Friday, June 13, 2008

AFGHANISTAN - 阿富汗未来局势进入 9/11 以来最严峻时期

Latest update from July 06, 2008, further down:

The Taliban launched a well-prepared attack on an Afghan prison in Kandahar that held Taliban prisoners as well as criminals. Suicide bombs and rockets were used. A Prison official said: "Most of prisoners escaped". NATO confirms prison attack but has no details up to now (source: CNN, June 13, 21:30 GMT).

Al-Jazeera (Arabic service) reporting from Kabul: "Thousands" of prisoners now on the run including 400 Taliban fighters (21:40 GMT).
[In its original message, Al-Jazeera really used the Arabic plural of "thousand" while a later report (June 15) reduced the number of missing inmates to 870.]
Arabic Update (15/6/2008)

Related news:
Some weeks ago, the provincial government of Northern Pakistan, under the guidance of the newly elected central government, negotiated a ceasefire with the Taliban who are showing a strong presence in the tribal areas of Northern Pakistan.
Only recently, Pakistani troops perished under "friendly fire" of U.S. troops in that region. The new liberal government of Pakistan, now replacing the military rule of former General Musharraf, launched an immediate protest (Al-Jazeera, English service).

Another news blog on Afghanistan by Ulysses



Al-Jazeera (Arabic) 6月28日







翻译:W.W. / Ulysses

July 7, 2008:

In an interview with Al-Jazeera, the governor of Pakistan's North-West frontier province, Owais Ahmed Ghani, expressed his opinion that "all trouble we have came from Afghanistan".

As the subtitle of the above picture shows, another suicide bomb in Afghanistan targets EU troops. This comes only some days after the German governments' decision to allow German troops of its ISAF contigent to participate in direct military action against "insurgents". Up to now, all German troops' activity was restricted to civil aid and "logistic support" for U.S. combat troops in southern Afghanistan. That logistic support essentially includes the provision of airborne reconnaissance for U.S. military in the combat zone of Helmand province and elsewhere.

On the same day:
20 civilians killed in a bombing led by U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Obama Nominated for Presidency

Click to above image to get a better resolution !
Important UPDATES on keynote speeches can be found further down !

2:40 GMT
After the primary in South Dakota, its clear to everybody that Obama will be nominated for U.S. presidency by the Democratic Party.
Though 8 of 13 votes in South Dakota went to Clinton, it was just the differing 5 votes that made Obama cross the critical delegate mark of 2.118. Official results of the Montana primary, where Obama is reported to be leading, are not available at this time. Nevertheless, 2.119 delegate votes are already secured for Obama.

3:00 GMT
First results of the Montana elections show Obama leading with 2.132 votes. Obama "man of the day" with "Killary Hinten" still luring in the background.

Distribution of federal states in favor of Obama (dark blue) or Clinton (light blue) at one moment of the campaign's final phase

The Audacity of Hope: Obama's book and his program, a review by the WASHINGTON POST (October 19, 2006).

UPDATE: Obama on Iraq and Terrorism
Senator Obama's keynote speech on July 15, 2008 !

UPDATE: Obama on Transatlantic Partnership
Obama's keynote speech on foreign politics, held in Berlin / Germany on July 24, 2008 !

Next target:
McCain - back from the graveyard of history.