Is Five for One a Price Too High?

Phillip Cowan
The Haqqani network, a particularly intransigent faction of the Taliban occupying the Paktika Province in eastern Afghanistan, seems to have no interest in the recent overtures for peace talks emanating from the brand new Taliban office in Doha, Qatar.  This radical jihadist faction is holding the only American POW, one young Idaho native, U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who claimed to have been captured when he lagged behind on a patrol.  But some U.S. defense officers suggested that he had been drinking and left the base at night with some Afghan soldiers. The problem is that the olive branch extended by the Taliban in Qatar has some pricey stipulations.  As part of the prerequisites to the armistice conference, the Taliban want the United States to release five Afghani warlords.  And what is the Taliban offering in return for five high-ranking  prisoners of war?  The answer is the only American POW of the Afghan war who disappeared from base...(Read Full Post)

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