2010年6月14日月曜日

タリバン 見せしめに7才児処刑か

タリバンが見せしめに7才児を処刑したようだ。
 アフガニスタン南部ヘルマンド州の行政当局者は、地元の7歳男児が政府の
ためのスパイ活動を行っていたとして反政府武装勢力が男児を処刑したこと
を明らかにした。

先例
武装勢力はスパイ容疑で3年前にムサカラ地区で70歳の女性と子供を殺害。

タリバーン
事件への関与を否定。

殺された7才の子供(名前Qodos Khan Alokozy)は、該当地区の首長の長男で、
首長は政府よりだったため、見せしめに長男を殺害したとの報道もある。
家から、子供を連れ出し、村の中央の木を利用して絞首刑にしたとのこと。

南米の反政府対立、アフリカ内戦やアフガン紛争の際も、少年兵が話題に
なった。自分の身長と同じくらいの銃を担いで、軍事訓練を行い、山道を
移動している報道を見た記憶があるが、それでも12才くらいだったと思う。
ベトナムでは、15才くらいの少女が、狙撃手となって木枝の間から米兵ら
を狙撃したと話題になったこともあった。

以前は、市民から支持があったと言われるタリバンだが、恐怖政治では、
市民の支持は得られない。消耗戦で、力がつき始めたと言うことなのかも
しれない。
もしかして、ブラックウォータの仕業か、米国側のプロパガンダか。

2009年版ミリタリー・バランス
Private SPY


---政府のスパイとの理由で7歳児処刑、タリバーンか アフガン---
2010.06.10 Web posted at: 19:10 JST Updated - CNN
http://www.cnn.co.jp/world/AIC201006100028.html

カブール(CNN) アフガニスタン南部ヘルマンド州の行政当局者は10日、地元の7歳男児が政府のためのスパイ活動を行っていたとして反政府武装勢力が男児を処刑したことを明らかにした。

同州知事の報道担当者が明らかにしたもので、処刑はサンギン地区で8日起きた。武装勢力は過去にも、政府のスパイとの疑いで似たような処刑を繰り返してきたとし、3年前にはムサカラ地区で70歳の女性と子供を殺害したという。

報道担当者は、処刑を行ったのは2001年末の米英軍事作戦で政権を追われたイスラム武装勢力タリバーンとみられると述べた。タリバーンはアフガン南部に主要な拠点を築く。

アフガニスタンのカルザイ大統領は10日の記者会見で7歳児処刑の事件に触れ、当局が調査を開始したとし、仮に犯行が事実なら人道に対する犯罪であると指弾。「7歳児がスパイであるわけがない」とも非難した。記者会見にはアフガンを電撃訪問したキャメロン英首相も同席し、処刑が本当ならタリバーンについての新たな残忍な側面を物語るものだと批判した。

アフガン駐留米軍は今年2月、ヘルマンド州マルジャで大規模なタリバーン掃討作戦に踏み切り、同地をほぼ平定したとされる。オバマ大統領が昨年12月、3万人の米軍増派を決めて以降、初の本格的なタリバーン掃討作戦だった。

駐留米軍や北大西洋条約機構(NATO)主導の国際治安支援部隊(ISAF)はまた、南部カンダハル州での大規模作戦を今夏に計画、開始時期は近いともされる。米軍などによる南部での攻勢を受け、タリバーンの爆弾テロも増えており、カンダハル市近くの村落では9日夜、結婚式を標的にした爆弾テロが発生、同国内務省によると40人が死亡、74人が負傷した。自爆攻撃と判明している。

タリバーンは同日、この事件への関与を否定した。


---Taliban hang 7-year-old boy accused of being a spy, suicide bomber kills 40 at Afghanistan wedding---
BY Corky Siemaszko
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

Originally Published:Thursday, June 10th 2010, 6:58 AM
Updated: Thursday, June 10th 2010, 1:09 PM
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/2010/06/10/2010-06-10_taliban_hang_7yearold_boy_accused_of_being_a_spy_suicide_bomber_kills_40_at_afgh.html

Twisted Taliban militants took terror to a new low by accusing a 7-year-old boy of spying - and hanging him high.

That outrage drew immediate condemnation from the Afghan president, who called the execution a "crime against humanity."

"I don't think there's a crime bigger than that, that even the most inhuman forces on earth can commit," Hamid Karzai said Thursday. "A 7-year-old boy cannot be a spy. A 7-year-old boy cannot be anything but a 7-year-old boy

The execution happened Tuesday in the embattled Helmand province, said Dawoud Ahmadi, a spokesman for the provincial governor.

"The innocent boy was not a spy, but he may have informed the police or soldiers about planted explosives," Ahmadi told Central Asia Today.

"If this is true, it is an absolutely horrific crime," added British Prime Minister David Cameron, while on a stop in Kabul. "I think it says more about the Taliban than any book, than any article, than any speech could ever say."

The victim was reportedly the grandson of a tribal elder.

The Taliban has targeted tribal leaders who have supported the Karzai government or took part in U.S. directed reconstruction programs.

Hanging is a favorite Taliban terror method for getting rid of enemies - and sending a message to other would-be opponents.

Nor is this the first time the Taliban has killed kids. Three years ago, they strung up a 70-year-old woman and a child in the Musa Qala district on trumped up spying charges, Ahmadi said.

As news of the hanging unfolded, the war-torn country was hit with further tragedy as a suicide bomber hit a wedding party, killing at least 40 and severely wounding more than 70 people.

Several children were among the dead and wounded. Bits of flesh and severed limbs covered the site.

A Taliban spokesman denied responsibility for the deadly attack.

The governor of the province rejected the denial.

"The Taliban are doing two things at once," Gov. Tooryalai Wesa said.

"On one side they target people who are in favor of the government, then at the same time they don't want people to know their real face."

Violence is on the rise in June as the U.S. prepares a major summertime operation to cleanse the region of Taliban commanders.

At least 17 U.S. service members have been killed in the past four days, including four Americans who died Wednesday when insurgents in Helmand province's Sangin district - one of the most volatile in the country and where the 7-year-old boy was hanged - shot down a NATO helicopter.


---Taliban Aim at Officials in a Wave of Killings---
By ROD NORDLAND
Published: June 9, 2010
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/10/world/asia/10taliban.html?src=me

KABUL, Afghanistan - The Taliban have been stepping up a campaign of assassinations in recent months against officials and anyone else associated with local government in an attempt to undermine counterinsurgency operations in the south.

Government assassinations are nothing new as a Taliban tactic, but now the Taliban are taking aim at officials who are much more low-level, who often do not have the sort of bodyguards or other protection that top leaders do. Some of the victims have only the slimmest connections to the authorities. The most egregious example came Wednesday in Helmand Province, where according to Afghan officials the insurgents executed a 7-year-old boy as an informant.

As the coalition concentrates on trying to build up the Afghan government in the southern province of Kandahar, a big part of that strategy depends on recruiting capable Afghan government officials who can speed delivery of aid and services to undercut support for the Taliban. The insurgents have just as busily been trying to undermine that approach, by killing local officials and intimidating others into leaving their posts.

“They read the papers; they know what we are doing,” said a NATO official here, who spoke on condition of anonymity in line with his government’s policy. “It’s very much game on between the coalition and the Taliban.”

The assassinations have been effective in slowing recruitment of government officials, he said. “Am I going to live through the workweek? No one should have to ask that question.”

Just since March, according to reports compiled by The New York Times from the police, military sources, witnesses and local government officials, there have been at least 11 assassinations in Kandahar, mostly of low-level officials. These reports, which are not complete, do not include police officers or other officials killed in more indiscriminate attacks, like suicide bombings.

Among the victims have been Mohammed Hassan Wolsi, head of the agriculture and livestock cooperative in the province, shot April 2 by a man with a pistol while buying a loaf of bread at an outdoor stall; an 18-year-old Afghan woman named Hosay, shot to death in an auto-rickshaw as she rode home from her job at Development Alternatives, Inc., an implementing partner of USAID, in Kandahar; Hajji Abdul Hay, the brother of a prominent member of Parliament, shot in the bazaar in the city; a bodyguard named Hajji Mohammed who worked for the provincial council chairman, Ahmed Wali Karzai; and a district intelligence agent, identified only as Zia, killed on a visit to the city.

The youngest victim was the 7-year-old boy, identified only as the grandson of a farmer named Qodos Khan Alokozy, from the village of Herati in the Sangin District of Helmand Province. According to Daoud Ahmadi, a spokesman for the governor’s office in Helmand, Taliban insurgents went to his village and dragged the boy from his home at 10:30 in the morning, accusing him of acting as a government informant by telling the authorities of their movements. They killed him by hanging him from a tree in the middle of the village, Mr. Ahmadi said. A spokesman for the Taliban, reached by telephone, denied that the episode took place.

Some of the victims have been more prominent, including the deputy mayor of Kandahar, Hajji Azizullah Yarmal, shot to death while he prayed in a mosque on April 19, and Abdul Majeed Babai, head of the information and culture department of Kandahar, killed in a motorcycle drive-by shooting in February.

Assassins narrowly missed in attempts to kill both Kandahar’s mayor, Ghulam Hayder Hamidi, and the Kandahar Province governor, Tooryalai Wesa, last year. Mayor Hamidi, in a recent interview during a ceremony to mark the reconstruction of a local mosque, shrugged off the risks. “When it’s time to die, no one can save me,” he said, pointing out that he travels with a modest security detail.

An exile who lived in the United States until he returned here three years ago, Mr. Hamidi said his daughter, who had come back to Afghanistan first, talked him into doing so as well. “She said you have to come here, that we cannot change the time of death and one day you will have to die and I will cry. It could just as well be from a car accident in the United States.”

The mayor acknowledged, though, that the assassination campaign had made it harder to hire government workers - a task already complicated by the low salaries offered by the Afghan government, compared with what international organizations and even the military pay qualified workers. American officials said they planned to address that by helping provide secure housing and security assistance, which low-level Afghan employees cannot afford.

The NATO official said the authorities had compiled statistics on an increase in assassination-style killings in Kandahar, but a request for that information was turned down by the American Embassy on the grounds that it was classified.

A spokesman for the International Security Assistance Force, the NATO force in Afghanistan, cautioned, however, that it was not clear whether all of the recent spate of killings could be attributed to the Taliban. “Due to lack of accurate information, it is difficult to determine if a killing is an assassination, an act of revenge or criminal activity,” Maj. Steven Cole said.

Often just the threat of assassination has been enough to drive people from their jobs. A Kandahar communications expert who worked for the International Committee of the Red Cross said he left his job after receiving a series of death threats. He asked not to be named because he feared for his life.

The expert planned to take a new job with the American-financed Afghanistan Stabilization Initiative, as the director of a program in one of the rural districts around Kandahar. Then, on April 15 two car bombings hit the program and other American-supported aid organizations, killing three Afghans and wounding dozens of Afghans and foreigners.

“My family pushed me to give it up,” he said. “I know so many people who are afraid to take jobs with the government or the aid community now. It’s a very effective and very efficient campaign; the armed opposition are using this tool because it works.”

Taimoor Shah and an Afghan employee of The New York Times contributed reporting from Kandahar, and Sharifullah Sahak from Kabul.

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