On Sunday night 17 Afghan men and women were butchered, many of them beheaded, for ‘partying with music in an area under the control of the Taleban’. We in the West may have persuaded ourselves that a more moderate Taleban would emerge to share power when we withdraw in 2014. But moderation is not in its creed. Why should it be? The Taleban does not see itself as having been beaten into submission over the past ten years and has no reason to believe that it will be in the next two.

Colonel Richard Kemp, a former commander of British Forces in Afghanistan, sees no end to the violent, wicked nature of the Afghan Taleban


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