Friday, June 15, 2007

News of Afghanistan - The Return II (Edition 58)

Getting back into the Friday routine... Let us go to the News, shall we?

It's getting hot down South - for the bad guys.

More bravery and noble resistance from the Taliban. C'mon, drive by shooting at a girl's school. There is your "resurgent" Taliban for ya.

Oh boy, the resolution of this is going to be something to see. I should have known that patronage would be lurking in the background of this one.

photo: US Army file/SSG Kyle Davis

So the vaunted Taliban "Spring Offensive" didn't pan out, eh? Also note where "Taliban fighters" are often poppy farmers reacting to perceived threats to their crop.

CSM Bones and I might end up having a part in this, someday down the road. 'nuff said.

A blast of pessimism from the Independent.

Photo: Freshta Dunya/UNAMA

UN to Afghanistan: "say, could you get some of that 'lawlessness' under control?" I don't know whether to laugh or cry at that one...

See also. I remember how highly sought our trainers were... The Germans do a good job, but at a glacial pace. Sounds like they need a Task Force Phoenix for the police, as well as the Army.

Photo: Ali Mohammad Khushal/IRIN
Hamdullah, a government vaccinator, was beaten up by the Taliban who threatened to kill him if continued to vaccinate children against polio

A new bank - 20+ branches to serve you.

I was quite happy to see my friend Dr. Qasim has a better facility to help get the job done!

In sport related news - hiking. Training in the Italian Alps. OK, I am jealous here.

Yea Netherlands!

A check up on media in Afghanistan - I love the talk radio format beinga puzzler, initially.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

As always, thanks Major John.

12:17 PM  
Blogger RTO Trainer said...

Actuall, Task Force Phoenix assumed responsibility for ANP training last November. Not that we got any additional assets to do it with.... Bunch of the SECFOR were sliced out for the job.

Hopefully htey increased authorizations for South Carolina when tehy took over, but I've never had a definitive answer on that.

12:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is that thing in Kabul today Taliban related or just the rough and tumble of Afghan politics? Bombing buses? So brave of them if that is the Taliban. I guess this the climax from their Spring Offensive? I suppose it's harder to take Herat riding in the back of ISI purchased Toyota pick-up trucks when there are Blackhawks and AC-130H flying around?

1:15 PM  

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