Taliban Court Afghan People

Alan Ferguson\NYTimesHopeTracker| When I first read the NYTimes headline Taliban Overhaul Image in Bed to Win Allies, I thought they were talking about us — the Allies. Not true. In issuing a new code of conduct last spring, a directive that forbid suicide bombings against civilians, burning down schools or cutting off ears, lips and tongues, the Taliban’s spiritual leader, Mullah Muhammad Omar, was focused on the Afghan people.

As the Taliban dig deeper into the heart and soul of Afghanistan, they are casting themselves as a local liberation movement, independent of Al Qaeda. via NYTimes