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Is Pakistan's 'fatwa' linked to attacks on U.S. troops?

Posted By F. Michael Maloof On 08/25/2012 @ 8:17 pm In Front Page,U.S.,World | No Comments

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WASHINGTON – The recent fatwa, or religious decree, sought by the Pakistani Inter-Service Intelligence Directorate, or ISI, to get its insurgents to launch a jihad against the government of Afghan President Hamid Karzai may have contributed to the increase in “green-on-blue” Afghan troop attacks on U.S. soldiers, says a report from Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.

The ISI wants the insurgents it has created, including the Afghan Taliban and Haqqani network, to take down the Karzai government as the U.S.-led troops of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, or NATO, begin their pull out by the end of 2014.

The fatwa may have become an incentive for the recent rash of Afghan Taliban attacks on U.S. troops, according to analysts. A further indication on just how deadly Taliban attacks have increased recently is the most recent Black Hawk attack last week that killed seven U.S. troops.

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta went public last week to remind that there still is a war in Afghanistan under way and said that it seems he has been writing more condolence letters lately.

In the past week alone, there were some five green-on-blue attacks which killed U.S. soldiers. These attacks were done by Afghan law enforcement personnel.

A Taliban commander has admitted that the attacks were carried out by Taliban recruits who have infiltrated the rank-and-file of the Afghan National Army and the Afghan National Police.

The unidentified Taliban commander told the Asia Times that the attacks were to make members of the Afghan National Army “realize that the foreign troops have invaded Afghanistan under the pretext to destroy Islam and the very code of Afghan nation’s honor and dignity.”

The uptick also may be attributed to the sense that the Taliban is gaining in the fight against Western forces, a development that has prompted new defections recently. The effort to oust the Karzai regime also can be attributed to its failure to halt corruption within its ranks or reform the judicial system, despite promises to do so. As a consequence, Taliban courts increasingly are delivering justice, said to be swift and cheap.

“We are left with no option but to take arms and start fighting the foreigners and their local puppets,” one Afghan tribal elder told the Asia Times. “They have insulted our Quran and women, killed our elders and kids, destroyed our property and also supported the extreme corrupt and brutal regime of Karzai.”

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