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Paki Terrorists Claim To Show Prisoners On TV

From their allies at the Associated Press:


Captive paramilitary troops from Frontier Corps, sit in a room in Charabagh near Mingora, the main town of Pakistan’s Swat district bordering Afghanistan, Friday, Nov. 2, 2007.

Pakistani militants show captured troops

By RIAZ KHAN, Associated Press Writer

Islamic militants showed off 48 men on Friday described as government troops who surrendered during bloody fighting in northwestern Pakistan, a humiliating display of the insurgents’ growing power in the region…

The militants in the northwest district of Swat, masked and armed with AK-47 assault rifles and long knives, escorted journalists to a two-story concrete building in the town of Charabagh to display the men, most described as paramilitary troops from the locally recruited Frontier Corps. The troops were later freed.

Musharraf’s strategy against militants in the frontier region centers on boosting locally recruited paramilitary forces…

“We have surrendered to these mujahedeen,” said Barkat Ullah, 24, who, like other captives, was wearing civilian clothes, saying they had left their uniforms at their posts. “We had no ammunition. We had no other option.”

The militants later said they freed the men. Authorities on Thursday denied that there had been any surrenders, and army and government spokesmen did not respond to calls seeking comment Friday…

Government officials say militants account for most of 180 people killed in fighting around Swat since 2,500 militiamen from the region’s paramilitary Frontier Constabulary deployed last week to tackle the followers of cleric Maulana Fazlullah.

The casualty figures are difficult to verify in the volatile, mountainous region.

Fazlullah’s spokesman, Sirajuddin, said 100 security forces had surrendered in Swat in addition to the 48 freed men.

Those held in Charabagh said they did not want to fight other Muslims and fellow Pashtun tribesmen. Collectively they told reporters they were resigning from their jobs.

“I will prefer to become a laborer instead of fighting against our own people,” said Riaz Khan, 24.

Militants in the South Waziristan tribal region are still holding more than 230 soldiers kidnapped two months ago.

Mohammed Hanif, an aide of Fazlullah, said militants had also captured two foreign men but had yet to decide what to do with them. He had no details about their nationality or occupation. Local media reports have suggested they are journalists.

What a confused report. If these soldiers were captured, they have already been released. But of course they might have just been civilians, since they were not in uniforms or even armed.

Still, it makes a great propaganda victory for the terrorists (no matter how brief). So it must be treated like a top story.

The AP must keep up morale for their side.

But isn’t displaying recognizable prisoners against the Geneva Convention? And, worse still, making them speak? Blatantly using captives for propaganda purposes?

Shouldn’t the Associated Press be outraged? Why did they fail to even mention this war crime?

Of course I’m kidding. We all know that any and all rules only apply to the US, and never to our enemies.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, November 2nd, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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