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Old 03-01-2008, 05:39 AM   #1
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KABUL: Feb. 13, 2008 -- More than 20 Afghans and foreign nationals -- either Pakistanis or Arabs -- were kidnapped while hunting in southwestern Afghanistan but most were freed Tuesday.

The group was abducted Saturday in the southwestern province of Farah, police and the provincial governor said, though they gave different accounts of the incident.

Governor Ghulam Mohaidun Balouch said the group consisted of 12 Pakistani nationals who had been working on a reconstruction project and their 10 Afghan guards.

They had gone hunting in the mountains of Farah, apparently for eagles, he said. "They were abducted by Taliban. But with the help of tribal elders and influentials, they were all released. Only two Pakistani nationals are not freed and we are trying to free them soon," Balouch said.

The kidnappers did not make any demands, he said.

The police spokesman for western Afghanistan, Abdul Raouf Ahmadi, said however that the group was made up of 13 Arab nationals and seven Afghans who live in Arabic countries.

The Arabs were freed Tuesday but the Afghans were still being held, Ahmadi said, blaming the kidnapping on the "opposition of the government" -- a term used for Taliban and al-Qaeda.

The group had been working on an aid project and had stopped off in Farah for a hunting trip without telling authorities, he said.
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That sounded like a fun trip
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They left out the most important information: What were they hunting, and how did they do?

Sounds like it was an adventure.
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They had gone hunting in the mountains of Farah, apparently for eagles, he said.
Once again, this shows how out of touch the news media is.

"Eagle Hunting" would lead most people to believe they were killing eagles. However, Afghans and others throughout all the "stans" have a long heritage of eagle hunting which is actually using eagles and falcons to catch gamebirds. This is usually done on horseback.
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Once again, this shows how out of touch the news media is.

"Eagle Hunting" would lead most people to believe they were killing eagles. However, Afghans and others throughout all the "stans" have a long heritage of eagle hunting which is actually using eagles and falcons to catch gamebirds. This is usually done on horseback.
Those would be the Asian Golden Eagles or Berkut Eagles. They are extremely valuable and deadly. There was an interesting book written by a Scott: David Bruce; (Bird of Jove) who through some incredible difficulties, managed to bring one back to the UK. It weighted about 24 lbs, and killed foxes and dogs.

Asian Eaglers have been reported to kill wolves, tigers and men with these eagles. Genghis Khan was supposed to have had a corp of Eaglers. The rear talon on these birds is about 4 inches long, and they can insert it faster than a dagger. The four inch talon compares to about a 2.5" talon for the American Goldern Eagle.

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