Militias rise in Afghanistan
Islam News – As the Taliban takes more territory, regional power brokers are again recruiting and arming volunteers. Hundreds of people have taken up arms around Mazar-i-Sharif, a northern economic hub, to protect their homes and businesses.
“How can I be a shopkeeper with no security?” said Musa Khan Shujayee, 34, a commander of an outpost there, explaining that he would be tending his shop had the Taliban not attacked the city’s outskirts late last month.
Over the past two decades, militias have carried many names, often under the auspices of government ownership: local police, territorial army, popular uprising forces, pro-government militias and so on.
But the ragtag regional alliances feel different now. As the country slips into instability, many fear this new mutation is an all-too-close echo of the way Afghanistan fell into civil war in the 1990s.
Source: The New York Times