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Defected commander: Afghan Taliban fragmented on fight

08-06-2011 10:44 BJT

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A CCTV News correspondent has had a rare opportunity to interview a Taliban commander who has defected from the militant group.

The commander revealed the Taliban in Afghanistan is currently fragmented with one party wanting to strike peace and another insisting on continuing their fight.

Driving out of Kandahar, we are on our way to meet an infamous Taliban commander, known for his stiff resistance against NATO troops. The latest defection from the ranks of the insurgents, he is being guarded by Afghan police in a secret location. Noor ul Aziz, known locally as Agha Sahib, has an 18 year history with the Taliban.

Noor Ul Aziz, Taliban Defector, said, "No one has destroyed as many armored vehicles as me. In the course of 48 hours, I destroyed 24 vehicles and shot down an American helicopter."

Aziz says he commanded a 300 strong insurgent force in Helmand
province.

Aziz says he commanded a 300 strong insurgent force in Helmand province. After the fall of the Taliban regime they retreated to their villages. It was only after being persecuted that the movement took up arms against the Afghan government and its international backers, according to Aziz.

Noor Ul Aziz, Taliban Defector, said, "They imprisoned our comrades, they filled detention centres with us, foreign forces were hunting us down, confiscating our land."

He claims the Taliban-led insurgency is being fueled by neighbouring countries, which are supplying weapons and providing training to the insurgents.

A CCTV News correspondent has had a rare opportunity to
interview a Taliban commander who has defected from the
militant group.

Noor Ul Aziz, Taliban Defector, said, "We got most of our weapons and training in Pakistan. Last year we got a shipment of 500 heavy machine guns from Iran. And now I realize what kind of a dirty game our neighbours are playing here in Afghanistan."

Aziz describes life of an insurgent as being hunted by forces from over 40 countries.

Noor Ul Aziz, Taliban Defector, said, "Life was very tough. We spent days without proper food, and changed safe houses several times every night, in fear of American drones targeting us. "

Four months ago, after spending most of his life fighting Aziz, was approached by a government official in a conciliatory move.

Noor Ul Aziz, Taliban Defector, said, "How do you view my martyrs? He said, your martyrs are like my flesh and blood. Your prisoners are like my brothers, and we will release them. We are brothers, we shouldn't be killing each other."

According to the hardened insurgent fighter, the Taliban movement is fragmented, one party wanting to strike peace with the government and lay down their arms, while the other wants to continue the struggle.

Noor Ul Aziz, Taliban Defector, said, "The foreign Taliban don't want peace. They want foreign troops to stay, so that they can kill many of them. They are the biggest obstacle to peace in Afghanistan."

Aziz is one of hundreds of mid-level Taliban commanders who was keeping the decade long insurgency in Afghanistan alive. The hope is that defected insurgent leaders like Aziz will open the doors for others to follow suit.

Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CNTV.CN

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