officials express concern over both Taliban guest houses
and Taliban safe houses
The usual meaning of the term guest house
is a place where visitors, who don't have local friends or relatives they can stay with, stay in areas where the hospitality industry
is insufficiently developed to have hotels
. The usual meaning of the term guest house is not dissimilar to a bed and breakfast
The term safe house
, on the other hand, is used by intelligence officials, or by those involved in organized crime
, and those who investigate them. It refers to an ordinary residence, that looks like it is the regular residence of an ordinary citizen, but is instead available to house intelligence sources, or organized crime participants, who need to "disappear".
In the American "War on Terrorism
" American counter-terrorism officials seem to have conflated the two terms.
- There are houses in Pakistan, that they suspect have been used to hide Osama bin Laden, Mullah Omar, and other senior member of al Qaeda and the Taliban, where, according to press reports, American counter-terrorism officials have referred to the houses as "Taliban guest houses".
- There were guest houses, in Afghanistan, during the Taliban's regime, that the intelligence analysts in Guantanamo routinely referred to as "Taliban safe houses", as if the visitors would have to hide their identity from Afghanistan's police.<!-- I'll provide citations with......