Afghanistan is doing better than you think

The Afghan capital, far and away its largest city, is safer than ever by most measures. Of course, not all is well. In addition to the Serena attack, a popular Lebanese restaurant was bombed this past winter and many expatriates killed; a Norwegian journalist was recently murdered in cold blood on a street by a fringe insurgent group.

Don’t get me wrong. I fall into the “Afghanistan is doing better than you probably think” camp. But if you are going to write a piece like that, don’t do it on the back of a one-week Thomas Cook US military tour of all its successes, where they probably wouldn’t let you leave their closely guarded bases – and why not check the nationality of Nils Horner? Swedish or British but not Norwegian.

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