The Pentagon is reporting an 80% increase in IED incidents over the past two years in Afghanistan. In 2012 alone, there have been nearly 15,000 IED incidents, causing about 1,900 U.S. casualties. How does an insurgency, supposed to be on the back-foot in terms of numbers, manage to carry out so many IEDs?
With a vast, empty desert as a backdrop, the militants recorded the execution of Khan Wali on video. As someone held a camera, the others encircled the condemned man to read out his sentence. "This is not brutality - this is justice," declared one of the executioners, who sported a black turban and a shaggy beard. "I swear to God that killing hi...
Parachinar, in Pakistan's tribal north west, remains under siege. The only road connecting this district bordering Afghanistan to the rest of Pakistan has been blocked by Taliban fighters since 2007. The blockade was briefly lifted in March, or so the Pakistani government proudly announced. The road was open again and travellers would be protect...
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