Khash and Davlatshohi districts, Abdullaval said. The militants – from Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Pakistan and probably Russia – arrived from Pakistan, he said, according to Afghanistan.ru.
Some of the militants might have crossed into Khorog, Tajikistan, to fight Tajik government troops on behalf of local ex-civil war insurgent commander Tolib Ayembekov in July, sources in local security told Radio Free Afghanistan.