Deadly Notes In The Night

How the Taliban is using a new kind of terrorist threat to intimidate Afghans

The letters appear at night, pasted to the walls of mosques and government buildings and promising death to anyone who defies their threats. Mohammed Qasim, a janitor in Kandahar, ignored the first night letter that appeared at a mosque in his village last month, which warned residents to stop working for the Afghan government. Qasim had lied to his neighbors, telling them that he worked as a tailor--not at a police station 10 miles away. Then the second letter arrived. "Once this government falls, we will be in power. We will have your documents, your résumés, your names and your addresses....

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