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Interesting little film on Afghanistan by BBC's Ben Anderson, for VBS. A British squaddie tells him most of the guys he's with have not seen the Taliban even though they have had firefights with them for hours. During non-combat they have probably seen lots of Taliban because, as he says, they only need to "pick up a pitchfork and then they are Johnny farmer". The most difficult thing is fighting against guys who don't fear death and are looking forward to "27 virgins or whatever". Anderson says some positions that are being fought over are now being administered by "Good Taliban", a scenario they could have reached six years ago with far less bloodshed.
Posted by Mark Oliver on 10/10/2008 at 02:38 PM in Current Affairs | Permalink
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