The Afghanistan and Pakistan Thread

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Hmph! At least Americans trade favors for Gaga tickets.
Damn, beat me to it. I was going to make a Fat Leonard comment. But seriously, that is a big fucking twist, that's akin to a US spy trading shit with a Soviet spy. Doesn't work out well when you are caught.
 

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Random thought. The headwaters of the Indus should be full of meltwater, which means that PK's dams should be working overtime. There are also reports of recent torrential rains causing flooding and other reports of PK having trouble repairing it's riverine infrastructure. If PK's dams suffer catastrophic failures, I wonder how long before the country folds in on itself.

A large chunk of PK's population resides pretty close to the Indus and it's tributaries. Not to mention a fair amount of prime farmland (Punjab and Sindh) would be rendered unusable for a time. In the quotes are thumbnails of PK's population centers (dots), poulation density (red shaded polygons), ethnic groups by area (multicolored polygons), and last PK's waterways.

Hypothetically speaking, it doesn't look like PK would be able to deal with the displacement of the millions due to flooding. PK's finances would also be crushed having prime AG real estate destroyed, for a season or two, by flooding and the following industrial contamination of the soil. Downstream flowing debris from a flood would also damage transportation infrastructure (bridges, roads, etc) and hamper reconstruction attempts. Thinking aloud, a displaced and starving population does not make for good wartime footing, especially with how ethnically fractured PK's population is.

Can't imagine how much monsoon season would suck in the aftermath though.
Pakistan Rain, Flash Flooding Kills 26 | The Weather Channel
Pakistan floods still claiming lives
 

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So remember these five guys? You know, the five guys we traded to get bowe Bergdahl back, and Obama promised would never have any involvement in terrorist activities again?

Theeeeeey’re back!

Once Jailed in Guantánamo, 5 Taliban Now Face U.S. at Peace Talks

The five senior Taliban officials were held at Guantánamo for 13 years before catching a lucky break in 2014. They were exchanged for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the only known American service member to be held by the insurgents as a prisoner of war.
 

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So remember these five guys? You know, the five guys we traded to get bowe Bergdahl back, and Obama promised would never have any involvement in terrorist activities again?

Theeeeeey’re back!

Once Jailed in Guantánamo, 5 Taliban Now Face U.S. at Peace Talks

The five senior Taliban officials were held at Guantánamo for 13 years before catching a lucky break in 2014. They were exchanged for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the only known American service member to be held by the insurgents as a prisoner of war.
 

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So remember these five guys? You know, the five guys we traded to get bowe Bergdahl back, and Obama promised would never have any involvement in terrorist activities again?

Theeeeeey’re back!

Once Jailed in Guantánamo, 5 Taliban Now Face U.S. at Peace Talks

The five senior Taliban officials were held at Guantánamo for 13 years before catching a lucky break in 2014. They were exchanged for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the only known American service member to be held by the insurgents as a prisoner of war.
Grrrrrr...was going to dish out some hate for this but thought it would be a bit misdirected.
 
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Prayers out for the wounded. Condolences to the families of the dead. Enough. Bring them all home. Fuck that place. Let it go the hell.
 

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The number of sorties generated by two fighter squadrons in country is staggering. Their maintainers are rock stars.
I know the 510th EFS is at Bagram. Kudos then to the ground crews.
 
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