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Medicine Dropped In Area Of Afghan Hostages

From the Taliban’s fans at Reuters:

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A group of Afghan women walk towards a market in Ghazni.

Afghan doctors deliver medicine to Korean hostages

Sun Aug 5, 2007 11:11AM EDT

By Sayed Salahuddin

GHAZNI, Afghanistan (Reuters) – Afghan doctors delivered medicines on Sunday for 21 South Koreans kidnapped by Taliban rebels in Afghanistan more than two weeks ago.

The head of a private Afghan clinic said his team had dropped more than $1,200 worth of antibiotics, pain killers, vitamin tablets and heart pills in an area of desert in the Qarabagh district of Ghazni province as instructed by the rebels.

“This is a big achievement. Among the Koreans are doctors who know how to use these medicines,” Mohammad Hashim Wahaj told reporters in Ghazni, the main town of the province, where 23 South Korean church volunteers were snatched from a bus on July 20.

“It was a big risk, but we had to take the risk because it is a humanitarian issue,” he said…

A South Korean delegation was in Ghazni seeking face-to-face talks with the kidnappers to try to break the deadlock.

But the Taliban said on Sunday there was no agreement on where to hold direct talks with the Korean diplomats.

The Taliban want negotiations in areas they control or with U.N. guarantees for their safety if held elsewhere…

The governor of Ghazni accused Pakistani Taliban working with agents of Pakistan’s state Inter Service Intelligence (ISI) of holding the captives.

“In the beginning it was the local Taliban, but after a few days, Pakistani Taliban and ISI officers disguised as Taliban arrived in the region and they took control,” Merajuddin Pattan said on Saturday.

The ISI backed the Taliban movement as it rose to take over most of Afghanistan in the mid-1990s, but dropped its support in the wake of the September 11 attacks on the United States in 2001.

Afghan officials often accuse the ISI of secretly supporting and harboring Taliban insurgents. Pakistan denies the charge.

The Taliban spokesman rejected Pattan’s accusation.

He said Pattan made the comments because the Afghan government “wants to deflect attention from its own weakness”…

Of course it’s highly probably that these medical supplies will not reach the hostages.

At best the Taliban will sell them to buy more weapons.

But isn’t it touching how the terrorists trust the UN:

The Taliban want negotiations in areas they control or with U.N. guarantees for their safety if held elsewhere.

They clearly know who’s side they are on. 

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, August 5th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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