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On Saturday, the Taliban began launching attacks in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Targets in the first major incident included the offices of the governor, mayor and intelligence service plus two schools and several police offices. Twenty-nine people have been wounded and at least two are dead.
“These attacks are still ongoing. They started just after mid day. Right now here in Afghanistan just after 5:30 PM local time. They have, I’m told, been able to bring the attack close to the governors compound, they believe, to an end. That clearly the most serious attack because the governor was inside his compound at the time it was attacked from two directions.”(Al Jazeera)
There have been at least six suicide bombers in what the Taliban insurgents call their quote “spring offensive.” But there’s also been some speculation that the attacks are retaliation for the death of Osama bin Laden earlier this week. In a statement, Afghan President Hamid Karzai says...
"Al Qaida and its terrorist members who have suffered a major defeat with the killing of Osama bin Laden in Pakistani territory have tried to hide this defeat by killing civilians in Kandahar and take their revenge on the innocent people of Afghanistan.” (News.au)
But a Taliban spokesman tells CNN, reasons behind the violence are twofold.
"This operation is a part of the Bader seasonal operation and the aim of this was to arrest or kill the governor of the Kandahar, and demoralize the Afghan and international forces in Afghanistan... Today's operation was planned a week ago and we will think about the attacks about revenges of the Sheikh Osama's murder in the future.”
Finally, euronews reports -- don’t expect the attacks to stop because spring ends or Osama bin Laden is no longer in international headlines.
“An Afghan intelligence officer said the death of Osama bin Laden doesn’t mean the attacks will be finished. Al Queda and other extremist networks are widespread all over the world especially, in Afghanistan and our neighboring countries. They will try to continue their holy war and struggle but the Afghan security forces are fully ready to face and prevent their terrorist activities.”
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U.S. news — A new batch of secret U.S. documents have been released and this time... they’re about Guantánamo Bay. WikiLeaks obtained the more than 700 classified military documents last year.
It was made available to several news organizations, including the New York Times and the Washington Post, through quote, “another source.” Some of the more shocking revelations include how authorities held innocent men for years, while releasing high-risk prisoners.
In world news — the Taliban has freed more than 450 prisoners from an Afghan prison in the southern city of Kandahar. The breakout includes at least 100 insurgent commanders. Al Jazeera has more details.
“A Taliban spokesman has told Al Jazeera that hundreds of fighters, including high-ranking commanders, made their getaway through a 350 meter tunnel. He said the escape plan has been five months in the making.”
Still in world news — more violence in cities across Syria as the government continues its crackdown on protesters. euronews reports Human Rights Watch is now calling for a U.N. inquiry and international sanctions against the country.
“In the suburbs of Deraa in Syria where protests flared last month. This unverified amateur video, say rights groups, with the army opening fire, is the latest evidence of the latest bloodshed by forces loyal to the government. At least 100 people are reported to have been killed since the start of the weekend, as protests continued despite President Bashar al-Assad ending the 48-year state of emergency in the country.”
Also in world news — fresh NATO air strikes have heavily damaged Muammar Gaddafi’s compound in Tripoli. The regime claims the strike was an attempt at the leader’s life. France 24 has more.
“The damage was extensive. One of the rooms destroyed is reported to have been an office used by Gaddafi himself. In Washington on Sunday, members of the Senate Armed Services Committee said that Gaddafi’s inner circle should be targeted with air strikes, although it’s not yet known if this was an attempt by NATO to hit Gaddafi himself.”
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Afghan security forces are scrambling to save face after hundreds of Taliban fighters escaped in an elaborate prison break scheme -- without any guards noticing.
REPORTER, VOICE OVER: “More than 470 Afghan prisoners have broken out of jail through an escape tunnel dug by Taliban insurgents underneath the prison walls. The breakout happened at Kandahar prison, which is meant to be one of the country’s highest-security jails. A Taliban spokesman said the tunnel had taken nearly five months to complete.” (euronews)
While Afghan officials put the number of escapees around 470, the Taliban says they sprung about 540. Reports indicate about a dozen prisoners have been re-captured since the nighttime escape.
The incident has drawn harsh criticism of Afghan security forces and the government itself. A former member of the Parliament in Kandahar tells The Christian Science Monitor...
“I would call this a shameful incident for the Afghan government … It is impossible for the Taliban to get 500 men out of prison without anyone’s help. I believe there are some people from the prison or the government who gave the Taliban support. ... It’s now clear to everyone how corrupt the government is.”
Adding to concern -- This is the second time this particular prison has had a massive break out. In 2008, somewhere around 1,000 prisoners escaped after the Taliban blew up the prison gates -- and a reporter for the BBC says, the consequences of that prison break will likely repeat in this instance.
REPORTER: “We saw an upsurge in violence in Kandahar City and in the surrounding area. We just spent a week down there, just outside the city. American forces there were saying they’ve made a lot of progress in pushing the Taliban back. Well, that area is going to be all the more difficult for them because of those escapees.”
Most reports indicate the escapees were mid-level commanders and foot soldiers -- but a writer for the Guardian says, don’t let that fool you -- they’re still very important members of the Taliban.
“Two problems that the Taliban upper command has always wrestled with is the direction and the discipline of its fragmented and often dispersed fighting force. A loss of mid-level leadership makes those problems much more intractable as there is no one to pass on broad instructions or corral the often disorganised fighters on the ground.”
Finally, a producer for Al Jazeera says the jailbreak is particularly bad on a strategic level, as most of the freed fighters are from an area where NATO forces hoped to make a lot of progress this year.
QAIS AZIMY, KABUL PRODUCER: “This jail was not only for Kandahar, it was for the provinces in the South. And also, Afghan forces and NATO forces this year -- they are focusing in the south of Afghanistan … They were expecting lots of fighters in this area. And if Taliban could manage to break this jail and take their fighters out of the jail, it is the first success of this year for the Taliban.”
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