Taliban Leader Turns Himself In To Collect Reward
Last week, mid-level Taliban commander Mohammad Ashan walked up to a police checkpoint, pointed to the wanted poster featuring his face, and asked for the $100 finder’s fee noted on the poster.
US troops couldn’t believe it at first: “We asked him, ‘Is this you?’” says SPC Matthew Baker. “Mohammad Ashan answered with an incredible amount of enthusiasm, ‘Yes, yes, that’s me! Can I get my award now?’” (something tells me this guy had nothing to do with whatever they are accusing him of)
The Post’s story is full of other fun quotes: One US official refers to Ashan’s “improbable stupidity.” “Clearly, the man is an imbecile,” says another. Adds a third: “This guy is the Taliban equivalent of the Home Alone burglars.” Ashan is suspected of plotting attacks on Afghan security forces, and a biometric scan confirmed the man who turned himself in is, in fact, Ashan.
And in case you were wondering, no, they didn’t pay him the reward.