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Offline segnosaur

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Re: Afghanistan
« Reply #30 on: September 08, 2021, 10:29:51 am »
Taken the deal when the Taliban offered to turn over bin Laden
Except of course the Taliban didn't actually offer a deal to "turn over" bin Laden.

Instead, the Taliban said they would turn him over if there was "evidence" of his involvement in the attacks (which of course they could always reject as "not convincing enough"), and that they wouldn't turn him over some other Islamic country rather than the U.S.

From: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2001/oct/14/afghanistan.terrorism5
Afghanistan's deputy prime minister, Haji Abdul Kabir, told reporters that the Taliban would require evidence that Bin Laden was behind the September 11 terrorist attacks in the US. "If the Taliban is given evidence that Osama bin Laden is involved" and the bombing campaign stopped, "we would be ready to hand him over to a third country", Mr Kabir added.

(And keep in mind that, after almost 2 decades, after seeing videos of Bin Laden talking about the attacks, the current leader of the Taliban still claims "Bin Laden didn't do it". So the idea that the Taliban would willingly turn Bin Laden over in 2001 seems like a bit of a pipe dream.)