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US May Adopt Israel's ‘Free Terrorists for Peace’ Tactic

The US may follow Israel’s ‘free terrorist for peace” tactic – and hope for better results. It considers releasing a top Taliban commander.
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 1/1/2012, 12:12 PM

The United States may follow Israel’s ‘free terrorist for peace” tactic – and hope for better results – and release a top Taliban commander to Afghanistan, according to Fox News.

Taliban terrorist Mullah Mohammed Fazl is among the Guantanamo Bay prisoners being considered for release in order to help pave the way for peace talks with Taliban terrorists in Afghanistan.

Fazl commanded thousands of troops and was at the 2001 prison riot that resulted in the death of a CIA officer, according to a WikiLeaks document quoted by Reuters.

The U.S. State Department’s thinking is geared towards “building trust” after previous efforts for peace talks failed, mainly because of opposition of Afghan President Hamid Karzai. The Obama administration plans to hold secret meetings with Taliban terrorists representatives in Europe and the Persian Gulf next year, if they are willing to do so, Fox reported.

The United States already has released several Afghan prisoners after receiving promises from Taliban leaders that the terrorists would cut ties with Al Qaeda and accept the Afghan government.

It is far from certain that Karzai will agree that Fazl is freed to a third country instead of Afghanistan.

"We and the Afghan Government have been clear about the conditions that would need to be met -- insurgents would need to break from Al Qaeda, abandon violence, and abide by the Afghan Constitution, including its provisions on respect for the rights of all Afghans, including women and ethnic minorities," Pentagon spokesman George was quoted by Fox as saying.

The new American tactic is in direct opposition to previous policy that shunned direct talks with Taliban until the United States could declare it had defeated the terrorist organization.

Israel has released thousands of terrorists the past years as “goodwill” measures to encourage Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas to continue direct talks with Israel for the establishment of the Palestinian Authority as a country.

Abbas has refused further talks unless there is a guarantee from Israel to accept his political and territorial demands without negotiations.

Israel also released more than a thousand terrorists and security prisoners several months ago for the return of kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit. Since their release, Hamas has significantly increased terrorist attacks on Israel’s southern cities.