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Taliban commander turns self in... for reward on ‘Wanted’ poster
Washington Post ^ | 17 Apr 2012 | Kevin Sieff

Posted on 04/17/2012 6:55:56 PM PDT by mandaladon

Sometimes, capturing a Taliban commander requires vast resources and complex operations. Last week in eastern Afghanistan, it required neither. Mohammad Ashan, a mid-level Taliban commander in Paktika province, strolled toward a police checkpoint in the district of Sar Howza with a wanted poster bearing his own face. He demanded the finder’s fee referenced on the poster: $100.

Afghan officials, perplexed by the man’s misguided motives, arrested him on the spot. Ashan is suspected of plotting at least two attacks on Afghan security forces. His misdeeds prompted officials to plaster the district with hundreds of so-called “Be on the Lookout” posters emblazoned with his name and likeness.

When U.S. troops went to confirm that Ashan had in fact come forward to claim the finder’s fee, they were initially incredulous.

“We asked him, ‘Is this you?’ Mohammad Ashan answered with an incredible amount of enthusiasm, ‘Yes, yes, that’s me! Can I get my award now?’” recalled SPC Matthew Baker.

A biometric scan confirmed that the man in Afghan custody was the insurgent they had been looking for.

“This guy is the Taliban equivalent of the ‘Home Alone” burglars,” one U.S. official said. Wanted posters are often distributed by NATO forces, but rarely have such a direct impact on the apprehension of an insurgent. In restive Paktika province, civilians are typically afraid to pass on intelligence that might lead to an arrest. And insurgents tend to shy away from the urban centers where they’re being hunted, particularly while carrying evidence of their own transgressions.

Officials have guessed at what the unusual details of Ashan’s arrest might tell us about the state of the insurgency — its desperation, its lack of resources, its defiance of law and order.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: taliban
Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos.................But, for now, the consensus has landed on the singularity of Ashan’s act, and the intellectual calculus that led to it............Bright fellow !!!
1 posted on 04/17/2012 6:56:06 PM PDT by mandaladon
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To: mandaladon

Did they pay him the money?


2 posted on 04/17/2012 7:05:51 PM PDT by JerseyanExile
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

So, when does Obama plan to appoint him to the team that negotiates with Iran?

Thanks mandaladon.


3 posted on 04/17/2012 7:06:40 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: JerseyanExile

I think they should pay him...after all he met all the criteria on the poster.


4 posted on 04/17/2012 7:09:10 PM PDT by mandaladon (PalinGenesis)
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To: SunkenCiv

Hand him a nice crisp C note and then blow his brains out.


5 posted on 04/17/2012 7:16:58 PM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: mandaladon

Maybe Obama can find a workable compromise. Give him a green energy grant. Or a job with NASA’s Muslim Outreach.


6 posted on 04/17/2012 7:17:16 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: mandaladon

General Aladeen ,The Dictator (2012) ?


7 posted on 04/17/2012 7:22:54 PM PDT by molson209
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To: mandaladon

More evidence how stupid they are. We should try candy-grams next. “Candygram for Mohammed! Candygram for Mohammed!” Or my other plan where we place a bunch of strap on explosives on the ground in an open field and dress up a bunch of manequins as Rabbis that have speakers in them that say “Oy veh! Mohammed is a putz! Mohammed is a schmuck!” and you simply lure the terrorists into that field and run away and watch as they blow themselves up faster than popcorn in a microwave.


8 posted on 04/17/2012 7:30:21 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Someday our schools will teach the difference between lose and loose.)
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To: mandaladon

Even the Taliban is a more transparent administration than the 0 admin.


9 posted on 04/17/2012 7:31:03 PM PDT by Repeat Offender (While the wicked stand confounded, call me with Thy Saints surrounded)
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To: mandaladon

Count him as “hazy on the concept”.


10 posted on 04/17/2012 7:46:41 PM PDT by Thrownatbirth (.....Iraq Invasion fan since '91.)
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To: mandaladon
"His misdeeds prompted..."

Misdeeds? Misdeeds?!!! TP'ing a house when you were a kid is a misdeed. Launching bombings where a mop is needed to gather up all of the victims' remains is hardly a misdeed. Kill him.

I wonder if George Zimmerman's actions would be so characterized by the Washington Post? Hmmmmm.

11 posted on 04/17/2012 7:49:08 PM PDT by optiguy (Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them.----- Ronald Reagan)
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To: mandaladon

They didn`t read him his rights so they had to let him go.


12 posted on 04/17/2012 8:04:05 PM PDT by bunkerhill7 (Talibonehead !. Who knew?)
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To: mandaladon

David Lawrence.

Get it in your head. Get it straight . Get it clear.


13 posted on 04/17/2012 8:04:24 PM PDT by bigheadfred (MY PET TAPEWORM (OBIWAN) IS AN INSANE MILITARY HATING LEFTIST)
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To: mandaladon

Give him the reward and then shoot him.


14 posted on 04/17/2012 8:09:04 PM PDT by luvbach1 (Stop the destruction in 2012 or continue the decline)
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To: mandaladon

Make this guy Taliban Relations Czar and a speaking tour of college campuses to build understanding and peace.


15 posted on 04/17/2012 8:52:32 PM PDT by garjog
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To: mandaladon

Make this guy Taliban Relations Czar and a speaking tour of college campuses to build understanding and peace.


16 posted on 04/17/2012 8:54:35 PM PDT by garjog
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To: mandaladon

Rush was wondering if the New Black Panthers would be giving Zimmerman the million dollars when he turned himself in.


17 posted on 04/17/2012 8:54:35 PM PDT by Mark (Don't argue with my posts. I typed while under sniper fire..)
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To: mandaladon

This is the result of centuries of marrying first cousins to each other.


18 posted on 04/17/2012 9:07:42 PM PDT by Let's Roll (Save the world's best healthcare - REPEAL, DEFUND Obamacare!)
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To: JerseyanExile

That is what I want to know

TT


19 posted on 04/17/2012 9:07:42 PM PDT by TexasTransplant (Radical islam is islam. Moderate islam is the Trojan Horse.)
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To: mandaladon

I was hoping that he turned himself in to the “72 Virgin Dating Club” ... I understand that they will “Hook You Up”

Guess now that we have a Muslim President, things may have changed.

(wish I could do pictures... at least cut and paste)

TT


20 posted on 04/17/2012 9:16:36 PM PDT by TexasTransplant (Radical islam is islam. Moderate islam is the Trojan Horse.)
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To: mandaladon

Give him a hundred bucks and the #3 spot on an
episode of ‘Worlds Dumbest Criminals’.

(in case you are wondering #’s 1&2 are your
POTUS and Veep)


21 posted on 04/17/2012 9:48:24 PM PDT by Sivad (NorCal Red Turf)
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To: mandaladon

*Unclear on the concept Ping*


22 posted on 04/17/2012 11:29:24 PM PDT by gigster (Cogito, Ergo, Ronaldus Magnus Conservatus)
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To: mandaladon

I have a cousin who did that after a burglary.

How would you like to be the father of someone like that?


23 posted on 04/18/2012 6:12:37 AM PDT by LevinFan
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