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Sunday, August 06, 2006

Notes: Hekmat Karzai and Seth G. Jones "How to curb rising suicide terrorism in Afghanistan," Christian Science Monitor, July 18, 2006.

Suicide attacks allow insurgents to achieve maximum impact with minimal resources. Data show that when the insurgents fight US and coalition forces directly in Afghanistan, there is only a 5 percent probability of inflicting casualties. With suicide attacks, the chance of killing people and instilling fear increases several fold....every suicide attack is reported in the national and international media. least three steps are critical: improving intelligence, increasing law-enforcement capabilities, and countering extremist ideology....

Currently, Afghan national police go through several weeks of training...
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