Friday, April 27, 2007

Meanwhile, in Afghanistan

Taliban has taken over an area in the east of the country:

Taliban militants have seized control of a district in eastern Afghanistan after an hours-long clash that killed five people, including the local mayor and his police chief, a senior official said Friday.

The Taliban takeover is an embarrassment to the Afghan government and its foreign backers, and shows how vulnerable remote areas remain despite the presence of some 47,000 U.S. and NATO troops.

Militants launched the attack Thursday evening on the Giro district of Ghazni province, setting fire to several buildings and cutting communication lines, said provincial deputy governor Kazim Allayer.

The district mayor and four policemen, including the police chief, were killed in a battle that lasted several hours, Allayer said. Police reinforcements have been sent to the area, Ghazni's deputy police chief Mohammad Zaman said.

An unfortunate tendency of the media audience is to view wars from the movie angle: when the final credits are shown the war is over. In reality this isn't quite the way it works, and it is important to keep an eye on the Afghanistan occupation and war, too. Especially how giving the Afghans peace and freedom and gender equality was part of the war cries.