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Permissive Environment

Gunfire rippled across the morning calm of Jalalabad today.   From what we have learned there were up to four gunmen on the lose.   Two were detected when they walking into he Nangarhar Hotel armed with AK 47’s and pistols.   There was a Provincial Directors workshop in progress which was probably the intended […]

A Little Positive News

Michael Yon was kind enough to give the blog a plug in his latest post on the National Reviews blog the corner.   The problems currently being experienced by the expat community renewing visa’s our obtaining work permits are irksome and expensive but in the big scheme of things minor.   The government in Kabul […]

Pay to Play

As the cool weather finally moves into Afghanistan I have to tell you that from my perspective not much is happening.   I am not talking about security incidents – they almost doubled last week from a near all time high the week before.   There is lots of villianary going on – the weather […]


Dear readers,   if you’ve been trying to log in to your account unsuccessfully, it’s not you, it’s us.   You need to “register” for a new account (use the “Register” link under the “Meta” heading on the left hand column). The ramblings of Babatim have been so popular that the server host have been […]

Reading Tea Leaves

I have been in Dubai on a business trip for the past week. The boss is spoiling his talented group of Canadians and I in preparation for expanding out efforts into the most contested districts in the country. He didn’t have to spend the money as my colleagues and I are motivated by the challenge […]

The Internal Focus of ISAF

Earlier in the week I had one of those trips from hell which make being in Afghanistan such a drag.   The drive between Jalalabad and Kabul takes less than 2 hours on a good day.   Last Sunday the drive took over 12 hours – 9 of them spent sitting in a traffic jam […]