Tag Archives: Taliban

‘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 […]

Please, Mr Cameron, help me escape death

The Sunday Times AN AFGHAN interpreter who faces the threat of being killed by the Taliban after being dismissed from his job with British forces has written to David Cameron, urging the prime minister to help him “escape the death” that awaits him and his young family. Wahidullah Noori, 25, who served British soldiers and […]

Lash and burn: Taliban vice squads return

The Sunday Times THE Taliban fighter, wearing a black balaclava, dark glasses and black clothes, raised a long, thin cane above his head before bringing it down on the villager’s bare back with a deft flick of his wrist. The villager, identified only as Amanullah, 28, writhed on the grass with his hands tied behind […]

Afghan troops and Taliban in pact to loot Nato convoys

Sunday Times By Miles Amoore and Christina Lamb THE two men should be sworn enemies. One is a Taliban commander waging what he says is a holy war against foreign soldiers in Afghanistan. The other is an Afghan army officer trained and paid by Nato to fight the Taliban. Yet rather than do battle, the […]

US soldier recaptured by Taliban after three days on the run

The Sunday Times A failed escape attempt by the only American soldier held by the Taliban has left him facing his third Christmas in captivity. Bowe Bergdahl, 25, from Idaho, made a daring break for freedom by jumping from the first-floor window of the mud-and-brick home in which he was being held in Pakistan, say […]

Pakistan approved deadly US airstrike

By Nicci Smith and Miles Amoore The Sunday Times Pakistan gave the go-ahead to American airstrikes last weekend that inadvertently killed 24 of their own troops, according to new claims from US officials. The account is the latest twist in the blame game surrounding the worst friendly fire incident in the history of the 10-year […]

Pakistani mortars ‘trigger deadly air strike’

The Sunday Times The US has expressed regret and offered its “deepest condolences” after 24 Pakistani soldiers who were killed in cross-border Nato air strikes were buried on Sunday, calling the attacks a “tragic unintended incident”. Pakistani troops fired mortars at American ground soldiers patrolling the Afghan border, triggering Nato air strikes, according to Afghan […]