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More talks are taking place between Afghanistan and Pakistan.   The governments of both states long viewed the other with suspicion, but lately they have been getting pushed towards talks just as the Afghan government is pushing talks with the Pakistani-sponsored Afghan insurgent groups.

As Afghan President Hamid Karzai tries to draw his fellow-Pashtuns in the insurgency into a hug, smaller ethnic groups throughout Afghanistan are looking for their weapons.

In Kandahar province, there may be movement from the "clear" phase to "hold and build".  However, some reports indicate that the NATO/Afghan apparent success in rural Kandahar has pushed militants into Kandahar City, where they are still waging a campaign of intimidation.

In eastern Afghanistan, militants once again tried to attack a NATO outpost.   The attack in Nangahar province is just one of many such attacks to have taken place this year, all of which were failures that did not lead to a single ISAF casualty or the over-running of a single outpost.   The insurgents launched other attacks across Afghanistan to mark the anniversary of their government's fall.

While visiting Afghanistan, Senator Lindsey Graham was "stunned" by Afghan President Hamid Karzai's objection to nightraids.   I guess he wasn't paying attention to the news lately about our Afghan "partner".   Most of the suspected-insurgents being captured and killed, including almost all of the low-level leaders, are being taken down by nightraids.   Speaking of which;

(sourcing at the very end)
61 K, 97 C, 21 S.  23 Low Level Leaders Killed/Captured/Surrendered.  8 Low K, 14 Low C, 1 Low S.
Kandahar/Helmand, Taliban heartland: 33 K, 20 C. 2 Low C, 2 Low K.
Khost/Paktia/Paktika, Haqqani heartland:  12 K, 31 C. 5 Low C, 6 Low K.
17 ISAF casualties.  11 ISAF casualties in the south, 5 in the east, 1 in the north.
82 K, 97 C, 7 S.   20 Low-Level Leaders Killed/Captured/Surrendered.  1 Low-Mid K, 1 Low-Mid C, 16 Low C, 1 Low K, 1 Low S.
Kandahar/Helmand: 59 K, 54 C.  6 Low C
Khost/Paktia/Paktika:  1 K, 17 C.   1 Low K, 3 Low C
13 ISAF casualties.   7 ISAF casualties in the east, 6 in the south
Surprises this week:
Farah province in the west has seen a sudden increase in raids(4 over 7 days).  8 C, 1 Low-Mid, 1 Low.
Fewer ISAF operations in Haqqani country in the south-east.
Drop of ISAF casualties in the south despite rise in captured/killed suspected-insurgents in the Kandahar/Helmand region. Part of that rise due to clearing operations launched in both Helmand and southern-Kandahar.

Federally-Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan:
In southern-FATA, another drone struck in North Waziristan.   Some reports indicate that foreign militants were amongst the dead, some that local militants were amongst the dead, and some that civilians were amongt the dead.

A private media channel in Pakistan claims militants tried attacking security forces in the central-FATA agency of Orakzai, injuring several troops.   Eight militants were reportedly killed. Pakistani security forces have been trying to secure the agency since March.

In the northern-most FATA agency of Bajaur, Pakistani security forces have once again claimed victory.  Amongt the claims is that Maulvi Faqir Muhammad, an infamous militant commander, has agreed to remain peaceful.   Other militants have recently surrendered, according to reports.   Other militants from the area are known to be sheltering across the hardly-recognized border in Afghanistan's Kunar and Nuristan provinces.    NATO and Afghan security forces are currently conducting an operation in part of the troubled province of Kunar.

A report in the Pakistani media says al Qaeda will try to cause havoc in Pakistan's main cities to divert the army away from North Waziristan, which some suspect could become a training-ground for Pakistan's brand new F-16's.   Karachi was recently the site of a coordinated assault by militants targeting a detention facility.

Turmoil in Chaman.  A protest broke out in the Pakistani town right on the border with Afghanistan's Kandahar province after the asassination of a Pashtun political leader.   He had reportedly received threats from the Afghan Taliban, based primarily out of the nearby city of Quetta.   Perhaps because of proximity or lack of ownership, three NATO fuel tankers were destroyed while the highway was blocked by protesters.

NATO receives some official-love for their part in delivering relief in the wake of massive flooding which devestated Pakistan in the late-summer.

When considering the situation in Pashtunistan, consider these maps of Afghanistan and Pakistan.  It is in the Pashtun areas where the U.S. and NATO have the most problems. It's important to note that while Pashtuns make up a much larger proportion of the population of Afghanistan than they do in Pakistan, there are still more Pashtuns in Pakistan than in Afghanistan.  Here is a good map and rundown of the areas that make up the main warzone.

ISAF/Media Sources Regarding Insurgent Killed/Captured Numbers:
10 K, 2 C, Helmand Clearing Op
19 K, 14 C, southern Kandahar Clearing Op
3 C, Farah.  1 Low.
7 S, Kunduz, 1 Low

2 ISAF casualties, the east

3 C, Zabul, 1 Low
10 C, 4 K, Helmand.  1 Low C
4 C, 1 Low, Kabul Airport(Haqqani)
2 C, Farah, 1 Low
1 C, Paktika(looking for 1 Low)
2 C, Khost(looking for 1 Low)
1 C, Logar(looking for 1 Low)
2 C, Kandahar, 1 Low
1 C, Kandahar, 1 Low

1 ISAF casualty, the south

33 K, 42 C, 7 S.  6 Low C, 1 Low S
Kandahar/Helmand: 33 K, 29 C, 3 Low C
Khost/Paktia/Paktika:  3 C
2 ISAF casualties in the east, 1 in the south

1 K, Ghazni, Low-Mid
1 C, Ghazni, Low
2 C, Helmand(looking for 1 Low)
2 C, Helmand(looking for 1 Low)
2 C, Kandahar(looking for 1 Low)
1 C, Paktika(looking for 1 Low)
1 C, Farah, 1 Low-Mid
3 C, Kabul, 1 Low
2 K, Nangahar, 1 Low
2 C, Logar

1 ISAF casualty, the east
1 ISAF casualty, the south

36 K, 56 C, 7 S.  1 Low-Mid K, 1 Low-Mid C, 8 Low C, 1 Low S.
Kandahar/Helmand: 33 K, 35 C, 3 Low C
Khost/Paktia/Paktika:  4 C
3 ISAF casualties in the east, 2 in the south

11/11(Veteran's Day)
1 K, Paktia, 1 Low
2 C, Kandahar(looking for 1 Low)
4 K, Logar
2 C, Kandahar, 2 Low

4 K, Kunduz
3 K, Helmand(looking for 1 Low)
7 K, Helmand(looking for 1 Low)
15 K, Helmand, failed Taliban assault
5 C, Kandahar(looking for 1 Low)
5 C, Helmand(looking for 1 Low)
5 C, Khost, 1 Low

1 ISAF casualty, the east

70 K, 75 C, 7 S.   1 Low-Mid K, 1 Low-Mid C, 11 Low C, 1 Low K, 1 Low S.
Kandahar/Helmand: 58 K, 49 C.  5 Low C
Khost/Paktia/Paktika:  1 K, 9 C.   1 Low K, 1 Low C
4 ISAF casualties in the east, 2 in the south

6 K, Nangahar, failed Taliban assault
1 C, Nangahar, 1 Low
3 K, Kunar, Pech River Valley Op
2 K, Baghlan(looking for 1 Low)
3 C, Khost, 1 Low
3 C, Khost, 1 Low
2 C, Kabul, 1 Low
3 C, Helmand, 1 Low
1 C, Kabul(looking for 1 Low)
2 C, Paktika
2 C, Kunduz(looking for 1 Low-Mid)
2 C, Farah(looking for 1 Low)
1 K, 2 C, Helmand

3 ISAF casualties, the south

1 C, Nimroz

1 ISAF casualty, the south
3 ISAF casualties, the east

Originally posted to Setrak on Sun Nov 14, 2010 at 10:50 AM PST.

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    •  Blackwater, KBR off the hook (12+ / 0-)

      I just spent about an hour reading McClatchy's indepth coverage of the ineptness, the fraud, the incompetence, the billions spent. Nothing has changed since the Bush administration.

      To think after all of the abuses of Blackwater they were recently awarded a 1 billion dollar contract to train Afghan forces. That that company should still even be on an approved bidding list is more than the mind can handle.

      The Obama  admin. decided last month not to bring criminal charges against the security contractor formerly known as Blackwater, now named Xe Services, after a nearly four-year investigation found sanctions violations, illegal exports and bribery, as McClatchy first reported in June.

      In May, Houston-based KBR, formerly a subsidiary of contracting giant Halliburton, received a more than $500 million no-bid contract from the Army for work in Iraq. The Army awarded the contract on the same day that the Justice Department joined a whistleblower lawsuit alleging that KBR employees had received kickbacks. Recent court documents have revealed that KBR is asserting that the U.S. government pledged it would assume liability on behalf of the company in Iraq. U.S. soldiers who guarded KBR employees now allege that the company didn't properly warn them about exposure to a toxic chemical and have sued the company.

      "The fact that a company like KBR can still win new contracts after repeatedly engaging in negligent behavior that harms our troops sends the wrong message about accountability," said Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., who's pressed the Army for an explanation. "Contractors like KBR should not be rewarded for negligence, especially when that negligence costs lives."

      What will it take, as billions go out the door, in these wars, this nation building, for this fiscal insanity to end?

      Instead of facing criminals charges, these companies continue to be awarded contracts.

      Read more:

      Daniel Ellsberg - "It was always a bad year to get out of Vietnam."

      by allenjo on Sun Nov 14, 2010 at 12:43:57 PM PST

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      •  That's just shameful... (2+ / 0-)
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        alizard, divineorder

        KBR, formerly a subsidiary of contracting giant Halliburton, received a more than $500 million no-bid contract from the Army for work in Iraq.

        Is there really no one else capable of doing the work? We really have to hire war criminals and profiteers? Unbelievable.

        Thank you for the link.

        All of us driven by a simple belief that the world as it is just won't do - that we have an obligation to fight for the world as it should be ~ Michelle Obama

        by AuroraDawn on Sun Nov 14, 2010 at 08:42:00 PM PST

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  •  Recommended. Thank you for all the effort ... (7+ / 0-)

    ... it takes for you to assemble these reports.

    Boehner, Where are the jobs, dude?

    by understandinglife on Sun Nov 14, 2010 at 11:23:35 AM PST

  •  Appreciate the update (6+ / 0-)

    I never seem to know what to say in the war update diaries, but wish that more people read them and commented.

    I'm simply still dumbfounded that we escalated this war, that it looks like the beginning of withdrawal in July will probably be a token, if it's even that, that people are pushing to move that date to 2014.

    I just want out.

    I can see that Meet the Press is on the TV, but it's muted.  McCain is being interviewed.  The caption is: "The Fight for Afghanistan" and I just can't for the life of me understand why we'd want to fight for Afghanistan.

    Get the f out.

    •  They're not pushing to move the date. (1+ / 0-)
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      The July 2011 date was, and still is, to be the beginning of the withdrawal.  There was never a timeline for that withdrawal provided before.

      The recently-floated 2014 date refers to the end of the withdrawal, comparable to the December 31, 2011 date for our exit from Iraq.  I consider it good news that the administration finally talking about a date for us to be out.

      Art is the handmaid of human good.

      by joe from Lowell on Sun Nov 14, 2010 at 04:30:24 PM PST

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  •  This is great (4+ / 0-)
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    Lujane, joe from Lowell, Sky Net, IndieGuy

    Information. I'm reading the Looming Tower right now and am very curious as to how this war might end, or rather how the US will end its involvement.

    •  US involvelment (6+ / 0-)

      will not end any time in the foreseeable future. How it will end we don't know. The only possibility is a huge financial bust.

      Here's a clue from War to the Horizon

      The Associated Press covered U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry's announcement that a $511 million contract had been awarded ... for a massive expansion of the U.S. embassy in Kabul.  According to the ambassador, that embassy is already "the largest... in the world with more than 1,100 brave and dedicated civilians... from 16 agencies and working next to their military counterparts in 30 provinces," and yet it seems it’s still not large enough.

      A few other things in his announcement caught my eye.  Construction of the new "permanent offices and housing" for embassy personnel is not to be completed until sometime in 2014, approximately three years after President Obama’s July 2011 Afghan drawdown is set to begin, and that $511 million is part of a $790 million bill to U.S. taxpayers that will include expansion work on consular facilities in the Afghan cities of Mazar-i-Sharif and Herat.  

      And then, if the ambassador’s announcement was meant to fly below the media radar screen in the U.S., it was clearly meant to be noticed in Afghanistan.  After all, Eikenberry publicly insisted that the awarding of the contract should be considered "an indication... an action, a deed that you can take as a long-term commitment of the United States government to the government of Afghanistan."

      strong economies have strong currencies, weak economies have weak currencies

      by truong son traveler on Sun Nov 14, 2010 at 05:31:47 PM PST

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  •  Oh, If we only had this construction boom (6+ / 0-)

    here in the US.


    While American policymakers struggle to find enough money to resuscitate the U.S. economy or rebuild infrastructure at home,

    American taxpayers are financing an unprecedented construction boom in Afghanistan for new schools and clinics, electricity and water and roads and bridges

    Daniel Ellsberg - "It was always a bad year to get out of Vietnam."

    by allenjo on Sun Nov 14, 2010 at 12:35:44 PM PST

  •  Any news on India's role in Afghanistan? n/t (2+ / 0-)
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    Lujane, BarackStarObama

    γνωθι σεαυτόν

    by halef on Sun Nov 14, 2010 at 12:50:19 PM PST

  •  Very informative diary (2+ / 0-)
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    joe from Lowell, thoughtful3

    thank you for posting.

  •  I really appreciate these reality-based diaries. (1+ / 0-)
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    It seems like too many people make up their minds about the Af-Pak war based entirely on ideology, with facts involved only when they help make a point that they've already decided on.

    These round-ups are informative and interesting.

    Art is the handmaid of human good.

    by joe from Lowell on Sun Nov 14, 2010 at 04:27:51 PM PST

  •  Thanks so much for your informative reports (0+ / 0-)

    Don't blame me--I voted straight democratic ticket in 2010.

    by thoughtful3 on Sun Nov 14, 2010 at 05:32:15 PM PST

  •  Did you see that Huffpost had an article about (0+ / 0-)

    an ancient Buddhist Monastery that is going to get blown up by a Chinese mining company? I guess nothing changes, the Buddhas get the bombs

    "... the Professional Left, that is simultaneously totally irrelevant and ruining everything" (Glenn Greenwald)

    by ranger995 on Sun Nov 14, 2010 at 08:33:55 PM PST

  •  I doubt US forces withdraw anytime soon (0+ / 0-)

    Apparently, the administration thinks we have to kill all the native inhabitants that don't want us there first.
    So. When does it become genocide?

    "The intellectual tradition is one of servility to power, and if I didn't betray it I'd be ashamed of myself." ---Noam Chomsky

    by Succulent Filth on Sun Nov 14, 2010 at 08:47:56 PM PST

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