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The toughest job in the world got a little tougher this week as Afghan troops were attacked on their way to work. The Taliban have been picking up the pace of attacks directed against the Afghan National Army (ANA) across the country, and since the inauguration have been focusing heavily on Kabul. Whether it’s the worst protest against mass transit ever or a shift in tactics as the new national unity government struggles to find its footing, it means the army’s got a long year ahead.

In the dog days of winter, after the dogs of war have been unleashed and Karzai’s in the doghouse for biting the hand that feeds him, we should paws (I’m sorry) and ask, on a dog day afternoon, who let the dogs out?

British special forces, apparently. 

The current commander for the International Security Assistance Force’s Joint Command, Lt. Gen. Mark A. Milley, did a presser for Pentagon journos yesterday, 23 January. Fairly standard state-of-the-war spin, there were few remarkable comments to come out of that briefing. Except for his statements about the capabilities of the Taliban. 

Over the weekend, an astute group of Afghan Uniformed Police (AUP) in Kabul stopped writing citations just long enough to capture an apparent suicide bomber. In a sure sign that “Cops” is still culturally relevant, Ahmad (who, like many Afghan suicide bombers, can only remember one of his names at a time) claimed the vest in the back of his Corolla was not his, but that he was holding for his friend Waheed (who, like many Afghans, chooses to go by a non-Western name just to make a point). Waheed, according to Ahmad, had told him it was for his cousin’s wedding, and asked Ahmad to look after it for him during the next week or so. 

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