Sunday, February 24, 2013

Half of freed Afghan fighters return to Taliban

This is exactly and precisely why any and all Muslims convicted of ANY sort of terroristic activity must be incarcerated for the rest of their natural lives.  If not held in prison they will eventually return to active terrorism or work undercover to aid and abet their co-religionists.


Half of freed Afghan fighters return to Taliban

Fri, 22 Feb 2013 10:57a.m.

By Kathy Gannon

At least half the Afghan Taliban recently freed from Pakistani prisons have rejoined the insurgency, a Pakistani intelligence official says, 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 US troops are scheduled to have completed their withdrawal from Afghanistan. Many Taliban released from the US 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.

The Taliban have long refused to speak directly with Karzai or his government. They have said they will negotiate only with the United States, which has held secret talks with them in the Gulf state of Qatar. But at Karzai's insistence, the US has since sought to have the insurgents speak directly with the Afghan government. Western officials privately say that the talks have so far gone no further.

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