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Oct 31, 2010

Why the military plays down vital Afghan battle

KABUL (Reuters) – The battle for Kandahar, its importance played down even before it began, has been eclipsed in the media and in Washington by a focus on corruption and peace talks, but its outcome is crucial to the wider Afghan war.

Operation Dragon Strike is the first major attempt since 2001 to regain control of a city that is the Taliban’s spiritual home. This autumn may be the last time that the NATO-led alliance has sufficient boots on the ground to try the push.

Oct 25, 2010
via Afghan Journal

Afghanistan cracks down on Internet cafes for allowing porn

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Seventeen internet cafes have been shutdown in the Afghan capital Kabul, for allowing their clients to surf porn websites and access other unspecified “un-Islamic websites”, the local Pajhwok news agency reported.

The move comes a few months after a crackdown on sale of alcohol, banned for Muslims and only sold to non-Muslims in a handful of bars and restaurants — though there is still a thriving black market selling bottles at a price.

Oct 14, 2010

Afghan talks gain pace

LONDON/KABUL (Reuters) – For the first time in the nine-year war in Afghanistan, all the main parties involved — from the government to insurgents, from Washington to Pakistan, are seriously considering ways of trying to reach a peace deal.

Official sources from different countries interviewed by Reuters say current “talks about talks” are fragile, preliminary and liable to break down at any time.

Oct 14, 2010

Analysis: Afghan talks gain pace; U.S. engages – sources

LONDON/KABUL (Reuters) – For the first time in the nine-year war in Afghanistan, all the main parties involved — from the government to insurgents, from Washington to Pakistan, are seriously considering ways of trying to reach a peace deal.

Official sources from different countries interviewed by Reuters say current “talks about talks” are fragile, preliminary and liable to break down at any time.

Oct 8, 2010

NATO eyes Pakistan supply resumption after apology

KABUL (Reuters) – A U.S. apology for a helicopter strike inside Pakistan has raised hopes of an end to a week-long blockade of a vital NATO supply line, although the alliance said Thursday it was not hindering the war in Afghanistan.

The U.S. ambassador to Islamabad said late Wednesday that the cross-border raid, which killed two Pakistani soldiers and triggered the supply shut-down, was a “terrible accident.”

Oct 7, 2010

NATO says Afghan war not hurt by supply route woes

KABUL (Reuters) – Pakistan’s closure of a key supply line for NATO troops in Afghanistan, and militant attacks on tankers plying second route have “not impeded” the military effort in Afghanistan, a NATO spokesman said on Thursday.

Brigadier-General Josef Blotz, spokesman for the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), said the alliance had built up reserves and developed alternative supply routes that allowed it to weather temporary disruptions.

Oct 6, 2010

Afghan nomads confined to palace ruins after clashes

KABUL (Reuters) – Behind a razor wire fence, in the shadow of ruined balustrades, a few goats graze while children from around 500 families mob a police truck arriving with the day’s second and last handout of rice and beans.

The hundreds of people who have moved into the remains of Afghanistan’s royal palace are former nomads driven into the protection of the state by vicious ethnic rioting in lands they tried to settle near the capital Kabul.

Sep 30, 2010

Blight cuts 2010 Afghan opium crop but earnings up

KABUL (Reuters) – Disease cut the amount of opium produced in Afghanistan in 2010 by almost half from a year earlier, but there was no fall in the number of poppy fields under cultivation, the United Nations said Thursday.

A huge leap in opium prices also meant farmers earned far more for their crops, despite the smaller harvest, than they had in 2009, according to an annual report on drug production.

Sep 30, 2010

NATO helicopters chase fighters into Pakistan

KABUL (Reuters) – Two NATO helicopters killed 30 insurgents on Pakistani soil after a rare manned pursuit across the border from Afghanistan, NATO forces said on Sunday.

The two Apache attack helicopters from the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) crossed the border from eastern Afghanistan on Saturday after the insurgents attacked a remote Afghan security outpost in Khost province.

Sep 30, 2010

Corrected: NATO helicopters chase fighters into Pakistan

KABUL (Reuters) – Two NATO helicopters killed 30 insurgents on Pakistani soil after a rare manned pursuit across the border from Afghanistan, NATO forces said on Sunday.

The two Apache attack helicopters from the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) crossed the border from eastern Afghanistan on Saturday after the insurgents attacked a remote Afghan security outpost in Khost province.

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      "I moved to Afghanistan in late 2010 after nearly six years reporting from China, initially covering energy issues and more recently writing about political and general news. I have also worked in Spain and Britain."
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