Taliban X: The next generation of terrorists

From: The Washington Examiner

Washington Examiner

Afghan police at the site where a suicide car bomber struck a police vehicle outside Herat, west of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Aug. 8, 2010. Two police officers died in the blast, according to the provincial government.(AP Photo/Reza Shirmohammadi) (AP)

Early last month, Taliban suicide bombers, all believed to be in their early 20s, raided a compound of an American contractor in a northern province of Afghanistan, killing four security officers and themselves.

A month earlier, a boy about 13 years old crashed a wedding party in Kandahar and detonated his suicide vest, killing more than 40 people and wounding more than 80.

Those attacks are part of a troubling trend, according to some U.S. intelligence officers, in which young Afghanis radicalized by nearly nine years of war with Western forces are opting for suicide martyrdom rather than the traditional role of conventional fighting under a local warlord.

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