Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Afghan War News Snippets (Mar 10, 2015)

Kabul Governor. According to recent postings on Twitter the Kabul governor - Abdul Jabbar Taqwa - has resigned for personal reasons.

Marshal Fahim. The one year anniversary of the death of Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim has arrived. 

Afghan Turkmen. A story about Afghan Turkmen living on the Afghan-Turkmenistan border describes a desperate situation. It seems they are squeezed by the Taliban for taxes and the Afghan government can't do anything to stop it. In addition, attempts to leave their villages to seek medical care are denied by the Taliban. The Turkmenistan government is not quite helping the situation. Read more in "Turkmenistan Keeping Aloof From Afghan Turkmen"Gandhara Blog, March 9, 2015.

Peace Talks in March? There's lots of talk about peace talks with the Taliban. Supposedly China and Pakistan are assisting. Some reports deny there are any peace talks. Some reports say any dialogue is "unofficial". Read more in "Afghan Peace Talks Are Fraught with Stumbling Blocks"Gandhara Blog, March 9, 2015.

ISIS Spreading to Afghanistan. The head of  the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) warned that ISIS is spreading to Libya, Afghanistan, and Pakistan while testifying before the Senate defence committee. Read a news article in CBC News dated March 9, 2015.

The War is Boring  blog has an article about a the contract helicopter firms that worked in Afghanistan and how the rules were sometimes not followed. Read "A Columbian Merc Firm Was the Pentagon's Shadiest Afghanistan Contractor" March 9, 2015.

An article by Keith Nightingale provides us with information on the "secret file cabinets of the mind" that combat veterans take home with them. Read "Thoughts on coming home from combat: Some things you never leave behind", The Best Defense Blog, March 9, 2015.

It appears that the desertion case of Bowe Bergdahl may be coming to a conclusion. Read "Bowe Bergdahl's Legal Limbo", Foreign Policy,  March 9, 2015.

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