September 27, 2007

Taliban Spokesman Arrested in Afghanistan *Bumped*

A bad day for Taliban mouthpiece Yousef Ahmadi, whose official statements about the kidnapping and murder of the S. Korean hostages last month prompted Rusty to ask:

May I ask the simple question: WHAT THE HELL IS QARI YOUSUF AHMADI DOING STILL BREATHING AIR? WE KNOW WHERE HE IS. WE KNOW WHO HE IS. WE KNOW WHAT HE IS. PLEASE, FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS HOLY, SEND HIM TO MEET HIS 72 VIRGINS!

Well, no virgins for Ahmadi, at least not yet. Via The Times of India:

KABUL: The main spokesman for the extremist Taliban movement, Yousuf Ahmadi, has been arrested in southern Afghanistan, the interior ministry said on Thursday.

Ahmadi was seized with his brother on Wednesday in volatile Helmand province, where the Taliban are in control of several districts, the ministry said in a statement.

Ahmadi regularly contacted the international and Afghan media from secret locations about Taliban engagements in southern Afghanistan, saying he was speaking on behalf of the extremist movement.

He was the main port of call for the media during the recent crisis over the Taliban's abduction of 21 South Korean evangelical workers in southern Afghanistan in July.

Two of the hostages were killed and the rest were released in August. He is the third Taliban spokesman to have been arrested since the hardline Islamic movement began their insurgency after being toppled from government by US-led forces in late 2001.

The only downside to this is that some poor aid worker is going to get kidnapped now to try to free him. Afghan President Hamid Karzai took a lot of heat for releasing 5 Taliban prisoners in exchange for Italian journalist Daniele Mastrogiacomo in March, and refused to consider a prisoner swap in the case of the Koreans. Let's hope he sticks to that resolve, and that Ahmadi is never heard from again.

Update by Rusty: Break out the champagne!

I actually have some personal history with this guy, and so do some of you. You may remember my "Messin' with the Taliban" post in which I gave out Qari Yousef Mohammed "Ahmadi's" satellite phone number. Or this post in which I published his e-mail.

You also may recall that Ahmadi had several websites up, all of which were taken down after our call to action and help from you, the readers, and from other friends of the Jawa. Ahmadi even issued a public statement about our efforts, calling us "the enemies of Allah"

Mwuahahahahaaaa!!!

In fact, I even got an e-mail message from Ahmadi's webmaster, Adil Watanmal (aka "Murchal") challenging me to come after him. Thanks to your help, he got served.

A very good day at the Jawa!

UPDATE: Downer alert?

CP:

A man claiming to be the Taliban spokesman that Afghan authorities said they have captured called The Associated Press on Thursday to deny it.

"I've not been arrested," the spokesman Qari Yousef Ahmadi told the AP, disputing an Interior Ministry statement that he had been captured in southern Helmand province on Wednesday...

Another Taliban spokesman, Zabiullah Mujahid, had also contacted another AP reporter to dispute the Interior Ministry report, saying Ahmadi was free.

If true, we have his phone number. Why doesn't someone ice this piece of filth? Notice, that his friend Zabiullah Mujahid also called in. I have his phone number and e-mail too!

Won't someone rid us of these pesky Taliban?

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