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.