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Taliban, backers responsible for today’s terror: Salarzai

Taliban, backers responsible for today’s terror: Salarzai

May 12, 2016 - 16:06

WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): Without naming anyone, Afghanistaninfo-icon on Wednesday slammed one of its neighbours for creating and backing the Talibaninfo-icon, an outfitthat characterises the kind of terror being witnessed globally by groups like Al-Qaeda and Daesh.

“Before the crafting of the Taliban, terror in its current behaviour and form was little known to the worldinfo-icon. The Taliban came into existence before groups like AI-Qaeda, AI-Shabab, Boko Haram and Daesh gained notoriety,” Afghanistan’sdeputy ambassador to the UN said.

Nazifullah Salarzaitold the UN Security Council: “In a way, it was the Taliban and their backers who characterised the kind of terror that we witness today from various violent extremist groups.”

Salarzai said it was under the Taliban regime that Afghanistan became the jumping board for international terrorism, when thousands of young men received training and logistical support in terrorist camps.

“This was the precursor of today's terrorists carrying out deadly attacks in Asia, Europe, the US, the Middle East, Africa and elsewhere,” he added, asking how the Taliban learnt to drive tanks and fly jets overnight, stage conventional warfare, and capitalise on prolonged political conflict in the country.

“Who trained them? Who provided them with supplies? Who financed them? Who provided them with safe havens and orchestrated their spring offensives year after year?” he asked.

Salarzai said the question should be what motivated and continued to motivate these circles to use violence through proxies in pursuit of political objectives at national, regional, and global levels.

He identified three causes: One, negative state rivalry in the region with excessive anxiety and suspicion, resulting in adoption of wrong policies.Second, tension between military and civilian control in politics, a struggle that emerges from militarism. And finally, trust deficit among states, preventing constructive dialogue.



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