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Afghanistan War News Updates — May 24, 2012

May 24, 2012
Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen, commander of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan, briefs reporters at the Pentagon, May 23, 2012. DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley


Allen: Troops In Afghanistan Are Fully Supplied Despite Rift With Pakistan — Stars and Stripes

WASHINGTON — Despite ongoing diplomatic tussles with Pakistan and the continued closure of land supply routes, U.S. and coalition troops in Afghanistan have all the food, fuel and ammo they need, the war’s top commander said Wednesday at the Pentagon.

Marine Gen. John Allen spoke to reporters two days after NATO leaders at a summit in Chicago agreed on a “road map” to wind down operations in Afghanistan.

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Combined Force Detains Taliban Leader — US Department of Defense
2 roadside bombs slam Michigan National Guards in Afghanistan; 10 wounded — Detroit Free Press
Afghanistan: 17 Taliban rebels killed, 54 detained — Zee News
Afghan intelligence says it foiled massive bomb plot — L.A. Times

Allen Anticipates Much Summer Activity in Afghanistan — US Department of Defense
ISAF Commander Anticipates Much Summer Activity in Afghanistan — Defpro

Quarter of U.S. troops to leave Afghanistan by end of September — Foreign Policy
Allen: U.S. troop draw down from Afghanistan to begin ‘very shortly’ — CNN
General says Afghanistan will need “combat power” — Reuters
ISAF to assess Afghan security every six months — Zee News

Afghanistan War: Taliban, Pakistan And Iran Could Hamper NATO Exit — Huffington Post
NATO-led force to leave Afghanistan but Taliban risk remains — Xinhuanet

Deployed Marines face electrocution threat — Marine Times
Large Footprint in Afghanistan Can be Counterproductive: Obama — Defpro

Afghan girls poisoned in second anti-school attack — Reuters
Poisoned in the classroom: 125 Afghan girls rushed to hospital after ‘Taliban attacked school with toxic powder’ — Daily Mail
Official: 122 girls, 3 teachers poisoned at Afghan school — CNN

NATO summit’s forgotten people: Afghan civilians
— New York Daily News
Afghans Say Kidnapped Aid Workers in Mountains, Talks Begin — New York Times/Reuters
Afghan civilians flock to Army medics with ailments new and old — Stars and Stripes

Insight: Iran’s “Great Game” in Afghanistan — Amie Ferris-Rotman, Reuters
Ready or not, it is Afghanistan’s turn to carry the fight — Brian Stewart, CBC
Afghan war is not over yet — Stephen Tankel, CNN
Pipe dream in Afghanistan? — Alexandros Petersen, UPI

US military deaths in Afghanistan at 1,851
— AP


Afghanistan War News Updates — May 20, 2012

May 20, 2012

NATO Summit: Who Will Foot The Bill For Long-Term Afghanistan Security? — Christian Science Monitor

A war-weary US faces off with wary NATO allies in Chicago about money and support for Afghanistan after US combat troops withdraw in 2014. Don’t expect any “Mission Accomplished” speeches.

When NATO nations meet in Chicago May 20, one question will top the agenda: What happens in Afghanistan when US combat troops leave?

To be sure, some troops from NATO countries, led by the United States, will likely stay behind after 2014 – both to train Afghans and act as a hedge against the Taliban’s return. The summit will try to iron out some of those details.


More News on Afghanistan

Nato summit: Obama to tackle Afghanistan’s future – live coverage — The Guardian
NATO Leaders Map Strategy for Afghanistan Exit — Reuters
World leaders set to tackle Afghanistan’s future — AP
World leaders set to tackle Afghanistan’s future — New York Post
Nato summit to discuss withdrawal from Afghanistan — BBC
NATO considers future of Afghanistan — Deutsche Welle
NATO to pressure Canada to help foot bill for Afghanistan security — National Post
NATO Buzzword: ‘Sustainment’ In Afghanistan — NPR
White House Balances Money, Security In Afghanistan — NPR

Bomber Strikes U.S. Soldiers in Southern Afghanistan — New York Times
Two NATO troops killed in southern Afghanistan — L.A. Times
Afghan attack kills two NATO soldiers, two children — AFP
Suicide blast ‘kills 10’ at Afghan checkpoint in Khost — BBC
In Afghanistan, New Group Begins Campaign of Terror — New York Times
Taliban: NATO nations should leave Afghanistan now — Stars and Stripes/AP

UK special forces ‘to stay in Afghanistan after 2014’ — BBC
UK May Keep Troops in Afghanistan Post-2014 to Fight Terrorism — Reuters
UK special forces will stay in Afghanistan in anti-terror role — The Guardian

NATO won’t pay $5,000 per truck to Pakistan: Panetta — New York Daily News
Why Britain’s pledge to end Afghanistan’s deadly heroin trade has failed — The Telegraph
Taliban, poppies returning to once-secure Afghan province — McClathcy News

In Afghanistan, fears that a NATO withdrawal will lead to another civil war — Global Post
NATO summit: Why US, allies don’t just call it quits in Afghanistan — Howard LaFranchi, Christian Science Monitor
What the NATO Summit could mean for Afghanistan’s women — Khorshied Samad, FOX News
The View Of The War From Afghanistan — NPR

Afghanistan War News Updates — May 18, 2012

May 19, 2012

An injured U.S. soldier is pulled to cover during a firefight in Maiwand district of Kandahar province in April. Reuters
U.S. Redefines Afghan Success Before Conference — New York Times

WASHINGTON — Leaders of the NATO nations will meet in Chicago on Sunday to set in motion the massive machinery necessary to wind down the war in Afghanistan.

But even as American officials prepare a list of benchmarks they can cite as achieved in the war effort — expect to hear much about strategic partnership agreements and assurances that the Afghan people have not been abandoned — they acknowledge privately that the bar has been significantly lowered on how success in Afghanistan is defined after 11 years of combat.


More News On Afghanistan

Attacks by Taliban Rise in Surge Areas — Wall Street Journal
Rockets attacks in northeastern Afghanistan kill 2 NATO service members, 3 civilians — Washington Post/AP
2 NATO Troops Die in Attack in Afghanistan — Voice of America
Afghan attack: Seven killed in Farah compound raid — BBC
Insurgents storm governor’s office in western Afghanistan — Stars and Stripes/McClatchy News
Ready or not, Afghan security transfer accelerating — CNN
Allen: NATO Summit to Define ‘Vision’ for Afghanistan — US Department of Defense
NATO’s post-Afghanistan future unclear — CNN
Pacifists in the Crossfire: The Kabul Hospital That Treats All Comers — New York Times

An Afghan Governor’s Campaign to Win Over the Citizens of His Province — Carol Giacomo, New York Times
Assassination + more NATO killings = Death for peace talks? — Ashley Fantz, CNN
Crime and Punishment in Afghanistan — Tim Sullivan, Foreign Affairs
NATO’s undue optimism on Afghanistan — Ronald E. Neumann and Michael O’Hanlon, Washington Post
Afghanistan: Success or failure? — Al Jazeera

NATO Forces Will remain In Afghanistan For At Least A Decade After 2014

May 17, 2012

U.S. Army Spc. Terry Proud pulls security during a mission in Farah City in Afghanistan’s Farah province, May 12, 2012. Proud is assigned to Provincial Reconstruction Team Farah, whose members met with Farah City citizens to gather information and opinions about the living conditions there. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Lovelady
NATO Advisers Must Stay In Afghanistan For ‘A Decade’ After 2014 — Aol Defense

We aren’t leaving Afghanistan — except, of course, to the extent we are. That’s the high-wire balancing act that the top commander in Afghanistan, Marine Gen. John Allen, had to perform in his remarks today ahead of the upcoming NATO conference in Chicago.

“We will say to the Afghan people with one voice, ‘we are not leaving,’ and we will highlight our commitment to the Afghan National Security Forces beyond 2014,” Gen. Allen promised in the name of the alliance. Just minutes later, though, he announced that a second wave of U.S. troops “will start to depart the theater shortly.” 10,000 troops have already come home, and at least some commanders had hoped to hold the line there until 2014. Instead, Allen said, “[an additional] 23,000 will leave… by the end of September of this year.”


My Comment: Bottom line …. US and NATO forces will continue to lose lives in Afghanistan well into the next decade.

Afghanistan War News Updates — May 16, 2012

May 17, 2012
U.S. Army Pfc. Kristina Batty dons a headscarf to meet with female Afghan villagers in Afghanistan’s southern Ghazni province, May 5, 2012. Batty, a medic for a female engagement team, is assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod


Ready Or Not, Afghan Security Transfer Accelerating — CNN

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) — NATO forces are here until 2014, but each day the demands on them lessen as Afghan forces take on more responsibility.

Earlier this week, the latest tranche of the security transfer process was announced. A third swathe of Afghanistan will see Afghan national forces take the lead on security, with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) scaled back into to a supporting role only.

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ISAF Joint Command morning operational update – May 16, 2012 — ISAF
War In Afghanistan 16 May 2012 — War On Terror News
Taliban Leader Captured In Afghanistan — RTT
As Trained Afghans Turn Enemy, a U.S.-Led Imperative Is in Peril — New York Times
Taliban infighting over US talks breaks down into terror campaign — The Telegraph
Pakistan agrees to reopen NATO supply route to Afghanistan, but for a fee — McClatchy News
Another Afghanistan Commander Bails On The War Early — Danger Room
Afghanistan hopeful of extra US cash to fund security — The Guardian
Australia pledges $300 million to Afghan forces — Air Force Times/AP
Australia pledges $300m to Afghanistan — BBC
Czech govt approves troop reduction in Afghanistan — Chicago Tribune/Reuters
Army surgeon offers hope to Afghan amputees — USA Today
Afghanistan to pump oil within months: official — AFP

Afghanistan: America’s Willful Deception — John Bernard, American Thinker
7 reasons for hope in Afghanistan — Michael O’Hanlon, CNN
Nato’s battle of spin with the Taliban marks a new era for Afghanistan — Jason Burke, The Guardian
A New Blow in Afghanistan — Sanjay Kumar, The Diplomat

Afghanistan War News Updates — May 10, 2012

May 10, 2012
U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Vincent Goitortua scans for potential threats while his fellow Marines speak to a group of local farmers about illicit poppy growth in the area during a security patrol in the Durzay region of the Garmsir district in Helmand province, Afghanistan, April 30, 2012. Goitortua is assigned to India Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, which was making the final patrol of a seven-month deployment. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Reece Lodder


Afghanistan “Faces Tougher Times” In Next Security Handover — Yahoo News/Reuters

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghanistan faces tougher security challenges in the next phase of a transition from foreign to Afghan forces as insurgents step up their attacks, Afghan officials said on Thursday.

President Hamid Karzai is expected to announce on Sunday the transfer of 230 districts and the centers of all provincial capitals to Afghan control in the third phase of a handover before most NATO troops pull out by the end of 2014.

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More News On Afghanistan

ISAF Joint Command Morning operational update – May 10, 2012
Suicide attackers kill 5 in eastern Afghanistan — AP
10 Taliban rebels surrender in N. Afghanistan — Xinhuanet
Loss of aid, troops could hit fragile Afghanistan — Sydney Morning Herald
As US-Taliban talks stall, hope for political solution dims — Stars and Stripes/Washington Post
Special Report: Afghan surprise in Ghazni province — The Independent
Sipping, not guzzling, fuel on Afghanistan’s frontlines — Chicago Tribune/Reuters
Afghan Goal: Toning Down The Radical Preachers — NPR
Afghanistan Will Dominate NATO Summit in Chicago, Says Senior NATO Commander — Ottawa Citizen
U.S. – Afghan Agreement Signed — Voice of America
Iran threatens to expel Afghan refugees if Kabul ratifies US strategic partnership — The Telegraph
Soldier’s family reveals prisoner trade secretly discussed by U.S. and Taliban — The Lookout/Yahoo News
Poll: Support for war in Afghanistan hits new low — Chicago Tribune
AP-GfK Poll: Afghan war support drops to new low — AP
Afghan Refugee Children Perish in Harsh Winter — New York Times
The bootmaker of Kabul’s promising venture losing traction — Stars and Stripes
Never-Ending Story: On the Front Lines of Afghanistan’s Counterinsurgency — Michael Hirsh, The Atlantic
Realism and reality in Afghanistan — Arnaud de Borchgrave, The Washington Times

Afghanistan War News Updates — February 28, 2012

February 29, 2012

Pentagon Says ‘Fundamental Strategy’ In Afghanistan Is Sound — Washington Post

The Pentagon said Monday that it will not change its “fundamental strategy” in Afghanistan despite a week of crises that have worsened the strained partnership between the Afghan government and U.S. and NATO forces.

U.S. officials acknowledged that tensions remain high in Kabul and that distrust has not dissipated since last weekend’s killing of two U.S. military officers inside the Afghan Interior Ministry, apparently by a rogue Afghan security officer.


More News On Afghanistan

US: Afghanistan turmoil won’t change US war plan — Yahoo News/AP
Pentagon: Protests Will Not Alter Afghan Mission — Voice of America
‘Cowardly’ Afghanistan Attacks Won’t Deter U.S., Pentagon Says — Bloomberg Businessweek
US keeps withdrawal timeline despite Koran row — ABC News (Australia)
US will not alter troop withdrawals despite Koran protests — The Telegraph
US Strategy In Afghanistan Questioned Amid Violence — NPR (audio)
With Panetta facing Senate panel, new questions on Afghan future — MSNBC
Officials Reaffirm Commitment to Afghan Strategy — US Department of Defense
Afghan attacks over Koran burning renew debate on U.S. drawdown — L.A. Times

Coalition, Afghans Work Together to Capture Insurgents — US Department of Defense
War in Afghanistan 28, February, 2012 — War On Terror News
Afghan bomb blasts kill 14 people — Iol News
Suicide attack near NATO base kills 9 Afghans in response to Koran burnings — Washington Post
Afghan Violence not Disrupting Ops, DoD says —
US ties with Afghans in crisis after violence — AFP
U.S. Murders at Heart of Afghan Ministry Raise Questions — New York Times/Reuters
Rioting on the wane in Afghanistan, but U.S. military advisers not ready to return to ministry posts — FOX News

U.N. yanks staff from northern Afghanistan — UPI
Afghan president condemns fatal bombing at military airfield — CNN
U.S. shouldn’t speed up Afghanistan pull out: ambassador — Yahoo News/Reuters
PJ Media: White House Won’t Release Obama’s 3 Page Apology Letter to Hamid Karzai — FOX News

Sprawling air base in western Afghanistan reflects hopes, perils of massive buildup — Stars and Stripes
Torture, Riots, Burnt Korans: One Afghan Jail’s Dark History — Spencer Ackerman, Danger Room
Cultural Cluelessness Threatens U.S. Commando Strategy — David Axe, Danger Room
If Afghans Want to Reject the U.S. and Embrace Theocracy, That’s Their Right — Max Fisher, The Atlantic
As the west plans its pullout from Afghanistan, many desperate Afghans are also looking for an exit — Emma Graham-Harrison, The Guardian
Violence suggests ‘Afghans hate us, and we don’t trust them’ — McClatchy News
“Tipping Point?” — Mark Thompson, Time
Afghanistan’s true outrage — Hamida Ghafour, Globe and Mail
Apologies in Afghanistan — Amy Davidson, New Yorker
Afghanistan: The Friendship That Went Up in Flames — Sami Yousafzai and Ron Moreau, Newsweek
No Easy Exit From Afghanistan — International Herald Tribune
Understanding the rage in Afghanistan — James Carroll,
Afghanistan on edge — L.A. Times editorial

Afghanistan War News Updates — February 13, 2012

February 13, 2012
Afghan Defense Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak meets with U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at the Ministry of Defense in Kabul, Afghanistan, Feb. 9, 2012. DOD photo by D. Myles Cullen


Afghanistan’s Rich And Their Cash Prepare For Exodus — National Journal/Reuters

KABUL // In the crush of people in Kabul’s Shahzada money market, conspiracy theories are a currency as hard as the bundles of cash in the hands of bearded traders trying to divine their future.

And the theory going around – amid the din of shouted exchange rates – is that Afghanistan’s rich are preparing again to shift their money and lives from the country over fears of chaos or civil conflict after foreign troops leave.


More News On Afghanistan

FACTBOX-Security developments in Afghanistan, Feb 13 — Reuters
ISAF Joint Command morning operational update – February 13, 2012 — ISAF
Year-on-Year Violence Levels in Afghanistan Decrease for First Time — Defpro
Afghan provincial judge killed amid campaign of assassinations — L.A. Times
US gambles on special forces in Afghanistan strategy — Yahoo News/AFP
2 Boys With Suicide Vests Are Arrested in Afghanistan — New York Times
NATO Says Afghan Children Found Dead After Airstrike — Voice of America
NATO finds bodies of dead Afghan children after air strike, says connection possible — National Post/Reuters

Taliban say their former defense minister died in 2010 in Pakistani jail — Washington Post/AP
Senior Afghan Taliban leader, Mullah Obaidullah, is dead — BBC
Top Taliban official died in Pakistani prison, movement says — L.A. Times
Taliban Announces Ex-Defense Minister Dead — Time/AP

Afghan President Meets Anti-Corruption Monitoring Committee — Voice of America
Long Neglected, Camps in Kabul Get a Deluge of Aid — New York Times
This Marine Accepted The Silver Star After A Six Hour Stand Off Against The Taliban — Business Insider

Here Is The Afghanistan Report That The Pentagon Doesn’t Want You To Read

February 12, 2012
Photo Courtesy of the United States Military


The Afghanistan Report The Pentagon Doesn’t Want You To Read — Rolling Stone

Earlier this week, the New York Times’ Scott Shane published a bombshell piece about Lt. Colonel Daniel Davis, a 17-year Army veteran recently returned from a second tour in Afghanistan. According to the Times, the 48-year-old Davis had written an 84-page unclassified report, as well as a classified report, offering his assessment of the decade-long war. That assessment is essentially that the war has been a disaster and the military’s top brass has not leveled with the American public about just how badly it’s been going. “How many more men must die in support of a mission that is not succeeding?” Davis boldly asks in an article summarizing his views in The Armed Forces Journal.


More News On Lt. Colonel Daniel Davis’ Afghanistan Report

The Whistleblower’s Report — New York Times
The Afghanistan Report The Pentagon Doesn’t Want You To Read — Huffington Post
Rolling Stone releases Colonel Davis’ blockbuster report about Afghanistan – and our senior generals! — Fabius Maximus
US Army Officer’s Leaked Report Discredits Afghanistan War Success Story — Eurasia Review

My Comment: For regular readers of this blog, his report provides nothing new. But …. it is still depressing reading. At least some in Congress are taking notice.

The full report is here.

Afghanistan War News Updates — February 12, 2012

February 12, 2012

Risks Of Afghan War Shift From Soldiers To Contractors — New York Times

KABUL, Afghanistan — Even dying is being outsourced here.

This is a war where traditional military jobs, from mess hall cooks to base guards and convoy drivers, have increasingly been shifted to the private sector. Many American generals and diplomats have private contractors for their personal bodyguards. And along with the risks have come the consequences: More civilian contractors working for American companies than American soldiers died in Afghanistan last year for the first time during the war.

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More News On Afghanistan

War In Afghanistan News – 12 FEB 2012 — War On Terror News
Seven Taliban killed, 18 held in Afghanistan — Yahoo News/IANS
Gunmen kill provincial judge, child in Afghanistan — Yahoo News/AP
Gunmen assassinate provincial judge in Nangarhar — Khaama Press
Afghan forces allegedly cross into Balochistan — Dawn/AP
Border violation: Afghan forces kill 2 in Balochistan — Express Tribune
Afghan forces intrude into Pakistan; kill 2 — The Nation

Afghanistan denies Taliban army infiltration systemic — ABC News
Afghan attacker may not have acted alone, suggests Taliban propaganda video — Brisbane Times
Attacks on Coalition Troops by Afghan Security Forces Tend to Reflect Local Grievances, According to General — Ottawa Citizen

Taliban: Changed, but still a potent threat — Yahoo News/AFP
Marine honored for Afghanistan counterattack — CBS/AP
Afghans Fret Flight of Hard Cash a Sign of Things to Come — New York Times/Reuters
In Afghanistan, a Soviet Past Lies in Ruins — New York Times
Afghan women fear Taliban return — AFP
A Loss We Can Live With — James Traub, Foreign Policy