Archive for the ‘Helmand’ Category

Britain Accused of Undermining Afghanistan

February 6, 2008

By David Blair
London Telegraph
February 6, 2008

Britain’s troubled relations with Afghanistan’s government have worsened with the disclosure that London had secretly planned to build training camps for former Taliban fighters.

Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai, pictured on January 21, ...
Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai, pictured on January 21, said his country along with Pakistan faces “gloom and doom” from Taliban insurgents, and called for the world to “join hands” to defeat the Islamist rebels.
(AFP/File/Shah Marai)

The Afghan authorities denied any knowledge of the scheme to rehabilitate gunmen who have defected from the Taliban in Helmand province, a key opium-growing region. .
Officials said this was another example of Britain undermining President Hamid Karzai’s authority.
Two Western diplomats, one working for the United Nations and the other serving the European Union, were asked to leave Afghanistan in December after they reportedly held direct talks with Taliban commanders without Mr. Karzai’s official permission.

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Pakistan Arrests 4 In Mosque Bombing

December 25, 2007

By Imtiaz Ali
Special to the Washington Post
Sunday, December 23, 2007

MARDAN, Pakistan, Dec. 22 — A day after a suicide bomber killed at least 56 people and wounded scores of others at a mosque in a remote village in Pakistan’s North-West Frontier Province, police said they had arrested four students from an Islamic school in a nearby town.

Police detained three Afghans from Helmand province and one Pakistani from Quetta on Friday and transferred them to Pakistani intelligence officials as part of the investigation of the bombing, according to a police official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk publicly about the case. |

A Pakistani intelligence official, also speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed earlier assumptions that the still-unidentified bomber targeted former interior minister Aftab Khan Sherpao, an ally of President Pervez Musharraf. Sherpao is also a candidate in Jan. 8 parliamentary elections.

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