‘Godfather of the Taliban’ died while in Taliban captivity
Irony or karma?
Sultan Amir Tarar, the American-trained Pakistani spy who taught the Afghan Taliban how to wage guerilla warfare during the 1980s, has died in captivity ten months after being kidnapped by Taliban militants in northwest Pakistan. The man affectionately known as “Colonel Imam” once ran a network of CIA-funded training camps in Afghanistan during the Soviet occupation and mentored Mullah Omar, who later became the leader of the Taliban. It appeared that Tarar overestimated his “street cred” as the “godfather of the Taliban” when he accompanied Khalid Khawaja, a retired Pakistani spy, and Asad Qureshi, a British journalist, to North Waziristan. The Taliban militants, staying true to their trainings, ambushed and kidnapped Tarar and his companions and executed Khawaja last year. As Javed Ashraf Qazi told MSNBC.com, “…dealing with the Taliban is dangerous business. They are ruthless.” Indeed, probably because they were well-trained by Tarar…
Here’s a video of Tarar obtained by Al Jazeera in July 2010:
- MSNBC.com: He trained the Taliban – and they kidnapped him
- Voice of America: Legendary Pakistani spy dies in militant custody
- guardian.co.uk: Pakistan’s Godfather of the Taliban dies
- AOL News: Ex-Spy and Taliban Mentor Dies in Captivity in Pakistan