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A deadly errand

POSTED ON July 11 th, 2018

In an attempt to disrupt a NATO counter-insurgency in the summer of 2010, the Taliban kidnapped six interpreters as they shopped for fruit in a bazaar. A day later, all six were found decapitated, their tongues cut out and their heads placed on their chests. There was a note pinned to one man’s body that read: “The same fate awaits all those who work for infidels.”