PressTV, October 17, 2009
Published here: Saturday, October 17, 2009 at 11:44 AM
The British army has been relocating Taliban insurgents from southern Afghanistan to the north by providing transportation means, diplomats say.
The diplomats, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said insurgents are being airlifted from the southern province of Helmand to the north amid increasing violence in the northern parts of the country.
The aircraft used for the transfer have been identified as British Chinook helicopters.
The officials said Sultan Munadi, an Afghan interpreter who was kidnapped along with his employer, New York Times reporter Stephen Farrell, was killed by a “British sniper” as commandos executed a rescue operation to free Farrell.
They said Munadi was targeted for possessing documents and pictures pointing at the British military’s involvement in the transfer operation.
The Afghan journalist also had evidence of the involvement of the foreign forces in Afghanistan in the tensions that rocked China’s Xinjiang autonomous region in July, the diplomats said.