September 25, 2010

In today’s news: Taliban fighters attack NATO base in Paktia province. NATO frees three Afghan journalists detained for contacts with Taliban. NYT suggests “mounting evidence” of widespread fraud in last week’s parliamentary vote.

September 16, 2010

In today’s news: The campaign period has ended for Afghanistan elections and preparations are underway for the vote on Saturday. The UN has evacuated about a third of its permanent international workforce and much of its staff will be on lockdown for the election day, The Guardian reports. A large protest in Kabul against cancelled Quran-burnings turned violent with over 35 police officers and a dozen civilians reportedly wounded. The WSJ reports on the latest incarnation of local defense militias. Pres. Karzai visited Pakistan where he met with Pres. Zardari and pledged cooperation between the two countries.

September 15, 2010

In today’s news: Staffan de Mistura acknowledges elections “are not going to be perfect” but suggests they will be “much better than the previous ones”. IEC reports discovery of forged voter cards in Ghazni but says it will not be possible to use them on election day. New anti-corruption prosecutions have “ground to a halt”, NYT reports. Afghan Central Bank will retain control over Kabul Bank leadership “for the forseeable future”.