The mysterious evolution of Kandahar — and its insurgency

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January 3, 2011
The New Republic
by Ann Marlowe  
Posted in Commentary

"'The Taliban have already taken over in Kandahar! Come out onto the streets and see. There is no government there!' Or so Rangina Hamidi, the American-educated daughter of Kandahar’s mayor, Ghulum Hamidi, warned me in Kabul last month. Her remarks echoed a recent survey of 1,000 men in Kandahar and Helmand provinces. It found that 51 percent would prefer justice to be administered by the Taliban and 59 percent think the Taliban would do a better job of running the economy than the current Afghan government." (12/31/11)  

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