Retired Afghan general joins the Taliban as concerns rise over defections
Bakhtawar’s son, who is the deputy governor of Farah province, disputes his father’s defection.
“The honorable general was in contact with our Mujahideen, and we are happy to have him in our ranks,” says a senior Taliban official in the video who is not identified by name. “He is an influential personality, and it is great that he is back at his home.”
In the video, Bakhtawar is seen saying, “Let there be peace. I am happy to return to my home. I hope that there should be total peace, and all the elders should join hands. There shouldn’t be any bloodshed on the land.”
At no time in the video does he pledge loyalty to the Taliban or denounce the Afghan government.
Following the signing of a peace deal between the United States and the Taliban, Afghan security forces have been racked by waves of violence. On the ground, Afghan government commanders have said they fear that mounting casualties among their men are undercutting …continued .
[Source: Washington Post]