New Taliban offensive targets hearts and minds

01/21/2010 | NYTimes.com · Economist (subscription required), The

Taliban leaders in Afghanistan and Pakistan have embarked on an information offensive to win broader support from local populations. In Afghanistan, the Taliban has issued a code of conduct to decrease civilian casualties and is trying to recast its efforts as a liberation movement. In neighboring Pakistan, where residents have tired of violence, leaders are trying to more closely align their movement with Afghanistan, about which most Pakistanis are more conflicted.

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