Friday, March 23, 2007


Five Taliban Prisoners Freed
.....In Exchange for Hostage

Yesterday, 5 Taliban prisoners were released back to the Taliban in exchange for the Italian reporter they were holding hostage. The reporter, Daniele Mastrogiacomo had witnessed the decapitation of his Afghan driver being held during the two weeks in captivity. He is alive and safe now. On the other side, one of the Taliban prisoners did not wish to be released to the insurgients. Was this a good deal on behalf of the Afghan government? Will there be any repercussions?

1:15 AM KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Italy's deputy foreign affairs minister confirmed Wednesday that the Afghan government released five Taliban prisoners to win the freedom of a reporter who had been kidnapped in lawless Helmand province.Daniele Mastrogiacomo, who writes for Italy's La Repubblica newspaper, was freed Monday after two weeks in captivity. He had been seized in southern Helmand province with his Afghan driver, who was beheaded, and his translator, whose whereabouts are unknown.Though the Afghan government called the swap "an exceptional case," the deal was sharply criticized."When we create situations where you can buy the freedom of Taliban fighters when you catch a journalist, in the short term there will be no journalists anymore," the Dutch foreign minister, Maxime Verhagen, said during a visit to Kabul on Wednesday. more...


Ann said...

Is it just me, or does this not sound like such a good idea.

Military Mom said...

Our sons, daughters, husbands, wives, friends, and family have worked very had to capture these Taliban insurgients. I cannot imagine how they feel about this.

As well,something tells me that Mastrogiacomo is not going to be the last hostage..

Ann said...

I agree Military Mom:
I think unfortunately, the precident has now been set. This has taught them that kidnapping civilians will bring them what they want--a very dangerous precident indeed !