blamed for new violence in Iraq
his comments last week that al-Qaeda agents are active in Iraq,
President Bush has now said that Mullah Omar, the leader of
Afghanistan's Taleban, has been spotted in Baghdad with a band
of Taleban fighters. The allegation comes after a convoy of
Toyota pick-ups, Yamaha motorbikes and Arabian horses was tracked
making its way through Iran in the direction of Iraq.
CIA spies also reported an increase in the number of large groups
of men wearing black turbans lingering on street corners in
Baghdad. After close analysis of blurry black and white photos
of some of these men, agents were said to be 99 per cent positive
that they were veterans of the Afghan War who had most likely
shaken Osama Bin Laden's hand at some point.
There are suspicions that the Taleban are attempting to use
the vacuum in Iraq to impose strict Muslim Sharia law. This
is reinforced by US Army commanders who refuse to believe that
they are being humiliated daily by a bunch of teenagers with
Kalashnikovs and have assumed that there must be experienced
fighters from Afghanistan amongst them directing the action.
Donald Rumsfeld, the US Secretary of Defense, said: 'It is obvious
to any neutral observer that the Taleban are at the heart of
the recent violence in Iraq. They are obviously still bitter
about gettin' the butts whooped by our boys and now they're
taking cheap pot-shots. But we're gonna wipe them out even if
that means deploying cluster bombs on neighbourhoods where they
may be staying.'
President Bush was said to be determined to take the opportunity
to capture Mullah Omar this time instead of letting him escape
on a beat-up old motorbike into the desert as he did in Afghanistan.