Category Kandahar

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 […]

Sardar Mohammed’s fate

Casualties soar as US steps up airstrikes

The Sunday Times The two Afghan farmers were gathering alfalfa in their fields when a convoy of heavily armoured American vehicles rolled through the outskirts of their hamlet. Suddenly Taliban gunmen unleashed a barrage of rocket-propelled grenades and mortars at the American soldiers. As the insurgents fled, attack helicopters and fighter jets roared overhead. Sensing […]

Chasing Taliban ghosts

The Sunday Times Two Taliban fighters crept into the middle of a dirt road near Kandahar city. Unaware that an American spy plane had spotted them, they began to dig a hole as the sun beat down on their heads. American soldiers at Forward Operating Base Wilson little more than a mile away watched the […]

‘Hang in there, man – talk about your baby’

The Sunday Times The blast from the mine tore into the American soldier’s body, tossing him backwards through the air like a rag doll. He spun in mid-flight and thumped onto a dirt path 20ft away. Silence descended for a moment as a large brown cloud of dust settled over his comrades where they crouched […]

Nato alarm over Taliban sleepers

The Sunday Times The killing of three British soldiers by an Afghan comrade last week has intensified Nato concern that Taliban fighters may be infiltrating Afghanistan’s army in growing numbers. An Afghan sergeant shot dead a sleeping British officer and launched a rocket-propelled grenade that killed two other soldiers. British and Afghan military intelligence searching […]

Taliban hitlist petrifies Kandahar

The Sunday Times When the Taliban hammered on Haji Abdul Haideri’s door at 1am, he naturally refused to let them in. They responded by lobbing a hand grenade over a mud wall into his courtyard. Shrapnel tore into his leg. Haideri, a frail old man of 70, picked himself off the ground and grabbed his […]