Friday, January 21, 2011

Taliban order strict phone blackout in Afghan north

"We went and appealed to the Taliban to have mercy on us but they said their fighters were more important,"

Nice guys, they don't care about the people they say they are taking care of.
The Taliban fighters are more important!


(Reuters) - The Taliban have ordered harsh limits on the use of mobile phones in a remote area of northwestern Afghanistan, residents and officials said, a sign of the militants' increasing influence in a once peaceful area.

The Islamist group's order in Bala Morghab, a remote district of Badghis province bordering Turkmenistan, follows similar edicts in recent years in the south and east, where the insurgency is strongest, but also more recently in the north.

Residents said the Taliban had ordered mobile phone operators to only turn their networks on for two hours per day, at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., in the most draconian restrictions imposed by the militants on mobile phone use anywhere in the country.

Insurgents say Afghan and foreign troops use the mobile networks to track their fighters and accuse ordinary Afghans of using the devices to spy on the militants.

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