July 27th, 2010
11:53 AM ET

From the Afghan media: Documents show gap in war's media coverage

Take a look at some of the top stories and editorials in Afghan media related to the WikiLeaks documents coverage, especially the alleged role of Pakistan's ISI. Excerpts are compiled from a U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan report.

Erada Daily (state media editorial): The release of thousands of U.S. classified documents related to the Afghan war shows Pakistan’s interference in Afghanistan’s affairs and its support for the Taliban. The documents also show the huge gap between the portrayal of the conflict in Afghan and in international medias.

Weesa Daily (private media editorial): Referring to the leaked Afghan war documents, the editorial writes that since the secret documents explicitly implicate Pakistan in providing aid to the Afghan Taliban, the international community has concluded that firing even a single bullet in Afghanistan is illegitimate and it should solve the issue with Pakistan and other involved parties.

The leaked documents were also some of the top stories in newspapers and TV news:

Tolo TV: The documents show the support of Iran and Pakistan to the Taliban and the drawing up of plans by Islamabad for killing of Afghan leaders. Meanwhile, the Afghan government said that the release of the documents is good for the expansion of the awareness of Afghans. The TV newscast noted the White House has seriously condemned the release.

Ariana TV: Leaked Afghan war documents show Pakistani ISI’s direct role in organizing the activities of the armed opposition against the Afghan government. Meanwhile, Waheed Omar, the Presidential Spokesperson, has said that Afghanistan has complained of this from the beginning.

Shamshad TV: Leaked Afghan war documents shows the ISI’s major involvement in organizing the activities of the armed opposition against the Afghan government.

Outlook Afghanistan newspaper: The released documents have revealed what many had already suspected, an alliance that was operating at times under the radar and with little accountability. The documents detail unreported civilian casualties, covert hit squads, undisciplined Afghan security forces, the escalation of Taliban attacks and Pakistan growing influence with the Taliban. The leak of secret war logs of the U.S. military was a "surprise" to the Afghan Government, said President Hamid Karzai’s spokesman on Monday.

Amnesty International has called on NATO to provide a clear, unified system of accounting for civilian casualties in Afghanistan as leaked war logs paint an incoherent process of dealing with civilian casualties. “The picture that emerges from the leaked data on civilian casualties is that NATO’s leadership did not know exactly what was happening on the ground,” said Sam Zarifi, Amnesty International’s Asia-Pacific Director.

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  1. sanity

    After Mumbai attack after 26/11 some desis started celebrating every such attack in Pakistan. The main cause for such revulsion anger, frustration is their outright denial. Many Pakistanis have openly denied the act and conspiracy theory are abound about disowning such act. The whole world knows the act attributed to rougues from Pakistan inspired jihad owned by LeT supported by ISI and logistic provided by another American Pakistani Dawood Jeelani (aka David Coleman). Some Indians do have peg at the first news of such attack there.

    July 30, 2010 at 5:58 am | Report abuse |
  2. Vicious

    To Obama no harm was done, in a way this will benefit Obama because his date certain for withdrawal regardless of conditions on the ground will appease the left and provide cover for an excuse to get out sooner

    July 28, 2010 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. No american in support

    All military are killers, in the military you are fair game to be killed just as you have signed up to be a killer, no military, no wars!

    July 28, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Miguel

    This is another political strike from the left against our men and women in the military

    July 28, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jerry

      Come on Miguel,get serious! I can't believe your ignorance!

      July 28, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. nachiketa

    Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever..., Hope you would have gone through some of my post above, as my name signifies my thoughts are rooted in ancient Indian wisdom and not on mean bigoted knee jerk reaction as expressed by some. I respect you for the name and assume are not impersonating as someone who has biased idea. I really wanted to know what you meant by "India to be another country to be watched for, which is supposed to be as dangerous as others in neighbor".

    Strange cannot believe you have such biased opinion. I am still in my learning curve and would like some productive discussion.

    July 28, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. NealR2000

    Good point nachiketa. The same thing could be said for Palestine. Can you imagine if instead of all the money that Iran and other countries spend on Palistianan terrorism were spent instead on Palestinian infrastructure and education, what a profoundly different place it would be? Instead, the palestinian people are used as cannon fodder.

    July 28, 2010 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
    • nachiketa

      Neal2000, I repeat again, War is not pretty my dear friend, there is no perfect war where insurgents are only killed. They deliberately melt into innocent family and inflict causality. This is their strategy to influence people like you to support them. Think hard, you have choice through democracy.

      July 28, 2010 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
    • nachiketa

      You are right, unfortunately they do not have working democracy to influence their ruler. it is vicious cycle, only they can break. US is trying very hard to get democracy working. Very tough indeed specially when common Muslim believe more in their mullah and spin doctors than other democratic society or country.

      July 28, 2010 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
  7. nachiketa

    To all Paks, get out of subsistence economy depended on Chinese, petro $$$ and US funds in the name of WOT. Use democracy change Alla-Mullah-Army nexus, put on shoes and start competing India with IT and infrastructure development. There is no shortcut. You are trapped with IT (international terrorism) promised by ISI-Army about some dream of Islamic Caliphate. That is bleeding you, also do not fall trap of making commission through trade route, India/China vs central Asia, Iran Turkey etc. All that are hallow promise a broken dream. Decide if you are part of Sub-continent or middle east, that is the key to your strategy. Sub-continent promises democracy development and decent life, ME option is a nightmare, they make you cannon fodder in the name of jihad.

    July 28, 2010 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
  8. nachiketa

    We are not here for chicken egg discussion, NATO would never have been in Afghan if the thugs never did 911 or taunted with jihadi infrastructure like training camps and goading of threat given by ignorant mullahs and Al-Queda. No one would have seen noncombatants.

    July 28, 2010 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
  9. NealR2000

    This is probably the most corrupt, ungovernable region on Earth. There are two massive sources of wealth, and getting a piece of one or both is all that matters. They are:

    1. Opium
    2. U.S. Money (in the form of Aid, bribes, equipment, etc.)

    There is no conceivable positive end to this. If anyone believes that the US can pull out once internal security is effective, they are beyond delusional.

    July 28, 2010 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
  10. Pedro2000

    Is it me or is CNN REALLY PUSHING HARD the "Pakistan is bad, very very bad" angle?

    What about all the dead non-combatants. Isn't that more important?

    July 28, 2010 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
    • nachiketa

      The wiki leaks is like red rag for those political group who wanted to put more pressure for Paks. Think hard the ISI-Army nexus, they will put you on spot where you will see only nightmare and doom. Any fight is a two way sword, specially when thugs melts away into local population. Next war might surely affect Paks, at least that is what I feel.

      July 28, 2010 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
    • nachiketa

      Pedro2000, War is not pretty my dear friend, there is no perfect war where insurgents are only killed. They deliberately melt into innocent family and inflict causality. This is their strategy to influence people like you to support them. Think hard, you have choice through democracy.

      July 28, 2010 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
  11. nachiketa

    Wow I forgot the Faisal Sehzad of Times Square, he was the son of the Pak Air force Air Marshal. Think again before you make such false allegation. If you check Pak cantonment they are full of breeding ground of such ideas for formation of caliphate. Their school and worse madrasa are breeding ground for future jihadist.

    July 28, 2010 at 7:06 am | Report abuse |
  12. nachiketa

    What more do you want, Pakistani nationals were caught last week in Uganda, they were part of Al-Shabab group for bombing in their capital on finals. They were caught with pants down in Spain, London, Mumbai, Kashmir, Italy, Greece etc. What more do you want? Most of the global jihadist have been trained in a big vacuum called Pak-Afghan territory. So you still think Indians are sneaky, dream on. India is multi-cultural democratic society, pluralism is key and that was best antidote for jihadism over there.

    July 28, 2010 at 7:01 am | Report abuse |
  13. nachiketa

    Also do not forget to survey Hindukush mountain burrows, most of them are deep inside.

    July 28, 2010 at 6:37 am | Report abuse |
  14. nachiketa

    If you happen go and do survey of North and South Waziristan and Balochistan, you will see thugs from various countries wandering freely using Kalashnikov and grenade on their hand. Their most favored transport is pickup.

    July 28, 2010 at 6:23 am | Report abuse |
  15. nachiketa

    If you happen go and do survey of North and South Waziristan and Balochistan, you will see thugs from various countries wandering freely using Kalashnikov and grenade on their hand. Theie most favoured transport is pickup.

    July 28, 2010 at 6:22 am | Report abuse |
  16. nachiketa

    Larry Valencia, Probably you know the aspiration of Pak ISI and Army. They are much more sneakier than you are aware off. Their global jihadi aspiration is much beyond any super power aspired for. Here are some

    1) Formation of Islamic caliphate with epicenter in Pak-Afghan
    2) Global jihad to achieve this dream
    Their sponsors were petro dollars which has almost dried and hence pretension as victim and get US funds in name of war on terror. The have thugs from middle east Arabs, Chechnya, Uzbek, Tadzhik, Afghan Pastuns, Egyptians, Algerians, may be Bosnians, Ethiopians, Sudanese, Somalis, Indonesians, Malaysians, Bangladeshis etc. They do not lack manpower, they lack funds. Right now they are lying low once US army exists you will see the sudden spurt in their activity.

    July 28, 2010 at 6:19 am | Report abuse |
  17. nachiketa

    Imagine Jerusalem is acquired by Palestine and all symbol of Jewish temple and historic significance are plundered, all Jews are either converted or successfully driven out of it. Will you ever tolerate?

    July 27, 2010 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Dirty Paki

      That happening would be justice because the Jews are European immigrants.
      http://humanprovince.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/m0094.jpg

      July 27, 2010 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • nachiketa

      Ok, that is fine, by that logic the people of Pakistan are assumed to belong to central Asia, Turkey, middle east (Arab) origin. Why cant they go back? The countries region are of same faith and that will be win-win for all. No Taliban no jihadi in South Asia, no coalition casuality, no WOT etc. wow I like that idea. Remember Kabul river was called Kubha in Veda.

      July 27, 2010 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  18. nachiketa

    Both Israel and Pakistan was created in the name of religion, the similarity ends there. Pakistan has successfully converted all its minority info Islam and threw some of its own sect called Ahmedi into infidel. If defending moth eaten country is crime then what is aggression in the name of religion???

    July 27, 2010 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • nachiketa

      Did Israel do convert its minority? Hindus like Jews practice religion acquired by virtue of birth, they do not believe in conversion.

      July 27, 2010 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  19. nachiketa

    We all understand you have total submission to you master, that does not mean you keep barking with something you are allergenic to. We in civilized world simply call such character "moron". We ignore such character. We know you were violently converted and now acquired the taste of your master "good luck jihadi". Please do not forget to mark cross on your rag head, you know sometime drone mistake you to be innocent.

    July 27, 2010 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Pete Larson

    I posted some preliminary statistical analysis of the Wikileaks data on my personal blog including some maps that you probably wouldn't normally see. Please take a look at it if you are interested.

    http://peterslarson.com/2010/07/26/afghan-wikileaks-war-diary-part-2/

    July 27, 2010 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      India is just another Country that has to be watch out for!!! They are just and dangerous as the Muslin are... The only thing the Muslin isn't as sneaky as India is!!! Pakistan and Afghanistan has good reason to worry about them!!! Just as Israel has to worry about the Arab League and Hamas...

      July 27, 2010 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • nachiketa

      Please make yourself aware of history, the early Hindus were Vedic people who were once residing in current Af-Pak region. The Afghan in Sanskrit means land of horse (Sanskrit Ashva = horse= Old persian Asp), the river Amudarya is mentioned in Vedas (called Oxus during Alexander invasion, Vedic Chashu). The current Pakistan was referred as Sapth Sindhu (land where seven rivers incl. Indus flowed). The current state of Punjab is actually a Vedic name (Sanskrit Aap = water, Pancha = five). Now Indi@ is defending moth eaten country against aggressor who are trying to be aggressor in all imaginary cause using middle east thugs. Imagine the current Pak has 25-percent Hindus before p a r t i t i o n, where have they all gone???

      July 27, 2010 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  21. nachiketa

    We are proud people who inherited ancient knowledge and western world is trying to emulate the great benefits of it. Not your idiot practices. Please appease your masters you mawali.

    July 27, 2010 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  22. nachiketa

    Who is this Jacobi jocker, he is barking at everyone like a mad one. Check "warm camel dung on web" you moron. See how your master have been dealing with the dung.

    July 27, 2010 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  23. atal

    Pakistan an ally who would want such a thing?

    July 27, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Dirty Paki

      Because India was supporting the Soviet Union, Fidel Castro, and Saddam Hussein and had developed nuclear weapons before Pakistan did.

      July 27, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Rational Thinker

    SAM you are great, you are butchering Pahstoons and Pakis like goats ha ha :).. and even Pakistan is helping you do it.. ha ha well this is called Bakreed of Pashtoons ha ha :)
    Pakistan or Po*nistan? Pakistan will be razed to the ground soon. USA was using po*nistan and now they will twist its arms to get what they want.. this is a failed rogue nation and must be wiped off with its inhabitants..

    July 27, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Dirty Paki

      Enjoy drinking you cow urine, rat milk, and dirty ganga water.
      In the meantime, I'll be drinking some Pakola.
      Cheers.

      July 27, 2010 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Raja

      Dirty Hindus just drink cow pee n eat rats and pray for others to come and save their dirty asses.We ruled these dirty cow pee drinkers for more tahn 1000 years its time to repeat history again.

      July 28, 2010 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • sanity

      The middle east thugs centuries ago started Hindukush and now are ending up with Pastunkush, hazarakush. What more do you say about the violent religion.

      July 29, 2010 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • sanity

      After Mumbai attack after 26/11 some desis started celebrating every such attack in Pakistan. The main cause for such revulsion anger, frustration is their outright denial. Many Pakistanis have openly denied the act and conspiracy theory are abound about disowning such act. The whole world knows the act attributed to rougues from Pakistan inspired jihad owned by LeT supported by ISI and logistic provided by another American Pakistani Daood Jeelani (aka David Coleman). Some Indians do have peg at the first news of such attack there.

      July 30, 2010 at 5:58 am | Report abuse |