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Sunday, October 26, 2003
Hello Mulla

In another curious development receiving limited coverage in the United States, the Taliban's former foreign minister, Mulla Wakil Ahmed Muttawakil, was, according to a former aide speaking from Pakistan on October 8, released from military custody at the US airbase in Bagram and returned to his home in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
An Associated Press report filed yesterday evening at 7:55pm on the New York Times website said the former Taliban mulla was released 10 days ago but that the circumstances surrounding his release were not clear.
According to the October 8th Gulf News:

The aide rejected reports that US Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage had met Mutawwakil to seek his support for Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
When pressed, the aide said Mutawwakil most likely held talks with Karzai and other Afghan government officials after his release.
"I believe Mutawwakil is in contact with Karzai government functionaries," the aide added.
Armitage's visit to Kandahar last week surprised everyone.

Mulla Muttawakil, known as a “moderate” member of the Taliban met, as Josh Marshall reported yesterday, with conservative Congressman Dana Rohrabacher in Doha, Quatar during the pre September 11th spring of 2001.
The very busy Grover Norquist had arraigned the meeting.

Photo: PakTribune

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