Monday, April 20, 2015

Afghan War News Snippets

Ghani and Iran. Iran says it is ready to cooperate with Afghanistan in the fight against terrorism in the region. Yep. They said that. I saw it on Twitter so it must be true. President Ghani is on a two-day (starting Sunday) visit to Iran to discuss security, drug trafficking, and refugee issues.

MoD Minister Nominated? News reports say that General Abdullah Khan has been nominated to head up the Ministry of Defense.

General Campbell on Key to Peace. General Campbell, in a DoD News video says the key to Afghan peace is the Taliban to engage in the political process. (April 17, 2015).

Nangarahar Bombing. The death toll from the suicide bomber on a motorcycle is around 33 fatalities with many more injured. The Taliban issued a statement saying they are not the guilty party; ISIS has claimed the responsibility. Resolute Support HQs issued a statement condemning the bombing on Facebook.

Afghan Law and Sharia Faculties in Competition. The U.S. Department of State's Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs funded the 2014-2015 Afghanistan National Rounds of the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. Teams from nearly 550 law schools in more than 80 countries take part in the competition. Two Afghan teams took part in the competition outside of Afghanistan. Read more in a news report by the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, April 19, 2015.

ISIS and Afghanistan. Matt Chiavenz writes about "Afghanistan's Growing War With ISIS" in The Atlantic, April 18, 2015.

Lashkar Gar Police Station Attacked. Gunmen attacked a police station in Lashkar Gar, Helmand province on Sunday wounding two officers and a civilian. (Military Times, Apr 19, 2015).

Obama's Failed Afghan Peace Strategy. One commentator feels that Obama is fooling himself if he thinks he can get a peace settlement with the Taliban. Read his column in (India), April 15, 2015.

Controversial Border Security Trench. Pakistan is making good progress on the digging of a security trench along the Afghan-Pak border. The purpose of the trench is to limit cross-border activity of militants; however, Afghan officials have objected to the trench saying it will escalate tensions between the two countries. The 8 ft deep and 10 ft wide trench, when completed, will be 470 miles long and will travel along the Durand Line - which Afghanistan objects to - as it separates the Pashtun people on both sides of the border. Read a news report in UPI, apr 17, 2015.

Torture in Uzbekistan. A country to the north of Afghanistan is under the spotlight due to a report issued by Amnesty International that says that "Torture has become a defining feature of the Uzbekistani criminal justice system". Read more in "Turning a Blind Eye to Torture in Uzbekistan", by Catherine Putz, The Diplomat, April 16, 2015.

Central Asia Evolving. Read one commentators view of how Central Asia will become integrated with Europe, Russia and China. (Asia Times, Apr 18, 2015).

Deminers Abducted. Afghan officials report that 19 deminers were kidnapped by insurgents in Paktia province on Sunday.

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