How many aid workers have you killed today?

We’ve offered Afghanistan News Roundups in the past (December and November to be exact.) It’s a new month and a new year — so how are things now?

  • Five people were killed and 13 wounded on Saturday when Taliban fighters ambushed a convoy of Afghan government military vehicles in the restive southern province of Kandahar, an official said. *
  • Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, his right-hand man Ayman al-Zawahiri and fugitive Taliban leader Mullah Omar are all in good health, according to a statement purportedly from the Taliban published on an Islamist website. * [The Internet? Is that thing still around?]
  • A homemade bomb exploded near a shopping plaza under construction in this southwestern Pakistani city on Saturday, causing no injuries but shattering windows at nearby shops and homes. Shoaib Suddle, police chief of Baluchistan province, said that it was unknown who carried out the bombing, the latest in a series of small-scale blasts and rocket attacks in recent months. […] The city lies along the border with Afghanistan , and violence is widely suspected of being carried out by supporters of Afghanistan ‘s ousted Taliban regime. *
  • Funded primarily by drugs, Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaida network and the remnant Taliban are benefiting from Afghanistan’s record opium poppy crop, which provides most of Europe’s heroin supply, says French Defense Minister Michele Alliot-Marie. * [A WorldNetDaily article quoting a French official — have we no standards whatsoever? Sadly, No!]
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