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Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar issued these detailed rules and regulations describing how the Taliban should fight and engage with the local population. Found by the U.S. military on the body of a dead insurgent, the directive, dated May 9, 2009, instructs Taliban fighters on the proper procedures for dealing with captured spies and enemy equipment, and outlines a strict personnel policy. Maj. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, director of intelligence for ISAF, described it to FRONTLINE as "an interesting contrast between the way they have been fighting, and the way now he is trying to adjust how they're going to fight in the future based on … what Gen. [Stanley] McChrystal has put out as his tactical directive: to be focused on the population."

posted october 13, 2009

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