Saturday, 25 October 2014

29 people killed in violence in Afghanistan's Farah province

Farah is a strategically important province bordering the Helmand province to the east and Iran to the west. The Afghan Local Police is a local militia established with the backing of US General David Petraeus but with strong opposition from former Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
Separately, the provincial spy chief Asadullah Zalal was assassinated on his way home a day earlier.
The Taliban claimed to have inflicted heavy loss on the Afghan militia, which has lately proven relatively more effective against the rebels than the regular Afghan National Police. There are conflicting reports emerging about the death toll from this remote district.

British Jihadi Dies Fighting For ISIS

Can ISIS Gain a Foothold in AfPak?

Can ISIS Gain a Foothold in AfPak?
Several Pakistani newspapers wrote editorials depicting a grim future while columnist and commentators assured of ISIS's entry into the region because pro-ISIS pamphlets were circulated in Peshawar in Sept. 2013.
Amid fears of youth joining ISIS, the Pakistan Ulema Council, an independent body of religious scholars from all over country, condemned ISIS on Oct. 18 and urged youth "in Islamic countries to not cooperate with any violent group whose teachings or actions are against the teachings of Islam."

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.