Sunday, June 8, 2014

How Taliban Differs From Al Qaeda

Nadene Goldfoot                                             

The Taliban is an Islamic fundamentalist political movement that started in Afghanistan when they were fighting against the Russians in 1996.  They continued to fight until 2001.  They believe in strict Sharia law.  Their practices have been very unfair towards women, part of their understanding of the law.   It formed a government of its own and ruled as "the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001.  Taliban is interpreted as "students of Islamic knowledge,"   which shows that they are knee deep into their Sharia law as a main goal.  They used Kandahar as their capital.  Only Pakistan, its neighbor, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates gave it recognition.  Their spiritual leader since 1994 is Mohammed Omar.   The Taliban is made up of people called Pashtos.  Many Pashtos have claimed to be the Lost Tribes of Israel.  Their culture backs this up with many showing practices of the Jewish culture, but they have no interest in regaining their past religion.  It's more likely they would be adamant to indoctrinate all Jews to Islam instead, and they will not hesitate to fight against Israel.  They see it as part of their Sharia law.    Not all Pashtos are Taliban members, either.  Many have suffered under them.  
"The Taliban have been accused of using terrorism as a specific tactic to further their ideological and political goals. According to the United Nations, the Taliban and their allies were responsible for 75% of Afghan civilian casualties in 2010, 80% in 2011, and 80% in 2012.  

Between 1994 and 1999 about 80,000 to 100,000 Pakistanis trained and fought in 

Afghanistan on the side of the Taliban.  "The Taliban was ousted from power in December 2001 by the U.S. military and Afghani opposition forces in response to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the U.S."

 Since 2009, the Taliban took the hostage, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, and held him till now, exchanging him for 5 terrorists held in Gitmo called Gitmo detainees.  Reports are from TV that they are commanders, leaders, planners of terrorism, not just the common run of the mill variety  footmen terrorists who just take orders.  

All Qaeda                              

The Taliban are friends of al Qaeda and they work together.  "In 2001 alone, according to several international sources, 28,000-30,000 Pakistani nationals, 14,000-15,000 Afghan Taliban and 2,000-3,000 Al-Qaeda militants were fighting against anti-Taliban forces in Afghanistan as a roughly 45,000 strong military force.  

The USA lists Al Qaeda as terrorists, and the Taliban is not listed, yet they fought together against forces that most likely were American.  They are brutal.   A  purported Al Qaeda Leader is said to have beheaded a  U.S. civilian in Iraq, and pictures of it are on the internet.  This is Osama bin Laden's group.  They operate a multinational stateless army and a radical Sunni Muslim movement calling for global jihad and they interpret the sharia law in a very strict way, so they are good companions for the Taliban.  They're so nutty that they fought each other's  units in Syria as well as the Kurds.  "It has been designated as a terrorist organization by the United Nations Security CouncilNATO, the European Union, the United StatesRussiaIndia and various other countries. 

Money has come to them from Osama bin Laden's wealth.  In 2001 Afghanistan was in a mess.  Osama bin Laden's source was only one of many.  Others such as Jamaa Al-Islamiyya and the Islamic Jihad also financed them.  Both are connected with Afghan-based Egyptians.  They also had money from selling heroin and from supporters in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia  who supplied a lot of their money,   and other Islamic countries.  

One of the Taliban terrorists is Noorullah Noori
 Noorullah Noori vowed to return to Afghanistan and fight Americans, according to NBC News.
Supposedly 5 dangerous terrorists were released in exchange for our American soldier that was held for 5 years.   They were to be taken to Qatar where the Taliban has an office, and are to live there for one year.   "Noori pushed to return to Afghanistan after learning that the U.S. had provided written assurances that no country would arrest any of the five freed for a year as long as they lived peacefully, one of his relatives told NBC News by telephone from Afghanistan.  

How do you get on the American  terrorist list?  Hamas is listed,  yet is being accepted as part of Palestine's government.  Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) is listed.  Our State Department monitors terrorist groups around the world to identify them.  They look at actual terrorist attacks that they have carried out and if the group has been planning and making preparations for future acts of terrorism and has the capability and intent to carry out such acts..

The USA has been in Afghanistan since 2001 looking for Osama bin Laden who was behind the attack in the USA in New York City on the Twin Towers and in Washington DC on the Pentagon. Osama was a Saudi Arabian and member of the very rich bin Laden family.  ethnically he was a Yemeni Kindite.  He joined the mujahideen forces in Pakistan against the Soviets who were fighting in in Afghanistan.  

That was terrorism.  We've tried to get out of Afghanistan but here's the situation. We want to leave the policing there to their Afghan National Police who support their own army.  The police are mostly illiterates.  17% are on illegal drugs as tested in 2010.  They take bribes easily.  Nobody can build a good police force with such men to choose from.  1/4 of them quit every year anyway.  Afghan is having a rough time building their police force to take the place of our American soldiers. 

Back in 2001, the coordinator of a plot to blow up the American Embassy in Paris told the French Police that the Taliban formed a pact with Osama bin Laden 5 months ago and any terrorist attacks since then had their approval.  This shows that way back then that the Taliban and al Qaeda were working together.  

As far as I can see, there really is no difference between these two terrorists, except that al-Qaeda has more financial backing.  62% of al-Qaeda has university education.  "In 2006, it was estimated that al-Qaeda had several thousand commanders embedded in 40 different countries.  As of 2009, it was believed that no more than 200–300 members were still active commanders.   I think in the end they'll take the Taliban for a ride.  After committing the act of kidnapping a strayed American soldier, they should be put on the terrorist list, especially using him as a hostage for 5 years.  They've  messed with our army.    

Resource:   who's a foreign terrorist?

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