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Self-fulfilling prophecy: ‘Al-Qaeda-in-Iraq inspiring Taliban attacks in Afghanistan’

August 23, 2008

[Wreckage from the July car bombing at the Indian Embassy in Kabul ]

Comment: Fruits of of the Iraq war — hint: it’s not the export of freedom, democracy or stability across the region. If there’s any connection between Afghanistan and Iraq, it’s this:

(Daily Times) — “The emergence of more dramatic attacks, reaping larger casualties, reflects experience gained from insurgent battlefields such as Iraq, said Afghan analyst and writer Waheed Mujda.

“There are lots of people coming from Iraq to share their experiences with Taliban. It’s Al Qaeda which designs the attack and the locals who implement it,” he told AFP. Taliban commanders had warned at the beginning of the year they would intensify attacks, Mujda said. “They were saying that they would carry out more suicide attacks and expand their activities to new areas to areas near Kabul. Now we see that they did what they had said,” he said…” Click for full article

(Robert Fisk also argues this point in his sobering article on the rise of suicide bombers)

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