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  • 1. Taliban Launch Wave of Attacks in Afghan Kandahar
    By Paige Janac
  • 2. Afghanistan
    Afghanistan Population: 29.1 million
    Capital: Kabul
    Area: 652,225 sq km (251,773 sq miles)
    Major Religion: Islam
    Government: Islamic Republic
    President: Hamid Karzai
  • 3. Taliban
    Emerged following the withdraw of Soviet troops from Afghanistan
    Ruling government until driven from power by USA
    Regrouped in Afghanistan and Pakistan
  • 4. Kandahar
    2nd largest city in Afghanistan
    Place of significant fighting between Taliban and US forces
    Birthplace of Taliban
    Jailbreak in Kandahar prison led by Taliban leaders
  • 5. Attack on Kandahar
    Taliban launched an attack on provincial governor’s compound
    Followed by gunfire from nearby shopping center
    Six suicide bombers detonated car bombs at several government targets
  • 6. Attack on Kandahar
    Part of Taliban’s Spring offensive
    Caused panic across the city
    President Hamid Karzazi believes attack is an attempt to avenge Osama Bin Laden
  • 7. Attack on Kandahar
    Taliban claim attack wasn’t done in retaliation for death of Osama Bin Laden
    Government has recaptured parts of Kandahar
    Escaped prisoners from Kandahar prison aided attack
  • 8. Future Implications
    Attack may force United States to send more troops to Afghanistan
    May inspire future attacks by Taliban and be the start of Taliban’s attempt to regain power
    Taliban may attempt future prison breaks
    Calls into question the effectiveness and security of Kandahar prisons
  • 9. Work Cited
    “Afghanistan country profile.” BBC. BBC, 15 Mar. 2011. Web. 8 May 2011. <http://news.bbc.co.uk/‌2/‌hi/‌south_asia/‌country_profiles/‌1162668.stm>.
    “Afghanistan: Kandahar Taliban attackers ‘defeated.’” BBC. BBC, 8 May 2011. Web. 8 May 2011. <http://www.bbc.co.uk/‌news/‌world-south-asia-13325855>.
    Boone, Jon. “Taliban launch multi-pronged attack on city of Kandahar.” guardian.co.uk The Observer. Guardian News and Media Limited, 8 May 2011. Web. 8 May 2011. <http://www.guardian.co.uk/‌world/‌2011/‌may/‌08/‌taliban-launch-attack-kandahar-city>.
    Sameem, Ismail. “Taliban launch wave of attacks in Afghanistan’s Kandahar.” Reuters. Thomson Reuters, 7 May 2011. Web. 8 May 2011. <http://www.reuters.com/‌article/‌2011/‌05/‌07/‌us-afghanistan-violence-idUSTRE7460Q020110507>.
    “Who are the Taliban?” BBC. BBC, 1 Oct. 2010. Web. 8 May 2011. <http://www.bbc.co.uk/‌news/‌world-south-asia-11451718>.
  • 10. THANK YOU :D