June 4th, 2010
08:39 AM ET

Jirga delegates: Taliban prisoners should be freed

Delegates to a peace conference in Afghanistan asked Friday that Taliban prisoners be freed from Afghan and international detention centers. They also urged the Taliban to cut its ties with al Qaeda.

The suggestions are among 200 that delegates to the conference, or jirga, made to authorities.

The delegates also recommended that names of all Taliban members be removed from blacklists maintained by the United States and United Nations. Those lists contain the names of suspected militants that U.S. authorities and their allies would like to arrest.

The delegates called for the release of any prisoners currently being held for giving faulty information to NATO forces, and they urged international forces to stop searches of private homes without adequate reason. They also advised U.S.-led forces to accelerate their training of the Afghan military in advance of the anticipated handover of security responsibilities.

At the same time, they called for the establishment of a peace council comprised of various representatives of provincial councils as well as different tribal leaders and religious scholars. The council, they said, should create a committee to help facilitate the release and reintegration of prisoners.

The delegates also condemned the recent Israeli raid on a flotilla attempting to break through Israel's Gaza blockade.

The recommendations follow several days of meetings involving delegates from around Afghanistan.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai planned the peace gathering with tribal leaders to discuss a reintegration plan for Taliban members who renounce violence and lay down their arms.

The Taliban released a press statement a day before the attack, calling the peace meeting a "foreign scripted peace jirga."

Suspected militants fired rockets, detonated explosives and engaged in an intense gun battle with security forces Wednesday as Karzai spoke at the peace meeting nearby.

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  1. Chuckster

    You have to agree and admit, Afganistan invited us to go there and kill them. This occurred when they CAME TO THE US AND KILLED 3000 INNOCENT AMERICANS. SO SCREW THEM!!!!!

    June 11, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Justin

    With the Taliban refusing to talk peace, this is all symbolic at the moment. If Afghanistan is to defeat them, they must build the army and the economy. The stronger their army, the less they'll need the US. The lighter the foreign troop footprint, the weaker the "fight the occupiers" rallying call becomes. The stronger the economy, the smaller the Taliban's recruiting pool becomes. Many Taliban soldiers are not ideologically aligned with them, but rather joined because they needed a paying job with a decent wage.

    That said, the jirga does have some worthy suggestions. Clearly they consider it important to win people over, which ultimately will be how the Taliban will lose. We need to be careful, as foreigners, about coming to blanket conclusions about the entire Taliban. We fought our own Civil War and struggled through our own recovery. There will come a time when Afghanistan's factions will face the same challenge.

    June 7, 2010 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Jerry

      That was a well balanced and intelligent statement, i haven't seen that for a while...

      June 9, 2010 at 7:23 am | Report abuse |
  3. Joe Worldly

    reading all the so called posts,, it seems its always the US's fault.. So those inocent people who lost their lives in the world trade centers mean nothing?.. lets not forget that al Qaeda and then the Taliban started this !!

    June 7, 2010 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
  4. FatLazyIgnorantSUVDrivingPigAmericanIdiot

    If they're free isn't it easier to kill them later??

    June 7, 2010 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
  5. Azwar Ikram

    LOVE FOR ALL HATRED FOR NONE.

    Look at us they have been killing us since long but we have always kept quiet and left the Revange part on the Almighty upstairs.

    June 6, 2010 at 7:50 am | Report abuse |
  6. Rasa

    The fact is that president Karzai does not have the capabilities and resources to lead the country in such critical situation. Abdullah Abdullah also relates to a minority criminal group and does not have support of majority of Afghans. To end the war it is highly necessary to bring a transparent government into power and end the rule of corrup and incapable Karzai. International communtiy can achieve their goal including elimination of terrorism from Afghanistan by supporting a real national army not the existing one which is dominated by a group called Jamiati Islami.

    June 6, 2010 at 6:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Azwar Ikram

      Rasa you are so right about it, they have to flush out the dirt before they can get Afganisatan clean and running again.

      June 6, 2010 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jeff of Peoria

    NO WAY you let these guys out. When the Taliban quits fighting so will the USA. We don't want to be there but that is where all this started. Just ask Pakistan. They cut a deal w/ the Taliban and then the Taliban started taking more ground so Pakistan had to take it back.

    You can't cut deals w/ these people. They only understabd DEFEAT.

    June 5, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gary Johndro

      I'm with you since these guys stand in the way of our building the glorious American Anglo-French Empire.

      June 5, 2010 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jerry

        You are such a wind-up merchant, LOL.

        June 6, 2010 at 6:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Azwar Ikram

      You are right jeff but remember these vempires were created by the USA and the rest of the so called Islamic nations to kick out the USSR, A saying goes What you sow so shall you reap.

      Now that you have realised the mistake, Kindly Finish the Job and then get out.

      June 6, 2010 at 8:16 am | Report abuse |
  8. rik

    I believe after the Jirga delgates requested all of this they went back to their caves where their Taliban masters congratulated them. What a crock of crap.

    June 5, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jerry

      The phrase 'better to have them inside the tent piising out than outside piising in' springs to mind.

      June 5, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • risab

      you forgot or may be you do not know that Taliban's masters are americans.......the creator is behind it's creation

      June 5, 2010 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
      • Gary Johndro

        Quite true.

        June 5, 2010 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. EXPAT

    I live in Afghanistan...and all of you are ignorant, if you want things to change do something about it. Otherwise quit posting your idealistic and radical comments.

    June 5, 2010 at 2:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Jerry

      Wow Expat, you really don't like anyone else having and airing an opinion do you.

      June 5, 2010 at 7:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Daniel-2

      I agree with you.All these ignoramuses make me sick vomiting their hatred and ignorance on this page.

      June 5, 2010 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Jerry

      And some of the people here 'godless'ly Drone' on and on and on...

      June 5, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Steve

    Releasing prisoners during a time of war is probably one of the dumbest ideas I've ever heard concerning this war. How many have been released from Guantanamo only to arrive back on the battlefield to fight us? The Taliban's number 2 (after Baradur was captured) was A FORMER GUANTANAMO DETAINEE. So letting all of them go will result in a huge increase in violence.

    June 5, 2010 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
  11. Alli

    The only way to rid them of Taliban ideology is to publicly behead them.

    June 4, 2010 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • K

      I completely agree Alli. Not just because I've lost close friends in Afghanistan. But, because that is the culture that this nation has live by for centuries. For years, they have lived by the code that if you do something wrong, you get punished. Steal something, lose a hand. Kill somebody, lose your head. And the public showing of punishment is a message to all. And that's how these people work. If a boy sees his father beheaded for murdering somebody else, my bet is he's prob never going to kill unless he absolutely has to. It's cold and brutal, but it's the truth. If we want people to stop following the Taliban, we have to show them that they are going to die if they do follow the Taliban.

      June 4, 2010 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. food4thought

    The Karzai government should establish some sort of program to re-integrate the Taliban back into the society-they should not be freed until they are rid of the Taliban ideology. There is a huge divide between the Taliban Muslims and the rest of the Muslims in other countries. Islam does not prohibit(in fact encourages) girls from getting an education as well as killing is not allowed. The Karzai administration should be responsible for eliminating these wrong ideas. Their country should be investing in education of these poor folks who can't even read or write and are fed mental garbage. Imagine folks who cant even feed their children and are forced to get rid of them by giving them to the Taliban. Heres a link by a journalist on this:Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy: Inside a school for suicide bombers

    June 4, 2010 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • risab

      very funny.....its like your telling the thief to guard your house............karzai is a thug...

      June 5, 2010 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Rick McDaniel

    Freeing the Taliban will simply prolong the war, indefinitely.

    June 4, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Elyas Osman

    how do you free people that have taken Afghan and American lives. It will be a sad day if that happens. These people have taken away the civil liberties of people.

    June 4, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Soulcatcher

    Obviously these Jirga members are smoking too much of their countries favorite agriculture product. Or maybe they have been infiltrated.

    I have a theory regarding the taliban. They originally came from Africa/ Middle east probably growing the same drugs which led to desertification. Now they are doing the same in Afghanistan. In a thousand years it will all be desert and nice source of oil. The taliban have direct knowledge of this and know it will take centuries of bloodspilling to make more oil.

    In Land Where Evil Dies an Endless Death shadows roam: I hope you sleep well Jirga and Taleban, your days are numbered.

    June 4, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Bill Monroe USMC Atlanta

    Well put Carol.
    There is no reason to negotiate with them. These delegates are related to some of these Taliban. They picked this fight and never expected to be defeated but that's inevetable.

    June 4, 2010 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gary Johndro

      Like you say,we need to get more Quislings in there who will help us build our most glorious American Anglo-French Empire and make Islam a mere shadow of itself!!!

      June 5, 2010 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
      • Daniel-2

        Johndro,you're unbelievable advocating the building of an empire that should never be!!!

        June 5, 2010 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  17. Carol

    What nut case would even consider these requests? How many were released from Gitmo and went back to their insane activities? The Taliban have nothing to offer at a negotiation table. They are gradually being eliminated and that's a good thing. These people could never reintigrate with a normal population.

    June 4, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gary Johndro

      Right on,Carol!!!!!!

      June 5, 2010 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  18. Chuckster

    Why would we release known terrorists back into society??????? This is stupid because you know they will be back killing again and laughing about it. Why are these PIGS allowed to live and be prisoners????? Kill them all no mercy!!!! THE TALIBAN IS EXTINCT!!!!!

    June 4, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tar

      wow you're an idiot.

      June 4, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
      • Chuckster

        This is WAR TAR. WAR is nasty and shows no mercy when dealing with these kinds of animals!!!

        June 4, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gary Johndro

      I'm with you since these guys stand in the way of our building the most glorious American Anglo-French Empire in the Middle East.We also need to replace this Karzai jerk with a true Quisling who will collaborate with us fully and faithfully.

      June 5, 2010 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
      • Azwar Ikram

        Gary i am sorry, are you on Dope or something No more Empires of any faith or groups.

        June 6, 2010 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
  19. Fawad

    These wars and occupations need to stop. We all need to live in peace with mutual respect and tolerance for each other and we can only do that if we neutralize Bush and BinLadens of thisworld and that is only done if Justice is blind and equal for all and not only for those who have more political power in UN.

    It shouldnt be that one country can do whatever she pleases, steal organs, bomb UN compounds, gas people with phosphorous, use children as human shields by sending them to check the houses for bobby traps during active war, and commit maritime terrorism and piracy opnely and when asked to answer for their crimes scream victimization and self defense.

    It should be that nations are attacked by powerful nations on false pretext and lies.

    We should respect each others culutre and heritage and not hide our hypocrasy and iniquity behind beautiful slogans while insulting and making mockery of sacred.

    And it should be that we listen to fools around us who sit in their comfortable houses and act rambo.

    Lets love and respect eachother and live in peace.

    END ALL WARS AND DONT EVEN THINK ABOUT STARTING NEW ONES.

    June 4, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fawad

      I meant SHOULDNT BE and not SHOULD BE.

      Sorry for the Typo.

      June 4, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • kbaredge126c

      Very well expressed Fawad. Thank you.

      June 4, 2010 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • K

      Fawad, that would be a perfect world everybody living together in peace and harmony. I don't agree with this occupation of afghanistan. I'm deployed here now. But the simple fact is people are always going to disagree. People are always going to fight, always disagree, always kill each other. That is the human part of us all. And wars are sometimes necessary to bring peace about. Part of life. All I can say is you need to wake up and smell the coffee called life.

      June 4, 2010 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel-2

      Very well put,Fawad.We need to ignore people like this Gary Johndro and his warmongering henchmen cheering the deaths of people.These people are ignorant and disgusting!

      June 5, 2010 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
      • Dan in Lafayette,IN

        You are ignorant Daniel-2. These Islamic extremists are just like the Nazi's who want to rule the world and will do anything for their cause! They believe all non-Muslims must convert or be killed! This war on terror has nothing to do with occupation but to rid the world of Islamic terror! If Islam were a true religion of God it would teach it's followers the love God has for all people not just themselves and for this reason Islam's destiny is hell unless it reforms itself into a religion that loves all people! And until these Islamic extremists stop their terror and killings the world must stand up and fight them until they are dead or they realize God's love is for everyone and not just for Muslims!

        June 6, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • risab

      very nice Fawad............there would be peace if US and it's son israel stop their anti islam activities.

      June 5, 2010 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan in Lafayette,IN

        Risab, why does the Islamic extremists keep attacking the west and I don't want to hear that we started it because Islam has been fighting for hundreds of years even against their own brothers! As God had said about Ishmael, that he and his family will be a wild bunch of donkeys and always a fighting people!

        June 6, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |