Afghan accused US of making secret deal with Terrorists The office of Afghan President Hamid Karzai criticized the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for “removing the name” of Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar from the list of most wanted terrorists, and called on Washington to present explanation for such an unexpected action.
“We certainly can’t explain Washingtons action in this regard”, says Abrahim Mohammad of Afghanistan, who has been fighting the Taliban for well over 9 years now.
The Pakistani media revealed on Monday that the United States’ Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has removed the name of Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar from the list of “most wanted terrorists.”
The report came following Washington’s secret meetings with the Taliban after one decade of war. US officials have held several meetings with representatives of the Afghan Taliban leader, headed by Tayyib Agha, in Germany and Qatar over the past months. “The Afghan government has called on the US embassy in Kabul to explain itself about the reports on removing Mullah Mohammad Omar’s name from the terrorism black list,” Afghanistan Presidential Spokesman Aimal Faizi told reporters on Thursday.
“In case the reports on the removal of Mullah Omar’s name from the US terrorist watch list prove to be true, the US should then explain why and on what basis it has embarked on taking such a measure,” Faizi stressed.
He reiterated that the Afghan government will announce its official position after relevant talks with the American side. During the meetings, the US and Taliban negotiators reached a deal to transfer five Taliban militants, who are under custody in Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, to Qatar. The removal of Mullah Omar’s name from the terror list comes after the prisoner deal. Leaving many wondering if Washington made a deal with the Terrorists?
The founder of the Taliban, Mullah Omar, has been in hiding since the 2001 US-led invasion of Afghanistan. At one time he was one of the most wanted men in Afghanistan by the US military? Washington removed Mullah Omar’s name despite its continued allegations that the Taliban and Osama Bin Laden were behind the September, 11 attacks in the US. Mullah Omar was Bin Laden’s staunchest ally and most intimate friend.
“Mullah Omar is responsible for the killing of Americans in Afghanistan”, says Oz Moran of Charlotte, N.C.
In response the FBI says Mullah Omar never figured in its most wanted list?
The news of Mullah Omar being taken off the terrorism watch list was reported in Russia, Iran and across the Middle East on numerous websites…It’s rather embarrassing!
“Is this either a mistake or another political blunder of epic proportions” , wonders Denny Hill of Charlotte, N.C. “It doesn’t make any sense. They should put the guy on the list immediately!”, he said.
I’m inclined to agree!
It simply makes no sense what so ever to confuse our allies like this?
The United States invaded Afghanistan 10 years ago under the pretext of eradicating the Taliban, but its failure has forced Washington to turn to negotiation with militants.
The US government has planned new round of talks with the Taliban in early 2012.