Served in Kabul with USACE - 2010/2011
Elaine Sue Gray
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eBook: Afghanistan. As the battle for Afghanistan intensifies, with humanitarian workers increasingly finding themselves on the frontline, aid expert Peter Marsden draws on decades of personal experience in the country to unravel the relationship between great power politics and development, from the Great Game era to the present day. Click the book cover image to check out this online eBook now! Your DEC username and password is required. SWSi staff and students only.
John Kerry 'on same page' as Karzai over peace talks with Taliban
USA Secretary of State John Kerry visited Kabul hours after the USA military handed control of Bagram prison over to Afghan forces. Nato commander in Afghanistan, General Joseph Dunford, said: "This ceremony highlights an increasingly confident, capable and sovereign Afghanistan." The USA has pledged $40M to support the jail it built. The two nations have been negotiating a bilateral security agreement allowing USA forces to stay in Afghanistan past the 2014 deadline.
George W. Bush’s presidency, in 24 charts
This isn’t all Bush, as Obama made the decision to continue the war in Afghanistan. But Bush set in motion policies that wound up costing about $4 trillion. It’s also cost a lot of lives. The most accurate data we have are on U.S. military casualties: 6,648 service members have died in Iraq and Afghanistan to date, a large majority of the deaths occurring under Bush’s presidency.
Afghan Taliban set off car bomb at Jalalabad airport
A Taliban suicide car bomber has killed at least nine people and wounded 10 others in an attack at Jalalabad airport in eastern Afghanistan. The insurgents said the bombing was in revenge for a Koran-burning incident at a US air base near Kabul a week ago.
The casket carrying the remains of Marine Sgt. Joshua Ryan Ashley, 23 from Rancho Cucamonga, arrives at LA/Ontario International Airport Wednesday morning August 1, 2012. The funeral for the fallen Marine, who was killed by an improvised explosive device on July 19 in Afghanistan, is scheduled for Thursday in Rancho Cucamonga.
Round-Up: Headgears in the Foreign Service
Ambassador Richard Olson, the Coordinating Director for Development and Economic Affairs at the U.S. Embassy Kabul wearing a Lungei (or headdress that is worn by men) during a visit to Paktika, Afghanistan. The Turban is a symbol of honor and is respected everywhere it is worn; it is a common practice to honor important guests by offering them one to wear. (Photo from US Embassy Kabul/Flickr)