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Pakistan Frees 7 Taliban, To Help ‘Peace Talks’

From the Associated Press:

Pakistan frees Taliban prisoners for peace process

By MUNIR AHMED | November 14, 2012

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan freed several Taliban prisoners at the request of the Afghan government Wednesday, a move meant to facilitate the process of striking a peace deal with the militant group in neighboring Afghanistan, Pakistani officials said.

The release of the prisoners — described as mid- and low-level fighters — is the most encouraging sign yet that Pakistan may be willing to help jumpstart peace talks that have mostly gone nowhere, hobbled by distrust among the major players involved, including the United States…

Oh, it will "jumpstart the peace process." Okay, then.

Wednesday’s release of the Taliban militants came in response to a personal request by Salahuddin Rabbani, the head of an Afghan government council for peace talks with the Taliban, said a Pakistani government official and an intelligence official. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media about the release…

So this was probably the Obama campaign’s idea. Or, at the very least, they signed off on it.

The seven released were "low- and mid-level" fighters, and it is up to them whether they go back to Afghanistan to participate in peace talks, said the Pakistani government official…

More likely they will simply go back to fighting, instead.

Meanwhile we have this from the Jerusalem Post:

UK releases Muslim cleric aligned with Bin Laden

By JONNY PAUL | November 14, 2012

LONDON – A UK court freed a radical Islamist cleric described as Osama bin Laden’s righthand man after it ruled Tuesday that he might not get a fair trial if he were deported to Jordan.

Abu Qatada is one of the most influential Islamist clerics in Europe. He featured in hate sermons found on videos in the apartment of Muhammad Atta, the leader of the September 11 bombers…

Abu Qatada’s own defense team suggested he posed a “grave risk” to Britain’s national security.

British taxpayers spend $8.3 million a year on round the clock surveillance of his home. It has already cost taxpayers more than $1.6m. in legal fees and benefits…

However, following an appeal, the European Court of Human Rights overruled the UK and blocked his deportation, claiming that if deported evidence might be obtained by torture…

And we can’t have that. So he must go free.

In 1999, [Abu Qatada] was sentenced to life imprisonment by a Jordanian court in his absence for conspiracy to carry out bomb attacks – allegedly targeting Americans and Israeli tourists…

So why would he need to be "tortured" for evidence? He has already been convicted.

Oh, well. Once again the European Court of Human Rights does what it can to help the cause of terrorism.

In other terrorist news, we have this from Reuters:

Car bomb blasts kill at least 14 across Iraq: sources

November 14, 2012

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – A series of car bombs killed at least 14 people across Iraq early on Wednesday, the eve of a Muslim festival to mark the start of the Islamic year, police and hospital sources said.

The holy month of Muharram is of special significance to Shi’ite Muslims, who are a prime target of al Qaeda’s Iraqi affiliate and other Sunni Islamist insurgents seeking to re-ignite the kind of sectarian violence that gripped the country in 2006-2007.

The deadliest explosion took place in the disputed and ethnically-mixed city of Kirkuk, 250 km (155 miles) north of the capital Baghdad, where four bombs planted in parked cars went off simultaneously, killing nine people and wounding 30, police said…

Shocking news, huh?

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, November 14th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Pakistan Frees 7 Taliban, To Help ‘Peace Talks’”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    I saw the phrase “Peace Talks” stenciled on the side of an RPG that hit us as a dud.

    Is that the one they’re talking asbout?

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