Mullah Ibrahim decides there is no reason to keep fighting since what he is fighting for is something that Afghanistan already has. Brave New Democratic Afghanistan Update: “Taliban commander surrenders,” from AFP, with thanks to JE:
A MID-LEVEL Taliban commander said to lead more than 100 men in southern Afghanistan surrendered to a government reconciliation drive overnight as authorities arrested 12 other rebels.
Mullah Ibrahim, aged about 45, told reporters in the southern city of Kandahar that he had decided to join the reconciliation process “because I can see that there is an Islamic government in place.”
Police arrested the one-legged mullah about two weeks ago in Kandahar province, the birthplace of the Taliban movement that sees the worst of the militant uprising against the new government.
The US-led coalition says Ibrahim had been in charge of 100 to 150 troops and was “active” in Kandahar city and Panjwayi district, about 30km to the southwest.