24 Jun '12, 3pm

Recent Taliban attacks show increased targeting of civilians

Less than two days after a suspected Haqqani Network assault on a lakefront hotel near Kabul in which attackers executed Afghan civilians for allegedly "drinking alcohol" and partaking in "debauchery," Taliban militants in Parwan province executed one of their own commanders on charges he was involved in an "illicit relationship" with a local woman. Farther east, in Nangarhar province, suspected Taliban insurgents detonated an explosive device near a music bazaar in Jalalabad City, injuring four civilians, two of whom later died from their wounds. And in the northwestern province of Faryab, insurgents massacred the family of a local policeman who had been warned by the Taliban to quit the police force. These four attacks suggest that the Taliban could be attempting to restore their public image as zealous Islamists implementing a strict interpretation of sharia (Islamic la...

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