News Civilians Suffer the Iraqization of Afghanistan
From today’s NYT, Attacks in Afghanistan Grow More Frequent and Lethal:
Civilians increasingly have been paying the price of the more frequent and devastating attacks. More than 150 civilians have been killed by suicide bombings this year, the head of the United Nations mission in Afghanistan, Tom Koenigs, said recently, before the attacks on Tuesday. The bombings, once relatively ineffective, now increasingly claim casualties in the double digits. … Canadian and American soldiers on operations in the southern province of Kandahar last week said they saw a clear connection with tactics in Iraq. One called it the “Iraqization” of the insurgency here, whether through personal contacts or the Internet. Canadian soldiers, for instance, said they recently found a scarecrow by a roadside rigged with explosives. In Iraq, insurgents have rigged corpses beside roads with explosives.