The North Crumbles

by Joshua Foust on 10/9/2010 · 1 comment

From the AP:

Thirty-five people were wounded in the explosion while praying at the Shirkat mosque in Takhar province, said Interior Ministry spokesman Zemeri Bashary.

Gen. Shah Jahan Noori, the provincial police chief, said the governor of neighboring Kunduz province, Mohammad Omar, was killed along with 19 other people. The bomb was meant to kill Omar, who regularly attends Friday prayers at the mosque, Takhar Gov. Abdul Jabar Taqwa said.

I have a piece coming out next week discussing the long deterioration of the north. It is a critical failure of the war, and one very few are willing to express.


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Don Anderson October 11, 2010 at 4:27 pm

Yes, even here no one wants to talk about it.

This expansion into the North is the single most important strategic activity by the Insurgents in the past nine years. Only the current crisis in Nangarhar compares.

Looking forward to your discussion.

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