Caucasus - Central Asia

Deadly Kabul Blast Linked to U.S.-Terror Designation

Deadly Kabul Blast Linked to U.S.-Terror Designation

The Wall Street Journal, 8 September 2012

KABUL—A suicide attacker set off a bomb Saturday near the headquarters of the U.S.-led coalition in Kabul, killing six people in what the Taliban said was a deliberate response to the U.S. designating an affiliated insurgent group as a terrorist organization.

Haqqani network is a terrorist body, announces Hillary Clinton

Haqqani network is a terrorist body, announces Hillary Clinton

The Guardian, 7 September 2012

The Obama administration on Friday declared the insurgent Haqqani network a terrorist body, a move that could undermine Afghan peace efforts and test fragile relations between the US and Pakistan.

Armenia Considers Recognizing Nagorno Karabakh's Independence

Armenia Considers Recognizing Nagorno Karabakh's Independence

September 4, 2012

 

To Armenia, Azerbaijan's recent pardoning of Lieutenant Ramil Safarov, convicted of the 2004 axe murder of an Armenian army officer during a training in Budapest, was a slap in the face. Now, Armenia is contemplating a response that could take the two countries' angry dispute over Safarov into an entirely new dimension.

No Way Out? Fear of Dying Among Afghanistan's Professional Class

No Way Out? Fear of Dying Among Afghanistan's Professional Class

Steve Clemons

Sep 3 2012

I thought President Obama's decision to surge troop levels in Afghanistan was a strategic mistake and only deepened the black hole of costs in blood and treasure that the US had already invested and raised expectations in Afghanistan of an equilibrium in their lives that that would tilt more toward jobs and hope than toward despair and political disappointment.

US suspends training of new Afghan Local Police after insider attacks

US suspends training of new Afghan Local Police after insider attacks

2 September 2012

US Forces in Afghanistan said on Sunday they have suspended training new recruits to the Afghan Local Police (ALP) amid a spike in the number of insider attacks which are damaging trust between Afghans and their allies.

Afghanistan war: More insider attacks hand Australia worst casualties since Vietnam

Afghanistan war: More insider attacks hand Australia worst casualties since Vietnam

By Arthur Bright,

August 30, 2012

Australia's military suffered its worst 24-hour period of losses since the Vietnam War after five of its soldiers were killed in Afghanistan yesterday and today, including three murdered in an apparent "green-on-blue" attack – a trend that has seen significant growth this year.

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