Sunday, February 07, 2010

So Totally FUBAR

KABUL, Afghanistan — Seven civilians were shot dead on Friday as they were apparently mistaken for a group of insurgents trying to cross the frontier from Pakistan, an Afghan police official said Saturday.


The official, Abdul Raziq, who leads the border police in Kandahar Province, said the seven men were from a village in Shorabak, a remote district on the Pakistani border. They were killed when they strayed close to a checkpoint staffed by the Afghan border police, who opened fire because they believed that their post was going to be overrun.


The Afghan border police, including Mr. Raziq himself, are suspected by American and Afghan officials of being deeply involved in the drug trade.


Afghan President Hamid Karzai has told a conference of the world's top defence officials in Germany that he is considering introducing conscription.


Afghan Defence Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak said last week there was no need for conscription as the army had no lack of recruits.


....but hey, do what you will anyway.

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