Afghanistan

Crofton Black and Edmund Clark’s book Negative Publicity, which tracks Bush-era extraordinary renditions through photographs and redacted documents, is a compound of elegant presentation and rough stuff

Some troops return from war with post-traumatic stress disorder, but veterans are not victims. There is no epidemic of men damaged by war

From Havana to Kigali, cricket’s good-news stories can be found in the least likely places

Ten years since the war in Afghanistan was started, neither the Taliban nor the West seems to be winning, nor ‘not losing’

Reports from Afghanistan are heralding a recent deal between the US forces and tribal leaders in Sangin, central Helmand.  The source of nearly a third of British military casualties, it is among the most perilous regions in Afghanistan for ISAF forces.

This week’s edition of Time magazine carries one of the most provocative front covers I have seen in a while. Harrowing but compelling, it is one of those pictures that sums up everything about our mission in Afghanistan. (I have decided not to reproduce it, but you can view it here).

There is an interesting table produced by the New Republic symposium on Afghanistan giving an overview of what has – and hasn’t – changed since the Taliban were in power.

Over at his new blog Inayat Bunglawala is already tying himself in knots over the guilty plea by failed Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad. During his plea hearing Shahzad told the court:

I recently visited Bajaur, one of Pakistan’s federally administered tribal areas, for this magazine to explore how Pakistan is fighting the war on terror. The army was proud to show off Bajaur having claimed victory just weeks before my arrival although, as I noted at the time, a febrile atmosphere persisted.

News has emerged on al-Qaeda forums that one of their senior leaders, Mustafa Abu al-Yazid, has been killed in Afghanistan. Yazid, 55, has been part of al-Qaeda’s inner sanctum for much of the last decade, playing an ever increasing role in the movement after many of its former leaders were either killed or captured in the aftermath of 9/11.