Monday, July 07, 2008

Trouble In Afghanistan

In 2001, the United States launched Operation Enduring Freedom, a military campaign to destroy the al-Qaeda terrorist training camps inside Afghanistan. It has been almost 7 years and many people have pointed to
Afghanistan as being a success for the United States. Some would argue that Iraq has been a horrible failure but then point to our efforts in Afghanistan as being an example of how to do things. Have we succeeded in Afghanistan? How much progress has really been made in almost 7 years? What have our efforts really accomplished?

Afghan Capital Struck by Suicide Bombing
Washington Post - 3 hours ago
At least 40 people were killed and 141 injured Monday in a powerful suicide blast near the Indian Embassy in Afghanistan's capital, Afghan officials said.

Car bomber kills dozens in Afghanistan
Los Angeles Times

Al Jazeera is reporting the following:

At least 40 people, including Indian diplomats, have been killed and more than 100 others wounded in Afghanistan's capital after an attack on the Indian embassy, officials say.

Najib Nikzad, an interior ministry spokesman, said Monday's blast in Kabul killed 40 people.

Abdullah Fahim, a spokesman for the Afghan public health ministry, said 141 people were wounded in addition to the deaths.

The ministry collected information from the scene and several Kabul hospitals.

James Bays, Al Jazeera's correspondent in Afghanistan, said the blast may have been the work of a suicide bomber.

"This is the deadliest attack in Kabul for some months now," he said.
The blast, which was felt across much of Kabul, took place near a row of metal turnstiles outside the Indian embassy, where dozens of Afghan men line up every morning to apply for visas.

The explosion damaged two embassy vehicles entering the compound during the morning rush hour.

You can read the entire report at this link:

Recently the Worldview radio program did a great story on Afghanistan:

On the security front, it's been a tough month in Afghanistan.
US and coalition casualty levels there exceeded those in Iraq for the second month in a row. Afghan civilian causalities are up 60% from a year ago. The chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff, confessed meanwhile to being "deeply troubled by the increasing violence.

Here is the link to the program:

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