Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Privatizing the war in Afghanistan

Kathy Sullivan: Privatizing the war in Afghanistan | New Hampshire:

In May, Erik Prince, the former owner of the notorious Blackwater private security company, wrote an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal. He suggested hiring a corporation to provide logistics and aviation support, monitor an effort to exploit Afghanistan’s natural resources, and oversee an aggressive air campaign to target the Taliban. In addition, a viceroy should be appointed to oversee the effort.
“In sum”, writes Perry, “Prince’s plan would turn Afghanistan over to an American version of Britain’s famed East India Company, which, as Prince wrote, ‘prevailed in the region’ for 250 years by relying on private military units.”
Most of us only know the East India Company as the owner of the tea that the Sons of Liberty dumped into Boston Harbor in 1773, a precursor to the American Revolution. The effort to coerce the colonists to buy East India’s tea was one of the least offensive acts in the company’s history.

Monday, 24 July 2017

The Unending Failure of the Afghan War


Attentat à la voiture piégée à Kaboul

Kabul Bombing - Clip

Death toll in Kabul suicide blast rises to 35: Afghan official

Death toll in Kabul suicide blast rises to 35: Afghan official


KABUL (Reuters) - The death toll from a suicide car bomb blast in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Monday rose by more than 10 to at least 35, according to a senior government official.
The Taliban earlier claimed responsibility for the blast in the western part of Kabul. The government official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to talk to the media about the incident. Link

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Taliban Captures 2 Districts in Central Afghanistan

Taliban Captures 2 Districts in Central Afghanistan

Ghor’s governor Nasir Khazay told VOA thousands of Taliban fighters participated in the pre-dawn attack on Taywara and faced strong resistance from Afghan forces before overrunning it.

A government spokesman in Faryab told VOA around 700 Taliban insurgents overnight attacked Kohistan and swiftly captured key installations, including the police headquarters, before establishing control over the entire district.

NATO says probing airstrike that hits Nangarhar funeral

NATO says probing airstrike that hits Nangarhar funeral | Pajhwok Afghan News: 


He said a funeral ceremony for a deceased local tribal elder was being offered when all of a sudden an unmanned aircraft fired missiles on the participants.
Sixteen Daesh or so-called Islamic State (IS) rebels and eight civilians including children were killed and a number of people were injured in the strike, he said.
Daesh militants were firing at security forces from near the funeral and the drone targeted them later, Shinwari said.



Afghanistan: Taliban 'kidnapped dozens' of villagers

Afghanistan: Taliban 'kidnapped dozens' of villagers - BBC News:

At least seven villagers have been killed after being kidnapped by suspected Taliban militants, a senior Afghan police official says.

Saturday, 22 July 2017

US airstrike - Update

US airstrike kills 16 Afghan policemen by mistake
Two commanders were understood to be among the dead - AND two other officers were also wounded in the airstrike, which was reportedly carried out by a drone.

Afghan Intelligence Employee Shot Dead in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar

Afghan Intelligence Employee Shot Dead in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar | Ariana News
The incident took place at around 08:00 a.m. local time when unknown armed men begun shooting at an employee of Afghan intelligence agency in Nareng Bagh area of the provincial capital, Jalalabad City, Nangarhar Governor’s Spokesman Ataullah Khogyani said.


Mattis: 'Close' to agreeing on new Afghanistan strategy - 16 Years Later

Mattis: 'Close' to agreeing on new Afghanistan strategy - CNNPolitics.com


Mattis had said on several previous occasions that a decision would come by mid-July. When asked by reporters if the delay is because of political issues, he replied: "I hope it's a political decision. You fight wars for a reason." Mattis added, "once you get the policy right then you have to get the strategy right."

Friday, 21 July 2017

Afghan soldiers killed in US friendly-fire air strike

Afghan soldiers killed in US friendly-fire air strike - BBC News


Helmand officials say at least 10 policemen died in the Gereshk district.
Afghan forces, backed by US air strikes, have been fighting Taliban militants in the area.
In a statement, the US military says the Afghan government had been notified after the air strike.