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Afghanistan Violence: Children Beheaded (!!!) In Two Separate Incidents

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By Mirwais Harooni

KABUL, Aug 31 (Reuters) - An adolescent boy and a young girl have been beheaded in two separate incidents in Afghanistan, local officials and police said on Friday, in the latest brazen attacks that have raised fresh questions about a splintering Taliban.

A 12-year-old boy was kidnapped and killed in southern Kandahar province on Wednesday, his severed head placed near his body to send a warning to police, said provincial governor spokesman Jawid Faisal.

The brother of the boy, neither of whom were named by officials, was a member of the Afghan Local Police (ALP), a U.S.-trained militia charged with making Afghans in Taliban strongholds, like Kandahar, feel more secure, Faisal said.

"It's a Taliban warning to the ALP and to others who support the government," Faisal said of the killing, which happened in Kandahar's Panjwai district.

Taliban spokesman Qari Yousuf denied the group was involved.

Separately, a 6-year-old girl was beheaded in eastern Kapisa province on Thursday, said provincial police chief Abdul Hamed.

"We are not sure if she was beheaded by her family or the Taliban, but we know the Taliban control the area," Hamed said of the killing in Jalukhil village. He added that he could not send investigators to the area out of fears for their safety.

The murders follow the shooting or beheading of 17 young revellers attending a party in southern Helmand province this week, which officials said was the work of the Taliban, a charge the group also denied.

That massacre raised fresh concerns about Taliban leaders' grip on their scattered fighters, amid on-again, off-again peace moves by the group with the Afghan government.

It also suggested that there are grassroots insurgent fighters who are not in a mood for compromise.

"What we're seeing could be a new tactic by the Taliban to behead civilians to intimidate the population," said Faisal.

In Kandahar's Zhari district, officials also said on Friday that a 16-year-old boy accused by the Taliban of spying for the government was beheaded and skinned in late July.

Such incidents highlight the difficulty that Taliban leaders have in enforcing discipline across an estimated 20,000 fighters spread from Afghanistan to Pakistan.

The central Taliban leadership is trying to improve the group's image in case it wants to push forward tentative reconciliation steps and perhaps even enter mainstream politics. But some militant units are hard to control, roaming the countryside and attacking those deemed immoral.

NATO will withdraw most of its combat troops by the end of 2014, leaving Afghan forces in the lead security role. (Writing by Amie Ferris-Rotman

by on Sep. 1, 2012 at 1:24 PM
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Lizard_Lina
by Silver Member on Sep. 2, 2012 at 1:47 PM
They skinned him?! Wtf
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LuvmyAiden
by Silver Member on Sep. 2, 2012 at 2:12 PM

The majority of the folks in Afghanistan. And no I'm not trying to be derogatory by saying that. They simply have been afforded little education and know nothing different. VERY few live in much more than a three sided hut or have had any real education. It is not about religion or politics the people are just light years behind the citizens of industrialized western nations. They know only what they are taught and since many cannot even read they are taught whatever the few in power want them to know. This is the reason so many are brainswashed into groups like the Taliban.

Quoting Mommy2BeAmy:

When you say "These people are savages who live in the dark ages", whom are you referring to exactely?

Quoting LuvmyAiden:

This will always happen there. The only difference in a US troop presence and not is that with a troop presence we lose lives needlessly. These people are savages who live in the dark ages. Ask a soldier who has been there. They do NOT think like western people do. They will NEVER strive to accomplish peace as a nation. They can't. Too many radicals and crazies. Soldiers lives and billions have done little to help the situation. They must want this awful shit to stop and they must want to change, we cannot force it. I feel for those who are sane and don't deserve these things. I feel for the kids who suffer. But there is simply no fix.

 


Mommy2BeAmy
by Silver Member on Sep. 2, 2012 at 2:17 PM

I agree. I feel though we as Americans could have done better by spending the money to build schools and things for them to help them advance rather then all the weapons..I blame the Saudis, the Emiratis and so on...these arabs are so rich and instead of sending money to help their fellow muslim countries they deny them help and compete in building the worlds tallest buildings. I feel bad for the people, and there probably wont be any change. Pakistan is heading in that direction too.

Quoting LuvmyAiden:

The majority of the folks in Afghanistan. And no I'm not trying to be derogatory by saying that. They simply have been afforded little education and know nothing different. VERY few live in much more than a three sided hut or have had any real education. It is not about religion or politics the people are just light years behind the citizens of industrialized western nations. They know only what they are taught and since many cannot even read they are taught whatever the few in power want them to know. This is the reason so many are brainswashed into groups like the Taliban.

Quoting Mommy2BeAmy:

When you say "These people are savages who live in the dark ages", whom are you referring to exactely?

Quoting LuvmyAiden:

This will always happen there. The only difference in a US troop presence and not is that with a troop presence we lose lives needlessly. These people are savages who live in the dark ages. Ask a soldier who has been there. They do NOT think like western people do. They will NEVER strive to accomplish peace as a nation. They can't. Too many radicals and crazies. Soldiers lives and billions have done little to help the situation. They must want this awful shit to stop and they must want to change, we cannot force it. I feel for those who are sane and don't deserve these things. I feel for the kids who suffer. But there is simply no fix.




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