Friday, September 08, 2006

Captured Taliban Leader Given Amnesty

A former Taliban leader defects, saying, "I want peace and unity in Afghanistan and elsewhere and an Islamic system," and "If I had come to fight, nobody would have defeated me."

Captured Taliban Leader Given Amnesty
Published: June 17, 2006 (CanWest News Service)

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- Faced with a devil's choice between dealing severely with an arrested Taliban commander or scoring a propaganda coup by allowing him to switch sides, the Afghan government granted amnesty to Mullah Ibrahim on Friday despite allegations that he had fought against Canadian troops in Panjwai District as recently as last month.

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