[If the Taliban's usual spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility, then it must be true. It also means that if he was an enemy of the Afghan Taliban then he was also an enemy of Pakistan. The game or "reconciliation," like the corresponding game of "good Taliban/bad Taliban," is a massive ruse carried-0ut by ISI and CIA, to dangle before the people like a tasty carrot, leading them like so many donkeys in harnesses. Like in the previous incarnation of this deception, concerning Mullah Baradar, whenever hopes get too high, the chief "negotiators" are taken out of the way. The Taliban/Pakistan played along with Karzai's High Peace Council attempts until now, when their turban-clad assassins could be moved into place to squash them, as Karzai had squashed the ruse being generated by the American side with another Taliban "negotiator," Tayyab Agha.
There is nothing real in any of this, no truth can be found anywhere about America's terror war, especially in any alleged effort to bring it all to an end. That is the very last thing on American leaders' murderous minds.]
KABUL | Wed Sep 21, 2011 2:28am IST
(Reuters) – The Taliban said on Tuesday it had won assassinated former Afghan president Burhanuddin Rabbani’s trust by using a high-level team that feigned interest in talks but instead was intent on killing him.
A Taliban suicide bomber on Tuesday killed Rabbani, head of a council that was trying to negotiate a political end to the war, in what analysts called a blow to peace efforts.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility, saying the killer had gone to Rabbani’s home for talks.
“As soon as Rabbani came three steps forward to hug Mohammad Masoom, he triggered his explosive-filled jacket killing Rabbani, (another) Taliban militant Wahid Yar and four security guards present at the house,” he told Reuters.
The Kabul police chief’s office, in a statement, said the explosives had been hidden in the suicide bomber’s turban.
Mujahid said the Taliban’s central leadership had appointed two “articulate and well-trained” fighters — Masoom and Yar — to build contacts with Rabbani.
He also told Reuters that Yar, a former minister when the Taliban were in power in Kabul, had visited Rabbani’s home many times.
“Both of them were frequently meeting him at his Kabul home and secured trust of Rabbani and his guards. They were telling Rabbani that they would soon bring senior Taliban leadership to the negotiating table with him,” Mujahid said by phone from an undisclosed location.
The Taliban frequently exaggerates battlefield exploits, but Mujahid’s statements seemed to broadly match other accounts of the assassination.
Mujahid said the group had made similar plans for assassinating “more such people” in the near future.
Rabbani’s assassination comes after a string of high profile killings, including President Hamid Karzai’s brother and top northern police commander General Dawood Dawood.
(Writing by Emma Graham-Harrison; Editing by Michael Roddy)