WASHINGTON — Afghanistan’s post-U.S. peace prospects are looking ever-so-thin as the Taliban steps up its anti-government campaign and warfare.
Reuters reported that Afghanistan’s Taliban summarily executed 12 Afghan workers and accused them of working and cooperating with the Afghan government. The Taliban’s targeting of Afghan civilians is a relatively new tactic this year.
Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai condemned the attacks while visiting neighboring Pakistan. He said, taking aim at Pakistani policies, that:
“The killing of innocent engineers and workers shows that the Taliban and their foreign masters want Afghanistan to be a impoverished and underdeveloped country forever”
The men that were executed worked for a World Bank-funded program that would help improve local project management, and was a program created by the Karzai government. They went to talk to the Taliban and negotiate with them, but were killed before any talks took place.
This comes as Afghan elections are drawing near in April 2014 and will elect the successor to Karzai.