May 13th, 2012
04:42 AM ET

Afghan peace council member assassinated

A key figure in Afghanistan's efforts to bring the Taliban to peace negotiations was assassinated Sunday in Kabul, authorities said.

Gunmen killed Moulavi Arsala Rahmani while he was on his way to work Sunday morning, the Afghan interior ministry said.

Rahmani was a senator and Cabinet minister during the Taliban government. In recent years, he was a senior member of the High Peace Council, established by President Hamid Karzai to ignite peace talks with the Taliban.

Authorities are searching for the attackers.

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  1. ron

    Well, we will search for him too. Nope, not in the closet, nope, not under the bed...and the beat goes on...Hi banasy, happy mothers day!

    May 13, 2012 at 5:49 am | Report abuse |
  2. RUFFNUTT ( beer drinking , turkey hunting , trailer trash from belton missouri )

    Gunmen killed Moulavi Arsala Rahmani while he was on his way to work Sunday morning..
    .
    see the bible is right... you should never work on sundays...
    .

    May 13, 2012 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  3. TC

    Very Funny. Everything is grist for your mill isn't it , ron and RUFFNUT ?

    May 13, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    Thank you, ron; that's sweet of you.

    Being as Rahmani was a former Taliban member, and was working towards peace •with• the Taliban, it isn't hard to imagine that they might consider him a turncoat...
    Sad.

    May 13, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    There are a number of other players now on Afghan soil who wouldn't want the peace process to even begin. Taliban had wanted an end to the war even at the time of GW and had offered to hand over OBL to us. Unfortunately that was rejected twice. And we have been seeing the results.

    May 13, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. HIDE BEHIND

    A turncoat is a turncoat; He was playing for hogh stakes against his own countrymen while making a bundle in the process and he lost, end of his story.
    Don't you flag wavers and neo liberal democrats worry the almighty dollar will entice another turncoat; of course with the next opening a fringe benefit may be a bulletproof auto with a merc group of bodyguards.
    And the "games" still go on.

    May 13, 2012 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. fernace

    1 thing to remember about the Taliban, is that they are Islamic fundamentalist fanatics! They hold on to their extreme beliefs to death (their own or any1 elses)!! There is basically no reasoning w/people like that & they showed that observation to be true! They as.sasinate a man who comes in Peace! To me, a lay person w/no military experience, the Taliban says: "Peace, we don't need no stinkin' peace!" It's their way or the highway! We just need to get out of there, Afghanistan seems a hopeless cause! It's a Taliban stronghold & they're not letting go, no matter what we or Hamid Karzai say or do!!

    May 14, 2012 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    I agree, fernace, completely.
    I do not worry about hiding behind the cloak of duplicity; my loyalty is to my country, and no other.

    May 14, 2012 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  9. Bill

    He was a trader. Got was coming to him.

    May 14, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. HIDE BEHIND

    TO BE ABLE TO SIT ON BUTT, WAVING FLAG, REGURGITATING LIES THAT THEY WERE DELIBERATELY FED SO THEY WOULD SIT ON BUTT, WAVING FLAG, REGURGITATING LIES THEY WERE DRLIBERATELY FED SO THEY WOULD SIT ONBUTT, WAVING FLAG, REGURGITATING LIES THEY WERE DELIBERATELY FED SO THEY WOULD SIT ON BUTT, WAVING FLAG
    ..............
    .............
    AND THE "GAME" GOES ON!

    May 14, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  11. HIDE BEHIND

    Once there was a term, rather a philosopy, CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY it was called; I don't know realy where or when it fled the US and have given up thinking it was about humanity at all, I think it is extinct, much like within the animal kingdom, where the laws are eat or be eaten, swallowed up by situational ethic and the parasites

    May 14, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mom

    Hide Behind is a good name for you.

    May 14, 2012 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |