The Canadian Press
August 17, 2008
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — The Taliban say Canada must pull out of Afghanistan or face more attacks like the one that killed two Canadian aid workers.
In an open letter addressed to “the Canadian people,” the Islamic fundamentalist group said Canada “sacrificed” its self-respect by following the “American” agenda.
The Taliban are urging Canadians to press the government to “put an end to the occupation of Afghanistan.”
In the letter, Qari Muhammad Yussef says the Taliban don’t want to kill Canadians but are forced to because Canadians are killing innocent Afghans.
The warning comes just days after three aid workers, including two Canadians, were gunned down by insurgents in Logar province.
It happened about two weeks after Canadian troops accidentally shot two children to death in the Panjwaii district of Kandahar, fearing the vehicle they were riding in was going to attack them.