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tekisui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 07:45 PM
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Taliban Tunnel Took Over Five Months to Complete (Had Electricity and Air Pipes)
Source: Mercury News

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- Taliban leaders carried out an audacious plot Monday to free nearly 500 fighters from southern Afghanistan's largest prison, leading them through a tunnel dug over more than five months and equipped with electricity and air pipes, which suggested that the insurgents remain formidable and wily opponents despite recent setbacks.

The plan was so closely held that one young Taliban fighter who got out said he knew nothing of it until a fellow inmate tugged his sleeve to wake him in the night and led him to the 3-foot-wide tunnel, which ran more than half a mile from a hole in a cell's floor, under security posts, tall concrete walls and a highway, and came up in a nearby house. From there, a waiting car took the fighter a few miles away, where he hailed a taxi to safety.

"I was just praying to God that he would free me," said the fighter, Allah Mohammed Agha, 22, recounting his escape from Sarposa Prison, where he had been held for 28 days. "Last night was the night that my dream was made true."

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The Afghan government called the breach a disaster. The prison break called into question the extent of the gains made against the Taliban in 18 months of hard fighting in Kandahar province, and whether any progress will be sustainable once NATO troops begin to reduce their numbers as planned this summer, members of Parliament, tribal leaders and Western officials said in interviews.

more: http://www.mercurynews.com/news/ci_17926034?source=rss&...
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Thunderstruck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 07:51 PM
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1. Anything to keep the war (and the profits) going.
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Poll_Blind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 07:57 PM
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2. That whole article and all I've read related to it are pretty astounding.
EPIC jailbreak. I read about the previous jailbreak in 2008. Insane. They had suicide bombers, motorcycle gunmen- just to open up the prison so people could escape.

PB
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CaliforniaPeggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 08:03 PM
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3. Sounds as though they were really motivated...
Why weren't we?

I respect their grit and courage.

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Davis_X_Machina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 09:01 PM
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4. It's..
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jwirr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 09:03 PM
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5. They must have watched The Great Escape. They were also determined. nt
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