Monthly Archives: July 2011

What battle?

Back to the battle in Nuristan’s Doab district. Fresh details have emerged that seem to contradict ISAF’s public version of the battle, which took place in May this year. An article in the Christian Science Monitor on Tuesday strongly suggests that the fight between US forces and insurgents for control of the district centre was far […]

Police guard ‘aided terror attack on Kabul hotel’

The Sunday Times The terrorists who launched a commando assault on one of Kabul’s leading hotels received help from three insiders, including a police officer, according to the man who planned the attack. Eight suicide bombers armed with rocket-propelled grenades, heavy machineguns, assault rifles, grenade launchers and suicide vests stormed the InterContinental Hotel on the […]

CIA links add to riddle over killing of ‘King of Kandahar’

The Sunday Times Ahmad Wali Karzai, the half-brother of the Afghan president, lived under constant fear of assassination. His death last week was the latest of 10 attempts to kill him. “The seventh bomb to target me was so big that hundreds of cats fed on human flesh for days afterwards,” he told me last […]

Mahmoud Karzai: ‘We are under siege’

Gunmen wearing suicide vests shot dead a presidential advisor and an Afghan politician at a house in Kabul last night. The two gunmen stormed into the house of the former governor of Uruzgan, Jan Mohammed Khan, at 8pm on Sunday night as both men were sitting down to dinner. The attackers shot and killed the […]

Sardar Mohammed’s fate