By Peter Eichstaedt
What will occur whilst overseas forces eventually vacate Afghanistan? the reply to that query is unknown, but when there's any wish for Afghanistan, veteran journalist Peter Eichstaedt asserts, it really is with its people.
After spending 2004 in Afghanistan operating for the nonprofit Institute for battle and Peace Reporting and aiding construct Afghanistan's first autonomous information service provider, Eichstaedt again to Kabul in 2010. As he labored with Afghan reporters to rfile their background and collective struggles, he learned that even supposing Kabul itself seemed wiped clean up, with freshly paved roads, the optimism of the newly liberated capital had light less than the increase of the Taliban insurgency. Eichstaedt accordingly crisscrossed the rustic to interview an wonderful array of Afghans. In Above the Din of War, he stocks those conversations, together with emotional and significant statement and reviews from a former warlord, a Taliban pass judgement on, sufferers of self-immolation, poppy...
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International troops killed four opposition fighters in an air strike, destroying ammunitions. Police water truck attacked. Police patrol attacked. Police post attacked, one policeman killed. Afghan army convoy hit with roadside bomb. Guards for road-construction company attacked. Air strike killed opposition fighter and destroyed about twenty-five motorbikes. Man beheaded, accused of spying for international forces and Afghan government. District administrator abducted from his residence. Police vehicle ambushed, one officer killed and another injured.
This nearly sparked a civil war, with some parliament members arming themselves and vowing to fight to the death. Meanwhile, the Afghan attorney general added fuel to the fire by filing criminal charges against some members of the election commission, citing apparent links to the election fraud. The emotionally charged ethnic standoff was defused when Karzai finally succumbed to international pressure and backed down, agreeing that the initial election commission findings were valid. Ultimately, however, only nine of the original twenty or so candidates were banned from taking their seats in parliament.
After the blitzkrieg defeat of the Afghan Taliban in late 2001, al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, the target of post-9/11 American wrath, eluded US captors in the forbidding terrain of Afghanistan’s eastern White Mountains and the caves of Tora Bora. So America’s leaders turned to Iraq, claiming Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, which was an illusion at best and a venal deception at worst, and they launched a war that continued for eight years. Meanwhile, Afghanistan festered. In mid-October 2010, I sat on cushions in the front room of an old mud-brick house occupied by a soft-spoken mullah in the western city of Herat.