March 7, 2010

THE MORE DESTABILIZATION THE BETTER:

Afghan militants battling Taliban defect to gov't (RAHIM FAIEZ, 3/07/10, AP)

Dozens of Islamist militants defected to Afghan government forces Sunday after armed clashes erupted between them and their one-time Taliban allies in a northeastern province, two police officials said.

Fighters for the Hezb-e-Islami militia, loyal to regional warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, pledged to join the government while under pressure during the fierce fighting with Taliban militants in Baghlan province, the officials said.

At least 50 militants and an unknown number of civilians have died in the battles that have raged for two days and continued Sunday night, as militants apparently fought over control of several villages where the government has almost no presence.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 7, 2010 10:12 AM
blog comments powered by Disqus
« HOLY MOLEY: | Main | TRUTH ISN'T SARCASM: »