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Afghan Villages Locked in Grip of Taliban Forces

The intimidation tactics of the Taliban are simple. A convoy of about 20 Honda motorcycles surrounds a house, looking for people who support the United States or Afghan President Hamid Karzai. If they find one, they kill him. If not, the inhabitants of the house are beaten to serve as a warning to others. Villagers in Shah Juy, 175 miles southwest of Kabul, the capital, well understand the Taliban pressure. “They come day and night. They are lying near the mountains and sometimes even in the mosques,” said Haji Mohammed, 28, a soldier for the local government. “My brothers were beaten in the mosque in open daylight. Their hands and feet were tied, and the men wanted to take them away. But with the help of the village elders, they were released. Since one year, I cannot go home. They would not let me live.” Full Story

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