Freed Taliban returning to the battle field

 
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Freed Taliban returning to the battle field

Here's an article from AP that doesn't bode well for the future of Afghanistan:

At least half the Afghan Taliban recently freed from Pakistani prisons have rejoined the insurgency, a Pakistani intelligence officialsays, throwing into question the value of such goodwill gestures that the Afghan government requested to restart a flagging peace process.

A senior Western official who spoke on condition of anonymity so he could talk freely confirmed that "some" newly freed Taliban have returned to the battlefield.

The development underscores the difficulties in reaching a political deal with the Taliban before the end of 2014, when NATO and U.S. troops are scheduled to have completed their withdrawal from Afghanistan. Many Taliban released from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay have also gone underground.

Despite some recent signs from the Taliban that they are willing to share power and want to avoid a civil war, the militants may well be playing for time until 2014. That's also when the Afghans are scheduled to elect a new president to succeed Hamid Karzai, whom the insurgents consider an American puppet.

This comes directly on the heels of something I saw at My Pet Jawa yesterday (which links to this Long War Journal piece):

A former Guantanamo detainee named Slimane Hadj Abderrahmane has reportedly  been killed while fighting in Syria. The  Copenhagen Post and other Danish media outlets have cited multiple  sources indicating that Abderrahmane was killed earlier this month, but the  Danish intelligence agency (PET) has not yet confirmed or denied these  reports.

Abderrahmane, who was born to a Danish mother and an Algerian father, was  detained while fleeing Afghanistan in late 2001 and transferred to the  Guantanamo detention facility, where he was held until early 2004.

According to a leaked Joint Task Force Guantanamo (JTF-GTMO) threat  assessment dated Dec. 6, 2003, US officials deemed Abderrahmane a "high" risk  "threat to the US, its interests, or its allies."

JTF-GTMO also recommended that Abderrahmane be retained in the Defense  Department's custody. However, less than three months later, on Feb. 24, 2004,  he was transferred to his home country of Denmark.

This catch and release program doesn't seem to be working.  What's Plan B?

 

 

 

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OK ONCE AGAIN CAN SOMEONE EXPLAIN TO ME WHY WERE IN AFGHANISTAN IN THE FIRST PLACE .
I KNOW TO PROMOTE DEMOCRACY AND WELL BEIGN FOR THE AFGAN PEOPLE . END INSURGENCY AND
ELIMINATE TERRORISM . WELL HOW'S THAT GOING SO FAR ? AS AN EX VIETNAM VET I SAW WHAT
HAPPENED IN VIETNAM FIRST HAND . ROUGHFULLY 58,500 LIVES LATER . HOW MANY IN AFGHANISTAN SO FAR ? HOW DID THE RUSSIANS FARE IN AFGHANISTAN ? WHY DID THEY BAIL ?
ISN'T IT TIME FOR A FACT CHECK ! ONCE THE US LEAVES KARZI WILL BE OVERTHROWN , THATS A
GIVEN . AND IT'S RIGHT BACK TO SQUARE ONE . KARZI DOESN'T WANT ANYMORE BOMBING OF
INSURGENTS AND AS HE'S RELEASING CURRENT TALIBAN PRISONERS WHO RETURN TO THE BATTLEFIELD HE'S HEDGEING HIS BETS . 2014 IS TOO FAR AWAY !!

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