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March 14, 2010 12:01 AM

Local Taliban officials may ignore leader's ethics code

The two Afghan security personnel were killed gangland-style. They were shot in the head, their stomachs were riddled with bullets and their bodies were dumped by the side of the road. The grisly murders in Wardak, a province just west of Kabul that's largely dominated by the Taliban, offered a flash of insight into how the insurgents wield power in the parts of Afghanistan where they're strong, a picture that contradicts the pious image the militant Islamists try to project.

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