posted on Oct, 31 2004 @ 10:57 AM
The terrorist group Jaish-e-Muslimeen (Army of Muslims) has set a Wednesday deadline for the withdrawal of all UN forces from Afghanistan, and the
release of all Taliban and Al-Qaeda prisoners. They are now saying that unless the demands are met, that the hostages will be executed in a way
'pleasing to muslims'.
By Sayed Salahuddin
KABUL (Reuters) - Militants holding three foreign U.N. workers in Afghanistan have threatened to kill them unless all Taliban and al Qaeda prisoners
are released from U.S. custody by noon (0730 GMT) on Wednesday.
The leader of Jaish-e-Muslimeen (Army of Muslims) told Reuters the United Nations must also cease operations in Afghanistan, or the hostages would be
killed "in such a way by which Muslims will be happy."
The group also released a video of the hostages which the Arabic TV channel Al Jazeera broadcast on Sunday showing them in apparent good health,
although a group spokesman said later one of the hostages had been treated by a doctor after falling ill.
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It seems as if the new tactic among these terrorist groups is to spread into Afghanistan, and other areas, in an attempt to undermine US and
Coalition efforts at stabilizing the area and also to further isolate the US and Britain, specifically, by now admonishing the UN for gettign involved
in Afghanistan, and demanding that the UN pull out.
On a personal note, this seems to be the most recent attempt at dividing the nations of the coalition against each other, and the attempt at a UN
pullout indicates a desperation on the part of the terrorists. Desperation in the sense that now that the UN is becoming more and more involved in the
efforts, the terrorists and their sponsors will lose their ability to possibly seize power in the absence of coalition forces after a pullout.
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[edit on 31-10-2004 by everlastingnoitall]