Long War Journal, 9 December 2010 ISAF briefs the Long War Journal on SF operations over the last 6 months: 7100 counterterrorism SF missions, more than 600 insurgent leaders killed or captured, more than 2000 fighters killed and more than 4100 captured, more than 2500 humanitarian operations and a shift from counterinsurgency to counterterrorism operations […]
Wall Street Journal, 8 December 2010 The U.S. military began the process of blacklisting a major Afghan company owned by relatives of President Hamid Karzai – the Watan Group -, a move U.S. officials describe as a significant step to stop American funds from fueling corruption and bankrolling the Taliban.
Radio Free Europe, 8 December 2010 Afghanistan’s deputy national security adviser has confirmed that the IMU is operating on Afghan territory. The Movement appears to be most active in the triangle of Konduz, Takhar and Baghlan.
Christian Science Monitor, 8 December 2010 Anohita Mojumdar’s latest article reveals that the often-heard claim (by internationals) that 85 per cent of Afghans have access to health services is ‘misleading’. The Afghan Minister of Health and WHo clarifiy that the fact that 85 percent of Afghanistan’s districts have at least one basic health facility is […]
Tolo news, 4 December 2010 This report from Kilid Group exposes the political pressions and deals behind the appointments of several governors by the Independent Directorate of Local Governance.
IWPR, 3 December 2010 Village militias and armed groups linked to the international military harrass locals with impunity. Stories from Badghis, Herat and Ghor.
IRIN, 29 November 2010 A good question by IRIN, without a full answer yet, though. But some first details.
AP, 27 November 2010 Shiite Pashtuns from the Turi tribe, who hitherto have been enemies of Afghanistan’s insurgents, have cut a deal with the Haqqani network to give it a safe, alternative route to Afghanistan through Pakistan’s Kurram tribal region, reports Kathy Gannon.
Los Angeles Times, 27 November 2010 Ahmed Rashid proposes that a military victory over the Taleban is ‘elusive’ but that ‘serious talks are possible, but only if Taliban leaders are able to operate from a neutral venue. They see Afghanistan as being under U.S. occupation, and Pakistan’s intelligence agency, they say, tries to manipulate the […]
Guardian, 26 November 2010 In the last of his series from Afghanistan, Ghaith Abdul-Ahad asks Taliban leaders past and present what kind of regime they would run – and whether there is a chance of negotiated peace
New York Times, 25 November 2010 A hard hitting, self-explanatory short story from a neighbouring country.
The Guardian, 24 November 2010 Interesting account of a day and a night spent with the Taleban in Dehan-e Ghori in Baghlan, including a visit to a local checkpoint, conversations with the shadow district governor, an IED layer and fighters who spend most of their time in Europe, and a US nightraid with all its […]