01 Jan '12, 3am

Afghan travellers use Taliban disguise to stay safe: KABUL - Beards, eyeliner and jihadi ringtones - these are t...

Afghan travellers use Taliban disguise to stay safe: KABUL - Beards, eyeliner and jihadi ringtones - these are t...

KABUL - Beards, eyeliner and jihadi ringtones - these are the latest defensive weapons in the war in Afghanistan, as travellers take novel steps to keep themselves safe from the Taliban. Setting off on Afghanistan's roads can be a dangerous business, with the threat of roadside bombs and the presence of armed insurgents who often stop cars and buses. Those carrying dollar bills, documents written in English, or phones with the numbers of foreigners, can expect to be dragged out, interrogated, and even beaten or killed. So cautious travellers have taken to moving in Taliban-friendly disguise. One 30-year-old, who gave his name as Abdulwali, sits nervously on a bus in Kabul waiting to set off on a six-hour journey for Kandahar, the country's southern heartland and the birthplace of the Taliban. He has a turban on his lap, black kohl around his eyes, and a few days' growth of...

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