Monday, November 16, 2009
Blaming Blackwater: Al-Qa'ida Central & Tehrik-i Taliban Pakistan Accuse U.S. Military Contractor of Responsibility for Attacks on Civilians
Al-Qa'ida Central (AQC) and Tehrik-i Taliban Pakistan [TTP, "Taliban Movement of Pakistan"] are blaming the U.S. military contractor and mercenary company formerly known as Blackwater (now Xe) of being behind a string of bombings in civilian areas of Pakistan's Pashtun tribal regions, including the city of Peshawar. An "urgent" audio message from AQC's general commander in Afghanistan Mustafa Abu'l Yazid, "Blackwater and the Bombings in Peshawar," was released on November 11.
Mustafa Abu Al-Yazid...BlackWater...and Bombings in Peshawar (Nov. 11) ARABIC
Transcript of Mustafa Abu al-Yazid message
Mustafa Abu Al-Yazid...BlackWater...and Bombings in Peshawar (Nov. 11) ENGLISH
English Translation of Transcript
A video featuring a statement from TTP's chief spokesman 'Azzam Tariq ('Azam Tariq), "Statement Regarding the Bombings and the Islamic University in Peshawar," was released four days later on November 15. Both were produced by AQC's media outlet, Al-Sahab (The Clouds).
A lengthy monograph in Urdu was released on November 14 entitled, "Army of the Dajjal...Blackwater." The Dajjal is an anti-Christ-like figure who appears in some Muslim religious sources and figures prominently in popular Muslim religious literature, both modern and pre-modern.
Army of the Dajjal...Blackwater (جامعہ حفصہ اردو فورم) Nov. 14
UPDATE (10:03 p.m.): The Afghan Taliban released a statement today in which it also blamed Blackwater/Xe for being behind bombings of civilian targets in Pakistan. The relevant section reads (with my annotations & comments in brackets and bold, red font):
"Recently, they are resorting to some other devilish tactics, like detonating bombs and mines in congested places where common people are shopping. This is a heinous effort by CIA-related agencies like Black Water in order to create hatred among the common people against Mujahideen [warriors of faith]. Black Water was renamed Xe after its flagrant human rights violations in Iraq. Now it is killing innocent Muslims in Afghanistan and neighboring countries through mysterious bomb explosions. In Iraq, these foreign agencies destroyed Mosques and Shiite shrines in order to flare up sectarian violence. Some times, they succeeded in their wicked aims. [The attempt to shift blame for the atrocities influenced by the violent takfir advocated by the late founder of al-Qa'ida in the Land of the Two Rivers/Iraq, Abu Mus'ab al-Zarqawi, is remarkable and shameless. I have written about al-Zarqawi's virulent anti-Shi'i ideology HERE and the hostility of jihadi-Salafis, and Salafis generally, to Shi'i Muslims HERE]. In addition to this, they destroy bridges, schools and then accuse Mujahideen of doing that.
The occupying troops as partners of the intelligence agencies turn schools into military outposts to provoke Mujahideen to attack them. Then they show on TV that the Mujahaideen have destroyed the schools and that they are against knowledge and education. However, it is a crime in the first place to use educational facilities like school buildings for military purposes. When the enemy turns clinics and schools into security outposts and open fire on Mujahiden from these places, they no more remain school buildings but automatically become military targets.
The Mujahideen Regulation about the code of conduct strictly requires them to avoid damaging public properties like schools and other common facilities. According to this Regulation, the first aim of Jihad is to ensure sovereignty and safety of honor, property and life of common people."
A big thank you to the MILNEWS.ca blog for the heads up on this statement.