En Al Qaida-leder, Mustafa Hamid, også kjent som Abu Walid al Masri, la i slutten av juli ut en oppfordring til Taliban om å kidnappe sivile utlendinger i Afghanistan. Bare slik kunne Taliban-fanger blir frigitt.
Seks uker senere ble New York Times-journalisten, Stephen Farrell, og hans sjåfør kidnappet. De ble sist uke befridd av britiske soldater. Sjåføren ble drept.
Det er en australsk doktorgradsstudent, Leah Farrall, som oppdaget skrive på nettet.
Farrall, who had worked for the Australian Federal Police, said she had uncovered the al Qaeda internet document, written in late July, while completing a PhD on al Qaeda at Monash University in Australia.
The document, «The U.S. Soldier in Afghanistan – the first step for the release of all prisoners of the war on terror,» argues the capture of a U.S. soldier earlier this year should be used as a precedent in a campaign of abducting Western civilians to negotiate the release of Taliban and al Qaeda prisoners.
«Directing his article at the Taliban’s leadership, Masri said it was time for them to start targeting foreign civilians as well as military personnel,» Farrall wrote in the Australian.
«He suggested that they, too, change the rules of the game as America had done. He told them it was permissible to now start taking foreign civilians from the street. Using this strategy, he advised, could result in the liberation of all prisoners held by America in its war on terror,» she said.
«Masri argued America’s detention and torture of Muslims, and its failure to distinguish between civilians and the military, justified the use of this new strategy. He said the Taliban should do as its enemy does.»
Hamid/Masri befinner seg i Iran dit han flyktet i 2003, offisielt i husarrest, men åpenbart med adgang til internett.
Farrall sier Guantanamo nå har «blowback»-konsekvenser.
«This shows Guantanamo blowback now has strategic consequences,» she wrote.