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Taliban Attack Contractor Compound, Killing 35 Afghans

By HABIB KHAN TOTAKHIL  at The Wall Street Journal

KABUL—The Taliban attacked a construction company’s compound in eastern Afghanistan, killing 35 Afghan workers employed by a U.S.-funded road project, Afghan officials said.

In the predawn strike on the Galaxy Sky compound in Paktia province, the Taliban killed security guards, engineers and laborers, said provincial government spokesman Rohullah Samon. Eight militants were also killed as the company’s guards fought back, he added.

The attack was the bloodiest so far on U.S.-funded contractors since the beginning of the Taliban’s spring offensive, which began May 1. In a statement announcing the offensive, the Taliban promised to target contractors associated with the Afghan government or foreign forces.

The Taliban especially oppose road-building programs, which make it easier for coalition armored vehicles to patrol insurgent-dominated areas.

Galaxy Sky, an Afghan construction company, is building a 35-kilometer (22-mile) stretch of road in an area under Taliban influence, Mr. Samon said.

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May 19, 2011 Posted by | Afghanistan, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties, Taliban | , , , , , | Leave a comment