RFE/RL’s Radio Free Afghanistan
March 1, 2018
Afghanistan’s security forces have captured a German man during a recent raid on a suspected Taliban bomb-making compound in the southern province of Helmand, Afghan officials say.
It appears to be a rare example of a European citizen fighting on the side of the insurgency in Afghanistan.
Omar Zwak, the provincial governor’s spokesman, said on February 28 that the man was carrying documents identifying him as a German citizen.
He said the man was taken on February 26 along with two other suspected insurgents to a compound in Gereshk district.
The initial investigation suggested that he was not a prisoner of the insurgents and had been participating in making roadside bombs, Zwak said.
Gereshk police chief Ismail Khplwak said the man was a “military adviser of Mullah Nasir,” commander of the commando-style Taliban Red Unit in Helmand.
The Afghan military showed photographs of a man in his 40s with a reddish-brown beard and wearing a black turban and traditional Afghan clothes.
An army statement said the man, who calls himself Abdul Wadood, was detained with other suspects in a joint operation by Afghan special forces and the country’s air force.
Germany’s authorities have not immediately commented.
But the German daily Die Welt reported that the man was a convert to Islam called “Thomas K” from Rhineland-Palatinate, near Frankfurt. The report said he had traveled to Afghanistan in 2013 to join the Taliban.
The Taliban, fighting to drive foreign forces out of Afghanistan and reimpose their vision of strict Islamic law, has not attracted thousands of foreign fighters from Europe like the Islamic State militant group once did in Syria and Iraq.
Fighters from neighboring countries such as Pakistan and Uzbekistan have been found battling alongside the Afghan Taliban. But U.S. commanders have said no significant numbers of militants from outside the region have been identified.
On February 24, General John Nicholson, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, told journalists that no more than a “smattering” of other foreigners have been seen with the local affiliate of Islamic State.
“A very small number. This is no comparison to what we saw in Iraq and Syria,” he said.
With reporting by AFP, dpa, AP, and Reuters
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The ISIS movement was being created and all along being promoted by Western iIntelligence agencies and their contributing allies in the Middle East.
The main aim was to weaken Islamic strong unified resistance, identify the true nature of the travels of any individual regardless of their real affiliations; against or in favor. Lots of them may had been sponsored to travel and mix in the areas to spy and distract the innocent locals.
That is how they were then just simply being used, abused and subjected according to the war game scenarios of the international war criminals and real soldiers of fortune to defeat the true regional Islamic resistance.
The prime example of that was when in the process they were able to creat extreme Shia/Sunni rifts and even hot conflicts so they could further weaken the regional alliances and take easy advantage of the created anarchies under variously created militias..
it was basically a trial and error strategy on expenses of local innocent lives.
Dear brother and sisters !
That is unbelievably true.
The war criminals have no solid honorable ideology to back up their involvement- therefore, they resort to such extreme kinds of childish behaviors to gain military or strategic advantage- anything that could help the evil cause.
And the stupid perpetrators think that they they are invincible and really smart to be able to carry out and in facts perpetuate such kinds of low class senerioses.
I would like to add that many different anti-Muslim sponsor from multiple number of countries may have had been heavily involved and/or contributed together in creation and maintainance of such a huge Entrprise so they could work it out indirectly against so called their common enemy in vulnerable Islamic countries.
Incidently, many vulnerable and ignorant people may had been caught in the web of this weird scheme.
I mean even innocently.