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50 Afghan insurgents switch sides in southern Kandahar

April 24, 2011

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.

Picture courtesy of Reuters/Surghar Daily.

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.

To read the rest of this article by Ismail Sameem of Reuters and the Surghar Daily, click HERE.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Shadowman permalink
    April 25, 2011 05:52

    This is good stuff! One thing I should say, though – **please be careful**, Nato/ISAF – just in case this is a ruse to get a few “bad guys” inside the system, as it were.
    If it is genuine, though – if these guys are simply tired of fighting – then that is good. They can be given some basic education (many are likely to be illiterate), and then can be trained for jobs. There must be dozens of jobs for labourers, carpenters, stone-masons, farm hands and so on.

  2. Shadowman permalink
    April 25, 2011 12:38

    Now…. about that prison break in Kandahar province where 470 or so Taliban escaped. Not good…..
    The next prison, hopefully with decent security, could be built in an area far from any villages (therefore at least ruling out tunneling as an escape option).
    Oh well…. at least when Taliban are shot in an operation, that rules out the possibility of them being rescued in a prison break.

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