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The CSM is reporting that Abdul Qayum Zakir, who I said here would likely take over Taliban military operational control in the south from the recently detained Baradar, has been picked up as well. It's increasingly sounding like the Pakistanis,...
Posted in Flit on February 25, 2010 08:23 AM

Army building: what exactly have we created?

A couple links of interest first: Col Malevich, "Where are the Afghan Inglorious Bastards (sic)?" Where are the small bands of Government of Afghanistan fighters operating on foot in Taliban safe havens, mixing with the people, getting intelligence, denying the...
Posted in Flit on September 15, 2009 01:59 PM

This is an interesting development

'We're ready to talk': Taliban What's interesting here is the daylight between the two official insurgent spokespersons quoted, with Yousuf Ahmadi saying only unidentified "limited" preconditions remain unresolved, while the Hezb-i-Islami Hekmatyar spokesman (from a group based in the Jalalabad...
Posted in Flit on September 10, 2007 02:27 PM

Afghan stats update

A quick note on the fighting in Afghanistan last year. In October I wrote a post about the geographic distribution of NATO combat deaths. It seemed appropriate to do an update. Here, for reference, is the distribution of NATO combat...
Posted in Flit on July 17, 2007 08:36 PM

Star on Dadullah

The conclusions of Star freelancer Hugh Graham about the death of Mullah Dadullah in Afghanistan seem deeply backwards. "With Dadullah gone, Pakistan's peace strategy is in a shambles and the politically isolated, fanatical, Al Qaeda-backed leadership of Haqqani and Hekmatyar...
Posted in Flit on May 22, 2007 03:51 PM

Taliban factions map

For those who are having trouble (like me) keeping up with the increasingly complex Taliban dynamics in Afghanistan, here's a heavily oversimplified map, just depicting the three major anti-government factions' geographic centers of gravity: As outlined in NYT reporter Elizabeth...
Posted in Flit on October 30, 2006 06:28 PM

Cdns announce bravery medals; meanwhile TB says 'nix' and AQ says it's on

Nice convergence of developments to mull over the same weekend as the first significant Canadian anti-Afghan War rallies. First, the Governor General announced the first ever awards of the new military valour medals that were created to replace the old...
Posted in Flit on October 30, 2006 12:51 AM

Apparently Dr. Evil was in charge of invoicing

The "Cybercast News Service," part of Christian conservative Brent Bozell's web-harem, which played a small role in unmanning Dan Rather recently, claims to have 42 pages of Iraqi documents that show ties to Al Qaeda and WMD. Yah huh. How...
Posted in Flit on October 4, 2004 07:24 PM

CANADIANS IN AFGHAN TAKE FIRST CONFIRMED HOSTILE FATALITY

The Canadian forces in Afghanistan lost a man today, the first to die in a confirmed attack on our units (the mine explosion that killed two Canadian soldiers earlier near Kabul was never conclusively confirmed to have been an intentional...
Posted in Flit on January 27, 2004 10:34 AM

HEKMATYAR BLAMED FOR FATAL ATTACK ON CANADIANS

Well, now it's official... it was the forces of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar that laid antitank mines that killed two Canadians last week. We've talked in the past about Hekmatyar, and his leading Canadian defender here, and here. We can now look...
Posted in Flit on October 7, 2003 09:52 AM

HEROLD'S SECOND LOOK, PART 2:

HEROLD'S SECOND LOOK, PART 2: APRIL-JUNE, 2002 Professor Marc Herold consists his current minimum total of 3,141 Afghan civilians killed thus far to be "authoritative and unrefuted." Last post, we looked at the 76 certain fatalities he still has confidence...
Posted in Flit on November 14, 2002 05:49 PM

AHMED RASHID: STILL ON THE

AHMED RASHID: STILL ON THE CASE Important article from the leading journalistic expert on Afghanistan today, in the Nation. Two interesting revelations, if true: the U.S. has given the greenlight to the rest of the world to increase the scope...
Posted in Flit on September 30, 2002 01:14 PM

WELL, THIS WAS THE WORST

WELL, THIS WAS THE WORST LINKING I'VE SEEN IN A WHILE Pro-Taliban blogger Amir Butler claims the Afghans were better off under the Taliban. Not counting a Robert Fisk paean to Mullah Omar, he cites exactly four pieces of evidence:...
Posted in Flit on August 15, 2002 09:15 AM

THIS JUST IN: MARGOLIS PRAISES

THIS JUST IN: MARGOLIS PRAISES YET ANOTHER HOMICIDAL MANIAC Eric Margolis believes Gulbuddin Hekmatyar's unsubstantiated claims that the CIA has been trying to kill him. As with so many of Margolis' stories, his latest column yammers on about how he...
Posted in Flit on May 13, 2002 11:02 AM

ISMAIL KHAN, RIVER TO HIS

ISMAIL KHAN, RIVER TO HIS PEOPLE? Penny and Instapundit are wrong today about the Telegraph piece on the Iranians sending supplies to their chosen man in Afghanistan. There's nothing here much to worry about yet, as much as the Telegraph...
Posted in Flit on January 24, 2002 11:00 AM
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