Some links, because it’s all too exhausting to cover in any detail.
- Gulab Mangal, the governor of Helmand, is out, part of an anti-graft move by Hamid Karzai. Mangal is beloved by the US and UK because he was seen as better than the former government of Helmand, Sher Muhammad Akhunzada, who was found with several tons of opium on his compound and then forced out by the Brits over Karzai’s objection. In his wake, the insurgency in Helmand flowered. Mangal has mangled the mission there, and made life worse off for Helmandis without the connections to petition his office for favors, handouts, and land deeds. He will not be missed.
- General David Rodriguez, the US general who led day-to-day operations in Afghanistan under Generals Petraeus and McChrystal, and helped to design, advocate, and implement the second surge of 30,000 troops to the country in 2009 that didn’t work and made the country worse off, is in line to replace General Carter Hamm as the commander of AFRICOM.
- Arif Rafiq basically says what everyone is thinking. My own column about this will be out eventually, once it’s edited and gone through its publication process.
- Not directly related to Afghanistan, but this New York Times debate about the tension between human rights and debate is worth reading.
That is all.