April 12th, 2010
03:19 PM ET

Around the Web: Revisiting the Baradar arrest

Greg Miller of the Washington Post reports that Pakistan has released at least two recently captured Taliban militants.

“U.S. officials now believe that even as Pakistan's security forces worked with their American counterparts to detain Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar and other insurgents, the country's Inter-Services Intelligence directorate, or ISI, quietly freed at least two senior Afghan Taliban figures it had captured on its own,” Miller writes.

“U.S. military and intelligence officials said the releases, detected by American spy agencies but not publicly disclosed, are evidence that parts of Pakistan's security establishment continue to support the Afghan Taliban.”

Meanwhile, Miller’s colleagues at the Post – Joshua Partlow and Karen DeYoung – report that “Senior Afghan officials are now criticizing as counterproductive the arrest in Pakistan this year of Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the No. 2 Taliban official. Its main effect, the Afghan officials say, has been to derail Afghan-led efforts to secure peace talks with the Taliban, making that peace ever more remote.”

“The episode offers a window into the mutual suspicions that still divide Afghanistan and Pakistan, mostly because of Pakistan's long history of support for the Taliban, as well as differences between Afghanistan, Pakistan and the United States about how best to seek reconciliation between insurgents and the Afghan government,” they write.

Some other news reports and perspectives:

- Fareed Zakaria (CNN): “U.S. should grow up and work with Karzai

- David Miliband (New York Review of Books): “How to end the war in Afghanistan

- Julius Cavendish (Christian Science Monitor): “In Afghanistan war, government corruption bigger threat than Taliban

- Fouad Ajami (Wall Street Journal): “Afghanistan and the decline of American power

- Ann Marlowe (Wall Street Journal): “The man who might have been ‘king’

soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Bangash

    When Pakistan doesn't arrest Taliban, US complains. When Pakistan arrests Taliban US complains. When Pakistan kills Taliban, US complains. Americans are tired of this war and have degenerated into a bunch of cranks.

    April 14, 2010 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  2. Iraq Paramedic

    There is no reconciliation with the Taliban, if you make so called peace with them you put the country right back were they where. I will say this again, Pakistan is in this for our money & that is it. They want the Taliban in controll of Afghanistan so they will be able to call on them when they decide to go up against India. And I can just guess that the PRC & PLA are sitting back & laughing their ass's off at all this right now because they are a side line supporter of the drugs. There is so much here that most people don't even know about it is funny. China, Russia, Columbia, Venezuela, Zimbabwae, The Mexican Mafia, The Russian Mafia, The Chinise Triads & on & on.
    May GOD Bless & keep us all !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 13, 2010 at 4:45 am | Report abuse |
  3. outsideitisamerica

    Nato and Afghan officials said the incident occurred shortly before dawn but accounts of what happened diverge. One passenger, interviewed in hospital, said the bus had pulled over to allow a Nato convoy to pass. "They just suddenly opened fire, I don't know why," said Rozi Mohammad, whose eye was swollen shut and face and clothes were matted with blood. "We had been stopped and after that I don't know what happened."
    – That was according to the British daily, The Independent.
    -http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/rioters-vent-fury-at-us-after-nato-troops-kill-afghan-civilians-on-bus-1943016.html.
    I don't understand why some journalists won't tell both sides of a story? c'mon cnn, we expect the truth from you.

    April 13, 2010 at 1:08 am | Report abuse |
  4. Dan Lafayette,IN

    How do you negotiate peace with a people that would put on suicide vests and kill innocent people without regard to the loss of life that they cause? Also how do you talk with Pakistan's ISI when they are securing the welfare of the Taliban and al Qaeda? If Pakistan wants to be an ally in this war on terror they should hand over to the coalition high level Taliban and al Qaeda and not release them to plan new attacks against the west! It seems like a no win situation when we release them to fight again. They should be held in prisoner of war camps until the war is over! I've never heard of prisoners being let go before a war is over!

    April 12, 2010 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Nathanael [desert voice]

    We will never win this war as long as ISI engages in these practices. U.S. ought to ask the Pakistani military Chief for help in finding out who is supportuing the Taliban. The Pakistani President should also be on the lookout. With modern technology, sooner or later the U.S. will find out who those traitors are!

    April 12, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |