The real Taliban: Rape and murder
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It's being called "Abu Ghraib" by the Taliban, according to a report from Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin.
But it's worse, much worse. Rape is forbidden by the Quran, but some family leaders of the Taliban Islamist Haqqani network, a powerful and militant factor in Afghanistan and Pakistan, systematically have been raping young women and photographing the episodes for their own lurid pleasure, according to reports.
Information reaching the G2 Bulletin confirms Haqqani's second in command, Sirajuddin "Siraj" Haqqani, had enlisted his cousin Ishak and uncle Ibrahim to photograph the rapes as he and his entourage went from village to village seeking recruits among poor Muslim families to fight for the Taliban and al-Qaida.
In exchange, Siraj Haqqani offered villagers free medical care and had enlisted the help of his physician, Dr. Hassan Duraz, to run the clinics. In addition to seeking Muslim recruits for their terrorist network, however, Siraj rounded up attractive young women from the villages and allegedly raped them.
Duraz also was involved in performing videotaped rapes on the young women, according to sources.
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Siraj Haqqani, 31, is the son of the Haqqani network's leader, Jalaluddin Haqqani. Siraj is second in command and is a Pashtun warlord and military leader with a $5 million U.S. government bounty for his capture.
The Haqqani network is a serious threat to forces of the United States and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
On Feb. 2, Siraj Haqqani was targeted in a U.S. drone attack but was not in the area at the time.
Evidence reaching the G2 Bulletin includes videotape, by the Taliban itself, of the rape encounters. The graphic episodes have been posted at BigJournalism.com..
The taped episodes are a few samples of what once was a pornographic library Siraj had developed. He sought to destroy all evidence, including the tapes, but a few were smuggled out by elements within the Haqqani organization disillusioned in him and his father.
In attempting to hide any evidence of his rape rampage, Siraj then had all the women killed, according to informed sources. Other sources have verified their killings.
To insure that all evidence was eliminated, Siraj also had Duraz killed, sources claim.
Author Brad Thor received this information initially while in Afghanistan doing research work on an upcoming novel.
In talking to a mid-level Taliban commander in the Haqqani network, he learned that there is considerable disillusionment among fighters, mullahs and commanders who have "lost faith in both the network's founder, Jalaluddin Haqqani, and its chief operating officer, Siraj Haqqani, Jalaluddin's son."
Feb. 15, 2010