Magazine article The Spectator

Taleban Justice

Magazine article The Spectator

Taleban Justice

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For anyone still clinging to the idea that we have brought democracy and human rights to Afghanistan, the latest news from the country should come as a shock. The Taleban seem to be growing in confidence and influence. First there was the shooting of aid workers in Badakhshan;

now a widow accused of becoming pregnant after the death of her husband has been flogged 200 times, then shot in the head.

Rather than mobilising troops to rescue the woman, the local security chief simply condemned the punishment as 'very severe'.

Now that both President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron have signalled their intention to withdraw troops, it is as if the Taleban consider they have won the war and are preparing for power. But we cannot abandon Afghanistan yet. …

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