If you're a fan of primo Hong Kong chop-sockey action movies (and who isn't), keep an eye open for a DVD entitled Kill Zone. That's the title they slapped on SPL, the outstanding movie I saw at TIFF in 2005. Here's my review.
Usually, the Taliban and other Afghan insurgents take a winter break. The Observer reports this winter in Afghanistan will be different: The Taliban are planning a winter assault on Kabul. Some excerpts: The thrust will involve a concerted attempt to take control of surrounding provinces, a bid to cut the key commercial highway linking the [...]
From The Observer: Tony Blair's most trusted military commander yesterday branded as 'cuckoo' the way Britain's overstretched army was sent into Afghanistan. The remarkable rebuke by General the Lord Guthrie came in an Observer interview, his first since quitting as Chief of the Defence Staff five years ago, in which he made an impassioned plea [...]
Elizabeth Rubin, contributing writer to the New York Times magazine, follows up on last week's excellent article with Taking the fight to the Taliban. Some excerpts: One morning this summer, I headed out with a U.S. Army convoy of Humvees, a truck called a wrecker and a packed supply truck into the Afghan mountains. I was [...]