Sunday, March 8, 2015

Daily News Snippets (March 8, 2015)

John Sifton, writing for Human Rights Watch, claims that the United States continues to fund and support a network of abusive Afghan strongmen in the name of security and says "It's time to stop". Read more in his article - "Afghanistan's U.S.-Funded Torturers and Murderers", Human Rights Watch, March 6, 2015.

Thomas F. Lynch III says that there is still time to keep Afghanistan from going the way of Iraq. He believes that " . . . a comprehensive policy and strategy review for post-2014 military-intelligence support to Afghanistan needs to be conducted in early 2015." Read more of his analysis in Eurasia Review, March 7, 2015.

CIA Director John Brennan has decided to do a reorganization of the Central Intelligence Agency in light of " . . . the marked increase in the range, diversity, complexity, and immediacy of issues confronting policymakers; and . . .  the unprecedented pace and impact of technological advancements". Read of his upcoming changes in a CIA press release dated March 6, 2015 and posted on the CIA website. Some observers see a bigger focus on cyber operations (Reuters, Mar 6, 2015).

A multi-service observation by special operators at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan on March 4, 2015 was held to remember the 13th anniversary of the death of seven special operators that died during Operation Anaconda. Read more in "Bagram remembers Operation Anaconda's fallen", U.S. Air Force News, March 7, 2015.

Tamim Asey writing for Eurasia Review is wondering whether Afghanistan's grand bargain with Pakistan will pay off. To many observers there seems to be a move by President Ghani to smooth over relations with Pakistan - despite the support that Pakistan's intelligence agency provides to the Haqqani Network and other Afghan insurgent groups. Read more in his analysis (March 6, 2015).

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