KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) U.S. investigators yesterday questioned a man who describes himself as a financial supporter of the Taliban and showed up voluntarily at the biggest U.S. base in Afghanistan offering information.
Pentagon officials said the man had given money to the Taliban but had not been a member of the Islamic regime that ruled Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001. It was not known what information he has about the complex web of support of Osama bin Laden”s al-Qaida terrorist network, which was sheltered by the Taliban.
Marine spokesman Lt. James Jarvis said the man showed up Tuesday at the Kandahar airport, where thousands of U.S. troops are based and a detention center holds hundreds of al-Qaida and Taliban fighters.
The man remained on the base yesterday but was not being detained, Jarvis said. A Pentagon official said on condition of anonymity that he was not on the U.S. list of wanted men, but Jarvis said investigators were “jumping with joy.”
At the Pentagon, Gen. Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the man was being questioned. But Myers would not give details on the man”s identity or say how he came to the base.