Presence of UK forces providing oxygen to Qaeda by offering themselves as a target

September 15th, 2008 - 12:01 pm ICT by ANI  

Lahore , Sept 15 (ANI): A UN official exclusively entrusted the task of monitoring Al Qaedas movements has reportedly said that the presence of British forces in Afghanistan was providing oxygen for Al Qaeda by offering the terrorist group a target.

Richard Barrett , the head of United Nations Al Qaeda Monitoring Unit, who reports directly to the UN Security Council, said that the deployments of foreign troops in the country (Afghanistan) was acting as a glue with which Al Qaeda network was bonding support in the region, reported the Daily Times.

The British government had sent its forces to Helmand province to prevent the region from becoming a safe haven for Al Qaeda, Barrett said and added that instead the presence of NATO troops and coalition forces in Afghanistan was helping Al Qaeda consolidate its position on the Pak-afghan border by offering the terrorist group a target.

According to him, the same case was in Iraq where military commanders had warned that British forces in Basra had fuelled support for the insurgency. (ANI)

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