Taliban 'possessing US ammunition'
Press TV – November 10, 2009
Taliban have allegedly been found in possession of American-manufactured mines, amid reports of the Afghan militants stepping up their bombing campaigns.
On Tuesday, the Qatar-based news channel Al-Jazeera aired footages showing the Taliban sorting and transporting purported 'US military ammunition' including mines engraved with US markings.
The channel claimed the explosives had been taken during an October militant rampage through two distant US bases in the eastern province of Nuristan.
The militants are, meanwhile, reported to conduct explosions throughout the war-wrecked country on a daily basis.
The blasts have plighted both the civilian population and the US-led forces. Retaliatory attacks by the soldiers have regularly missed militant targets, killing thousands of the non-combatants instead.
Based on a new US-devised coalition strategy, the two bases and other remote outposts have been closed down as the forces are ordered to focus more on the populated areas.
Nathan Gallahan, a spokesman for NATO and the US-led military joint command center, in comments quoted by the DPA, verified that the bases had not been overrun by Taliban during the specified time.
Gallahan confirmed that all the 'sensitive items' had been accounted for when the outposts were shut down, the news agency added.
The New York Times reporter and former serviceman, C. J. Chivers, in May pointed to the 'identical' markings found on both the firearms obtained from the militants and those freighted by the US suppliers to Afghanistan.
He noted that the ammunition bore little signs of decay 'suggesting it had been removed from packaging recently'.
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