Thursday, 26 February 2015


Map showing air strikes on IS in Iraq and Syria

Vehicle in Kabul Attack Belonged to Top NATO Envoy

A suicide bomber rammed a car laden with explosives into a vehicle belonging to NATO's top envoy in Afghanistan, killing one Turkish soldier and wounding at least one person, Turkish officials said. The explosion struck in the heart of the heavily fortified capital Kabul, close to the German, Iranian and Turkish embassies, rattling windows and putting embassy staff on high alert.

Turkish Soldier Killed in Kabul Embassy Attack

Kabul - Attack on Turkish Embassy

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

The 40,000 People on Bagram Air Base Haven't Actually Seen Afghanistan

The 40,000 People on Bagram Air Base Haven't Actually Seen Afghanistan | WIRED: “Bureaucrats, administrators, logisticians and thousands of ISAF civilian contractors live at Bagram air base,” said British photographer Edmund Clark.“Unless you go out on patrol, you exist only on base.”

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Afghans claim abuse by security forces in Chak

Afghans claim abuse by security forces in Chak | The National
“Afghan forces aren’t [like] they were in the past. Now they are brutal, powerful, and do not care about orders they receive from their headquarters,” said Rafiullah Rahmati, an NGO worker.

Monday, 23 February 2015

Commandos killed by 'friendly fire' in Afghanistan

Commandos killed by 'friendly fire' in Afghanistan | Western Morning News

Captain Tom Sawyer, of the Royal Artillery, and Corporal Danny Winter, of 45 Commando Royal Marines, were on a rooftop providing fire support for an operation clearing Taliban compounds north east of Gereshk in central Helmand when the incident happened.
Two other members of the patrol were injured in the explosion which happened on the evening of January 14, 2009.

Withdrawal From Afghanistan To Cost $30B On Its Own

Logistics: The High Cost Of Leaving Afghanistan
Serious planning for the withdrawal began in 2011 and ended up costing nearly $30 billion. The United States had the biggest job because they had most of the bases (500), vehicles (nearly 25,000) and shipping containers (over 60,000) to deal with. Many of the bases were turned over to the Afghans although facilities the Afghans could not use had to be destroyed, especially bases, lest the Taliban or drug gangs take them over. Some heavy equipment that the Afghans did not need (or could not use), like the older MRAPs, were destroyed (disassembled) in Afghanistan.

Afghan Refugee Girls