Skip to comments.Taliban Death Threats: The West's Afghan Workers Fear NATO Withdrawal
Posted on 05/19/2012 12:17:39 PM PDT by Olog-hai
By the end of 2014, at the latest, almost all international troops are to be withdrawn from the country in the Hindu Kush mountains, at least according to plans by nations present in the country going into the NATO summit in Chicago that begins on May 20. NATO leaders are hoping that the Afghan security forces can take over full responsibility for their country by then. The German government likes to call this plan the "responsible handover."
But if that happens, then (Muhammad) Shah* and his colleagues will have to fear for their lives. "The Taliban knows exactly who works for NATO," he says. "They already threaten us with letters and text messages." Without the protection of foreigners, Shah feels like a standing target. "The Taliban considers us traitors because we helped the foreigners," he says. "That is why they will hunt us down and kill us." He expects little help from local security forces. "They will run away from the Taliban," he predicts.
Afghans aren't the only ones busy thinking about how to protect the helpers after Germany withdraws its troops. "We cannot let those who have supported us just stand out in the rain," a German general recently said. "The only question is, how can we help them?" He said it was clear that interpreters are especially at risk, because they are visible helpers to the Germans outside of the camps.
Officials within the Bundeswehr and in German ministries fear a horror scenario after the troop draw down. Taliban commanders could hunt down the former employees of ISAF troops and then publicly arrest and execute them.
*The name of the Afghan interpreter has been changed at his request for fear of retribution.
(Excerpt) Read more at spiegel.de ...
Doesn’t anyone remember what happened in South Vietnam after the US troops left and the North Vietnam army took over?
What you say!
IMHO NATO has set us up with restrictive ROE
I dot think we could ever conquer a band of theifdoms, but Fogh Anders Rasmussen an the Euro pussys really cinched it
For great justice.
They knew what the job was when they hired on. They’re getting paid for what they do. A good part of them assaninates their employers when they get the chance. And now they’re doing the usual muslim whine dance? Screw these bastards.
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