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Feb 20 00:38

I HEAR VOICES: MKUltra? A Worrying Trend Of Mass Shooting Suspects Throughout History Before Committing Horrific Murders

The kid was hearing voices in his head.

Direct energy weapons are electromagnetic signals used for lethal or nonlethal purpose. One such example of use is creating pain in a target but the other nefarious usage is beaming voices into a target's head to either coerce someone into doing a violent act or to drive them insane.

Yes, this type of technology has existed and has been being worked on since as early as the 1950's-60's during MKUltra.

Feb 17 07:59

George W. Bush Doesn't Deserve the Media's Efforts at Rehabilitation

(*bone crunching body slam delivered by The Hill to one of The Swamp's more elusive , vile , creatures)

Feb 15 09:12

We Are Surrounded’: 21 Terrorist Organizations Active in Afghanistan

Although they are the most notorious, the Taliban and Daesh are not the only terrorist groups operating in Afghanistan. In an interview with Sputnik, deputy spokesman of Afghanistan’s Ministry of Defense Mohammad Radmanesh explained that there are some 20 similar terrorist groups in the country and described how they appeared in Afghanistan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apparently, the domestic Afghan military is utterly impotent to stop this; but so are US and NATO troops incapable of preventing this infiltration.

Feb 11 09:27

United States fails in Afghanistan - Russia makes an unexpected move

The deterioration of the situation in Afghanistan is evident from the reports of the US military. In 2015, Kabul and its Western allies controlled 72% of the administrative districts, and militants - about 7%. According to the latest data, in August 2017 the ratio of the territories under control was 57% compared to 13%, respectively.

Many rural areas are under the control of Taliban and ISIL militants, in various parts of the country. The zones of their influence are adjacent to the Afghan border, including the neighborhoods with Turkmenistan and Tajikistan.

Feb 11 08:33

George W. Bush Says Russia Meddled in 2016 US Election

(*From The Corruption Free Half Of The Bush/Clinton Duopoly)

Feb 11 07:46

Time to Take the US to Court for War Crimes

It Is Time the Afghan Villagers Take Legal Action Against the U.S., Its War Mongering Generals, Government, Leaders and Officials Responsible for War Crimes

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Feb 10 05:50

NWA – Transforming From Poppy Cultivation To Hub Of Trans-Regional Trade

MIRANSHAH: Once a hotbed of terrorism and a centre of poppy cultivation, North Waziristan Agency (NWA) is set to transform into a hub of regional and trans-regional trade as Ghulam Khan border crossing is about to be inaugurated next month.

It merits mention here that Pakistan has constructed a three-lane highway as a new trade road with Afghanistan and the Ghulam Khan crossing would be third major trade route linking Afghanistan’s Khost with Miranshah.

Miranshah is strategically located to provide a shortest link between Russia, central Asian states and warm waters of Arabian Sea through Gwadar Port. Moscow is only 4,798 kilometers from Miranshah while Dushanbe is 860 kilometers, Tashkent is 1414 kilometers and Ashqabad is 1753 kilometers, Kabul is 277 kilometers while Khost is mere 47 kilometers away from Miranshah.

Ghulam Khan trade route has the capability to become a major trade link with central Asia and Russia via Afghanistan>>>

Feb 09 13:17

US Strikes in North Afghanistan Target Chinese Uighur Faction

The ever-escalating US air war in Afghanistan is having little real effect on the war against the Taliban, but has managed to ensnare an entirely distinct faction in Northern Afghanistan into it, one which the US hadn’t been targeting for years.

Chinese Uighurs, operating under the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) banner, were regularly swept up in the initial US invasion a decade and a half ago, and recent US airstrikes in the area along the Chinese-Afghan border have increasingly targeted their forces as well as Taliban in the area.

Why the US is suddenly interested in targeting them is unclear, though NATO issued a statement suggesting it was to prove to them that cross border attacks weren’t safe. Either way, the Chinese are expected to be quite happy about this.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Afghanistan border with China may become one of the most dangerous places on earth to be right now.

The borders here are porous, and families on either side of the border must be terrified for their very lives at the moment.

Feb 08 12:03

Afghanistan War Spending, In 2018 Alone, Could End US Homelessness—TWICE

A large standing military is the greatest threat to freedom and the survival of the Planet and its lifeforms!

Over 31,000 civilian deaths have been documented in Afghanistan following the U.S. invasion. The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan began documenting civilian casualties in 2009, and the combined number of civilians who were killed and injured that year was nearly 6,000. The number has steadily increased over the years, and in 2016, it reached a record high with nearly 3,500 killed and nearly 8,000 injured.

A report from the UNAMA noted that in 2017, the death rate for children increased by 9 percent over the previous year, and the death rate for women increased by 23 percent. The report also claimed that an increase in airstrikes has led to a 43 percent increase in causalities.

Feb 08 10:29

PENTAGON EXPECTS AFGHAN WAR TO COST $45 BILLION IN 2018 — 16 YEARS AFTER IT STARTED

(ANTIWAR.COM) Speaking to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Assistant Secretary of Defense Randall Schriver on Tuesday revealed that the Pentagon expects the cost of the Afghan War in 2018 to come to $45 billion.
This obviously is subject to change, in the face of more probable escalations. The cost includes $13 billion in direct cost for US troops already committed, $5 billion to prop up Afghanistan’s own struggling military, and other funding for logistics, aid projects, and other assorted expenses.

That’s a lot of money to throw at the war in its 16th year, and there is a lot of questioning of the merits among senators of both parties, concerned that yet another doubling down on a war long since lost may not be the most prudent of courses.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This horrific waste of money, 16 years on, with a war which cannot be won, is just thoroughly immoral, when there are so many real needs back here at home which are desperately in need of attention.

There can be no military metric by which the US government and NATO can say that they are "winning" this war; and with all the cost of blood and money spent, it has been a real catastrophe for both the Afghani people, and for an American government with the hubris and idiocy to start it in the first place.

It was, morally, and militarily, unjustafiable, and will remain an horrendous stain on the character of US governmental leadership in Washington.

And President Trump, and NATO high command, I will tell you precisely how to end this war; evacuate all troops as safely as is possible, and negotiate with whatever government which is left standing in Kabul for the oil pipeline rights; that is what this was all about in the first place, as Bush's operatives in DC thought the Taliban's price was "too high", so decided to "win" the rights to those pipelines through a quick war.

This continued occupation of Afghanistan does not make Americans more safe; on the contrary, these mass extrajudicial assassinations, a favorite tactic of both President Obama and President Trump, both here and other places when the US military has been deployed, has "inspired" younger wanta-be jihadis to do damage to Amercian soldiers, and American assets around the world.

Feb 07 13:21

Pentagon Expects Afghan War to Cost $45 Billion in 2018

Speaking to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Assistant Secretary of Defense Randall Schriver on Tuesday revealed that the Pentagon expects the cost of the Afghan War in 2018 to come to $45 billion.

Feb 04 07:58

Kabul: China in Talks to Fund Military Base on Afghanistan Border

Afghan officials told reporters this week that Beijing is reportedly holding discussions with Kabul over establishing a military base near China’s border with Afghanistan.
Chinese officials reportedly cited concerns about the threat posed by Uighur jihadists in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region, considered by the Pentagon to be home to the “highest concentration” of terrorists in the world.

Afghanistan shares a border with the autonomous Xinjiang region—China’s largest province. Xinjiang is home to China’s oppressed Muslim Uighur (or Uyghur) minority, whose separatist groups reportedly train and operate in the Af-Pak region.

Kabul and Beijing have been in talks over China’s military establishment since December, but details remain elusive, indicated Mohammad Radmanesh, a spokesman for the Kabul-based defense ministry.

Feb 03 11:02

America’s Cascading Disaster in Afghanistan

Cascading disaster is an apt term for the US military’s strategy in Afghanistan, which involves the indiscriminate killing of terrorist leaders, whether Taliban, Al Qaeda, ISIS or whatever else.

In addition to heavily underreported civilian casualties, US military strikes increase the ferocity of those terrorist outfits. Not just because those outfits want to show the world how strong they are. There is another element which arguably is even worse, as it is virtually impossible to reverse. Each “neutralized” leader leaves a power void within his organization and a number of usually younger and more ruthless members start fighting among each other to take over – with cruelty and spectacular attacks obviously being stronger “election” arguments than a “softy” willingness and capacity for peaceful dialogue.

Feb 01 11:30

US Redeploying ISIL to Afghanistan to Justify Continued Presence in Region

Chairman of the Iranian parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi said Washington is transferring its proxy militants from Syria and Iraq to Afghanistan in a bid to justify its continued military build-up in the region. "Fomenting insecurity and disintegration of countries is the US strategic policy in the Muslim world, specially in confrontation against the Islamic Republic of Iran's neighbors," Boroujerdi said on Wednesday. He referred to the US attempts to hold an independence referendum in the Iraqi Kurdistan region as well as its efforts to form a new army of militants in Northern Syria to provoke the Kurdish population of the country, and said, "After the failure of the ISIL terrorists, the US is now plotting to transfer the ISIL to Afghanistan and organize them." Boroujerdi said...

Feb 01 09:30

US 'Invested In A Failed Strategy' In Afghanistan

US President Donald Trump's decision to reject talks with the Taliban will only trigger more attacks and will only aggravate the war, a former Taliban member has said.

Following a string of deadly assaults in the capital, Kabul, this month, Trump on Monday announced that Washington was not going to hold talks with the Taliban, which has been leading an armed rebellion since it was overthrown from power by US-led forces in 2001.

Responding to Trump's decision, the Taliban said war would "increase the human and financial losses of American troops".
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We know that the Taliban will be fighting as they have been for the past decades, so what is important now is to listen more,...">>>

(*I've got news for you; If your name isn't Benyamin Netanyahu , your going to be hard pressed to get him to lend you his ear !)

Jan 31 09:23

Pentagon Now Blocking Key Information About US War in Afghanistan

The US Defense Department has refused to disclose information about the war in Afghanistan that has routinely been released since the war began in 2001, according to the internal government watchdog that administers those information releases.

For 16 years, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) has released quarterly population figures that elaborate on what parts of the country are under insurgent control and which are under the control of government and coalition forces.

Until Monday — when SIGAR reported that they would not be releasing that data with their quarterly report because they had been instructed not to by the Pentagon. According to a report by SIGAR chief John Sopko, the DoD wouldn't even tell them why they were not allowed to release that information.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Taken together with the BBC report lower down that the Taliban are in control of 70% of Afghanistan, it means the US is losing that war as well.

Jan 31 08:57

Taliban threaten 70% of Afghanistan, BBC finds

Taliban fighters, whom US-led forces spent billions of dollars trying to defeat, are now openly active in 70% of Afghanistan, a BBC study has found.

Months of research across the country shows that the Taliban now control or threaten much more territory than when foreign combat troops left in 2014.

The Afghan government played down the report, saying it controls most areas.

But recent attacks claimed by Taliban and Islamic State group militants have killed scores in Kabul and elsewhere.

Jan 31 07:39

SOTU failed to Address: ‘If Reality In Afghanistan Exposed, Pressure On US To Withdraw Will Be Immense’

The Pentagon has no choice but to hide the reality on the ground in Afghanistan, if Americans are exposed to the real situation, there will pressure for the US to withdraw, Middle East analyst Ali Rizk said.

The Pentagon has apparently instructed the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), a watchdog which oversees the situation in the country, to keep quiet over the information on the mass of territory controlled or influenced by the Taliban and Afghan government, according to the watchdog's latest report.

The Pentagon blamed “human error in labeling” for the failure to share the data.

“It was NOT the intent of Resolute Support to withhold or classify information which was available in prior reports,” Navy Captain Tom Gresback, a spokesman for the US-led NATO coalition>>>

Jan 31 07:29

WATCH as Iranian leader says the US uses ISIS to destabilize Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan to protect Israel

SOT, Ayatollah Khamenei, Supreme Leader of Iran (Farsi): "Be aware, the hands that created Daesh [ISIS], either in Iraq or Syria, and committed all of those crimes through Daesh, using Daesh as a means to carry out attacks against entire populations, are the same hands that are now transferring Daesh to Afghanistan," he said. "They were defeated, previously, in Iraq and Syria. Now, they seek to ignite terror all over again in Afghanistan. It was only during the onset that they killed so many people, over the last month or approximately forty days," he warned. "They want to start the chaos here again and this is the start. From one month or forty days ago onward, they have committed a massacre over there," he explained. He then explained how the US destabilizes the region to protect Israel. "What’s important, for the US, is to cause continuous unrest in our region.

Jan 30 12:27

At This Point, US Has No Concrete Strategy in Afghanistan'

Amid growing Taliban influence and brazen Daesh attacks on the Afghan capital, US forces in Afghanistan have faced a 35% jump in casualties over the past year. Speaking to Sputnik, national security analyst Joseph Fitsanakis outlined the problems faced by the US-led coalition, and explained what it would take for peace to return to the country.
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President Trump has increased the number of US troops in Afghanistan from about 8,000 or so to 14,000 there currently, and he's said that he wants to send another 1,000. Having said that, let's remember that in 2010, the US had in Afghanistan about 100,000 troops, and this was not enough >>>

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Jan 27 11:44

95 Killed, 158 Injured As Bomb Hidden In Ambulance Goes Off Near Embassies In Kabul

An explosives-packed ambulance blew up in a crowded area of Kabul on Saturday, killing at least 95 people and wounding 158 others, officials said, in one of the biggest blasts to rock the war-torn city in recent years.

The Taliban-claimed assault -- the second carried out by the terrorist group in the Afghan capital in a week -- triggered chaotic scenes as terrified survivors fled the area scattered with body parts, blood and debris, and hospitals were overwhelmed by the large number of wounded.

It came as both the insurgents and the ISIS group have escalated their attacks on Kabul, one of the deadliest places in Afghanistan for civilians.

An AFP reporter saw "lots of dead and wounded" civilians in the Jamuriate hospital, which is metres away from the blast and where medical staff struggled to treat the bloodied men, women and children lying on the floor in corridors.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The metrics by which US and NATO forces could possibly measure a "victory" in Afghanistan, 16 years on, are completely non-existent.

I am profoundly disappointed that President Trump, listening to his unholy triumverate of "President Whisperers", consisting of Kelly, McMaster, and Mattis, could possibly believe that a military victory here was actually possible, without hundreds of thousands of US and NATO troops invading the country, and a carpetbombing campaign which would amount to a complete genocide of the Afghani people.

Doing something precisely the same way, time after time, yet expecting a different outcome, is one of the classic definitions of insanity.

That characterisation of Afghanistan as the "graveyard of Empire" is, unfortunately, profoundly true, even in the 21st century.

The only guy who was able to hold it together, by a series of alliances and strategic marriages, to insure dynastic continuums, was Alexander the Great, and that was only for three years!!

So, what should the US and NATO do?!?

Remove their forces as quickly as is safely possible, and negotiate with whatever government is left in Kabul for the pipeline rights, and the opium production rights.

After all, when negotiations on the pipeline rights betwen the Taliban and the Bush Administration failed, because the Bush administration considered the price "too high" was the moment when they decided to invade Afghanistan.

Or has no one told you that?!? The fantasy "cover story" was that Afghanistan refused to hand over Bin Laden, post 9/11; The real reason was far more sinisterly economic in nature.

America, Oil, and Afghanistan

Oh, and let's not forget the issue of the opium trade, the profits of which fund off-the-shelf missions "alphabet soup agencies" conduct, without congressional oversight:

The Spoils of War: Afghanistan’s Multibillion Dollar Heroin Trade

So the next time the Federal government tries to "sell" you on a war they are trying to justify, do please keep in mind that nearly all wars are economic in nature.

And BTW, do you remember the lies we were told to attempt to "justify" a war against Iraq?!? That Saddam had weapons of mass destruction, right?!?

Wrong; what Iraq, and Saddam had... was oil.

And do you know what entity has, ultimately, "won" this war, on 18 January, 2018?!? British Petroluem

Iraq, BP Sign Deal To Boost Kirkuk Crude Output

Jan 24 12:42

IN AFGHANISTAN, PUTIN COURTS CHINA IN SEARCH OF ‘ANOTHER SYRIA’

Islamic State’s growing presence in the country gives Russia a pretext for a partnership with China and Pakistan that could counter the influence of the US

Jan 24 12:39

Winter of Discontent: US Announces New Offensive Against Taliban in Afghanistan

NATO has announced that they will begin a winter offensive against the Taliban in Afghanistan, with US and Afghan forces targeting the militant group’s sources of funding in preparation for a rumoured spring counteroffensive from the insurgents.

Jan 24 12:01

Pakistan condemns ‘unilateral’ US drone strike on its territory

Pakistan’s foreign office said the unmanned aircraft’s missiles “targeted an Afghan refugee” camp in Pakistan’s northwestern Kurram region.

Jan 24 09:13

A-10s Return to Afghanistan as Air Campaign Heats Up

A squadron of A-10C Thunderbolt II ground attack aircraft has arrived in Afghanistan in support of the bolstered air campaign against the Taliban and other extremist forces, officials announced Tuesday.

Jan 23 13:42

Now Trump Menaces Pakistan

If the Pakistan-Afghanistan border had been mined and fenced on both sides, as proposed by Pakistan, and patrolled aggressively by the armies of both countries, nobody could claim that illegal crossings would have been easy. If the Afghan army had been ordered to cooperate with their opposite numbers across the border, and if there had been coordinated surveillance and aggressive foot patrols – as wanted by the Pakistan military – then it would have been very difficult indeed for insurgents to cross in either direction. The US did not approve Pakistan’s proposal for fencing and minefields and did not supply any assistance for the project. So the barrier was not erected.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The only thing this set of bone-headed moves are going to do, regarding Pakistan, is to thrown it more deeply into the orbit of China and Russia.

The only characterisations of US foreign policy one can state with a straight face, right now are, "incoherent and fractured."

Jan 23 08:27

'At Least 30 Killed' In Kabul Hotel Attack, Including Ukrainians, Kazakh

Senior Afghan security officials say at least 30 people were killed in an attack on Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel by Taliban militants, and they warn that the death toll could climb higher.

Wahid Majroh, a spokesman for the Ministry of Public Health, said on January 21 that 19 bodies had been brought to city hospitals. Officials said 14 foreigners were among the dead.

But a senior Afghan security official told the Reuters news agency that the death toll was at least 30, including hotel staff, guests, and members of security forces who battled the assailants. Some local reports said 40 people had been killed.

Jan 23 08:07

US asks Pakistan to expel Taliban leaders after Kabul terror attack

The US has asked Pakistan to immediately arrest or expel Taliban leaders who are carrying out terror attacks across the border in Afghanistan, days after the militant group attacked a landmark hotel in Kabul that left 22 people dead.

The terse White House statement came after the Taliban claimed responsibility for a major terror attack at the Inter-Continental Hotel in Kabul on Saturday that killed at least 22 people, including 14 foreigners and eight Afghans.

Jan 20 04:41

Pakistan cuts off US supply line

NATO has put all operations in Afghanistan in danger. After their forces killed 24 Pakistani soldiers. In retribution, Islamabad has shut down a major supply route to Afghanistan.

The Pakistani route has reopened after Washington paid a bribe of $350 Million.
This was after Trump cut the ~$250 Million in aid.

Jan 13 10:19

The Real News We Ignore At Our Peril

This is the threat to our democracy, not Fake News. And Exhibit A is our failed war in Afghanistan...

Jan 12 12:07

Is Trump Afghan Policy Aimed at Taliban or at China?

In recent months the US President has reversed yet another campaign pledge to pull out of Afghanistan, America’s longest war, and instead has begun to deploy an added 3,000 troops there. At the same time he has lashed out at the government of Pakistan accusing it of aiding the Afghan Taliban and pledging to cut all US military aid to that country as reprisal. A deeper view into the situation suggests that both moves are linked and have to do with not the Taliban and the Afghan terrorists. It has very much to do with ongoing developments of peaceful construction of the Chinese-led Belt, Road Initiative and desperate attempts of Washington to try to stop those developments using other pretexts.

Jan 10 13:35

Afghanistan - U.S. Special Forces Commit Drive-By Murder

A recent video mashup provided by some U.S. Special Force soldiers in Afghanistan seems to show evidence of a warcrime.

A military truck passes a civilian truck on a paved road at normal traveling speed. A soldier fires directly and intentionally at the driver of the civilian truck without any discernible reason.

Jan 10 11:23

Pentagon Program to Revive Afghan Economy Failed to Account for $675Mln

The US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction said that the Department of Defense's program had spent hundreds of millions to revive Afghan economy, but can't provide reliable data on where the money actually went.

A US Department of Defense program called the Task Force for Business and Stability Operations (TFBSO) spent $675 million on the Afghan economy from 2011 to 2014, but left few records to show where the money went, a report said.

"DOD was unable to provide reliable data showing the extent to which TFBSO projects created jobs, facilitated foreign direct investments, increased exports, or increased Afghan government revenues," the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) said on Tuesday.

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Andy Veres, left, Provincial Reconstruction Team Zabul commander, re-enlists Master Sgt. James Sandifer, Forward Operating

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I frankly don't think that any of these funds will ever see the light of day, and have just been expropriated by other corporations and national entities upon whichm the US government has absolutely zero oversight.

Jan 09 07:38

Pakistan and Afghanistan – Epicenters of Geopolitical Intrigue

By Chris Kanthan

America’s foreign policy increasingly looks like the final scene from Scarface. After North Korea, Russia, China, Venezuela, Myanmar, Syria, Hezbollah, Palestine and Iran, the latest country to be in the crosshairs of globalists is Pakistan. However, as usual, there’s more to the story than the propaganda. The real, unspoken reason behind the drama is America’s anti-China strategy, but let’s analyze the big picture...

Jan 08 08:24

Pakistan's Asymmetrical Response To Trump Is A Clever Way To Flip The Tables On Afghanistan

Pakistan’s announcement that it will seek the expulsion of over 1,5 million Afghan refugees in the next 30 days is being tacitly justified by Trump’s tweet and channels his zero-tolerance stance towards immigration from “terrorist”-prone states, but it also represents the employment of reverse-“Weapons of Mass Migration” in pushing Kabul closer towards the edge of collapse and consequently filling the Taliban’s rank of supporters.

Jan 06 08:41

Chaos Strikes As 1.4 Million Afghans Have 30 Days To Leave Pakistan

On Wednesday, the Pakistani government ordered 1.4 million Afghan refugees to leave the country in 30 days. According to DAWN, the oldest English-language newspaper in Pakistan, this is the sixth extension given to refugees, which the last expired on December 31.

Jan 02 20:05

UN Security Council to hold high-level meeting on Afghanistan

The Security Council is scheduled to hold a high-level meeting on Afghanistan, Council President Kairat Umarov said Tuesday.
The meeting will focus on building a development-oriented regional partnership of Central Asian countries to bring peace and security to the Afghanistan, Umarov, who is the Permanent Representative of Kazakhstan, told reporters.

Jan 01 09:26

How Donald Trump Learned to Love War in 2017

The president promised to deliver peace. But in his first year, he expanded every war he inherited.

President Trump has maintained or expanded the wars that he inherited from his predecessor.

As Jennifer Wilson and I pointed out in an appropriately titled column in August, “Donald Trump Is Dropping Bombs at Unprecedented Levels.” Within eight months of assuming office, Trump — with the announcement of six “precision aistrikes” in Libya — had bombed every country that former President Barack Obama had in eight years. One month after that, the United States surpassed the 26,172 bombs that had been dropped in 2016. Through the end of December 2017, Trump had authorized more airstrikes in Somalia in one year (33), than George W. Bush and Obama had since the United States first began intervening there in early 2007 (30).

Dec 29 04:43

The Trump Peace Plan: Bomb Kills Six Shepherd Children In Northern Afghanistan

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Mohammad Karim, the governor of Balkh's Dawlat Abad district, said the children were watching a herd of animals when one child stepped on the improvised explosive device that killed all six early on December 28.

He said the children ranged in age from eight to 10.

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Dec 26 12:40

Russian security chief says economic development key to Afghanistan overcoming woes

Russia anticipates economic development and the implementation of joint ventures will help improve the current dismal state that Afghanistan is still mired in, Russian Security Council chief Nikolay Patrushev said in an interview with the weekly newspaper, Argumenty I Fakty, on Tuesday. "We are confident that carrying out joint projects can serve as an efficient tool in fighting the spread of terrorism and the ideology of extremism," the security chief said reminding readers about recent consultations between the security agencies and his talks with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. "A number of solid deals followed, including in the energy, agricultural, military-technical and other sectors. About 30 Russian companies have voiced their interest in working on the Afghan trajectory," Patrushev said. He regretted "ongoing terrorist attacks in Afghanistan".

Dec 26 06:56

Izvestia: US State Department not planning to resume cooperation on Afghanistan

The United States is not going to change its policy on Afghanistan, a source in the State Department told Izvestia, adding that Washington is pursuing its strategy on the basis of a new document, which US President Donald Trump presented in August. Russia’s Special Envoy for Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov noted that so far, Moscow unsuccessfully expects detailed proposals from the US, and the statements from the State Department and the White House often differ... the department’s press service told Izvestia that President Trump recently introduced a new US strategy on Afghanistan and South Asia, and that Washington's policy will be determined by this plan. According to the press service, the agency’s policy is extremely transparent and any updates on it will be made public. Thus, according to the newspaper, the State Department made it clear that the US has no new plans to cooperate with Russia on Afghanistan.

Dec 24 07:49

ISIS has over 10,000 fighters in Afghanistan, more arriving from Syria & Iraq – Moscow

The terrorist group Islamic State has over 10,000 loyal fighters in Afghanistan, and Moscow believes the US may be underestimating their threat, Russia’s special envoy says.

Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) was pushed out of their home base in Syria and Iraq this year by separate military operations of a US-led coalition, and the Syrian Army backed by Russia. Many of the IS fighters who fled those countries ended up in Afghanistan, where the terrorist group has as many as 10,000 troops at the moment, Zamir Kabulov, the head of the Middle East department in the Russian Foreign Ministry, said.

Dec 22 07:31

US forces Afghanistan to switch from Russian to American helicopters

"The US has taken unprecedented pressure on the Afghan authorities to force them to make such a decision, and it's actually done for only one thing - after all, there continues to be both the anti-terrorist war and the civil war, and for this helicopters are necessary. What is offered in return? American helicopters, "- said Kozhin.

This is a very vivid example of what is happening in the field of arms exports. At the same time, the lion's share of helicopter technology in Afghanistan is the Russian Mi helicopters, in which Afghan pilots are trained.

Dec 20 08:12

Germany could send more soldiers to Afghanistan: defense minister

Germany’s defense minister said on Tuesday she wanted to boost the German presence in Afghanistan, in the first public indication that Berlin could accept a U.S. call for more soldiers to help reverse territorial gains by Taliban insurgents.

Germany currently has 980 soldiers stationed in the Hindu Kush mountains as part of a NATO mission to train Afghan security forces, the second biggest national contingent after the United States.

Dec 09 06:57

US Can't Win Afghan Drug War

(*I didn't realize we were actually trying to 'win' this one .)

Dec 01 20:26

WAR DOGS ON DEATH ROW

WAR DOGS ON DEATH ROW Veteran dogs which saved thousands of lives while on duty in Afghanistan both face being put down — because Top Brass claim they can’t be re-homed
Sign the change.org/saveveterandogs petition to save hero Belgian shepherds Kevin and Dazz from lethal injections in the coming days

Nov 26 10:49

Pentagon tried to block independent report on child sex among Afghan forces, Senate office says

Although the report released Nov. 16 by the Defense Department Inspector General’s office (DODIG) reached the grim conclusion that, for years, U.S. personnel have been inadequately trained to report such crimes, a parallel investigation by the Special Inspector General for Afg

Nov 26 07:39

Observatory Estimates 340,000 Killed In Syrian War

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has reported on Friday that they have a new estimated on the overall death toll of the Syrian War since March 2011, saying they’ve documented 343,511 deaths, with over 100,000 civilians among the killed.

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Nov 24 08:10

Pentagon IG: U.S. Troops May Be Punished for Stopping Child Rape by Afghan Soldiers

American service members in Afghanistan have relatively recently been officially required to report when U.S. taxpayer-funded Afghan security forces sexually abuse young boys, but they are “not obligated” to intervene and may be criminally punished for doing so, according to an audit by the Pentagon inspector general (IG).

Moreover, one American service member told that the IG U.S. troops were told to “ignore” the ancient pedophilic Afghan custom known as bacha bazi, or “playing with boys,” confirming the findings of a New York Times (NYT) article issued in September 2015.

Nov 22 13:10

Putin-Trump dialogue confirms vast agenda in Russian-US ties, senator says

The dialogue between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Donald Trump has confirmed that there is a wide-ranging agenda in Russian-US relations, Russian senator Konstantin Kosachev wrote on Facebook on Wednesday.

Putin and Trump held a phone conversation on November 21. The White House’s press service said the conversation lasted for more than an hour. The Kremlin’s press service noted that the dialogue was "business-like and substantial." The sides discussed Syria, Ukraine, North Korea, Afghanistan and Iran’s nuclear program.

"The long-lasting and substantial conversation between Putin and Trump, according to mutual assessments, confirmed that a vast agenda remains in Russian-US relations, which may and should be discussed without preconditions and on an equal basis," said Kosachev, who chairs Russia’s Federation Council (upper house) International Affairs Committee.

More:
http://tass.com/politics/976810

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Fingers crossed that this dialogue deepens and continues toward the ends of a far more peaceful, bountiful world for all its people.

Nov 21 15:30

US military recruiter: ‘I totally agree with you the wars are illegal and started with lies. For now, my mouth stays closed. But my eyes and ears are open.’

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I recently attended a public event with US military recruiters present. I walked by their display table wondering if any of them knew they recruit for lie-started and illegal Wars of Aggression. I made eye contact with one, who instantly responded with a friendly greeting. This is roughly the conversation after I answered that I’m a high school teacher.

Recruiter: Hey, could I come to your classroom sometime to discuss military careers with your students?

Carl: Ok, let’s talk. This is what I see and would include if you’d like to come to my class: the US wars are the opposite of legal, and from disclosed top-level documentation of our own government were started with “reasons” that were lies known to be lies as they were told.

Nov 21 09:51

US Airstrikes Target Taliban Opium Labs

In a move Pentagon officials say is directed at Taliban revenue streams, US F-22 stealth fighters and B-52 Stratofortress bombers attacked what they’re describing as “opium labs” in the northern part of the Helmand Province.

A pair of buildings were destroyed in the attack, which Gen. John Nicholson claimed caused “minimal collateral damage.” Nicholson noted there was a third building they didn’t attack, claiming it was to avoid civilian casualties.

Mich of Helmand Province is dedicated to opium farming, which is why the Taliban has long been interested in controlling the area. This talk of labs and factories is new, however, and it’s not clear what these buildings were actually for.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

TRANSLATION: IF, in fact, these were heroin production labs, the US military may well have just taken out its competition for these resources.

Images: US troops protecting poppy fields in Afghanistan

Nov 21 09:20

‘US invaded Afghanistan to restore heroin industry’

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This narrative is very hard to hear, as someone who values peace and social justice, but this is the brutal reality of why we stayed so long in Vietnam, when the war the US was fighting was unwinnable, and why we have stayed so long in Afghanistan, when this war is also unwinnable.

This is a $1.5 trillion dollar industry, the profits from which are used to fund "off the shelf" operations for various US "alphabet soup" agencies use, over which Congress has utterly no oversight whatsoever.

It is sobering to think that the biggest drug pusher in the US ... is the US government itself.

It's about the drugs; it's about the money that is made by these drugs, and about the massive money made by laundering the money on these drugs, which large financial houses love to do.

Nov 20 08:55

Afghan Opium Production At Record High Despite British Troops Dying To Stamp It Out

Opium production in Afghanistan has almost doubled this year over 2016, according to a United Nations survey. As the Taliban returns to territory liberated by UK forces in 2001, the booming drugs industry is further proof the war failed in its basic aims.

One of the justifications given by former Prime Minister Tony Blair for Britain’s intervention in Afghanistan against the Taliban back in 2001 was to stop the production of opium poppies used to make heroin.

Nov 19 11:50

‘3,000 More US Troops Arrive In Afghanistan’

The US Department of Defense has announced about 3,000 additional American troops have been deployed to Afghanistan under President Donald Trump’s new war strategy for the country.

Nov 17 16:05

‘3,000 More US Troops Arrive In Afghanistan’

The US Department of Defense has announced about 3,000 additional American troops have been deployed to Afghanistan under President Donald Trump’s new war strategy for the country.

Nov 17 14:29

Afghan Opium Production At Record High Despite British Troops Dying To Stamp It Out

Opium production in Afghanistan has almost doubled this year over 2016, according to a United Nations survey. As the Taliban returns to territory liberated by UK forces in 2001, the booming drugs industry is further proof the war failed in its basic aims.

Nov 17 13:09

Afghan Opium Production At Record High Despite British Troops Dying To Stamp It Out

Opium production in Afghanistan has almost doubled this year over 2016, according to a United Nations survey. As the Taliban returns to territory liberated by UK forces in 2001, the booming drugs industry is further proof the war failed in its basic aims.

One of the justifications given by former Prime Minister Tony Blair for Britain’s intervention in Afghanistan against the Taliban back in 2001 was to stop the production of opium poppies used to make heroin.

Nov 16 11:11

US Troops Taught For Years Child Sex Abuse Is ‘Culturally Accepted’ In Afghanistan

U.S. troops deploying to Afghanistan were taught for years that child sex abuse is a “culturally accepted practice” in the country, and were provided no guidance that it constituted a violation of the law and human rights until late 2015.

A new Pentagon inspector general report reveals that although troops weren’t explicitly discouraged from reporting cases of child sex abuse, the issue was not discussed until numerous media outlets reported that troops were encouraged to ignore local Afghan officials abusing little boys.

Interviews of troops from the report suggest that military officials didn’t really care much about stopping child sex abuse.

Nov 16 02:05

Opium Production Up 87 Percent in Afghanistan

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Moreover, the report highlights the failure of the U.S. counternarcotics strategy in Afghanistan.

The U.S. has spent nearly $8.6 billion in interdicting and eradicating opium production in Afghanistan, according to recent SIGAR estimates.

Despite U.S. efforts, cultivation of poppy has steadily increased in Afghanistan since the U.S. invasion in 2001.

To add insult to injury, this year, the Afghan government managed to eradicate 750 hectares of poppy, a 111 percent increase from last year, but the country still witnessed record opium production despite best efforts.

“Afghanistan remains the world’s largest opium producer and exporter — producing an estimated 80% of the world’s opium,” the latest SIGAR report reads.

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Nov 15 10:54

An Escalating Afghan Crisis Of “Profit” Over “Life”

“My family’s water well has dried up,” 18-year-old Surkh Gul said.

“Ours too,” echoed 13-year-old Inaam.

A distressed Surkh Gul lamented: “We have to fetch water from the public well along the main road, but that water is muddy, not fit for drinking. I get bottled water for my two-year-old daughter. At least someone in the family should stay healthy.”

Nov 15 04:06

House Passes $700 Billion Military Spending Bill

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The bill includes $634 billion for “core operations,” and $66 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO). The OCO budget is notoriously used by the Pentagon to shift money around to various programs as officials see fit without having to ask Congress to fund them.

This massive bill is the culmination of months of officials trying to outspend one another, with President Trump proposing what he described as one of the biggest increases ever>>>

Nov 14 15:38

$5.6 Trillion, 7,000 Deaths, 52,500 Injuries

The United States is expected to spend nearly $6 trillion through 2018 on government-wide costs related to the wars waged in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria since 2001, reveals a study by Brown University’s Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs.

Nov 14 14:13

An Escalating Afghan Crisis Of “Profit” Over “Life”

“My family’s water well has dried up,” 18-year-old Surkh Gul said.

“Ours too,” echoed 13-year-old Inaam.

A distressed Surkh Gul lamented: “We have to fetch water from the public well along the main road, but that water is muddy, not fit for drinking. I get bottled water for my two-year-old daughter. At least someone in the family should stay healthy.”

Nov 13 16:46

Into The Afghan Abyss (Again)

After nine months of confusion, chaos, and cascading tweets, Donald Trump’s White House has finally made one thing crystal clear: the U.S. is staying in Afghanistan to fight and—so they insist—win. “The killers need to know they have nowhere to hide, that no place is beyond the reach of American might,” said the president in August, trumpeting his virtual declaration of war on the Taliban. Overturning Barack Obama’s planned (and stalled) drawdown in Afghanistan, Secretary of Defense James Mattis announced that the Pentagon would send 4,000 more soldiers to fight there, bringing American troop strength to nearly 15,000.

Nov 13 07:41

Washington’s Drug of Choice in the War on Terror

As you read today’s piece by historian and TomDispatch regular Alfred McCoy, author most recently of In the Shadows of the American Century: The Rise and Decline of U.S. Global Power, think of Afghanistan as the gateway drug for three Washington administrations.

Meanwhile, the whole question of opium eradication has, according to Mashal, gotten surprisingly "little attention in the Trump administration’s new strategy for the Afghan war." It seems that U.S. counter-narcotics officials have come to accept a new reality "with a sense of helplessness" – that the country now supplies 85% of the world’s heroin and there’s no end to this in sight.

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