Soldiers Desert Army to Join Taliban

Other News Materials 10 September 2008 17:42 (UTC +04:00)

Afghanistan, Kabul, 10 September / Trend corr. A.Hakimi / A senior Afghan army official and 50 soldiers have reportedly abandoned their uniforms and joined the ranks of the Taliban.

Taliban spokesman Qari Mohammad Yousuf announced the move in a statement published on jihadi internet forums on 9 September.

"At 10 a.m on Monday [8 September], the deputy general of the border guards, Nur Ahmad Khan Bahlawan joined the ranks of the mujahadeen together with 50 soldiers as a result of a secret relationship established for some time with the men from Nu castle in the region of Badghis."

According to the Taliban, the deserters reportedly brought two rockets and three sub-machineguns as well as a quantity of money.

The official was working with the soldiers as border guard.

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