Jihad against Western aid groups and UN refugee workers. This undrrscores the fact that Islamic law allows for the killing of innocent civilians when they are seen to be aiding the war effort. This justification is used routinely in Israel and was a major reason why 9/11 didn’t meet with unanimous condemnation in the Islamic world.
Also, why is the Taliban still a factor? Why are they still able to operate? Could it be that high-placed elements in Pakistan are still fond of the group? From AP, with thanks to nevermindlv:
QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) “” Pakistani authorities have warned Western aid groups and the U.N. refugee agency to strengthen security against threats of Taliban attacks, officials said Saturday.
The warning was directed to offices in southwestern Baluchistan province.
Mullah Hashim Sagzai, a formerly unknown Taliban fighter now believed to live in a refugee camp in Baluchistan, was identified as the lead planner of suicide plots against the non-governmental organizations.
“Only those NGOs (non-governmental organizations) will be targeted where U.S.-British nationals are working,” said the Afghan Refugees Organization, a Pakistani government agency which is responsible for security at refugee camps in Baluchistan.