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Afghan soldiers face terror on the job

From leaflets to the murder of two border guards, officials say the Taliban are targeting Afghan forces. Just after midnight March 13, Janad Gul was awakened by a sound that every Afghan border security soldier dreads. It was the battle cry of Islamic fighters against non-Muslims. The 28 Afghan guards at the Spin Khaware checkpoint knew instantly who their enemy was – the Taliban – and that this would be a battle to the death. In the ongoing war against terrorism, the death of two Afghan soldiers is a sad but normal occurrence. According to US military officials at Bagram Air Base, near Kabul, Afghans are the frontline soldiers fighting with US forces against Al Qaeda, and they are usually the first to be killed. While US deaths in this low-intensity conflict are rare, dozens of Afghan soldiers are killed each month. Full Story

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