Afghanistan has ordered the expulsion of a Briton working for the EU and an Irishman working for the United Nations. It has accused them of posing a threat to national security. Local news sources say the pair may have visited the Taliban insurgent stronghold of Helmand recently and possibly met with senior tribal elders with close links to the Taliban.
Sayed Ansari is a spokesman for Afghanistan’s national intelligence service: “The Islamic Government of Afghanistan has confirmed the detentions of two foreigners by the intelligence service. We confirm it as well.”
Britain’s Daily Telegraph has reported that agents from the country’s secret service MI-6 entered talks with Taliban leaders despite Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s pledge that Britain would not negotiate with terrorists.
Britain has said it would support efforts by the Afghan government to negotiate with tribal fighters now supporting the Taliban, but only if they embraced democracy.