Friday, May 20, 2011

Tarmac jihad

The song remains the same even as the dance steps change .

From the BBC May 19

Afghan road workers killed in Taliban ambush  

At least 35 construction workers have been shot dead and 20 injured by Taliban insurgents in eastern Afghanistan, an official says.

Eight insurgents were also killed as guards returned fire during Wednesday night's ambush, a Paktia provincial spokesman told the BBC.

The attack took place in a mountainous district on the highway linking Paktia and Khost provinces.

The Taliban recently declared the start of a "spring offensive" of attacks.

"A large group of Taliban attacked a road construction company in Paktia province," Paktia provincial spokesman Rohullah Samoon is quoted by the AFP news agency as

"The fighting between the company guards and Taliban attackers continued for two hours."


The attack took place at around 0200 local time (2130 GMT) at a roadside camp next to the highway they were working on.

The head of the construction company, Galaxy Star, said they were attacked by more than 100 fighters.

"They [the Taliban] destroyed a lot of our equipment including vehicles and equipment used for road construction," Noorullah Bidar said.

"We don't know why they attacked us... they are doing this to prevent reconstruction in Afghanistan."

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