Kathy Gannon (Canada)

Photo: AP Kathy Gannon serves as special regional correspondent for Pakistan and Afghanistan for The Associated Press. She has covered the region for the AP as a correspondent and bureau chief since 1988, a period that spans the withdrawal of Russian soldiers from Afghanistan, the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, the bitter Afghan civil war between Islamic factions and the rise and fall of the Taliban. Gannon was the only Western journalist allowed in Kabul by the Taliban in the weeks preceding the 2001 U.S.-British offensive in Afghanistan. In addition to her coverage of South Central Asia, she has covered the Middle East, including the 2006 Israeli war against Hezbollah in southern Lebanon, and war in northern Iraq. In April 2014 Gannon was seriously wounded while covering preparations for Afghan national elections when an Afghan police officer opened fire on the car in which she was riding. Her colleague and close friend, AP photographer Anja Niedringhaus, was killed in the attack. A native of Timmins, Ontario, she was the city editor at the Kelowna Courier in British Columbia and worked at several Canadian newspapers before her career took her overseas. She has lived in Israel, Japan, Pakistan and Afghanistan. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including:
  • • International Women’s Media Foundation Courage In Journalism Award
  • • Overseas Press Club Award for best newspaper or wire service reporting from abroad
  • • Edward R. Murrow Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
  • • AP Oliver S. Gramling Award in Journalism
In 2005 Gannon authored I is for Infidel: From Holy War, to Holy Terror, 18 Years Inside Afghanistan, an examination of the Taliban and post-Taliban period, published by Public Affairs. Gannon is the youngest of six children. Her brother Brian, now retired, and her late brother Lorne were also respected journalists. Her brothers Robert and Terry, both retired, were prominent in their fields and her sister, Patricia Ann, was a nurse in Canada's north for 40 years. Gannon is married to highly regarded Pakistani architect and artist Naeem Pasha, and has a stepdaughter, Kyla Pasha. Follow Kathy Gannon on Twitter @Kathygannon
Tara Singh Hayer Memorial Award
2014

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  • samir sardana
    commented 2021-09-04 16:38:09 -0400
    US Int has been a disaster for a long long time ! Pearl Harbour, JFK, Bay of Pigs (wherein USA woke up after the USSR had relocated the Nukes),USS Cole, Beirut Bombing, 9/11,Benghazi,Osama (for a long time),Baghdadi (for a long time) and then Taliban !

    HUMINT fails when people CANNOT BE BOUGHT ! Taliban is an ideology and a philosophy of an Alt-Life, in a Closed Loop ! Money and US passports cannot buy Taliban ! So HUMINT in Taliban,was bound to fail.

    The Choice for the US was to save lives or armour !

    They chose lives ! And the same for the ANA and NDS ! In hindsight,it would have been impossible to evac the hardware – as even the humans were evacd,on the last day !

    BUT THE US COULD HAVE DESTROYED THE US ARMOURBUT THEY DID NOT !

    Y ?

    It was the PRICE TO LET THE US LEAVE UNSCATHED !

    Most of the equipment is depreciated – and some new equipments are left behind ! The Marginal Cost of the hardware to the US is not much !

    Similarly,the US could have bombed Bagram and the roads to Panjshir – BUT THE US DID NOT – although the US knew that Taliban would attack Panjshir , and the PLAF IWLL USE BAGRAM !

    It was the PRICE TO LET THE US LEAVE UNSCATHED !

    The US is NOT SUPPORTING THE TAJIKS IN PANJSHIR ! It was the PRICE TO LET THE US LEAVE UNSCATHED and NOT to provide refuge to Al Qaeda !

    The History of Islamic Nations and Muslim nations, shows that DEMOCRACY does NOT WORK.When US exports its democracy to the GCC and Kabul – they KNOW IT WILL FAILBUT IT PROVIDES A MORAL COVER to the STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE , of BUYING THE LIBERALS, in every Islamic nation – as long term US moles and allies !

    The US has given Afghanistan to TALIBAN,after 20 years – as the US bets that the Taliban are pragmatic after 20 years of war – and WILL NOT PROVIDE REFUGE TO AL QAEDA AND ISIS !

    The US is NOT bothered that Afghanistan,will become a SAR of PRC !

    IS THE US BETTING RIGHT ? DO THEY HAVE THE CARDS ? THERE IS NO POINT IN HOLDING CARDS, IF THE DEALER HAS CHANGED TO THE PRC ! dindooohindoo

    IS THE US FORCING THE INDIANS TO JOIN THE ANTI-CHINA AXIS FOREVER ? A FALSE FLAG DISASTER IN KASHMIR, IS INEVITABLEAND THAT WILL UNLEASH A CHAIN OF EVENTS !

    Afghanistan axis with PLA is PRC surrounding INDIA,from all sides ! And so,the siege is set !