Friday, December 5, 2014

Afghan War News Snippets (Dec 5, 2014)

Movie Review - "Kajaki". An American military officer recently viewed the British film "Kajaki" in a London movie theater. He provides us with his thoughts on the history of Hollywood war movies and then let's us know that "Kajaki" is definitely worth viewing. Read "The British War Movie America Needs", by T.S. Allen, War on the Rocks, December 4, 2014.

An Afghan interpreter, one of the few that manage to get a visa from the U.S. Department of State, has finally been reunited with his family. Read more in "Former Afghan translator living in US finally reunited with family", Stars and Stripes, December 3, 2014.

The F-22 and F-35A are two pieces of high tech machinery and they are very complementary of each other. Read more in "Talk Stealthy to Me", by Kelley Sayler, War on the Rocks, December 4, 2014.

LTG (Ret) Daniel Bolger, author of the recently published book Why We Lost, has provided us with his top war books that he considers essential for military leaders. Read "WarBooks Profile: Lieutenant General Daniel Bolger",, December 4, 2014.

Freedom House has produced an InfoGraphic posted by Radio Free Europe depicting the levels of Internet Freedom Around the World. There are three ratings - green is "free", orange is "partly free", and red is "not free". On the map Afghanistan is . . . white. I guess that means "unknown".

According to Tolo News (Afg) the Ministry of Finance (MoF) will incorporate three Afghan banks - Pashtani Bank, Milli Bank, and the New Kabul Bank. The New Kabul Bank is the notorious financial institution where ex-President Karzai's relatives stole billions of dollars. The merger will mean that a single bank will control the banking system, which is currently performed by the Central Bank of Afghanistan. Read more in "MoF to Incorporate Three State-Run Banks", Tolo News, December 3, 2014.

Poland has been a steady and reliable partner in the Afghan conflict. Read more about Poland's contribution to the ISAF mission in Afghanistan in "NIC: Focus on Poland", ISAF News, December 4, 2014.

Drugs in Afghanistan. Two long-time members of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime have wrote an article which has been posted in Stability: International Journal of Security & Development entitled "Capturing the Elusive Formula Against Afghanistan's Drug Economy Through Integration" (December 2014).

Pomegranates. A BBC News Asia article by Daud Qarizadah & Harun Najafizade asks "Afghanistan: Can pomegranates power the economy?" (Dec 3, 2014).

It appears that the Pentagon is seeking a replacement pistol for the M9 Beretta. Read more in this news article (UPI, Dec 3, 2014).

Humanitarian workers are at increased risk in Kabul. Read more in "The Murder of Innocents", Foreign Policy Dispatch, December 3, 2014.

In an interview, the United Nations Assistant General Secretary Haoliang Xu said that the international community must remain committed to supporting Afghanistan's development under President Ghani (Thomson Reuters Foundation, December 4, 2014).

A video posted on YouTube by the NATO Channel entitled "Building up Afghanistan's economy" provides info on steps President Ghani is making to rebuild Afghanistan (4 mins).

The U.S. Army is going with a new battle uniform. This means new boots, belt, and T-shirt as well. Learn more in a news report by Army Times (Dec 3, 2014).

The spokesman for the Department of Defense (Admiral Kirby) states that the U.S. is confident Afghans can take full security control next month (DoD News, Dec 2, 2014).

Nasir Shansab is an Afghan-born businessman living in the United States. He has wrote an opinion piece for Newsweek entitled "Afghanistan Needs a Government - Fast" (Dec 3, 2014).

Robert Chesney writes about the "Rules of Engagement for the War in Afghanistan in 2015", on the Lawfare Blog, December 3, 2014.

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