From The Blog

The Battle for Marjah

March 8th, 2010

It was late November, 2001, and the Taliban were on the run everywhere in Afghanistan. The Northern Alliance had captured Kabul and much of the rest of the country; only parts of the southwest—including the province of Helmand, remained in the Taliban’s hands. In Marjah, a quiet market town near the Helmand desert, the dying [...]


What You Should Know About Women’s Rights In Afghanistan

April 13th, 2009

Just as the world’s eyes are turning towards Afghanistan once again, a few conservative Afghan lawmakers are trying to pass a law that would, amongst other things, legalize marital rape, prohibit women from leaving the home without permission, deny them the right of inheritance, force a woman to “preen for her husband as and when [...]


NATO, US seek alternatives to Pakistan supply routes

April 12th, 2009

Kabul, Afghanistan – Militants attacked a supply depot Sunday in Pakistan that serves Western forces in Afghanistan, increasing the pressure for US and NATO officials to find alternatives to their beleaguered supply lines.
In a predawn raid in the northwestern city of Peshawar, scores of Pakistani Taliban guerrillas torched trucks stationed at the supply terminal. The [...]


Yet Another Reason Why Indian News Is Awful

March 3rd, 2009

If there’s one rule of thumb when reading the Indian press, it is this: never believe a word it says.  At least when it comes to Paksitan.  The Times of India recently carried a real doozy, titled: Pakistani ISI Top Boss Met Osama Aide, which itself was based on “reporting” from the TV station TimesNow.
The [...]


Reuters interviews Mullah Zaif

January 23rd, 2009

“The Taliban want to expel foreign troops, not win power.”  So says Mullah Salaam Zaif, the movement’s former ambassador to Pakistani, who is now on good terms with the Karzai government.
The Taliban doesn’t want to win power?  Are we expecting the Talibs to just go back to their villages and plant wheat once the foreigners [...]