Taliban commander: we cannot win war and al-Qaida is a ‘plague’

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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.””

Read the entire text here.

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

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