Monday, April 30, 2012

Files Seized From Bin Laden's Home When He Was Killed Reveals A Close Relationship With The Taliban Leadership

Bin Laden Files Show al-Qaida And Taliban Leaders In Close Contact -- The Guardian

Blow to Afghan peace hopes as documents reveal Bin Laden, Zawahiri and Omar discussed joint operations against Nato.

Documents found in the house where Osama bin Laden was killed a year ago show a close working relationship between top al-Qaida leaders and Mullah Omar, the overall commander of the Taliban, including frequent discussions of joint operations against Nato forces in Afghanistan, the Afghan government and targets in Pakistan.

The communications show a three-way conversation between Bin Laden, his then deputy Ayman Zawahiri and Omar, who is believed to have been in Pakistan since fleeing Afghanistan after the collapse of his regime in 2001.

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My Comment: When I first learned that the Taliban and their leadership were adamant in not giving up Bin Laden to US authorities right after 9/11 .... even when threatened with all-out war .... was a clear sign to me that the Taliban leadership and Al Qaeda had a tight alliance. The fact that this relationship is still continuing should not be a surprise.

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