Thursday, February 26, 2009

Afghanstan: archive

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CNN: "Clinton: Kyrgyzstan base closure decision 'regrettable'"

Kyrgyzstan's decision to close a key U.S. military base is "regrettable," Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said, but it won't affect the U.S. military effort in nearby Afghanistan. On Friday, Russia announced it would assist the U.S. in transporting nonmilitary cargo to Afghanistan, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said. The United States uses Manas Air Base in Kyrgyzstan as a route for troops and supplies into Afghanistan. Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev announced Tuesday that "all due procedures" were being initiated to close the base.

"It's regrettable that this is under consideration by the government of Kyrgyzstan, and we hope to have further discussions with them," Clinton told reporters Thursday after a meeting with French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner. "But we will proceed in a very effective manner no matter what the outcome of the Kyrgyzstan government's deliberations might be." Bakiyev made his announcement at a news conference in Moscow, Russia, following news reports of a multimillion-dollar aid package from Russia to Kyrgyzstan. (...) >>>

Update: Kyrgyzstan's government said Friday that financial concerns and the killing of a citizen are among the reasons the country will close a U.S. base that has been a key operations point for U.S. efforts in Afghanistan ... and of course it has nothing to do with the post Soviet Warsaw Pact II ...

Feb 6, 2009
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Yon Pyling it on (...) the war in Afghanistan is, in many ways, just getting started. PJM presents the first in a series of exclusive reports from Michael Yon — our 21st-century "Ernie Pyle."

- PJM: "On the Front Lines in Afghanistan (Part II)", by Michael Yon

- PJM: "On the Front Lines in Afghanistan (Part I)", by Michael Yon

(...) I write these words from Kandahar, in the south. This war here is just getting started. Likely we will see severe fighting kicking off by about April of 2009. Iraq is on the mend, but victory in Afghanistan is very much in question. (...) While Americans sleep tight in their beds, this time of year U.S. soldiers sit shivering through the frigid, crystal clear nights at remote outposts (...) to hunt down and destroy terrorists, who continue to kill innocent Afghans, Americans, Aussies, Balinese, Brits, Indians, Iraqis, Pakistanis, Spanish … in short, anyone who opposes their violent tyranny. Their greatest weapons are ignorance and terror. Witness the latest unprovoked attack on our friends in India. (...) when bombs or bullets fly off in the wrong direction, which inevitably happens in a hot war, when there is an occasional overuse of force, it gets blamed on Americans — or the “U.S. led coalition” — with the implication that the U.S. engineered the error. This is partly a function of the expert propaganda machine that the Taliban and its fundamentalist allies bring to bear — and, of course, of a world media eager to exploit such stories. (...) >>>

Dec 10, 2008
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CNN: "Source: Saudi hosts Afghan peace talks with Taliban reps"

In a groundbreaking meeting, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia recently hosted talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban militant group, according to a source familiar with the talks. The historic four-day meeting (...) >>>

6th Oct 2008
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Times Online: "Afghanistan's 'pristine jihad' draws in outsiders trained in Pakistan," by Tom Coghlan in Kabul

Afghanistan is replacing Iraq as the destination of choice for international jihadists, Western intelligence agencies claim. Analysts have monitored a surge in online recruitment of “lions of Islam” to join the war in Afghanistan through jihadist websites, particularly in Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Chechnya and Turkey, in the past year. That is now being matched by evidence of an increase in foreign fighters entering Afghanistan, mostly from training bases established in the lawless Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) of Pakistan, where Osama bin Laden is believed to be hiding. (...) Intelligence officials say that the number of al-Qaeda-linked foreign fighters involved remains small within the overall context of the Taleban insurgency in Afghanistan and Pakistan. (...) Admiral Michael Mullen, Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters: “There are clearly more foreign fighters in the Fata than have been there in the past. What that really speaks to is that's a safe haven and it's got to be eliminated for all insurgents, not just al-Qaeda.” (...) >>>

Updated: 21st July 2008
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Facebook: Ahmad Shah Massoud's Group

Dedicated to the one and only Lion of Afghanistan and Panjshir, the most gifted military strategist of modern times....the one and only.....Shaheed Ahmad Shah Massoud. (...) Featuring
Massoud's Letter To The People Of America, dated 1998: A Message to the People of the United States of America (...) >>>

Updated: 26th June 2008
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World Politics Review: "Amidst the Gloom, Some Good News From Afghanistan", by Alan W. Dowd

The Associated Press grimly reports that "Insurgents have staged more than 130 suicide attacks" in Afghanistan this year. Something called the "Global Islamic Media Front" is demanding that Germany and Austria withdraw from Afghanistan. "NATO's shortfalls holding back progress in Afghanistan," declare the Canadian media. On top of all that, we are reminded daily of Pakistan's imminent explosion or implosion, which, by my count, we've been bracing for since October 2001.But there is other news from the Afghanistan front -- news that's not making it into the morning papers, at least not onto the front page. >>>
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Blog of the Joint Dutch/Australian Task Force Uruzgan to NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan: "Afghan Forces Kill Senior Enemy Commander, Several Fighters"

Afghan security forces killed a top-ranking enemy commander, identified as Malawi Abdul Manan, along with several

Related Sites: Combined Joint Task Force 82, DefenseLink

Updated: 1st November 2007
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