by UNA MOORE The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) announced April 27 that it has temporarily moved some of its international staff in Kandahar to Kabul and instructed its national staff in Kandahar to stay at home. The announcement came after a spate of suicide bombings, attacks on supply convoys, and the fatal [...]
Archive of Apr 2010
U.N. Dispatch: U.N. Evacuates Some Staff From Embattled Kandahar: What About Those Left Behind?
“There is no other time than the night of The White House Correspondents Dinner when Washington is more out of touch with the country it guides and informs,” Wendy Button writes at The Huffington Post.
Kyle’s Links 4/30/10
by KYLE MIZOKAMI * Pentagon report: not much gained in Afghanistan in last half year * Brake pads made from seaweed? U.S. military buying fake military parts * Are British troops avoiding risk in run up to U.K. elections? * Greece vows “colossal” defense cuts in face of financial crisis * U.N. wants treaty regulating [...]
Since April 21, at least eighty Afghan schoolgirls at three schools in the increasingly violent northern city of Kunduz have mysteriously fallen ill after reporting a strange smell in their classrooms. Most of the affected girls have been hospitalized briefly and released, but the sudden, mysterious epidemic of fainting and nausea is raising fears of poisoning by opponents of girls’ education.
My upcoming graphic novel, War Is Boring — due in August from New American Library — has received its first review, from Kirkus.
The enemy fighters have them surrounded. It’s the worst possible time for Staff Sergeant Kevin Rosner’s radio to stop working.
Nearly nine years into the Afghan war, many small valleys in mountainous eastern Afghanistan remain mostly off limits to NATO and Afghan troops. In their absence, smugglers, isolationists and religious extremists dominate. The U.S. Army recently launched a mission to re-establish a presence in one dangerous valley.
Kyle’s Links 4/29/09
by KYLE MIZOKAMI * Thai troops use live ammunition, tear gas against anti-government protesters * Obama sticks to Iraq withdrawal timetable * General Mattis: “Powerpoint makes us stupid.” * Suicides and “fragging” up in Indian armed forces * Iranian military presence in Venezuela denied by U.S. military commander
Indian External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna returned from Beijing this month with bombshell news. Krishna said Chinese authorities had finally admitted what the Indian government had long suspected: Beijing is building a massive, power-generating dam on China’s Tsang Po river, which also runs through India — where it is known as the Brahmaputra — and Bangladesh.
Wounded NATO and U.S. troops in Afghanistan often depend on helicopter medical evacuation teams to stay alive. The medevac teams are trained to retrieve wounded troops and get them to a military hospital outside of Kabul for treatment within 60 minutes. It’s called “the golden hour,” and within it, the survival rate is around 95 percent.
More than half a century since the end of the Korean War and the beginning of a long period of relative military isolation, South Korea is gradually, and quietly, playing a larger role in world security.
Kim Jong Il Comix #3
Fresh from his acclaimed run as a War Is Boring columnist, Dear Leader Kim Jong Il is now trying his hand at comics — and succeeding brilliantly, of course. After all, this is the man who, while leading the great North Korean nation, also found time to pen operas, film scripts and treatises on cinema [...]