Monday, 28 July 2014

Muslims Mark Eid As Violence Rages

Muslims mark the end of Ramadan as violence... by euronews-en

Election Impasse - Taliban Gains Strategic Ground

Taliban gains strategic ground in Afghanistan NYT by ArirangNews

Afghanistan: Australia's 'Bright hope' now just dust and ashes

Afghanistan: Bright hope now just dust and ashes
Jaws dropped open. Well, said the soldiers, doing that wouldn’t actually be possible. As Abbott investigated further, it became apparent that the much-vaunted progress was all relative. Very relative indeed. In fact, any movement beyond the perimeter blast-walls (except in heavily armoured vehicles) was forbidden and the idea of casually strolling down to mix and mingle with the locals was impossible. Abbott nodded. He understood. There would be no photo-op of him wandering in the bazaar; chatting to real Afghans.

Afghanistan: Awash in Guns, as Well as Narcotics | TIME

Afghanistan: Awash in Guns, as Well as Narcotics | TIME
The worse news? The problems become “far more severe” once the weapons are in the hands of the Afghan forces. “Given the Afghan government’s limited ability to account for or properly dispose of these weapons, there is a real potential for these weapons to fall into the hands of insurgents, which will pose additional risks to U.S. personnel, the Afghan National Security Forces, and Afghan civilians,” according to John Sopko, the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction.

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Attacks across Afghanistan kill at least 15, election recount paused

Attacks across Afghanistan kill at least 15, election recount paused -
Attacks across Afghanistan, including hundreds of Taliban fighters swarming police checkpoints across the south, killed at least 15 people Saturday, officials said, as a recount in the country's presidential election halted before a major holiday.
The Taliban attacks focused on Kandahar province, where Taliban fighters killed six police officers – including a district police chief – in assaults on some 15 checkpoints, said Dawa Khan Menapal, a spokesman for the provincial governor. Menapal said reinforcements later arrived to combat the Taliban fighters and the combat continued into Saturday night.

Friday, 25 July 2014

US Soldier Dies At Army Medical Centre

A 20-year-old Kenosha soldier has died after serving in Afghanistan.
On Friday the Department of Defense identified Private First Class Donnell A. Hamilton Jr. as the latest Army casualty.
Hamilton contracted an illness while serving in the Ghazni Province. He died Thursday at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas.
The Pentagon did not offer details about the nature of the illness.

Taliban Stop Cars, Murder Passengers In Central Afghanistan

Taliban stop cars, kill passengers in central... by reuters

15 Dead in Taliban Bus Attack

BBC News - Afghan conflict: 15 killed in 'Taliban attack' on buses
The victims - including three women and a child - were from the minority Hazara community, which has been targeted by the Taliban in the past.
Growing numbers of civilians have been killed in Afghanistan this year.
According to the UN, nearly 5,000 civilians were killed in the first six months of 2014 - a rise of almost a quarter on the same period in 2013.
Abdul Hai Khatibi, a spokesman for the governor of Ghor province, told the AFP news agency that the attackers had "ordered all passengers to stand in one line, and then they shot them dead one by one".

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Billions worth of US Army kit to remain in Afghanistan

Billions worth of US Army kit to remain in Afghanistan after withdrawal - IHS Jane's 360
The command is already working with the US Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) to demilitarise or destroy some lethal equipment being left behind, and to conduct 'white sales' that seek to quickly offload non-lethal equipment at auction, the first of which was kicked off late last year at Bagram Air Field near Kabul.
That sale includes "a variety of previously used, commercial off-the-shelf items such as pneumatic tools, air conditioning units, office furniture, tractors, water trucks, forklifts and construction machinery", the army said in an early July report.