Low-level Taliban leader surrenders in Afghanistan

Spanish troops patrol Badghis province.

Adnkronos International reports (via Pajhwok) that a Taliban commander in the northwestern province of Badghis has surrendered:

A rebel commander, has laid down his arms in western Badghis province. Mullah Salam said he decided to renounce militancy, accusing Taliban fighters of targeting civilians, Afghan news agency Pajhwok reported.

Badghis police chief Brig. Gen. Syed Ahmad Sami, told Pajhwok that Salam surrendered with an ally named Mullah Bahauddin.

The commander handed over to police personnel an RPG-7, a rocket launcher and a machine gun. Salam was a sub-commander of Maulvi Abdul Qudoos, the Taliban commander in Dara-i-Bum area of Badghis’ Maqur district.

Anti-terrorism officials have remained in contact with other Taliban fighters who are allegedly on the point of switching sides, Gen. Sami said.

This is a small victory, but a victory nonetheless, for Afghan and Coalition forces. Mullah Salam is a low-level Taliban leader; he is basically a sub-commander within a district in Badghis province. The security situation has slowly deteriorated over the past two years in Badghis as the Taliban has sought to re-open the northwestern front in Badghis and neighboring Herat province. If the Afghan government and NATO want to defeat the Taliban, low-level commanders like Salam will have to be won over.

Bill Roggio is a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and the Editor of FDD's Long War Journal.

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2 Comments

  • Tyler says:

    Fanaticism breeds hubris, hubris breeds defeat.
    Say Bill, are you hearing anything on this story out of Somalia? That French troops (presumably GIGN) have launched a raid in Barawe against an al-Shabaab convoy, possibly killing Nabhan?
    //www.reuters.com/article/latestCrisis/idUSLE021000
    No doubt the French are taking part in retaliation for the Shabaab/Hizbul Islam kidnappings of the two French security advisors.

  • John Dittmer says:

    It’s funny how the Main Stream Press ignores stories like this. They are more focused on the poll numbers. Report the news please!

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