US seeks release of 18 captured soldiers in Afghanistan

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  • Date: Wed, 13 Mar 2002 07:50:45 -0000

SPECIAL REPORT (Daily Ummat): Sources have disclosed that the US has now
offered the Mujahideen to negotiate and make some deal in exchange for
18 captured US soldiers. Of the arrested US soldiers two are thought to
be senior US military officials. 

The sources disclosed that as soon as news of the arrest of the soldiers
reached the Commander in charge of operation Anaconda, Gardez, Major
General Franks, he immediately gave the order to halt the operation and
ground the US warplanes. He then sent a secret delegation of 2 senior
military officials to meet the Governor of Paktika Wardaag and they sent
a message to the Mujahideen commander, Mulla Saif ur Rehman Mansoor. 

The message said that if the Mujahideen were to free all 18 captured US
soldiers, then the US troops will retreat from ShahiKot, Zarmaat, Gardez
and retreat back to their Khost Cantonment. Following this offer, the US
withdrew over 400 of its soldiers claiming that bad weather and fatigue
had caused a break in the operation. But the truth is that the US,
having confirmed the news of their soldiers' capture, halted the
operation and attempted to make a deal with the Mujahideen. 

The sources also disclosed that the Mujahideen are keeping these
arrested soldiers in underground bunkers, safe from US aerial
bombardment. Some sources claim that the soldiers have already been
moved to separate locations. The military minds of the US have been
shocked by this news. The Mujahideen sources said that the Commander in
Charge of Mujahideen in Gardez Mulla Saif ur Rehman Mansoor, has called
a Shura meeting to discuss the American offer. Some Mujahideen sources
said that they may demand freedom for all Afghan, Arab and Pakistani
mujahideen currently being held at Camp X-Ray, Cuba. 

Sources have also disclosed that Maulana Jalaluddin Haqqani, who injured
his shoulder in a bomb hit, is recovering and is well Alhamdolillaah, he
will also be attending the Shura Meeting. 

In a separate incident a motorcycle troop of Mujahideen raided a US
convoy in Tehsil Sarbi which is near to Tehsil Urgan of Paktika. In this
operation the Mujahideen successfully killed 6 US soldiers, while all
Mujahideen escaped without harm alhamdolillah. 

Source:  Daily Ummat

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