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The The Taliban's Equivalent of the ‘Home Alone” Burglars
Quote:Taliban commander turns self in... for reward on ‘Wanted’ poster

Sometimes, capturing a Taliban commander requires vast resources and complex operations. Last week in eastern Afghanistan, it hinged on an insurgent’s “improbable stupidity,” as one U.S. official put it.

Mohammad Ashan, a mid-level Taliban commander in Paktika province, strolled toward a police checkpoint in the district of Sar Howza with a wanted poster bearing his own face. He demanded the finder’s fee referenced on the poster: $100.

Afghan officials, perplexed by the man’s misguided motives, arrested him on the spot. Ashan is suspected of plotting at least two attacks on Afghan security forces. His misdeeds prompted officials to plaster the district with hundreds of so-called “Be on the Lookout” posters emblazoned with his name and likeness.

When U.S. troops went to confirm that Ashan had in fact come forward to claim the finder’s fee, they were initially incredulous.

“We asked him, ‘Is this you?’ Mohammad Ashan answered with an incredible amount of enthusiasm, ‘Yes, yes, that’s me! Can I get my award now?’” recalled SPC Matthew Baker.

A biometric scan confirmed that the man in Afghan custody was the insurgent they had been looking for.

“This guy is the Taliban equivalent of the ‘Home Alone” burglars,” one U.S. official said.

Wanted posters are often distributed by NATO forces, but rarely have such a direct impact on the apprehension of an insurgent. In restive Paktika province, civilians are typically afraid to pass on intelligence that might lead to an arrest. And insurgents tend to shy away from the urban centers where they’re being hunted, particularly while carrying evidence of their own transgressions.

Officials have guessed at what the unusual details of Ashan’s arrest might tell us about the state of the insurgency — its desperation, its lack of resources, its defiance of law and order.

But, for now, the consensus has landed on the singularity of Ashan’s act, and the intellectual calculus that led to it.

“Clearly,” one U.S. official said, “the man is an imbecile.”

Perhaps he just wanted to get away from is four wives or couldn't afford to support them.
The true purpose of democracy is not to select the best leaders — a clearly debatable obligation — but to facilitate the prompt and peaceful removal of obviously bad ones. 
Sound like a good reason to me. Or something like that. S13

Perhaps this should have been tried, all up and down the leadership ranks, far earlier. It would certainly have cost us much less to pursue them.
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what an idiot. I'm betting he's a prime example of the mentality they seek for recruiting suicide bombers. Why don't they just give him the hundred dollars, keep him in jail and have him squeal on everyone he knows to be like him? I bet it works.
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Personally I think they should have started doing this years ago. Offer a large sum for all the leadership, and then watch them all turn themselves in. It would have been a hell of a lot cheaper.
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There was a great short-story by a golden-era SF author i read long, long ago, where terrorists were ridiculed in the media, and no success of their attacks was ever published. It made them laughing stocks. A Suicide bomber blows up a bus - but the media reported how a ten-year-old girl tripped up the bomber with her jump rope and caused him to blow himself up. After treating the "martyrs" in this fashion, they gave up the hopes of entering Paradise by being stupid anf the terrorism fad ended.

Anyone recall this short story? I keep thinking Poul Anderson, but maybe not.
To be a taliban you must have a below average IQ already.
So this come as (almost) no surprise.

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