Asia/Africa update: June 21 2017

ASIA AFGHANISTAN Uh-oh, looks like the Pentagon made a little fashion faux pas in Afghanistan: US taxpayers unnecessarily spent $28m on uniforms for the Afghan National Army, according to the US inspector general tasked with overseeing the war. In a scathing report, John Sopko said that officials bought “forest” pattern uniforms, despite the country’s landscape… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: June 21 2017

Asia/Africa update: June 19-20 2017

PHILIPPINES BREAKING: Just in the past few minutes (it’s about 10:30 PM east coast time as I write this) reports have starting coming in about more Islamist militant activity on the Philippines’ southern Mindanao Island: A police report said about 300 armed men, among them members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), stormed a school… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: June 19-20 2017

Asia/Africa/Australia update: June 14-15 2017

ASIA AFGHANISTAN ISIS has managed to seize Tora Bora, the mountain hideaway in Nangarhar province that Osama bin Laden used to call home, before he moved into the Pakistani army chief of staff’s backyard without anybody in Pakistan knowing about it. Boy, nothing symbolic about that. On Thursday they also managed to find time to… Continue reading Asia/Africa/Australia update: June 14-15 2017

Asia/Africa update: June 13 2017

ASIA AFGHANISTAN Here’s some good news: The World Bank on Tuesday approved financing worth more than $500 million for Afghanistan to support a string of projects to boost the economy, help improve service delivery in five cities and support Afghan refugees sent back from Pakistan. The bank said the six grants, including donor money, worth… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: June 13 2017