Democracy Now: Scores Killed in Taliban Attacks in Afghanistan


In Afghanistan, the Taliban has been accused of beheading 17 people in northeast Helmand province. The killings reportedly resulted either from the victims’ attendance at a risqué party or as a punishment for being government informants. In a separate attack, Taliban fighters killed 10 Afghan soldiers. A rogue Afghan soldier also killed two U.S. troops, the latest in a string of attacks by members of the Afghan forces on the NATO occupation. NATO spokesperson Günter Katz said about a quarter of such attacks can be traced back to the Taliban.

Günter Katz: “We can clearly identify a direct insurgent connection to the attackers in about 10 percent of the cases. In other 15 percent of the cases, we suspect an insurgent link with the attacker; however, the tie cannot be definitely proven. Given these two points, our conclusion is that about 25 percent of these attacks are in some manner related to the insurgency.”

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~ by wheresthemic on August 28, 2012.

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