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Newsweek: The Taliban in their own words

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This oral history of the Taliban (kudos to Newsweek correspondent Sami Yusufzai) has to be the most gripping thing I’ve read all day (h/t Alex Strick van Lins’s Twitter feed):

Once we sent a shipment for the making of IEDs to our forces in Zabul province. For some reason we forgot to include the remote-control devices. I got an urgent call from the commander asking me to quickly send the missing items. So I hid the remotes among some books and clothes in several travel bags. At Torkham [the Khyber Pass crossing], the police asked me to open the bags. At first I thought I should flee. But where could I run? I started searching for the key to open the bags. There was a long customs queue. The impatient policeman finally said: “You’re taking too long. Get out of here.”

Read the rest here

Written by Saba Imtiaz

September 28, 2009 at 3:57 am

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