Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Afghanistan War News Updates -- July 31, 2012

U.S. Army paratroopers scan for the insurgent triggerman who initiated an improvised explosive device, striking a route-clearance vehicle along Highway 1 in Afghanistan's Ghazni province, July 23, 2012. U.S. Army photo by Capt. Thomas Cieslak

In Afghanistan, Targeted Attacks On Leaders An Ominous Trend -- L.A. Times

The attacks on Afghan leaders come as the NATO force hands over more security duties to the Afghan police and army and begins its troop drawdown in earnest.

KABUL, Afghanistan — Tamim Nuristani used to own a pizza chain in California. Now he's a marked man in Afghanistan.

This month, insurgents ambushed the provincial governor's convoy in northeastern Afghanistan, sparking a fierce battle that pinned down his entourage for the night. When the motorcade tried to move in the morning, the assailants struck again. Miraculously, all those in the convoy survived.

It was not the first attempt on Nuristani's life; he did not expect it to be the last. Not long ago, security forces discovered and defused a remote-controlled explosive device apparently meant for him, and a defecting Taliban fighter told officials that he had been personally tasked with assassinating the Nuristan governor.

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More News On Afghanistan

ISAF Joint Command morning operational update, July 31 -- ISAF
War in Afghanistan News - 31 July 2012 -- War On Terror News
2 California soldiers killed in Afghanistan -- Sacramento Bee/AP
NATO troops' death toll up in Afghanistan in July -- Xinhuanet
100 U.S. Dead in Afghanistan in Three Months -- Bob Geiger, Huffington Post
Foreign troop numbers in Afghanistan -- Business Recorder

Afghanistan, Pak to talk about cross-border raids -- Hindustan Times
Pakistan, US sign troop supply deal -- AP
Taliban cheers reopening of NATO supply line -- FOX News/AP

French hand over base in Afghanistan -- AP
France begins Afghanistan troop pullout -- Euronews
France withdraws from Afghan district -- The Australian

U.S. strategy in Afghanistan questioned -- UPI
Millions wasted in Afghan reconstruction projects, finds report -- BBC
Report: Delays in Afghan projects could hurt NATO strategy -- USA Today
Project delays could cost Afghan hearts and minds, report warns -- L.A. Times
Millions lost in Afghan reconstruction: US watchdog -- AFP
In Afghanistan, Roads (And Power Lines) To Nowhere -- International Business Times
Afghanistan's economy is seen as 'not sustainable' -- Stars and Stripes
DOD, U.S. Agencies Help Afghanistan Exploit Mineral Wealth -- US

Crocker On Afghanistan's 'Extraordinary Achievement' -- NPR
Afghans Hopeful, But Worried About Future -- Voice of America
Commentary: Taliban are their own worst enemy -- Mina Habib, Times Colonist

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