April 19th, 2011
09:06 AM ET

Iranian engineers abducted in Afghanistan

At least seven Iranian engineers have been kidnapped in western Afghanistan, Iranian media reported on Monday, citing officials.

Iran's state-run Press TV said that seven engineers were kidnapped, while the semi-official Fars News Agency said that 12 Iranian engineers were taken, in addition to five Afghan nationals.

It was not immediately clear which, if either report was correct. CNN could not independently confirm the details.

The engineers had been working with a construction company and were building a training center for the Afghan police, Fars reported, citing Naqibollah Farahi, spokesman for the governor of Afghanistan's Farah province.

"These individuals were abducted with their two cars in the Hassan-Abad region of this province yesterday afternoon," Fars reported Farahi said.

Press TV reported the kidnappings took place on Monday.

Abductions are common in Afghanistan, for ransoms and for political and criminal reasons.

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    Iranian abduction in Afghanistan though not yet claimed by the Taliban therefore this might be the action of criminals to defame Taliban and earn huge money as ransom. Such gangs are usually operating with the consent of US intelligence operatives to kill two birds with single shot i.e to defame Taliban and hit at the enemy Iran to contain their influence in Afghanistan.

    April 20, 2011 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |

      Gee BANGASH,I didn't think of that. You're probably right. The C.I.A. thinks of everything!!!

      April 20, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        He is right, many Iranian were freed.

        April 20, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • NucularInternets

      What are you idiots on to now? Despite the outlandish conspiracies about it the CIA doesn't have the stones to abduct foreign citizens in a foreign country.

      April 20, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        CIA was indirectly involved. They provided the local kidnappers with informations. This was done to send a signal to Karzai that they do not want Iranian involved.
        Anyway CIA is an organization composed by idiots, who while using sophisticated means and technology were unable to prevent 9/11, to find Bin Laden and other AQ leaders, and by infiltrating inside the aid workers in Afghanistan endangered their lives. Probably Linda Norgrave was killed deliberately to avoid she could let the truth to come out.

        April 21, 2011 at 7:55 am | Report abuse |
      • NucularInternets

        CIA knew 9/11 was going to happen eventually, Bush and his cronies were ignoring all of the warning signs the CIA was giving them EVERY SINGLE DAY. In addition, CIA doesn't have jurisdiction to operate domestically. That's FBI.

        And CIA planned or executed several attempts to kill or capture bin Laden in the 1990s. It may have stopped 9/11 but we also had to grab Khalid Mohammed if we wanted to completely stop any attack.

        1. Tarnak Farms raid-Never fell through. Some kids were around.
        2. Attempt to ambush bin Laden's convoy outside Khandahar-failed, Afghans suck at shooting
        3. Cruise missile strikes after the bombings in Tanzania and Kenya-not enough HUMINT
        4. Pakistani and Uzbek special forces teams-Unreliable
        5. bin Laden was in the desert hunting some gopher thing with some UAE princes-no one wanted to kill some UAE princes. Why they were with bin Laden, I don't know, but they obviously didn't just meet him out there and say "Hey, lets hunt gophers together!"

        We couldn't get bin Laden because of the politicans in Washington (both sides of the aisle). Clinton was scared of killing some of UBL's wives and Bush was a dimwit. 3000 lives may have been saved if we got this guy, but because our leaders are more concerned about international consequences they didn't listen to our intelligence agencies and look what happened.

        The boys and girls at Langley don't deserve all the blame. Blame everyone. The politicians, FBI, CIA bureaucracy, the Afghans, everyone.

        April 21, 2011 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Nucular – something you said may be true, but many things are not credible. like Clinton being scared to kill some Osama's wives ! Clinton demonstrated in Serbia no respect for innocent civilian lives. He was no better than Bush.

        April 21, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
      • NucularInternets

        At that time there was a difference between genocidal factions in a European nation and some radical Islamic in the middle of war-torn Afghanistan. Obviously, Clinton did not think bin Laden was a threat worth risking civilian lives over.

        April 21, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        The only genocidal factions are the US military, as they bombed civilians in Belgrad instead of fighting in Kosovo against the Paramilitary troops.
        Cllinton knew Bin Laden was dangerous and tried to kill him in Sudan and Afghanistan, but failed. CIA was responsible too. Besides CIA was respomsioble in Afghanistan for the Aid workers deaths. Blame CIA instead of Wikileaks !

        April 21, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Riza Afghan

    I wish they abduct a few more Irani, Afghanistan have way too many Irani immigrants, we don't want them either.

    Let Taliban and Al-Queda abduct all those Iranies and Pakistanies.

    April 20, 2011 at 4:42 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Afghan government made a deal with Iran.

      April 20, 2011 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
      • Riza Afghan

        When they made the deal, did you take torch ? Where you standing behind them ???
        If you were not available there then don't invent words from your stomach you stupid Pakistani!!!

        April 20, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Riza – No torch, as I have electricity, but first of all I am following the news. Anyway, Bangash was correct as many of them were realesed, so probably some money was paid and Taliban were not responsible.

        April 20, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
      • cameron

        Yeah, there are other articles saying the engineers were released.

        From the article:

        "Taliban spokesman Yusuf Ahmadi told AFP Monday that the insurgent group had no knowledge of the most recent kidnapping, although the militants have been responsible for similar abductions in the past."

        Although this is weird, because other articles say that the Taliban was the one to release these construction workers?

        April 20, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
      • cameron

        Hmm. Another article states that the Taliban claimed responsibility, and that they threatened to kill the men unless the construction halts.


        April 20, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shahin

      No offence but Iran has more afghans than Afghanistan has Iranians.

      April 20, 2011 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
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    April 19, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Lindsey Graham

    This here proves the animosity between the Taliban and the Iranians. This should also disspell any claims about the Taliban getting any support from Iran.

    April 19, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |

      Quite true Lindsey,but hardly surprising. The only support the Taliban has comes from the Afghan people themselves.

      April 19, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
      • cameron

        The Taliban has openly admitted to performing several crimes, and has given reason as to why they did so. This could have been the Taliban, especially since these engineers were working to build a "training center": something which the Taliban would oppose. (2009 – 2 prisoner killings/mutilations by Taliban for death of two of their members.

        April 19, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • cameron

      The Taliban might not be showing hostility to Iran as a country, but instead might be angered/irritated at the fact that Iranian engineers are building a TRAINING CENTER for Afghani police, IN Afghanistan.

      April 19, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • cam ron

      Yes, the Taliban are probably not showing hostil... to Iran. But the Taliban as we currently know it would probably oppose a training center for police, seeing as Afghani police have been constant targets for the Taliban. Yes, this is speculation, but so is anything else you put together after reading this article. We cannot count "anything" as "truth," since we ourselves were not in the mental/physical state/location of the belligernt – unless you know more than the article about this.

      April 19, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • cameron

      Also you may consider stopping the use of "hindu sanatan pharisees," "hind' etc, by manipulating/altering their meanings. Not only does it pollute the point you are trying to convey; it violates the terms upon which you post your comment:

      • You agree not to upload, post or otherwise transmit any User Content that violates or infringes in any way upon the rights of others, including any statements which may defame, harass, stalk or threaten others;

      • You agree not to upload, post or otherwise transmit any User Content that is offensive to the online community, including blatant expressions of bigotry, racism, abusiveness, vulgarity or profanity.


      April 19, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • cameron

      True, as the name of a system of a belief should not affect a follower. Hindu, comes from the river Sindh(i). Sindhu in Sanskrit means river/stream. The Sindhi river is the only river named in Sanskrit that takes the masculine form of Sindhu, a noun meaning river/stream as above. This shares the root word which loans to the verb sid, or to flow or move. Additionally, the form of salt used by those Indian civilizations was called sandhav (namak).
      Persians gave them the name Hind, due to the very common tonal replacement (or omission) of s with h. Sindi became Hind(i). The speakers of Avestan, and latter on the Persians especially did this with other words.

      I previously stated Avestan aHura becomes Sanskrit aSura. Similarly, Avestan (a)RTa (or OLD persian arta) becomes ASa. Sindh becomes Hind. Furthermore : Saptaha became Haftaha, or Sapta became Hafta. So the residents of Sindh were called Hind by the opposing Inhabitants.
      After looking it up, umlaut = um + laut. Um means around or backwards. Laut means sound or noise.

      Parisees as it is did come from Latin, but was adopted into Latin. No, noone should take offense. But I meant to highlight "defamation," which in this case, by association.

      Yes, US involvement has been brought up. But why in the world would US controlled people kidnap Iranian engineers and Afghani citizens to halt the construction of a police training base? Possibly because of US-Iranian relations? I guess so. But the article doesn't state which faction (if such a thing exists) of the Taliban committed the crime. Wouldn't assuming that it was a US controlled group be speculation as well?

      April 19, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • NucularInternets

      Yeah, the Taliban are devout Sunnis. Iran is Shi'a.

      April 20, 2011 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
    • cameron

      Yeah, well I guess it all depends on the way you look at it; phonetically or the way it was derived. While you bring up an interesting point, I couldn't find much online about it; but that's okay. It still makes sense to me somewhat. Even though languages were derived by syllables/roots/affixes, you bring an interesting point with the letter x! Even affix or s–x, etc. They have something to do with coming together or forging. Whereas, some of these affixes themselves, or roots, maintained their meanings...

      I looked online and I don't think I found anything when I googled "tribes of meade." I found one native american book on google books; is this it? If you could post a link, that'd be great.

      Another thing aside from the police training station -speculation-, could be what NuclearIntrests brought up; the Iran Shi'i and the Taliban Sunni.

      April 20, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • cameron

      Yes, you are right in that something had had to happen in order for evolution to take place.
      The concept of the initiation of life is called abiogenisis – root word gen, meaning clan, is same as gen in gentile, genesis (family, clan), etc. This is not what I am talking about. Any yes, I agree that we as humans have halted evolution for ourselves (for the most part), because of our facilities – which may not be a bad thing. There are some theories you can find about wikipedia about abiogenesis is you want, if you don't already know what the concept is. (For all kinds of organisms, bugs, reptiles, etc.) – You might want to look up the RH-Factor. It has little proof, but nonetheless is interesting. http://www.aoi.com.au/bcw/neanderbasque.htm

      Actually, my previous post had very little to do with evolution – I shouldn't have even used the term. Rather, it is more to do with migration.
      However, humans did evolve as they migrated. Examples of this would be natural disasters, climate shifts, etc. One major natural disaster was the eruption of Mt. Toba over 30,000 years ago. It drastically changed the climate of South Asia and even spread all over the world. Additionally there was the Northern Ice Age after the Native Americans had crossed into Canada, which killed all the Native Americans in norther regions of the Americas. And humans have had several phases, as shown by remains. Even tools such as hammers, knifes, and plows have been found, dating over 500 centuries ago. Had these tools not been used by humans, we would still see animals having the capability to make these tools now. Also, while evolution might need stimuli, gaining knowledge simply requires experience. As we discovered things, so did animals. So we would have at least seen a big improvement of the intellect of these animals. Additionally, there are many other examples of evolution, such as MRSA, and even the concept of transmitting genetic immunity to children by a woman in a certain area. In one country, a woman may be able to transmit immunity to a certain strain – maybe to an extent- that a foreign woman may not be able to do since she hasn't been exposed to that strain. Anyways two examples of this migration would be human remains and genetic distribution.

      Well, it's fine. I'm going to cut it out know. Let it be what it is – otherwise we'll end up going on and on. I'll say that you did make some interesting points, but I'm going back to talking about the article, lol.

      April 20, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • cameron

      Wait, did you repost most of it except the last part? Actually I have the same problem; it doesn't let me post what I wrote unless I drastically change it, for whatever reason.

      Yes, I agree completely; in fact we share this view. Language is a means to communicate, or convey a message; it is a medium. I responded to all of your other points in my previous post to the best I could. Anyways, it's fine. I will stick to talking about the article now, though. (Writing this stuff does take a while, lol).

      April 20, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |