Security plans for Kabul peace summit 'leaked to Taliban'

Insurgents try to embarrass Afghanistan government before meeting of 2,000 elders

The Taliban have published what they claim are the government's security plans for a national convention in Kabul that 2,000 elders are expected to attend this week to discuss Afghanistan's future relationship with the United States and peace talks with the insurgents.

If the documents are genuine, their publication would be the latest in a series of embarrassments for the Afghan government and its security forces at the hands of rebels who Nato claims are on the run.

The plans published on the rebel group's Voice of Jihad website include a detailed satellite map of western Kabul, where the convention, or Loya Jirga, is scheduled to take place later this week, under the awnings of a giant tent donated by Germany.

Other pages from the purported plan include existing phone numbers for security personnel and what looks like the signature of Lieutenant General Curtis Scaparrotti, the deputy commander of US forces in Afghanistan.

Nato said the signature was a forgery, and a spokesman for Afghanistan's Interior Ministry denounced the Taliban claims as a plot designed to intimidate elders coming to the Loya Jirga, convened by President Hamid Karzai to map out Afghanistan's future ties with the US.

The US and Afghanistan are negotiating a strategic partnership that is likely to see an American agreement to fund Afghanistan's security forces in exchange for access to long-term bases from which US forces can conduct counter-terror operations.

Mr Karzai also wants to assess what future Afghanistan's peace programme has in the wake of the assassination of its figurehead, former President Burhanuddin Rabbani in September by a suspected Taliban assassin.

Opposition politicians have called for a boycott of the Jirga, which they say will lend Karzai a veneer of popular support and undermine democratic institutions that are supposed to act as a check on the presidency.

The Taliban, meanwhile, have vowed to disrupt it with such favoured tactics as multiple suicide attacks, rocket bombardment and by infiltrating the ranks of the army and police.

On Voice of Jihad, the rebels boast that they have acquired the convention's security plans "by means of its personnel embedded inside the enemy ranks". The statement gloats that "these important secrets which you will see in the below pages have been acquired by Mujahideen of Islamic Emirate [the name the Taliban choose to go by] from two Ministries and from the special security corps of the government".

The statement continues: "Our upcoming attacks will become even more lethal and precise with the acquisition of such intelligence material, if Allah wills it. It is also necessary to remind those people who want to participate in this Jirga... that their lists and actions will be noted down and they will be put on trial. Then they will be humiliated."

Suggested Topics
Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
ebooks
ebooksA celebration of British elections
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Ashdown Group: Data Scientist - London - £50,000 + bonus

£35000 - £50000 per annum + generous bonus: Ashdown Group: Business Analytics ...

Ashdown Group: IT Project Coordinator (Software Development) - Kingston

£45000 - £50000 per annum: Ashdown Group: IT Project Coordinator (Software Dev...

Ashdown Group: Editor-in-chief - Financial Services - City, London

£60000 - £70000 per annum + benefits : Ashdown Group: A highly successful, glo...

Ashdown Group: Junior Application Support Analyst - Fluent German Speaker

£25000 - £30000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: A global leader operating...

Day In a Page

General Election 2015: Ed Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

He was meant to be Labour's biggest handicap - but has become almost an asset
General Election 2015: A guide to the smaller parties, from the the National Health Action Party to the Church of the Militant Elvis Party

On the margins

From Militant Elvis to Women's Equality: a guide to the underdogs standing in the election
Amr Darrag: Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister in exile still believes Egypt's military regime can be replaced with 'moderate' Islamic rule

'This is the battle of young Egypt for the future of our country'

Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister Amr Darrag still believes the opposition can rid Egypt of its military regime and replace it with 'moderate' Islamic rule, he tells Robert Fisk
Why patients must rely less on doctors: Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'

Why patients must rely less on doctors

Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'
Sarah Lucas is the perfect artist to represent Britain at the Venice Biennale

Flesh in Venice

Sarah Lucas has filled the British pavilion at the Venice Biennale with slinky cats and casts of her female friends' private parts. It makes you proud to be a woman, says Karen Wright
11 best anti-ageing day creams

11 best anti-ageing day creams

Slow down the ageing process with one of these high-performance, hardworking anti-agers
Juventus 2 Real Madrid 1: Five things we learnt, including Iker Casillas is past it and Carlos Tevez remains effective

Juventus vs Real Madrid

Five things we learnt from the Italian's Champions League first leg win over the Spanish giants
Ashes 2015: Test series looks a lost cause for England... whoever takes over as ECB director of cricket

Ashes series looks a lost cause for England...

Whoever takes over as ECB director of cricket, says Stephen Brenkley
Fishing for votes with Nigel Farage: The Ukip leader shows how he can work an audience as he casts his line to the disaffected of Grimsby

Fishing is on Nigel Farage's mind

Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
Who is bombing whom in the Middle East? It's amazing they don't all hit each other

Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
China's influence on fashion: At the top of the game both creatively and commercially

China's influence on fashion

At the top of the game both creatively and commercially
Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

The man known as GOD has a reputation for getting the job done

Lord O'Donnell's three principles of rule
Rainbow shades: It's all bright on the night

Rainbow shades

It's all bright on the night
'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

How 'the Axe' helped Labour

UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power