My dialog with Abu Walid
July 6th, 2010

Just a quick note, to bring a couple of earlier posts up to date.

Some while back, I posted here about the conversation between Leah Farrall, at one time the Australian Federal Police’s top al-Qaeda specialist, and Abu Walid al-Masri, a senior Taliban strategist currently under house arrest in Iran. I said then that I believed this kind of correspondence “across battle lines” was pretty remarkable.

At Leah’s invitation, I wrote up a short account of my own views in response to Abu Walid’s questions for Leah, and posted it on her blog, All Things Counterterrorism. Abu Walid seems to have liked my comments, and posted his own response to me, which I have worked with a native speaker to translate, and which is now posted on Zenpundit.

Interestingly, Abu Walid has turned our conversation in the direction of chivalry.

As things develop, I’ll keep you posted.


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