Anup Kaphle is embedded with British and Canadian forces in Afghanistan and describes how soldiers stay sane and find relief and entertainment on a military base in Kandahar.
War in Afghanistan
As the battles intensify and suicide attacks increase in Afghanistan, the Taliban is in talks with the Afghan government -- and on some level, with American officials. Charles Sennott of GlobalPost recently returned from Afghanistan and Pakistan and discusses the talks and their chances of success.
Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai, Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari met on Sunday to discuss their nations' potential cooperation on a wide range of issues, from drug trafficking to militant insurgencies. Marvin Weinbaum of the Middle East Institute discusses the summit.
More than 90 percent of the world's opium comes out of Afghanistan, where the U.S. and its allies have led efforts to eradicate poppy crops. A Worldfocus contributing blogger argues that rather than eradicating poppy crops, the West should purchase crops for use as medical opiate.
The U.S. is disputing the number of Afghan civilians killed by airstrikes earlier this month, citing much lower figures than the Afghan government. Jason Motlagh of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting writes that this is not the first time that the U.S. has disputed civilian casualty figures.
Ammunition that the U.S. provides to allies in the Afghan army may be falling into the hands of Taliban militants. Rick Barton of the Center for Strategic and International Studies discusses how the Taliban is getting the ammunition and how the U.S. can prevent the diversion of its arms in the future.
On Friday, Human Rights Watch accused the U.S. military of "inadequate" measures to protect civilians in Afghanistan. Worldfocus editorial consultant Peter Eisner looks at how the Obama administration has tried to revamp the war strategy in Afghanistan and the battle for hearts and minds.
On Monday, Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced he had asked for the resignation of the top U.S. general in Afghanistan, David McKiernan, saying new leadership was needed to go along with a new strategy to turn around the war. McKiernan will be replaced by Lieutenant General Stanley McChrystal.
Gideon Rose of Foreign Affairs Magazine and Carol Giacomo of The New York Times editorial board discuss the week’s top stories.
The presidents of Afghanistan and Pakistan traveled to Washington for critical meetings with U.S. President Barack Obama and other top administration officials on Wednesday. Daniel Markey of the Council on Foreign Relations discusses what may come from the summit.