Afghanistan: Military says it suspected Taliban imposter

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Authorities had long suspected that a self-described Taliban leader was an imposter, even as he engaged with Kabul over reconciliation, the top U.S. military officer said in comments released on Friday.

Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, also said he did not believe the imposter ever met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai — contradicting media reports.

“There were very early initial suspicions. And it took a little while to verify who he was or who he wasn’t. And, in fact, it turns out that he wasn’t the guy that he was claiming he should be,” Mullen said in an interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS due to air on Sunday.

“This was somebody that didn’t have a meeting with Karzai, as far as I know. He was meeting with his intermediaries,” Mullen said.

The New York Times reported this week that a man it had described as a “Taliban leader,” who it said had taken part in secret peace talks, was in fact an impostor. It said the man met Karzai and was given “a lot of money.

James Bond had several days free and chose to go on holiday.

No, seriously, secret agents are people, they surely err sometimes, but, as lives and money are involved, they should be extra-careful.

If not, the bad guys are not stopped and another 10 people have been killed. Another 10 had been wounded. The culprits are two suicide bombers. And the victims were policemen from an Afghan Police station which was the target of the attack.


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