March 18th, 2010
08:16 PM ET

Around the Web: Taliban waging intimidation campaign in Marjah, reports say

Rod Nordland of The New York Times reports that the Taliban are fighting back in Marjah with a “campaign of intimidation.”

“The Taliban tactics have included at least one beheading in a broader effort to terrorize residents and undermine what military officials have said is the most important aim of the offensive: the attempt to establish a strong local government that can restore services,” Nordland writes.

“Though Marjah has an occupation force numbering more than one coalition soldier or police officer for every eight residents, Taliban agitators have been able to wage an underground campaign of subversion, which residents say has intensified in the past two weeks.”

Meanwhile, Craig Whitlock of The Washington Post reports that homemade bombs are hampering U.S. efforts in Afghanistan.

“The embrace of a low-tech approach by Taliban-trained bomb makers - they are building improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, out of fertilizer and diesel fuel - has stymied a $17 billion U.S. counteroffensive against the devices in Iraq and Afghanistan, military officials say. Electronic scanners or jammers, which were commonly deployed in Iraq, can detect only bombs with metal parts or circuitry,” Whitlock writes.

Some other news reports and perspectives:

- Andrew Swift and Peter Williams (Foreign Policy): “Into the Hornet’s Nest

- Ashley J. Tellis (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace): “Pakistan and the Afghanistan end game

- Amy Davidson (New Yorker): “Bin Laden’s body

- Michael Innes (Foreign Policy): “A new command structure in Afghanistan

soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Mohammad A. Dar

    Do not fool your self. Wars started with the innovation of religion. Religion is worship of a man and self righteousness. Manipulation of the truth is called religion. Jews, Christian and Muslim find the word Religion in divine language. You will never be able to find it, because it does not exist. As a matter of fact, Prophets fought against it and the inventors of it. They taught Thee N. The constitution. La. limitations with the essence of truth, not law with the essence of reason. In reality this war is between La. and the law. Truth verses fabrication. Do not fool your self. Follow the truth. It will stop.

    March 22, 2010 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  2. speaker of truth

    dan i didnt know you knew who was going to hell and who is going to paradise, are you god?

    March 22, 2010 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mohammad A. Dar

    It is called Going bankrupt (Money and Moral) to full fill a desire to rule.

    March 21, 2010 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Sandra

    Oh Cmon people. Islamic terrorists are not acting out based on Islam. I am a Muslim and never in my life have I been taught in my religion to kill other people. Terrorists are the potrayal of misinterpretations of Islam.

    If you want to blame people for a crime, blame the people. Dont blame the religion.

    Most Muslims I know condemn terrorist acts in the name of Islam. It isnt Islam. tGeneralizing the acts of terrorists to the religion is such a flawed viewpoint. People dont generalize the acts of criminals on their religion and start blaming the religion for their crimes. They blame the people. Same for terrorists. No religion teaches people to kill people. It wouldnt be a religion if it did. And I am absolutely sure that Islam do not teach those values. Terrorists are people who cannot comprehend the basic teachings of Muhammad, and they have shamed my religion.

    March 20, 2010 at 2:07 am | Report abuse |
  5. Daniel-2

    History has a way of repeting itself.Now NATO seems to having the same problem with the Taliban as the Germans had with the French when they occupied France during WW2,and in the Phillipines the Japanese met with a similar problem.

    March 19, 2010 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Daniel

    All this hatred for the Taliban,one would think that killing people was the greatest accomplishment one could achieve in the realm of mankind.

    March 19, 2010 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dan Lafayette,IN

    To anyone that wants to say that the Taliban and al Qaeda are not animals, that are only concerned with power, and will do anything to gain control of Afghanistan, that they live by Islamic laws and tradition I say to them that this story proves that they do not care about the people and are the worst of mankind! These terrorists must be killed and removed from the human race ! They have no place here on earth but they WILL burn in hell forever!

    March 19, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Barry77

    Islamic terrorists intimidating people? Who would have thought? They can't bare seeing people having their human rights. Islam is fundamentally evil.

    March 19, 2010 at 7:23 am | Report abuse |
  9. A. Smith, Oregon

    I guess the story here is that the Marjah residents that have been shot at by the Marines for sticking their heads outside of the doorways in desperation for food and water are not intimidated by the Marines? I guess the byline here is the convoys of civiilans fleeing Marjah that were killed by allied Airstrikes are likely not intimidated by the US Military, they are simply dead.

    March 19, 2010 at 3:39 am | Report abuse |
  10. Daniel

    We surely don't want the Taliban to become too successful,since it might upset the right-wing thugs in Washington.

    March 19, 2010 at 1:38 am | Report abuse |