This blog aims to highlight issues and information that don't always make it into the mainstream media. Recognising that comment is cheap, wherever possible it will link you directly to documents and sources that are mentioned in the text.
I realised some time ago that it was impossible to write about Afghanistan without writing about Pakistan and other neighbouring countries. With that in mind, the reader will come across articles that, while not specifically about Afghanistan, in some way shed light on the conflict.
Pakistan's Jinnah Institute has produced an informative report on religiously motivated violence in Pakistan, with the aim of outlining and categorising the forms it takes. Extremism Watch: Mapping Conflict Trends in Pakistan 2010-2011 contains much useful data and highlights the links between religious fanatics and elements of the country's ruling elites.