Taliban buying children for suicide bombings

posted at 10:55 am on July 2, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

I guess martyrdom has lost its luster in Afghanistan and Pakistan, just as it did in Iraq.  Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud has had to come up with another supply chain for suicide-bomber attacks, and he’s certainly thinking out of the box.  Instead of convincing adults to blow themselves up for radical Islam, Mehsud has instead started buying children:

Pakistan’s top Taliban leader, Baitullah Mehsud, is buying children as young as 7 to serve as suicide bombers in the growing spate of attacks against Pakistani, Afghan and U.S. targets, U.S. Defense Department and Pakistani officials say.

A Pakistani official, who spoke on the condition that he not be named because of the sensitive nature of the topic, said the going price for child bombers was $7,000 to $14,000 – huge sums in Pakistan, where per-capita income is about $2,600 a year.

“[Mehsud] has turned suicide bombing into a production output, not unlike [the way] Toyota outputs cars,” a U.S. Defense Department official told reporters recently. He spoke on the condition that he not be named because of ongoing intelligence efforts to catch Mehsud, a prime target for a U.S. and Pakistani anti-Taliban campaign.

Mehsud is a careful consumer of little boys and girls, according to Pakistani sources.  He only pays top dollar for choice children, depending on how quickly he expects to murder them and how easily he thinks they can infiltrate his targets.  His supply lines consist mainly of kidnapping rings that abduct children to feed Mehsud’s demand.

Having young boys fight among mujahedeen is not new in Afghanistan.  During the Soviet occupation, young boys routinely joined armed bands to fight, and the same has been true on both sides of the Taliban wars since then.  Unlike in other parts of the Muslim world, though, suicide bombings have not been part of the custom in Afghanistan or Pakistan, and certainly not with children.  Mehsud has offended many with this new tactic, even in the areas where he would normally find natural allies.

It may show a desperation on Mehsud’s part, too.  He may have lost too many of his forces to waste fighters on suicide-bomb attacks, and cannot recruit any other way than to kidnap children.  Hopefully, that will prove a very temporary stage until someone puts Mehsud out of the world’s misery.  One Pakistani official says that “there will be no tears for Mehsud in Pakistan when he is killed,” as he almost was last week in an American attack on a Taliban funeral.  Certainly the parents of the region will have reason to celebrate the death of a monster.


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you’re not supposed to hate, are you…

toenail on July 2, 2009 at 10:57 AM

abortion equivalent?

moonbatkiller on July 2, 2009 at 10:58 AM

This is what you get when you follow a faith that reveres a pedophile that raped a 6-year old as “more correct and holy than Christians and Jews”

But yes, let’s keep nation building, shall we. Eventually they’ll stop stoning women and send their kids to “Model UN” conferences.

Am I right????

battleoflepanto1571 on July 2, 2009 at 10:58 AM

Just…wow. I envy the Marine or UAV pilot who gets to turn Mehsud into a room-temperature meat puppet.

There is a special place in hell for this s***nozzle.

Flyover Country on July 2, 2009 at 11:00 AM

See, they are “for the children” as well.

Vashta.Nerada on July 2, 2009 at 11:00 AM

the going price for child bombers was $7,000 to $14,000

That’s the equivalent to a $7,000 to $14,000 tax cut for the parents. –Obama

Abby Adams on July 2, 2009 at 11:01 AM

I hope we capture him and put a caterpillar in his cell.

LibTired on July 2, 2009 at 11:02 AM

Certainly the parents of the region will have reason to celebrate the death of a monster.

You forget that Islam loves death. Many of those parents are willfully selling their kids. Not all of the children are kidnapped. I would think a kidnapped child would be much less likely to be cooperative or useful.

Guardian on July 2, 2009 at 11:03 AM

islam the religion of peace,

SHARPTOOTH on July 2, 2009 at 11:03 AM

Which Taliban is this? The extreme Taliban or the moderate Taliban that Obama wants to approach with negotiation?

Daggett on July 2, 2009 at 11:03 AM

abortion equivalent?

moonbatkiller on July 2, 2009 at 10:58 AM

Well, in the end the Taliban and Planned Parenthood are competitors.

Jeff from WI on July 2, 2009 at 11:04 AM

You forget that Islam loves death.

Guardian on July 2, 2009 at 11:03 AM

So it’s actually a sign of love when they shout “Death to America?”

Daggett on July 2, 2009 at 11:04 AM

Is this what Obama meant by “Shovel ready jobs”?

Jeff from WI on July 2, 2009 at 11:04 AM

Dear Pakistan,

Tell your precious children if they are approached by Mehsud and offered a payment of $10,000 to become a suicide bomber, they should immediately contact the local police authorities, who will pay them $20,000 for turning him in. Problem solved.

All it takes is a little creativity.

fogw on July 2, 2009 at 11:05 AM

is this what aunt janet means by, man made disaster?

SHARPTOOTH on July 2, 2009 at 11:06 AM

This is what you get when you follow a faith that reveres a pedophile that raped a 6-year old as “more correct and holy than Christians and Jews”

But yes, let’s keep nation building, shall we. Eventually they’ll stop stoning women and send their kids to “Model UN” conferences.

Am I right????

battleoflepanto1571 on July 2, 2009 at 10:58 AM

Please, Michael is an icon you know.

Jeff from WI on July 2, 2009 at 11:06 AM

Jeff from WI on July 2, 2009 at 11:04 AM

LOL

jbh45 on July 2, 2009 at 11:06 AM

Obama doesn’t want this parents punished with a child.

PappaMac on July 2, 2009 at 11:07 AM

Which Taliban is this? The extreme Taliban or the moderate Taliban that Obama wants to approach with negotiation?

Daggett on July 2, 2009 at 11:03 AM

These are the furry, huggable Taliban.

LibTired on July 2, 2009 at 11:07 AM

Abby Adams made my day!

TouchingTophet on July 2, 2009 at 11:07 AM

this=these

PappaMac on July 2, 2009 at 11:07 AM

abortion equivalent?

moonbatkiller on July 2, 2009 at 10:58 AM

My thoughts too.

conservative pilgrim on July 2, 2009 at 11:08 AM

And these are the people we are setting out to democratize, as an example to all the Muslim world?

Right.

JohnGalt23 on July 2, 2009 at 11:08 AM

Don’t give Obama any ideas to bring unemployment numbers down.

Jeff from WI on July 2, 2009 at 11:08 AM

It’s Bush’s fault.

bridgetown on July 2, 2009 at 11:09 AM

Taliban FREEDOM FIGHTERS buying OFFERING children for suicide bombings THE CHANCE TO BE HEROES OF THE RELIGION OF PEACE.

There ya go.

mankai on July 2, 2009 at 11:09 AM

Are they mentally retarded children? If so, then the left is okay with that.

/Trig

Also…Amnesty International ignores this issue in 5…4…3…2…1…

bluelightbrigade on July 2, 2009 at 11:10 AM

This is what you get when you follow a faith that reveres a pedophile that raped a 6-year old as “more correct and holy than Christians and Jews”
battleoflepanto1571 on July 2, 2009 at 10:58 AM

Jeez enough with the Michael Jackson stuff already! :)

max1 on July 2, 2009 at 11:10 AM

What is a child going to do with all of those virgins?

TooTall on July 2, 2009 at 11:11 AM

Taliban FREEDOM FIGHTERS buying OFFERING children for suicide bombings THE CHANCE TO BE HEROES OF THE RELIGION OF PEACE.

There ya go.

mankai on July 2, 2009 at 11:09 AM

If an underage boy becomes a martyr and is given 70 virgins in Paradise, does that constitute statutory rape?

bluelightbrigade on July 2, 2009 at 11:11 AM

When asked about this Taliban practice, President Obama simply said an opinion would be above his pay grade.

Jeff from WI on July 2, 2009 at 11:11 AM

“there will be no tears for Mehsud in Pakistan when he is killed,” as he almost was last week in an American attack on a Taliban funeral.

If Bush were still in the White House, the left would be moaning and groaning about all the innocent people killed in the funeral strike and how we didn’t even get the intended target.

Disturb the Universe on July 2, 2009 at 11:12 AM

Just as long as we don’t waterboard Mehsud. Otherwise, dripping water onto his face is the equivalent of kidnapping & buying kids, strapping bombs on them and making them run up to US soldiers and blowing up the kid & soldiers.

More Lefty logic.

rbj on July 2, 2009 at 11:12 AM

Women and children are not particularly valued, so this story really didn’t surprise me.

AnninCA on July 2, 2009 at 11:13 AM

David Letterman suggested that this would, in a few years, be a perfect opportunity for Trig Palin.

Jeff from WI on July 2, 2009 at 11:13 AM

Women and children are not particularly valued, so this story really didn’t surprise me.

AnninCA on July 2, 2009 at 11:13 AM

So glad you’re outraged though./

conservative pilgrim on July 2, 2009 at 11:15 AM

Just as long as we don’t waterboard Mehsud. Otherwise, dripping water onto his face is the equivalent of kidnapping & buying kids, strapping bombs on them and making them run up to US soldiers and blowing up the kid & soldiers.

More Lefty logic.

rbj on July 2, 2009 at 11:12 AM

Be sure he receives his Miranda rights

Jeff from WI on July 2, 2009 at 11:15 AM

Desperate people do desperate things? As nauseating as this is, it may be very telling.

GFW on July 2, 2009 at 11:16 AM

I found it telling that the Defense Dept official had to use Toyota for their ‘outputting cars’ analogy rather than Government Motors, because one obviously is still producing.

Kelligan on July 2, 2009 at 11:16 AM

Expect this to disappear very quickly (unless the US actually kills one of the child suicide bombers and then it will be wall to wall coverage of how the US is so bad).

After all how many papers and TV shows posted excerpts of the Al Quidea torture manual, or the dozen of torture houses we found in Iraq?
How many carried pictures of Abu Garib?

LincolntheHun on July 2, 2009 at 11:18 AM

Desperate Evil people do desperate evil things? As nauseating as this is, it may be very telling.

GFW on July 2, 2009 at 11:16 AM

…and I don’t use the word lightly.

Count to 10 on July 2, 2009 at 11:18 AM

A $7000 spread in price. Are some more than one owner?

Jeff from WI on July 2, 2009 at 11:18 AM

Divine Child Abuse.

This is the future for much of the world unless America stops them. And given Obama’s willingness to appease Islamic thugs, this is the future for much of the world unless we stop Obama.

Loxodonta on July 2, 2009 at 11:19 AM

Desperate people do desperate things? As nauseating as this is, it may be very telling.

GFW on July 2, 2009 at 11:16 AM

Desperate??!!..we do the same thing HERE thousands of times a day and call it a choice

Jeff from WI on July 2, 2009 at 11:20 AM

Monster! Evil personnified! Sick parents into the bargain. This is so horrible it defies belief. It’s like reading a terrible horror story, you can’t quite get your mind around it unless you see it as fiction.

jeanie on July 2, 2009 at 11:20 AM

Monster! Evil personnified! Sick parents into the bargain. This is so horrible it defies belief. It’s like reading a terrible horror story, you can’t quite get your mind around it unless you see it as fiction.

jeanie on July 2, 2009 at 11:20 AM

The same group was proudly displayed on the official Obama Campaign website as endorsing Barry.

Jeff from WI on July 2, 2009 at 11:23 AM

Jeff from WI on July 2, 2009 at 11:20 AM

Ah, but all those women are desperate, too. That’s why they are always threatening to resort to the dreaded coat hanger./

Disturb the Universe on July 2, 2009 at 11:23 AM

late term abortions…nothing to see here folks

Bevan on July 2, 2009 at 11:24 AM

The outrage of the so called peasefull muslims is just deafening.

fourdeucer on July 2, 2009 at 11:25 AM

Jeff from WI on July 2, 2009 at 11:20 AM

Ah, but all those women are desperate, too. That’s why they are always threatening to resort to the dreaded coat hanger./

Disturb the Universe on July 2, 2009 at 11:23 AM

Here’s a novel idea for them, keep your knees together.

Jeff from WI on July 2, 2009 at 11:26 AM

fogw on July 2, 2009 at 11:05 AM

What the f**k? Just offer them money to turn them in? What about their miranda rights pal? You can’t just go offer money and grab someone. What do you think this is? GOP America? Offer the reward, mirandize them, send them a letter requesting they turn themselves in, then get a warrant and then…oh, they’ve disappeared.

austinnelly on July 2, 2009 at 11:30 AM

What the f**k? Just offer them money to turn them in? What about their miranda rights pal? You can’t just go offer money and grab someone. What do you think this is? GOP America? Offer the reward, mirandize them, send them a letter requesting they turn themselves in, then get a warrant and then…oh, they’ve disappeared.

austinnelly on July 2, 2009 at 11:30 AM

I don’t like where you’re headed — You forgot to consult the lawyers.

How else would they know if they are following the laws of the “World Court” at the Hague?

battleoflepanto1571 on July 2, 2009 at 11:34 AM

Prediction:

The left will attempt to defend or ameliorate some of the horror of this practice as nothing more than a response to US Imperialism and post-colonial oppression. “We’ve pushed them to these extremes!” will be the sentiment.

They’ve never learned that some stuff is just beyond the pale, no matter the circumstances. They can’t accept that some forces in the world truly are evil because they don’t acknowledge the very existence of evil (except for George W. Bush).

TheUnrepentantGeek on July 2, 2009 at 11:34 AM

He may have lost too many of his forces to waste fighters on suicide-bomb attacks, and cannot recruit any other way than to kidnap children.

More likely all the stupid ones have done the deed and the ones left won’t…
Like a liberals mindset, they are willing to sacrifice what you have.

right2bright on July 2, 2009 at 11:34 AM

I am deeply troubled and concerned…perhaps we should explore an open dialogue without preconditions. – Obama

Wyznowski on July 2, 2009 at 11:35 AM

Biggest fear liberals have when hearing about this. Is the bombing a “green bombing” that won’t really hurt “Mother Earth”

Jeff from WI on July 2, 2009 at 11:36 AM

I am deeply troubled and concerned…perhaps we should explore an open dialogue without preconditions. – Obama

Wyznowski on July 2, 2009 at 11:35 AM

He IS one of them.

Jeff from WI on July 2, 2009 at 11:36 AM

So are we supposed to consider the parents who sell their kids “moderate” Muslims? I’m not kidding, I really want to know. After all, they aren’t taking up arms against the US dirrectly…and they’re obviously pro-capitalism.

Interweb Troll on July 2, 2009 at 11:37 AM

The only thing the Taliban is worthy of is loads and loads of hot lead pumped into that wrinkled receptacle in their chests that they have the gall to call a heart.

These are not men. T

These are not even worthy to be called animals.

pilamaye on July 2, 2009 at 11:51 AM

Has anyone thought about planting IED in the Path’s of these Terrorist!

hawkman on July 2, 2009 at 11:52 AM

And these are the monsters that Barry wants to have open dialogue with.

moonsbreath on July 2, 2009 at 11:53 AM

Abby Adams made my day!

TouchingTophet on July 2, 2009 at 11:07 AM

Glad I could be of service. :-)

Abby Adams on July 2, 2009 at 11:57 AM

Leave a baby born alive from a botched abortion in a closet to die, or buying a kid as a bomb casing. One one bit of difference to the ,kid.

Jeff from WI on July 2, 2009 at 12:00 PM

Women and children are not particularly valued, so this story really didn’t surprise me.

AnninCA on July 2, 2009 at 11:13 AM

WTF? This is stupid, even for you…

ladyingray on July 2, 2009 at 12:11 PM

I have 535 child-like individuals residing in the nation’s Capitol that I’d be please to contribute to this noble cause. Gratis.

guntotinglibertarian on July 2, 2009 at 12:12 PM

I have 535 child-like individuals residing in the nation’s Capitol that I’d be please to contribute to this noble cause. Gratis.

guntotinglibertarian on July 2, 2009 at 12:12 PM

They’d have to be Gratis. Most have very high miles on them. Lots of rust too.

Jeff from WI on July 2, 2009 at 12:16 PM

Women and children are not particularly valued, so this story really didn’t surprise me.

AnninCA on July 2, 2009 at 11:13 AM

And your outrage about it, empathy for the victims, desire to do anything to stop it, efforts to stop it … Where is any of that? You claim to be a “classical liberal.” But when it comes to the victims of Islamic tyranny, you seem completely indifferent, unlike the passionate support you have for socialized health care.

Loxodonta on July 2, 2009 at 12:28 PM

This takes me beyond contempt for these Taliban leaders.

Americannodash on July 2, 2009 at 12:35 PM

Women and children are not particularly valued, so this story really didn’t surprise me.

AnninCA on July 2, 2009 at 11:13 AM

And your outrage about it, empathy for the victims, desire to do anything to stop it, efforts to stop it … Where is any of that? You claim to be a “classical liberal.” But when it comes to the victims of Islamic tyranny, you seem completely indifferent, unlike the passionate support you have for socialized health care.

Loxodonta on July 2, 2009 at 12:28 PM

WOA!..Nice left hook

Jeff from WI on July 2, 2009 at 12:36 PM

(Grabbin’ some snacks and finding a good seat for this fight)

Jeff from WI on July 2, 2009 at 12:37 PM

Isn’t this a natural moral extension of the “human shield?”

Barnestormer on July 2, 2009 at 12:43 PM

Liberals upset at the Taliban for this plan to firmly shake their fist at them.

Jeff from WI on July 2, 2009 at 12:44 PM

This is so obviously Bush’s fault.

guntotinglibertarian on July 2, 2009 at 12:49 PM

At the risk of sounding too serious, this makes me sick.

Flay the inhuman scum that are doing this. It’s all they deserve.

Miss Molly on July 2, 2009 at 12:50 PM

(Grabbin’ some snacks and finding a good seat for this fight)

Jeff from WI on July 2, 2009 at 12:37 PM

Won’t be much to see…

ladyingray on July 2, 2009 at 1:05 PM

Grabbin’ some snacks and finding a good seat for this fight)

Jeff from WI on July 2, 2009 at 12:37 PM

Won’t be much to see…

ladyingray on July 2, 2009 at 1:05 PM

LOL..I know, but I tried to pretend it’d be somewhat competitive

Jeff from WI on July 2, 2009 at 1:19 PM

“Certainly the parents of the region will have reason to celebrate the death of a monster.”

Really? Aren’t they the ones doing the selling?

WitchDoctor on July 2, 2009 at 1:40 PM

What is a child going to do with all of those virgins?

Where do you think those virgins come from?

Franklyn on July 2, 2009 at 2:45 PM

As for the virgins…
Babs..Barbara Wahwah interviewed a group of islamic terrorists and asked what their reward was for killing for islam. “All things forbidden on earth.” She said yeah..but what exactly?
A pause for thought then…”Wine…YOUNG BOYS!…uh…women. When he said “young boys”, all his fellow deviants nodded excitedly to one another and got all jazzed at the prospect…women? not so much.
So…this is what they die for. Paradise. islamic paradise and hell could be the same place…depends on if you’re pitchin’ or catchin’.

No islam…Know Peace…Know islam…throw up.

Army Brat on July 2, 2009 at 3:23 PM

fogw on July 2, 2009 at 11:05 AM

LOL… Now that I like!!

Eagles Dominion on July 2, 2009 at 6:03 PM

Koran ( 9:11 ) – For it is written that a son of Arabia would awaken a fearsome Eagle.. The wrath of the Eagle would be felt throughout the lands of Allah and lo, while some of the people trembled in despair still more rejoiced; for the wrath of the Eagle cleansed the lands of Allah;
And there was PEACE.

Eagles Dominion on July 2, 2009 at 6:06 PM

From SATP Pakistan Assessment: 2009 which is part of my examination of what is going on a few months ago:

Alarmingly, some Taliban clerics reportedly boasted of converting ordinary persons into suicide-bombers “in six hours flat”.

“From the 26 suicide attacks where we recovered a head in 2007, we made a startling discovery… The vast majority [of suicide bombers] came from just one tribe, the Mehsuds of central Waziristan, all boys aged 16 to 20,” an analyst at the elite Special Investigation Group (SIG) told The Guardian. Qari Hussain, also known as Ustad-e-Fidaeen (teacher of suicide cadres), a Mehsud tribesman in his early 30s, is identified as the ‘commander’ who manages Baitullah Mehsud-led Taliban suicide bombing training centres and is directly responsible for indoctrinating youth for suicide missions. One of the training centres was discovered at a Government-run school in the Kotkai area of South Waziristan by the Army. GOC-14 Division Major General Tariq Khan told reporters in Dera Ismail Khan on May 18, 2008: “It was like a factory that had been recruiting nine to 12-year-old boys, and turning them into suicide bombers.” The computers, other equipment and literature seized from the centre give graphic details of the suicide training. There were videos of young boys carrying out executions, a classroom where 10- to 12-year olds are sitting in formation, with “white band of Quranic verses wrapped around their forehead, and there are training videos to show how improvised explosive devices are made and detonated.” .

“Pakistan is now a one-stop shop,” says Tariq Pervez who recently retired as the Director General of the Federal Investigation Agency. He told The Guardian in an interview, “ideas, logistics, cash from the Gulf. Arab guys, mainly Egyptians and Saudis, are on hand to provide the chemistry. Veteran Punjabi extremists plot the attacks, while the Pakistan Taliban provide the martyrs. And it all came together in the Marriott case.”

In fact, so pervasive is the phenomenon of suicide attacks that suicide bombers are also now available for a price to settle personal scores. This was revealed during Police investigations into a suicide attack in Bhakkar on October 6, 2008, in which 25 persons were killed and 60 wounded. According to Crime Investigation Department of the Lahore Police, accused Waqas Hussain and his four accomplices had hired a suicide bomber and explosives expert from Wana in South Waziristan to kill a former friend with whom they had a monetary dispute.

In case it has been missed, the Mehsuds have joined forces with multiple other groups to form the Shadow Army inside Pakistan, the ones that have now moved terrorism into the heartland of the country. The Mehsuds are just a part of a much larger organization that has a few nominal leaders in Mullah Omar, bin Laden, and Gulbudden Hekmatyar, along with other Mullahs and local tribal leaders of Lashkars.

Considering that over 90% of our supplies go through Pakistan to get to Afghanistan, we really should have another supply route open… and don’t. The reason they haven’t been closed off is that the Shadow Army now sees the big prize coming at hand: Pakistan’s nuclear weapons. That will take care of a lot of problems for the various factions in the Shadow Army. I’m not expecting a serious attack on America until after Pakistan is thoroughly destabilized… then there will be hell to pay.

ajacksonian on July 2, 2009 at 7:39 PM