50 Afghan insurgents switch sides in southern Kandahar
Some 50 Taliban insurgents, including one who said he was a Taliban provincial leader, defected to the government in Afghanistan’s southern province Kandahar, a province that has long been a militant stronghold.
The 50 men, armed with light and heavy machineguns, arrived at the government compound in Kandahar’s Panjwai district carrying the white flag of the Taliban.
“I have realised that the government is not the puppet regime that I was told to fight against,” the group’s leader Maolawi Abdul Aziz told journalists assembled for the ceremony.
He said he had recently been appointed the insurgent, or “shadow” governor for northern Kunduz province, and produced what he said was a Taliban certification of the appointment.
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