A few days ago, NBC News ran an interview with a “moderate” Taliban leader.
“We have been tasked by our leadership to urge the public and clerics to boycott the elections next year,” senior Taliban leader and cleric Maulana Abdul Aziz told NBC News while on a visit to Quetta, just across the border in neighboring Pakistan.
He said bomb attacks against Muslims and innocent unarmed people were against the teaching of Islam but that “suicide attacks on U.S. and NATO forces” were justified.
The Taliban, who do nothing but carry out bomb attacks against everyone in sight, were offended by this and have decided to set the record straight. They have never heard of this Aziz person and are 100 percent for suicide bombings, anywhere, anyhow.
Zabihullah Mujahid, an official spokesman for the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, the official name for the Afghan Taliban, denounced an individual known as Mawlana Abdul Aziz who has purported to speak for the group. Aziz claimed two days ago that the Taliban’s top clerics have declared “martyrdom operations” as “unlawful.”
“That the Islamic Emirate does not have or recognize a scholar with such duties named ‘Mawlana Abdul Aziz’ in its ranks therefore it considers the above assertions as baseless and urges all media outlets to refrain from publishing such groundless and fabricated reports …,” Mujahid continued.
NBC News… the Taliban would like to talk to you and prove to you that they are absolutely on board with suicide bombings.