Thursday, November 06, 2003

GULBUDDIN: There are unconfirmed reports that Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, who has teamed up with Taliban and al-Qaeda fighters against the Afghan government, has recentely had secret talks with Hezb-E-Islami Jamiat-E Islami leader Burhanuddin Rabbani. Reports allege that Gulbuddin would reach a deal and lend support to the Northern Alliance. More on this later.

UPDATE: Thanks to Zack for pointing out that Rabbani heads the Jamiat-E-Islami party (largely Northern Alliance); Gulbuddin of course leads Hezb-E-Islami. A quick note: Rabbani and Gulbuddin aren't unfamiliar to each other. Gulbuddin once served as Rabbani's Prime Minister; later they fought together against Abdul Rashid Dostum and the Taliban. Most of the time I ignore these kinds of rumors, but these may not be totally fabricated. I wouldn't be surprised if it really did happen.

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