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Monday, January 13, 2003

Afghanistan's new suicide bombers?

Al Qaeda and the Taliban are finding new recruits among relatives of Aghans killed by U.S. bombs, according to the Christian Science Monitor. Some mullahs — including one who used to be anti-Taliban — are recruiting survivors and relatives of victims of inadvertant U.S. strikes for revenge missions. The primary advocate of the revenge missions announced an alliance with al Qaeda and the Taliban last month.

"The only solution is cultural," says a deputy governor about the tribal code of revenge. "If a tribal council came with US forces to a family of a victim, and they apologized and said we are sorry for your loss, and we ask for your pardon, the family will not reject that. But if you don't do that, these families can be the most dangerous, because they are the ones who will do suicide attacks."

Copyright © 2003 by Philocrites | Posted 13 January 2003 at 1:02 PM

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