Mullah Baradar’s capture by the CIA in coordination with the ISI was really the only serious victory won against the Taliban in recent years.
While Baradar is often referred to as second-in-command of the Taliban, with Mullah Omar’s whereabouts and aliveness still uncertain, he was in practice the leader of the Taliban. And there’s no doubt that this move has the approval of Obama Inc. as one of those confidence building measures meant to achieve a worthless peace deal with the murderers of little girls.
Pakistan plans to release all Afghan Taliban prisoners still in its detention, including the group’s former second-in-command, an official said on Friday, in the clearest signal yet that it backs reconciliation efforts.
Regional power Pakistan is seen as critical to the success of U.S. and Afghan efforts to bring stability to Afghanistan, a task gaining urgency as the end of the U.S. combat mission in 2014 draws closer.
Afghanistan has been pressing its neighbor, home to an allied Taliban movement of its own, to free Taliban members who could help promote its tentative reconciliation efforts.
“The remaining detainees, we are coordinating, and they will be released subsequently,” Jalil Jilani, Pakistan’s foreign secretary, the foreign ministry’s top bureaucrat, told a news conference in Abu Dhabi.
Asked if the former Taliban deputy leader, Mullah Baradar, would be among those released, he said “The aim is to release all”, but did not elaborate further.
Jilani was speaking after meeting the acting U.S. special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, David Pearce, and Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Jawed Luddin at the Afghan embassy in Abu Dhabi.
So the dirty deal has been made.
Obama’s newfound “flexibility” has enabled him to give the Taliban whatever they want, including their leader, while American soldiers go on dying in Afghanistan.
The former deputy defense minister in the Taliban government in Afghanistan, Baradar has gradually taken control of the Taliban leadership council based in Quetta, Pakistan. “He makes the Taliban run,” said Seth G. Jones, a senior political scientist at the Rand Corporation and Taliban expert who recently returned from an advisory position with the U.S. military command in Afghanistan.
Omar, Jones said, “tends to be fairly reclusive and unpolished. Baradar is the one who deals with the operational side.”
And by “operational side”, we mean killing Americans.
What is Obama going to say to the family of the soldier killed in Afghanistan on the 16th? Or the families of the other 6 soldiers killed this month? Or the more than 1,000 soldiers who died in Afghanistan since he took office?
Nothing. Just as he had nothing to say to the families of the men he left to die in Benghazi.