NATO: Taliban using tactics similar to Hizbullah

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
August 15, 2006 12:22

Tactics used by Taliban insurgents in their fight against international and local forces in Afghanistan are similar to those used by Hizbullah guerillas in Lebanon, a senior NATO official said Tuesday. The Taliban's method of mixing in with local civilian populations after attacks was a similar ploy used by Hizbullah and militants in Turkey, where troops are fighting separatist Kurdish guerillas in that country's southeast, said Hikmet Cetin, NATO's senior civil representative in Afghanistan. "This kind of strategy is very, very difficult, not only for NATO in Afghanistan, but also in other parts of the world," Cetin told reporters at a press conference in the capital, Kabul. "You can see Lebanon now, you can see in Palestine and you can see my own country, Turkey," he added.


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