The last tweet of General Mohammad Daud Daud. He was reporting this incident in Takhar province, where a Taliban commander is accused of burning two people alive. This morning he was targeted in a massive suicide bomb at the Governor’s Palace in Taloqan and killed, along with three German soldiers and an unknown number of Afghans.
While I’m confused as to why it took immolation to prompt an order to capture a Taliban commander, General Daud was universally respected in Afghanistan. His death is a serious blow to the country, and to those he served.
Update: A friend reminds me that this is the same General Daud profiled by Graeme Smith, alleged to be deeply involved in some nasty business with opium smugglers, who have also been protecting the Taliban. This might explain a bit why Daud felt the need to specially order the detention of the Taliban human-arsonist. And for many years now, General Daud has been fingered as being at the center of the opium industry in Afghanistan.
As for why I said he was “universally respected,” above? That’s the impression I got from my friends who were initially telling me about the hit job on him. Goes to show you that everyone can get swayed by news of a magical pet favorite Afghan. I’m normally better than that, and I apologize.
It’s still damned weird to see people with twitter feeds get killed off like this.