Mr Wakil Ahmed, the Taleban
spokesman, said Taleban
fighters had killed the Iranians "on their own without any orders".
According to a participant, the Taleban
not only support these national rehabilitation plans, they would assist in their development.
One is reconciliation, a fancy word for negotiating a ceasefire with those Taleban
leaders willing to stop fighting in exchange for the chance to join Afghanistan's government.
The reaction has been predictably furious, especially since the army has lost dozens of soldiers fighting the Pakistani Taleban
this year alone.
It just hopes this time the Taleban
will push the exiled Saudi out of Afghanistan.
Now the case is clear to all that Taleban
have Iranian weapons and are being supported in the southern provinces.
The attacks also show that Pakistani Taleban
is a determined and well-organized force, deeply rooted even in urban centers of the country.
We take pride in taking responsibility for the Quetta attack," Qari Hussain Mehsud, the mentor of Taleban
suicide bombers, said by telephone from an undisclosed location.
Unaware of Pashtun history, American commentators were pleased at the smashing victory of their military, convinced that they had consigned the Taleban
to history's graveyard.
He heard some of the claims while serving in a 20-man Taleban
infantry unit of Arabic speakers in Afghanistan.
In another development, Russia accused Pakistan yesterday of providing military support for the Taleban
in northern Afghanistan and said Pakistani forces were directly involved in fighting there.
He said he had told President Ashraf Ghani that while Pakistan was prepared to help revive stalled Afghan peace talks, he could not bring the Taleban
to the negotiating table "and be asked to kill them at the same time.