CIA-linked Pak spy: US lead troops cannot defeat Afghan Taliban
Colonel Imam , the Paksitani operative who trained Mullah Omar, the de-facto leader of Afghan "mujahideen" , to fight against the Soviet occupation forces has warned the NATO lead troops that they will never be able to defeat the Taliban.
Colonel Imam, whose real name is Amir Sultan Tarar said to be got training for Special Operation warfare in the US army base, Fort Bragg. During 1970s and 1980 he is said to have trained around 90,000 Afghan 'mujahideen'.
A former Pakistan intelligence agent who helped CIA in forming the Taliban says the US must talk with the group as it will never be able to defeat the militants.
Amir Sultan Tarar -- better known under his nom de guerre, Colonel Imam, the individual who trained Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar said Saturday that the US must engage in talks with the highly-trained Taliban instead of increasing the number of its troops, which will only will result in the sacrifice of more lives.
Colonel Imam -- a former Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence operative ran CIA-funded training camps for the Afghan resistance to the Soviet Union's occupation from 1979 to 1989 and is widely believed to have played a key role in the formation of the Taliban.
"You can never win the war in Afghanistan. I have worked with these people since the 1970s and I tell you they will never be defeated. Anyone who has come here has got stuck. The more you kill, the more they will expand,” the Times online quoted Imam as saying.
He was trained at Fort Bragg, the US army base where America's special forces are stationed.
The Pakistani intelligence agent made the remarks as Washington prepares to deploy 17,000 extra troops to Afghanistan to fight a growing Taliban-led insurgency by mid-July.
Some update about the Colonel Imam, who many people consider as the 'Father of Taliban'.
In the 1990s, the colonel’s guiding hand helped propel the Taliban to power. He was a close friend of the reclusive Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar.
Today, Col Imam lives out his retirement at his modest home in the garrison town of Rawalpindi, close to Islamabad. “I am 65 but still fit to fight,” he chuckles during a rare interview. The man some refer to as “the father of the Taliban” cuts an imposing figure. Tall and rangy, he sports a long, grey-flecked beard and wears a pristine white turban with his salwar kameez, the traditional long shirt and trouser ensemble worn in Pakistan.
His living room is a veritable shrine to the Afghan jihad. On the walls hang paraphernalia, including a mounted Kalashnikov, an RPG launcher, and several daggers captured from Soviet troops in the 1980s. Metre-high missile casings, decorated with verses praising the mujahideen, lean against a cabinet. But the most intriguing item is a glass case containing a heavily graffitied chunk of the Berlin Wall, which the colonel says was a gift from US officials. The brass inscription panel reads: “To Col Imam, with deepest respect to the one who helped deliver the first blow.”