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Taliban Hang 15 Yo For Having US Dollars

The latest from those noble “freedom fighters,” via their allies in the Associated Press:

An Afghan policeman watches a road after a recent Taliban attack on a convoy, near the town of Qalat, southeast Afghanistan, September 30, 2007.

Afghan boy with US dollars hanged

By NOOR KHAN

Taliban militants hanged a teenager in southern Afghanistan because he had U.S. money in his pocket, and they stuffed five $1 bills in his mouth as a warning to others not to use dollars, police said Monday. Taliban militants elsewhere killed eight police.

The 15-year-old boy was hanged from a tree on Sunday in Helmand, the most violent province in the country and the world’s No. 1 poppy-growing region.

“The Taliban warned villagers that they would face the same punishment if they were caught with dollars,” said Wali Mohammad, the district police chief in Sangin.

Dollars are commonly used in Afghanistan alongside the afghani, the local currency, although the U.S. currency is more commonly seen in larger cities where international organizations are found.

Militants often justify their attacks and executions as a response to U.S. meddling in Afghan affairs…

Doesn’t the Taliban demand US dollars when they kidnap people? Don’t they get US dollars when they sell their heroin?

The article also fails to mention that this could be inspired by the latest US campaign to capture their leaders:

   

These posters from the U.S. military show pictures of 12 wanted Taliban and al-Qaida leaders. The U.S. military has launched a new ‘Most Wanted’ campaign offering rewards of up to US$200,000 for information leading to the capture of the dozen leaders.

These heroes can’t allow that.

Drug-dealing thugs are the same the whole world over.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, October 1st, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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