Saturday, January 13, 2007

F.Y.I.: Alternate realities of Afghanistan

Joe Hueglin wrote:

What to believe?

The latest report of action from Afghanistan has one point of agreement: a clash occurred. The numbers of insurgents killed are at issue NATO claims dozens dead in battle ranging from 50 to 150 on the NATO side with a Taliban spokesman calling the claim "a complete lie."

This report is indicative of there being two views of reality in Afghanistan.

Both the  THE N.A.T.O. REALITY and an ALTERNATE REALITY follow:
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THE N.ATO VIEW OF REALITY

Afghan Security Forces Becoming Competent, Capable, General Says
http://www.blackanthem.com/News/International_21/Afghan_Security_Forces_Becoming_Competent_Capable_General_Says3391.shtml

British troops winning conflict with the Taliban, commander says
http://www.afghannews.net/index.php?action=show&type=news&id=1603

Afghan National Army fearless but still needs mentoring by Canadian troops
http://www.macleans.ca/topstories/politics/news/shownews.jsp?content=n010825A

Latest campaign a success, Canadian commander says Brig.-Gen. credits Intelligence From Village Elders http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=eef88660-18ed-4cbb-8025-f4101c5b9f2c

Latest offensive in southern Afghanistan disrupting Taliban: Canadian general
http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/070102/n010209A.html

Pakistan to get 'blunt talk'
MacKay to meet with Musharraf in bid to stem cross-border flow of Taliban
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/story.html?id=610f53ae-2802-4cca-b45e-17d595098b32

Fighting corruption in Afghanistan
MacKay pledges $10M to boost police salaries
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=610bbb44-d23f-4202-8e6f-aaf857a2d060

Pakistan and Afghanistan must unite
UN official: Former Canadian envoy says 'war of words' must end
http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=33f514ea-5e68-4761-b4c4-25230c0bf17a

MacKay talks tough on Pakistan
Safe haven for Taliban exposes 'weak underbelly' of security in Afghanistan
http://www.thestar.com/News/article/169154

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AN ALTERNATE VIEW

Taliban walk right in, sit right down ...
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/IA05Df04.html

How the Taliban keep their coffers full
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/IA10Df02.html

The Taliban's fire spreads
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/IA10Df03.html

Relief worker makes waves
Former Sask. resident living in Afghanistan has military brass mad
http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/world/story.html?id=c763e2c4-37d6-4485-b174-526dfd0eb4c3

Afghanistan 'sliding into chaos'
Analyst says NATO mission doomed
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/story.html?id=f8a5fefa-7dc3-45d7-a956-9e1abd7ce736
      
Jalaluddin Haqqani
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jalaluddin_Haqqani

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/taliban/militants/haqqani.html

Strange code of ethics
Elaborate sense of honour has kept Pushtun tribes almost unconquerable in Pakistan, Afghanistan
http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/ideas/story.html?id=72187c21-268c-4ccd-acf9-bbd1d1d534ef


Pakistan's "truce with the Taliban is an abject surrender, and al-Qaeda has an untouchable base of operations in Western Pakistan which will only expand if not checked
http://billroggio.com/archives/2006/09/talibanistan_the_est.php

Pakistan's uncertain year ahead
'The key issue is what political alliances Gen Musharraf will broker'
Pakistan is moving into a new year that will be critical for the country's future political direction.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/6211639.stm

Musharraf, the army and 2007
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/6173241.stm

Will Pakistan's fence plan work?
Few people expect Pakistan's proposal to control militant infiltration into Afghanistan by fencing and mining their joint border to be a workable solution.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/6232167.stm

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