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.
Interesting fact: there have been 17 large-scale, cross-border incursions of militants from Afghanistan to Pakistan - mostly Bajaur Agency - since February this year, according to Pakistani military commander Major General Ghulam Qamaran. He said there were 69 clashes last year in which 225 people died. Read more in an article by Zia ur Rehman in CTC Sentinel.