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Taliban Brutality

9:59 AM, Jul 29, 2010 • By DANIEL HALPER
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Time's managing editor Richard Stengel explains the cover of his magazine this week:

Our cover image this week is powerful, shocking and disturbing. It is a portrait of Aisha, a shy 18-year-old Afghan woman who was sentenced by a Taliban commander to have her nose and ears cut off for fleeing her abusive in-laws. Aisha posed for the picture and says she wants the world to see the effect a Taliban resurgence would have on the women of Afghanistan, many of whom have flourished in the past few years. Her picture is accompanied by a powerful story by our own Aryn Baker on how Afghan women have embraced the freedoms that have come from the defeat of the Taliban — and how they fear a Taliban revival.

Stengel is right: the cover is "powerful, shocking and disturbing." Take a look, by clicking here. Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn explain here the Taliban's latest effort to target civilians, including women, in Afghanistan.

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