Gurkha Soldier Disciplined For Beheading Dead Taliban

by Daniel Russ on July 27, 2010

Gurkhas With Gurkha Knife, Made For Beheading

July 21, 2010: In Afghanistan, a British Gurkha is facing court martial for beheading a dead Taliban gunman. The trouble began when the accused Gurkha’s unit had been sent in pursuit of a group of Taliban believed to contain a local Taliban leader. When the Gurkhas caught up with the Taliban, a gun battle broke out and several of the enemy were killed. The Gurkhas were ordered to retrieve the bodies of the dead Taliban, to see if one of them was the wanted leader. But the Gurkhas were still under heavy fire, and the Gurkha who reached one body realized he could not drag it away without getting shot. Thinking fast, he cut off the dead Taliban’s head and scampered away to safety. When senior British commanders heard of this, they had the Gurkha arrested (and sent back to Britain for trial), and apologized to the family of the dead Taliban. The head was returned, so that the entire body (as required by Islamic law) could be buried. The British are very sensitive about further angering pro-Taliban Afghans, and go out of their way to collect all body parts of dead Taliban (especially those hit with bombs), so that the body can be buried according to Islamic law. The Taliban use accusations of Western troops disrespecting Islam as a major part of their propaganda efforts. When there are no real cases of such disrespect, which is usually the case, they make it up.

As far as beheading goes, the Taliban often do that on living victims, which even horrifies most Afghans. The Gurkhas also horrify most Afghans, as Gurkhas have been fighting Afghans for centuries, in the service of Britain or Indian princes. Gurkhas, who tend to be Hindus, featured prominently in an Indian effort to stop Moslem armies from entering India 1,300 years ago, and pushing the Moslems out of Kandahar (which was then an Indian border town).

Gurkhas are tribal people (of Tibetan and Mongol origin) from the mountains of Nepal, and have interacted, and intermarried, with Indians for thousands of years. Britain fought a war with the Gurkha kingdom two centuries ago, and found them such formidable opponents that they began hiring them as mercenaries, and continue to do so. India has even more Gurkha mercenaries than Britain, and Gurkhas are popular security operatives worldwide. Most Afghans are somewhat amused at the British punishing a Gurkha for simply doing what Gurkhas have been doing to Afghans for a long, long time.

Source: Strategy Page

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Harvey August 20, 2010 at 7:24 am

The Brits have bent over the barrel of political correctness again.
Why send a company of whoop-ass and not let them do what they do. This is what is wrong with American policy. WAR sux, and it should such. Then make it to the point that you do not want to make war with us and the world will keep away. Look at Genghis Kahn and the Hun’s etc. They were brutal and vile but no one wanted to do war with them.

Wake up America quit wimping out.

Omega Ransom September 28, 2010 at 6:59 pm

That Gurkha should have been given a combat medal and a nice four day pass. The British slime has no backbone nor spine. Look hard and see what they have et the islamic invasion do to their country.
Damn Good Job Gurkha!

neil January 9, 2011 at 5:18 pm

joke apologising to the talibans family !!! says it all for this country, the gurkah is a pure legend and id love to do same !!

Tim February 3, 2011 at 5:01 am

So does this mean that the Taliban will now have to apologise for the people they beheaded while they were still alive?….. live on CAMERA!!!???

Baz February 6, 2011 at 6:21 am

Wake up people if you send troops to war then what do you expect, this will happen. The Gurkha was doing what he was trained for and this particular incident he used his initiative to bring about a solution.

During issue’s around the world (will not name) it was common for ears/hands to be removed for evidence.

Give the guy a medal and stop pampering to politics.

Scott Clements February 7, 2011 at 9:25 am

As far as I am concerned the Gurkha man should get the VC. The way to beat the enemy is to take their belief that if he dies he goes to wherever with so many virgins. However if he is not complete he can’t go to there idea of heaven. It was the same with some of red Indians tribes beliefs in the USA that was why the WHITE MAN started to take the scalps {that’s right white man started this mutilation of the dead also to the point of shooting there eyes out so they could not see there way to the happy hunting ground} so if the enemy don’t think they will go to “Heaven” they might not like to fight so hard. Beheading them Might Just Might be a little to much but let our forces fight fire with fire and not hamstring you like the did to us during the Northern Ireland troubles where it got to the point every soldier had a couple of card telling him when he was allowed to shot and he was not allowed to shot to kill only injure the cowards. I realise I have ranted a bit but as a ex squaddie I want all the lads and lassies wherever they may be serving there country {Who’s government is not even giving our fallen HERO’S proper a military burial (they are to busy sucking up to Muslims to give the enemy a proper burial??) } to come home IN ON PIECE.

pitbull February 8, 2011 at 11:24 am

let ghurkas take all taliban heads the taliban do it whilst victim is still alive and theres half a dozen guys holding the tied up person down fuckin cowards the ghurka can do it bang one chop guy dont know whats hit him ghurkas 1 taliban nil

hari February 17, 2011 at 4:29 am

i think it is political issue and the mod has used this poor gurkha soilder as a scrap goat and the mod is using this person to prove that uk army is totally under geneva convention rules. fuck geneva rules when innocent civilent are beheaded and thousand of soilder are killed by gorilla tatics.in reality mod should protect this guy cause this guy has just followed order from his commander.if this is a crime and this gurkha have to be court martial then his commander is also part of it.

EL-MUJAHID February 17, 2011 at 3:13 pm

Very brave of him!! Mutilate a body after its dead. Maybe he should cut it off when the other was alive. Weren’t not the grandfathers of these wimpy Taliban that slaughtered the British a hundred years ago. I mean slaughtered them good…maybe I am mistaken, I apoloise. You super western powers joined together can’t even beat these turban headed shepherds for ten years, how does this make you all look. Speak the facts, not emotions. What makes you think that these Islamic armies will not come into Mother England and cut off your heads while you are still alive? Ask yourselves that question as the time may be near….

Daniel Russ February 17, 2011 at 4:52 pm

Gentlemen gentlemen,

Please let’s just have civil discourse. This is isn’t Fox News. We can discuss the pros and cons of any news item without looming threats against each other or tossing racial epithets.

Let us celebrate the fact that most of the world is at peace and we can look at all these questions and examine the history with an eye towards learning from the past so that we need not repeat it.

This is a simple blog about military history, and culture. The battlegrounds are elsewhere. Take a deep breath. Have a cup of coffee. Hug your family. Celebrate life with your friends.

Read some of the other 1300 posts perhaps.

Thanks.

Daniel

ade February 24, 2011 at 11:21 am

so if it,s the case that the Taliban cant go to the after life with out all there body parts.then they did not think about peoples body parts when they crashed planes into the twin towers.i say let them have a taste of there own medicine.and praise are armed forces in stead of persecuting them.

nathan June 7, 2011 at 10:40 pm

So the man should die while trying to get the Taliban body?

i think what this soldier did was right! go in get what u need and get out safely.
the Taliban is dead anyways. he cannot get any more dead!!!

political is a bitch!! warriors died for no reason!! we should let them politicians fight instead!!!

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