Taliban tax men stopped dead in tracks

June 24, 2011

In the early days of Islam, Muhammad sent one of his ten favorite people, Abu ‘Ubaida bin Al-Jarrah, on a tax expedition to Bahrain.  The money Ubaida collected there became the bedrock of treasury of the burgeoning caliphate.  Thus began an Islamic tradition of tax plundering that would last fourteen centuries and counting.

Earlier this month, a Taliban group would attempt repeat the tradition established by Muhammad and Ubaida by setting forth into Qadis District of Badghis Province in northwest Afghanistan.  But it didn’t work out quite so well as they had planned.

Could you use a little good news today?  From Tolo News on June 13 (h/t Rantburg):

32 Taliban Militants Killed in Badghis Province

At least 32 Taliban militants and 4 Afghan National Army were killed in a joint Afghan and foreign forces’ operation in Badghis province on Sunday night, local officials said.

The operation was launched in Qades district of Badghis province yesterday during which 25 other militants were wounded, Gen. Shahzada, the commander of 207 Zafar military corps, told TOLOnews reporter.

There were no civilian casualties during the operation, he added.

Some militants had come to Qades district to collect money from the residents, but Afghan and Nato forces targeted them, Mr Shahzada said.

He said some Taliban local commanders have been killed in the operation as Nato targeted them by air.

The Taliban have not yet commented about the operation.

Militants have recently become active in some provinces targeting Afghan forces in the country.

Afghan and foreign forces have also launched many military operations in the country to wipe out the insurgents.

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