Catching up on some back reading, I have been flicking through Eye Spy magazine.
The March/April 2011 issue 72 had a four page piece by Nick Fielding 'Kidnap of the Godfather' about the 2010 kidnapping and murder of Brigadier Sultan Amir Tarar - Pakistan's 'Colonel Imam' a long term conduit between Pakistani intelligence and the Taliban. The British journalist Asad Qureshi was also kidnapped in the same incident, but escaped with his life.
Reading Fielding's piece it is not clear who his sources are for this article. It is very clear however that he has been badly let down by whoever writes the captions for Eye Spy. Beneath a picture of the Red Army in Afghanistan, on p.45, are the words:
"Russian soldiers pictured during Moscow's withdrawal from Afghanistan in 1988. The Taliban now ruled"
This is so bad it is hard to know where to start. Firstly the Soviet Union was a lot more than Russia. The Soviet Union left Afghanistan in 1989, not 1988. The government they had been backing, that of President Mohammed Najibullah, actually outlived the Soviet state, surviving until 1992. As for claiming the Taliban 'now ruled', they did not even exist as a distinct entity at the time, with most analysts charting their rise in Kandahar in the period 1994 to 1996, thanks largely to a mixture of local conditions and Pakistani support.
I am assuming a writer of the status of Nick Fielding knows all this, so the question has to be - who proof reads Eye Spy, and in particular who writes the captions?