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.
Congratulations to Wall Street Journal reporters Charles Levinson, Yaroslav Trofimov and Ghousuddin Frotan whose report on the victims of the massacre allegedly perpetrated by Staff Sgt Robert Scott Balesactually names all those killed and wounded. Almost all the reports I have read on this shocking event avoid mentioning the names of anyone except householders or informants. Reporters have a duty to bear witness, but sadly those civilians killed or injured by military action in Afghanistan (and Pakistan) are seldom identified by major media outlets.