The Taliban's Savagery
The documents released by WikiLeaks say much about the evil of our enemies.
12:15 PM, Aug 3, 2010 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
Another document, translated nearly two months earlier on May 2, 2007, is a Taliban letter threatening to behead a school principal “in a very near future.” It is not clear if it is the same principal who was in fact beheaded in June, but he certainly could be. In that same May 2007 letter, the Taliban expresses frustration with the Afghan people, complaining that a few suicide bombers had been dispatched in recent weeks but in each instance the bomber was surrounded by children. In a rare example of restraint, the Taliban’s bombers decided to withdraw. The Taliban warned that it would no longer spare civilian lives in such operations:
A May 17, 2007 report, again citing BBC Monitoring, says that the Taliban snuck into the house of a man accused of being a spy, kidnapped him, and then beheaded him. “Taleban spokesman Qari Yusof Ahmadi said the man was beheaded after founding [sic] him guilty of spying for the foreign troops.”
A July 29, 2007 intelligence report says: “A noted tribal elder was decapitated by unidentified gunmen in Yahyakhel District of the southeastern Paktika Province, a police spokesman said on Sunday.” He was “was the third tribal elder to be slain by the rebels during the last two months in Paktika, where the security situation has been on a nosedive.” The Taliban was blamed for the attack.
A December 29, 2007 intelligence report says that a dozen insurgents had managed to kidnap sixteen Afghan policemen. Sources reported that nine of the sixteen had already been killed and the remaining seven awaited execution. Of the nine who had already been executed, four were hung and two were decapitated. It is not clear how the remaining policemen were executed.
This was reported on September 27, 2009: “Insurgents under the control of Bashir Canahat, who is a Commander for Ghulam Yahya, beheaded Abdul Latif, under the impression that he worked for the government. He does not work for the government.”
(“Ghulam Yahya” is likely a reference to a top Taliban commander in western Afghanistan who was killed in a February 2009 airstrike. According to this September 2009 intelligence report, his underlings continued to target civilians for beheadings even after the Taliban issued its summer 2009 Code of Conduct, which ordered Taliban henchmen to limit civilian casualties.)
An October 30, 2009 intelligence report reads: “On 30 Oct, 2 ANP [Afghan National Police] were kidnapped; the 2 beheaded bodies of the kidnapped were left [behind].”
Julian Assange would like the world to focus on America’s supposed sins in executing the Afghan war. The documents his organization has released, however, say much more about the evil of our enemies.
Thomas Joscelyn is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.