Taleban Government Appoints Two New Ministers

Download 2.79 Mb.
Size2.79 Mb.
1   ...   38   39   40   41   42   43   44   45   ...   98
It was within their side and this was a routine movement for exercise or some operation there, he added. "We closely monitor all such moves so there is none of such thing very close to the border. Certainly we have coordination and communication with each other," he added.
Abbas said such things were well coordinated and informed before so that no misunderstanding could take place. A spokesman for the Nato-led International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan said there was no question of troops entering Pakistan. "Our mandate stops at the border," spokesman Captain Mike Finney said. There was some "extra activity" on the border with troops searching for surviving insurgents after Sunday's attack that killed nine US troops, he said.

[Description of Source: Islamabad The News Online in English -- Website of the widely read, influential English daily, member of the Jang publishing group. Neutral editorial policy, good coverage of domestic and international issues. Hardcopy circulation estimated at 55,000; URL: http://www.thenews.com.pk]

Pakistan: Report Details Foreign Fighters in Taliban Ranks in FATA, Afghanistan

SAP20080721101001 Islamabad The News Online in English 21 Jul 08
[Report by Hamid Mir: "8,000 foreign fighters in Fata ring alarm bells in Islamabad"]
[Text disseminated as received without OSC editorial intervention]
ISLAMABAD: In a disturbing report presented to Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, days before he travels to the United States, the latest figure of foreign fighters present in the tribal areas of Pakistan is estimated to be more than 8,000 but the government is reluctant to officially confirm this number.
At a special cabinet briefing on Sunday in which Asif Ali Zardari was also present, besides the prime minister and Adviser to the Interior Ministry Rehman Malik, said the government will have to use force if the process of dialogue does not produce the results but his view was opposed by the minister from FATA Hamidullah Jan.
Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and his key ministers will visit Peshawar on Monday for a special meeting, which could decide the launching of a major operation against foreign fighters in Fata, Interior Ministry Adviser Rehman Malik told The News on Sunday.
It would be a short and effective operation like the one in Bara recently, officials told The News. Information Minister Sherry Rehman confirmed the briefing to The News without giving any number for the foreign fighters but expressed the determination of the government to pull them out. Mr Zardari listened to the briefing without making any comment.
Although officially the government of Pakistan accepts that foreign fighters are present, their unusually large number has set alarm bells ringing in Islamabad and possibly in other capitals as well. Interior Adviser Rehman Malik, when pressed by this correspondent, however, conceded that the number of foreign fighters was about 1,000.
According to the report presented to the PM, a majority of these foreign fighters are living in North and South Waziristan and Bajaur. Prime Minister Gilani has also been informed that some foreign intelligence agencies are pushing their agents into the Pakistani tribal areas from Afghanistan under the cover of Taliban and Al-Qaeda fighters. These under-cover agents are trying to instigate the local population to fight against Pakistani forces as part of a "great game" in the region.
Taliban sources on the other hand are not ready to confirm that they are hosting thousands of foreign fighters in their areas. They claim that the number of foreigners is just a few hundred and most of them are living in the tribal areas from the time when the American CIA and Pakistani ISI encouraged them to come and fight against the Soviet Union.
Independent sources in both the Pakistani tribal areas and eastern Afghanistan have, however, claimed that number of foreign fighters started increasing in 2007. The biggest attraction for these young militant guests from the Middle East, Central Asia and Europe was the increase in the number of US troops in Afghanistan. A lot of young Muslims are coming to Afghanistan to fight the US troops who, they believe, have come to Afghanistan not to fight terrorism but to occupy more Muslim lands, including Pakistan, and to plunder their resources.
According to some Afghan sources, foreign fighters are welcomed not only in the Pakistani tribal areas but also in eastern, southern and western Afghanistan. The rising number of civilian causalities has created lot of hatred and resentment against foreign security forces in these Afghan and Pakistani areas. Angry locals believe that the foreign fighters are coming to avenge these killings.
A few years ago, Pakistan was the safest route for foreign fighters to enter into Afghanistan but now they rarely use this old route. Most of them come as tourists and traders directly from Dushanbe, Baku, Istanbul, Dubai, Sharjah, Delhi and Frankfurt to Kabul by different airlines. Many Afghans in Kabul, Karachi, Dubai and Delhi are working for them as travel agents. It is also very easy to make a new Afghan passport for them in Kabul.
Two American-born Al-Qaeda operators Adam Gadhan alias Azzam al Amriki and Abu Ahmad alias Amir Butt are known in the Afghan Kunar province for making travel arrangements of these young and educated Muslims from the US, UK, France, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Canada and Australia. Most of these Western Muslims tell their Afghan and Pakistani hosts that they will take not only their revenge from the "occupying forces" but they will also take the revenge for the sacreligious cartoons of their prophet from Western governments who encourage such cartoonists in the name of freedom of expression.
Some of these foreigners have married into the tribes of Kunar, Nuristan, North Waziristan and South Waziristan. German-born Turkish fighter Saad Abu Furqan is also known in the Pakistani tribal areas for attracting young Turks to organise Jihad against what he calls the "crusaders" in Afghanistan. A very well known Taliban leader Ustad Dawood is working as coordinator between these foreign fighters and locals from Afghan Paktika province. Dawood speaks English and Arabic fluently.
A source who knows Ustad Dawood revealed that Al-Qaeda and Taliban are now slowly moving foreign fighters to areas round Kabul for a big attack on the Afghan capital Kabul in near future. Some of the foreign fighters have already entered Kabul as vendors and shopkeepers and provide a lot of intelligence to their commanders.
Ustad Dawood has also established contacts with his old friends in the Northern Alliance and is working with Jalaluddin Haqqani for an alliance between the Taliban, some Northern Alliance groups and the Hizb-e-Islami to jointly fight the foreign forces in Afghanistan.
An independent source said many experienced and hardened Al-Qaeda fighters were coming from Iraq to Afghanistan via Iran by road.These fighters enter the Afghan provinces of Herat and Balkh from Iran illegally.
The Nato forces are aware of this infiltration from Iran and have started bombing civilian vehicles moving close to the Iranian border indiscriminately. The bombing killed nine Afghan policemen in southwest Farah province on July 20 and seven civilians on July 17. Nato was also accused of killing more than 50 civilians in the Shindand area of Herat on July 17.
It is also learnt that many fighters from Saudi Arabia,Yemen, Egypt, Kuwait, UAE, Qatar, Jordan, Bahrain, Libya, Iraq, Syria and some from India and Bangladesh prefer to stay in the warmer areas of southern Afghanistan which is a safe haven for the Taliban. The fighters from Morocco, Algeria, Chechnya, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan and from western countries like to stay in the eastern Afghanistan provinces of Kunar, Nuristan, Paktia, Paktika, Khost and Pakistani tribal areas bordering these areas.
Sources say that fighters from African countries are not encouraged to come to Afghanistan or Pakistan as Al-Qaeda wants them to go to Darfur in Sudan or Iraq. The foreign fighters in the Pakistani tribal areas and Afghanistan are aware about the presence of some undercover agents in their ranks. Recently, they arrested two Uzbeks, three Afghans and one Pakistani for spying and executed them in North and South Waziristan when they confessed during interrogation that they were working for the CIA and ISI.
Foreign fighters avoid getting in touch with non-tribal Pakistani fighters because they suspect them of having links with Pakistani intelligence. Pakistani officials are putting pressure on the Taliban leadership not to encourage foreigners to cross the border into Afghanistan to fight US and Nato troops. The Taliban are also asking them to put down their guns and register themselves with the local political administration.
While some Taliban leaders in North Waziristan have started discouraging foreigners from crossing the border, some in South Waziristan are not ready to listen to the Pakistani government. Their defiance has created a lot of confusion and resentment in Islamabad because the Pakistan government is already under lot of pressure to use heavy force against the Taliban.
Defiant Taliban leaders are of the view that it is the right of every Muslim to join the Jihad against "crusaders" in Afghanistan and they will not ask any foreigner to leave their area or stop fighting in Iraq or Afghanistan. A Taliban leader said: "We are not against all the Jews and Christians, but we are against crusaders and Zionists, who should leave Afghanistan first and then we will ask our foreign Muslim brothers to leave the area but if the Pakistani rulers want to fight with us, we are ready."

[Description of Source: Islamabad The News Online in English -- Website of the widely read, influential English daily, member of the Jang publishing group. Neutral editorial policy, good coverage of domestic and international issues. Hardcopy circulation estimated at 55,000; URL: http://www.thenews.com.pk]

Mullah Omar's Aide Views Current Issues, Accepts Taliban Pact With Pakistan Govt
GMP20080725643001 Doha Al-Jazirah Satellite Channel Television in Arabic 1430 GMT 25 Jul 08
[Interview with Mullah Mohammad Hasan Rahmani, member of the Afghan Taliban Movement's Higher Shura Council and personal adviser to the Movement's Leader Mullah Mohammad Omar, by Ahmad Zaydan; from "Today's Encounter" program; questions are in Arabic; Rahmani answers in Pashto fading into superimposed translation in Arabic; translated from the Arabic; place and date not given -- recorded; For assistance with multimedia elements, contact OSC at (800) 205-8615 or OSCinfo@rccb.osis.gov]
[Zaydan] Welcome dear viewers to the "Today's Encounter" program. We will be hosting Mullah Mohammad Hasan Rahmani, member of the Afghan Taliban Movement's Higher Shura Council and personal adviser to the Movement's Leader Mullah Mohammad Omar. Mr Rahmani, welcome to the "Today's Encounter" program of Al-Jazirah Television. My first question is: How does the Taliban Movement respond to recent statements by Afghan President Hamid Karzai in which he threatened to pursue the Taliban Pakistan fighters into the Pakistani territory and to chase, as he said, Mullah Mohammad Omar?
[Rahmani] In the name of God, the merciful, the compassionate. No doubt that Karzai and his aides and his current weak administration in Afghanistan are unable to protect Afghanistan or even themselves. How can they attack Pakistan or carry out operations in Pakistan? This will never happen. These are mere allegations. The Pakistani Muslim people are aware of the betrayals and the crimes that Karzai has been perpetrating with the assistance of the Americans. Karzai is responsible for these acts of treason. Therefore, the Pakistanis have to defend their land and they have the right to do so.
These are the facts. Karzai will not launch a military campaign against Pakistan. What is taking place is a war of words and propaganda. There will be elections in Afghanistan and he is trying to win these elections. He is trying to win the minds of the people. Therefore, he is only deceiving the people.
[Zaydan] Some analysts in Pakistan believe that these Karzai statements are only a cover to provide a pretext for a US attack against Pakistan. How does the Taliban Movement view this?
[Rahmani] The fact is that the United States cannot launch war against Pakistan. It has regretted its war on Iraq and Afghanistan. The Americans faced fierce resistance and suffered extremely heavy material and moral losses in Iraq and Afghanistan. Therefore, they cannot invade Pakistan at all. The US policy is to try to find pretexts and divert attention from the mistakes that they have made and which they continue to make. The fact is that neither the United States nor Karzai can invade Pakistan or launch a war against it. The current circumstances are different; they are not like the previous circumstances.
[Zaydan] Now 10 years after the fall of the Taliban Movement in Afghanistan, what are the conditions of the Taliban Movement? Where is its strength? How do you view the future?
[Rahmani] God be praised, Taliban Movement continues to exist in Afghanistan, its country and its homeland, with its well known strength and its strong determination. Its strength continues to exist. However, the administration and conditions are unlike the conditions and administration of the past as far as the regime in Afghanistan is concerned. This is very clear to the world. Confidence in the Taliban military strength continues to exist. Taliban continues to control Afghan areas. The Movement has appointed an amir of its own in each province. In addition, large groups of Mujahidin, both from the new and veteran commanders, are working under the command of the Movement and they are trained and armed and they have extensive, new and old, experience in various arts of war. Their presence serves the Movement and it is very obvious to the people. They all can see that the Taliban power continues to exist. This perplexes the infidel world powers that are allied with the United States and which Taliban overcame with God's help.
[Zaydan] The question now is where is Mullah Mohammad Omar? How do you describe your relations with him? How are decisions made in the Afghan Taliban Movement?
[Rahmani] The Prince of the Faithful, the mujahid Mullah Mohammad Omar, is present and is in good health. He guides us and issues instructions, and we work by his advice and orders. We are under his banner but we do not reveal the place where he lives. We do not reveal this to anyone. There is no need to do that. But our contacts with him are very strong. We can contact him whenever we want. Contacts exist and coordination is available and there are no problems. All our work proceeds in accordance with his directives and orders.
[Zaydan] How do you make decisions in the Taliban Movement? What is Taliban's chain of administration? Is there a Shura Council, military committees, political committees? What is the nature of the decisionmaking process in the Taliban Movement?
[Rahmani] Concerning the Taliban administrative order, there is a coordinated, arranged, and well organized administration that manages the affairs of the Movement in Afghanistan in a practical, systematic, organized, and coordinated manner. There is a Higher Shura Council of which I am a member. It includes only 19 figures because three have been killed. There are other necessary administrations such as the information section, which takes care of the information and the dissemination of news to people through bulletins, directives, and other necessary instructions, which we think are basic requirements because they take much of our attention and concentration.
[Zaydan] What is the administrative divisions of the Taliban Movement? Is there a Shura Council? How many members the Council has, and who participates in it?
[Rahmani] There is a high level and effective Shura Council, including 22 members of the Taliban Movement. Some take care of political affairs and media affairs. Some take care of the affairs of the detainees and some take care of politics, the prisoners, and detainees, especially after the attempt to free the Qandahar Prison detainees. We are working to free our prisoners using whatever resources and tools at our disposal.
[Zaydan] How many Taliban Movement fighters are there?
[Rahmani] You are aware that Taliban in Afghanistan and the Afghans in general are efficient and have great experience in jihad. Their experience in jihad goes back to the jihad against the Soviets. These capabilities and skills were enhanced after the US invasion of our country. The Taliban confronted the Americans and their injustice and are prepared to continue this jihad. If I said that our mujahidin are numbered in hundreds of thousands I would not be paltering with the truth or changing the facts. The reason is that each Afghan is a mujahidin and all of them are fighting against the Americans in each village and town. Some have the spirit of jihad and whenever necessary you will find others ready to fight. If you want figures, the number is very big.
[Zaydan] Let us talk about the Qandahar Prison operation. Were there prominent names among the freed prisoners? How do you evaluate the operation of freeing the Qandahar prisoners?
[Rahmani] The issue is that every operation that Taliban mounts will be important if it is launched against infidelism, especially with regard to the Taliban detainees who are being subjected to all kinds of injustice. Therefore, Taliban considered that an attack against the prison and freeing the detainees would be important. It prepared for this operation 60 mujahidin riding on motorcycles, and prepared boobytrapped vehicles to carry out suicide attacks. The attack began at night with a truck driven by a suicide bomber. He parked it outside the prison gate. The suicide bomber abandoned the truck and detonated it by remote control, so he escaped death.
After the explosion, another group took over the task of freeing the prisoners, including important members of the Taliban Movement. All the Movement members are important. Some of them have experience in suicide bombings and some have experience in kidnap operations and other fields. I mean that there could have been important persons among them.
After that a group joined in the attack and took the freed prisoners to safe places. In the first explosion, between 18 and 19 of the prison's military guards were killed. After the prisoners left, security forces arrived to rescue the guards and the injured and evacuate the dead. They included senior officers. Another mujahidin from the Taliban fighters, who was wearing a military uniform and driving a military vehicle from the security vehicles, attacked them with his boobytrapped vehicle and detonated it in their midst. All of those who were present in this place were killed. It is strange that those who arrived to give first aid to the killed and injured from the government forces also perished. It was a unique operation. Enemies and friends alike would testify to its greatness.
[Zaydan] Were there important figures among those who were released?
[Rahmani] As I have said, each of the mujahidin is important for us, especially the experts among them in various fields, in terms of kidnap operations, as well as those who have military skills and experience in suicide operations. They included important persons, like these, in various domains. I do not want to go into details.
[Zaydan] After the Qandahar Prison operation there was the Arghandab operation. What is the link between the two operations and why did the Taliban Movement appear with this strength, deploying fighters in the street? What is the link between the Qandahar Prison attack and the Arghandab operation?
[Rahmani] In fact the mujahidin are always in a state of jihad. They always think of jihad and they never rest. After the attack against the prison and freeing the prisoners, the released men were on their way and some of them had not yet arrived at safe places. Thus, the mujahidin began fighting in the Arghandab to cover their withdrawal. The mujahidin had attacked the same area a year ago and launched several attacks against this area before that. At this particular time they mounted another attack. They carried big and successful operations, inflicted immense losses on the enemy, and killed a large number, about 60-90, of enemy soldiers, and destroyed about 15 enemy tanks.
These operations were within their comprehensive policy aimed at providing cover for the freed ones and taking them to safe places. God be praised, this operation greatly helped in attaining this aim. The enemy was preoccupied in fighting Taliban in Arghandab and was unable to pursue the freed prisoners. Naturally, this operation was planned and implemented by the Taliban heroes. It is one of the comprehensive and coordinated operations by the Movement, and such operations will be targeting important places and strategic centers in the city. Many will hear about great and strategic operations in the future which will cause great concern to the enemies at home and abroad.
[Zaydan] Let us talk about the financing of the Afghan Taliban Movement. Where do you get your financial support, supplies, and backing? What is the source of your financing in the Taliban Movement?
[Rahmani] You are aware that Taliban and every sincere Muslim do not depend on worldly and financial means alone. They provide and prepare material and financial means, as well as their resources and capabilities, for fighting and jihad. We are not ordered to prepare resources similar to the resources that are available to the enemies, in terms of arms and money, otherwise there will be no need to fight. The Taliban mujahidin rebelled against such policies. They are fighting using what they have in their possession, and all Muslims are aware of the injustice and aggressions that were perpetrated against the Taliban and the Afghan people. We will not forget the role played by the Muslim contributors who use their money against infidelism and the infidels. All Muslims sympathize with us, God be praised, by money, by their souls, or by their prayers.
[Zaydan] According to your estimates at the Taliban Movement, what losses have the US forces and the international alliance in all of Afghanistan sustained since the fall of Kabul? What were the losses of the Americans and the Westerners in Afghanistan -- both dead and wounded?
[Rahmani] It is well known that the Americans and the Crusaders are facing vehement resistance and jihad, the like of which they had never seen before. We cannot give specific and accurate figures about the dead of the Crusaders or their losses. However, the Americans and allied forces have perhaps lost 8,000 so far, and perhaps 10,000 or more of them were wounded. As for the Taliban losses, they are between 5,500 and 6,000 martyrs. As for the losses of the people in general, they are many and cannot be counted. The enemies destroyed many villages and homes. The number of dead civilians is estimated at 8,000 martyrs. Naturally all these figures are approximate. The numbers cannot be accurately ascertained.
[Zaydan] With regard to Usama Bin Ladin, are you in the Afghan Taliban Movement regretting your failure to deliver Usama Bin Ladin or your failure to expel him from Afghanistan? Have you and the Afghan people not been suffering all of these troubles because of this decision? I will hear your answer after the break.
Dear viewers, a short break and then we will be back with Mullah Mohammad Hasan Rahmani, personal adviser to the Afghan Movement's Leader Mullah Mohammad Omar and member of the Afghan Taliban Movement's Higher Shura Council. [break]
Dear viewers welcome to Today's Encounter with Mullah Mohammad Hasan Rahmani. I have asked you before the break about your decision not to deport Usama Bin Ladin or hand him over to the Americans. You could have spared the Afghan people all the tragedies from which they are suffering now. Do you regret this decisions? asan Rahmani.

Share with your friends:
1   ...   38   39   40   41   42   43   44   45   ...   98

The database is protected by copyright ©dentisty.org 2019
send message

    Main page