The Case Of The Disappearing Prisoners

There are good reasons Nooruddin Turabi is on the U.S.'s list of most wanted Taliban. The one-eyed Justice Minister wrote the regime's oppressive religious edicts and led the destruction of the two giant Buddhas in Bamiyan. He was intimately familiar with al-Qaeda's leadership. So when word got out that this prize fugitive and six other top Taliban officials surrendered to Kandahar's governor last Monday and were promptly released, the Pentagon was angry and confused. But the tale proved to be as hard to nail down as those Taliban leaders on the run.

Advisers to Gul Agha Sherzai, the warlord who has...

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