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September 28, 2008

Afghanistan's top policewoman killed

Afghanistan's most senior female police officer was shot and killed by Taliban rebels:

Gunmen in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar have killed the country's most prominent policewoman, officials say.


Lt-Col Malalai Kakar, head of Kandahar's department of crimes against women, was shot in her car as she was about to leave for work.

Her son was also wounded in the attack, and is said to be seriously injured.

Taleban rebels, who banned women from joining the police when they were in power, said they had carried out the shooting. [BBC]

According to the article, Lt. Col. Kakar is one of 700 Afghan police officers killed in the line of duty in 2008.


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From the destruction of the Soviet client state in Afghanistan, through the restoration of the Kuwaiti monarchy, and the "change of regime" in Iraq, US intervention has been nothing but catastrophic for the condition of women in Islamic cultures.

It's bad enough that we empower and embolden (yes, we do) the retrograde fundamentalist elements, but we are hopelessly incompetent punks, as well, and can't keep our collaborators alive.

It is clear that the US needs more involvement in Afghanistan to guarantee security and keep the pressure on terrorists. Stability and security of Afghani people will benefit the Americans in the long-term as these individuals are also participating in the hunt for #1 Most Wanted - Osama Bin Laden.

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