Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Afghan poppy cultivation hits new high

Afghan poppy cultivation hits new high | Pakistan Today

The U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime reported that Afghan farmers grew an “unprecedented” 209,000 hectares (516,000 acres) of opium poppy in 2013, surpassing the previous high of 193,000 hectares (477,000 acres) in 2007, said John Sopko, the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction.

The West Made Lots of Promises to Afghan Girls, Now It’s Breaking Them

The closing of one school after another exposes the hollowness of those promises. In fact, the state of education in Afghanistan is still so shaky that only about half of Afghan girls manage to go to school, and those numbers are set to decline.
In the volatile southern province of Kandahar, for instance, an innovative school for teenage girls will soon close its doors. The Kandahar Institute for Modern Studies, established in 2006 with funding and encouragement from the Canadian government, has run out of donors. And it is only one of a number of Afghan schools to face the budget axe swung by distant governments and cost-cutting politicians.

4 Army Officers Killed By Bomb In Kabul

Bomb kills 4 army officers on bus in Afghan capital Anadolu Agency
Afghan army officers targeted in Kabul for the 6th time since formation of new the government on September 29.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Afghanistan conflict: Life inside a Taliban stronghold

BBC News - Afghanistan conflict: Life inside a Taliban stronghold
The BBC's Panorama programme has gained unique access inside a Taliban stronghold, little more than an hour's drive from the capital, Kabul.
As we turned on a dusty road into the mountainous Tangi Valley, we were just 60 miles (97 km) south-west of Kabul and already deep in Taliban territory. The valley is known as the gateway to Kabul, and it is from here that attacks have been launched on the capital.
It is in the key province of Wardak - the scene of some of the most violent battles between Nato and the Taliban in recent years.

My father was killed by a computer, says 7 year old Afghan Boy

My father was killed by a computer, says 7 year old Afghan child | War Is A Crime .org
If Imal were a white American kid, this tragedy would not have befallen his father. Which American would allow any U.S. citizen to be killed by a foreign drone?
Suppose the UK wanted to hunt ‘terrorists’ in the U.S., with their drones, and every Tuesday, David Cameron signed a ‘secret kill list’ like Obama does. Drones operated from Waddington Base in the UK fly over U.S. skies to drop bombs on their targets, and the bombs leave a 7 year old American kid, say, John, fatherless.
John’s father is killed, shattered to charred pieces by a bomb, dropped by a drone, operated by a human, under orders from the Prime Minister /Commander-in-Chief.

Soldiers' inquest: 'communication issue' over Afghan base layout

Soldiers' inquest: Former unit commander reveals 'communication issue' over Afghan base layout - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Queensland deputy coroner John Lock is considering the events leading up to the deaths of Lance Corporal Stjepan Milosevic, Sapper James Martin and Private Robert Poate at a patrol base north of Tarin Kot in August 2012.
The Brisbane inquest entered its second week on Monday.
It has already been told that shortly before the attack an intelligence officer escalated the threat level at the Afghan-controlled patrol base, but the warning was not passed on.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

New Afghan president Ghani hosts Turkey´s Erdogan in Kabul

New Afghan president Ghani hosts TurkeyƂ´s Erdogan in Kabul

Sunday - Hundreds of Taliban launch deadly Afghan attacks

BBC News - Hundreds of Taliban launch deadly Afghan attacks
In Logar province, in the east, at least four soldiers were killed when militants attacked security posts.
In the central province of Ghor, up to 500 Taliban attacked two villages, a senior official told the BBC. The number of casualties is still unclear.
The Taliban have been launching attacks ahead of the planned withdrawal of most foreign forces at the end of 2014.

Shocking Stories From Afghanistan

Gopal explains, however, the American team did not attack al-Qaeda or even the Taliban. They attacked the offices of two district governors, both of whom were opponents of the Taliban. They shot the guards, handcuffed one district governor in his bed and executed him, scooped up twenty-six prisoners, sent in AC-130 gunships to blow up most of what remained, and left a calling card behind in the wreckage saying “Have a nice day. From Damage, Inc.” Weeks later, having tortured the prisoners, they released them with apologies. It turned out in this case, as in hundreds of others, that an Afghan “ally” had falsely informed the US that his rivals were Taliban in order to have them eliminated. READ MORE

Saturday, 18 October 2014

The staggering failure of US-trained foreign troops

The staggering failure of US-trained foreign troops - Opinion - Al Jazeera English 
Let's face it: for an army that has received at least $26 billion - or up to $40 billion if Russian estimates are to be believed - worth of training by the US, the Iraqi army turned out to be totally unprepared when confronted with the ISIL onslaught.
In June, around 800 to 1,000 ISIL fighters entered Iraq from Syria, sending tens of thousands of Iraqi soldiers running for their lives in the west of the country, leaving their hardware and even small arms behind. That's a pretty damning image of an army that had been trained by the best of the best - the mighty US armed forces - at considerable cost to US taxpayers.

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Taliban execute 4 women in W. Afghanistan

Taliban execute 4 women in W. Afghanistan - China.org.cn
A local official said Saturday:
"Taliban militants after kidnapping four women from Farah city on Thursday shot them dead and abandoned their bodies in the outskirts of provincial capital Farah city where the people found their bodies on Friday," spokesman for Farah provincial government Jawad Afghan told Xinhua.