June 1st, 2010
10:30 AM ET

Behind the scenes in Kandahar

CNN's Paula Hancocks, on the ground in Afghanistan, describes the sense of eeriness on the streets of Kandahar. "You know there's danger on the street," she says, "You have a sense that there is something out there ... but you don't know where this danger is exactly."

She also talks about the differences between Kabul and Kandahar, the sense of fear on the streets in Kandahar and what it's like for women now in the southern province.

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  1. Jeff Nevison

    Eric, thank you for your baseless, factless comment, as it certainly showcases your ignorance. I would ask you to keep your negative, uneducated comments to yourself. Having been in Afghanistan for some time now, I've seen FIRSTHAND the difference in the Afghan soldiers as they are being trained by the best.

    June 5, 2010 at 6:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      "Afghan soldiers as they are being trained by the best" Yes train them well and give them all the best weapons so when they join the TAliban they can use this against you!!!

      June 7, 2010 at 3:00 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jeff Nevison

    I am currently deployed to Afghanistan and am assigned to a Public Affairs unit. I wanted to post the link to an article regarding progresses being made here in Afghanistan and how the Afghan National Army is succeeding. Here is the article: http://digg.com/d31St80

    June 3, 2010 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      Yes ....how the Afghan National Army is succeeding in losing the war against the Taliban

      June 4, 2010 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  3. ShareFacts

    No matter we like it OR not, If we want to end this conflict in Afghanistan, we have to get help from Pakistan, so they can force Afghan Taliban to get on with negotiations with USA.

    We have already tried alone for 9 years alone and its not working..

    We will have to accept the fact that Pakistan Army / ISI will never let India get into any role in Afghanistan..because they do not want to get encircled by india from both sides..

    As soon as we realize above, we can we out of this mess in Afghanistan..

    June 3, 2010 at 7:37 am | Report abuse |
  4. Iraq Paramedic

    @ Abdulameer, you are correct my friend when speaking of the Q'uran after Mohammad changed it to suit himself & then after he died the 4 califs that followed him changed it to it's present violent form. There are still those who study & hold true to the original Q'uran & it is a much more civil, educated & peacefull reprisentaion of true Islam. GOD gave Abraham 2 sons by 2 differant women; one was his wife who bore Isaac & the other was Sarah's handmaid Hagar who bore Ishmael. Alot has changed in 4,000+ years hasn't it?
    May GOD bless & keep us all !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 2, 2010 at 6:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      "Mohammad changed it to suit himself & then after he died the 4 califs that followed him changed it to it's present violent form."
      If you make this statement then provide proof that the Quran has changed. I can guarantee that you have no proof because not a single letter has changed in the Quran from the time it was revealed to Prophet Muhammad(PBUH). Don't make false statements which you cannot substantiate it!!!

      June 4, 2010 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  5. In Kabul

    We can succeed, for the sake of the people of Afghanistan we must succeed. The only way for the people of Afghanistan to prosper is to have a free and stable nation that provides everyone the opportunity for education.

    My headquarters here in Kabul is training the Afghan National Security Forces so they can set the conditions for peace in Afghanistan.

    (www.NTM-A.com

    June 2, 2010 at 4:04 am | Report abuse |
  6. Ramkhelawan Maniram

    Honestly speaking, the intended goal of the US occupation of Afghanistan is to liberate the peoples of this country from the criminal rule and regime of the Talibans and to accompany them out of harms way. And just when the peoples of Afghanistan DECIDE – Afghanistan certainly will become the nicest place to live. Never forget, this is not an invasion. This is not an occupation. This is giving you a helping hand by the international community for you to rid yourselves of the hell which was made of you and your nation by the devils called the Talibans. More than ONE THOUSAND AMERICAN SOLDIERS have not died in vain but have gone to rest knowing full well that their ultimate sacrifice certainly worths the price – LIBERATION OF THE PEOPLES OF AFGHANISTAN. Such is the price they have paid so that you can better your conditions. Maybe all is not done yet but there is light at the end of this dark dungeon – tunnel. Have no doubts about that your conditions CERTAINLY will improve – Afghanistan will become a nicer place to live. God bless the sons and daughters of America – God bless the sacred homeland of Afghanistan.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Abdulameer

    Our whole plan is ill-conceived because it is based on our winning the hearts and minds of the population. Well, that is impossible, and, therefore, our plan is doomed to failure. The hearts and minds of the Afghan population is thoroughly devoted to Islam, the Koran, Muhammad and sharia law. Here is a sampling of the doctrines of Islam which motivate the hearts and minds of all religious Moslems:
    FROM THE KORAN:
    –“ the (only) religion (acceptable) before God is Islam." (3:19)
    – " If anyone desires a religion other than Islam, never will it be accepted of him." (3: 85)
    – “You are the noblest community ever raised up for mankind.” (3:110)
    – The unbelievers among the people of the book and the pagans shall burn forever in the fire of Hell. They are the vilest of all creatures. (98.6).
    – Surely the vilest of animals in Allah’s sight are those who disbelieve. (8.55)
    –The unbelievers are your inveterate enemy. (4:101)
    – Mohammed is God's apostle. Those who follow him are ruthless to the unbelievers but merciful to one another. (48:29).
    – It is unlawful for a believer to kill another believer, accidents excepted. (4:92)
    – Believers, take neither the Jews nor the Christians for your friends. (5:51)
    – Make war on them until idolatry shall cease and God's religion shall reign supreme. (8:40)
    – Fight against them until idolatry is no more and God's religion reigns supreme. (2:193)
    – The true believers fight for the cause of God, but the infidels fight for the devil. (4:76)
    – We will put terror into the hearts of the unbelievers. (3:151)
    – I shall cast terror into the hearts of the infidels. Strike off their heads, strike off the very tips of their fingers. (8:12)
    FROM THE SAYINGS OF MUHAMMAD:
    – Muhammad said to the Jews: "If you embrace Islam, you will be safe. You should know that the earth belongs to Allah and His Apostle, and I want to expel you from this land. “
    – Allah's Apostle said, "You (i.e. Muslims) will fight with the Jews till some of them will hide behind stones. The stones will (betray them) saying, 'O 'Abdullah (i.e. slave of Allah)! There is a Jew hiding behind me; so kill him.' "
    – Mohammed said, "I have been ordered to fight with the people till they say, "None has the right to be worshipped but Allah, and whoever says, " None has the right to be worshipped but Allah , his life and property will be saved by me." (otherwise it will not).
    – Mohammed said, "Whoever changes his Islamic religion, kill him."
    – Mohammed said, " No Muslim should be killed for killing a Kafir" (infidel).
    – Muhammad said: "Fight in the name of Allah and in the way of Allah. Fight against those who disbelieve in Allah. Make a holy war, …"
    In addition, the most popular manual of Islamic sacred law, approved by the highest Islamic religious authorities of Jordan, Syria, Saudi Arabia and Egypt, says: "Jihad means to make war on non-Muslims." What could be clearer than that?
    And, how about this:
    Ayatollah Khomeini, the most important Moslem leader of the 20th Century, said: "Those who know nothing of Islam pretend that Islam counsels against war. Those who say this are witless. Islam says: Kill all the unbelievers just as they would kill you all! Does this mean that Muslims should sit back until they are devoured? Islam says: Kill them, put them to the sword and scatter their armies.... Islam says: whatever good there is exists thanks to the sword and in the shadow of the sword! People cannot be made obedient except with the sword! the sword is the key to Paradise, which can be opened only for the Holy Warriors! There are hundreds of other Koranic psalms and Hadiths urging Muslims to value war and to fight. Does all this mean that Islam is a religion that prevents men from waging war? I spit upon those foolish souls who make such a claim."
    And, how about this:
    From Jihad in Islam by Sayyeed Abdul A'la Maududi, one of the most prolific and most widely read and influential Islamic writers of the 20th Century:
    “The goal of Islam is to rule the entire world and submit all of mankind to the faith of Islam. Any nation or power that gets in the way of that goal, Islam will fight and destroy.”

    The only difference between the Taliban and the rest of the Afghan population is the degree of strictness they want in applying Sharia law.

    June 1, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • justanother

      shall i quote the Bible

      June 3, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      You are quoting all these verses from the Quran out of context and also misquoting. Post the entire context instead of choosing part of the text that serves your purpose to defame the beatiful religion of Islam.

      June 4, 2010 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |