Taliban Commander turns self in for reward

Molly Novak

A mid-level Taliban commander in Paktika province, Mohammad Ashan, walked up to a police checkpoint holding a "Wanted" poster with his face on it. He demanded the finders fee of $100 written on the poster, reported the Washington Post.

 Suspected of plotting two attacks on Afghan security forces, officials arrested him on the spot.

When U.S troops went to confirm it was Ashan, they were in disbelief.

“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?’” recalled SPC Matthew Baker told the Washington Post.

His identity as the wanted insurgent was confirmed with a biometric scan.

Wanted posters are distributed by NATO often, but mostly without direct results of an arrest. Some officials guess that the unusual circumstances of Ashan's arrset point towards desperation, lack of resources and its defiance of law and order. But others disagree.

“Clearly,” one U.S. official said, “the man is an imbecile.”