Inteligencia y Seguridad Frente Externo En Profundidad Economia y Finanzas Transparencia
  En Parrilla Medio Ambiente Sociedad High Tech Contacto
Inteligencia y Seguridad  
13/05/2012 | Afghanistan - Arsala Rahmani, Taliban leader turned Afghanistan peace mediator, slain in Kabul

Kevin Sieff and Sayed Salahuddin

Arsala Rahmani, 70, was gunned down while traveling through central Kabul. He was a key member of the High Peace Council, a group responsible for managing the reconciliation process with the insurgency.


A former Taliban leader turned peace negotiator was assassinated Sunday by three unidentified gunmen in a brazen attack in the Afghan capital, hours before leaders here announced the next phase in the country’s security transition.

Arsala Rahmani, 70, was gunned down while traveling through central Kabul. He was a key member of the High Peace Council, a group responsible for managing the reconciliation process with the insurgency. As a former Taliban deputy minister, he was considered by many to be an important conduit between active militants and the Afghan government. His death, which comes less than a year after the assassination of the council’s leader, Burhanuddin Rabbani, is considered a blow to the fledgling peace process.

“It is a big loss for Afghanistan. He was thinking about peace and about key national issues,” said Nisar Hares, a lawmaker and close colleague of Rahmani, who maintained a seat in the senate while simultaneously serving on the High Peace Council.

The council was envisioned as the public face of the Afghan reconciliation process. President Hamid Karzai appointed former Talibs such as Rahmani as well as fixtures in the Afghan government such as Rabbani, an ex-president, in an effort to depict the council as a model of conflict resolution.

The assassination of both men highlights the fierce opposition among someinsurgents to a diplomatic solution. Formal peace negotiations with the Taliban stalled earlier this year, and High Peace Council members have attempted to rekindle the reconciliation process but without much success. Rahmani’s death looks to complicate those efforts, just weeks after Rabbani’s son, Salahuddin Rabbani, was named the council’s new leader, promising a fresh start.

Rahmani, a tall, willowy man who often wore wide-rimmed glasses, died from a bullet wound on the way to the hospital, according to Gen. Mohammad Zaher, chief of the criminal branch of the Kabul police.

No group has claimed responsibility for the killing. A Taliban spokesman said the group was not behind it, but last month the Taliban released a statement saying its members planned to target members of the High Peace Council as part of a “spring offensive.”

The U.S. Embassy described the assassination as a tragedy.

A veteran of the war during the occupation of Afghanistan by the former Soviet Union in the 1980s, Rahmani served as a deputy minister for higher and vocational education during the Taliban government.

He was among a small group of formerTaliban leaders who decided not to join the insurgency after U.S.-backed forces toppled the Taliban’s Afghan government in 2001. In recent years, Rahmani attempted to use his influence and contacts to establish a dialogue between the Taliban leadership and Karzai’s government.

An Islamic scholar, Rahmani was appointed to the peace council when it formed in late 2010. He often spoke to Western scholars and journalists about how to settle the decade-long war and what role the Taliban might play in a coalition government. Lately, he had been particularly involved in encouraging militants to reintegrate, often lobbying on behalf of prisoners who promised they would put down their weapons if released from detention.

“The relatives of Talibs come to me and say, ‘If you release my brother I will help with the peace process,’ ” Rahmani said in an interview last month.

During that meeting, as if on cue, his phone rang. A man in Khost was pleading for his brother’s release. Rahmani listened patiently and told the man he would try to help. The peace process depends on such good faith efforts.

But Rahmani still had moments of deep skepticism, even as he attempted to advance the reconciliation process.

“They always say they’re innocent,” he said after hanging up the phone. “They’re almost all lying.”

Also on Sunday, the Afghan government announced its plans for the third round of the country’s security transition, which will include a number of restive provinces and districts. By the time the phase is complete, 75 percent of the country will be under Afghan control, including all 34 provincial capitals, said Ashraf Ghani, the head of the commission overseeing the transition.

Included in this phase are Kapisa and Uruzgan provinces, both of which contain significant insurgencies, along with 122 of the country’s districts.

“President Karzai’s announcement of the third group of areas to enter transition is a testament to the capacity and capability of the Afghan National Security Force who will now be responsible for the security of more than 75 percent of the Afghan population," said Gen. John R. Allen, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan.

**Salahuddin is a special correspondent.


Washington Post (Estados Unidos)


Otras Notas Relacionadas... ( Records 1 to 10 of 43821 )
fecha titulo
30/11/2015 Geopolítica: El gas en el centro de la escena del conflicto Rusia-Turquía
28/11/2015 Mauricio Macri’s victory marks a shift away from populism for Argentina—and South America
22/11/2015 Avances, retrocesos y cuentas pendientes del 'kirchnerismo'
22/11/2015 Argentina- ¿Con Cristina vivíamos mejor?
22/11/2015 In Argentina, a Quiet Data Cruncher Aims to Bring Sense to a Raucous Election
21/11/2015 Argentina Considers Shift as Upstart Rises in Presidential Race
19/11/2015 Argentina- La política exterior de Macri
16/11/2015 Argentina - Hay que liberar la capacidad de innovar de la gente
13/11/2015 Argentina - La grave deuda social del kirchnerismo
12/11/2015 Argentina - La mímesis política de los intelectuales en la Argentina