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Saturday, February 21, 2004

A long essay from Ahmed Rashid entitled "The Mess in Afghanistan." "What I saw was history repeating itself —in some respects in ways that were worse than before. 'The Taliban are gathering again in the same places from where they started, it's like a rerun of an old movie,' says Ahmed Wali Karzai, the President's brother, who is based in Kandahar."
France pledges more support.
Canadian soldiers stop bartering for toy guns.
Street girl still in struggle after starring in award-winning film.
Commission to combat child smuggling.
Anti-Soviet holy warrior now Taliban inspiration.
Afghans flocking to Beauticians Without Borders.
The troubled southeast province of Zabul is one of the poorest, least developed and most dangerous areas of the country.
More comments from LTC Hilferty.
Canadian troops targeting terrorists in Kabul.
Bin Laden found and boxed in by US forces?
Ahmed Rashid on assorted subjects.
Early attempts (1990's) to get Osama, pt.1 and pt. 2 and pt. 3.

Friday, February 20, 2004

Taliban members would "for example, attack a big town, seize it, occupy it for several hours and then leave ... We will lead attacks against American bases here. We will have a lot of martyrs but we will do it."
Pamela Constable visits Helmand province.
"At the beginning of the Afghan war there were more than 200 foreign journalists inside the country. Their number rose to more than 800 by the war's end. All told, there were about 1,400 in the region reporting on the war."---A long critique of "perception management and the public information battlespace."
Village life benefits US troops.
Bandits still lurk on improved highways.
Militia men give up their arms.
U.S. seeks reform of Pakistan spy agency.
British 'Taliban tourists' sent home.
US civil-military team opens new base.
Repatriation programme for refugees.
When Ahmad was Alexander.
Bin Laden between a hammer and a
hard place.
Pakistan steps up hunt for terrorists.
Have you seen Osama bin Laden?
CIA makes changes in Afghanistan.
Turkey considers sending troops.
Weather forecasting, banned by Taliban, makes
a comeback.
A leading peace advocate.
Matt Fearing in the Journal-World.

Thursday, February 19, 2004

Hundreds of Taliban fighters enter Zabul province? U.S. military spokesman gives no credence to the reports.
Tom Brokaw has a suggestion.
Some madrassahs teaching medicine using an 11th century text.
also
Islamists burn down 9th school in Pakistan.
Biggest concentration of SAS in a single operation since the second world war.
To vote or not to vote.
Canadian Forces medics talk to hometown paper.

Wednesday, February 18, 2004

A snowstorm in Kabul.
James Hill's photo gallery.
Kabul's bucket brigade gets help.
Completion of pilot phase in destroying stockpiled landmines.
Election news here and here.
The aim is to cleanse Afghanistan of all Westerners, whether
civilian or military.

Tuesday, February 17, 2004

A pilot program in the Kandahar region called Regional Development Zone.

Monday, February 16, 2004

Community radio struggling in hostile
environment.
Troops elude Afghan
mobs.
I WENT into a public-’ouse to get a pint o' beer...
KABUL town’s by Kabul river....


"Red-faced monkeys"
More details of the Pashtunwali.
"Pashto is the only language I know in which the word for 'cousin' is the same as the word for 'enemy." .... "I have been a Pashtun for six thousand years, a Muslim for thirteen hundred years, and a Pakistani for twenty-five."

Sunday, February 15, 2004

Pakistan loses ground in Afghanistan.
Al Qaeda's new young guard.
First post
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