Thursday, November 27, 2014

More Afghan War News Snippets

A firm in Massachusetts had been contracted to make Afghan Uniform Police jackets. The firm, Sterlingwear of Boston, Inc. was awarded almost $7 million in the contract.

An article in Cicero Magazine (November 25, 2014) informs us about several new online forums where military ideas and issues are presented and discussed. Read "The Long Gray Online".

Once again Pakistan has condemned a drone attack against members of "the good Taliban". The recent UAV strike was carried out by CIA-operated drones (either a Predator or Reaper) in North Wazirstan. The drone attack was most likely against the Haqqani Network - an insurgent / terrorist group supported by the Pakistan intelligence agency. Read more in "Pakistan condemns drone strike that targeted 'good Taliban' and foreign fighters", The Long War Journal, November 26, 2014.

There have been many attempts to introduce or buttress a cash crop that Afghan farmers could grow that would replace the lucrative poppy harvest. One of the latest is the onion. Read more in "The social life of the onion: the informal regulation of the onion market in Nangarhar, Afghanistan", Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium, November 25, 2014.

The Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs has introduced the Lapis Lazuli Corridor initiative to increase economic and trade transit routes through neighboring countries. Read more in an online post by the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce & Industries (ACCI) on November 25, 2104.

The International Crisis Group has published a report entitled Afghanistan's Political Transition. The document, dated October 16, 2014, provides a background to the "National Unity Government" and offers recommendations to Afghanistan and the international donors funding the Afghan government.

Reuters  reports that the U.S, will leave more troops in Afghanistan than first planned.

The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers is completing construction of a $25.5 million military base facility in Kunduz, Afghanistan in support of 2nd Brigade 209th ANA Corps. The new base integrates modern building codes with local culture functionality (Arab toilets and no AC?) providing a sustainable facility for ANA facility engineers to maintain. (DVIDS, November 26, 2014).

A writer, Nasurullah Brohi, provides us his thoughts on the relationship between Pakistan and Afghanistan in "Rethinking a Progressive Democratic Afghanistan - Oped", Eurasia Review, November 25, 2014.

The Duffel Blog provides us with news of an amusement park in Kabul that recently opened providing Kabul residents with a diversion from the daily doom and gloom of war. Read "Afghan Amusement Park Lasts Almost 13 Hours", (Nov 26, 2014).

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