Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Binocular Snapshot for 11/23/2010

LastDayWatchers watch the Failures mount up

Fake Taliban chief dupes Nato

"Revelations that an imposter duped Nato officials into thinking he was a senior Taliban commander have dealt an embarrassing blow to attempts to open talks to end the war in Afghanistan.

“It is ridiculous that people are willing to meet anyone who introduces themselves as a high authority within the Taliban,” said one member of a 70-member peace council set up to advise on reconciliation. “This is why we have this council – to vet people.”

Pakistani officials seized on the revelations to renew their call for a role in any discussions on the future of its neighbour . Pakistan’s intelligence services are eager to position themselves as gatekeepers to Taliban leaders, should formal talks begin.

“We have dealt with Afghan groups for more than 30 years and know exactly who is doing what,” said an intelligence official in Peshawar. “If we would have been more closely involved, I cannot imagine an imposter getting through.”

According to several accounts, Afghan officials realised the man was a fake when people who knew Mr Mansour said they did not recognise his photograph."

"If the trickster's on ISI payroll, it is another chapter in the double-sided game Pakistan often plays in counterterrorism"

On one hand, the organization fights terror on their home turf - thanks in part to funds from the U.S. - but an episode like this could demonstrate their tendency to aid Afghan insurgencies as well.

But no matter who Mr. Not-Mansour was employed (or not employed) by, the incident highlights the challenges involved in Taliban peace negotiations and the war on terror. When even the guys in charge can be fooled by a fake, it doesn't take an intelligence specialist to conclude that talks aren't getting anywhere."

It's probably not the first time peacemakers were duped by a faux terrorist, and won't be the last."

"The fake Taliban leader even met with President Hamid Karzai, having been flown to Kabul on a NATO aircraft and ushered into the presidential palace"

On October 20, The New York Times quoted an unidentified source as saying talks to end the war involved "extensive, face-to-face discussions with Taliban commanders."


The New York Times said on Tuesday that high-level discussions conducted with the man they thought was Mansour "appear to have achieved little."

For 100% accurate detail the May 15th Prophecy written at LastDayWatchers will show you what will happen next according it God's Word


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