Mullah Omar, the leader of the Taliban, has drawn up a code of conduct for his fighters. There doesn’t seem to be any mention of not whipping and stoning women (according to Al Jazeera), as the book concentrates on how the Taliban should behave when fighting. The rules state that:
*The utmost effort should be made to avoid civilian casualties.
*Whenever any official, soldier, contractor or worker of the slave government is captured, these prisoners cannot be attacked or harmed.
*Releasing prisoners in exchange for money is strictly prohibited.
*The mujahidin must avoid discrimination based on tribal roots, language or geographic background.
If these rules are followed, it will benefit the civilian population. However, if they are not, it will mean one of two things. Either the book was simply a ploy to disrupt elections (and given the Taliban’s willingness to murder civilians that is more than likely), or that Mullah Omar has lost control of the Taliban to younger and more extreme commanders.
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