October 28, 2009 |
Eight U.S. troops were killed today in multiple bombings in southern Afghanistan, the military said, making October the deadliest month for Americans of the eight-year war. The latest deaths bring the number of U.S. service members killed during the month to at least 53, according to the independent website icasualties.org. Today's deaths occurred in "multiple, complex" bombings in the south, the military said in a news release. No further details were provided. An Afghan civilian working with the International Security Assistance Force, or ISAF, in Afghanistan was also killed, and several service members were injured in the incidents, the military said.
October 28, 2009
Re "Push for troops on a deadly day," Oct. 27, and "Nobody wins in the Afghan runoff election," Opinion, Oct. 21, and "The Afghan trap," Opinion, Oct. 20 Sending more troops to Afghanistan will increase the killing, not only of our own troops but of the Afghan people as well, simply because we are still there. After bombing and killing arguably tens of thousands of Iraqi civilians and still counting, when are we going to realize that we cause more deaths by occupying these countries than by minding our own business?
October 25, 2009 |
Afghanistan's runoff presidential campaign formally opened today with an ominous repeat from the first round: Taliban threats to disrupt the vote. "If anyone finds themselves injured taking part in this dirty process, they have only themselves to blame," the insurgent movement said in a statement posted on its Pashtu-language website. It also denounced the election two weeks from now as a foreign-orchestrated sham. The original Aug. 20 balloting, Afghanistan's second-ever direct presidential election, was marked by violence, mainly scattered on voting day itself but preceded by several weeks of concerted attacks, including major bombings in the capital, Kabul.
October 21, 2009 |
Bowing to intense international pressure, Afghan President Hamid Karzai agreed today to a runoff next month with his main challenger in August's disputed presidential election. "This is for the good of our country," the Afghan leader, looking pale but composed, told a packed news conference at his presidential palace. The announcement of a Nov. 7 runoff contest came 24 hours after a U.N.-backed panel investigating charges of fraud in the August balloting invalidated nearly a million votes cast for Karzai, stripping him what his camp had declared was a solid first-round victory.
October 10, 2009
Re "Afghans say U.S. is off track," Oct. 1 Excellent article. As an old anthropology/linguistics undergrad back in the late '50s, I agree with the Afghans' opinions. I sure hope President Obama has smart enough advisors to realize all of the complexities; we should talk with Afghans and the Taliban -- unlike Bush's team. Lance Fogan Valencia :: Mark Magnier's article got it right. In order to be successful, the allied effort in Afghanistan must rely on input from the knowledge, wants and needs of the average people.
September 25, 2009 |
An election official warned that Afghanistan had a two-week window in October to hold any presidential runoff before winter snows arrived -- a somber reminder of how minor delays could leave a power vacuum well into next year. Preliminary results from Afghanistan's Aug. 20 vote show President Hamid Karzai winning outright with 54.6%. But if enough votes are found to be fraudulent from an election mired in allegations of ballot stuffing and voter coercion, Karzai could dip below the 50% threshold needed to avoid a runoff with challenger Abdullah Abdullah.