BBC, 22 September 2017 This time recommended watching: a lovely BBC documentary by our friend Lalage Snow about the gardeners of Kabul. Watch on Youtube. Please also read the author’s piece on the same topic for AAN, here.
London Review of Books, 31 August 2017 May Jeong’s alternative look at assassinations of women in Kandahar: (…) millions (…) were spent on gender initiatives. (…) The money encouraged some women, mostly the daughters of already enlightened families, to go out into the world. A fifth of parliamentary seats were reserved for women. The police and the […]
Politico, 31 August 2017 One from the horse’s mouth: Private warriors are just like T-shirts; they are cheaper in developing countries. Call it the globalization of private force. But do we want Filipino, Colombian and Ugandan mercenaries fighting our wars for us, their way? To them, military operations might involve massacring a village that could […]
Forbes, 24 August 2017 The intervention in Afghanistan has cost the US $1.07 trillion dollars since 2001. The bill can be divided into three segments. Overseas Contingency Operations funds specifically dedicated to the war come to $773 billion. $243 billion can be attributed to increases in the base budget of the Department of Defense while […]
Wall Street Journal, 22 August 2017 Useful article that gives an overview over the real number of US soldiers in Afghanistan: 8400 ‘full-timers’ and 3500 temporarily deployed, altogether 11,900. 3900 will be added based on Trump strategy, summa summarum: 15,800. Then there is an unknown number of special forces etc; of course, some soldiers shift between […]
Reuters, 18 August 2017 Author Josh Smith, among other things, gives figures about composition of RS mission: Of the 12,447 troops from 39 countries that make up the NATO-led Resolute Support mission, about 2,865 are classified as advisers, according to numbers provided by the coalition. Another 7,766 are considered “enablers”, which can range from logistics […]
Foreign Policy, 16 August 2017 A very readable pre-Trump speech insight, by former US ambassador Ron Neumann, into problems that have now fallen behind the military-first, anti-terrorism strategy – reform, institutions, anti-corruption – expressing the fear that upcoming elections and related alliance-building might stop whatever reform is ongoing.
New York Times, 7 August 2017 An interesting rendering of the local power architecture in Ghor province, where Taleban fighters recently have taken Taiwara district – including alleged ‘cross-frontline’ connections between a local ‘Taleban faciliatator’ and the High Peace Council in Kabul and a Jamiati commander-turned-Daesh.
Ein Massaker in Nordafghanistan zeigt, dass sich die Sicherheitslage in dem Land immer weiter verschlechtert
Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 7 August 2017 In German: As one of the few international media, the leading Swiss daily does not just reprint the claims about an alleged IS-Taleban collusion during the recent massacre in Sarepul province, but points out that if the allegation turned out to be true, it would constitute a serious shift […]
Politico, 25 July 2017 Afghans are still waiting for an American strategy for their country, but it is delayed another time. Here an inside view from Washington on what problems that might stand in its way.