Taliban: $20 Million for hostages

#2
its sad, but I am completely unsurprised. it is my experience that the south koreans (as a group) have a near total lack of moral character. That view has been formed by significant personal experience. I am sorry to say that they are the only group I am willing to lump together in such a way. obviously they are not all bad, I have met a number who were great people, but.....

Ski.
 
#5
I don't know how much guts the South Koreans have to big this out and so cannot comment on whether or not they might have paid off the Taleban. However - this is a single sourced article where the source is anonymous. How do We KNOW it is the truth and not the not so agile imagination of a Sky hack?
 
#6
Sven said:
I don't know how much guts the South Koreans have to big this out and so cannot comment on whether or not they might have paid off the Taleban. However - this is a single sourced article where the source is anonymous. How do We KNOW it is the truth and not the not so agile imagination of a Sky hack?
It's not just sky, it's on many news sites including reuters.
 
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#7
It's a shame if they have, but the families of those released will be overjoyed. Sadly, if this true, there will be some families around the rest of the world who soon won't be.

Is it probable that this is a Taliban propaganda victory and that no cash has changed hands?
 
#8
mark1234 said:
Sven said:
I don't know how much guts the South Koreans have to big this out and so cannot comment on whether or not they might have paid off the Taleban. However - this is a single sourced article where the source is anonymous. How do We KNOW it is the truth and not the not so agile imagination of a Sky hack?
It's not just sky, it's on many news sites including reuters.

Do ANY of them name this anonymous 'commander'? Could this have just come from Reuters and have been repeated on all the other media outlets?
 
#9
The Taliban should keep it quiet or this government will try and Super tax them for it.

Seems a bit of a propoganda stunt really and the Korean government are denying it all so who's knows. $20 million will be a fair ammount of money to buy vehicles for suicide bombings, arms and ammo but a drop in the ocean compared to the drugs money they have so trying to cause a wedge between the Coalition is priceless.
 
#10
Biscuits_AB said:
It's a shame if they have, but the families of those released will be overjoyed. Sadly, if this true, there will be some families around the rest of the world who soon won't be.

Is it probable that this is a Taliban propaganda victory and that no cash has changed hands?
From the articles I've read the rumour seems to be coming out of south korea, and the taliban are the ones denying it.
 
#11
Sven said:
mark1234 said:
Sven said:
I don't know how much guts the South Koreans have to big this out and so cannot comment on whether or not they might have paid off the Taleban. However - this is a single sourced article where the source is anonymous. How do We KNOW it is the truth and not the not so agile imagination of a Sky hack?
It's not just sky, it's on many news sites including reuters.

Do ANY of them name this anonymous 'commander'? Could this have just come from Reuters and have been repeated on all the other media outlets?
Sven, you said it was possible it was the imagination of a sky hack, I said it wasn't just from sky it's all over the web, I didn't say I knew for a fact the rumour was true did I.
 
#12
Stephanie said:
What's a life worth?
Less than the amount of lives that will be lost because if they really have received this much money.

If this story is true, then it's quite worrying for the lads out there.
 
#13
amazing__lobster said:
Stephanie said:
What's a life worth?
Less than the amount of lives that will be lost because if they really have received this much money.

If this story is true, then it's quite worrying for the lads out there.
Biscuits_AB said:
It's a shame if they have, but the families of those released will be overjoyed. Sadly, if this true, there will be some families around the rest of the world who soon won't be.
 
#14
mark1234 said:
Sven said:
mark1234 said:
Sven said:
I don't know how much guts the South Koreans have to big this out and so cannot comment on whether or not they might have paid off the Taleban. However - this is a single sourced article where the source is anonymous. How do We KNOW it is the truth and not the not so agile imagination of a Sky hack?
It's not just sky, it's on many news sites including reuters.

Do ANY of them name this anonymous 'commander'? Could this have just come from Reuters and have been repeated on all the other media outlets?
Sven, you said it was possible it was the imagination of a sky hack, I said it wasn't just from sky it's all over the web, I didn't say I knew for a fact the rumour was true did I.
Actually I ASKED the question. Perhaps it would have been better if You had refered to that question in Your answer
 
#15
Sven said:
mark1234 said:
Sven said:
mark1234 said:
Sven said:
I don't know how much guts the South Koreans have to big this out and so cannot comment on whether or not they might have paid off the Taleban. However - this is a single sourced article where the source is anonymous. How do We KNOW it is the truth and not the not so agile imagination of a Sky hack?
It's not just sky, it's on many news sites including reuters.

Do ANY of them name this anonymous 'commander'? Could this have just come from Reuters and have been repeated on all the other media outlets?
Sven, you said it was possible it was the imagination of a sky hack, I said it wasn't just from sky it's all over the web, I didn't say I knew for a fact the rumour was true did I.
Actually I ASKED the question. Perhaps it would have been better if You had refered to that question in Your answer
You're going to have to have your daily pointless irrelevant argument with someone else today mate, I'm not interested.
 
#16
Al Jazeera have this on the subject.

Full Article; http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/D4F8929F-7AFD-4173-8011-7A597BF6D7D5.htm


NEWS CENTRAL/S. ASIA

Taliban: 'No ransom paid by Seoul'

The former hostages arrived in Dubai overnight en route to South Korea [AFP]

The Taliban has denied a claim by one of its own commanders that the group received $20m from Seoul to free 19 South Korean missionaries it was holding.

One Taliban commander earlier told the Reuters news agency the cash had been received and would be used to "purchase arms, get our communication network renewed and buy vehicles for carrying out more suicide attacks".

The source, reportedly on the 10-man leadership council of the group, said: "We got more than $20m from them [the Seoul government].

"The money will also address to some extent the financial difficulties we have had."

'Propaganda campaign'

But Youssef Ahmadi, a Taliban spokesman, told Al Jazeera the group had not received any cash and claimed the reports were part of a campaign to discredit the Taliban.

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An official in South Korea's presidential office also said on Saturday:"We deny any payment for the release of South Korean hostages."

"The two conditions for the release are that we pull out our troops and stop Korean missionary work in Afghanistan by the end of the year," said the official, who declined to be named.

Alan Fisher, Al Jazeera's correspondent in Kabul, said: "It is in the interests of both the Afghan government and the Taliban to deny reports of a ransom.

"But Al Jazeera has been told by more than one source on more than one occasion, one of them a senior figure in the Taliban, that a ransom, said to be around $20m, has been paid."



The original source claims the money would have helped with the financial difficulties they are experiencing....hmmmmm Yeah OK, right.

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