AFP, 12 March 2017 This AFP story about the attack on Kabul’s military Sardar Daud Khan hospital, claimed by Daesh, picks up reports about inside support for the assailants – and on growing doubt that it was really the IS, namely on “indications that the (Taliban-allied) Haqqani network was behind it.”
I Had Dinner With the Afghan Ambassador. What He Said About the Differences Between Trump, Obama Is Stunning
Independent Journal Review, 11 March 2017 An American journalist was invited to a dinner with the Afghan ambassador in the US and widows of US soldiers killed in Afghanistan – and had the chance to listen to a eulogy of the Trump administration’s stand on Afghanistan and a dress-down of the “fatigued”, “hesitant” and too […]
AFP/The National, 10 March 2017 Underreported, underrated – a phenomenon that undermines the security of Kabulis probably as much as terrorism. One shortcoming: the too short sentence about the political connections and protection of the abduction syndicates: The government’s inability to curb kidnappings has led many like Mr Ghulam to suspect that some criminals are […]
The Globe and Mail, 17 February 2017 The Canadian daily tells the story of a young Afghan from Takhar who dreams about Canada – and describes his long winding odyssey through Europe: Turkey-Greece-Croatia-Switzerland-Croatia-France…, all documented by his photos and facebook posts
RFE/RL, 16 February 2016 Frud Bezhan’s story about the appaling conditions under which forces returnees from Pakistan live at the outskirts of Kabul
New York Times, 14 February 2017 Mujib Mashal’s heart-breaking story about two mothers who each lost three sons fighting on both sides of the Afghan war,
New York Times, 1 February 2017 Very good analysis and a couple of tough questions by Barnett Rubin on the complex issues that the new US administration will face when dealing with Afghanistan, for example: sending more troops and putting stronger pressure on Pakistan – “there is no base for believing that either of these measures […]
RFE/RL, 26 January 2017 The Gandhara blog of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty has done good research: all (at least many) past tweets by the new US president by country. Click Afghanistan.
The New York Times, 26 December 2016 Mujib Mashal has located the Norwegian diplomat, a former missionary in Pakistan, who told him how he built relations of trust to Pakistani and Afghan clerics, among them Taleban, and opened up a channel for Norway’s peace diplomacy that attempted to bring about direct Kabul-Taleban talks and peace […]
The Guardian, 26 December 2016 Sune Engel Rasmussen on commander Perim Qul’s militia in Rustaq in the northern province of Takhar, paid by the Afghan intelligence service and – indirectly – its donors, that include the CIA.