Key official defects from the Taliban
October 16, 2001 5:01 PM   Subscribe

Key official defects from the Taliban What date did you pick for "Fall of Taliban"? Halloween? Thanksgiving? Christmas? New Years Eve?
posted by Oxydude (8 comments total)
Whenever this war is over, they'll be looking for a new government. This guy is thinking ahead.
posted by geoff. at 5:16 PM on October 16, 2001

Hong Kong redux.
posted by bloggboy at 5:25 PM on October 16, 2001

Mohammed Omar several times to surrender suspected terrorist Osama bin Laden and spare his already war-ravaged nation further damage from the U.S. airstrikes.

No. This time, we have to "go all the way to Damascus", which, in this case means destroying every last piece of OBL infrastructure and make sure all the chemical, biological and possible nuclear weapons are taken out.
posted by ParisParamus at 5:26 PM on October 16, 2001

Pardon! I meant to say "All the way to Bagdad." Freudian slip.
posted by ParisParamus at 5:40 PM on October 16, 2001

I suppose this will be an easy way for some of the worst offenders to avoid responsibility and prosecution for war crimes?
posted by rushmc at 5:44 PM on October 16, 2001

I figured a story this important would get broader play, so I've been checking all the usual suspects, and none of them are carrying it. I did, however, find this story at the Washington Post which mentions the story as a rumor but dismisses it as being disinformation.

I think it's a hoax.
posted by Steven Den Beste at 10:01 PM on October 16, 2001

The Independent has this background. They read him as a Rudolph Hesse figure. Most likely the 'wired mullah' who wanted to put the Taliban leadership on the net has returned to his boss, according to the BBC report. Sounds kind of likeable though.
posted by grahamwell at 6:14 AM on October 17, 2001

It's very confusing. Reuters reports that an aide to the King says he's made contact, but AP reports a denial.

I think the "unauthorized peace mission" theory may well be the best one -- and if it fails, he just won't return to Afghanistan.
posted by Steven Den Beste at 7:49 AM on October 17, 2001

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