Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Setback for 'Peace' Talks in Afghanistan

The guy they thought was a big time Taliban mullah was actually a con man who, after a few chats, took the cash and bolted. From the Beeb:
An impostor posing as a leading Taliban negotiator held secret talks with Afghan officials, according to the New York Times.

The Afghans thought they were dealing with Mullah Akhtar Mohammed Mansour, a top Taliban commander.

But he was not Mullah Mansour and may not even have been a member of the Taliban, reports the newspaper.

He was paid "a lot of money", and then disappeared, according to diplomatic sources.
The man in question came from Pakistan - where it is thought the Taliban's leadership is based - and reportedly had three meetings with government officials...
Nice work if you can get it.

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