AP Was There: American Taliban Fighter in US guardianship
This story was first distributed on Dec. 2, 2001, when AP columnist Burt Herman gave an account of the disclosure of American Taliban warrior John Walker Lindh in Afghanistan. We are reproducing the story currently to stamp Lindh’s discharge after almost two decades in jail.
An American who battled with the Taliban is in the guardianship of U.S. powers in Afghanistan in the wake of being found among caught Taliban troops and al-Qaida contenders.
In Islamabad, Pakistan, a representative for the U.S.- drove alliance said the man distinguished himself as John Walker.
“He’s speaking to himself as an American resident. We’re keeping an eye on that,” representative Keith Kenton said. “I have no motivation to trust that he isn’t.”
Armed force Lt. Col Jim Cassella, a Pentagon representative, said in Washington that the man was harmed and being given medicinal help by U.S. powers.
He couldn’t give further insights regarding the man, nor would he promptly affirm whether the man was without a doubt a U.S. native.
The man was among a gathering of around 80 Taliban warriors stayed for six days in a storm cellar of the Qalai Janghi fortification, avoiding northern partnership fighters who had put down an uproar by Taliban detainees in the stronghold.
The revolt, which started Nov. 25, was put down following three days of grisly battling; the men straggled out of the storm cellar Saturday after norther union contenders filled it with water to compel them out.
There were clashing news records of the man professing to be an American.
In a meeting posted on Newsweek magazine’s Web webpage yesterday night, his folks distinguished him from photographs as John Philip Walker Lindh, 20, of Fairfax, Calif.
CNN detailed that Walker, a believer to Islam, had endured projectile and slug wounds. Newsweek said Walker had distinguished himself as Abdul Hamid.
In the Newsweek talk with, Marilyn Walker portrayed her child as a “sweet, timid child” who had gone to Pakistan with an Islamic compassionate gathering to support poor people. She said reports of his catch were the principal news she had gotten of her child’s whereabouts since he left a religious school in Pakistan’s Northwest Frontier Province, where he had been concentrating the Quran, seven months sooner.
“On the off chance that he got associated with the Taliban, he probably been mentally programmed,” Marilyn Walker, a home medicinal services laborer, said. “He was confined. He didn’t know a spirit in Pakistan. When you’re youthful and receptive, it’s anything but difficult to be driven by alluring individuals.”
The mother said Walker was conceived in Washington, D.C., and his dad was Frank Lindh, an attorney. Lindh and Marilyn Walker are separated. The guardians did not return messages the previous evening mentioning remark.
Different occupants of the verdant rural neighborhood where Walker grew up were stunned at the news today.
“The exact opposite thing I expected to see was Fairfax, Calif., associated with the Taliban,” said Russell Deaker, a Fairfax occupant eating at the Koffee Klatch.
“On the off chance that he was pointing a firearm at any of my officer companions, put him on preliminary. If not, place him in a psychological ward and bring him home,” Deaker said.
Ed Wall, proprietor of Marin Coffee Roasters, down the square from Walker’s home, likewise said Walker should confront genuine results on the off chance that he demonstrates to be rationally fit.
“Something must not be right. Then again, on the off chance that this is his conviction, at that point that is the means by which he must be dealt with,” Wall said. Walker is “clearly to some degree bothered, as I would see it.”
Remote aggressors — for the most part Arabs and Pakistanis — have battled close by the Taliban against the northern coalition, some of them individuals from the al-Qaida system of Saudi outcast Osama canister Laden, the main suspect in the Sept. 11 assaults on the United States.
The Taliban and remote warriors who revolted at Qalai Janghi had been conveyed to the stronghold in the wake of surrendering the northern Afghan city of Kunduz.
Scores of Taliban were murdered in the fight, in which northern coalition contenders were helped by U.S. extraordinary powers and air strikes by American warplanes. An American CIA officer was murdered in the battling.
On Saturday, the last 80-odd Taliban rose up out of their concealing spot. Some were obviously powerless and flimsy after days without nourishment or water, and at any rate one was taken out on a stretcher. Many were being treated in medical clinics in the close-by city of Mazar-e-Shariff.