Posts Tagged ‘Kabul’

Al Qaeda's Afghan second in command killed in NATO strike

May 30th, 2012 Comments off

KABUL – A weekend NATO strike has left dead two Al Qaeda leaders, including the second in command of the terror network in Afghanistan, an official statement said Tuesday, a claim denied by Taliban.
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"The tide has turned"

May 2nd, 2012 Comments off

“… It was the second major assault in Kabul in less than three weeks and highlighted the Taliban’s continued ability to strike in the heavily guarded capital even when security had been tightened for Obama’s visit and Wednesday’s anniversary of the killing of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in neighboring Pakistan.…”

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Please, White House, Next Time Tell the Embassy …

May 1st, 2012 Comments off

Twitter this afternoon:

He really is there, or at least at Bagram. They could turn on the news. Maybe they mean he’s not actually in Kabul, but that seems a bit legalistic.

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US embassy and NATO offices suffer major attack in Kabul

September 13th, 2011 Comments off

The US embassy and NATO Isaf headquarters in Kabul came under attack Wednesday in a coordinated and “massive” suicide bombing campaign, according to local officials.
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Kabul: a safe city

November 24th, 2010 Comments off

“The capital of war-torn Afghanistan is “probably safer” for children than New York City or London, says NATO’s top civilian representative in Kabul, despite Afghanistan being in the midst of a nine-year war.”  Tell him to send his children to Kabul school then. (thanks Olivia)

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Kabul Safer For Children Than London?!

November 22nd, 2010 Comments off

Mark Sedwill, the Nato’s Senior Civilian Representative in Afghanistan made some rather peculiar comments, claiming that it is safer for children to grow up in Kabul than in Western cities such as London or New York. Does he seriously mean that?! Obviously he’s one of those individuals who are in Afghanistan to help re-development, but never leave their compound, because they are too afraid…

Karzai brother & the Kabul Bank

September 30th, 2010 Comments off

“…Sources told Al Jazeera that Farnood made loans worth $90m to his airline Pamir Air and $70m to natural gas operations of Hasseen Fahim, the brother of Afghanistan’s first vice-president Mohammad Qasim Fahim. Those figures are in addition to the $160m spent on properties in Dubai, the sources said …”

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26 killed in Afghan bus crash

July 26th, 2010 Comments off

UPDATE 1: Speeding bus heading toward Kabul flips over in southern Afghanistan, killing 26 on board.
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"End game"

May 25th, 2010 Comments off

FB Ali via SST/ here

The players involved in the conflict in Afghanistan have all concluded that neither side can achieve a military victory and that it will end in some other way, probably through a negotiated solution. Since each of them has different goals, this end game is likely to be both confusing and complicated……

The mainstream viewpoint in the US administration, espoused by Secretary Gates and the military hierarchy, accepts the inevitability of a negotiated settlement but wants one that preserves a friendly government in Kabul that continues to lean on the US for support. If Taliban participation is unavoidable, it must be as limited as possible. They believe the insurgency has not yet been weakened enough to accept this kind of a settlement, and thus further military action is necessary. Hence the forthcoming Kandahar operation, as well as renewed pressure on Pakistan to complete the military takeover of its tribal areas. President Obama is going along with this policy for now but does not appear committed to it; he could abandon it if the approach does not work as successfully as its proponents promise.

Another school of thought in the administration (possibly including VP Biden) could be termed the minimalist position: it would agree to any kind of a negotiated settlement between the Afghan parties that would enable the US to get out of there expeditiously. They would like Hamid Karzai to pursue this option as soon as possible and get the best deal he can. There is also still a maximalist position in the US, advanced by those groups who believe the US should dominate the world with its military power, and who were the original backers of the Iraq and Afghan wars. This group advocates the continuation of the war until the Taliban are defeated and al-Qaeda is eradicated from the region. Its supporters in the administration maintain a low profile since this position is unlikely to ever become administration policy. (continue/ here)

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"…That clock is ticking. The Afghan insurgents can hear it ticking. The generals do not have the time they would need to make their strategy work"

May 23rd, 2010 Comments off

Lang at SST/ here

“Some group of “Taliban” have now claimed yesterday’s attack on the airfield at Kandahar. Mortar fire, rockets and ground action around the perimeter marked the event. Evidently this went on for some hours. ….. This follows on a recent Taliban declaration of their intention to conduct a Spring offensive. In that context, there have been attacks in Kabul, and ambitious and successful ambushes of vehicular convoys. So far, the opposition is not “fixed” in the military sense of “finding, fixing and finishing” the enemy. “Fixing” here means that the enemy must be dominated and held in position while the process is brought to end. That does not seem to be happening. This is a bad portent for the future.

I keep saying that the preliminary COIN effort at Marja is a predictor of what the likely prospects are for COIN success at Kandahar and elsewhere around the country. Where is the news from Marja?

Time is short. William Hague, the new British foreign minister urges the US not to withdraw “too soon” from Afghanistan. That is easy for him to say. His government is new and not yet scarred. The horizon seems far away just now. For President Obama the horizon is close and approaching fast. We have learned now that Obama recognized during the Afghan policy debate that the generals and admirals were trying to “roll” him for what they wanted. They wanted a long COIN war in Afghanistan with an open ended commitment to that war. He called Admiral Mullen and Secretary Gates to his office and summoned them to subordination. The threat behind that was obvious. In spite of that he gave them much of what they wanted, but with a caveat driven by his political need to start the end of the war before November, 2012.

That clock is ticking. The Afghan insurgents can hear it ticking. The generals do not have the time they would need to make their strategy work.

The West Point commencement speech yesterday was interesting. It becomes increasingly obvious that Obama is both a social democrat and an internationalist in the classic old mold. These are heavy political burdens for a candidate to bear these days. He will not be able to bear an additional burden in Afghanistan in 2012.”

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