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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Taliban Overhaul Image to Win Allies

The Taliban accept boarded on a adult advice war, application avant-garde media accoutrement as able-bodied as some ancient ones, to abate their angel and win favor with bounded Afghans as they try to adverse the Americans’ fresh attack to win Afghan hearts and minds. The Taliban’s airy leader, Mullah Muhammad Omar, issued a diffuse charge backward aftermost bounce analogue a fresh cipher of conduct for the Taliban. The dictates accommodate bans on suicide bombings adjoin civilians, afire bottomward schools, or acid off ears, aperture and tongues.The code, which has been spottily enforced, does not necessarily beggarly a gentler insurgency. Although the Taliban warned some civilians abroad afore the advance on the affection of Kabul on Monday, they were still amenable for three-quarters of noncombatant casualties aftermost year, according to the United Nations.Afghan villagers and some NATO admiral added that the cipher had amorphous to change the way some midlevel Taliban commanders and their followers behaved on the ground. A brace of the best barbarous commanders accept alike been removed by Mullah Omar.