Tag Archives: assassination

‘They have condemned me to death’ (Afghan interpreter’s letter to David Cameron)

Dear Sir David Cameron, I have served in the British army and the British foreign office as an interpreter for five and half years. As a result, I have received death threats from the Taliban. My brother was nearly assassinated and the Taliban fired a rocket at my house as a warning. Many times insurgents […]

Karzai death plot aimed to ignite ethnic war

The Sunday Times SITTING on the floor of a house on the outskirts of Kabul, the Haqqani network commander sipped green tea as he calmly explained the chaos his organisation set out to cause with an elaborate plot to blow up Hamid Karzai at the presidential palace. The operation would have begun with an explosion […]

CIA links add to riddle over killing of ‘King of Kandahar’

The Sunday Times Ahmad Wali Karzai, the half-brother of the Afghan president, lived under constant fear of assassination. His death last week was the latest of 10 attempts to kill him. “The seventh bomb to target me was so big that hundreds of cats fed on human flesh for days afterwards,” he told me last […]

Mahmoud Karzai: ‘We are under siege’

Gunmen wearing suicide vests shot dead a presidential advisor and an Afghan politician at a house in Kabul last night. The two gunmen stormed into the house of the former governor of Uruzgan, Jan Mohammed Khan, at 8pm on Sunday night as both men were sitting down to dinner. The attackers shot and killed the […]

Sardar Mohammed’s fate

Taliban mines and assassinations disrupt transition in Lashkar Gah

The Sunday Times Their faces concealed with chequered scarves, the Taliban assassins found Haji Zahir Arian sitting on cushions in the living room of a friend’s house. They wasted no time in striking a blow against peace. The first hitman to enter the small room raised his rifle and loosed off four rounds as Arian, […]

Rise of the Taliban’s kneecap commanders

The Sunday Times The young Taliban commander with a penchant for severing spies’ heads with strands of thin wire dragged 28 of his foot soldiers from a makeshift jail and lined them up against a mud wall at his base. Pacing along the row of handcuffed men, the fresh-faced 21-year-old — surrounded by bodyguards — […]