Taliban plotting attacks in Europe
* Commander says Taliban inspired by tactics of Iraqi insurgents
LONDON: Afghan militants are planning to launch deadly attacks on civilians in Europe in revenge for the 2001 invasion by United States-led forces, a Taliban commander said on Sky News television Monday.
Mullah Mohammed Amin said resurgent militants had built up stockpiles of weapons and were bent on vengeance against “the foreign invaders”. The Taliban, overthrown by the invasion, now wanted to export terror to the West, he said.
“It’s acceptable to kill ordinary people in Europe because these are the people who have voted in the government,” he said. “They came to our home and attacked our women and children,” he added. “The ordinary people of these countries are behind this – so we will not spare them. We will kill them and laugh over them like they are killing us and laughing at us.”
Amin said the Taliban were inspired by tactics used by insurgents in Iraq, namely remote-controlled bombs, land mines and suicide bombers.
“They are our best tactic,” he said. Fighters were sheltering in Pakistan and being aided by sympathetic locals, he said in an interview with the British TV channel in the Pakistani border region.
NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said Thursday that suicide bomber tactics proved that Taliban rebels could not defeat multinational forces through conventional warfare.
“The Taliban and the other spoilers of the process of nation-building and democracy in Afghanistan are having to go with these kinds of horrible tactics – improvised explosive devices, suicide bombers and so on – because they know they cannot beat NATO in other ways,” he told BBC radio.
NATO-led troops and Afghan soldiers patrolled an area of western Afghanistan on Monday where a burst of factional fighting left at least 32 people dead, including a notorious warlord. afp