Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Taliban leader in secret talks was an imposter--"And we gave him a lot of money"/ NY Times

From the war that never ends, has no endgame, in the country that destroys empires comes this little item courtesy of the NY Times.  We can't even identify the enemy's leaders to negotiate with!  But we can and do give them large chunks of money...
KABUL, Afghanistan — For months, the secret talks unfolding between Taliban and Afghan leaders to end the war appeared to be showing promise, if only because of the appearance of a certain insurgent leader at one end of the table: Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour, one of the most senior commanders in the Taliban movement.
But now, it turns out, Mr. Mansour was apparently not Mr. Mansour at all. In an episode that could have been lifted from a spy novel, United States and Afghan officials now say the Afghan man was an impostor, and high-level discussions conducted with the assistance of NATO appear to have achieved little.
“It’s not him,” said a Western diplomat in Kabul intimately involved in the discussions. “And we gave him a lot of money...”

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