August 25th, 2011
08:51 AM ET

Karzai orders release of 20 would-be youth suicide bombers

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has ordered the release of a group of would-be child suicide attackers ranging between ages 8 and 17.

Some of the 20 youngsters told Karzai that they were recruited by the Taliban, strapped with vests and ordered to detonate them near foreigners, the president's office said in a statement.

Militants told the youngsters that the blasts would spare them but kill the foreigners, the statement said Wednesday.

Karzai asked security forces to free the youth and hand them over to their families.

The president told the children that while other countries are educating youth to be doctors and engineers, militants in Afghanistan are teaching them to be suicide attackers, the statement said.

Afghan and international forces have been battling the Taliban, who are leading an insurgency against the government.

Analysts say the Taliban are recruiting children from Islamic schools and low-income neighborhoods to carry out suicide missions.

In Pakistan, the Taliban promise children rivers of milk and honey, and tell them that virgins await them in heaven, military officials say.

– CNN's Matiullah Mati contributed to this report.

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  1. omar

    Islam is a religion of mercy and justice. It teaches its adherents to interact with all people and to cooperate with them for the betterment of mankind. More than ever today, Muslims need to work together with other groups that oppose oppression, bloodshed, corruption, promiscuity and perversion. They should also cooperate with non-Muslims in upholding truth and combating falsehood, in supporting the oppressed, and eliminating such dangers as pollution and disease.

    August 25, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dee

      Hello Omar, we hear the Koran tells Muslims they must convert or eliminate non-believers and that it is OK to use whatever means necessary to do so. This seems consistent with what the Taliban are doing. Those who would send their children to do this means to me that they must really believe their prophet said this was OK. While many evangelicals wish to promote Christian beliefs there is no where in the teachings of Jesus that says those who believe in him must convert or eliminate non-believers. Islam came about 500 years after Christ based on a man's idea of what would be better for the Tribal people It is a man's verson of events and nothing more. Sorry Omar. God Bless You and Keep You.

      August 25, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Capricorn

    Karzai : "Go virgins for you today......

    August 25, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  3. sylv

    Geeee, I thought they were all volunteers against the mighty Shetan and evil and oppressive Israel. That's what the left says all the time.

    August 25, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ranger 830

    Behold the glory of Islam.Again we see the barbaric nature of fanatical islam.These people call us Infadels!!!! These are children have you no soles.Keep beleaving your mullas and false prophets and islam is doomed to destruction! Like it or not you will have to learn to live with the rest of the world like it or not.Muslims can immigrate to America and walk the streets with little fear.The same cant be said for christian and jews or hidus in Islamic countries.Until you progress out of the stoneage and denounce radical islam you will be doomed like sheep you are led to the slaughter in the name of Allah!!!!!!! I wish you luck!

    August 25, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Barry G.

    Again I see we picked a winner, when we decided to back Hamid Karzai.

    We seem to back the worst people to be leaders (and dictators) in other countries.

    Is it any wonder why people all over the world hate us?

    Look at some of those we've backed:
    Ferdinand Marcos
    The Shah of Iran, before the revolution
    Manuel Antonio Noriega

    And that's only the beginning of the list.

    August 25, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Andrew

    Before turning them loose, take the vests they were issued and strap them to a dummy filled with fake blood and set it off. Let the kids see that they had been 'lied to' and the possible consequence of what they were recruited to do.

    August 25, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jim

    The principle difference is Christianity instucts Christians to proselytize the unsaved by personal example and prayed vs radical Islam that decrees it is ok to kill or take from an infidel or unbeliver. Seems pretty clear to me.

    August 25, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Barry G.

      More than that, Jim.

      Jesus said: You have heard it said, "'Love your friends and hate your enemies', but I tell you 'Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you', so that you may be sons and daughters of your father in heaven, who makes the rain to shine on the just and unjust'".

      August 25, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
      • D. A. N.

        So Barry G. does that mean God does not want anyone to fight against the anti-Christ? Will He take care of it or will those left behind have a say in the matter? I believe that God will provide for those who have faith in Him and through US He will defeat them! That is why we have the power and technology to defeat them! Yes we should pray for them, so that they might be saved, but if their even using children as bombs surely God would want someone to put a stop to it! Your probably right, as a Christian we should love one another, but if Islam does not put a stop to it somebody has to!

        August 25, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
      • jonathan

        Dan, I believe that you should probably look at Revelation 6:14-17....also take a look at Matthew 26:52....Please go back to Revelation 6:9-11.. You might see that God has a different agenda than the people of the world..While he does give governments the right to resist and they will ;...... hostile forces, he does not justify their works a righteousness on the level of Righteousness required for salvation..The very first missionary to Korea was killed the instant he arrived ...his head was cut off and all the persons on board the ship killed..The man who cut his head off took the book that he had in his hand, while saying ," Jesus ! Jesus ! " anyway he took the book and pasted the pages on the walls in his house...someone in his family later read those pages..his grandson became a minister and lead many people to Jesus in Korea..that was in the 1800's...the point is we don't need any guns ..we don't need any weapons of this world..The word of God is not bound....all forms of Christianity today come from the survivors of the Roman persecutions of the martyrs of Jesus as is written in Revelation 6:9-11 ....they had no weapons, they had no swords....yet Christianity remains to this day..The weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds, casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. 🙂 I appoligize for being so wordy.. 🙂

        August 25, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Joshua Wertheim

    Hope these 20 young suicide bombers wait until after we leave before they blow themselves up in Afghanistan, killing their neighbors and maybe if we're lucky a few of their supporters too.

    August 25, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  9. Arpaio

    Let them free. Hopefully, the will kill themselves with a handful of muslims standing by.

    August 25, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • mike

      They're children you sicko. They have an excuse. You on the other hand don't.

      August 25, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Little Big Man

      Seems like the on going trend,

      August 25, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |

    No doubt Karzai is a central figure in US designs behind occupation of Afghanistan and like all his predecessors in more then 200 years long history, his appointment on the present post is with blessings of USA, while in the past British Empire used to impose such compliant rulers on Afghanistan. However always these imposed leaders have revolted against their masters whenever they have thought as an Afghan. Karzai too since last so many years has been revolting and blaming USA for their arrogance and failure in Afghanistan and in many cases have directly blamed them for the deaths and destruction of Afghanistan. In very beginning (Dec 2001) when Karzai had encircled Kandahar where Mullah Umar was defending, he had made a deal with Mullah Umar for peaceful surrender but USA had rejected as by this way Alqaida would have been isolated and finished in a month and then USA would have lost justification for further stay in Afghanistan. Karzai's mind is clear and he understands how to deal with Afghans but he is victim of US policies. This good will gesture will also add to his credibility as after all these teenagers are being used by others and they can be a useful citizens provided they are given the opportunity to become good one.

    August 25, 2011 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  11. Pierre Alexes - Westmount, Qc - Canada

    Just go through their so-called "sacred" book. Muslims are promised a sort of Disney paradise when "infidels", "non-believers", bla-bla-bla, are killed. Of course, muslims deny this – what do you expect!

    August 25, 2011 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Muslim denie because it is untrue and you are unable to quote the verses.

      August 25, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  12. labandme

    It boggles my mind that those animals can get any kind of support from their country men. The worst is, our so called leaders let those cavemen immigrate here. Unbelievable...

    August 25, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |