KABUL — As Afghan army forces constructed a patrol base in a
volatile stretch of Helmand province this spring, insurgents turned to
one of their most effective weapons against the troops: They told area
residents that their new, uniformed neighbors were godless “fake
The battle over Islam has become a crucial front in the war between the Taliban and the country’s growing security forces, prompting the Afghan army to create a strategy for proving that its soldiers are true Muslims.