July 23, 2007

Korean Hostages Get A Break, Taliban Spokesman Signs Own Death Warrant

The good news:

KABUL, Afghanistan - A purported Taliban spokesman said Sunday that the hard-line militia had extended by 24 hours the deadline for the Afghan government to trade captured militants for 23 South Korean hostages.
The better news:
He said the delegation made progress in their talks, but the Afghan military said Afghan and U.S. troops had "surrounded" the region in case the government decides the military should move in.
I don't understand the scare quotes around the word "surrounded" but, here's the best news:
"The Korean government should put pressure on the Afghan government to give a positive response to the Taliban's demands," Ahmadi told The Associated Press by satellite phone.
Keep up the good sloppy work, dumbasses.

Excrement question: Anyone have any ideas why they'd be so bold to use a traceable satellite phone and talk to the AP rather than the usual posting on jihadi websites and using personal couriers to Al Jazeera?

UPDATE by Rusty: The worst news--the 24 hour deadline extension expires today. Pray.

On the Taliban's old website, they listed this phone number for Qari Mohammad Yousuf, aka "Ahmadi". Presumably, this is how the AP called him.

(011 from US, then) 8821621515539

Or you can e-mail him here: qarimohammadyousaf@yahoo.com

A second phone number for another Taliban spokesman, "Mujahid"

(011 from US, then) 8821621360585

Just in case you want to give Ahmadi a piece of your mind........

UPDATE II by Rusty: Time's up.......

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