Sunday, March 6, 2016


Ominous Future for Afghanistan. A retired general officer of the Indian Army Forces, Lt. Gen P. C. Katoch,  provides us his perspective on the political and security situation in Afghanistan and the region. Read "2016 for Afghanistan: Ominous spell will continue", South Asia Monitor, March 3, 2016.

Why GITMO Should Stay Open. The latest capture of a high-level operative of the Islamic State in the Middle East highlights the importance of keeping our detention facility in Cuba intact. Read more in an opinion by Max Boot entitled "Thank Goodness for GITMO", Commentary Magazine, March 2, 2016.

Leadership Needed. Some of the recent criticisms of the Afghan police and army is that of its commanding officers. Read more in "Afghan Security Institutions Need Robust Leadership", Gandhara Blog, March 5, 2016.

Human Rights. The western concept of human rights is at odds with local Afghan concepts of human rights. Read more in "Human Rights in Afghanistan Today: Dreams and Realities", The World Post, March 4, 2016.

Kurds Rebellion - 25 Years. Shortly after the U.S. and other coalition nations halted military operations during the Gulf War in Kuwait and Iraq (1991) the Shias in southern Iraq and Kurds in northern Iraq revolted. They quickly took fourteen of Iraq's eighteen provinces. However, the United States did not intervene (establishing a no-fly zone for Iraq's helicopters probably would have been instrumental) and both the revolts in the north and south were quickly crushed. In the north almost 2 million Kurds quickly fled to the Iran and Turkey borders - causing a huge humanitarian disaster. Read more in "Remembering the Iraqi Uprising Twenty-Five Years Ago", by Micah Zenko, Council on Foreign Relations, March 5, 2016.

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