Sunday, February 4, 2018

Afghan News Snippets

ICRC 'Facts and Figures Report - 2017'.
 The International Committee of the Red Cross has released a four-page report of its activities in Afghanistan for the past year.

Afghanistan in Presidential Speeches Before Congress. Krishnadev  Calamur, a foreign policy writer, examines how presidential speeches before Congress (SOTU) have described the situation in Afghanistan. "16 Years of Presidents Talking About the War in  Afghanistan", The Atlantic, January 30, 2018.

OCHA Weekly Report 22-29 Jan 2018. The Weekly Humanitarian Field Report by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs for Afghanistan is now online.

Afghan Fatemiyoun Division - Fighting in Syria. Read about the Shia foreign fighters fighting on behalf of Iran in Syria. Since August 2013 The Afghan Fatemiyoun Division has suffered the second-largest number of losses in Syria among Tehran's Shia foreign legions. Tehran's Shia Foreign Legions, by Ali Alfoneh, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, January 30, 2018.

Afghan Spy Chief Visits Pakistan. Oh . . . to be a fly on the wall. The Afghan intelligence chief and Interior Minister paid a visit to Islamabad to discuss 'security concerns'. (Radio Free Europe, Jan 31, 2018).

Chinese Military Base in Afghanistan? There have been several new reports over the past few months about the  Chinese establishing a military base in the remote province of Badakhshan. (,  Feb 3, 2018).

Uncertainty of Afghan Refugees. Jelena Bjelica and Ali Mohammad Sabawoon of the Afghanistan Analysts Network (AAN) write about Afghans in Pakistan in "Still Caught in Regional Tensions? The uncertain destiny of Afghan refugees in Pakistan", AAN, January 31, 2018.

UNAMA Works with Afghan Media. The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan helps Afghan media organizations to build support for Afghan-led peace and reconciliation. (UNAMA, Feb 1, 2018).

ICRC - Leaving 2017 and Looking at 2018. The International Committee of the Red Cross examines 2017 and looks forward to 2018. Read Afghanistan: A difficult year in 2017, a new footprint on 2018, February 1, 2018.

Book Review - Directorate S. Steve Coll has another book out about Pakistan (Afghanistan) about the CIA and it's work in South Asia. (Evening Standard, Feb 1, 2018).

"Aid Worker Security Database". The AWSD records major incidents of violence against aid workers from 1997 to present.

Oxfam Report. A new report provides information on the situation awaiting Afghan returnees within Afghanistan. Returning to Fragility: Exploring the link between conflict and returnees in Afghanistan, January 31, 2018.

OCHA Humanitarian Bulletin. The December 2017 Humanitarian Bulletin is now available.

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