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Prince William’s commander killed

October 15th, 2007 . by Matt

Major Roberts\
Killed by the Taliban – Prince William’s commanding officer

Prince Williams commanding officer at Sandhurst Academy has been killed by Taliban forces flush with weapons paid for with South Korean cash, in what the Telegraph describes as a “blitz”.

Millions of dollars handed over to secure the release of South Korean hostages in Afghanistan have been used to buy weapons deployed against British and American forces in the country, the Taliban claims.

Major Alexis Roberts, 32, Prince William’s former platoon commander at Sandhurst, was one of the victims of the Taliban offensive funded by the hostage money.

According to Taliban fighters interviewed by The Sunday Telegraph, the money has also been used to train recruits to carry out terrorist attacks in Britain and America.

South Korea has repeatedly denied claims by Afghan officials that it paid cash to secure the release in August of 21 Christian volunteers who were held for nearly six weeks. But in a recent meeting, three Taliban fighters involved in the conflict with the British in Helmand province said that $10 million cash handed over in two instalments had been used to boost operations in Afghanistan and abroad.

“It was a God-sent opportunity,” said Mullah Hezbollah, 30. “It has helped us to multiply our stockpile of weapons and explosives to wage battle for at least a year or so.”

Major Alexis Roberts, 32, Prince William’s former platoon commander at Sandhurst, was one of the victims of the Taliban offensive funded by the hostage money.

According to Taliban fighters interviewed by The Sunday Telegraph, the money has also been used to train recruits to carry out terrorist attacks in Britain and America.

South Korea has repeatedly denied claims by Afghan officials that it paid cash to secure the release in August of 21 Christian volunteers who were held for nearly six weeks. But in a recent meeting, three Taliban fighters involved in the conflict with the British in Helmand province said that $10 million cash handed over in two instalments had been used to boost operations in Afghanistan and abroad.

“It was a God-sent opportunity,” said Mullah Hezbollah, 30. “It has helped us to multiply our stockpile of weapons and explosives to wage battle for at least a year or so.”

The South Korean embassy in London characterized the Taliban claims of a payment as “lies”.

Asked to comment on the Taliban claims, the South Korean embassy in London described them as “lies” put out by the movement’s propaganda wing.

I have to wonder. If it was not money, then what did the South Koreans give the Taliban? Someone is lying, and I suspect it is not the Taliban.


11 Responses to “Prince William’s commander killed”

  1. comment number 1 by: Errol

    Lies, lies, lies and damn’d statistics. Prince Willy’s mentor killed by Korean-funded terrorists?

    What next Korean willies reaching global bestmedium practice?

    But not only British and U.S. Forces have been murdered with Korean-funded weapons. 71 Canadians have also made the ultimate sacrifice to bring peace, prosperity and democracy to this mountainous country racked by regionalism and caveman attitudes to women and ethnic minority groups. Plus Australia’s first death in combat since the Vietnam War.

  2. comment number 2 by: arthurbliss

    well, probably korean gov’t are lying.
    but then Italy probably payed ransom yet denied it, and Al zarqawi said that Japanese gov’t
    also offered several millon dollars to his terrorist group, though japanese government, like south korea, vehemently denied about Al zarqawi’s comment.

    look, every countries in similar situation had to make some kind of concession. even U.S had to release some terrorist prisoners to rescue an american female. of course, the US denied it like other countries, and this “white lie” is pretty norm in diplomatic world.

    well, I guess the gov’t had no choice
    but suck it up with terrorists when 2 of them were killed and there was real chance that rest of 21 would be killed as well. sure, those
    korean missionaries were did really stupid thing, and everyone in korea was angry with them, but at least they are our SOB and govt had to save them no matter what.

  3. comment number 3 by: General Tiger

    I wouldn’t say that the ROK goverment is telling the truth, but accepting the words of Taliban fighters is also something that should be approached with cautions.
    .
    Remember, Qari Mohammad Yousuf, a Taliban spokesman, told Reuters no ransom was paid. Maybe it was to save faces, but conflicting words within the Taliban shows that you can’t just trust them.

  4. comment number 4 by: Matt

    I wouldn’t say that the ROK goverment is telling the truth, but accepting the words of Taliban fighters is also something that should be approached with cautions.
    .
    Remember, Qari Mohammad Yousuf, a Taliban spokesman, told Reuters no ransom was paid. Maybe it was to save faces, but conflicting words within the Taliban shows that you can’t just trust them.

    What you say is true. I do not believe the Taliban at all. I just think that given how the Taliban were treating the prisoners (awfully), and how hard they were negotiating, it is doubtful that the Koreans got the better part of the deal.

  5. comment number 5 by: Errol

    General Tiger, all round normal bloke and able to see both sides of an argument is here but where are the Korean apologists? The sort of smug apologists that claim graduates from Melbourne University (Australia’s top university. Check the global rankings compared to SNU) are smug, liberal Australian women who don’t understand Korean culture.

    눈이 와요?

    Well here it is.
    A documentary on Korean culture by a Korean woman that doesn’t lie.

    Note especially this: Describing her film as a “labor of love,” Kye said that she gets angry at the idea that prostitutes choose their professions to make easy money.
    “The vast majority of prostitutes had no choice,” she said. “They were either raped or sexually harassed or were too poor to do anything else.”

    How is this relevant to the Taliban being given $10 million in cash to save Korean women missionaries? Consider this, how much money is spent in Korea trying to save Korean women prostitutes?

  6. comment number 6 by: kteen

    Matt,
    Do you mean to say that the taleban is fighting with only the 25million dollars(max. estimated figure) ‘funded’ by the Korean government?
    Most of the drugs produced in Afghanistan end up in the streets of europe or america, and if there is anyone to blame about this incident(and the thousands before), they are YOUR DRUG ADDICTS.

  7. comment number 7 by: Errol

    # kteen Says:
    October 16th, 2007 at 3:07 am

    YOUR DRUG ADDICTS.

    “After having my body ravaged by several customers in a row I just get too tired to move my limbs. At times like that, I need a shot of heroin. This enables me to handle five or six men in a single night. I can’t help but take the drug in order to keep myself in working condition.”

    The Transformation of Sexual Work in 20th-Century Korea
    John Lie
    Gender and Society, Vol. 9, No. 3 (Jun., 1995), p 320. … and what are the preconditions to the woman quoted above needing to be in

    working condition?

    The buck rabbits never stop in Korea.


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  9. comment number 9 by: General Tiger

    Errol:
    You know, posting irrelevant information makes you look like an idiot.
    .
    If you want to talk about the issue, ask Matt or Gerry to make a thread on it.

  10. comment number 10 by: arthurbliss

    errol

    and what are the preconditions to the woman quoted above needing to be in
    working condition?

    well, that’s not relevant to this issue.
    tiger and kteen wrote valid, or at least reasonable comments, but your writing about
    korean prostitutes is really off the mark here.

    c’mon, if you want to argue, then stick to the issue.

    and those sad stories of forced prostitutes who used loan shark money and payed back with selling their body were existed until about early 90’s, but that kind of prostitution is largely overblown, and most prostitutes now are more of “freelancer” who started work with their own free will, and indeed they do make very good money.

    look, It is also common that Thai women are lured to Japan and sold to Yakuza-controlled brothels where they are forced to work off their price. this is pretty bad and i feel really sorry for Thai girls, but I don’t use this to blindlessly attack Japan in general, and you should not do that either.

  11. comment number 11 by: T_K

    Matt,

    In the UK, a lot of people are angry that their prince is risking his life in someone else’s war. Are there Australians who feel this way?