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10 October 2001 Issue
Taliban Victimizes Animals, Too

http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/274/nation/For_refugees_a_narrow_escape+.shtml The Taliban fighters herded hundreds of frightened people into the center of the war-ravaged town of Taloqan and paraded out three dogs costumed in Western neckties and waistcoats. The Taliban had shaved the heads of the three dogs and painted names of the men the regime most despises -- "Bush" for the US president, "king" for the long-deposed monarch whom some want to return to power, and "Rabbani," referring to Burhanuddin Rabbani, a leader of the anti-Taliban Northern Alliance. The regional Taliban commander, Arif Khan, took out a can of gasoline, doused the animals, and then, according to eyewitnesses, lit a match, proclaiming, "This is what we do to the dogs who oppose Islam!" Those who did not cheer the immolation of the animals were beaten with sticks, the witnesses said.

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