Stories about Afghanistan from November, 2007
Barnett R. Rubin analyzes the aftermaths of the Baghlan bombing in Afghanistan early this month, reviewing the Senlis Council report, which, as he says, presents a misleading map of Afghanistan showing a clear frontline between a Taliban-controlled south and a government-controlled north.
Peter Marton continues to keep a close eye on the developments in Afganistan that have followed the terror attack and blast in the Baghlan town. Now he reviews the report on the matter, prepared by the NPS Program on Culture and Conflict Studies.
Afghanistanica takes a look at another B-category movie about U.S. military in Aghanistan and offers a trailer.
Carl Robichaud reports that another fatal suicide attack occured in a province of Afghanistan that has rarely seen violence before. Suicide bomb has hit governor's compound in Nimruz; another attack was averted in Kabul.
Carl Robichaud reviews press coverage of the Taliban incursion into Afghanistan's province of Arghandab, admitting that despite a successful coalition counterattack, the Taliban operation “was a deft, successful psychological operations action”.
hadi1121 says that quite a few people have now complained about Taliban regrouping across the border in Pakistan or even perhaps in Iran. “Taliban are gaining ground, planting IED’s and probably exporting ideas and experties from Iraq at faster rate than ever before”, hadi1121 notes.
Õnne Pärl of the Afghanistan photoblog posts a cute picture of crops and spices on the “bazzar” market in the Afghani city of Jalalabad.
Peter Marton reviews the current situation and perspectives for further development of the Baluchi Valley of Afghanistan. More presence of the Afghan authorities might secure the area better, but there are indications that this might still be challenged very much by the Taliban, as the area is still a hotbed...
Mohammad Fahim Khairy says that a crying fact of prisoners’ rights violation has been revealed by the parliament official in Afghanistan. As reported, some officials of Pul-e-Charkhi prison in Kabul are accused of raping women prisoners.
Afghanistan Watch reports that country director of the World Food Programme in Afghanistan is lamenting that citizens and the media tend to overlook humanitarian work in Afghanistan, preferring to keep a close eye on the military issues.
Carl Robichaud considers that a too-narrow focus on counterinsurgency operations has undermined the mission in Afghanistan, and that it is high time to look for the right combination of military and non-military tools.
Peter Marton provides an update on the suicide bombing attack that has hit the northern province of Afghanistan earlier this month, targeting Afghani MPs. Apparently, some of the victims among the civilians could have been killed not by the bombs, but by inconsiderate shooting started by the bodyguards.
Bboyd reviews the recent report from Swisspeace that discusses private security contracting in Afghanistan, and says that the research -due to its extensiveness and care – gives some bona-fide examination of the issues.
Nasim Fekrat reports that Ghows Zalmay, a media professional from Afghanistan, was arrested on the border on Sunday while trying to flee into Pakistan. He is accused of that his new edition of Koran is allegedly un-Islamic.
More than 40 people, including five Afghan lawmakers and a number of children, were murdered on Tuesday in one of the deadliest suicide attacks since the fall of the Taliban, said Afghan officials. Several bloggers share their regret and opinions on this topic. Sanjar says[Fa] that many people including five...
A while ago, we learned that Hamid Karzai was willing to negotiate with the Taliban. Little has come of that, and Afghanistanica offers an explaination: I would love to see some questions on the loya jirga included in a large-scale survey of Afghan public opinion. I wonder if the average...
The horrible suicide bombing of November 6 in Baghlan, which killed dozens, including several members of parliament, has consumed the Afghan blogosphere. I was made privy to a rumor about the bomber's origin: the United National Front, the political coalition of former communists and Northern Alliance warlords. I expressed skepticism,...
Joshua Foust reflects on the suggested plans to legalize and cultivate marijuana in Aghanistan in an attempt to eradicate opium production. In the Afghan situation – with a weak central government, widespread anarchy, and an active insurgency with international support – this idea is probably a bit too audacious to...
Peter Marton reviews the developments in the northern Baluchi Valley of Afghanistan, where the operation to clear the area of insurgents and to eliminate weapons caches is under way.
Carl Robichaud resumes the tragic consequences of the terror attack in Afghanistan, saying that sixty eight civilians have been buried, a hundred more are wounded, and countless questions remain because of absence of a credible explanations from the authorities.
Peter Marton provides a final update on the yesterday's attack at the New Baghlan sugar factory against a delegation of Members of the Afghanistan's Parliament.