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Karzai offers Taleban safety deal

President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan has offered to provide security for the Taleban's reclusive leader, Mullah Omar, if he agrees to peace talks.

Mr Karzai made the offer despite the multi-million dollar bounty offered for the militant leader's capture by the United States.

He said that if the US and other Western countries disagreed, they could either leave the country or remove him.

There was no immediate response to Mr Karzai's offer from the militants.

Mullah Omar escaped capture when the Taleban were ousted from power in 2001.

Correspondents say there is a growing international debate about whether to negotiate with the Taleban as the insurgents make gains in Afghanistan.

Speaking at a news conference in the Afghan capital Kabul, Mr Karzai said:

"If I hear from him [Mullah Omar] that he is willing to come to Afghanistan or to negotiate for peace... I, as the president of Afghanistan, will go to any length to provide him [with] protection.

"If I say I want protection for Mullah Omar, then the international community has two choices: remove me, or leave if they disagree. And both are good.

"If I am removed in the cause of peace for Afghanistan by force by them, then I'll be very happy. But if they disagree they can leave. But we are not in that stage yet."


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Added: Nov-16-2008 
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  • End the hostilities, round them up for talks and shoot the bastards.

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  • Let them have their little chat. as soon as its over. let him mount his donkey and ride away. Once out of town turn the apaches loose on his ass

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  • It is doubtful the capture or killing of Omar can stop Taliban. The Islamists represent a movement of prehistoric Neanderthals who have waited out centuries of evolution to suddenly come out in the 1990s.

    The only way to battle those acid-throwing fanatics is by increasing standards of living and educating the population in Afghanistan.

    As you've seen from Liveleak comments, Islamist trolls are very easy to defeat in a debate as long as you have some elementary education combined with common s More..

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    • Well don't expect any sort of sympathy if you keep insulting Islam and our Prophet. Even the people who you are trying to help in Afghanistan are going to spit at your face if you reveal your hatred feelings towards Islam.

      US govt is not going to directly admit these negotiations but their puppet is doing a good job of doing a peace deal. I am glad Karzai cares for human cost than users here who are keyboard machos.

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    • Islam is trying to sabotage global efforts at religious reconciliation between faiths. It will be dealt with accordingly. The people you say "want to help" exist in all religions. There are millions of them in Islam too. They are pragmatics who want jobs, cars, security and education. They are resistant to religious lies and propaganda because they have brains. They understand that the only common denominator between the races and nations is secularism. As the world becomes increasingl More..

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    • You scumbag just making stupid comments from your restroom but you don't know that brainless people you are unable to debate even with the children in cradle
      i bet if you know the location of Afghanistan in the map of the world then how you are talking the debate
      people are seeking the debates from our people and but debating with the person like you nursing kid is against our tradition because the kid just know to fill and empty his stomach.

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    • Same barking again as usual from a stable grown person
      who doesn't even know about the eating of food and judging the current situation of the world then he is teaching us the way of life ha ha ha
      i am thinking every time you forgetting your mental drugs before foolish baking.

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  • I think sometimes Karzai forgets who actually got him into power, with some of these lofty statements he makes.

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  • Typo...I meant 4 x 4 is 26, not 4 x 4 is 16.

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  • 1200 religions exist around the world, bothering nobody and staying out of politics. They will not permit one aggressive, pushy and ignorant group of people dictate to them how to live and what to believe in. The Inquisition is over. Maybe it's not over in Iran or Saudi Arabia but it's over elsewhere.

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  • Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7732301.stm

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  • who tha hall is Karzi to offers safety for taliban, he is not able to keep safe small part af afghanistan to run his gavornment, if US or UK offer safety for bloody taliban might be good.

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  • You can't turn most of Muslims in Afghanistan away from Islam to something else. They never will as long as you people don't blackmale them for a good life.
    Why its in ur head that Islam is the source of all problems? If you want to help these Muslims, stop blaming their religion because it has nothing to do with their current state. When its the Taliban who are implementing it in a wrong manner.

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  • Karzai now understands that his bosses are not honest with him and they are here in Afghanistan to get their own benefits from this so called war on terror global franchise therefore right now he is disappointed from western colonialists and want to get involve in talks but the time has passed from him soon like Shah Shuja during 19th century or Babrek Karmal in 1980 he is going to his end.then there would be no his western colonists and he would be in the court of justice and would face with th More..

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