Thursday, 18 September 2014

Insider Attack Kills US Marine

N.C.-based Marine from Suffolk killed in Afghanistan | |
Sgt. Charles C. Strong, 28, was a member of the Marine Forces Special Operations Command. He graduated from Nansemond River High School in 2003.
On Wednesday, his body was brought home, escorted by his older brother Jason, a staff sergeant in the same Marines Special Operations Command.
The two brothers were deployed to Afghanistan at the same time, a spokesman confirmed.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

The Next Round of an Unwinnable War Beckons

The Next Round of an Unwinnable War Beckons | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community 
Years of air strikes, drone-operated killings, and covert operations have brought neither peace nor safety to the region and its people. Estimates of the death toll from U.S. attacks in Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia alone range from 3,100 to 5,400, including 570-1,200 civilians. Precise figures are impossible to obtain since the strikes remain classified, and investigating drone attacks is difficult and dangerous work.
Nor has the drone campaign halted the proliferation of groups seeking to link their — usually local — agendas to the idea of a global struggle represented by al-Qaeda. Indiscriminate killing — and the constant fear of death from above — has only destroyed communities and provided easy recruitment material for extremist groups.

Kidnapped District Governor Killed By Taliban

THE BODIES of the governor of Samkanay district - identified as Saleh Mohammad Ehsas - and his driver, kidnapped on 12 September by suspected Taliban militants, were discovered by authorities in the Karez area of Sayed Karam district in Afghanistan's Paktia province on 15 September, Afghan Islamic Press reported. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

4th Nato Soldier Killed in Blasts

KABUL, Afghanistan, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Two American troops were killed when a Taliban suicide bomber ignited a blast near the U.S. embassy in Kabul Tuesday.
The blast also killed a Polish service member and wounded 13. An SUV with smashed windows and shrapnel damage is being investigated.
In a separate blast Tuesday, the International Security Assistance Force said one of its service members was killed by a man wearing an Afghan uniform. 

Kabul - Deadly Taliban Attack On Nato Convoy (Clip)

Three Nato troops killed in Kabul bomb attack

The blast took place in heavy traffic on the airport road near the US embassy at about 08:00 local time (03:30 GMT).
The blast comes amid uncertainty over disputed presidential elections and the withdrawal of most Nato troops by 2015.
A statement from the Nato-led coalition confirmed that three International Security Assistance Force members died in the attack.

Monday, 15 September 2014

Mismanagement And Corruption Still Rife in Afghanistan

Afghanistan still struggles with corruption... by presstv

Crisis looms as Afghan election commission set to announce vote audit result

Crisis looms as Afghan election commission set to announce vote audit results - PakTribune
To get the talks back on track, Jeff Feltman, deputy secretary general of the United Nations, has reportedly held separate meetings with the presidential candidates and urged them to resume negotiations as soon as possible and reach agreement on the extent of the authority of the chief executive, a position that is reserved for whoever will be declared the loser in the vote audit.
The position, akin to the post of prime minister in other governments, is a key part in the agreement for the formation of national unity government brokered by US Secretary of State John Kerry in mid-July.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Afghanistan: Where $1 Trillion in Riches Are Held Captive by War

Afghanistan: Where $1 Trillion in Riches Are Held Captive by War
Based on gross domestic product and adjusted for purchasing power parity, Afghanistan is the 10th-poorest nation in the world. In 2013, the average citizen of Afghanistan added just $1,072.19 to the economy. For perspective, that figure in the United States was $51,248.21. This is why Afghanistan's gross domestic product is only about $20 billion annually, which is less money than some U.S. companies make in a year.

Kabul Bomb Wounds Afghan MP

An Afghan MP, Ali Akbar Qasimi, was injured in a mine blast in Kabul City early Sunday, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said. MORE

Saturday, 13 September 2014

UN threatens to cut Afghanistan aid if election staff harassed

UN threatens to cut Afghanistan aid if election staff harassed | Reuters
The warning came a day after dozens of demonstrators gathered outside the Kabul headquarters of the world body and accused it of aiding vote-rigging.

It was another sign of heightened anxiety in the run-up to the release of final election results over the next week. A two-month-long crisis over results of the vote to succeed President Hamid Karzai has been destabilising Afghanistan just months before most international troops withdraw.

Last Week's Spy Agency Attack By Taliban - Clip