February 19th, 2010
09:01 AM ET

Taliban rules by 'shadow governments'

The news that two Taliban "shadow governors" have been detained in Pakistan underscores the reality that in Afghanistan there are, in effect, two governments.

There is the formal government of federal and local officials, backed by the United States and elected by the Afghan people. The other is run by the Taliban and governs by fear and intimidation of the population, but also at times provides services the legitimate government does not.

The Taliban version operates out of the public view and very much in the background of everyday life, hence the term "shadow government" - even though the commander of coalition forces in southern Afghanistan says regional shadow governors are known, "broadly speaking."

Read the full story from CNN Senior Pentagon Producer Mike Mount

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  1. A. Smith, Oregon

    The residents of Afghanistan and in particular Marjah clearly and without exception state the following whenever the question is honestly asked of them. They fear the graft and corruption of the Afghanistan Govt., and the Afghanistan Police that are pouring into Marjah. The residents constantly complain of graft, need for bribes and wholesale theft of their goods and trade items by the Afghanistan Govt. and the Afghanistan Police now being FORCED down their throats.

    The residents in Marjah clearly and without exception state they had less fear when the Taliban protected and defended them. They did not steal from the Marjah people and were not riddled with mass corruption.

    If the people of Afghanistan do not support President Karzi and his goon squads, no number of machine guns and soldiers are going to keep the current Afghanistan Govt. in power. No matter how many mayors and governors the CIA kidnaps and murders.

    February 22, 2010 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
  2. Paul Percy

    Many people think that the so called "shadow governments" are simply adversaries to the elected President Hamid Karzai, when in fact they are terrorist, Taliban. The "shadow government" are not mere critics of the current government but instead they are the figure head of the Taliban and rule the locals through tyrany and fear. Is that how people should be ruled? Through tyrany and fear? Thats exactly what "shadow governments" do.

    Hamid Karzai was an appointed interim leader shortly after 9/11 during the International Conference on Afghanistan in Bonn, Germany on December 5, 2001 and has always pushed for a loya jirga which is a grand meeting to appoint a new leader and is in place in Afghanistan government today. He has always wanted what is best for his Afghanistan even if that means him not being the leader.

    February 21, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jay

    You're naive! This is how the world is and has been for thousands of years. It's just more public today than it was in history. Get with the program. Be happy you're not in those parts of the world and move on with your life! Do you honestly care what happens in Afghanistan at the expense of American jobs? Try to remember why the troops are there in the first place! If you want to understand why the U.S. doesn't pull out of Afghanistan, go read Moby Dick.

    February 21, 2010 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  4. A. Smith, Oregon

    This is very sad. By labeling President Karzi's political critics as 'shadow governors', that somehow makes it ok to murder these people and for the CIA to hunt them down and kill them for President Karzi. Where is that in some democratic handbook? Perhaps its in the tyrannical book of dictatorships resulting in President Karzi being dragged thru the streets of Afghan's capitol after the American troops leave, much like the countrymen of Italy did to Mussolini when his horrific campaign of corruption, graft and abuse ended.

    February 19, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |