Saturday, June 21, 2003


Is the Bush Administration Courting the Taliban?

Yes, says this report from Asia Times:

Such is the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan, compounded by the return to the country of a large number of former Afghan communist refugees, that United States and Pakistani intelligence officials have met with Taliban leaders in an effort to devise a political solution to prevent the country from being further ripped apart.

According to a Pakistani jihadi leader who played a role in setting up the communication, the meeting took place recently between representatives of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), the US Federal Bureau of Investigation and Taliban leaders at the Pakistan Air Force base of Samungli, near Quetta.

Hey weren't the Taliban evildoers or something? Come to think of it, weren't they the guys who gave al-Qaeda a safe haven-- you remember al-Qaeda, don't you, the guys who bombed the U.S. on 9-11?

When I read this report, I really couldn't believe it. What was the FBI doing in Pakistan? They do domestic surveillance, right? Then I read this report from the Washington Times:

FBI Director Robert Mueller discussed new plans to catch al-Qaida suspects in a recent visit to the Middle East and Pakistan, diplomatic sources told United Press International Thursday.

The plan includes speeding up efforts to catch Osama bin Laden and other al-Qaida leaders believed to be hiding in a tribal zone between Pakistan and Afghanistan, the sources said.

The FBI already has an extensive presence in both the Middle East and South Asia, but is now trying to expand its network with the help of regional intelligence agencies.

If it turns out that Administration officials knew of or authorized a meeting with the Taliban, they will have some serious explaining to do.


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