Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Afghan Taliban has a Problem with Some of My People (in South Korea)

Apparently, the Afghan Taliban has a problem with some of my people, those in South Korea. It seems the group is a bit miffed at reports that some South Korean troops will take part in the NATO mission in Afghanistan. The usual dire warnings and threats follow. My response:

Below is a statement from the Afghan Taliban, which refers to itself as the "Islamic Emirate [state] of Afghanistan" (as it did in the 1990s). The statement is run without edits.

Statement of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan Regarding Violation of Commitment by South Korea

December 9, 2009

According to media reports, South Korea has showed readiness to send 500 soldiers to Afghanistan and deploy them in Parvan province.

The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan considers this decision taken by the rulers of the South Korea to be an act against national independence of Afghanistan, an act against the Afghans and an attempt to violate the commitment made by Korea in 2007 exchange for the release of 19 Koreans who were detained by the forces of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in Ghazni province. They had promised to withdraw their troops from Afghanistan and committed never to send soldiers to the country in future.

Now seeing that the government of South Korea violates its commitment made with the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan; considering that she encroaches on the national independence of the Afghans and prefers to please the Americans at the cost of the enmity of the Afghans, therefore, we think it being an irrational, irresponsible and impious step by the rulers of (south) Korea.

As a government, it is on its part an act of clear violation of the commitment, and an irresponsible measure and violation, dealing a crushing blow at the credibility and reputation of this country and a stigma on its face.

The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan notifies the rulers of South Korea that if they any way send troops to Afghanistan and violate their commitment, then they should be prepared for the consequence of their action which they will certainly face.

The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan will not show any flexibility in this regard (if God willing)

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan

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