So it may not be the Taliban who are responsible for some of the tanker torching that has gone on lately. It may just be plain old ‘insurance’ fraud. As PressTV writes:
“Some evidence shows that contractors bombed their tankers themselves for some reasons,” an owner of vehicles
supplying US-led troops in Afghanistan, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Xinhua on Saturday.
The Pakistani police say there is evidence that bombs have been planted in many of the vehicles by the “NATO contractors” or their
staff, who have been contracted by NATO to supply fuel and goods to forces in Afghanistan.
It appears that NATO reimburses contractors for burnt vehicles and pays them a compensation for the fuel lost in the burn. However, the fuel is sold first. It’s a win-win for contractors. Of course the Taliban like to take responsibility for those events, since it makes them appear stronger and have more reach than they actually have.