Tuesday, July 29, 2014
cousin killed in bomb attack
July 29, 2014
The cousin of Afghanistan’s outgoing President Hamid Karzai has
been killed in a bomb attack in Kandahar in the country’s south.
“A suicide bomber disguised as a guest came to Hashmat Karzai’s
house to greet him on [the religious festival of] Eid,” said Dawa
Khan Minapal, the provincial governor spokesman in Kandahar,
adding, “After he hugged him, he blew up his explosives and killed
He added that the attack has injured no one else. No group has
claimed responsibility for it so far.
The attack may possibly raise tensions over the result of the
presidential election in the country as Hashmat Karzai was
considered as one of the important political figures in Kandahar
and a supporter of presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani.
Voting recounting is underway in Afghanistan as Ghani’s
contender; Abdullah Abdullah has rejected preliminary results of
the presidential run-off. The two have accepted an internationally
On Monday, Hamid Karzai said during a speech marking the Muslim
Eid al-Fitr holiday that Afghans “want to have an outcome to the
election as soon as possible, so that ... [Afghanistan] can have
its president soon.”
Alleged Saddam Hussein
Relative Seeks Asylum In Tajikistan
By RFE/RL's Tajik Service
July 29, 2014
A man claiming to be a relative of late Iraqi dictator Saddam
Hussein is seeking political asylum in Tajikistan.
The deputy chief of the traffic police in Tajikistan’s southern
district of Farhor, Mahmad Izatulloev, told RFE/RL on July 29 that
a 47-year-old man, who identified himself as Abdulla ibn-Akhmad
al-Arabiya, had been detained while illegally crossing the
Tajik-Afghan border on July 13.
Izatulloev said the man, who is fluent in five languages, told
Tajik officials that he has served in Hussein's secret services
and was sentenced to five years in jail after the Iraqi dictator
was toppled in 2003.
The man said he moved to Afghanistan after serving his prison
term and wants to get political asylum status in Tajikistan.
Izatulloev said Tajik authorities are investigating the claims.
Report: U.S.-Provided Weapons To
Have Gone Missing, Sparking Insurgent Fears
By Luke Johnson
July 28, 2014
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Weapons bought and paid for by the United States for Afghan
National Security Forces (ANSF) have gone missing, according to a
report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan
Reconstruction released on July 28.
The Department of Defense has provided the ANSF with 747,000
weapons since 2004 for approximately $626 million, and cannot
account for all of their whereabouts due to poor recordkeeping.
The United States also provided Afghan forces with more than
112,000 excess weapons, and the Department of Defense has no
authority to recapture or remove them, according to the report.
The Inspector General concluded that due to the Afghan
government's inability to account for or dispose of the weapons,
that there is "real potential for these weapons to fall into the
hands of insurgents, which will pose additional risks to U.S.
personnel, the ANSF, and Afghan civilians."
The report comes at a perilous moment in Afghanistan.
"The New York Times" reported on July 26 that Taliban fighters
are making key advances near Kabul, beyond their strongholds.
The Afghan government also remains fragile, as a presidential
election audit has been troubled with delays and sharp
disagreements between the two candidates, Abdullah Abdullah and
The report reveals that the Department of Defense's
recordkeeping is loaded with discrepancies and errors.
Of 474,823 serial numbers in one database named OVERLORD, the
Operational Verification of Reliable Logistics Oversight Database,
43 percent had missing information and/or duplication.
OVERLORD also had over 50,000 serial numbers with no shipping
or receiving dates, raising questions concerning their
The Afghan government has no standardized accounting for the
weapons, instead relying on documents, handwritten records, and
some spreadsheets in Microsoft Excel.
The Inspector General visited the Central Supply Depot,
controlled by Afghans with assistance from U.S. advisors, and
found many discrepancies.
For instance, there were 740 missing M16 rifles, 112 missing
M23 pistols, and 24 missing M2 machine guns.
The excess arms provided to Afghans have resulted in 83,184
more AK-47 rifles, 5,186 more RPK machine guns, and 5,834 more
GP-25/30 Grenade Launchers.
The report notes that the issue of excess weapons will likely
worsen in coming years, because, while Afghan security forces are
scheduled to decrease, the number of weapons provided is thus far
Afghanistan to prepare for 2015
Cup in Australia and New Zealand
Khaama Press / July 29, 2014
The Afghanistan National Cricket Team is expected to travel to
Australia and New Zealand, in a bid to prepare for the ICC Cricket
World Cup 2015.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced that the tour
for the four qualifying teams has been scheduled in September and
Afghanistan, Ireland, Scotland and United Arab Emirates (UAE)
are among the four qualifying teams to travel to Australia and New
The four qualifying teams will take on local teams as part of
ICC High Performance Programme (HPP) during the tours which will
be organized with an aim to assist the qualifiers’ preparations
for cricket’s pinnacle 50-over tournament.
A number of specialist coaches and former players from both
countries, will also be available to support their training and
The Afghanistan National Cricket Team is expected to arrive in
Perth on 14th September, the ICC officials said.
Afghanistan will make its maiden appearance at the ICC Cricket
World Cup 2015, which will be held between 14 February and 29