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Is reintegration “surrender” – and should it be presented as such?

April 11, 2012

By Tim Foxley

Reintegration, humiliation, surrender or opportunism?

Maybe this is a simply a translation issue, but I really thought that the efforts to encourage insurgents to “reintegrate” – ie to stop fighting and rejoin the local community – should be avoiding words like “surrender”.  I actually think the reintegration process is flawed in many ways as it is, but humiliation is not one of the emotions most likely to drive potential reintegrees into the arms of the Afghan government.

This from Tolo News:

Tolo, 11 April:

“Twenty-six insurgents have laid down their weapons and surrendered to authorities in northern Baghlan province, local officials said.

“Twenty six Taliban fighters under Mullah Imam gave up fighting and handed over their weapons to authorities in Borka district today,” Baghlan deputy provincial governor Abdul Qadim told journalists.

He said that the joining of these former militants to the peace process would help improve the security situation in the Borka district.

It comes as Afghan and Nato troops have increased their military operations in northern Afghanistan which has seen dozens of insurgents killed or captured.”

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