“‘I Will Go to Do Jihad Again and Again’: Prisoner’s Story Highlights Pakistan-Based Training Network for Insurgents,” which is of course something we have highlighted here at Jihad Watch many times. From the Washington Post, with thanks to Sr. Soph:
KABUL, Afghanistan — The prisoner perched on a metal chair, hugging his knees to his chest and rocking slightly, like a nervous child.
But his expression relaxed into a blissful smile as he described what he would do if released from his cell in the headquarters of the national intelligence service.
“When I get the chance, I will stick to my promise,” said Sher Ali, 28, a Pakistani man with cropped black hair and a long beard. “I will go to do jihad again and again.”
Ali said he took his vow to wage holy war against U.S. forces in Afghanistan earlier this summer, just before embarking on what he described as a 20-day weapons training course at a secret mountain camp in northeastern Pakistan.
He was captured by Afghan police about three weeks ago, shortly after crossing into Afghanistan’s rugged, northeastern Konar province. The area has been a haven for armed renegades from an assortment of groups, including al Qaeda, the Taliban and backers of former Afghan leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, who is now a fugitive….
Ali spoke in the presence of an Afghan intelligence official, but he did not show signs of having been mistreated. Some details, such as the existence of jihadist training camps and the recruitment of Islamic fighters, have been reported separately in the Pakistani press or described by prisoners after their release.
“We know where a lot of these training camps are. We have their names. And we’ve given the Pakistanis all the information we have,” said a senior Afghan intelligence official. “We’re waiting for Pakistan to show the willingness to fight.”…
Ali said Zubair told him and his companions that Western troops were bombing, arresting and torturing innocent Afghans. “He kept saying, ‘It’s our duty as Muslims to go there and help,’ ” said Ali.
That night, Ali recalled, Zubair turned to him and asked point-blank: “Do you want to join the jihad?”
It’s the “duty of Muslims.” No one yet — outside of Jihad Watch, anyway — has explored the implications of how jihad terrorists recruit by appealing to Islamic purity and loyalty.
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