Tue. May 17th, 2022

A Taliban supporter who rents land near a British nuclear submarine base has been told to leave the site by his Iranian owner.

It follows Sky News revelations that residents in the area had reported safety issues to police.

Waheed Totakhyl is an Afghan national who has previously called for US troops to die in Afghanistan. His brother is the military commander of the Taliban in Kabul.

Re: Waheed Totakhyl article by James Matthews Another picture he has on his office wall where he met Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, also called 'the butcher in Kabul'.  As mentioned in the copy.
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Waheed Totakhyl has this picture on his office wall where he meets Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, also called ‘the butcher in Kabul’

He has rented Aldonaig Farm, which overlooks Gare Loch, the stretch of water that maritime traffic uses to get and go from HMNB Clyde at Faslane.

The farm also looks at accommodation used by naval personnel and is less than five miles from the base itself.

Now the owner of the farm has written to him and instructed him to leave the premises. The landowner is Al Taghi, an Iranian national who is a former lieutenant in Iran’s navy.

Taghi, who is currently based in Canada, told Sky News that he was fired along with other naval officers during the 1979 Iranian revolution.

In a letter dated October 8, he wrote to Totakhyl asking him to leave Aldonaig Farm.

Residents living near the UK’s nuclear deterrent contacted the Department of Defense’s police after behavior they considered suspicious. They reported that on August 10, two cars with eight Afghan nationals showed up at Aldonaig Farm and the men said they had driven from London without further explanation.

Councilor George Freeman of Argyll & Bute Council told Sky News about concerns among locals.

“We’re sitting right next to Faslane and Coulport just over the hill,” he said. “The nation’s nuclear deterrent effect is here, so it’s a very sensitive area. The fact that we have individuals here who admit to supporting the Taliban raises the question – ‘is ‚Äč‚Äčthere no one in the security services, are they not worried?’ So far no one was able to send in the perfect solution, which is not strange. “

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A photo on Totakhyl’s Facebook feed shows him (second from the right) holding a rifle in the company of armed men in Afghanistan

Totakhyl, the last registered chairman of the Scottish Afghan community, insists he is not a danger and says he rents the land because he “likes being a farmer”.

When Sky News put residents’ concerns to him, he said he had actually hosted visits to the farm by Afghan nationals from across the UK.

He denied that any such event took place on August 10, but said he was visited on June 12 by colleagues in Afghanistan’s Hezb-e Islami party.

The party is led by Gulbuddin Helmatyar, a notorious Afghan warlord who was christened the butcher in Kabul, who has promised his support for the recent takeover of the Taliban.

Waheed Totakhyl told Sky News: “My friends are visiting me from Birmingham, London. They came this year just to visit me and tell me about the situation in Afghanistan.”

Asked if he understood concerns about the meeting, which took place near the Faslane base, he said: “Yes, but we did not have a meeting about Britain or Scotland. We talked about Afghanistan, what would happen in Afghanistan and how can we help the people of Afghanistan from Britain. “

“I rent (the farm) because I like being a farmer and enjoying the weather … in Scotland,” he added.

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Mr Totakhyl rents Aldonaig Farm, four miles from HMNB Clyde, where the Royal Navy houses Britain’s nuclear submarines

Totakhyl came to Britain from Afghanistan in 2001 and settled west of Scotland. He owns a takeaway shop that once sold “Osama bin Laden” pizzas.

A photo on his Facebook feed shows a photo taken in Afghanistan of him holding a rifle in the company of armed men.

He told Sky News that it was taken during a visit to Bagram Prison to visit his brother before he was released to take up his current position as Taliban commander, and the gunmen who accompanied him were bodyguards from Hezb-e Islami Party.

In 2018, Totakhyl was arrested for his part in a protest at a home office building in Glasgow in support of two asylum seekers on hunger strike.

He has previously told Sky News that Afghanistan has been “safer than Europe” since the takeover of the Taliban.

In April this year, the local Rhu and Shandon Community Council wrote to Al Taghi as the registered owner of Aldonaig Farm, complaining that fires were lit on the ground. It also stated that police had been called several times for complaints about “noise … illegal gatherings and environmental pollution and damage”.

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