On a day when word came that a soldier from Rochester has been killed in Afghanistan, the head of the government for whom he and others have died reportedly has threatened to join the Taliban.
“He said that ‘if I come under foreign pressure, I might join the Taliban’,” Farooq Marenai, who represents the eastern province of Nangarharm, told the Associated Press about a weekend meeting. “He said rebelling would change to resistance,” Marenai said.
The U.S. and other NATO countries are pressuring Hamid Karzai to clean up corruption in his government.
Over 1,000 American soldiers have died in Afghanistan so far.
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Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started the two most popular blogs in the history of MPR and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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