Sunday, March 25, 2018
News Snippets about Afghanistan - A Little of This and That
Kabul's Mobile Library. A bus converted into a reading room for children is traveling the streets of the capital city. Read "Climb on Board: Afghan woman brings stories to Kabul's children", Reuters, March 21, 2018.
U.S. Role in Taliban Reconciliation. Lolita C. Baldor of he Associated Press reports that General John Nicholson (RS Cdr) says the U.S. has a role to play in setting the conditions for members of the Taliban to lay down their weapons and move back into Afghanistan's society. A lot of this 'reintegration' is taking place behind the scenes - with smaller groups of insurgents. ISAF and now RS has always attempted to reintegrate and reconcile insurgents as a method to reduce the conflict. The programs thus far have been largely unsuccessful. We shall see if the generals optimism is misplaced in time. Read "US will have role in Afghan reconciliation with Taliban", ABC News, March 22, 2018.
Afghan Interpreter Now in Air Force. An Afghan citizen worked for years as an interpreter at a U.S. military base in Shindand, Afghanistan. Read his story on life as an interpreter, his journey to the United States, citizenship, and now military service - "Face of Defense: Afghanistan Native Now Serves as U.S. Airman", DoD, March 22, 2018.