June 22, 2011 Special Dispatch No. 3938

In Article in Urdu-Language Magazine, Taliban Commander Umer Khalid Accuses Western Media of Covering Up the Biggest News of the Day – 'The U.S. Has Been Defeated in Afghanistan'

June 22, 2011
Pakistan | Special Dispatch No. 3938

In an article in an Urdu-language quarterly magazine published by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Taliban commander Umer Khalid accused the "Western media and the international media working under its influence" of engaging in covering up the biggest news story of the day - that "the U.S. has been defeated in Afghanistan."

The article, titled "The Group of 40 Thieves," was published in the Urdu-language magazine Khilafat quarterly, which is a new publication from the TTP launched under the patronage of Umer Khalid. The first issue of the quarterly magazine, dated March 2011, was released on Internet jihadist forums in June 2011.

Umer Khalid, who is the TTP's Emir for the Pakistani tribal district of Mohmand Agency, says that all countries are engaged in formulating new strategies in view of the U.S. defeat in Afghanistan, but that Pakistan is still slumbering. "India is worried about the defeat of its allies, and hence is busy in strengthening its defense preparedness, while China, Iran and Russia are seeing a glimpse of a new world order," he writes.

"The countries of Europe, North and South America are contemplating their relations with that country [unclear], while the poor countries of Asia and Africa are in a dilemma as to which [superpower] bloc they should go with now. The governments of South Korea, Afghanistan, Yemen, Iraq, Algeria and Somalia are watching for consequences, and they are ready to make any defense agreement to strengthen themselves," he says. ...

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