Friday, 24 October 2014

Clashes leave 23 dead in N. Afghanistan

Clashes between security forces, Taliban leave 23 dead in N. Afghanistan - Xinhua | 
"The clash erupted in the wee hours of Thursday and lasted for several hours, during which 13 people including nine militants and four Afghan soldiers had been killed," district governor Imanudin Qurishi told reporters here.
Another 11 people, including five soldiers and six insurgents, sustained injuries in the clash, he added.
In a related development, security forces stormed Taliban hideouts in Badakhshan province Wednesday night, killing 10 insurgents, police said.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

7.6 Billion Reasons Why The US 'War On Drugs' In Afghanistan Failed

7.6 Billion Reasons Why The US 'War On Drugs' In Afghanistan Failed | Zero Hedge
Simply put, despite the United States spending approximately $7.6 billion on counternarcotics efforts in Afghanistan (as of June 30, 2014), opium poppy cultivation levels in Afghanistan hit an all-time high in 2013 (with a 50% rise last year alone). Of course, like any good government agency, deny and blame someone else, as the DOD went on to state that "the failure to reduce poppy cultivation and increase eradication is due to the lack of Afghan government support for the effort."

UK Military Leaders Slam Afghan Campaign

Afghanistan War: UK Lacked 'Clear And Achievable Strategy' Claim Military Leaders
British military leaders, including two former army chiefs, admitted that their troops were “under-prepared and under-resourced” during their extended deployment in Afghanistan, according a BBC report. They also added that the military had been led into a “perfect storm” in 2004 by trying to sustain simultaneous campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

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.