On April 7, an airstrike
on a Taliban commander killed him and a total of 16 civilians, 12 of them children. Hamid Karzai condemns the attack and says
that the CIA is carelessly planning these airstrikes that go awry far too often. Kunar district was the site of another airstrike that killed civilians in February. [more inside]
was one of the deadliest
months in Afghanistan, for both civilians
and soldiers. The death toll was increased by so-called 'green-on-blue'
attacks by members of the Afghan National Army
forces on ISAF and US
forces. [more inside]
Is it wise to negotiate with the Taliban? Probably not without first checking credentials.
Apparently the "Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour," very senior commander in the Taliban movement, who has been engaged in talks to end the Afghanistan war, is no such person. Whoever he was, and whoever sent him, he also walked away with "a lot of money." (SLNYT)
Special envoy to Afghanistan appointed.
Is it a surprise he worked
for Unocal? Or that he defended the Taliban in the Washington Post
? Is it a surprise Hamid Karzai, Afghanistan's interim Prez, was also on the Unocal payroll
? Not really, Unocal wanted a pipeline
in Afghanistan for years.