Document reveals U.S., Taliban discussed bin Laden assassination
Saturday, August 20, 2005
The documents were released on Thursday by the National Security Archive under the Islamabad.. They show that the deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Pakistan, Alan Eastham Jr., met with Wakil Ahmed, a close aide to Taliban leader , on November 28 1998 at the Taliban embassy in
In that meeting Wakil Ahmed told Eastham Jr. that the Taliban would understand the U.S. desire to have bin Laden expelled from Afghanistan. He said that one possibility to "resolve" the "bin Laden Situation" would be if the U.S. were to "kill him, or arrange for bin Laden to be assassinated".
Wakil said the Taliban wanted to resolve the "bin Laden problem" as quickly as possible because a failure to do so would result in American bombing of Afghanistan and the Taliban's "termination".
- "U.S., Taliban bargained over bin Laden, documents show" — , August 20, 2005
- The November 28th 1998, document titled "Osama bin Laden: Taliban Spokesman seeks new proposals for resolving bin Laden problem" (PDF file)
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