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Emboldened Taliban Try to Sell Softer Image

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Wall Street Journal, 28 January 2012
In the article, Afghan education minister Faruq Wardak is quoted as confirming that the Taleban have become more lenient on education and he attributes this on pressure from the population (only). The report says further that ‘[e]ducation directors in more than a hundred of Afghanistan’s 398 districts have reported to Kabul that they received assurances from local Taliban commanders that their schools would be protected’ but that, at the same time, ‘[l]ast year, there were 440 attacks and threats against schools [by Taleban], down from 500 in 2010, according to the U.N.’


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