Incredible horrors are happening here. In the last few days (just that I know of), one 8-year-old was strangled to death. It appears that his eyes were gouged out after his father refused to turn over a police vehicle to the enemy.
Yesterday, the battalion I am with (4-4CAV in Zhari District), treated a boy who is about 6-8 years-old after the Taliban apparently forced him to step on a bomb. It blew off his leg. I was elsewhere and so was not a direct witness. Our people treated him then flew the child to Kandahar Airfield with his dad for advanced treatment. Am told that his family is livid and has turned against the Taliban.
Please see this.
Zhari District, Kandahar, Afghanistan
26 July 2011