Death Squads in Afghanistan

A chilling report by the NYT on the widespread influence of the Haqqani Network inside Afghanistan. The insurgent group, whose leader was a favorite of the US-backed mujahideen, is responsible for numerous assassinations in broad daylight, especially in villages close to the tribal areas. Terrified civilians are reluctant to report the mass-beheadings and murders in fear of Taliban retaliation.

Like drone warfare across the porous Durand line, the assassination squads demonstrate the civilian-centric nature of modern, asymmetric, warfare–where the people that feel the real brunt are often completely innocent; or associated only by loosely defined ‘pattern of life’ parameters.

Monsters are created in the shadows of good intentions, it seems.

Advertisements
This entry was posted in Afghanistan, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s