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UK-based Taliban spend months fighting Nato forces in Afghanistan

UK-based Taliban spend months fighting Nato forces in Afghanistan | Race & Crime UK | Scoop.it
Taliban fighter reveals he lives for most of year in London and heads to Afghanistan for combat...

British-based men of Afghan origin are spending months at a time in Afghanistan fighting Nato forces before returning to the UK, the Guardian has learned. They also send money to the Taliban.

A Taliban fighter in Dhani-Ghorri in northern Afghanistan last month told the Guardian he lived most of the time in east London, but came to Afghanistan for three months of the year for combat.

"I work as a minicab driver," said the man, who has the rank of a mid-level Taliban commander. "I make good money there [in the UK], you know. But these people are my friends and my family and it's my duty to come to fight the jihad with them."

"There are many people like me in London," he added. "We collect money for the jihad all year and come and fight if we can."

His older brother, a senior cleric or mawlawi who also fought in Dhani-Ghorri, lives in London as well.

Intelligence officials have long suspected that British Muslims travel to Afghanistan and Pakistan each year to train with extremist groups.

Last year it was reported that RAF spy planes operating in Helmand in southern Afghanistan had detected strong Yorkshire and Birmingham accents on fighters using radios and telephones. They apparently spoke the main Afghan languages of Dari and Pashtu, but lapsed into English when they were lost for the right words. The threat was deemed sufficiently serious that spy planes have patrolled British skies in the hope of picking up the same voice signatures of the fighters after their return to the UK.

The dead body of an insurgent who had an Aston Villa tattoo has also been discovered in southern Afghanistan.

British military officials say there have been no recent reports of British Taliban in Helmand in southern Afghanistan and that the overwhelming majority of foreign fighters are Pakistanis. Not since John Walker Lindh, the so-called American Taliban, was captured in late 2001, has the US admitted to having successfully captured an insurgent from a western country.

In the main US-run prison near Bagram airfield, there are just 50 "third country nationals" being held, a spokeswoman said.

"Most of these are Pakistani, with small numbers from other countries in the region," she said.

According to a senior officer at the National Directorate of Security, Afghanistan's equivalent of MI5, foreign fighters tend to be Arabs, Chechens, Pakistanis or from central Asia's former Soviet republics such as Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.


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"I fought and killed for the Taliban" That's fine-Welcome to Britain

"I fought and killed for the Taliban" That's fine-Welcome to Britain | Race & Crime UK | Scoop.it
An Afghan Muslim who said he murdered people while fighting for the Taliban has used the Human Rights Act to remain in Britain.

Zareen Ahmadzai, who fought for the Taliban for three years in Afghanistan, has told of using a Kalashnikov rifle and discharging rockets, as well as providing arms and food to the Taliban.

The Home Office turned down his claim for asylum, and when his appeal also failed,Ahmadzai was held at Harmondsworth immigration removal centre in London while awaiting deportation.

In outrageous terms,when the 30-year-old submitted a fresh appeal,he was able to reverse the Home Office’s case with the reason his life would be at risk if he returned home.

The decision is another embarrassment for Home Secretary Theresa May,who is facing huge stress to reform human rights laws following a series of well documented cases in which Muslim extremists have avoided deportation.

Ahmadzai entered Britain illegally in May 2010 after travelling from the worn torn hell hole in lorries.

48 hours later he was arrested in Wolverhampton and immediately claimed asylum. When the Home Office ruled he should be deported, he appealed to the immigration court.

Although a judge rejected his appeal,Ahmadzai took his case to the Upper Tribunal Immigration and Asylum Chamber.

The adjudicators heard Ahmadzai joined the Taliban after his father,who was a chief in Helmand province,was fatally wounded by US soldiers during a battle.

The court ruling said: ‘He believed that he was advancing the cause of Islam. He said that his father was shot during fighting against the Americans.‘The appellant used to fight for the Taliban.

He said that he had killed people.On different occasions he had used a Kalashnikov and also a pistol.’
The ruling carried on: ‘He was involved in fighting over a three-year period according to need.

‘He indicated that he had been in “a lot” of battles, sometimes two or three a night as well as daylight fighting.’
Ahmadzai told the tribunal that when he tried to leave the Taliban he was taken to a mountain and tortured.

He alleges that he soon fled the country but it was impossible for him to return because his life would be in danger from both the Taliban and the Afghan National Security Forces, who oppose the Islamic extremist group.

The court ruling continued: ‘He was asked why he could not relocate,for example,to Kabul.He asked rhetorically if a murderer could expect to relocate in London.

‘He said the police would look for the murderer just as the Taliban and the authorities would look for him.’
Although the Home Office doubted Ahmadzai’s story and did not believe he was being hunted by either the Taliban or the ANSF,Senior Immigration Judge Jonathan Perkins ruled that he must not be deported.

Alp Mehmet,vice-chairman of Migrationwatch UK think-tank, said: ‘This case is one of the absurdities that brings the whole immigration, appeal and Human Rights Act process into disrepute.

‘Most sensible people would think the Human Rights Act was never intended for this type of case. ‘The sooner that we can organise ourselves to do something about the Act and how it intervenes to allow people who should not be here to stay, the better.’

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