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Many Westerners, including Canadians, maintain that eight years after the ouster of the Taliban, the ongoing brutality against women – part of a campaign of repression – is a sign that the NATO fight against the extremists has failed.
Their indignation is real: Achakzai's killing was only the latest high-profile attack on women and girls. It follows the murder of top policewoman Malalai Kakar and the head of Kandahar province's women's affairs department, Safia Amajan.