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A Desperate ‘Longshot’

11:58 AM, Apr 25, 2012 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
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The ‘Arabs’ almost certainly included al Qaeda recruits and operatives.

The part about Iran wasn’t mentioned by Reuters. 

Reuters reports that the Gitmo files “described [Khairkhwa] as more of a civilian than a military figure.” But that’s not really true. “Civilian” is how those who have lobbied for Khairkhwa’s release from Guantanamo have described him. It is an entirely misleading description, as the D.C. district court found. Of course, arranging an anti-American coalition with the Iranians was not a “civilian” duty.

The word “civilian” is included only once in the ten-page leaked JTF-GTMO file for Khairkhwa, and there it is how Khairkhwa himself described his activities as governor of Herat. The same file describes him as a “military commander” and details his allegedly extensive terrorist activities.

Reuters describes the idea of transferring Khairkhwa in anticipation of negotiations as a “long shot,” but says there are “few alternatives.”

The Obama administration’s desperation to negotiate peace with the Taliban, despite all of the problems and the Taliban’s obstinacy, has led it to brainstorm about long shots.

Thomas Joscelyn is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

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