Gulbuddin Hekmatyar (BBC)
“A new video from a rebel warlord in Afghanistan is urging an uprising against U.S. forces.” This from AP.
“The recording features the renegade warlord, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, saying that U.S. and NATO forces have been unable to restore security to the country. He urged Afghans to join in a holy war to drive out what he called ‘infidel forces.'”
Note that he doesn’t just call for an uprising. He calls for jihad, because no doubt he is aware that that kind of language is what will resonate most with the largest possible number of Afghans.
Although Hekmatyar had previously made conciliatory motions toward the Karzai regime, now “U.S. officials say the warlord’s fighters have allied with remnants of the old Taliban regime in attacks on troops and international aid workers.”