Taliban order phone limit in Afghan north

The Taliban have ordered limits on the use of mobile phones in a remote area of northwestern Afghanistan, residents and officials said.

Taliban order phone limit in Afghan north

The Taliban have ordered limits on the use of mobile phones in a remote area of northwestern Afghanistan, residents and officials said.

The Islamist group's order in Bala Morghab, a remote district of Badghis province bordering Turkmenistan, follows similar edicts in recent years in the south and east, where the insurgency is strongest, but also more recently in the north.

Residents said the Taliban had ordered mobile phone operators to only turn their networks on for two hours per day, at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Insurgents say Afghan and foreign troops use the mobile networks to track their fighters.

"With the help of mobile phones, the traitors pass on our whereabouts to the government and foreigners," Bari, a shopkeeper in Bala Morghab, quoted a Taliban commander saying at a meeting with residents who pleaded to be allowed more use of the phones.

"Ever since the restriction, there have been fewer attacks on us," the shopkeeper quoted the commander as saying.




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