Recent News from Afghanistan

  • 02/22/2010: Two Sikhs were kidnapped and murdered by the Taliban in the lawless region near the borders of India, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, Times of India.
  • 02/22/2010: A NATO airstrike that killed 27 civilians in Afghanistan on Sunday may not have followed established rules of engagement, Wall Street Journal. The U.S. General in charge of U.S. forces in Afghanistan apologized for the civilian deaths, CNN.  NATO is involved in a major offensive to retake key cities in Afghanistan, Al Jazeera.
  • 01/09/2010: Afghan President Hamid Karzai submitted a second list of ministers for his cabinet to the Afghanistan parliament this week. Karzai’s first list, which included known warlords, was previously rejected, Reuters.
  • 01/02/2010: Afghanistan’s parliament has rejected 2 of President Hamid Karzai’s proposed ministers, including a powerful warlord Karzai had picked to be Energy Minister, New York Times.
  • 12/02/2009: NATO has pledged an additional 5,000 troops to be sent to Afghanistan. U.S. President Barack Obama announced yesterday that the U.S. would be sending 30,000 additional troops. 42,000 NATO personnel are currently in Afghanistan, CNN. Map of forces in Afghanistan, BBC News. The Taliban has vowed to fight the surge, BBC News. Live blog of the U.S. Senate hearings on Afghanistan, New York Times.
  • 12/01/2009: U.S. President Barack Obama will announce that he is sending an additional 34,000 troops to Afghanistan in a national address tonight at 8pm EST. Watch the address live on C-SPAN.
  • 11/26/2009: Wolfgang Schneiderhan, Germany’s top soldier in Afghanistan, has resigned due to allegations of a cover-up of the events of September 4 in which a fuel truck that has been stolen by militants was blown up by a NATO airstrike under the command of the German military. Many civilians were also killed in the attack, although reports range from between 30 to 70 civilian deaths. Schneiderhan resigned because he was allegedly involved in a cover-up in which the German military at first insisted that no civilians had been killed, BBC News.
  • 11/25/2009: U.S. President Barack Obama will give a speech on Tuesday, December 1 about U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan. Obama is expected to announce that he will send more American troops to Afghanistan, Reuters.
  • 11/19/2009: Afghan President Hamid Karzai was sworn in for his second term today. Karzai was declared the winner of the August 20 vote despite widespread fraud. A run-off was set to occur between Karzai and his nearest vote-getting opponent, but his opponent dropped out because it would have been too dangerous for voters to go to the polls again, CNN. Corruption in Afghanistan is still a major problem, BBC News.

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