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Tuesday, February 22, 2005

More Good News From Afghanistan

The London Telegraph reports some very good news from Afghanistan. Link.
One of the Taliban's most senior and charismatic commanders has become a key negotiator as more and more members of the Islamic militia in Afghanistan give up the fight against the Americans.


The commander, Abdul Salam, earned the nickname Mullah Rockety because he was so accurate with rocket propelled grenades against Russian troops.

He later joined the Taliban as a corps commander in Jalalabad before being captured by the Americans after September 11.

Now he is a supporter of President Hamid Karzai and is tempting diehard Taliban fighters to accept an amnesty offer and reconcile themselves to Afghanistan's first directly elected leader.

"The Taliban has lost its morale," he said, speaking by satellite phone from the heartlands of Zabul province, a Taliban redoubt.

"But you have to go and find the Taliban and call to them and ask them directly. If they believe they will be secure and safe they will come down from the mountains."

It is often commented that the lack of any news in the MSM concerning Afghanistan probably means that things are going well there. Here is another bit of news to actually back that up. It is not only the Taliban but also the war lords that are choosing to work with the government, and stability is spreading. The old MSM adage that the "President of Afghanistan" was in actually the Mayor of Kabul is just no longer the case. This situation is being wrapped up neatly far faster than anybody hoped or expected not very long ago.

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