February 4, 2010 1:49 PM

U.S. plan to win Afghanistan tribe by tribe is risky

U.S. officials put a lot of hope last year in Haji Rashid, an up-and-coming community leader in the Zormat district of Afghanistan. They considered Rashid a unifying figure capable of bringing together about a dozen tribes to support the Afghan government. Their hopes collapsed, however, when Rashid was kidnapped, tortured, mutilated and murdered.

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