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Taliban commander: 'Swedes will be killed'

David Landes · 29 Jul 2009, 18:54

Published: 29 Jul 2009 18:54 GMT+02:00

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“Revenge will come. Maybe not today, or tomorrow, or next week. But it will come,” the Taliban leader told the TT news agency in an interview published on Wednesday.

“Swedes will be killed.”

Described as a sinewy man in his forties and referred to as Zamir, the man claims to be second in command of Taliban forces fighting in the northern Afghan province of Balkh.

In an interview carried out in a secret location several hours from the provincial capital of Mazar-i-Sharif, the base of operations for Swedish troops in the area, Zamir emphasized that he and other Taliban supporters have no plans to submit to the wishes of foreign peacekeepers or the current government of Afghanistan.

“Faith burns deep in our hearts and we’ll never resign ourselves to a foreign ceasefire. We’d rather die as martyrs,” he told TT.

He claimed foreign soldiers weren’t interested in helping Afghan citizens, but instead were trying to “poisoning our faith” and create artificial divisions pitting Afghan against Afghan.

According to Zamir, there are around 60 guerrilla fighters in the Char Bolak district, about 40 kilometres west of Mazar-i-Sharif.

They are armed with Kalashnikovs, rocket launchers, and mines, and are prepared to employ suicide bombers in an effort to drive out foreign troops and disrupt the upcoming Afghan elections, scheduled for August 20.

Three of his fighters were killed last week in a fire fight with Swedish and Finnish troops who were on patrol 150 kilometres west of Mazar-i-Sharif as part of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).

Taliban supporters under Zamir's command also have contact with other Taliban sympathizers in Afghanistan and Pakistan, he said.

But the group’s orders originate with Mulla Omar, the leader of the Taliban who served as the de facto head of Afghanistan when the group ruled the country between 1995 and 2001.

Zamir explained that Taliban supporters would only be willing to lay down their weapons once foreign soldiers have left Afghanistan and current president Hamid Karzai agrees to share power with the guerilla group.

When asked what message he had for the Swedish people, Zamir urged them to remove their troops from Afghanistan.

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“Take home your soldiers, your young men. You have nothing to gain here, only death,” he said.

He added, however, that Swedes and other foreigners would be welcomed by the Taliban under certain conditions.

“If you come without weapons to rebuild our poor, warn-torn country, you will be welcomed,” he told TT.

“If you are Muslims.”

David Landes (david.landes@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

19:29 July 29, 2009 by Plowbridge H. Broad
Ah well. Sell them some ball-bearings or weapons and claim neutrality.
19:56 July 29, 2009 by workforthesoup
Why is Sweden in Afghanistan at first place?
20:25 July 29, 2009 by Eel

As for the threats I think Herr Zamir should have a look at the kill ratios before he thinks ISAF forces will s*it themselves.
20:28 July 29, 2009 by bigmikey
JT, Thats right, run home and hide. Muslim extremists will never come to Sweden , so why worry about people being killed a world away.

Sweden accepts Afghan refugees, but why risk going to the source of the problem and try to stabilize the country so you dont need to accept their refugees. Hypocrites. Stick your head in the sand and criticize others. Thats safest.
20:39 July 29, 2009 by Gurkhan
For some reason I believe it has something to do with the current government in Sweden and their international and domestic policies + attitudes concerning the "terrorist threats and muslim communities"...

Although Sweden has been revealing a much better image concerning minorities and regarding the third world countries, in the last 2-3 years it has shifter dramatically... I remember the words the prime minister had uttered some 2 years ago about the international terrorism targetting Sweden. And to me it seems to be a result of his policies that brought this result!

Hopefully next time the Swedes will go back to traditional social democratic government with a touch of Pirate and Green support...
20:46 July 29, 2009 by Tennin
I imagine in a couple of years Mister Zamir will be applying for asylum in Sweden...
20:51 July 29, 2009 by Querist
[headline] "Taliban commander: 'Swedes will be killed'"

Islam. The religion of Peace!

20:54 July 29, 2009 by Omidn
Sweden is participating in NATO and the forces are there in agreement with the other UN multinational forces in Afghanistan to stabilize the region. These terrorists always making threats so Swedish forces shouldn't chicken out because of that. We have a commitment to the United Nations.
21:05 July 29, 2009 by byke

The Taliban are locked into a war with coalition forces.

Swedes will kill Taliban members, and Taliban members will kill Swedes.

This is what happens in war. !!!!!

I don't support killings in any sense, but history dictates casualties in most armed conflicts.

P.S - Obama Bin Laden // Used to live in northern Sweden.
21:59 July 29, 2009 by wxman
That's right, withdraw. Withdraw from the whole world, but keep on letting more of the vermin into your country. Also, continue to line up your women for the rapes and beatings which are becoming more and more prevelant. Gather up, sheep. Keep moving. The slaughter is just ahead. Good sheep, remain docile. I've said it before here. I'm so glad my grandfather from Uppsala got on the boat in 1917!
22:25 July 29, 2009 by Nemesis
The taliban are armed with ak47's mines and rocket lauchers.

A suggestion.

Why don't the military have a chat with Bofors and other Swedish manufacturers and see exactly what the troops can be armed with, with a serious supply of ammunition.

Then the troops can assist the taliban in committing suicide, if they desire it.
22:28 July 29, 2009 by mobings
Nuclear strike is the only solution, otherwise in guerilla war, no one can beat taliban.
22:42 July 29, 2009 by Eurostan
afghan people are most barbaric people in history since 1000 years.

they engaged in wars since centuries. they dont like peace . if there is no war they will get bored. they like to fight.
22:51 July 29, 2009 by Eye_Witness
Three '" I ", Israel, Iran, India are the main causes of every problem in today's world.
22:54 July 29, 2009 by millionmileman
Last time upstarts messed with Sweden was in the Katanga province of the Congo and they got a sky load of Saab Tunan. The Taliban, should not want a repeat performance with the Gripen. A UN Tunan is in the Flygvapenmuseum, in Linkoping.

Now you know what Israel has been dealing with for the last few decades.
23:03 July 29, 2009 by Eel
Oops! Turns out three more Taleban were killed after attacking a Swedish-Finnish patrol this weekend. Don´t seem to be very good soldiers these Taleban lads do they?
23:12 July 29, 2009 by Greg in Canada
The original mission in Afghanistan would have been to rid the place of the Taliban and capture Bin Laden immediately after 9/11, but George Bush blew the opportunity by instead goiong into Iraq claiming to be looking for non existant weapons of mass destruction (WMD's).

We're supposedly there now to bring stability and democracy to the area. Good luck. The place is a medieval hell hole. At least Iraq was a semi modern country. Afghanistan is still in the Dark Ages.

Canada is also there as part of NATO and one of only three countries (USA and UK also) in an official combat role. So far we've lost over 100 soldiers. Support for staying in Afghanistan is now as only 34%.
23:41 July 29, 2009 by Eel
By the way Millionmileman, it´s Tunnan (the barrel). You´ll know why if you look at it.
00:06 July 30, 2009 by Iraniboy
As I expected before, I can see racist, fascist comment from same old posters. Eurostan, you can't insult a whole nation like that. There are bunch of idiots living in Afghanistan or elsewhere. They enjoy that medias interview them and convey their abysmal threats to the world. But how many westerners have been killed by these idiot Talibans and Alqaida,... who many of them have been killed by western militants?
00:12 July 30, 2009 by Eurostan
Three '" I ", Israel, Iran, India are the main causes of every problem in today's world.

and the only countries in the world are pakistan , afghanistan , somalia.
00:34 July 30, 2009 by Afghan
As an Afghan guy I would be extremely sad if I hear any Swede has died in my Country. Soon or later US and UK would sign the peace agreement with them, Sweden should do this now, before we lose any body in the bloody war.
00:52 July 30, 2009 by Eye_Witness
Since 1989, an estimated 40,000 Kashmiris have been killed by the Indian forces stationed in Kashmir.


Summary of the Israeli atrocities in Palestine

01:10 July 30, 2009 by Eurostan
afghans killed 70 millions of innocent people in different wars in india in the history in name of religion of peace (islam). once go through history of afghanistan.

no muslim has right to stay in india. they divided from india for only for muslims that is islamic republic of pakistan.
01:25 July 30, 2009 by Eye_Witness
@ Eurostan. I agree with you. India should be further divided into more parts keeping in view the democratic norms and wishes of people. Here are few

1. Naxalite (Moist )

2. Khalistan ( Sikh)

3. Kashmir

4. Seven sisters( Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Manipur, and Nagaland)

and many others... and I think you were wise to move to Sweden in due time.
01:43 July 30, 2009 by Legolas

Here have some of your own medicine:


Looks like you have plenty of problems at home to talk of other countries. Well anyway you managed to flee to Sweden. Welcome here!
01:49 July 30, 2009 by Eurostan
in future india as well as sweden also will be divided like rosengard and kista and rinkby and hammarkullen as per wishes of the people.

because one should respect democraticy (no of people). thats why many muslim people in india has 10 children. muslims in france has8 children.

in sweden has 5 children per family.

using democracy people build mosques and preach democracy is anti islam in the same mosque.i think india should follow china to controll religious fanatics.
01:49 July 30, 2009 by himilo
Swedish forces are part of NATO peace keeping forces operating in afganistan. so what we need is our forces in afganistan must be alert and do its job very carefull.
07:30 July 30, 2009 by wolfen
I think that taliban must be dalexict,cause he got it all backwards....it will be the taliban that will die.We don't come to die,we come win.That means you die #$%^&!
09:18 July 30, 2009 by si
Dividing India futher is a good Idea ?

Lets not forget the result of Britain dividing India - resulting in massacres / ethnic cleansing - 1 million dead - 17 million displaced...
09:58 July 30, 2009 by byke
LOL @ Wolfen .... dalexict ;) hahhahahahaha
10:10 July 30, 2009 by Staffs
If there is a war on then surely we should expect Swedish politicians and troops to be targeted on Swedish soil, shouldn't we? After all Swedish troops are in Afghanistan killing Afghans.

How can one logically argue otherwise?

Regarding the comment re Islam as a religion of peace, what exactly were the Christian crusades all about? Christian soldiers weren't thousands of miles away from home on holiday, they were in Muslim lands killing Muslims in the name of the Christian God!

All religions are a means of control, power and wealth for those doing the controlling. The masses, both Muslim, Christian and all others just lap the propaganda up and become blinded to the actual method of control being employed.
10:57 July 30, 2009 by si
"All religions are a means of control, power and wealth" - well put - Shame we can't outlaw all relgion based on this premise.
11:39 July 30, 2009 by DaTraveler
Sweden is upping their commitment to ISAF to around 500 troops by the end of the year. They're in the more peaceful region in the North along with Germans, Norwegians, Finns, Hungarians, New Zealanders. Now of course for the past year the North has seen tons more battles and suicide bombings so it's slowly turning into the South. So good luck to the troops there.

The Germans are combating the Taliban and are in extensive combat for the first time since ww2.
11:46 July 30, 2009 by Kevtravels
Now what's really interesting is the role the Scandinavian nations play in ISAF. Historically mostly neutral and into UN peacekeeping, they are playing a big role in the mission.

Denmark has nearly 800 troops fighting with the British and Estonians in the South. They've lost 23 troops over the past few years. Norwegians have around 500 or 600 troops in the North. And now Sweden has nearly 400 and slowly getting into combat.

Most European countries haven't seen war since the Korean war over 50years ago, so Afghanistan is pretty much the heaviest combat for this current generation of soldiers. It's intense. As an American I thought the Iraq war was intense, but apparently Afghanistan is heating up to be an even more hazardous campaign.
12:16 July 30, 2009 by Eye_Witness
@ legolas.. Face the reality , half million BRAVE indian army in Kashmir against civil and innocent people are not serving cakes to the people, they are killing , raping, setting homes on fires and then you claim to be having the largest democracy. Civilized nation do not break the international laws(United Nations Security Council Resolution 47, 1948).

Plebiscite for self determination is the RIGHT of KASHMIR. Stop state-sponsored genocide of innocent people, give them the justice and their right of plebiscite and you will not find any more so called terrorists in the region.
12:41 July 30, 2009 by Nemesis
Just some thoughts of the top of my head.

If the Taliban continue to threaten Swedish people, then Sweden should respond in kind.

Sweden once had a nuclear weapon program. Maybe that program should be restarted and combined with Saab's flying wing bomber concept.

I am sure nuclear carpet bombing would sort out any problem in Afghanistan. That would also make terrorists in other countries realise that threatening people is not a good idea.
13:11 July 30, 2009 by Eurostan
kashmir is one of the victim of islam and taliban.

other victims indonesia, china (recently),nigeria, russia(chechenya),israel, spain, denmark(cartoons)

13:39 July 30, 2009 by Eye_Witness
@EuroSATAN....... you void values... I remember your comments when you were making fun of the women who died with her 6 children due to fire in Sweden. Your intolerance towards other religious faiths would serve nothing but hatred among each other. This is world and you should learn to live with others , and if can't , please go to some other planet.
15:01 July 30, 2009 by Eurostan
its islam that is spreading hatred of infidels(non muslims)and kaffirS in the mosques.

already there is much hatred between muslims and other religous faiths in many countries RECENTLY IN CHINA ALSO.

"This is world and you should learn to live with others ' everyone follow this including MUSLIMS.
15:20 July 30, 2009 by Eye_Witness
EuroSATAN... but you will find your own god fathers at the bottom of all these killings. Its only the muslims who are being killed, in Kashmir, Gujrat (India), Palestine, Afgahnistan , Africa ,Iraq, Bosnia and many others. Any people like you who laugh on the deaths of innocent have no moral values.
15:49 July 30, 2009 by Eurostan
muslims dont know how to live with other faiths. thats why thousands of muslims were killed in gujarat(india) and in many countries.

thats what they said when they want pakistan from india. we can not live with other people. we want separate country for muslims.
16:06 July 30, 2009 by Eye_Witness
Eurostan...lol... you need to take a lesson of your own history... 800 years of muslims rule in India. Unfortunately you don't know how to rule, so muslims decided to have a separate place rather than go to slums...
16:18 July 30, 2009 by Eurostan
so muslims can rule, occupy and kill millions of people. countries like israel can not do that.

that 800 years dark years of indian history. many historians downplayed atrocites commited by this islamic culture in india.
16:21 July 30, 2009 by Eye_Witness
that 800 years dark years of indian history.... gave you 'Taj Mahal' , the only thing you have to proud of. Rest all slums
16:32 July 30, 2009 by Eurostan
india only taj mahal to proud of. i personally never proud of tajmahal.

we have many more things to proud. india has many things to proud of.

ex. delhi metro train.

what your country had???????. terror camps.
16:50 July 30, 2009 by jacnerve
delhi metro train..is better than taj mahl lol

that is original ....lol
16:55 July 30, 2009 by Eye_Witness
Eurostan...the point is if you want to see south-asian region to be progressed , and India has a big role in that, if the policy of suppressing the minorities and harassing the neighbours stay constant, so I can not see anything appreciable. Muslims are 209 million in population in India and you can't , simply can't think of any progress till the time you do not integrate them in to your main stream. Take them out of slums , give them better education and stop spreading hatred and you will find that region the best in the world.
17:25 July 30, 2009 by Eurostan
our 800 years of history and experience tells that there is no peace and integration with islam.

if take out islam from india then india will be beautiful and peaceful country in the world.
17:37 July 30, 2009 by Eye_Witness
Eurostan... no no.... India just needs to take out people like you.. peace will prevail...
21:07 July 30, 2009 by Playmaker
@eye_witness you say it is are godfathers who are at the bottom of all the killing? if it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck then it must be a duck. over 90% of all armed conflicts on this planet right now have to do with islam and wanting a place to have shira law. the crusades were 100's of years ago and the church has changed and adapted to modern times. the crusades started because muslims attacked spain. yet islam has not changed at all just adapted to modern warfare with suicide bombers, roadside bombs. if this article does not shed light on the war on islam what will? "If you come without weapons to rebuild our poor, warn-torn country, you will be welcomed," he told TT.

"If you are Muslims." keep rockin it eurostan you are right on all acounts.

@playmaker... The rule of the game is very simple. 40,000 muslims killed in Kashmir by Indian, 100000 iraqi muslims died due to war, like wise thousands and thousands in Palestine, Bosnia and many other places, and how you have the guts to come up with stupid analogy of duck-quacks... you have blood of innocent on your hands. And if these helpless people run away to other countries , we have people like 'EuroSATAN' who if given chance will come up with swords and start killing them.

Please stop spreading hate and let them live peacefully.

yeah all innocent. sure hamas was elected by vowing the DEATH of JEWS. the taliban was the most repressive regiem out there killing thoundsands of there own and destroying very old statues. irans leaders want to wipe out the jews but the nuclear program is just for electricity. lol. google ongoing conflicts all but 2 are islam related. @eye_witness what happens to a muslim if he or she wants to convert to christainty in pakistan? i read it is a death penalty still to this day and you need very little evidense to convict. and in most muslims countries it is like this. a man in egypt was refused to change his religion on his id by the high court. how can anyone say muslims are on the same page with any other religion.. come on. it is not a faith but a polictcal party. no other religion in the world rules there people based only on what would muhammed do. and the taliban is a prime ex. GO SWEDEN FOR KILLING AS MANY AS POSSIBLE. TAX MONEY WELL SPENT
23:08 July 30, 2009 by Eurostan
islam and muslims are spreading hate. for every action there is reaction.

the death of many muslims in many countries is reaction.

1.5 billion muslims and 4 billion non muslims.
00:19 July 31, 2009 by Playmaker
you mean 4.5 billion infidels (disbelievers)right. strait from mohommed

Tabari IX:69 "Killing disbelievers is a small matter to us."

Qur'an 2:191 "And kill them wherever you find and catch them. Drive them out from where they have turned you out; for Al-Fitnah (polytheism, disbelief, oppression) is worse than slaughter."

Bukhari:V1B1N6 "Just issue orders to kill every Jew in the country."

Qur'an:8:12 "I shall terrorize the infidels. So wound their bodies and incapacitate them because they oppose Allah and His Apostle."

very peaceful people. and for those who quote the bible make sure to use the new testoment for this is what we go by. and the christian religion has not started a war since the last cursades.
00:29 July 31, 2009 by Eye_Witness
@playgame ... your nick 'playgame' reflects the real mindset. Just mentioning the exceptions can not be compared with the massacres of thousands by your ideals. Dissemination of information is always being manipulated as we know the 'killing-minds' behind the sources of these so called information. What I am witnessed today is the blood-shed of innocent muslims by the hands of your godfathers . Now instigating others to follow the suit as evident from your last sentence 'GO SWEDEN FOR KILLING AS MANY AS POSSIBLE. TAX MONEY WELL SPENT'.
00:45 July 31, 2009 by mobings
@eurostan, @ playmaker and @eye_witness. Keep your fights to your door please. Sweden is peace-loving country and we know how to tackle our internal problems and do not need ppl like you , go back to your countries and take your people out of poverty first.
01:28 July 31, 2009 by totyis
@Iraniboy "If you are Muslims." Racist? Do you even know the meaning of that word? Or maybe that of islamofascism?

@Eye_Witness at 44 and to all of those who come arguing from a historical perspective: are you a profesor in history? History it is writen by people, institutions, states who are driven by interests. History is forgoten, rewrited, deleted, manipulated. Having as an argument some facts taken out from 2 or 3 history books you may have read it is ...löjligt.
02:22 July 31, 2009 by mobings
@ toyis... well said!! These bigots( eurostan, eye_witness, iraniboy, playmaker) need to be shunted everywhere.
04:34 July 31, 2009 by Hedley
I recommend watching a movie called "Why we fight? 2005" and "The power of nightmares".

And that it! both explain about US foreign relationships.
10:16 July 31, 2009 by Playmaker
@mobings. where do i start? lets see 1st we can pick are fights where ever we want since we have freedoms in this country. thanks largely to people like my grandpa who fought and killed a sh*t load of nazis. "Sweden is peace-loving country". have you not read the headlines lately. my country(became a deul citizen last week) sell a lot of war weapons. farc has swedish rockets, swedes kill afgans in combat. oh lets not forget the huge riots several years ago. have you not been to a AIK vs. djur. soccer match. peaceful lol. and what do you mean take your people out of proverty. makes no sense. how can you all quotes from mohammed disinfo. it is his quotes. he is why women are stoned daughters are killed by family for honor. we even have honor killings here in peaceful sweden. lets not forget rosengard capital of peaceful sweden. what are you doing up at 2:22 am are you even in sweden?
11:57 July 31, 2009 by Eye_Witness
@ Playmaker. There are thousands of Indians working in many muslim countries specially middle east. It should make a perfect sense for the authorities of these countries to reconsider their policies towards INDIANS as the earned money is just nurturing mind-sets like you and euroSATAN.
15:39 July 31, 2009 by ukinsweden
Arnt the discussions above the real reason why there are problems in the world? People discriminate and follow other people (leaders, religions) like mindless sheep, and kill in the name of others without actually thinking about the fact they are taking another human being...

Why not learn to get along and be nice to one another hey? and the grow the F**K up
16:33 July 31, 2009 by drgony1
yes superb if you stir up some one home or killed then of course you will have to face the situation i dont know why people follow other peoples without knowing the history, background and outcome, and getting benefit of one person around this whole war created.
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