January 9, 2010 |
The supplicants had come from all over the north of Afghanistan. Bowing as they made their way to the front of the ornate reception room, they bent one by one to kiss the hand of power. Gov. Atta Mohammad Noor, the bushy beard of his days as a rough-hewn mujahedin commander long since replaced by fashionable stubble, had the satisfied look of a man receiving his due. Atta, whom some critics call the personification of Afghanistan's deeply entrenched warlord culture, represents a quandary for the nations that supply the country with tens of thousands of troops and billions of dollars in aid. The United States and its allies are considering ways to skirt the corruption-tainted central government and invest local and provincial officials with more authority.
October 14, 2002 |
As the U.S. government lays the groundwork for war against Iraq, the Bush administration must come to grips with the consequences of alliances with local forces that show little respect for the laws of armed conflict -- in particular, for the treatment of prisoners of war. Failure to do so in Afghanistan resulted in the execution of hundreds of captured combatants and the imprisonment of thousands of others in life-threatening squalor. Situations like Afghanistan, in which the U.S.
August 31, 2002 |
A northern Afghan warlord admitted Friday that 200 Taliban prisoners died last year while being transported in shipping containers, some by suffocation, but he said the deaths were unintentional and mostly caused by disease and injuries suffered in heavy fighting. Reports that as many as 960 captured Taliban fighters suffocated after they were crammed into unventilated metal shipping containers began emerging late last year.
August 16, 2002 |
Osama bin Laden personally ordered the assassination of Afghan opposition leader Ahmed Shah Masoud days before the Sept. 11 attacks, a former senior Taliban official said. It was the first time a Taliban insider has discussed the terrorist mastermind's role publicly. Masoud, military chief of the Northern Alliance, was mortally wounded Sept.
July 19, 2002
Frank Lindh, the father of American Talib John Walker Lindh, dares to compare his son to Nelson Mandela ("Lindh Pleads Guilty, Agrees to Aid Inquiry," July 16). After his son pleaded guilty to fighting for the Taliban, Lindh senior was quoted as saying, "I told John ... that Nelson Mandela served 27 years in prison. He's a good man, like John." I'm personally offended by this ludicrous comparison. Mandela went to prison for opposing a regime that robbed him, and all black South Africans, of their basic human rights.
July 10, 2002 |
Afghan flags flew at half-staff throughout the country and radio programs were banned from playing music during a national day of mourning Tuesday for slain Vice President Haji Abdul Qadir, even as many Afghans expressed doubts that his killers would be caught. In particular, many of Qadir's fellow ethnic Pushtuns said they believed that the case would be treated much like that of Air Transportation and Tourism Minister Abdul Rahman, who was slain Feb. 14.