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    Saturday, February 14, 2009

    Taliban in fighting causes Beheading

    Taliban in pissing contest:

    The full picture is not clear yet.

    Some interesting Intel the BSU's have developed: Input from inside the beltway,
    and Recon teams and OSINT.

    Taliban says hostage Piotr Stanczak beheaded:

    "When Stanczak was first kidnapped, I've seen a photograph of him and his captors. In it he is wearing a Baloch head cover and a Baloch style caftan."

    The video and the demands indicate that Solecki, the head of the U.N. refugee agency in Quetta, a city near the Afghan border, is still alive and that his captors want to negotiate.

    The American UN person kidnapped:

    The kidnappers have identified themselves as the Baluchistan Liberation United Front, suggesting a link to local separatists who have waged a long, low-level insurgency against the Pakistani government and not the Taliban or al-Qaida, who are fighting U.S. forces in neighboring Afghanistan.

    "The Mehsud's are a fractious group, Baitullah is only supported by about 80% of the elders. However, killing Stanczak has some very odd aspects. Stanczak was more or less under the protection of the Taliban."

    "He may have been re-kidnapped by the Taliban and then fought over and killed to keep one Taliban faction from re-taking him. This is not unusual in the kidnapping industry of Pakistan that the Baloch are deeply involved in."

    "When Stanczak was killed, his captors had agreed to a ransom of about $262,000 instead of the release of their compatriots. Why kill him? And lose all that money? Likely out of spite as they were about to lose Stanczak to another faction. That fits the petty and ignorant behavior of the Mehsuds."

    Taliban takeover of Swat. The picturesque valley in the NWFP, once a holiday destination for tourists, is now under the grip of a Taliban group under the leadership of Fazlullah, a mullah with extreme views who has thrown in his lot with the South Waziristan-based warlord Beithullah Mehsud.
    Baitullah Mahsud in South Waziristan and Maulana Fazlullah in Swat
    'Mehsud has severed contacts with Fazlullah'

    Related to the Polish beheading?

    Excerpts from

    Taliban feud over murder of Polish hostage

    Stanczak was kidnapped in Attock on Sept. 28, 2008, by Taliban fighters under the command of Zakir Mehsud operating from the Arakzai tribal agency. ... Attock is a district in Punjab province that borders the districts of Nowshera, Swabi, and Haripur in the Taliban insurgency-ridden Northwest Frontier Province.

    Punjab is in between Swat and Wariristan.

    Two senior Pakistani Taliban leaders had a disagreement over the handling of kidnapped Polish geologist Piotr Stanczak. The disagreement led to Stanczak's gruesome beheading, which was videotaped by the Taliban and released to the public. ( Well not really its a mystery,
    Why release a video to a News Agency but not post it to the Internet? Why has the News Agency not released the video? And note Piotr Stanczak, was asked questions
    in English by the terrorist on the video just before they beheaded him. G )

    Baitullah sought to use Stanczak to obtain the release of several of his followers, while Qari Hussain, who had custody of Stanczak, sought the release of four members of the radical Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and an Uzbek, a Taliban source told The News. The move triggered Qari to execute Stanczak.

    “A day before the beheading of the engineer [Stanczak], Baitullah sent his men to bring the captive but the Qari group did not agree and beheaded the captive the next day,” Mohammed, a Taliban spokesman for Zakir Mehsud told The News. "This forced Qari to behead the Polish engineer." Zakir Mehsud is one of Qari's lieutenants in the city of Darra Adam Khel in the Arakzai tribal agency.

    Mohammed quoted Zakir as saying Qari's decision to behead Stanczak was sound "as it would create fear amongst the nonbelievers. If we keep on sending such gifts to the Europeans and others, they would soon be compelled to flee the region,” Mohammed said. “If God wishes, people would see more and more beheadings of nonbelievers in the future.”

    ( And yet they didn't post it to the Forums.G )

    ( Our BSU's and Recon teams continue to search for the Video.G )

    Hakimullah Mehsud, the Taliban commander in Arakzai, Khyber, and Peshawar who is behind the attacks on NATO's supply lines in northwestern Pakistan, had hoped to get a teenager to behead Stanczak but the plan was called off due to the short amount of time to find a child, Mohammed said.

    Several times in the past, the Taliban in both Pakistan and Afghanistan have released videotapes of children and teenagers beheading captives.

    The report of the disagreement between Baitullah and Qari became public just two days after a roadside bomb wounded Mullah Noor Sayyed Mehsud, a deputy of Baitullah's, and killed another Taliban commander and wounded another leader. Noor was leaving a meeting of senior Taliban commanders in Makeen, Baitullah's home town. There is no evidence that the two incidents are linked, but Qari is one of the few people who could pull off such an attack.

    Qari Hussain Mehsud is a senior deputy to Pakistani Taliban commander Baitullah Mehsud and an ally of al Qaeda as well as the Lashkar-e-Jahangvi and other extremist groups. He runs camps in South Waziristan that train children to become suicide bombers. Children as young as seven years old are indoctrinated to wage jihad in Pakistan and Afghanistan, a video taken at one of his camps in Spinkai showed.



    Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski condemned the apparent killing as a "bestial execution" and said the government would issue arrest warrants for the culprits.

    "A crime was committed, so there has to be an investigation, a search for the culprits, and if possible putting them before the justice system and an exemplary punishment," he said.

    It was not immediately clear what impact the issuing of warrants might have, because Poland does not have an extradition treaty with Pakistan. Islamabad has refused to extradite Pakistanis suspected of taking part in the November terrorist attack in Mumbai, India.

    A spokesman for Taliban militants in northwestern Pakistan told The Associated Press that Stanczak was "slaughtered" because the Pakistani government missed a deadline to release 26 prisoners. The Taliban had also demanded the government withdraw troops from Pakistan's tribal areas.

    The video, seen by the AP, shows two hooded men taking a dagger in turn and running it along the victim's neck. They then lay him out on the floor and put his head on his chest. One of them then cleans his blood-soaked hands with the Pole's shirt.

    After that, a hooded militant delivers a message saying his group would have let the victim go if the Pakistani government had freed their jailed comrades.

    "We did make all contacts with Pakistani government, and even asked them to arrange our contact with the government of Poland," he said. "But Pakistan did not agree and said ... 'you kill this man as we do not need him.'"



    We have picked up roumors that,
    "When Stanczak was killed, his captors had agreed to a ransom of about $262,000 instead of the release of their compatriots."

    "He may have been re-kidnapped by the Taliban and then fought over and killed to keep one Taliban faction from re-taking him. This is not unusual in the kidnapping industry of Pakistan that the Baloch are deeply involved in."

    We are still grinding this thru our Paradigm Engine, power struggle within the Taliban.


    Confirmation: Monday, March 02, 2009
    The source added serious differences had emerged between Commander Tariq, who heads the Taliban in Darra Adamkhel, and chief of the banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Baitullah Mehsud over the fate of the Polish engineer. He claimed Baitullah Mehsud was opposed to the execution of the captive.

    “The differences have reached such a stage that Tariq killed seven representatives of Baitullah Mehsud from Waziristan in a Jirga, refused to accept Mehsud’s advice and assassinated the Polish engineer,” the source said.




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