July 12, 2012 by esarsea
This from NewsAlertUSA.com:
“One of the Taliban‘s most senior commanders has admitted the insurgents cannot win the war in Afghanistan and that capturing Kabul is “a very distant prospect”, obliging them to seek a settlement with other political forces in the country.
In a startlingly frank interview in Thursday’s New Statesman, the commander – described as a Taliban veteran, a confidant of the leadership, and a former Guantánamo inmate – also uses the strongest language yet from a senior figure to distance the Afghan rebels from al-Qaida.
“At least 70% of the Taliban are angry at al-Qaida. Our people consider al-Qaida to be a plague that was sent down to us by the heavens,” the commander says. “To tell the truth, I was relieved at the death of Osama [bin Laden]. Through his policies, he destroyed Afghanistan. If he really believed in jihad he should have gone to Saudi Arabia and done jihad there, rather than wrecking our country.””
As a side note, I did not take the time to research the policital slant nor possible motivations of “News Alert USA” nor www.guardian.co.uk who publishes the newsletter. I simply found the article interesting, and wanted to pass it on – regardless of the source.
For those interested or in need of some background, here’s a brief primer on the differences between Taliban and al-Qaida, thanks to www.differencebetween.net