An Afghan police officer runs near a civilian vehicle which caught on fire after a car bomb exploded on a convoy of French troops, killing one soldier and injuring many Afghans in western Kabul, Afghanistan. A new generation of Afghan insurgents is casting aside old Taliban doctrine that called for minimizing civilian casualties, U.S. military officials say, while the Islamist militia itself is promising to inflict more deaths in its suicide bombings aimed at NATO forces.

AP - A ruthless new generation of Afghan insurgents is casting aside Taliban doctrine that opposed killing large numbers of civilians, instead using more powerful explosives and packing bombs with ball-bearings to maximize kills.

Just this week, some 140 people died in two bombings. Afghan security officials say the militants have started using C-4, a powerful explosive not seen before in Afghanistan

"All these bombs that are stronger than before, this is because of the growing experience of our jihadi fighters," spokesman Qari Yousef Ahmadi told The Associated Press by telephone from an undisclosed location. "We will continue to make these kinds of bombs to attack our enemies."

Reclusive Taliban leader Mullah Omar has in the past called on his fighters not to carry out attacks around civilians, apparently aware that such killings hurts the militia's cause. But a new breed of ruthless militants has replaced dozens of insurgent leaders killed or captured by coalition and Afghan forces.

The influence of one such commander — Siraj Haqqani — is growing, the U.S. says. Haqqani, a Taliban-associated militant with close ties to al-Qaida, is accused of masterminding beheadings and suicide bombings reminiscent of the deadliest days of the Iraq war.

While it is difficult to identify specific links between militants fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq, military and counterterrorism officials have acknowledged there is a crossover between the Taliban and al-Qaida, and jihadists across the world share knowledge using the Internet and videos.

RLCC: The Taliban didn't do 9/11. They were willing to work with the U.S., but the Bush-administration neocons wanted wars.

Originally from Yahoo! News: Asia News on February 21, 2008, 11:31am

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