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Taliban Favors Chinese-Built Honda Motorcycles

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Taliban Favors Chinese-Built Honda Motorcycles

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Taliban Favors Chinese-Built Honda Motorcycles

Taliban Favors Chinese-Built Honda Motorcycles

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The newly powerful Taliban are reportedly careful in selecting their mode of transportation. And by all accounts in Lashkargah, a city in the Taliban stronghold of Helmand, their choice of vehicle is the Honda motorcycle.

Taliban fighters use Chinese-built versions of Honda motorbikes for transportation for attacks — and, as in the case of Taliban leader Mullah Omar, to flee coalition forces, as he reportedly did in 2002.

We talk to a mechanic who works on the motorcycles for the Taliban to find out what the black-turbaned insurgents think about them.