Afghanistan

Wouldn’t surprise me if they were indoctrinated in the mosques and madrassas we built for them:

Afghanistan: Two 10-year-old suicide bombers arrested... again

What they say echoes what other would-be child suicide bombers say they were told: “They told us the bombs would not kill us, only the Americans would die and you can come back to us.”

What intrepid, manly mujahedin, lying to children to send them to their deaths. “Police arrest two Afghan boys for suicide bomb plan,” from Agence France-Presse, February 12:

Afghanistan’s Living Hell for Women (The Grit)

Life for many Afghan women is not that much different than it was a hundred years ago, 200 years ago.     Afghanistan remains the most dangerous country in the world to be a woman.

The truth about Taliban ‘reintegration’

The much-vaunted “reintegration” of the Taliban, which Britain has funded with £7 million, is not quite what it seems, writes Ben Farmer in Kabul.

Wrapped in shawls against the cold, some with scarves to hide their faces, the men stand in front of a table bearing an arsenal of assault rifles and rockets.

As the insurgents renounce their armed struggle and declare they have made peace with Hamid Karzai’s government, local journalists film the ceremony for the evening television.

Such scenes are now a common feature of Afghan news bulletins and portray one of the main pillars of Nato’s strategy to overpower the Taliban and force them to the negotiating table prior to the planned exit by US and British forces.