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Afghanistan News-links 3-4 January 2008

Afghanistan: Marriage Practice Victimizes Young Girls, Society
RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty – Prague,Czech Republic
Torpekay tells RFE/RL’s Radio Free Afghanistan that becoming a wife at the tender age of 13, being forced to serve her husband’s family, …

Charlie and the jihadis
The Australian – Sydney,Australia
ONLY Hollywood could reduce the mid-1980s battle for control of Afghanistan between the Soviet Red Army and rebel mujaheddin to a rollicking
entertainment …

Afghanistan warns of dire food shortages
BERLIN (AFP) — Afghanistan could face serious food shortages in the coming months that could lead to a famine, Economy Minister Mohammad Amin Farhang told a …

Why our troops are at risk
National Post – Toronto,Ontario,Canada
Canadian soldiers are at significantly greater risk of death in Afghanistan than their counterparts in the British and US armies. …

Islamist Politicians Emerge As Pakistan’s Power Brokers
Wall Street Journal – USA
Here in the Northwest Frontier Province, just miles from Afghanistan and Pakistan’s wild tribal areas, Mr. Waqar heard scattered cheers. …

Indian team to review security in Afghanistan
Hindu – Chennai,India
NEW DELHI: In the wake of the suicide attack on a convoy of the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) in Afghanistan on Thursday, India has decided to immediately …

Etisalat Afghanistan lowers call charges
Telecom Paper (subscription) – Houten,Netherlands
Mobile operator Etisalat Afghanistan has launched a package offering calls from AFA 1 per minute, according to a press release from the communications…

Housing Glut Could Help War Wounded
The Associated Press –
The physical wounds suffered by the more than 30000 servicemembers injured in Iraq and Afghanistan are often followed by financial chaos as the families …

Bomb Hits Indian Workers in Afghanistan
New York Times – United States
By REUTERS KABUL, Afghanistan (Reuters) — A suicide bomber on Thursday attacked a convoy carrying a group of Indian road engineers in Nimruz Province, …

BRIEFING: Naval role for Afghanistan a tough sell By Takehiko …
Washington Times – Washington,DC,USA
Japan’s naval mission in the Indian Ocean provided logistical support to coalition forces in Afghanistan, beginning in November 2001. …

The Pakistan-Afghanistan abyss , Paul Rogers
The last days of 2007 were marked by major concerns by western military forces over the growing influence of Taliban militias in much of Afghanistan, as well as the continued activities of the al-Qaida movement on both sides of the …

Freedom Watch Afghanistan – Jan. 04
… before the American convoy arrived, the National Guard’s efforts during the war, light weight Howitzer’s were delivered to Forward Operating Bases throughout Afghanistan and the aircraft structural maintenance shop at Bagram. …

Naval Role For Afghanistan A Tough Sell
By (Team Infidel)
Japan’s naval mission in the Indian Ocean provided logistical support to coalition forces in Afghanistan, beginning in November 2001. During the next six years, its ships provided 132 million gallons of fuel — free of charge — to …


A strategy to help Afghanistan kick its habit
Financial Times – London,England,UK
Afghanistan urgently needs an effective strategy for economic reconstruction. Lack of productive alternatives has driven farmers to turn to growing poppies. …

EurasiaNet – New York,NY,USA
Most of its members – now middle-aged – served during the 1979-89 war in Afghanistan. A few doors down, 29-year-old Talgat Chotkarayev works in a hair salon …

Suicide Attack in Afghanistan Targets Road Workers, Police
Voice of America – USA
By VOA News A suicide attack in southwestern Afghanistan Thursday left at least seven people dead and wounded several others. Among those killed were Afghan …

7 Killed in Afghanistan Suicide Attack
The Associated Press –
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomber attacked Indian road construction workers and their Afghan police escorts Thursday in southwestern Afghanistan …

Canadian death rate in Aghanistan outpacing that of US, UK
National Post – Toronto,Ontario,Canada
The death rate among Canadian soldiers fighting around Kandahar has outstripped not only that of US and British troops in Afghanistan, but Americans in the …

Bhutto’s elimination a big boost for al-Qa’ida
The Australian – Sydney,Australia
In order to protect al-Qa’ida’s position in Afghanistan, he needed to be eliminated. Once he was gone, the terrorist group feared she was the one popular …

Afghanistan calls on Iran to delay decision on refugees
Africasia – London,UK
Afghanistan’s government called Thursday on Iran to delay its decision to expel or punish more than a million Afghan refugees living there without proper …

Pakistani families fleeing sectarian strife pour into Afghanistan
The Canadian Press –
KABUL – Hundreds of Pakistani families have poured across the border into Afghanistan in recent days as they flee sectarian violence in northwestern…

A chance for redemption in Afghanistan
Asia Times Online – Kowloon,Hong Kong
“Insurgent violence is at its highest level in Afghanistan since US-led forces ousted the Taliban after the September 11, 2001, attacks against the United …

General predicts fewer battles with Taliban
Globe and Mail – Canada
KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN — Over the next year, soldiers will build bridges, get roads paved and better protect Afghan police, according to Canada’s top…

Canadian Fatality Rate in Afghanistan Higher than US Forces in Iraq
By Human Security Report Project
“The death rate among Canadian soldiers fighting around Kandahar has outstripped not only that of US and British troops in Afghanistan, but Americans in the bloody Iraq war as well, the forces’ own figures indicate. …

Pressure on Bush to Shift Priorities from War in Iraq to Afghanistan
By Dan’s Blog
Bush Faces Pressure to Shift War Priorities As Iraq Calms, Focus Turns to Afghanistan By Michael Abramowitz and Peter Baker Washington Post Staff Writers Monday, December 17, 2007; A01 With violence on the decline in Iraq but on the …

Taliban Controls Much Afghanistan
The Taliban controls much of Afghanistan especially in the nighttime as the NATO forces are stretched being so far from Europe with a rugged geography which is not amenable to military planning.

Giuliani Calls For Afghanistan Troop “Surge”
“One of the things we should do … immediately, we should double the number of our troops, our American-led combat troops in Afghanistan,” the former New York mayor said in a speech at a World War II museum less than a week before New …

Talking poverty in Afghanistan
By Kale
Afghanistan is ranked as the fourth poorest or most deprived country in the world, and the poorest country in the entire Asia-Pacific region, according to the Afghanistan 2007 Human Development Report. …


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