October 20th, 2010
04:50 PM ET

Bringing aid to the Afghans: A deadly occupation

On the morning of September 26, Linda Norgrove was in an unmarked Toyota Corolla traveling from Asadabad to Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan, a spectacular route with towering mountains to the right and a broad river to the left. Spectacular but also very dangerous - ambush country in a part of Afghanistan where many different groups, including criminal gangs, the Taliban and al Qaeda - have a presence.

Norgrove, who was British, worked for Development Alternatives Inc. (DAI), a U.S. company that handles a number of substantial contracts for the USAID in Afghanistan. An experienced development worker who understood the risks of being in this volatile part of Afghanistan, she was wearing a burqa to better blend in and was traveling in a two-car convoy with local staff. But gunmen abducted her that day, on the very same stretch of road where two months earlier a U.S. military convoy had been ambushed.

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  1. Dindy.....sri lanka

    My thoughts are with Linda"s parents . She is beautiful in and out. May Linda rest in peace !!

    October 23, 2010 at 6:36 am | Report abuse |
  2. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    Can you not see Joseph that communism is a failed way for society in the collapse of the USSR?

    October 21, 2010 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  3. Joseph McCarthy

    The Russians have tried it for years and look at where it got them. Had it not been for Western interference,the Communists would never have called the Russians in and today there'd be no war,no Taliban and none of this godless carnage!!!

    October 21, 2010 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      Joe,you said it all. Thank you.

      October 21, 2010 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jesse Cook

    Something to turn the NATO troops on,I presume.

    October 21, 2010 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
  5. Dindy.....

    Beautiful girl !! with Great spirit!!! what a great lost😦

    October 20, 2010 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jim

    This article creates the impression that Linda's abduction was possibly related to close association with the counter insurgency efforts. This is not the case. Linda was seen as a potentially high value target precisely because her development work was done in close collaboration with local communities and was yielding significant results. It did not matter to her abductors who her employer was or where the money was coming from - things even the mainstream media has a hard time sorting out and reporting correctly. What mattered was that Linda and her Afghan colleagues were making a difference in the lives of the people of Eastern Afghanistan. It is the increasing effectiveness of development efforts throughout Afghnistan that is and will be the most powerful and efficient way to bring this war to an end. less

    October 20, 2010 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Just another Joe

      Quite true, The taliban would see someone with her spirit and humanity as a greater threat than ISAF and NATO together.

      October 21, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dindy.....sri lanka

        Just another Joe...
        GOOD POST

        October 23, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Just another Joe

    A carefully aimed lead injection may help.

    October 20, 2010 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |