Seriously, what was this mid-level Taliban commander thinking? Here’s what happened – you decide – dumb or dumber?
Last week, Ashan calmly walked up to a police checkpoint in Afghanistan, pointed to the wanted poster featuring his face, and asked for the $100 finder's fee advertised on the poster.
Hold the phone!! - $100? That’s all he was worth to the authorities? It sounds like one of those ‘ye olde’ wanted posters of the wild west – ‘Wanted, Dead or Alive’. Back in those days, $100 was worth a lot, right?
Specialist Matthew Baker, when interviewed by The Washington Post, said “We asked him, ‘Is this you?’... Mohammad Ashan answered with an incredible amount of enthusiasm, ‘Yes, yes, that’s me! Can I get my award now?’”
Ashan is suspected of plotting attacks on Afghan security forces, so the fact that he turned himself in shocked and awed authorities.
Unfortunately for Ashan, the reward process doesn’t quite work like that - instead of receiving the money, he was arrested and placed in custody.
One official has called Ashan “the Taliban equivalent of the 'Home Alone' burglars”. Another was quoted as saying, “Clearly, this man is an imbecile.”
The whole incident was so unbelievable that officials needed to take a biometric scan to prove that the man in custody was actually the alleged terrorist. They just didn’t believe that anyone would be that idiotic... Go figure – he’s a terrorist!
On an aside – in case you weren’t aware – it seems like the Taliban are now reaching out into social media – specifically Twitter. Check this out: