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23 January 2018 07:43 (South Africa)

Wanted: dead or alive – Taliban leaders

  • Branko Brkic
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    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

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Pakistan has hit on a tactic out of the old Wild West, offering bounties for Taliban leaders and  advertising payments totalling $5 million for information contributing to the capture of Taliban leaders and commanders. And if that’s not enough, it’s offering $600,000 for the capture - dead or alive - of Taliban leader, Hakimullah Mehsud, and his two top aides. These bounties are being announced as the Pakistani army continues its operations in South Waziristan against the militants. If you see any of those men, you know what to do. Maybe it was the wrong incentive, however. Within hours of the announcement of these payments, suicide bombers struck again in Rawalpindi, killing at least 30 people. Read more: BBC

  • Branko Brkic
    branko3048 a ray
    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

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