2007年 05月 14日
It is reported that Mullah Dadullah, one of the biggest Taliban commanders, was killed in the Heland province. I am not so sure how significant this is, but, as the BBC World puts it the first news, it must be a big event. Helmand and Kandahar provinces are problematic although people in the capital, including me, are enjoying relatively peaceful lives. Japanese nationals are strictly prohibited to go there whatever the purpose is. I might have seen only one aspect of Afghanistan so far.
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A French journalist, who had been kidnapped by Taliban, was released, although the situation of three Afghan nationals who was accompanying with the French guy is still not confirmed. The kidnapping of the French guy was thought to have been linked with the presidential election in France. The fact that he was released means that the result of the election was acceptable for Taliban, probably. I heard that his release was in exchange with some Taliban captives. An Italian hostage, who was kidnapped and soon after released, also was in exchange with Taliban captives. What these deals show is that threat to foreigners working in Afghanistan has been increasing. That is, Taliban would expect that it should be easy to get their fellows back on their hands if they kidnapped foreigners.
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"Operation hattam shot, haira hairat ast (Operation succesfully finished, same all same all)"*1
I am always relieved to hear that I could end my day without any accidents.
*1 I am not sure if the spelling and translation are correct, but it sounds like this to me.
We are good friends～友人の国アフガニスタン
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