NATO’s perilous Kunar mission
November 28th, 2011
10:35 AM ET

NATO’s perilous Kunar mission

The mistaken NATO air attack on Pakistani military outposts at the weekend, in which 24 soldiers were killed, was an accident waiting to happen.

The border between Pakistan and the Afghan province of Kunar is probably the most volatile of the entire 1,500-mile frontier that divides the two countries.

It is rugged, remote and home to a variety of insurgent groups – including the Taliban (both Afghan and Pakistani), al Qaeda, the Haqqani Network and the Hezbi Islami Group run by veteran warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar.

In the words of one Afghan analyst, Kunar represents "the perfect storm."

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  1. banasy©

    Portland Tony:
    Yep!

    November 28, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Rose Davis

    I am puzzled; it was a NATIO bombing that has given Pakistanians a platform to say out loud how they have felt the last 10 years. Pakistan is not a solid friend of the US; at best I describe Pakistan's relationship comparable to two supposedly friends agreeing to shake hands in mutuality with one (Pakistan) with his hand behind his back and fingers crossed.

    November 28, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  3. DЯ.RUFFNUTT

    bomb em all.. let jesus sort em out...

    November 28, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    @ bombo
    I don't know which one of you is you.
    You say I am wrong about every thing I say.. Well that wouldn't change the facts or reality on the ground and where we are headed.
    If those wise guys up, on the Hill & our poorly informed general public don't wake up, our follies would come to bite us where it hurts the most. We have to get over blaming others for our failures be it Iraq or Afghanistan.
    History doesn't forgive those nations who tend to ignore their faults & learn from their mistakes.

    November 28, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO

      Sorry, saywhat. As the true BOMBO here, I agree with everything you said on this web page. Unfortunately, some Tea Partying jerk is trying to make a fool out of me by usurping my name and posting his senseless comments under it!

      November 28, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    Pakistan being the front nation in this 'war on terrorism' with a common border with Afghanistan has to live with who ever comes into power in Afghanistan. Its logical to think that they would look out for their interests. It is foolish to expect that they would solely be watching our interests.
    We left them in the lurch once before when Talibans( we called them Freedom Fighters then). defeated Soviet Union. WE simply cut & ran creating the Talibans of today Opening that region for the gun & drug culture with 2.5 refugees camping & being fed in Pakistan.

    November 28, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    That is 2.5 million refugees.
    We have to get our act together or we lose that entire strategic region to other powers.

    November 28, 2011 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. saywhat

    Good day all.

    November 28, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    George:
    Hahaha! Whooooooophahaha!
    Omg, thanks for the laugh!!

    November 28, 2011 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Snake

    Lwg says war sucks!!!!!!

    November 28, 2011 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy©

    @Snake:
    Lwg? Whatcha mean?

    November 28, 2011 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
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