Jan 4 2012
But while he’s working out the details, he’ll let thousand of troops stay in Afghanistan with the same Obama-directed suicidal rules of engagement.
The Guardian The US has agreed in principle to releasing top officials from Afghanistan terrorist group in exchange for starting process of negotiations.
The US has agreed in principle to release high-ranking Taliban officials from Guantánamo Bay in return for the Afghan insurgents’ agreement to open a political office for peace negotiations in Qatar, the Guardian has learned.
According to sources familiar with the talks in the US and in Afghanistan, the handful of Taliban figures will include Mullah Khair Khowa, a former interior minister, and Noorullah Noori, a former governor in northern Afghanistan.
More controversially, the Taliban are demanding the release of the former army commander Mullah Fazl Akhund. Washington is reported to be considering formally handing him over to the custody of another country, possibly Qatar.