The BBC’s Mark Dummett reports that a lack of competence, rather than a failure of nerve, is mostly responsible for the realatively light casualties in Afghanistan so far this spring: “For General Paktiawal, a heavy man in a three-piece suit, stopping the bombers is personal.
He says the Taleban have tried to kill him more than 20 times. Three weeks ago they tried to assassinate one of his colleagues.
The suicide bomber waited until his target stepped out of his car, then rushed forward.
But he detonated the explosives too early. Five people walking on the busy pavement were killed in the blast. The detective survived, if more than a little shocked by being hit in the face by the bomber’s head.”
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