Taliban leader killed by SAS was Pakistan officer

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  1. From The Sunday Times
    October 12, 2008
    Taliban leader killed by SAS was Pakistan officer
    Christina Lamb in Kabul
    British officials covered up evidence that a Taliban commander killed by special forces in Helmand last year was in fact a Pakistani military officer, according to highly placed Afghan officials.

    The commander, targeted in a compound in the Sangin valley, was one of six killed in the past year by SAS and SBS forces. When the British soldiers entered the compound they discovered a Pakistani military ID on the body.

    It was the first physical evidence of covert Pakistani military operations against British forces in Afghanistan even though Islamabad insists it is a close ally in the war against terror.

    Britain’s refusal to make the incident public led to a row with the Afghan president Hamid Karzai, who has long accused London of viewing Afghanistan through the eyes of Pakistani military intelligence, which is widely believed to have been helping the Taliban.

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    “He feels he has been telling everyone about Pakistan for the past six years and here was the evidence, yet London refused to release it, because they care more about their relations with Islamabad than Kabul,” said a source close to the president. “He knows Britain is worried about inflaming its large Pakistani population, but that is no excuse.
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  2. ugly

    ugly LE Moderator

    What he does on leave is his own business!
  3. It has been a long held belief that "THEY" go to all sorts of exotic locations whilst on leave. So why not other countries military.
  4. I think ugly was reffering to the Pakistani.
  5. Did this pilgrim start his journey in west Yorkshire?
  6. Doubt it, there more "fundmentalist" there :D
  7. I think the General was as well, otherwise he would not have said "...other countries military."
  8. Anyone else noticing Pakistan is starting to get a lot more press stories these days, Iran must be getting jealous due to the lack of attention it's getting :lol:
  9. Iran should'nt worry about being ignored; Obama's ahead in the polls, so the Shrub and Co. will be looking to go out in a blaze of glory... :twisted:
  10. Strange story, so if this 'Taliban' leader was indeed a member of the Pakistani Army - what was he doing with his ID card on him? Was it a memento of better times? Did he keep it because he a got 10% off at the nearest Helmand Starbucks?
  11. A get out of jail free card if Pakistani Blue Forces turn up?
  12. Maybe he just plain forgot he had it on him?
  13. In Helmand Province?
  14. In Helmand? Though Pakistanis want to dominate Afghanistan, I doubt they want to send troops there!

    But say they were Pakistani Officer/Taliban Supremo was captured by Afghani Forces, it certainly would not have been a 'get of a jail' card then!
  15. Suppose but then again equally, he could just been on leave and was visiting the relatives!