Posting History for This Week in Afghanistan
|Media Dares, and Other Afghan News
The New York Times reports on an escalation of the secret war in Afghanistan. As an October chill fell on the mountain passes that separate the militant havens in Afghanistan and Pakistan, a small ...
|The Whole War Is Now Classified, and Other Afghan News
In a news article, the New York Times reports that basically the whole damn war in Afghanistan has been classified. Not their precise words. The United States has spent about $65 billion to build ...
|Islamic State Reported in Afghanistan
The Associated Press has reported that the Islamic State is now active in southern Afghanistan. CAMP SHORABAK, Afghanistan -- Afghan officials confirmed for the first time Monday that the extremist ...
|Afghanistan After the War
The war in Afghanistan has ended. ISAF in Afghanistan formally ended “Operation Enduring Freedom” this week, to begin “Operation Freedom’s Sentinel” for what the U.S. considers a new ...
|CIA Best Practices in Assassination, and Other News About Afghanistan
Wikileaks has released a 2009 CIA document, Best Practices in Counterinsurgency . This is a secret CIA document assessing high-value targeting (HVT) programs world-wide for their impact on ...
|Afghan Government Investigates Newspaper, for Blasphemy
Last week, Afghanistan Express published an English language article , criticizing the Islam of the Taliban and ISIS. The newspaper is being investigated for blasphemy. Top staffers at an Afghan ...
|Happy 13th Anniversary to the GWOT
Thirteen years ago today we attacked Afghanistan, and thus started the Forever War on Some Terror. Let's look at the numbers: Nearly $800 billion spent 2,340 American lives lost 3,475 ...
|Thirteen Years of War, and Other Afghan News
Thirteen years ago today, the United States launched airstrikes on Afghanistan. It has been America's longest war. Good afternoon. On my orders the United States military has begun strikes against ...
|Ashraf Ghani Inaugurated as President of Afghanistan
After a long, bitter, and very messy dispute about election fraud, Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai has been sworn in as President of Afghanistan. Ghani is a reform-and-development-minded technocrat who had ...
|Ashraf Ghani Named as President of Afghanistan
Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai has been named as the next president of Afghanistan. Afghanistan's election commission has declared former finance minister and ex-World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani president-...
|Call the Fire Wagon. And Other Afghan News.
Palwasha Tokhi, a radio journalist and a student, was killed by unknown attackers in Mazar-i-Sharif. Killings of journalists are common. Ms. Tokhi was the second radio journalist killed in Mazar-i-...
|Not Taliban. And Other Afghan News.
On Remembrance Day in 2012, in Toronto, Laila Rashidie and Suraia Sahar held up a banner opposing Canadian military presence in Afghanistan. Coverage by the Toronto Sun questioned whether the two ...
|Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad Investigated for Money Laundering, and Other Afghan News
Zalmay Khalilzad , former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, is being investigated by the U.S. for money laundering. We know this because an Austrian blogger found documents about it in a garbage can ...
|Iranian fighter jets escort U.S. military charter plane with 100 passengers to land in Bandar Abbas
Adam Goldman and Karen DeYoung at The Washington Post report : A U.S. military charter ...
|U.S. Pressures Afghanistan to Investigate Army Killings, and Other Afghan News
Kimberly Dozier reports that the U.S. is pressuring Afghanistan to investigate illegal killings by the Afghan army and other security forces. The White House has called on the Afghan government to ...
|Hamid Karzai All Packed Up and Ready to Go
Hamid Karzai is all packed up and ready to go. Afghan President Hamid Karzai is ready to leave the ARG presidential palace as he has packed up all his personal possessions. Aimal Faizi, spokesman ...
|Afghan Election Update: All Very Embarrassing Edition
Yesterday, the Abdullah Abdullah campaign demanded of the United Nations, that Abdullah win the election for president of Afghanistan. The campaign gave the UN until today to do this. “If by ...
|Update on General Abdul Raziq
Brigadier General Abdul Raziq Achakzai, chief of police in Kandahar, and an American-supported strongman there, was rumored to be resigning a week ago. Unconfirmed reports suggest Kandahar police ...
|NYT Reporter Questioned by Afghan Officials, for Coup Story
New York Times reporter Matt Rosenberg has been questioned by Afghan officials, over yesterday's story that some Afghan officials were threatening to seize power if the presidential election crisis ...
|Atta Mohammed Noor Goes All Civil War Again, and Other Election News
In an interview with the Washington Post , Atta Mohammed Noor , Governor of Balkh, has gone all civil war again. A powerful Afghan governor and former militia leader, who had threatened mass ...
|Taking No Prisoners in Kandahar
Xinhua reports on seemingly normal operations by Afghan security forces in Kandahar. Furthermore, 171 Taliban militants, including several foreign militants, had been killed during nine-day battle ...
|John Kerry returns to Kabul
John Kerry has returned to Kabul, to try to help resolve the protracted election dispute. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Kabul, Afghanistan, today, August 7, to meet with Afghan leaders, ...
|Abdullah Campaign Accuses UN/US of Plot to Steal Election
The protracted dispute over fraud in the Afghan election started seven weeks ago. The Abdullah campaign, fairly early on, released audiotapes claimed to show Afghan officials, including the head of ...
|New Fraud Audiotape, and Other Afghan Audit News
The audit to select the next President of Afghanistan has stopped, and started, and stopped, and started, and stopped, and started, and stopped, and started. To help in this movement towards Afghan ...
|The coming fall of Afghanistan
It's time that Americans learn a lesson about Regime Change: It usually doesn't work. The collapsing country of Iraq is just the latest example. If things play out in the same way, ...
|Hashmat Karzai Assassinated, and Other Afghan News
Yesterday, Hashmat Karzai was killed at his home, in Karz. Hashmat Khalil Karzai, a cousin of President Hamid Karzai and a powerful supporter of the presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani, was killed ...
|Stuff Said About the Afghan Election Audit
The BBC said that the Afghan election audit is awesome: The agreement to hold a complete audit to deal with allegations of widespread fraud requires another huge logistical effort. Awesome scale ...
|Agreement on Afghan Election
Newspapers are reporting a U.S.-mediated agreement to solve the election crisis in Afghanistan. In the critical detail, both sides have agreed to abide by results, following an internationally-...
|Kerry Visit to Afghanistan: News Roundup
Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Kabul, Afghanistan, today, July 11, to meet with Afghan leaders including presidential candidates Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani and President Hamid ...
|Afghanistan Escapes Blacklisting Over Money Laundering Standards
Afghanistan has been under a deadline to implement money laundering standards, otherwise it would be blacklisted by the Financial Action Task Force . In a last minute deal, the blacklisting has been ...
|Heavy Fighting Reported in Helmand Province
Newspapers are reporting heavy fighting in Helmand province. It is a fight between the Taliban and Afghan government forces, newspapers say. Afghan officials say more than 800 Taliban fighters have ...
|Political Battle Over CIA Paramilitaries in Afghanistan
Last week, the CIA informed Congress of their plans to draw down their footprint in Afghanistan. The CIA has been using words like "has to" and "must" about this. Ten thousand U.S. troops in ...
|More and Better Technocrats
Afghanistan has seen a number of high profile attacks recently. Restaurants, hotels, NGOs, and journalists have been targets. The high election turnout, in urban areas (and some but not all rural ...
|AP Photographer Killed and Journalist Wounded, in Afghanistan
Photographer Anja Niedringhaus has been killed, and journalist Kathy Gannon is injured with bullet wounds, in an attack by a police officer in Khost, eastern Afghanistan. An Afghan police commander ...
|Afghan Election News Roundup
Results from a cell phone poll have been released. "Undecided" is in the lead, at 29%. The striking ticket of technocrat Ashraf Ghani, with northern warlord Abdul Rashid Dostum, comes in second at ...
|Draft Agreement for U.S. Troops to Remain in Afghanistan. Maybe. Depending.
The United States and Afghanistan have been negotiating terms of a bilateral security agreement since last November. The agreement would allow U.S. troops to stay in Afghanistan, after thirteen ...
|U.S. Captures Pakistan Taliban Commander, from Afghan Hands
The Washington Post reports that U.S. forces have captured Latif Mehsud, a Pakistan Taliban (TPP) commander, taking him from Afghan security force hands. Mehsud is said to have been in Afghanistan ...
|Various Afghanistan News
Monday was the twelfth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan. Here is some coverage of the occasion: October 7, 2001. The U.S. invasion of Afghanistan began as did the Global War on ...
|Pakistan Says It Will Release Mullah Baradar
Pakistan has announced that it will release a prisoner, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar . In principle, we have agreed to release him. The timing is being discussed. It should be very soon ... I think ...
|U.S. Military to Investigate Wardak Killings and Torture
Reuters reports that the United States is launching an investigation into killings and torture of Afghan civilians at a U.S. Special Forces base in Nerkh district, Wardak province, south of Kabul. ...
|A Targeted Killing
In 2010, Abdul Wahid Khurasani was a candidate for national parliament from Takhar province, northern Afghanistan. Zabet Amanullah , his uncle, influential and well known in the province, managed ...
|The Plot to Steal the Election in Afghanistan
Max Boot, neocon, came right out and said it. The United States should just pick the winner of next year's presidential election in Afghanistan. The U.S. ambassador, CIA station chief and U.S. ...
|U.S. Diplomat Downplays "Zero Option" for Afghanistan
In June, deputy national security advisor Ben Rhodes said, on the record, that decisions about U.S. troop numbers in Afghanistan would be put off. As concerns grow over Afghanistan's fate after the ...
|U.S. Torture Suspect Arrested in Afghanistan
In February, Hamid Karzai tried to expel U.S. Special Forces from Wardak province. In today's [weekly] national security council meeting, Afghan President Hamid Karzai ordered the ministry of ...
|Our Guys in Nangarhar
Khogyani District, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan. Looking south to the Tora Bora (Koh-i-Safed) mountains. Carmen Gentile reports from Nangarhar. KHOGYANI, ...
|A fact about the attack in Kabul
When there is news about Afghanistan involving Special Forces or especially the CIA, the factual reporting tends to be a bit, um, conflicting. Here are some previous examples, documenting the, um, ...
|Wild Talk about Afghanistan
So, this week in Afghanistan. There was some talk. And the talk was pretty wild. The United States announced direct talks with the Taliban. The US is to open direct talks with Taliban leaders ...
|Karzai Sacks 5 Governors: News Roundup
KABUL — Afghan President Hamid Karzai has sacked five provincial governors, including a key Western ally in one of the most turbulent battlegrounds of the south, officials said Thursday. ...
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