Developments in Herat
On 14th August, a Pushtun commander,
by the name of Amanullah Khan, seized Shindand airbase, 75 miles to the
south of Herat, from the forces of Ismail Khan, the Governor of Herat.
This was the latest in a long-standing pattern of clashes between the forces
of the two men. Simultaneous offensives were launched against Ismail Khan's
forces by two other commanders in Karukh, to the north of Herat, and Chesht-e-Sharif
to the east.
On the following morning, 440 soldiers
from the Afghan National Army, accompanied by 29 US advisers, were transported