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More radical than Taliban, new Afghan insurgent group threatens

Members of the 1st Squardron, 14th Cavalry Regiment based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Spc. Shane Sanders, left, looks out and Staff Sgt. Kevin Perkins looks through a scope at the Mizan Valley on their first visit to Observation Post Two on a hill overlooking COP Mizan (not visible) in Zabul Province, Afghanistan, March 27, 2012.

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By Published: May 19, 2012

An insurgent group more radical than the Taliban has started a terror campaign of its own in Afghanistan, threatening elected officials and taking credit for a recent assassination, reports The New York Times.

The group, called the Mulla Dadullah Front, is making its movements against any peace or partnership between Afghanistan and the U.S.

According to the story, the Taliban publicly disavowed the group, which claimed responsibility for the assassination this month of one of their former ministers, Mullah Arsala Rahmani.

An excerpt from the story:

Over the past few days, members of Parliament have received death threats in text messages signed by the Dadullah Front.

Dawood Hasas, a senator from Zabul Province, said he received a text message demanding that he agree to vote against the strategic agreement and warning, “We are a suicide front and we wage jihad.”

Source: The New York Times

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