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26 July 2011

Know your Foe, Taliban Brutalizing Young Children...

Michael Yon, my favorite embedded, freelance author has a sobering report on the level of barbarism being perpetrated by the Taliban against fellow Afghan civilians.  When the population understands the choices between a possibly more free nation with western support or a repressive theocracy under Islam, let’s hope they make the right choice.

 

Subject: Taliban Brutalizing Young Children

 

Greetings,
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.

Michael Yon
Zhari District, Kandahar, Afghanistan