Taliban assassination campaign impedes governance (AP) – 525th Edition

FILE - In this Tuesday, March 15, 2011 file photo, a relative looks at the body of school principal Bahram Khail Salehi, who was killed by a bomb blast at a school in Behsud, Nangarhar province, east of Kabul, Afghanistan. While the U.S.-led coalition has repeatedly cited the recruitment and training of Afghanistan's civil society and security forces as a key requirement for the withdrawal of international troops, the Taliban is thwarting those efforts with a sweeping assassination campaign that has killed scores of local government officials and is proving deeply demoralizing to many Afghans who already view the international coalition as an occupying force and their own government as ineffectual and corrupt. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)AP – For seven years, Rahim Baz Mohammad was an Afghan police detective on a spectacularly perilous beat — a province sitting directly between the capital and Taliban strongholds to the south and east.

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