Counter-Terrorism: The Best Friends Money Can Buy

Archives

December 7,2008: In the last three years, Britain has made about 28 payments a month to Afghans who had property damaged, or suffered injuries as bystanders during battles between British troops and the Taliban. The total paid out has been less than a million dollars, and about half the payments were for property damage. While the average payment has been for less than a thousand dollars, one payment was for nearly $100,000 (for property damage).

The money is being used as a weapon. People who are friendly and helpful to the British get these payments. The money is delivered discretely, in U.S. dollars. If the Taliban knew a family was receiving such a payment, the family might be robbed by the Islamic terrorists, or physically injured for "working with the foreigners." But word does get around, to like-minded, pro-British Afghans, that the British troops would look after you if you suffered losses because of the fighting.

In addition to the injury and damage compensation, the British also paid cash rewards for information about the Taliban. People who had received compensation for battle losses were more likely to come forward with information.

 

 


Article Archive

Counter-Terrorism: Current 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 


X

ad
0
30

Help Keep Us Soaring

We need your help! Our subscription base has slowly been dwindling. We need your help in reversing that trend. We would like to add 30 new subscribers this month.

Each month we count on your subscriptions or contributions. You can support us in the following ways:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage. A contribution is not a donation that you can deduct at tax time, but a form of crowdfunding. We store none of your information when you contribute..
Subscribe   Contribute   Close