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  1. quote of the week

    Posted Dec 07th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... 'The Taliban and al-Qaeda have become symbiotic, each benefiting from the success and mythology of the other. Rolling back the Taliban is now necessary, even if not sufficient, ... to end the war in Afghanistan. Others fear if the US leaves the Taliban will take over. Last week Obama decided to send 30,000 more troops to Kabul to defeat the Taliban. The Taliban wants ...

  2. Taliban

    Posted Mar 06th 2011, 12:00am by David Phair

    ... David Phair Taliban by James Fergusson Bantam Press HK$221 Taliban, according to the author, is the plural of talib, which translates as 'one who seeks knowledge'. Which seems ... the Taliban in a more objective light. Led by an illiterate village mullah with one eye, the original Taliban, we learn, was a group of students who sought to bring order to the vacuum left ...

  3. Taliban's rules and regulations

    Posted Jul 31st 2009, 12:00am by Ian Young

    ... Ian Young The following quotes from the Taliban's supposed code of conduct were cited by Al-Jazeera on its website Prisoners: 'Whenever any official, soldier, contractor or worker of the slave government is captured, these prisoners cannot be attacked or harmed. 'If the prisoner is a director, commander or district chief or higher, the decision on whether ...

  4. Afghanistan spelled out in 16 characters

    Posted Mar 01st 2010, 12:00am by Gwynne Dyer

    ... harass; the enemy tires, we attack; the enemy retreats, we pursue.' Not many of the Taliban guerillas in Afghanistan have read Mao Zedong on guerilla warfare, but then, they knew how to do ... is that some of the local Taliban fighters have been left to sell their lives as dearly as possible, while most have been pulled back or sent home to await recall. Guerilla warfare has been the Afghan ...

  5. Lifestyle - Books - POLITICS

    Book review: Above the Din of War, by Peter Eichstaedt

    Posted Mar 24th 2013, 12:00am by David Wilson

    ... against the Afghan group implicated in the attacks- the ultra-Islamist Taliban- is a flop. Peter Eichstaedt's portrait of Afghanistan, based on a year of travel there, is revealing and unusual because he invites the views of locals from all kinds of backgrounds: think an ex-warlord, a Taliban judge, daring female parliamentarians, self-immolation victims, would-be suicide ...

  6. Who said it?

    Posted Feb 12th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Mainland vehicles, not mainlanders, are the locusts unleashed on Hong Kong Paul Zimmerman, Head of Designing Hong Kong [The] match was a big milestone for Afghanistan... so much so the Taliban sent a message of support Omar Zakhilwal of Afghanistan's cricket board after the national team lost its first one-day international I used a scale that will usually be used in a food ...

  7. Ten-year tally of fighting a just war

    Posted Oct 07th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Ten years ago today American and British warplanes and missiles started the war in Afghanistan, just 26 days after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Two months later, the Taliban regime- host ... be dead, but the Taliban is resurgent, US and allied forces are still fighting in Afghanistan and victory has been redefined as a phased handover of responsibility for security to a local ...

  8. Descent into Chaos

    Posted Aug 30th 2009, 12:00am by Charmaine Chan

    ... Charmaine Chan Descent into Chaos by Ahmed Rashid Penguin, HK$157 Ahmed Rashid won recognition with Taliban, which served as a primer after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. He ... strategy', which handed security to warlords and was, Rashid says, his worst mistake in Afghanistan because it aided the Taliban and sabotaged the development of a centralised state. ...

  9. Time for Afghans to take charge

    Posted Jun 26th 2011, 12:00am

    ... The US and its allies were right to go to war in Afghanistan in 2001 to deal with the al-Qaeda terrorists behind the 9/11 attacks and the Taliban government that was harbouring them. ... for Afghanistan to also start withdrawing troops. The number of casualties in the fight against Taliban insurgents is mounting and the war is getting ever more unpopular with voters. Politics was in large ...

  10. Afghan election an exercise in futility

    Posted Aug 17th 2009, 12:00am by Gwynne Dyer

    ... Gwynne Dyer 'They have the watches, but we have the time,' the Taliban commanders say in Afghanistan, and it's perfectly true. The election on Thursday is not going to change that. The foreign forces, US, Canadian and European, are well-trained and equipped and can inflict casualties on amateur Taliban fighters at a ratio of 10-to-one or worse. But the Taliban ...




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