Taliban behead Muslim cleric

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  1. Ben W

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    Taliban behead Muslim cleric

    Sep 1, 2005

    Taliban insurgents beheaded a Muslim cleric, saying he was a candidate in Sept 18 elections, but a provincial official said on Thursday the dead man was not a candidate but he had been helping one.
       
    Four candidates for the parliamentary and provincial elections have been killed along with five election workers but the election commission says it does not regard all of the deaths as election-related.
       
    A Taliban spokesman said Mullah Amir Mohammad was killed by Taliban fighters on Wednesday night.

    A provincial official confirmed the murder.
       
    "He was beheaded," said Wali Alizai, spokesman for the governor of Helmand province, in the Afghan south.
       
    "But he was not a candidate, he was killed because he was supporting a candidate," he said.
       
    Security is a major worry for the vote on Sept 18, the country's latest step on a difficult path to stability, but the government says the Afghan people will not be deterred.
       
    The Taliban, forced from power in late 2001, have condemned the vote and have claimed responsibility for attacks on candidates but a spokesman said last month they would not attack polling stations on election day because of the risk of civilian casualties.
       
    Suspected Taliban gunmen have also killed several Muslim clerics apparently because they were seen as supporting the US-backed government.
       
    In June, Taliban fighters shot dead the head of a religious council who was a prominent critic of the Taliban and a suicide bomb attack killed more than 20 people during his funeral at a mosque a day later.
       
    The Taliban say the clerics are legitimate targets because they are preaching against the insurgents who have declared a holy war against the government and foreign forces in Afghanistan.
       
    About 1,000 people, most of them militants but including 48 US soldiers, have been killed in violence this year, the bloodiest period since US-led troops toppled the Taliban. 

    http://www.tvnz.co.nz/view/page/425822/608266
     
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    The Taliban, forced from power in late 2001, have condemned the vote and have claimed responsibility for attacks on candidates but a spokesman said last month they would not attack polling stations on election day because of the risk of civilian casualties.

    In June, Taliban fighters shot dead the head of a religious council who was a prominent critic of the Taliban and a suicide bomb attack killed more than 20 people during his funeral at a mosque a day later.

    What a bunch of softies, those Taliban. Makes me wish that we would simply identify the Taliban members sitting in Gitmo and line them up in front of a firing squad and kill them like the dogs they are.

    Probably not a very politically correct response, though. But then justice is a little passe' these days.
     
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    Too bad Bush didn't finish the job in Afghanistan instead of invading Iraq.
     
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    The Koran teaches to never kill a fellow Muslim unless you really want to.
     
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    And the New Testament teaches to love those who do you evil...I suppose it lets you out of loving those who haven't done you evil, those whom you merely dislike or despise on principle...

    The cleric was killed for heresy, a practice not unheard of in Christianity.

    That said, Moslems not killing Moslems has always been rhetoric rather than practice. Why is the Taliban still in Afghanistan?
     
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    Terry

    I think someone would have complained had the Pres authorized that 4th of July fireworks show ...

    I bet the Buffalos can still roll ... Mix in some Boomerangs (Budget Bombers) & Bones (Lawn Darts) or if your prefer - Lancers & a few Spirits ...
     

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