Taliban Commander Turns Himself In, Demands Reward Money
No doubt, it helps when the people you are fighting against are exceedingly stupid:
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.
Well, at least they were just actors playing a role. This guy is apparently for real.
H/T: The Right Sphere
Sounds fair to me. #economics
…how much money have we spent on military operations on Afghanistan? We should’ve just been bribing them.
Not to mention buying up all the opium, but enough about sensible policies…
Well, the way the Talibunnies are able to break their guys out of what they have for prisons over there, this may be a bit a Islamic entrepreneurship. Pay me today, my guys will be here tomorrow. Sticking it to the kuffar is Islam’s business plan. As many as you can, as often as you can, anywhere and any way you can.
Let us see if this business plan is healthy enough to reach its IPO.
Man, if only Dillinger had thought of that, he wouldn’t have needed to rob so many banks.
@Tillman: It has been said, time and again, that you can not buy an Afghan…. but you can rent one easily enough.
Wow, how much more “American” can you be?
They should fast-track US citizenship for this guy.