Sunday, November 28

“Americans are disappointed with Korea’s Taliban negotiations during the Saemmul Church incident”

▲ A rally demanding the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan after the abduction of a member of the Taliban Sammul Church in 2007

In 2007, when members of the Bundang Saemmul Church were kidnapped by the rebel Taliban in Afghanistan, the South Korean government’s direct negotiations with the Taliban were evaluated in the United States as sending a bad message to the terrorists.

This evaluation is contained in a book titled ‘Modern Warfare in Ancient Land’, published on the 17th by the US Army Military Research Institute, which summarizes the operations and activities of the US Army in the war in Afghanistan from 2001 to 2014.

23 members of the Saemmul Church were kidnapped by the Taliban while volunteering in Afghanistan in July 2007.

In the process, two people were killed, and through the government’s negotiating efforts, the remaining 21 were released three times by the end of August after 42 days of detention.

“The Taliban accuse them of trying to convert,” the US Military Research Institute’s book said.

“To the very disappointment of the American people, the South Korean government negotiated directly with the Taliban,” he said.

After six weeks of negotiations, the Taliban said that South Korea had secured a promise to withdraw 200 troops by the end of the year, and then released the remaining ones.

The book said the message was clear, saying that “terrorists can force members of the Allied Forces to withdraw from conflict zones.”

This book was written by 12 current and former U.S. officers and civilian experts who formed the ‘Permanent Freedom Operations Research Group’.

Operation Permanent Freedom refers to the war on terror that the United States has waged since the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and was mainly used in the war in Afghanistan.

The US completed the withdrawal of US forces at the end of August, about 20 years after the outbreak of the war in Afghanistan, and put an end to the war.

(Photo = Yonhap News)

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