Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Daily News Snippets (Dec 16, 2014)

Some Afghan interpreters have been fortunate enough to obtain special immigrant visas for the United States. That is part of the struggle for these brave men to leave Afghanistan behind. The next part of the struggle is surviving in the United States. Adapting to a foreign culture, learning a skill or trade, and finding employment is difficult. Read more in "Afghan interpreters risked all for U.S., struggle in Omaha", Omaha.com, December 14, 2014.

There have been a lot of attacks by the Taliban across Afghanistan. Read more in "An Especially Deadly Day in Afghanistan", Defense One, December 14, 2014.

The Afghanistan War, the longest overseas conflict in United States history, has been expensive. The cost has been nearly $1 Trillion dollars and rising. However, that is just the costs that can be tracked. In reality the cost of the war is much higher; especially when taking into the consideration the lifelong medical costs of veterans who were injured or wounded. Read more in "$1tn cost of longest US war hastens retreat from military intervention", CNBC 25 News, December 15, 2014.

An agreement is likely to be concluded that will provide a contract mechanism for a Czech arms maker to provide spare parts and repair T-55 tanks for the Afghan National Army. Read more in "Czech firm may repair T-44 tanks of Afghanistan", Khaama Press, December 15, 2014.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and Afghan CEO Abdullah Abdullah met in talks during a gathering of prime ministers at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Astana on December 15, 2014. (Gandhara Blog, Radio Free Europe, December 15, 2014).

Macedonia will provide 38 servicemen to serve in Afghanistan on the Resolute Support mission. The Macedonian parliament endorsed the action on Monday, December 15th. Macedonia has continued the mission in Afghanistan that started back in 2002 with its first deployment. The 38 Soldiers will consist of staff officers that will augment the German-led Train Advise and Assist Command in northern Afghanistan as well as the Turkish-led contingent conducting the TAA mission in Kabul (hmmm . . . Macedonia and Turkey  . . . ). The Macedonian Soldiers (quite often fondly referred to as the M . . .  Nuts) have provided expert and diligent force protection duties at ISAF HQs for the last several years. (Global Post, December 15, 2014).

A spokesman for the Ministry of Defense stated that five more ANA soldiers were killed in an IED attack.  According to security officials the ANA is averaging 4 deaths a day; most from IED attacks.

Three post 9/11 veterans will serve on the Senate Armed Service Committee. Good to see we will have some military members with recent combat experience on that very important committee. (Defense One, December 15, 2014).

Kabul is one of the fastest growing cities in the world. People from rural areas flocking to Kabul are straining the infrastructure, overloading the municipal services, and having trouble finding employment. A news article in The Guardian (Dec 16, 2014) asks if Kabul can handle its growing pains

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