This photograph taken on August 10, 2011, shows fighters with Afghanistan's Taliban militia standing at a cemetery, near the
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Taliban insurgents executed 17 civilians in southern Afghanistan for attending a party Sunday night that featured music and dancing between men and women.

According to the Washington Post, two women and 15 men were beheaded or had their throats slit for their gender-mingling behavior, which is strictly forbidden by the radical version of Islamic law the Taliban supports. The massacre occurred in a part of Afghanistan that is currently controlled by rebels who want to return Afghanistan to the extremism of the Taliban's 1996-2001 rule.

"I can confirm that this is the work of the Taliban," a spokesman for the provincial governor told Agence France-Presse. "[The victims were] partying with music in an area under the control of the Taliban."

NATO and U.S. forces intend to hand military control of the country over to Afghan forces by the end of 2014. In an unrelated incident, two NATO troops—both American—were killed over the weekend as well. 12 foreign troops have been killed in Afghanistan this month.