28 June 2011, 15:43

Pakistani Taliban targets Europe to avenge bin Laden’s death

Pakistani Taliban targets Europe to avenge bin Laden’s death
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Pakistan’s Taliban has threatened to carry out attacks in the West to avenge the elimination of Osama bin Laden.

Pakistan’s Taliban has threatened to carry out attacks in the West to avenge the elimination of Osama bin Laden.  In an interview with the Al Arabiya TV channel, one of the leaders of Pakistani Taliban Waliur Rehman said that 10 targets for the attacks have been chosen in the West and the first priorities in Europe will be France and Britain.

Once the US declared the elimination of Osama bin Laden on May 2, the supporters of terrorist N 1 promised to avenge his death. Soon several blasts went off in Afghanistan and Pakistan and the victims were the Western servicemen and local policemen. But such things are so frequent in those countries that they did not receive wide public response. Now Taliban challenges Europe and this is quite predictable, Georgy Engelgardt, an expert in political Islam, says.

"Such a reaction is absolutely predictable. Osama bin Laden was a very important political activist of the Taliban movement and he is a world known leader. By default his death could not avoid attempts of revenge."

Now Western special services should do their best to prevent the attacks. Will Taliban dare to attack Europe or was this only an intimidation but proper security measures should be taken and not only in Great Britain and in France. It is quite likely that these two countries were named to mix the things up.  The US which is now in secret talks with the leaders of the Taliban movement should not relax either, Vladimir Batyuk, an expert from the Institute of US and Canada says.

"The Americans have no alternative. The regime of Hamid Karzai in Afghanistan is very weak and unpopular and it would be short-sighted to rely on it now when the withdrawal of the US and NATO troops from Afghanistan has begun. In such conditions the Americans can only try to expand the political base of the future Afghan government including the dialogue with moderate Taliban.   Though it is doubtful that moderate Taliban exists as such."

Moreover, common Taliban militants are often more radical than the leaders of the organization. It will be difficult for the US to agree with Taliban and nobody knows what Taliban will require in exchange for staying loyal to Washington. Besides that we should not forget that the Afghan Taliban and the Pakistani Taliban are two different things.  They share the same ideology but have different leaders and different views on many issues. Even if the representatives of Taliban enter the Afghan government promising to scale down their diversions activities their promise won’t be valid for the Pakistani Taliban. So Washington will have to negotiate with the Pakistani Taliban which will also require concessions from the US. 

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