Mullah Omar letter asks fighters to kill civilians: NATO

NATO had intercepted a letter from the leader of the Afghan Taliban in which he calls on fighters to capture and kill Afghans.

Written by Reuters | Kabul | Published: July 19, 2010 2:59:45 am

NATO said Sunday it had intercepted a letter from the leader of the Afghan Taliban in which he calls on fighters to capture and kill Afghans working for foreign forces. If genuine,the letter marks a turnaround from a directive by Mullah Omar a year ago when he urged fighters to avoid harming civilians.

The appeal,which NATO said was picked up in early June,also instructs Taliban field commanders to recruit anyone with access to foreign military bases in order to obtain information on international troops,said NATO’s spokesman in Afghanistan. The message was from Mullah Omar,who’s hiding in Pakistan,to his subordinate commanders in Afghanistan,Brigadier General Josef Blotz said.

The letter,which contains five specific orders,calls on Taliban commanders to fight foreign troops to the death and capture them. One order in the letter specifically calls on fighters to capture and kill Afghan women who are helping coalition forces. Blotz said he was 100 per cent sure the letter was from the Taliban leader.

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