Robert Young Pelton: Hamid Gul Endorses Abdullah — Does This Make Ghani’s Victory Certain? UPDATE Adds Poll Showing 49 to 41

Given how Afghans feel about Pakistan, this endorsement will probably have the opposite effect and reinforce Ghani’s bid. UPDATE: Just in from Telegraph on 11 June: Economist may lead Afghanistan after forming alliance with warlord in presidential elections ORIGINAL POST: Afghan Election: Endorsement From Pakistan’s Ex-Spy Chief Causes Stir Fred Bezhan Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, …

Robert Young Pelton: VICE Saving South Sudan & Hunt for Kony

The VICE documentary “Saving South Sudan” Part One is now online (Parts Two and Three will go up between now and Wednesday) VICE Magazine “Saving South Sudan”  (The entire 50,000 word article is available free online. The first time VICE has dedicated an entire magazine to one article) Article on the VICE Project At the …

Robert Young Pelton: General Dostom is INNOCENT of the Dasht-i-Leili Massacre [PBI: What’s It Worth To Set Record Straight in Time for Run-Off?]

ROBERT STEELE: General Dostom is accused of the being directly responsible for the Dasht-i-Leili massacre aka container massacre that has been hugely overblown — as well as civilian collateral damage over time — and this remains a sore point with many Pashtuns and of course those that also consider themselves Taliban. What is your understanding? ROBERT …

Robert Young Pelton: Crowd-Funding the Hunt for Jospeh Kony (Full Text – Foreign Policy October 2013)

ROBERT STEELE: I’ve known RYP for over a decade, perhaps more. I first learned of him when CIA was handing out his book, World’s Most Dangerous Places, as the best available primer for case officers going into darkness without bodyguards or armor (which is what real case officers do, don’t get me started on the …

Robert Young Pelton: Crowd-Funding and Crowd-Sourcing the Hunt for Joseph Kony — with Public Lessons Learned

As some of you know, I like to find people who don’t want to be found. Since the mid 90’s I have located and connected with over two dozen terrorist, criminal, jihadi and drug groups. The alphabet list of people I have tracked down and lived with include the taliban, FARC, LURD, al Qaeda, BRA, …

Robert Young Pelton: My Refs on Afghanistan

The last census taken in Afghanistan was in the 70’s. The UN and other humanitarian agencies have done surveys with gaps for “dangerous” areas. The finite answer is that no one knows how many Afghans there are let alone census quality demographic information. Here is a typical study with the usual disclaimers: http://measuredhs.com/pubs/pdf/FR248/FR248.pdf Taliban: Once again …