Monday, June 23, 2003

In a Chaotic Afghanistan, U.S. Reaches Out to the Taliban
Pacific News Service, Jun 17, 2003

Editor's Note: A growing guerilla movement against U.S. troops in Afghanistan has the United States scrambling to find a political way to keep the country together -- even, it seems, if that means meeting with the Taliban.

KARACHI, Pakistan--U.S. and Pakistani intelligence officials have reportedly met with Taliban leaders in an effort to devise a political solution to an escalating guerrilla war in Afghanistan.

According to a Pakistani jihadi leader who played a role in setting up the communication, a recent meeting took place between representatives of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation and Taliban leaders at the Pakistan Air Force base of Samungli, near Quetta. "

Okay, who were those evil-doers we were going to "smoke out"? Maybe Dubya meant he was gonna smoke out the Taliban the same way the Bush Twins "smoked out" Ashton Kutcher's party.


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