"Each attack was meant to send a message: that legitimate governance and Afghan sovereignty are in peril."
- JOHN R. ALLENNATO commander in Afghanistan, after the Taliban carried out multiple attacks across the country
"It is not the decision of the Army officer to order somebody to do something like this."
- ABDUL HADI ARGHANDIHWALAfghan minister of economy, calling for calm following the killings of at least 16 Afghan civilians, including nine children, allegedly by a single U.S. solider Sunday; the Taliban has threatened retaliation sparking fears of violence
"When people have problems, they don't go to the government. They don't go to the police. They go to the Taliban, and the Taliban decides. There are no files and no paperwork."
- MOEEN MARASTIAL,a member of parliament in the Kunduz province, telling a reporter about the resurgence of the Taliban in northern Afghanistan
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