Leaked documents paint grim portrait of Afghan war

Emboldened Taliban reportedly using missiles, getting help from Pakistan

More than 90,000 military records of incidents in Afghanistan leaked to Wikileaks paint a grim portrait of the near-decade-long conflict. The virtual diary details the use of special forces troops to hunt down Taliban leaders under a ‘kill or capture” mandate; the previously undisclosed use of surface-to-air missiles by Taliban fighters; the sharp rise in the number of roadside bomb attacks, which have killed more than 2,000 civilians; and the high-level cooperation between Pakistani authorities and the Taliban. Wikileaks founder Julian Assange won’t reveal how he obtained the material, which he’s since posted to what he describes as the site’s “uncensorable” servers.

The Guardian


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