ISAF commander for RC North was in the Takhar compound, but survived the blast – ISAF
ISAF says initial reports indicate “a number of ISAF and ANSF casualties” in Takhar blast
Explosion in governor’s compound in Takhar province, no details on casualties. Gen. Daoud Daoud’s spox on TOLO, denying DD is hurt
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) – Grieving Canadians and Britons said goodbye on Tuesday to fallen relatives on Kandahar Air Field, a rare reminder in the heart of the war in Afghanistan of the human cost to Western armed forces that has made the decade-long conflict so unpopular back home.
Canada organizes family visits after a member of their armed forces is killed in Afghanistan so that relatives can “feel the heat, smell the air, get covered in the dust” that their loved ones knew in their last days, said Rear Admiral Andy Smith.
MIRANSHAH, Pakistan/KABUL (Reuters) – NATO helicopters from Afghanistan intruded into northwest Pakistan Tuesday, wounding two soldiers, officials said, prompting a protest from the military already seething over the secret U.S. operation to kill Osama bin Laden.
The Pakistani Army said it had lodged a “strong protest” and sought a flag meeting with NATO commanders over the incursion in Pakistan’s North Waziristan near the Afghan border which has been repeatedly targeted by U.S. drone aircraft as a hub of al Qaeda linked militants.
MIRANSHAH, Pakistan/KABUL (Reuters) – NATO helicopters from Afghanistan intruded into northwest Pakistan on Tuesday, local intelligence officials said, wounding two soldiers and threatening to further anger a country already seething over the secret U.S. operation to kill Osama bin Laden.
A Western military official in Kabul said two NATO helicopters supporting a base in eastern Afghanistan had returned fire after being attacked from Pakistan, but declined to say whether they fired from Afghan airspace or crossed the border.
KABUL (Reuters) – Opium poppies are being grown this year in parts of Afghanistan where last year there were none, but overall cultivation of the drug will decrease slightly, the United Nations said in a report on Monday.
Four provinces in the east, west and north of Afghanistan that had been “poppy-free” have returned to cultivation, the U.N. drug agency UNODC said in its “Opium Winter Rapid Assessment” report, a forecast of trends for the year ahead.
5 foreign, 4 Afghan soldiers killed by suicide bomber in ANA uniform at joint base in eastern #Afghanistan. Unclear if “rogue” or insurgent
#Kandahar provincial police chief killed Friday by a suicide bomber, apparently in his own office
KABUL (Reuters) – Afghan President Hamid Karzai accused foreigners on Monday of contributing to a corruption scandal at the country’s biggest lender, and vowed to impose Afghan terms on the country’s “strategic partnership” with the United States.
Politically well-connected Kabulbank lost hundreds of millions of dollars through fraud, bad loans and mismanagement, and the scandal has jeopardised the country’s flow of aid, because of disputes with the International Monetary Fund about how to handle it.