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Special Reports Last Updated: Feb 23rd, 2010 - 00:49:24

United States plays �Knights Templar� role in Afghanistan
By Wayne Madsen
Online Journal Contributing Writer

Feb 23, 2010, 00:29

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(WMR) -- WMR�s intelligence sources in Asia report that the much-ballyhooed �capture� of two top Afghan Taliban commanders in Afghanistan was the result of a ruse cooked up by the CIA and Pakistan�s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency. The �capture� came after an offer by the United States, NATO, and the UN to Taliban leaders of cash if they laid down their weapons and joined the Hamid Karzai government in Kabul.

The two Taliban leaders captured were Mullah Abdul Salam, the Taliban�s rival governor of Afghanistan�s Kuduz province, and Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar. Salam was captured in a CIA-ISI raid in Faisalabad, Pakistan. Baradar, the Taliban�s military commander, was also captured in Faisalabad.

WMR has been told that the U.S.-NATO-UN �cash-for-peace� offer is now effectively dead as the Taliban and its allies now realize that the offer was a ruse designed to lure the Taliban leaders into the open.

Baradar was given a guarantee of safe passage to meet with Japanese and European diplomats who were offering millions of dollars for the Taliban to integrate their forces with the Afghan government. When the Pentagon and CIA learned of the Taliban talks with the Europeans and Japanese and the details of Baradar�s planned meeting with the envoys, the CIA and its Pakistani colleagues pounced on Baradar. He is now reportedly being tortured by CIA personnel who want to know the location of his immediate boss, the elusive Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar.

The U.S. action has scuttled any hopes of future talks with the Taliban and Washington has signaled that its only solution for the Afghanistan situation is a military one.

Some military observers see the United States playing the same role as the Knights Templar in the Crusades. The Muslim army commander, Salahuddin, often complained that the Crusaders displayed no respect for the rules of war and often made a mockery of the flag of truce.

The first treaty signed in 1797 by the United States with a Muslim nation, Tripoli, states in Article II: �As the Government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion; as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquility, of Musselmen; and as of the said States never have entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mehomitan nation, it is declared by the parties that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries.�

The neocons and Zionists who call the shots on U.S. foreign policy have effectively scrapped the letter and spirit of the 1797 Treaty of Tripoli

Previously published in the Wayne Madsen Report.

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Wayne Madsen is a Washington, DC-based investigative journalist and nationally-distributed columnist. He is the editor and publisher of the Wayne Madsen Report (subscription required).

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