Afghan cell phone companies on Monday have been posed an
ultimatum by Taliban insurgents to shut down mobile phone operators at night in
three days or face an attack, reports Reuters.
Taliban officials claim that the U.S. and other
nations use mobile phones to track key Taliban rebel forces. Four major mobile phone operators have been
targeted with the ultimatum.
Taliban spokesman, Qari Mohammad Yousuf, held recent talks
with the four companies, proposing the ultimatum. The deal included that the operators had to
shut down their towers at night for 14 hours and had only three days to comply,
or they would see an attack on their towers.
"Since the occupying forces stationed in Afghanistan
usually at night use mobile phones for espionage to track down the mujahideen,
the Islamic Emirate gave a three-day ultimatum to all mobile phone firms to
switch off their phones from five in the afternoon until seven in the
morning," Yousuf said in an interview with Reuters by mobile phone.
The four cell phone companies include: Afghan Wireless
Communication Company; Roshan, which is owned by Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development,
the Monaco Telecom International, and TeliaSonera; Areeba, which is owned by
Investcom Holding; and Etisalat, which is a Dubai-based company.
Mobile phones are the widest known means of communication in
Afghanistan amongst warring Taliban and opposition forces. Afghanistan's phone network has been tapped before by American forces to track movements of leaders.
In 2006, the FBI activated a cell phone headset remotely to tap the conversation of alleged Cosa Nostra members. The Taliban threat may be in retaliation of similar tapping operations in Afghanistan.
This is not the Taliban’s first attempt to threaten cell
phone operators in Afghanistan. The
rebel group has accused companies of collaborating with NATO and U.S.–led troops
in the past, though the accusations were never acted on.
quote: Taliban spokesman, Qari Mohammad Yousuf, held recent talks with the four companies, proposing the ultimatum. The deal included that the operators had to shut down their towers at night for 14 hours and had only three days to comply, or they would see an attack on their towers.
quote: Amazing. Bill Clinton is almost impeached for his statements on his BJ,
quote: What were we taliing about here? =)
quote: you dont remember bill clinton authorizing the missile attack on those medical facilities in the middle east to shed some of the light off his impeachment?
quote: this is the stuff that can bring governments down... and governments dont like being brought down.
quote: the 9/11 Commission found that "A shootdown authorization was not communicated to the NORAD air defense sector until 28 minutes after United 93 had crashed in Pennsylvania"
quote: Goes to show that the bill does have justifiable meaning. And no, the US Govt. is not worried about the 18yr college guy talking to his mom on the phone, so lets not even start that debate.