[Marxism] Report: Taliban Offered Bin Laden To US In 2000
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Fri Jun 4 20:40:37 MDT 2004
From: Rick Rozoff
June 4, 2004
Taliban Reportedly Offered to Deport Bin Laden
-ZDF [German television] reported that American and
Taliban officials met secretly in Frankfurt in
November 2000 to discuss deporting bin Laden....
-[Afghan-American businessman Kabir] Mohabbat quoted
the Taliban foreign minister, Mullah Wakil Ahmed
Mutawakil, as saying: "You can have him whenever the
Americans are ready. Name us a country and we will
The fallen Taliban regime held talks with U.S.
officials and offered to extradite terrorist leader
Osama bin Laden from Afghanistan around a year before
the September 11 attacks, according to German ZDF
ZDF reported that American and Taliban officials met
secretly in Frankfurt in November 2000 to discuss
deporting bin Laden long before his al Qaeda terrorist
network successfully hijacked airliners and crashed
them into New York's World Trade Center and the
Pentagon in Washington in 2001.
The television documentary, which aired Thursday
evening in Germany, said the Afghan-American
businessman Kabir Mohabbat tried to broker a deal
between the U.S. government and the hard-line Islamic
Taliban. Mohabbat quoted the Taliban foreign minister,
Mullah Wakil Ahmed Mutawakil, as saying: "You can have
him whenever the Americans are ready. Name us a
country and we will extradite him."
But no agreement was ever reached and talks were not
attempted again before September 11 took place. Only
after the attacks, on September 16 and 17, did the two
sides meet again to discuss the issue in Pakistan,
according to ZDF. Mohabbat said the United States
wanted bin Laden deported with 24 hours, a demand the
Taliban could not fulfil logistically.
A German member of the European Parliament, Elmar
Brok, told the Reuters news agency that he had helped
Mohabbat in 1999 to establish contact with the
"I was told that the Taliban had certain ideas about
handing over bin Laden, not to the United States but
to a third country or to the Court of Justice in The
Hague," Brok said. "The message was: 'There is
willingness to talk about handing over bin Laden', and
the aim of the Taliban was clearly to win the
recognition of the American government and the lifting
of the boycott," he said.
A French general said on Thursday U.S.-led forces in
Afghanistan have come close to catching bin Laden
several times since the Taliban was toppled, but each
time bin Laden was able to slip away.
"Since 2002, on at least two occasions, they have been
able to locate him but he has managed to escape," the
chief of staff of the French armed forces General
Henri Bentegeat said according to the AFP news agency.
DW staff (mry)
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