The Impostor Uncertainty
November 23, 2010 § Leave a comment
In this piece from The New York Times’ website, the American government believes that a man representing the Taliban who has engaged in peace talks (assisted by NATO) with officials from the Afghanistan government is an impostor.
This man, Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour, has met with officials three times, including one meeting with President Karzai.
America says it doesn’t know for sure, but the Taliban could be hiding in Pakistan, backed by the government.
This is important because the United States gives a lot of money to Pakistan in aid.
If this man is who he says he is, it makes him second in command of the Taliban. Officials are hoping he will return to engage in more talks, hopefully, because they gave him a lot of money.
The Taliban is an Islamist group of the Sunni. It grew out of a student movement dedicated to purifying Afghanistan. It ruled Afghanistan in the late 1990s and has reemerged in the region, approximately since 2004.
America has been fighting a war with Afghanistan for nine years. The talks with Mansour may have been a light at the end of the tunnel. But the Taliban leader, Mullah Mohammed Omar, has stated that the group has no intentions of negotiating anything.