Public co-operation helps bring dried Iranian lake near border to Afghanistan to life

Abundant rainfall in Southeastern Iran has brought water back to Lake Hamoun after 15 years of dryness. Local people celebrated the event in and around the lake. With the rise of floods, the Sistan-Baluchistan Department of the Environment enlisted public assistance and began efforts to facilitate greater water accumulation in the lake.

The department has lauded the overt cooperation of the public and adds that extending such cooperation into neighbouring Afghanistan could further replenish the long-dried-out lake.

Source:

http://www.payvand.com/news/14/may/1004.html

12 years after the intervention in Afghanistan – Nato commander: Western support needed for 5 more years

Afghan security forces’ weekly death toll tops 100

Afghanistan‘s police and army are losing too many men in battle, and may need up to five more years of western support before they can fight independently, the top US and Nato commander in the country has told the Guardian.

Karzai:

“We’ll have forces here post-2015,” he said. “In my mind the BSA is about addressing the environment of uncertainty here in Afghanistan, the fear that people have about 2015 and beyond.”

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/02/afghan-forces

Why the Saudis supported the Taliban in the past (and will do in the future again)

“Afghanistan is a nation of observant Muslims but their traditional Islam is mixed with Sufi culture. Through the past three decades, Wahhabism has been relentlessly injected into the Afghan psyche…From the Saudi viewpoint, the raison d’etre of the Taliban saga of the 1990s was about ‘containing’ Shi’ite Iran, and the United States happily went along with that sordid enterprise…The Saudis are repeating what they have always done — insulate themselves from the al-Qaeda by putting rings of engagement around it, while the rest of mankind can go to hell. ”

http://blogs.rediff.com/mkbhadrakumar/2012/11/04/do-afghans-want-more-religion/

US lost the war in Afghanistan

12 years after coming to Afghanistan Nato is in a state of unconceded defeat

““Gunmen in Pakistan on Monday set ablaze five trucks carrying NATO equipment out of Afghanistan”

“The war has cost American taxpayers over $1.4 trillion…Attacks by the Taliban are up 47 percent over last year, and the casualty rate for Afghan soldiers and police has increased 40 percent. The yearly desertion rate of the Afghan Army is between 27 percent and 30 percent.