Afghans buddies with Taliban, maybe not
Afghans sympathetic to militants, maybe NOT.
An Army survey reveals what U.S. forces have to confront in their next major offensive in Afghanistan.
The U.S.-led forces are gearing up for a major operation in Kandahar province. It is considered the birthplace of the Taliban, who have widespread support among Kandaharis, according to a survey of 2,000 Kandaharis conducted by the U.S. Army's Human Terrain System and reported by the New York Times.
Five of six Kandahar residents considered the Taliban "our Afghan brothers." By a 19-to-1 margin, they support negotiations with the Taliban over hostilities.
In contrast to corruption in the Afghanistan's government, more than half of the Kandaharis polled considered the Taliban "incorruptible."
The Taliban have killed more than 200 tribal leaders.
You are a Afghan and some stranger shows up doing a survey.
Do you tell the truth about everything?
The Taliban have threatened your village, and use suicide bombers.
Your government and may be your jerga may have fought them.
The Taliban deal in drugs, and you know they have no honor.
DO YOU TELL THE TRUTH ABOUT HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT THE TALIBAN?
MAYBE NOT. FOR YOUR AND YOUR FAMILIES SAKE YOU MIGHT LIE ABOUT
HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT THE TALIBAN.
THEY BEHEAD PEOPLE.