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Statement on Taliban Beheadings Retracted

A senior Afghan militia commander said Wednesday that troops from Afghanistan’s U.S.-trained national army beheaded four Taliban fighters to avenge the similar slaying of an Afghan soldier and a military interpreter. He later retracted his statement after a strong government denial. Naimatullah Khan, corps commander of southeastern Zabul province, initially said the killings occurred Monday in the Arghandab district of southeastern Zabul province. Afghan National Army troops sent to look for an interpreter and soldier who became separated from a combined Afghan-U.S. force found their corpses and severed heads on a mountainside, Khan said. Four Taliban fighters were caught in a search of the area, he said. Full Story

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