March 7, 2008
Taliban blow up 4th telecom Tower
Taliban militants blew up another telecom tower in southern Afghanistan — the fourth such attack since the insurgents warned phone companies to shut down the towers at night. USA Today reports. No one was hurt in the incident.
"The militants believe U.S. and other foreign troops are using mobile phone signals to track insurgents and launch attacks against them.
But in targeting mobile networks, writes the IWPR, the Taleban may be losing one of their most precious assets – the tacit support of the local population.
While villagers in Helmand may turn a blind eye to public executions and grudgingly let their beards grow as the fundamentalists demand, they are extremely unhappy at the prospect of losing their phone service, for many their one link with the outside world."
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