Sunday, April 12, 2015

Afghan War News Snippets

Kidnapped ANSF Beheaded. On Saturday Twitter was providing initial news reports that members of the ANA and ANP kidnapped by Taliban in Jurum district, Badakshan have been beheaded.

Unhappy AAF Pilots. The Afghan pilots who fly the fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft of the Afghan Air Force are unhappy. They say their pay is low, food is lousy, and living accommodations substandard. They are appealing to the President to fix the low morale in the AAF. After receiving intensive flight training, learning English, and then flying dangerous missions throughout Afghanistan they believe that 20,000 Afghanis ($344) a month is not enough. Read more in "Air Force Personnel Unhappy About Salaries, Benefits", Tolo News, April 9, 2015.

Report - Geospatial Technology. The International Peace Institute has issued an interesting and informative report entitled "Geospatial Technology as a Conflict Prevention and Management Tool in UN Peacekeeping", The paper by Elodie Convergne & Michael Synder (prepared in March 2015) is posted on the Peacekeeping & Stability Operations Institute (PKSOI) of the U.S. Army. The use of Unarmed Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UUAVs), satellite images, and computer technology is bleeding over from military applications, to peacekeeping applications, and soon it will be used my Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) conducting humanitarian operations in conflict zones (such as Afghanistan). The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) is one of several UN organizations that use GIS units as a mission focal point for geospatial matters. It will be interesting to see how this develops in the future. The 19-page report, an Adobe Acrobat PDF, can be read online.

Students Poisoned in Herat. Afghan news sources report that 82 male students took sick at school. They are on the road to recovery.

Trouble South of the Border. News reports say that 20 workers were killed and three others wounded  at a dam construction site in Balochistan Province, Pakistan. members of the Baluch Liberation Front (BLF) is claiming responsibility. (Radio Free Europe, April 11, 2015).

Parwan Blast. Tolo News reports that on Saturday a blast occurred the injured police and civilians in Sayagerd valley, Ghorband district, Parwan province.

Govt Official Killed in Maiden Wardak. Militants killed the administrator and finance manager of Maiden Wardak province. (Khaama Press, April 11, 2015).

Shot-Gun Wedding Failing? Ziauddin Wahaj writing in Eurasia Review is examining the forced marriage of President Ghani and CEO Adbullah. So far the National Unity Government (NUG) has failed to meet expectations. Read more in his article in "Is Kerry's National Unity Government Recipe Failing in Afghanistan?", April 11, 2015.

U.S. and India Should Work Together. Alyssa Ayres of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) says that there are some areas where American and Indian expertise can boost Afghanistan's security and help consolidate its democratic gains. Read more in "Why the US Should Work With India to Stabilize Afghanistan", Defense One, April 9, 2015.

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