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The massive overnight jailbreak in Afghanistan's second-largest city serves as a reminder of the Afghan government's continuing weakness in the south, despite an influx of international troops, funding and advisers. Kandahar city, in particular, has been a focus of the international effort to establish a strong Afghan government presence in former Taliban strongholds.
British media is reporting that among those prisoners who escaped, The Taliban says more than 100 of their commanders were set free at the prison, in the city of Kandahar.
Can you imagine the outrage and tone of the news coverage if this had happened during G.W. Bush's watch?