Fatwa Calls for Death to Karzai

News article, posted 03.24.2010, from Afghanistan
Daily Times / Reuters
Taliban have issued a fatwa (religious decree) calling for President Hamid Karzai to be killed for serving American and British "infidels." The decree came in a 12-page Pashto-language booklet distributed in the Afghan south. It reiterated a call for jihad against infidels and their slaves. "It should be remembered that there is no difference between infidels and their agents and jihad against them has become incumbent," the fatwa said.

The document was written by three Taliban Muslim scholars and approved by a council of about 100, a Taliban spokesman said. "Jihad against all the slaves of Americans and the British, including Hamid Karzai, has become incumbent and they deserve to be killed," it said. US and Afghan opposition troops forced the Taliban from power in late 2001 after they refused to give up Osama bin Laden, architect of the September 11 attacks on the United States.

Taliban fighters have been waging an insurgency against the US-backed Karzai government and the US forces since then. More than 1,100 people have been killed in violence this year, including nearly 60 US troops. The fatwa described British and Americans as "Jewish and Christian ... infidels who cannot be friends of Muslims." It also called on Afghan Muslims "not to be misled by the infidels' sweet talk and temptation", and to join the Taliban fight to force them to leave Afghanistan.

The US leads a force of about 20,000 battling the Taliban and hunting for militant leaders. British troops are part of a 10,000-strong North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO)-led peacekeeping force, mostly based in central, northern and eastern areas.