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U.S. Weighs Releasing Taliban Commander From Gitmo as Part of Peace Talks
WASHINGTON – The U.S. is considering a proposal to transfer a top Taliban commander out of the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay as part of a potential step toward peace talks with the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan.
A senior U.S. official confirmed to Fox News that Mullah Mohammed Fazl is among the prisoners being considered for release. Held at Guantanamo Bay since 2002, Fazl was suspected in sectarian killings of Shiite Muslims before the U.S. invasion that toppled the Taliban government in Afghanistan in 2001.
The U.S. alleges he was a top Taliban official who at one point commanded thousands of troops.
According to Reuters, WikiLeaks documents also placed him at the scene of a 2001 prison riot where CIA officer Johnny Micheal Spann was killed, though it's unclear whether Fazl was involved.
Any prisoner transfer would be part of a trust-building effort to renew peace talks next year with the Taliban that had reached a critical point before falling apart this month because of objections from Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
One goal of renewed talks with the insurgents would be to identify cease-fire zones that could be used as a steppingstone toward a full peace agreement that stops most fighting, a senior administration official told The Associated Press -- a goal that remains far out of reach.
Originally posted by Wrabbit2000
reply to post by LittleBlackEagle
Oh you're being silly... These aren't terrorists, they are obstacles to successful foreign policy. That isn't a war, it's an overseas contingency operation using ever more creative forms of kinetic intervention in internal unrest of the Great Nation of Afghanistan.
So you see... It isn't the situation you're mistaken on, it's the language. That is critical you know. If you didn't term it properly, one could easily get the idea that a United States President is pursuing a policy of appeasement at best...negotiated surrender of the battlefield, at worst. We couldn't have that, now could we?? So...get your copy of the talking points for the week, and recall now.....it's not what he does, it's what we call it that matters.