Afghanistan: August 29, 2002

Archives

 More Afghan refugees have returned home that relief agencies expected, and this is causing problems it finding shelter and food for everyone. Since the Taliban were driven from power late last year, 1.6 million refugees have returned (1.4 million from Pakistan, 170,000 from Iran and 10,000 from other Central Asian nations.) Iran has been accused of forcing refugees to go home. There has been some anti-refugee pressure in Pakistan, but nothing like the use of force and coercion in Iran. The aid agencies have trouble getting enough materials and food into Afghanistan to deal with all the refugees. Corruption, fraud and banditry are major problems in Afghanistan. If you are not careful, most of the aid will disappear before the majority of people that need it can get it.

US patrols continue to comb the hills along the Pakistan border, looking for weapons and al Qaeda or Taliban members. The weapons caches are out there, for 107mm rockets are still being fired at US bases in the area. The rockets are very inaccurate, and usually land in open terrain, or a local village.

 

Article Archive

Afghanistan: Current 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 


X

ad
0
20

Help Keep Us Soaring

We need your help! Our subscription base has slowly been dwindling. We need your help in reversing that trend. We would like to add 20 new subscribers this month.

Each month we count on your subscriptions or contributions. You can support us in the following ways:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage. A contribution is not a donation that you can deduct at tax time, but a form of crowdfunding. We store none of your information when you contribute..
Subscribe   Contribute   Close