AP Exclusive: Taliban offer to free US soldier captured in Afghanistan if conditions met

  • Article by: KATHY GANNON , Associated Press
  • Updated: June 20, 2013 - 3:12 PM

KABUL, Afghanistan — The Taliban proposed a deal in which they would free a U.S. soldier held captive since 2009 in exchange for five of their most senior operatives at Guantanamo Bay, while Afghan President Hamid Karzai eased his opposition Thursday to joining planned peace talks.

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dumbgopJun. 20, 1311:26 AM

Why not kill the Taliban that came to negotiate this idiotic request while we have the chance? My bet is Obama will let the 5 terrorist killers go. Obama has told us before we can negotiate with terrorists, and he's super smart (just ask him) I'm sure this will be productive.

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tomstromieJun. 20, 1312:01 PM

And this is what happens when you decide to take terrorists as prisoners and then hang on to them for years.

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rogerbJun. 20, 13 1:46 PM

Tomstromie - what would you suggest we do with them?

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guacamoleoleJun. 20, 13 2:41 PM

rogerb - we used to have legal procedures to deal with badguys. We used to believe in not holding people for years without charging them and bringing them to trial. What do you suggest?

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jeffportJun. 20, 13 2:57 PM

I don't believe in negotiating with terrorists but I guess the Liberal Government might. If you make one deal the floodgates are opened and guess what happens, more people get kidnapped etc.. Look what happened in 1980, Iran knew Reagan would not play thier game and a few days after being in office the hostages were released. DO NOT NEGOTIATE !

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swmnguyJun. 20, 13 4:43 PM

There is a lot more to this story, I suspect. I noticed yesterday that Karzai, the former US oil executive we put in charge of Afghanistan, was upset and cancelled a peace negotiation session with the Taliban because the Taliban is opening an office that looks suspiciously like the embassy of a government-in-exile in Qatar, with US approval, if not support.

Qatar. That's interesting. The Emir of Qatar is a fanatical extreme Sunni militant, who seized power in a coup with US and CIA approval, if not support, a couple years ago. Now he is the main sponsor of the war in Syria, because he wants to build a gas pipeline across Iraq and Syria to sell natural gas to Europe, and irritate Russia and Iran. That's the root of the whole war in Syria, which the US now openly supports (though we have been pretty obvious in our support for two years). Qatar was one of the main financiers for the mercenaries in Libya who overthrew Gadhafi with US and NATO air support and weapons. Now those same mercenaries are in Syria.

Hmm. Didn't we used to have a name for those extreme Sunni mercenaries? Al-Quaeda, wasn't it? So Qatar is the conduit for money and supplies from the US, Israel and Saudi Arabia, along with Qatar, to those guys. Those guys have overthrown Gadhafi, are going after Assad in Syria, and are causing trouble for Iran and the Shi'ites in Lebanon and Iraq.

Now the US is openly OK with the Taliban setting up shop in Qatar? No wonder Karzai is upset. He's known as "The Mayor of Kabul," because the Taliban controls the entire rest of the country, and as soon as the US leaves, he's dead. And now the US is obviously in cahoots with the Taliban, again? (Bear in mind, the Taliban is the creation of the Sunni Pakistani ISI secret service, using US/CIA money).

Well, it's a tangled sordid mess indeed. Not worth one single more cent or American life.

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