Sunday, October 16, 2016

Afghan War News Snippets

Proxy War in Afghanistan. Ariane M. Tabatabai thinks that a proxy war in Afghanistan between Iran and Saudi Arabia is a real possibility. Read "Saudi Arabia and Iran Face Off in Afghanistan", Foreign Affairs, October 5, 2016.

Wakhan Corridor. A part of Afghanistan is extremely remote and almost untouched by the war. Read more in Daily Mail, October 9, 2016.

"Neutral" Humanitarian Aid. An organization providing medical care in Afghanistan has adopted a 'neutral' stance when it comes to providing medical assistance. Read more in "Afghanistan: challenging aid neutrality in war-torn Helmand", by Laura Cesaretti,, October 10, 2016.

Afghans Returning from Iran. Every day thousands of Afghans cross the border from Iran to Afghanistan. The sad story of their plight is told in this report - "Broken on the Border", International Organization for Migration (IOM), October 10, 2016.

Opium Production Increases in 2016. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) reports annually on opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan. The country is the world's largest producer of opium and heroin. Read more in "Afghan opium production increases as eradication collapses, U.N. says", Reuters, October 5, 2016.

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