Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Daily Afghan News Snippets (Nov 25, 2014)

President Ghani is hoping to ease the plight of women in Afghanistan and also draw them into the transformation process (political, social, and economic). Read more in "Does the Ghani Administration Mean a Greater Role for Women in the Afghan Economy?", Asia Foundation, November 19, 2014.

"Do You Know Where Afghanistan Is?", The Huffington Post Blog, November 20, 2014. A reporter attended a Veterans Day rally in Washington, DC at the National Mall and quizzed attendees. While very supportive of Veterans most people could not pick out Afghanistan on a map. (text and short video).

An opinion piece at Foreign Policy Magazine is provided by Neha Ansari, a former editor at the Pakistani Express Tribune from 2013-2-14. She is now a visiting researcher at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in D.C. Her article entitled "Not Fit to Print: An Insider Account of Pakistani Censorship", The South Asia Channel, November 20, 2014 exposes the collusion between the main media, military, and intelligence agency of Pakistan.

According to The Asia Foundation the 2014 presidential election was a major driver of optimism in Afghanistan. (In Asia, November 19, 2014).

Rajeshwari Krishnamurthy asks us is the Chinese engagement in Afghanistan a win-win situation? (Eurasia Review, November 20, 2014.).

Romania will send 450 new troops to Afghanistan next year. (romania-insider.com, November 20, 2014). Some troops will train the ANSF, some help secure the Kandahar Air Field (KAF), and others will provide logistical support.

The increase in high-profile attacks in Kabul has raised concerns about security and intelligence (Fox News, November 20, 2014). Even though Kabul is protected by a "ring of steel" with police and soldiers manning roadblocks and spot checking vehicles the Taliban have still managed to conduct almost daily attacks in the nations capital. It is widely believed that many of the attacks are conducted by the Haqqani Network which is supported by Pakistan's ISI intelligence service.

A retired LTC (Army) provides us his thoughts on the Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl situation. (Best Defense, November 21, 2014.)

Higher education in Afghanistan is stalled due to a lack of books. Read more in a news article by the Afghanistan Analysts Network (November 23, 2014).

A drone strike by Coalition security forces killed militants in Nuristan province. (Khaama Press, November 23, 2014).

"The Rise of Drone Warfare" by Henry Srebnik, a professor of political science at the University of Prince Edward Island, chats about the CIA's Special Activities Division use of drones to target militants in northwest Pakistan and the number of deaths related to those strikes. He sees the continued use of drones to be a contentious issue for the foreseeable future. See story at Journal Pioneer, November 23, 2014.

The United Kingdom has pulled its troops from Kandahar. Read more in "Final UK Service Personnel Leave Southern Afghanistan", Forces TV (UK), November 24, 2014.

The Wall Street Journal is editorializing on President Obama's recent decision to extend combat operations in Afghanistan by one year. (November 24, 2014).

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