Taliban Prison Break in Afghanistan
The Taliban spent the past 5 months building a 1,060 foot underground tunnel that led directly into Sarposa Prison in Khandahar and broke out 575 inmates, including about 100 Taliban commanders.
Their tunnel operation was not discovered. They were able to bypass checkpoints and main roads. When asked how the Taliban were able to build the tunnel and effect the breakout, Gov. Tooryalai Wesa said only, "It's under investigation."
This is one of the prisons at which the U.S. has been providing training and funding to strengthen the Afghan secuirty guards.
The facility has undergone security upgrades and tightened procedures following a brazen 2008 Taliban attack that freed 900 prisoners. Afghan government officials and their NATO backers have regularly said that the prison has vastly improved security since that attack.
All the prisoners had left through the tunnel, taking 4.5 hours to do so, before anyone knew they were gone.
Guess they are still not ready for prime-time. How much more will it cost us to stay longer and re-train them?
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