20 July 2007

Kidnapping's such a harsh word

Let's just call it "mandatory hospitality".
-- Afghanistan -- Taliban fighters have seized about 20 Koreans aboard a bus on the road from Kandahar in southern Afghanistan to capital Kabul.

A Taliban spokesman said on Friday that 18 Koreans - 15 women and three men - were being held "as guests".

Said Yousuf Ahmadi, speaking by phone, said: "They are safe with us, we are investigating them and our demands and reaction will be announced later."
Still waiting to hear when exactly Taliban Jack will be having a press conference, to discuss his comrades latest humanitarian tactics.

Of course, maybe Jack and his progressive friends are too busy condemning big, bad Israel.

Gotta love the timing here.


Honey, I beheaded "the guests"

Oh yeah, that guest thing... they were just kidding around.
-- KABUL -- Taliban militants threatened Friday to kill at least 18 kidnapped South Korean Christians, including 15 women, within 24 hours unless the Asian nation withdraws its 200 troops from Afghanistan.

“They have got until tomorrow (Saturday) at noon to withdraw their troops from Afghanistan, or otherwise we will kill the 18 Koreans,” Qari Yousuf Ahmadi, who claims to speak for the Taliban.

RELATED: Speaking of cultural dissonance
-- LONDON -- The father and uncle of a woman who was brutally murdered for falling in love with the wrong man were sentenced to life in prison Friday.

The 2006 murder of 20-year-old Banaz Mahmod, 20, who was strangled after two hours of torture and sexual abuse, was the latest in an increasing trend of so-called "honor killings" in Britain, home to some 1.8 million Muslims.

Mahmod's family accused her of shaming them by ending an abusive arranged marriage, becoming too Westernized and falling in love with a man who did not come from their village.

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