February 22, 2005

NOT THE MAN THEY THINK HE IS AT HOME:

Rocket man gives up rebellion to put the Taliban on road to peace (Thomas Coghlan, 22/02/2005, Daily Telegraph)

One of the Taliban's most senior and charismatic commanders has become a key negotiator as more and more members of the Islamic militia in Afghanistan give up the fight against the Americans.

The commander, Abdul Salam, earned the nickname Mullah Rockety because he was so accurate with rocket propelled grenades against Russian troops.

He later joined the Taliban as a corps commander in Jalalabad before being captured by the Americans after September 11.

Now he is a supporter of President Hamid Karzai and is tempting diehard Taliban fighters to accept an amnesty offer and reconcile themselves to Afghanistan's first directly elected leader.

"The Taliban has lost its morale," he said, speaking by satellite phone from the heartlands of Zabul province, a Taliban redoubt.


Not coincidentally, so has the Left.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 22, 2005 12:00 AM
Comments

The Hindu Kush ain't the kind of place to raise your kids.

Posted by: ghostcat at February 22, 2005 1:54 AM

Why sacrifice up in the Hindu Kush, when your leader is in Rio or Punta Del Este, living it up with booze, hookers, gambling, food, and hot and cold running dialysis.

Posted by: Bart at February 22, 2005 8:58 AM

Great news.

Posted by: Chris Durnell at February 22, 2005 10:29 AM
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