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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