Archive of Feb 2010

28.02.10
Kyle’s Links 2/28/10

by KYLE MIZOKAMI * Kabul foreigners targeted in suicide attack * Denmark rallies public for Afghan war * Iraq to rehire 20,000 ex-officers from Saddam’s Army * Nork military supplies bound for Congo confiscated in South Africa * Non-combat deaths high in Russian army

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28.02.10
U.N. Dispatch: Presidential Decree De-Fangs Afghanistan’s Election Watchdog

Eleven days ago, I heard a rumor that the office of President Hamid Karzai had re-written Afghanistan’s Election Law in ways that would deal a blow to the country’s beleaguered democrats. The changes had gone into force through a presidential decree, I was told. While the international press was still quiet, ripples of alarm were already spreading through Kabul-based civil society.

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28.02.10
Inside the Taliban with Abdul Salam Zaeef, Part One

When the Soviets invaded, Zaeef fled with his family to Pakistan. It was here that the young man’s religious studies took root and he decided to return to Afghanistan to fight with the mujahedeen.

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28.02.10
Dutch Skipper Tweets Pirate Patrol

The commanding officer of the Dutch frigate Tromp, on patrol for pirates in the Gulf of Aden, is Tweeting his adventures. “Responded to emergency call of merchant vessel, sent helicopter on scene but nothing found. Merchant safe and happy,” is one example of his fascinating posts.

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28.02.10
China’s America-Beating, Future Weapons

by DAVID AXE The bizarro China Military Report blog highlights eight future weapons that it claims will allow Beijing to “maintain strategic balance against the United States.” Along with my comments, they are: 1. Lasers. Over-rated. The U.S. Missile Defense Agency spent billions developing a missile-killing chemical laser mounted to a 747, only to discover [...]

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27.02.10
Unastan: People Died Here

Among the 18 people killed in yesterday morning’s Taliban attacks in Kabul were six Indians, most of them aid workers murdered in two guesthouses. It was the second time in less than a year foreigners were deliberately targeted in an early-morning attack designed to cause maximum carnage and fear.

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26.02.10
Unastan: Waking to Bombs in Kabul

“Everything is normal until the moment it’s not, and in that second, everything changes.” That’s what a friend told me during my first week in Afghanistan. It’s the only way to describe life here.

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25.02.10
What Ends Terror Groups?

“The current fight against Al Qaeda appears to have no end,” Leonard Weinberg and Arie Perliger wrote in the latest Sentinel counter-terrorism journal. (Not yet online.) “Various tactics have been employed to defeat the terrorist group, including assassinating cell leaders and “re-educating” members. Yet the network persists … “

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25.02.10
Warships International Fleet Review: Unmanned Systems Could Help Fill “Fighter Gap”

The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps are running out of fighters. Heavy wear and tear over nearly a decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan has depleted the two services’ combined fighter force. Purchases of new planes have been delayed by controversial planning decisions. As a result, U.S. maritime forces operate at elevated risk. Robotic systems could help mitigate this risk, but the Navy has resisted adopting pilot-less aircraft.

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25.02.10
State Department Air Force Ditches Russian Choppers

The U.S. State Department is ditching its Russian-made Mi-8 and Mi-17 helicopters for revamped Sea Kings from Sikorsky. State will buy 110 modernized S-61Ts to “support worldwide operations,” according to a Sikorsky press release. “Delivery of the first four modernized S-61 aircraft will support missions for the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan.”

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25.02.10
Kyle’s Links 2/25/10

by KYLE MIZOKAMI * Car bomb in Northern Ireland proves conflict not yet over * Odierno requested troops stay in Kirkuk beyond August deadline * U.S. Special Forces train Congolese troops * Davis-Monathan’s aircraft boneyard, courtesy Google * LCS-1 Freedom seizes quarter ton of cocaine in smuggler chase

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25.02.10
How Al Qaeda Lost the Popularity Contest

“In an important way, Al Qaeda has been defeated,” Jon Alterman writes for the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

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