Friend and Ally Update from AFP:
BARMAL, Afghanistan – Handcuffed and weary, three confessed Taleban fighters told this week how they crossed into Afghanistan from Pakistan to carry out a “jihad” against troops after mullahs said it was their duty as Muslims.
The young men “” two Pakistanis and an Afghan “” were captured after a fierce five-hour battle in Paktika province Tuesday, just a few kilometres (miles) from the border.
During the battle, 24 of their fellow fighters were killed. The bloodied and broken bodies were later shown to reporters by the Afghan army at a base in Barmal district.
The dead were mostly Afghans but included an Arab, Chechens, Pakistanis, Turks and a man from Yemen, an officer said, citing information from the captured three, identity cards and, in one case, a name on a bullet belt.
“Mullahs in Pakistan were preaching to us that we are obliged to fight jihad in Afghanistan because there are foreign troops “” there is an Angriz (British) invasion,” dishevelled Alahuddin told reporters….