posted on Jun, 18 2005 @ 02:46 PM
News from Afghanistan: According to wire reports Taliban guerrillas claim they are holding 30 policemen and a local official at an Afghan district
headquarters and plan to put them on trial for supporting the U.S. backed government.
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - Taliban guerrillas said on Saturday they were holding 30 policemen and a local official at an Afghan district headquarters
and planned to put them on trial for supporting the U.S.-backed government.
Taliban seize control of government building
Meanwhile, a senior police officer in the southern province of Kandahar confirmed that the main government building in Mian Nishin, capital of the
district of the same name, was under Taliban control after attacks on Thursday and Friday night in which 30 police officers and the district chief
Taliban commander Mullah Rahim, who led the attacks, telephoned Reuters and handed the phone to the senior police officer in his custody, district
police chief Nanai Khan.
"They are going to put me on trial," said a nervous Khan.
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With the war in Iraq dominating the news, sometimes news from Afghanistan gets little or no coverage. Though Afghanistan was the first front in this
"war on terrorism".
The objective in Afghanistan was to remove the Taliban from power and hunt for Al-Qaeda terrorists blamed for the attacks of September 11, 2001.
It seems that the Taliban though weakened are trying to once again gain control when and where they can despite U.S. forces still active in the