22 Jun 2007

PR# 2007-459

Taliban using illegal, immoral methods to fight

KHOWST, Afghanistan – Taliban extremists have been desecrating cemeteries and burial sites, using children as bombers, and violating Islamic tradition, according to ISAF officials here.

“They placed explosives on a 6-year-old boy and told him to walk up to the Afghan Police or Army and push the button,” said Capt. Michael P. Cormier, company commander.  “Fortunately, the boy did not understand and asked patrolling officers why he had this vest on.

“This type of action is not tolerated by any culture or any people,” said Maj. Donald A. Korpi, ISAF’s Regional Command-East spokesman.  It was the people in the area who first reported these activities to the Afghan security forces in the Andar district, he said.

Afghan National Army and ISAF troops supporting Operation Maiwand reported increased improvised-explosive device attacks and finding weapon caches near grave sites recently, Korpi said.

“We have received reports that Taliban are watching convoys and security forces from cemeteries and exploding the device as the soldiers or police vehicles pass,” Korpi said.  The Taliban dig up graves and wait for passing soldiers, he added.  When the soldiers clear the area after the explosion, the Taliban extremists re-bury the body.

Another ISAF official noted the Taliban are doing activities they forbid. 

“We have seen the Taliban in recent weeks shave their beards and even wear women’s clothing in an attempt to avoid detection by security forces,” Cormier said. 

Recent attacks by the Taliban show their desperation, according to Cormier. 

 “In another incident they placed explosives in a Sunni mosque used by local workers and contractors,” Cormier said.

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