Sunday, February 22, 2009

Can militias contain the Taleban?

Can militias contain the Taleban? By Ian Pannell | BBC News, Paktia province, south-east Afghanistan - "The insurgency has raged and grown in this part of the country. Paktia borders Pakistan and is a route for insurgents coming into the country. The Taleban and al-Qaeda have a growing presence here and clashes between them and government and foreign forces have escalated.

But Ahmadabad district is an exception, thanks to the gunmen of the Arbakai, a tribal militia that has protected this area and its people for centuries, making it something of a safe-haven from the violence all around.
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This is an interesting article on how one district in Afghanistan has been able to keep the violence and bloodshed out. There's some debate as to whether this is a good or bad thing but I think people there want to live without the fear and death. With a little help they could have a good chance at it.

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