Rahmatullah Mansoor

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Rahmatullah Mansoor
Nationality Afghanistan
Known for Formerly a Taliban spokesman, who defected to the Hamid Karzai regime, and was appointed a judge

Mullah Rahmatullah Mansoor is a citizen of Afghanistan.[1] The Guardian reports that Rahmatullah was a former Taliban official who returned to Afghanistan in 2005, and had a secret meeting with Hamid Karzai. The Guardian article states that Rahmatullah stated that members of the Taliban were tired of fighting, but the continued extrajudicial detention of captives in Guantanamo, and the alleged Koran abuse were a roadblock to peace talks.

In April 2010, while he was serving as a judge in Khost Province, NATO forces fired on a car killing four of his relatives.[2] Mansoor said the dead were two of his sons, aged 14 and 17, and two nephews, aged 18 and 25.[3] Initially NATO spokesmen claimed that the shooting was justified because the bio-metric data of one of the dead was found in its bio-metric database. However, they withdrew this claim when it was pointed out that, as a member of the Afghan Police, his nephew Amrullah would also have been listed in the database.[4]

The Wall Street Journal published different details than other press reports.[5] Its report called Mansoor a "provincial government employee" -- not a judge It list the ages of the dead as 7-18, where other sources listed 13-26.


  1. Declan Walsh (19 May 2005). "Taliban officials brought in from the cold". The Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,,1486934,00.html. Retrieved 2007-05-10. 
  2. "NATO troops kill 4 unarmed Afghans". Khost: Daily Times (Pakistan). 2010-04-21. http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\04\21\story_21-4-2010_pg7_21. Retrieved 2013-08-19. "They were returning from a volleyball match, added Rahmatullah Mansoor, a judge in Khost’s provincial court. NATO initially said two were “known insurgents” but later acknowledged all may have been civilians." 
  3. Elyas Wahdat (2010-04-20). "NATO troops fire on vehicle, kill 4 unarmed Afghans". Khost: Reuters. Archived from the original on 2013-08-19. http://www.webcitation.org/query?url=http%3A%2F%2Fca.reuters.com%2Farticle%2FtopNews%2FidCATRE63J1GT20100420%3Fsp%3Dtrue&date=2013-08-19. Retrieved 2013-08-19. 
  4. "NATO: Shooting victims were 4 Afghan civilians". Kabul: USA Today. 2010-04-21. http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/world/afghanistan/2010-04-21-nato-civilians_N.htm. Retrieved 2013-08-19. "On Wednesday, NATO said it had described two of the victims as insurgents because their fingerprints matched those in a military biometric database. But their presence in the database does not necessarily mean they were insurgents. "The term 'insurgent' should not have been used," NATO said in a statement. Lt. Col. Todd Vician, a NATO spokesman in Kabul, confirmed all four were civilians." 
  5. Yaroslav Trofimov (2010-04-21). "Four Afghans Are Killed by U.S. Troops". Wall Street Journal. Archived from the original on 2013-08-19. http://www.webcitation.org/query?url=http%3A%2F%2Fonline.wsj.com%2Farticle%2FSB10001424052748703763904575195873533793754.html%3Fmod%3Dgooglewsj&date=2013-08-19. "Qazi Rahmatullah Mansoor, a provincial government employee in Khost, said the four casualties—two of his sons and two sons of his brother, a police officer—ranged in age from 7 to 18."