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Wednesday 2 September 2015

Mullah Omar

Mullah Omar is dead, once again. This is probably the third time in the last five years that news of the Taliban supremo's death surfaced in the media. Taliban in Quetta moved with remarkable speed to announce that they had appointed a successor, before most members of the movement had even absorbed the news of Omar's death.

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The well-orchestrated March 2015 visit to Washington by President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah appeared to be a major success, and probably fulfilled most of the goals of the Afghan side. Their repeated expressions of gratitude for U.S. assistance and sacrifices, in sharp contrast with the recent past, built good feeling everywhere they went. An address to a Joint Session of Congress, upbeat meetings with the administration, and press and think-tank contacts seemed to bolster interest in Afghanistan that had been dropping in recent years.

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As she begged for her life, Farkhunda's vicious death took hours. Precipitated by false accusations, the 27-year-old pleaded to the hundreds of men and women who were intent on punishing her. Her pleas were not met with mercy, but with fatal weapons of choice; planks, rocks, and sticks. After a cruel and brutal beating at the hands of dozens of men outside a mosque in the heart of Afghanistan's capital, last week, Farkhunda was eventually dragged through the streets by the mob, thrown off a bridge, and, presumably still alive, set ablaze. Her assailants left her charred remains left on the bed of the dry Kabul River.

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