Army is fighting Brit jihadists in AfghanistanFebruary 25th, 2009 - 6:20 pm ICT by ANI
London, Feb.25 (ANI): Interceptions of Taliban communications have shown that British jihadists some “speaking with West Midlands and Yorkshire accents” are active in Helmand and other parts of southern Afghanistan.
According to The Independent, British soldiers are engaged in combating homegrown jihadists who have travelled to Afghanistan to support the Taliban.
The men involved are said to try to hide their British connections but sometimes “fall back” into speaking English.
One senior military source said: “We have been hearing a lot more Punjabi, Urdu and Kashmiri Urdu rather than just Pashtu, so there appears to be more men from other parts of Pakistan fighting with the Taliban than just the Pashtuns who have tribal allegiances with the Afghan Pashtuns.
A document states that the numbers of young British Muslims, “seemingly committed jihadists”, travelling abroad to commit extremist violence has been rising, with Pakistan and Somalia the most frequent destinations.
MI5 has estimated that up to 4,000 British Muslims had travelled to Pakistan and, before the fall of the Taliban, to Afghanistan for military training.
The main concern until now has been about the parts some of them had played in terrorist plots in the UK. Now there are signs that they are mounting missions against British and Western targets abroad.
Somalia is also becoming a destination for British Muslims of Somali extraction who have started fighting alongside al-Qa”ida-backed Islamist forces.
The Americans have provided evidence of British Muslims fighting inside Afghanistan and training in insurgent camps in Pakistans Federally Administered Tribal Areas to the UK authorities. (ANI)
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