“Freed Taliban by Afghan government returning to resume ‘jihad,’” ANI, September 4, 2020, 20:55 GMT+10
Kabul [Afghanistan], September 4 (ANI): Hundreds of Taliban, who were freed in a move to bring peace in Afghanistan, are reportedly resuming their ‘jihad’ or holy war to overthrow the US-backed Afghan government.
Foreign Policy said a confidential research obtained by this magazine shows that the majority of Taliban prisoners released under an agreement signed by insurgent leaders and the United States are taking up arms to fight Afghan forces and continue their “jihad” to overthrow the US-backed Afghan government and replace it with an Islamic emirate.
“Taliban prisoners released by the Afghan government as part of a deal brokered by the United States aimed at ending almost 20 years of war are returning to the battlefield as commanders and fighters, in direct contravention of pledges made by the insurgents to the White House,” it said.
In an unreleased paper written for the Afghan Peace Dialogue Project at Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland, the Taliban experts Michael Semple and Felix Kuehn found that former Taliban prisoners were “participating in combat, being killed fighting, being taken prisoner and one case of an ex-prisoner being involved with revenge assassinations.”A majority, 68 per cent, of the 108 former Taliban prisoners profiled for the research “have already been re-integrated into the Taliban and have resumed active roles in the conflict, or are in Taliban groups intent on resuming fighting, or are occupying military or political positions, which are fundamentally linked to the Taliban war effort,” Semple and Kuehn write.
“A number of ex-prisoners have been appointed to direct command positions since their release,” they found. “Two ex-prisoners have re-assumed their former military command positions where brothers or sons had taken over temporarily. … A number have already assumed official positions within the Taliban shadow administration. The appointment of ex-prisoners as uluswals — which are essentially in charge of military affairs and oversee civilian matters at a district level — is now widespread.”Another 8 per cent of the interviewees wished to return to the battle but were “being held back by family opposition,” mostly by their wives. A further 27, or 24 per cent, “will categorically not re-join the conflict” for various reasons, mainly because they wished to return to civilian life….