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Sep 22 10:32

As Afghan Military Deaths Soar, Officials Struggle to Keep Toll Secret

The last official figures on Afghan military deaths came out in 2016. 22 soldiers were killed on an average day, and this was so bad that Afghan and US officials decided that death tolls would subsequently be kept secret

Things have just gotten worse, and 22 deaths would be a comparatively mild day compared to media reports on the death tolls in recent days. In the past week, the average day has seen roughly 57 deaths among Afghan security forces.

The Pentagon’s recent decision to more heavily publicize Taliban body counts, to try to sell the war to the administration, likely comes from the same place as the decision to keep Afghan military deaths secret, as this will just reveal the extent of the conflict’s failure.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So let's call this one as what it is: a 17-year, unmitigated disaster.

IF US and NATO officials had one brain cell to share on this issue, they would immediately withdraw all Coalition troops as quickly as it would be safe to do this, then negotiate with whatever government was left standing in Kabul for the pipeline, rare earth, and opium poppy rights.

Ah, but of course, they won't, because such actions... would actually be logical.

Sep 21 10:21

Pentagon Hypes Taliban Body Counts to Try to Sell White House on Afghan War

The Pentagon’s leadership has long opposed using body counts as war propaganda, particularly in Afghanistan, fearing that it would echo the failed strategy of Vietnam, and alienating people around the world.

But in recent months, efforts to sell President Trump on the Afghan War have changed that, with officials now eager to get gaudy death tolls out to the public to prove that the US and its allies will “remove all who oppose them at every turn,” and are making progress in killing people.

Yet these same officials have long admitted this isn’t an effective way to communicate how the war is going, and that fixation on body counts comes off as terribly morbid. Whether it is something to sell President Trump on the war is another matter.

Sep 18 09:40

TRUMP COMMITS TO ENDLESS WAR

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Sep 17 17:20

NATO to Build Massive Command-and-Control Center in Afghanistan’s Capital

According to a NATO procurement document, the complex is expected to consist of more than 800 work spaces, Stars and Stripes reported Monday. The structure is planned to be a three-story, 120,000-square-foot concrete building. However, according to officials, additional details cannot be released during the bidding and design phase of the project, Stripes and Stripes reported Monday.

Sep 16 21:44

Fred to Take Wheel of Ship of State: Will Implement Thoughtful and Reasonable Measures

Fred on everything will save us!

I have no choice. I must don the mantle of greatness and take the reins of the country. Desperate times call for desperate measures. I will run for the office of dictator, or President in American parlance.

If Lindsey Graham complains that we need to kill more puzzled goatherds, I will have him inserted into the oil well on top of the Republicans and pseudo-Cubans, with Oprah tamped down on top as a sort of cork. There is nothing in Afghanistan that Americans need or want, except opium products, and private enterprise now provides these in abundance. Check the nearest street corner, or ask your kids.

Sep 15 10:47

WHY JOHN BOLTON REALLY HATES THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT

Countries with nothing to fear do not fear the ICC.

Countries with nothing to fear do not fear the ICC. The United States and Israel are very afraid of the ICC. The murder of unarmed civilians is a war crime. So is torture. Israel’s indiscriminate bombing of densely-populated civilian areas, its half-century occupation of Palestinian territory and its construction and expansion of Jews-only settler colonies on Palestinian land are all also illegal under international law. Neither Israel nor the United States has joined the ICC. Other leading human rights violators, including North Korea, China, Saudi Arabia, Myanmar and Ethiopia, have either never joined or have withdrawn from the court.

Sep 13 12:08

Iran WARNING: US tells airlines not to fly through airspace as WW3 fears rise

The advisory also warns military activities linked to the bloody conflict in Syria have been ramped across Iran's airspace.

Tensions between Tehran and Washington are running high following Donald Trump’s controversial decision to pull out of the landmark Iran nuclear deal re-introduce economic sanctions last month.

Flight Service Bureau, which provides safety information on airspace to airlines, said "without seeming alarmist", the deteriorating relationship between the US and Iran must be taken into account when planning flights in Iran's airspace.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is getting just about as serious as is a heart attack: I find myself very alarmed at these developments.

Sep 13 11:17

BREAKTHROUGH: Afghani Parliament May Revoke U.S ‘Invitation’ To Occupation

Most parliamentarians in the Afghani parliament voted to revise the country’s security agreement with the United States, including allowing permanent US military bases to remain on Afghan soil. This major development comes in light of Kabul, Beijing, Moscow, and the Taliban having attempting to organize a grand meeting to establish a solution to the US occupation in Afghanistan.

“The idea [of a revision] was put forward by some Parliamentarians in the Chamber of Deputies on Monday and was approved by the majority of the parliamentarians by means of a vote on Wednesday,” 1TV channel reported.

This agreement allowed US military forces and bases to remain in Afghanistan after the US combat mission ended in 2014, the report said. However, security conditions continue to worsen as the number of civilians and security forces killed by terrorist attacks increases.

Sep 13 11:17

Latest Tesla Software Update "Disabled" Autopilot

Many Tesla owners have lost all autopilot functionality as a result of the company’s latest "over the air" software update, according to Jalopnik . Tesla knows about the issue and has promised to fix it by Friday of this week, according to the article, saying it was "a known issue".

Tesla has been sending out its latest "over the air" software update over the course of this week. The purpose of the software update was to increase the capabilities of Autopilot and help it further incorporate traffic lights, stop signs, lane changes and off-ramps.

As a reminder, numerous Tesla Autopilot incidents have occurred when a vehicle moves out from in front of a Tesla vehicle, and/or when there's an option to take an off-ramp nearby. Videos like this one, on YouTube, have confirmed the issue:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

OK, it's official: Elon Musk needs someone he will listen to, and respect, to start managing the day to day nuts and bolts of the operation, so that flaws like the one indicated above stop from happening.

The foul-ups, bleeps and blunders these cars keep making are not good advertising for a financially or engineering-capable company, and Musk will loose both face, and money, if these problems continue.

Sep 13 06:27

The ICC vs. the US: Who Is the Real Loser?

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has finally moved to investigate US war crimes committed during the 17-year long war in Afghanistan. This is welcome news as this is what the international civil society expects from the ICC. The US administration has long been using its influence over global bodies to the extent that it sees itself an "exceptional" nation. Now the Hague intends to prove that unlike other international bodies such as the UN Security Council or the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) this is not the case with the ICC, and that even if Washington moves to position itself in direct opposition not just to the investigations, but the court itself, it won’t be able to stop justice from being served to the long-suffering people of Afghanistan.

Sep 12 09:23

It’s been 17 years since 9/11 but there’s still no end in sight for the war in Afghanistan

As Americans mark the anniversary of 9/11, the war that was launched in response to those attacks shows no sign of ending.

Seventeen years later, American troops are still fighting and dying, civilian casualties are at record highs, and the Taliban now controls more territory than at any point since 2001.

Earlier this month, a new American general took control of the effort — the ninth change of command in what is now the longest war the United States has ever fought.

Outgoing U.S. commander General John Nicholson had a simple message as he handed over reigns to his successor after being in command for the last two years: “It’s time for the war in Afghanistan to end.”

Sep 12 09:06

Senior MP: Iran Ready for Military Advisory Role in Afghanistan

Chairman of the Iranian parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh underlined his country's readiness to play a military advisory role in Afghanistan to fight against the ISIL terrorist group.
"I had a meeting with the Afghan ambassador to Tehran today. During the meeting, I declared the Islamic Republic of Iran's preparedness for advisory assistance to Afghanistan, in addition to its concerns (about the presence of the ISIL in the country), given Iran's experience in the fight against the ISIL," Falahatpisheh said on Wednesday.

He said that the real insecurities in Afghanistan are fomented by the ISIL which are supported by certain states, reminding that the ISIL terrorists massacre Shiites and Sunnis alike.

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Sep 12 08:41

Envoy: Iran's Continued Commitment Depends on Using N. Deal Benefits

Iran’s Permanent Ambassador to Vienna-based international organizations Kazzem Qaribabadi warned that Tehran will remain committed to the 2015 nuclear deal only if it can use the benefits of the internationally-endorsed agreement.
"As it has repeatedly been announced, full and sincere implementation of undertakings by all sides is a principled base for the nuclear deal's survival and if we want its survival, the remaining members of the agreement (Britain, France, Russia and China plus Germany) should guarantee that Iran enjoys the nuclear deal's benefits by adopting proper practical measures," Qaribabadi said, addressing the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors' meeting in Vienna on Wednesday.

He stressed the importance of time in this regard, and said, "Many more measures should be adopted to guarantee Iran's economic interests as stated in the nuclear deal."

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Sep 12 08:34

VICE On 17 Years & Afghanistan

It’s been 17 years since 9/11 but there’s still no end in sight for the war in Afghanistan

As Americans mark the anniversary of 9/11, the war that was launched in response to those attacks shows no sign of ending.

Seventeen years later, American troops are still fighting and dying, civilian casualties are at record highs, and the Taliban now controls more territory than at any point since 2001.

Earlier this month, a new American general took control of the effort — the ninth change of command in what is now the longest war the United States has ever fought.

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(*VICE going where ABCNNBCBS&FOX Fear To Tread , so we probably shouldn't mistake them for being anything other than independent )

Sep 12 01:23

Death toll in explosion in eastern Afghanistan climbs to 68

At least 68 people have been killed, and 128 more were injured in an explosion in a crowd of protesters in the Afghan province of Nangarhar in the east of the country, the TV channel TOLOnews tweeted, quoting local health care officials. Mass media earlier reported that 50 people were killed in the explosion. On Tuesday, a representative for the provincial governor stated that a suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowd of protesters who gathered in the Momand Dara district, Nangarhar province. He said that the protesters gathered demanding that the commander of the Achin district police forces, located near the Momand Dara district, be fired. There were also reports on September 11 of seven explosions that shook the area near three educational facilities in the Nangarhar province. France Press reported that a child was killed and four people were injured in a terror attack near a school in the city of Jalalabad.

Sep 11 10:48

Osamagate

“Now the Taliban will pay a price” vowed President George W. Bush, as American and British fighter planes unleashed missile attacks against major cities in Afghanistan. The US Administration claims that Osama bin Laden is behind the tragic events of the 11th of September. A major war supposedly “against international terrorism” has been launched [October 2001], yet the evidence amply confirms that agencies of the US government have since the Cold War harbored the “Islamic Militant Network” as part of Washington’s foreign policy agenda. In a bitter irony, the US Air Force is targeting the training camps established in the 1980s by the CIA.

Sep 11 10:02

‘Dead to us’: Trump will ban, arrest International Criminal Court judges

Donald Trump’s top national security adviser has launched a bellicose attack on the International Criminal Court, describing it as “fundamentally illegitimate” and “outright dangerous” in a speech that has alarmed human rights groups.

John Bolton threatened to prosecute judges from the International Criminal Court (ICC) or ban them from entering the United States if the organisation pursues an investigation into the conduct of American soldiers in Afghanistan.

“The United States will use any means necessary to protect our citizens and those of our allies from unjust prosecution by this illegitimate court,” Bolton said in a speech to the Federalist Society, a conservative legal group, in Washington D.C on Monday US time.

Sep 11 07:11

Bomb explosion kills 50 people in Afghanistan

A minimum of 50 people died in a bomb explosion in Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar province on Tuesday, TOLONews channel reported in Twitter quoting a deputy president of the provincial Council. Nangarhar public healthcare department said the explosion had carried away 30 lives. Channel One TV said earlier 25 people had died and another 60 had been wounded. A spokesman for the governor of the province said a suicide bomber had set an explosive device off in a crowd of protesters who had gathered for a demonstration in Momand Dara district. They were going to demand dismissal of the commander of the police force in Achin located near Momand Dara. Reports earlier on Tuesday spoke about a chain of explosions near three schools in Nangarhar. AFP said an explosion near a school in Jalalabad, the capital of the province, killed a boy and left four adults injured.

Sep 07 12:11

Afghan troops to train in China, ambassador says

China will train Afghan troops on Chinese soil, Afghanistan’s ambassador to Beijing said, describing the military cooperation as an effort to fight al Qaeda and Islamic State militants bent on attacking China from its western neighbour.

Afghanistan has also requested that China provide Afghan security forces with combat helicopters, Ambassador Janan Mosazai told Reuters in an interview.

Beijing last month dismissed reports that Chinese troops would be stationed in its war-torn neighbour, after it agreed to help Afghanistan set up a “mountain brigade” in the rugged Wakhan Corridor linking the two countries.

“But yes, there will be some training required, obviously, and that will take place in China,” Mosazai said in the interview on Tuesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, but did US Sec Def Mattis get the memo on this, or is the situation in Afghanistan so dire, that he dare not say a word against the deal?!?

This is huge, folks.

Sep 07 08:16

Afghanistan’s troops to train in China – ambassador

Beijing will train Afghan troops on Chinese soil, Afghanistan’s ambassador to China said. The military cooperation will be part of an effort to fight Al-Qaeda and Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) militants bent on attacking China from its western neighbor, Ambassador Janan Mosazai told Reuters. Kabul has also requested that China provide Afghan security forces with combat helicopters.

Sep 06 09:27

REPOST - BOMBSHELL Documents Expose The Secret Lie That Started the Afghan War

Sep 03 17:22

US service member in Afghanistan killed in 'insider attack' - NATO

A US service member in Afghanistan has been killed in an apparent insider attack, according to NATO. One other has been wounded.

The attack occurred in eastern Afghanistan, the NATO-led Resolute Support mission said in a statement.

The service member has not yet been identified. He is the sixth American to be killed in Afghanistan this year, according to Reuters.

Sep 03 08:42

US service member in Afghanistan killed in 'insider attack' - NATO

A US service member in Afghanistan has been killed in an apparent insider attack, according to NATO. One other has been wounded.

The attack occurred in eastern Afghanistan, the NATO-led Resolute Support mission said in a statement.

The service member has not yet been identified. He is the sixth American to be killed in Afghanistan this year, according to Reuters.

Aug 31 09:14

Blackwater founder seeks to privatize Afghan war despite mercs getting butt kicked in Yemen

Upon departing as commander of US Forces Afghanistan, Gen. John Nicholson recently said that America's military strategy, revised a year ago under the Trump administration, is working.

At the same time, Erik Prince, founder of Blackwater [currently known as Academi], apparently doesn't share that view and intends to renew his offer to his friend, President Donald Trump, to replace US military forces with Private Military Contractors, or PMCs.

Despite the differences, and any similarities, the military solutions for peace in Afghanistan offered by Nicholson and Prince are both delusional.

In saying that the latest US military strategy is working, Nicholson believes the current military solution is having the effect of "advancing us towards reconciliation" with the Afghan Taliban.

Aug 28 12:13

Why US Imperialism Loves Afghan Quagmire

It may seem paradoxical that any American interest would seek to deliberately prolong the Afghan quagmire. Costing trillions of dollars to the national debt, one would think that US planners are anxious to wind down the war and cut their immense losses. Not so, it seems.

Like the classic 1960s satire film, Dr Strangelove, and how he came to “love the A-bomb”, there are present-day elements in the US military-security apparatus that seem to be just fine about being wedded to the mayhem in Afghanistan.

That war is officially the longest-ever war fought by US forces overseas, outlasting the Vietnam war (1964-75) by six years – and still counting.

After GW Bush launched the operation in October 2001, the war is now under the purview of its third consecutive president. What’s more, the 17-year campaign to date is unlikely to end for several more years to come, after President Donald Trump last year gave the Pentagon control over its conduct.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Taliban had all but eradicated the opium growers before the US invasion. So why is cheap Afghani heroin flooding into the United States?

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In Afghan fields the poppies grow
Between the crosses
Row on row.

Aug 27 10:15

Head Of Islamic State In Afghanistan Killed After Spate Of Terror Attacks

A surge in suicide bombings, brazen terror attacks on Kabul, and mass kidnappings in recent weeks in Afghanistan has indicated a significant and growing resurgence of both the Taliban and 'Islamic State' in the country after multiple failed attempts of the NATO-backed central government to strike ceasefire deals with the Taliban.

Most recently, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani survived what appeared to be an assassination attempt on August 21st, when a hail of shoulder-fired missiles landed near the presidential palace and in Kabul's 'green zone', interrupting his televised speech.

But it appears Afghan government forces and their US and NATO advisory partners are in the process of clamping down on the insurgency while delivering pay-back, as Reuters reports the head of Islamic State in Afghanistan has been killed in an airstrike on Saturday.

Aug 25 09:44

WHY THE UNITED STATES WILL NOT LEAVE AFGHANISTAN VOLUNTARILY

Rather than bringing ‘peace and stability’, training Afghans to a mythical self-sufficiency, or helping rebuild Afghanistan’s shattered infrastructure, the time is long past for an honest appraisal of what western Allied forces are really trying to achieve in Afghanistan. There are a number of motives that readily reveal themselves.

The first relates to Afghanistan’s geography. It is strategically located in close proximity to, or bordering upon, the United States’ designated enemies, China, Iran and Russia. A map of US military bases shows that they closely follow the pipeline route, and are readily accessible to the poppy fields that once again produce more than 90% of the world’s heroin.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, now you know; this is a war, based on lies, which will keep going ad infinitum, because of Afghanistan's proximity to Chinese, Iranian, and Russian (branded: US enemies' borders); because of its embarrassment of riches, in rare earths, petroleum pipelines; and the processing and selling of its opium poppies.

When are you going to get tired of being lied to all the time by this Government, no matter which party is allegedly in control; its Deep State; and the Corporate Warrespondents and presstitutes, whose very job is to lie to you?!?

Aug 24 06:33

New Commander Selected to Oversee US Military in Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan

The Pentagon announced Wednesday that Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie has been selected to become the next commander of US Central Command, which oversees US troops in the Middle East and Central Asia.

He will also be promoted to General, receiving a fourth star.
McKenzie currently serves in the Pentagon as the Director of the Joint Staff, a high profile position often viewed as a stepping stone to more senior commands.
His selection requires confirmation by Congress.

(*FACT CHECK IT: Report comes from CNN )

Aug 23 11:39

Don’t Let Erik Prince Anywhere Near The War In Afghanistan

With more than $700 billion spent (and at least $15.5 billion outright wasted) on America’s long war in Afghanistan, it’s easy to understand why President Donald Trump might pursue unusual options to finally bring the 17-year-old conflict to a close.

Allowing Erik Prince to take over the war effort should not be one of them.

Prince’s priorities in Afghanistan don’t seem to align with the Pentagon’s. Just consider his leaked Afghan war plan published by BuzzFeed News back in December 2017, in which he proposed plundering Helmand Province of approximately $1 trillion worth of lithium, uranium, phosphorus, and other rare elements.

Doing that would risk reversing whatever progress American troops have made in the region thus far by fueling the jihadi narrative that the U.S. government is a purely predatory, imperial force focused on enriching itself and weakening Muslim countries.

Aug 22 09:31

Watch Afghan President's Speech Interrupted By Missiles Falling In Latest Assassination Attempt

In but the latest sign that an attempted central government-sponsored ceasefire with the Taliban has failed, a massive missile attack which appears to have targeted the Afghan president and cabinet members occurred in the heart of Kabul's government and diplomatic district on Tuesday morning.

During an annual Eid speech to mark the Islamic holiday given by President Ashraf Ghani, a volley of 20 missiles was unleashed, which can be heard in the background during the televised address.

According to the account by Afghan national news agency Tolo, which first reported the assassination attempt:

Half way through his message, the thud of falling rockets could be heard in the background. Without flinching, Ghani interrupted his speech and said: “If they are thinking the rocket attack will keep Afghans down, they are wrong.”

Aug 21 12:47

Taliban Rejects Afghan Ceasefire Offer

On Sunday, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announced his intentions to offer a ceasefire to the Taliban for the Eid al-Adha holiday. Having pushed them for a response, the Taliban rejected the proposal Monday.

Analysts had previously predicted that while a public Taliban acceptance was unlikely, it wasn’t clear they’d actually reject the deal. Ghani officials demanded the Taliban publicly take a position on Monday, however, and that position was a “no.”

This means that the fighting will be continuing on both sides. One Taliban commander, asked to explain the decision, said that the leadership believes the ceasefire only benefits the US, and would prolong the US military presence in the country. The Taliban had repeatedly said no peace is possible while US troops remain.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF US and NATO leadership had two brain cells to rub together on this issue, they would collectively evacuate troops as quickly as was safe, then negotiate with whatever government was still standing in Kabul for oil pipeline, and rare earth mineral rights, plus rights to the opium poppy production.

Of course, such negotiations... would be logical, and we can never have Americans seen as acting logically, can we?!?

Aug 21 11:50

War Criminal Erik Prince Bashes U.S. Military To Persuade Trump To Privatize Afghan War

The founder of Blackwater trashed the U.S. Army in his attempts to persuade Donald Trump to give him a big contract and fight the war privately.

Fox and Friends Co-host Brian Kilmeade sat nodding like a jackass while Prince's denigrating comments about the men and women in the armed forces flew right by him.
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After Trump sent in more troops last year, Prince told Kilmeade Donald now owns the war and they are failing.

Kilmeade agreed that Trump has changed things up there, "Are you saying it's not as effective?"

"It is a continuous litany of death and failure. >>>

Aug 21 11:42

Afghanistan: The War That Shames America

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This week, Taliban forces occupied the important strategic city of Ghazni on the road from Peshawar to Kabul. It took three days and massive air attacks by US B-1 heavy bombers, Apache helicopter gun ships, A-10 ground attack aircraft, and massed warplanes from US bases in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Qatar and the 5th US Fleet to finally drive back the Taliban assault. Taliban also overran key military targets in Kabul and the countryside, killing hundreds of government troops in a sort of Afghan Tet offensive.

Afghan regime police and army units put up feeble resistance or ran away. Parts of Ghazni were left in ruins. It was a huge embarrassment to the US imperial generals and their Afghan satraps who had claimed ‘the corner in Afghanistan has finally been turned.’

Efforts by the Trump administration to bomb Taliban into submission have clearly failed.>>>

Aug 21 10:34

Afghanistan proposes three-month ceasefire with Taliban

A ceasefire is due to begin in Afghanistan on Monday and will "continue as long as the Taliban preserves and respects it", President Ashraf Ghani has said.

Initially, it marks the Muslim Eid al Adha holiday, and comes days after fighting in the central city of Ghazni and in a northern province.

The Taliban, which has said it will free hundreds of prisoners, is reportedly considering a four-day truce during the holiday, which runs from Tuesday to Saturday.

Supreme leader Sheikh Haibatullah Akhunzada is yet to give his final approval, however.

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(*There's Always A Catch When It Comes To Delivering Peace .
That said , here's a BONUS catch:)
Pompeo says 'time for peace' as Afghanistan announces ceasefire with Taliban

Aug 21 06:43

Taliban coming to Moscow

Members of the Taliban (outlawed in Russia) will take part in a meeting on Afghanistan scheduled to be held in Moscow on September 4, Head of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Second Asia Department Zamir Kabulov told Izvestia. Russian diplomats have stressed many times that it is vital to engage the Taliban in the peace process because for one thing the movement controls more than half of Afghanistan. Russia first invited the Taliban to Moscow for talks on the situation in Afghanistan last year. The movement rejected that invitation but accepted the new one. Having agreed to participate in the Moscow talks, which involve Russia, Afghanistan, India, Iran, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, the Taliban also stepped up contacts with other countries. In particular, in July, US envoy for South Asia Alice Wells met with Qatari-based Taliban members for the first time in seven years.

Aug 20 09:51

A Mind-Numbing Milestone In Afghanistan

Sometime late next year, possibly as early as September, news crews will gather in Afghanistan for a unique event: To interview an American serviceman or woman who was not born when the war they are fighting began. He or she will not remember 9/11, and will have grown up with the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq as background noise.

No doubt also a senior commander will be on hand to pronounce that the war against the Taliban is making progress, the same pronouncements the young recruit will have seen on TV all his or her life.

Aug 20 09:30

Afghanistan: The War That Shames America

After 17 bloody years, the [second] longest war in US history continues without relent or purpose in Afghanistan.

There, a valiant, fiercely-independent people, the Pashtun (Pathan) mountain tribes, have battled the full might of the US Empire to a stalemate that has so far cost American taxpayers $4 trillion, and 2,371 dead and 20,320 wounded soldiers. No one knows how many Afghans have died. The number is kept secret.

Aug 16 13:41

Taliban Overrun Another Afghan Military Base, Killing 45 Troops

For the second time this week, Taliban insurgents attacked and overran an Afghan Army base in the country’s north, this time in Baghlan Province. The offensive lasted about five hours, and left the Taliban in control of the military base and a nearby police checkpoint.

Starting before dawn, Taliban fighters quickly overwhelmed the police checkpoint, killing nine police, then moved on to the army base. They got to the base in Baghlan-e Markazi District and took that as well, killing another 36 troops.

Baghlan Governor Abdul Hai Nemati says that reinforcements have been sent to try to recapture the area. Checkpoints in the area were reportedly set on fire by the Taliban, however, so not everything can be recovered

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF this administration, coupled with NATO, had two brain cells to rub together on this issue, they would immediately evacuate their troops in Afghanistan out of the country as quickly as was safely possible, negotiating with whatever government was left standing in Kabul for the rights to the oil pipelines, rare earth minerals, and poppy production.

Of course... that... would be logical.

Aug 15 11:32

TALIBAN PUSHES BACK AGAINST ISIS EXPANSION IN AFGHANISTAN

ISIS has increased its efforts in order to expand its influence in Afghanistan. The local ISIS branch is believed to have about 3,000-5,000 members, including local Afghans, Pakistanis and Uzbeks.

According to available data, most of the terrorists are in the province of Nangarhar. However, cells of the terrorist group operate across the entire country.

Over the past few months, ISIS members have carried a series of terrorist attacks against government targets as well as engaged members of the Taliban in separate clashes and hit-and-run operations.

The ISIS expansion is fueled by fighters and field commanders, whom had fled Syria and Iraq where the terrorist group’s self-proclaimed caliphate was recently defeated. Another factor contributing to growth of the ISIS influence is a poor humanitarian, economic and social situation in the country.

Aug 15 11:25

US losing in Afghanistan: Like Viet Cong, Taliban knows that waiting it out will defeat invaders

The latest conflicting reports about whether or not the Taliban has taken the strategic city of Ghazni between the Afghan capital of Kabul and Kandahar reflect the dilemma and difficulties that the American forces face today.
The concerns come despite the firepower and technology that the US has applied against an insurgent force, which has taken over more than 50 percent of the country. This is despite America having almost completely driven out the Taliban when it first invaded Afghanistan in late 2001.

The battle for Ghazni and indeed the effort to defeat the Taliban in remote areas of the country suggest that, notwithstanding the intelligence, technology and communications capabilities at its disposal, the US is losing the battle to secure the country.

If the Taliban occupies Ghazni by defeating Afghan forces, it effectively would cut off southern Afghanistan from the Kabul government, which would represent a significant development.

Aug 14 09:54

Top U.S. general warns: Islamic State in Afghanistan ‘harboring intentions’ to attack west

The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) branch in Afghanistan has become a significant menace against the West despite the fall of the group’s caliphate in Iraq and Syria, a top American commander warned this week.

Aug 13 11:52

Top U.S. Gen. Warns: Islamic State in Afghanistan ‘Harboring Intentions’ to Attack West

The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) branch in Afghanistan has become a significant menace against the West despite the fall of the group’s caliphate in Iraq and Syria, a top American commander warned this week.

In June, Brig. Gen. Lance R. Bunch, the top U.S. air commander in Afghanistan, noted that the ISIS wing has attempted to “establish” its own “caliphate” twice this year alone in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar along the Pakistan border, considered the group’s primary stronghold in the region.

U.S.-NATO-assisted Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) have so far managed to thwart the ISIS attempt to establish a caliphate in Afghanistan, Gen. Bunch declared.

Aug 08 13:55

Julian Assange Asked To Testify In Front Of Senate

By Aaron Kesel

The founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, has been asked to testify before the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee as part of their Russia investigation, according to a letter signed by Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Mark Warner (D-VA) posted by the WikiLeaks Twitter account...

Aug 08 10:51

US Airstrike Hits Afghan Security Forces, Not Taliban, Kills Friendly Troops

A US airstrike meant to hit Taliban forces in the Azra district of Afghanistan’s Logar province instead led to the deaths of at least nine Afghan security forces, local officials said Tuesday.

The aerial bombardment also wounded some 14 officers, according to AFP, who reported that the strike came after Afghan officials were engaged in an "hours-long battle with insurgents overnight."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ooops!

Aug 07 08:49

Afghanistan confirms deployment of US Special Forces to Farah province

The Afghan Ministry of Defense has confirmed that US Special Forces have been deployed to the western province of Farah near the Iranian border.

Ministry spokesman Mohammad Radmanish said on Sunday that the deployment aimed to train Afghan troops on how to use new weapons, stressing that US Special Forces would not take part in combat operations.

He did not provide further details and it is yet not clear how many troops have been deployed to the province.

The deployment comes despite President Donald Trump's election campaign promises to end US military intervention in Afghanistan.

Aug 04 15:55

SAS ethics 'deeply compromised' by Afghanistan failings

A former head of Australia's special forces expressed fears that some of the nation’s most elite SAS Regiment and Commandos soldiers were “deeply compromised” ethically and their command "not fit for purpose".

In a blistering secret briefing, the then Special Operations Commander Major General Jeff Sengelman attacked a collapse of leadership, "tribalism", government policy that exhausted special forces through multiple deployments to Afghanistan, and a failure by individuals to take responsibility for their actions.

Aug 04 15:52

Fought to the Table: Talks with the Taliban

“Attempting to control rural areas in Afghanistan always eventually ends up boiling down to personal survival” (Evan McAllister, former Marine staff sergeant, New York Times, July 28, 2018).

It genuinely doesn’t matter how the security boffins within the Pentagon frame it: the Taliban have fought the United States, through sheer will of force and mania, to the negotiating table – at least in a fashion. Ever since a vengeful US took to the field in Afghanistan in an effort to redraw the political landscape in its favour, the country has been true to its historical record: drawing, draining and dispersing the manpower and material of an empire.

Aug 04 10:13

British ISIS fighters are training in Afghanistan after 'caliphate' crumbled in Iraq and Syria

British Islamic State fighters have now moved into Afghanistan, the country's ambassador to the UK has revealed.

Said Jawad said the fanatics posed a threat not just to his country but to Britain, as they could sneak home and wreak havoc.

He said both countries' intelligence agencies were working to 'make sure they do not pose a threat if they go back to the UK', having tracked down fanatics with British passports.

Aug 04 10:02

The Surrender Of US Positions In Afghanistan, Or Part Of A New Strategy?

The Pentagon is trying to convince the Afghan government to withdraw troops from sparsely populated districts, which is tantamount to abandoning vast swaths of land to the Taliban. What’s more, the White House is for the first time prepared to take a seat at the negotiating table across from the Taliban.

The New York Times notes that Trump’s new strategy is to a large extent building on the groundwork of his predecessors, George Bush and Barack Obama, who were planning to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan, handing over to the Taliban and other armed gangs those territories that were actually already under their control. The Americans are advising the Afghan authorities to focus their efforts on defending major population centers, with a natural priority on Kabul, Kandahar, Kunduz, Mazar-i-Sharif, and Jalalabad.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Especially the pipeline and the opium!

Aug 03 15:23

US money to support Afghan irrigation ‘helped’ poppy cultivation – watchdog

The US spent some $8.62 billion on counternarcotics efforts in Afghanistan in 2002-2017, a report from Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), the US government authority which oversees Afghanistan reconstruction, states. Despite these enormous 15-year-long efforts, the war-shattered country still continues to be the world’s largest opium producer. Plus opium poppy remains the “largest cash crop” in Afghanistan.

Aug 02 14:10

WAR IS A RACKET: AFTER 17 YEARS AND BILLIONS WASTED, US SEEKS PEACE WITH TALIBAN

Afghanistan, long acknowledged to be America's "forgotten war", has finally returned to the news of late. But this time, in a shocking twist on the now 17-year long conflict, the US is negotiating with the Taliban.

Perhaps this is why the mainstream media has by and large not given this bombshell story the coverage it deserves? Or do the major networks feel the American public has long ago stopped paying attention and will therefore yawn at any headlines containing the words 'US Troops/Afghanistan'?

As Daniel McAdams explains, last week US State Department officials met with Taliban leaders in Qatar. At the request of the Taliban, the US-backed Afghan government was not invited. The officials discussed ceasefires and an end to the war.

Meanwhile, the US inspector general charged with monitoring US spending on Afghanistan reconstruction has reported that since 2008, the US has completely wasted at the least $15.5 billion. He believes that's just the tip of the iceberg, though.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The pushers of this war in Congress should never, ever have been re-elected, from the moment they signed on.

Jul 31 09:50

A PERMANENT EMERGENCY: TRUMP BECOMES THIRD PRESIDENT TO RENEW EXTRAORDINARY POST-9/11 POWERS

President Trump has become the third president to renew a post-9/11 emergency proclamation, stretching what was supposed to be a temporary state of national emergency after the 2001 terror attacks into its 17th year.

But the ongoing effects of that perpetual emergency aren't immediately clear, because the executive branch has ignored a law requiring it to report to Congress every six months on how much the president has spent under those extraordinary powers, USA TODAY has found.

Exactly 16 years ago Thursday, President Bush signed Proclamation 7463, giving himself sweeping powers to mobilize the military in the days following terrorist attacks that crashed planes into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a Pennsylvania field. It allowed him to call up National Guard and Reserve troops, hire and fire military officers, and bypass limits on the numbers of generals that could serve.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These powers should be immediately rescinded, because 9/11 was an inside job, engineered to get the general public to buy off on an invasion of Afghanistan, because the Taliban refused to lease their oil pipelines for what Bush's DC felt was a "reasonable" amount of money.

9/11 Index of What Really Happened

Jul 31 09:44

Ahed Tamimi, Renowned 17-Year-Old Palestinian Resister, Freed From Israeli Prison After Eight Months

“This is a day of relief, which we hope will blossom into happiness once this brutal military occupation is out of our lives. … I call on members of the international community to uphold their responsibility towards our people and take concrete steps to end this perpetual injustice.”
— Bassem Tamimi on Daughter Ahed’s Release from Prison

Jul 31 09:36

US diplomats secretly met with Taliban without Afghan government

For over a decade, the Taliban have refused to negotiate with the Afghan government, which they view as a puppet regime controlled by Washington. They have instead sought to speak directly with the United States, without Kabul’s mediation. In 2015, the United States sought to initiate peace talks with the Taliban in the Qatari capital Doha, but the effort collapsed after the Afghan government denounced it and demanded a seat at the table. The negotiation process has remained dormant since then.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Color me slightly hopeful on this change of both heart, and tactics, by the Trump administration.

A 17 year long military failure is quite enough, thank you very much.

What needs to happen now, is for the Taliban to become incorporated into the fabric of the Afghani government, have representation politically, so that all parties can look at a real chance to end this insane war, and get the NATO and US soldiers out of the country.

Jul 27 10:34

Watchdog: US Wasted More Than $15.5 Billion in Afghanistan

Responding to requests from members of Congress, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) has made his first attempt to calculate exactly how much money the US wasted in Afghanistan.

After 10 months of research, SIGAR said they could document $15.5 billion in waste since SIGAR’s inception in 2008. This is 29 percent of all of the spending audited by the SIGAR, who concedes the figure is probably low.

Current SIGAR John Sopko says that the figure is “likely only a portion of the total waste, fraud, abuse, and failed efforts.” He warned that the $4 billion in stabilization programs only “enabled corruption and bolstered support for insurgents.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable, but perfectly predictable from this government.

Jul 25 09:33

Two Districts in Southeast Afghanistan Fall to Taliban

Taliban fighters have overrun two districts in the southeastern province of Paktika, on the border with Pakistan, officials said Tuesday as heavy fighting continued across Afghanistan.

Local officials said Taliban fighters began attacking security checkpoints and the centers of Omna and Gayan districts in Paktika on Sunday, forcing Afghan security forces in the area to pull out, leaving large quantities of weapons and equipment.

"After almost two days of heavy fighting, Taliban captured both district centers," provincial council member Fazel Rahman Katawazi said, adding that three members of the Afghan security forces were killed and a number of others injured.

The Taliban have taken a series of district centers this year, many of which have been subsequently retaken by Afghan security forces, which control areas with around two-thirds of the country's population.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Roughly stable", General Nicholson, MY ASTROLABE!!!!

Sir, respectfully, the US and NATO forces are continuing to get clobbered, and 17 years on, the Afghani people have not been "pacified".

This will only happen when the US and NATO joint command simply carpet bomb the country, and kill millions; we both know that this will not happen: the optics would simply be too horrific (although I would imagine that such an attack may well have been discussed.)

IF US officials and the NATO High Command had two braincells to rub together, they would withdraw US and NATO soldiers out of the country as rapidly as was safely possible, then negotiate with whatever government was left standing in Kabul for the pipeline, rare earth, and opium poppy rights.

Unfortunately, of course, such a plan... would be logical, and therefore would be rejected immediately.

How many Afghanis, US and NATO troops are going to have to continue to die because of this prolonged barbaric stupidity, which is getting the US and NATO no where near their actual goals of resource expropriation in Afghanistan than they were 17 years ago, when Bush had the country invaded?!?!?

Jul 22 17:27

‘We don’t want US in Afghanistan!’ Locals vent anger after family of 14 killed in airstrike (VIDEO)

Omerkhel, a local resident, described the scene, saying “their families are under the earth, the machine is working to get them out of the damaged places.” He added victims of the bombing were women and children.

Another man emotionally said: “They do not allow Afghanistan to be safe; we don’t want America in Afghanistan any more. Look at this child's leg, what is his sin?”

Jul 17 09:31

White House Orders Diplomats to Seek Direct Talks With Afghan Taliban

Underscoring a policy change that’s been speculated for awhile, the Trump Administration has issued orders to US diplomats to seek direct talks with the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan. Trump had previously ruled out talks with the Taliban, but officials have recently suggested support for the Ghani government’s attempts to start talks.

This comes amid reports of the administration considering a full strategy review for the Afghan War, as nearly a year after President Trump’s announced escalation, things are still going poorly. With no real chances for a military victory, officials are hoping to try to get back to the negotiating table.

Gen. John Nicholson followed this report out of the White House with a statement of his own, saying he is “ready” for direct talks with the Taliban in an effort to end the 17-year-long war. He says the US must have a “key role” in the talks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ultimately, negotiations with the Taliban are the only way to bring an end to this disgraceful, 17 year US military misadventure in Afghanistan.

Jul 16 08:57

Civilian death toll in Afghanistan reaches record high – UN

The number of civilians killed in Afghanistan in the first six months of 2018 has hit a record high, according to the United Nations. Despite last month’s ceasefire, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) says 1,692 civilians have been killed this year so far, the most recorded in the same time period since records began in 2009.

Jul 13 12:26

Declaration: NATO to Stay in Afghanistan ‘Until Conditions Change’

NATO’s summit has ended with a new declaration issued on the war in Afghanistan, some 17 years from the initial invasion. The declaration committed NATO troops to remain in the country for an indefinite amount of addition time.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says that the goal is “lasting peace and reconciliation,” and the declaration said NATO troops would remain in Afghanistan “until conditions change.” The declaration also committed to subsidize the Afghan military through at least 2024.

There is no timetable for conditions changing, and 17 years in the situation has if anything gotten progressively worse. Though the declaration made vague reference to “progress” on the ground, the Pentagon has made similar claims, and US officials have admitted that the lack of progress is likely to lead to another round of strategy reviews.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am having a Jean-Luc Picard double facepalm, upon reading this; and more "magical thinking" on the part of NATO, isn't going to help the situation, either!!

This reminds me of a classical definition of insanity, where someone does precisely the same thing, in precisely the same way, yet expects a different outcome.

Jul 12 13:48

ERIK PRINCE, BLACKWATER FOUNDER MAKES NEW PITCH FOR MERCENARIES TO TAKE OVER AFGHAN WAR

Erik Prince, the founder of the private security firm formerly known as Blackwater, is making a new pitch for his proposal to turn U.S. combat operations in Afghanistan over to mercenaries.

Jul 11 12:56

US has no plans to review its strategy on Afghanistan — White House

The US administration has no plans to overhaul key elements of its military and political strategy of normalizing situation in Afghanistan, a National Security Council spokesperson told TASS, commenting on a report by Reuters about the possible review. "We are not planning an overarching review of our core strategy, like the one conducted last summer," the official said, referring to the latest US strategy on Afghanistan, released last August. Despite measures being taken to put it into practice, the situation in the Central Asian state de-facto remains in deadlock. "We regularly conduct reviews of our strategies examining their effectiveness and making necessary adjustments to ensure U.S. resources are being used in the most efficient ways possible," the source added. According to the spokesperson, US "allies and partners have made significant increases in contributions" to the operation in Afghanistan over the past year.

Jul 11 09:21

Report: Obama Admin ‘Shelved’ Plan to Prosecute Taliban Heroin Traffickers

The Obama administration, citing “political concerns” in 2013, derailed a plan to prosecute Taliban drug kingpins in U.S. courts that could have curtailed unprecedented heroin operations in Afghanistan that fueled the deadly opioid crisis across the United States, a Politico investigation found.
Identified as Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents and U.S.

Department of Justice (DOJ) legal advisers at the time, the authors of the plan, code-named Operation Reciprocity, told Politico, “The real reason it was shut down was fears it would jeopardize the administration’s efforts to engage the Taliban in peace talks and still-secret prisoner swap negotiations involving U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.”

Last year, Bergdahl pleaded guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy after being exchanged by the Obama administration for five high-risk Taliban commanders in 2014, including at least some believed to have returned to terrorist activities.

Webmaster's Commentary: 
Jul 10 12:39

Here’s what a massive spike in airdrops says about the war in Afghanistan

Airdrops in Afghanistan grew nearly ten-fold this year, as supplies were increasingly ferried out via cargo aircraft and parachuted into Afghanistan to sustain operations against the Taliban this spring and summer.

More than 327,000 pounds of supplies were airdropped into Afghanistan by the end of May this year, with the bulk of those drops occurring in April and May, according to numbers provided by U.S. Air Forces Central Command’s Combined Air Operations Center.

That number stands in stark contrast to 2017, when the Air Force dropped only about 33,000 pounds of supplies into Afghanistan throughout the year, but still far short of the nearly 11 million pounds dropped closer to the height of the war in 2013.

Jul 09 08:25

US service member killed, 2 others wounded in Afghanistan attack

One U.S. service member was killed and two others were wounded Saturday in what’s believed to be an insider attack in southern Afghanistan.

The wounded troops are being treated and are in stable condition, officials with the Resolute Support mission said in a statement.

The incident is under investigation.

The name of the service member killed in the incident will not be released until family members are notified, officials said.

Saturday’s incident marks the first U.S. troop death in Afghanistan in more than two months.

Jul 01 11:47

US Senate Confirms New Military Commander In Afghanistan

The United States Senators approved a lengthy slate of nominations in the waning hours of work before their Fourth of July break, including a new commander for US and NATO’s Resolute Support Forces in Afghanistan.

Lt. Gen. Austin Scott Miller, the 17th commander to oversee the American and NATO mission in Afghanistan, will succeed Gen. John Nicholson in that role and received his fourth star as part of the confirmation process.

Miller had a largely friendly confirmation hearing before the committee last week, in which several senators said they expected him to be confirmed easily.

He was questioned on plans to turn around the 17-year-old war.

According to a report by The Hill, US Senator Elizabeth Warren pushed Miller the hardest on the issue, quoting several past defense leaders as saying Afghanistan reached a turning point.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Changing the military command head in Afghanistan is somewhat akin to rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic, after it got rammed by the iceberg. Nothing here will change the outcome.

IF NATO and the White House had two braincells left to rub together, they would have their troops exit as quickly as is safely possible, then negotiate with whatever govenment was left standing in Kabul for the oil pipeline rights, rare earh development, and the opium poppies, the production of which has SOARED under US/NATO occupation.

Jun 21 19:27

The Entire Western World Lives In Cognitive Dissonance

Millions of people have been separated from families by death inflicted by Washington, and for almost two decades protests have been almost nonexistent. No public outcry stopped George W. Bush, Obama, and Trump from clear and indisputable illegal acts defined in international law established by the US itself as war crimes against the inhabitants of Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan, Syria, Yemen, and Somalia. We can add to this an eighth example: The military attacks by the US armed and supported neo-Nazi puppet state of Ukraine against the breakaway Russian provinces.

The massive deaths, destruction of towns, cities, infrastructure, the maiming, physical and mental, the dislocation that has sent millions of refugees fleeing Washington’s wars to overrun Europe, where governments consist of a collection of idiot stooges who supported Washington’s massive war crimes in the Middle East and North Africa, produced no outcry comparable to Trump’s immigration policy.

Jun 21 11:16

US’ Bombing Spree in Afghanistan Reaches Record Levels

The United States’ military’s air assault campaign in Afghanistan is reaching heights not seen since at least 2009 - as far back as available data goes - according to a new report from Air Force Central Command.

The uptick in payloads delivered comes 17 years since the US invaded the country in an effort to oust the Taliban from power. Just last November, America's top general in Afghanistan, Gen. John Nicholson, said that the war was in a "stalemate."

As of May 2018, the US has already dropped 2,339 weapons from the Afghan skies since the start of the year. May saw the deployment of some 591 munitions in Operation Freedom Sentinel, more than any month since October 2017.

Jun 19 11:08

How will Russia and Iran respond to the US challenge in the Caspian Sea?

On May 5 2018 Kazakhstan ratified an agreement with the US for the transit of US military cargo and possibly even troops (under the euphemism of ‘advisors’ or ‘engineers’) to Afghanistan via the Caspian Sea route.

The ostensible reason is that the US’s long established supply lines to Afghanistan via Pakistan are now ‘under threat’. However, as is often the case nowadays, the reality is rather more complicated.

Just five months before the agreement was reached, in December 2017, purportedly at the instigation of the businessman Anatolie Stati who is involved in a longstanding legal dispute with the Kazakh authorities, the Bank of New York Mellon froze $22.6 billion of funds belonging to Kazakhstan’s sovereign wealth fund.

Jun 19 10:07

Afghan peace marchers arrive in Kabul exhausted and tired of war

Hundreds of Afghan peace marchers arrived exhausted in the capital, Kabul, on Monday after spending the fasting month of Ramadan crossing the sun-baked, war-torn country, much of it under Taliban control.

The marchers, all men, including teachers, students and war victims on crutches and one in a wheelchair, were welcomed along the way by village women carrying the holy Koran, men singing and dancing or offering bread and yoghurt, some in tears.

"I saw and learnt things that I had never thought of before," said Iqbal Khayber, 27, a medical student from Helmand.

"We met people in areas controlled by the Taliban and in areas under government control - everyone is really tired of war."

The march was triggered by a car bomb in Helmand on March 23 that killed at least 14 people and wounded dozens. No group claimed responsibility.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, as long as the US government and NATO want to see this horrific, senseless war continue, it will continue.

And why will it continue, these miserably long 17 years on?!?

Because the US government doesn't want the world to see this as another failed military campaign; so it doesn't matter how many Afghanis or US or NATO troops get killed, or maimed for life; after all, it's only a show about the US's and NATO's superior military capabilities, demonstrating that if they haven't left, they haven't lost, either.

IF US and NATO leadership had two braincells to rub together, they would evacuate their troops as quickly as is safely possible, then negotiate with whatever government was left standing in Kabul for the pipelines, the rare earth development; and the opium crops.

OF course, that... would be logical.

Jun 18 09:15

Iran Welcomes Extension of Ceasefire in Afghanistan

The Iranian foreign ministry voiced pleasure in the Afghan government and Taliban's commitment to the temporary ceasefire in the country, and welcomed its extension.
Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi welcomed the extension of the ceasefire in Afghanistan on Sunday, calling for continued commitment and respect for it by both sides.

He also expressed the hope that continued ceasefire can pave the ground for the start of a new and constructive process for peace talks and establishment of stability and tranquility in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan extended its unilateral ceasefire with the Taliban following an initial truce observed by both sides over the Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

President Ashraf Ghani appealed to the militants to follow the government's lead and enter peace talks.

Jun 16 16:53

Taliban members take selfies, hug Afghan soldiers during Eid ceasefire

National Security Adviser Hanif Atmar reacted to the cheerful selfies and hugs by saying that foreign countries and their intelligence agencies “have been keeping alive the flames of war in Afghanistan to reach their nefarious designs,” and that Afghans under “no circumstances want the war to continue.”

ISIS doesn't want peace.
At least 26 dead as blast hits meeting of Taliban & Afghan forces during landmark ceasefire

Jun 16 09:49

AT LEAST 17 DEAD AS BLAST HITS MEETING OF TALIBAN & AFGHAN FORCES DURING LANDMARK CEASEFIRE

At least 17 people were killed as an explosion rocked a meeting of Taliban and Afghan security forces, gathering during an unprecedented ceasefire for the Eid holiday, in the eastern province of Nangarhar, a local official said.
Casualties include Taliban, Afghan security forces, and civilians, Attaullah Khogyani, spokesman for the provincial governor of Nangarhar, said.

The timing of the bombing appears to be significant. On Saturday, Taliban members entered the Afghan capital, Kabul urging people to come forward and take selfies with them. The unusual move reportedly occurred elsewhere in the country, as photos and videos on social media showed Taliban fighters giving hugs to locals and Afghan forces across several provinces.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The question is, cui bono?!? Who benefits from continued strife and murders in this long-occupied country?!?

If it is not the Taliban, or the Afghani government, then who?!?

It almost has to be the occupying forces, who do not want to see a peace deal reached, because that... would negate the reason for the occupation.

Jun 16 09:05

Pentagon Admits Afghanistan's New Black Hawks Can't Match Its Older Russian Choppers

A report from a top U.S. military watchdog has finally acknowledged that the UH-60A+ Black Hawks that the United States is supplying to the Afghan Air Force are less capable and harder to maintain than the Russian-made Mi-17 Hip helicopters they have now. The review raises concerns that this could limit Afghanistan’s ability to conduct operations across the country unless steps are taking to mitigate the loss of capability, something we at The War Zone have long warned could easily be the case.

The Pentagon’s own Office of the Inspector General included these frank admissions in a routine, periodic update on U.S. military operations in Afghanistan, nicknamed Operation Freedom’s Sentinel, and assistance to the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF), which it released in May 2018. The Department of Defense leads this oversight effort, which also includes representatives from the U.S. State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development.

Jun 14 15:38

Elite Atrocities: Australia’s Special Forces In Afghanistan

They operate with impunity in areas already deemed lawless by their civilising superiors. Afghanistan, derided as a country of anarchic sensibilities, was never going to be a place for those abiding by armchair rules. Whether it was the Soviet army engaged in strafing operations indifferent to combatant and civilian, or those subsequent intruders of the Global War on Terror – the forces of the US-led International Security Assistance Force and associated allies – the complement of atrocities was only set to grow.

Jun 12 11:04

Russia to continue efforts to involve Taliban in direct negotiations with Kabul : According to Lavrov, heads of ministries supported Afghan President call for a direct dialogue with the Taliban members

Moscow will continue efforts to involve the radical Taliban movement (outlawed in Russia) in direct talks with Kabul, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said following the meeting of CSTO foreign ministers on Monday, adding though that those efforts have failed so far.

According to Russia’s top diplomat, "together with normalizing the military situation in Afghanistan" heads of ministries supported Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s call for a direct dialogue with the Taliban members.

"Russia has long advocated for this kind of dialogue, the Taliban members are part of the Afghanistan’s society. Provided that they abandon a military approach to defending their interests, they should be made direct participants of the political process," he said. "So far the Taliban members have not demonstrated readiness to this kind of dialogue, but we will continue our efforts, particularly on the back of today’s agreements between the CSTO foreign ministers," the minister added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sergey Lavrov, and his boss, Russia's President Putin, are to be commended for, yet again, being the "adults in the room" when it comes to geopolitics.

Jun 11 10:48

“The War is Worth Waging”: Afghanistan’s Vast Reserves of Minerals and Natural Gas

US and NATO forces invaded Afghanistan more than 17 years ago in October 2001. It’s has been a continuous war marked by US military occupation.

The justification is “counterterrorism”. Afghanistan is defined as a state sponsor of terrorism, allegedly responsible for attacking America on September 11, 2001.

The war on Afghanistan continues to be heralded as a war of retribution in response to the 9/11 attacks. US troops are still present and deployed in Afghanistan.

The legal argument used by Washington and NATO to invade and occupy Afghanistan under “the doctrine of collective security” was that the September 11 2001 attacks constituted an undeclared “armed attack” “from abroad” by an unnamed foreign power, namely Afghanistan.

Yet there were no Afghan fighter planes in the skies of New York on the morning of September 11, 2001.

Jun 08 05:33

17 YEARS ON FROM THE INVASION, AFGHAN LEADER PLEADS FOR MORE BRITISH TROOPS TO TACKLE TALIBAN

An Afghan leader has issued a plea for Britain to deploy more troops to the country in a bid to quell the resurgent Taliban, Islamic State and Al-Qaeda.
Abdullah Abdullah, the Afghan government’s chief executive, who met with Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on Thursday, called for a renewed long-term military commitment by the UK and its NATO allies.

His plea comes as UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson is reportedly considering increasing the number of troops in the country by 400 following an appeal by US President Donald Trump.

When NATO issued a similar appeal last year, the ministry of defence responded saying the “UK keeps its contribution in Afghanistan under regular review to ensure it remains suited for the needs of the mission.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The reality here, that no national leader can actually state, because even though the UK, NATO, and the US have been losing the warin Afghanistan, the three major military controllers of troops here stay, because they cannot admit to an actual loss, although things on the ground for the Afghan people have gotten substantially worse for them, year to year, since the occupation began.

The metrics of this 17 year occupation, cannot possibly be positioned to make it look like the occupiers have had any real success at keeping either the Taliban, or Al Qaeda, at bay.

IF NATO and US leadership had a braincell to rub between them, they would be evacuating all troops from Afghanistan just as quickly as safely possible, declare victory, and negotiate with whatever government that was left standing in Kabul for the pipeline rights, the rare earth minerals rights, and the opium field rights.

But of course, that... would be logical.

Jun 07 10:56

Report: U.S. Has Destroyed 40 U.S.-Supplied Humvees Captured by Taliban

U.S. warplanes over the last few years have pulverized an estimated 40 American taxpayer-funded Humvees worth about $70,000 each that fell into the hands of the Taliban after the United States provided them to the Afghan security forces, USA Today reported this week.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, you get to pay for the Humvees ... then you get to pay to blow them up!

Jun 05 12:13

Trump Appoints Austin Miller to Command US Forces-Afghanistan

President Donald Trump has nominated Lt. General Austin Miller to replace General John Nicholson to command US Forces-Afghanistan, the Defense Department said in a press release.

"Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis has announced that the president has made the following nomination… Army Lt. Gen. Austin S. Miller for appointment to the grade of general, and assignment as commander, Resolute Support Mission, North Atlantic Treaty Organization; and commander, U.S. Forces-Afghanistan," the release said on Tuesday.

Earlier, the US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction said that the United States has failed to stabilize Afghanistan despite 16 years of occupation and billions invested in stability programs.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This man may be a great soldier, and I have do doubt that he is, but this Trump nomination for the head of military activities... is somewhat akin to rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.

The sensible thing to do, would be to evacuate all US and NATO troops from the country, then negotiate with whatever government was left standing in Kabul for the oil pipeline rights, rare earth minerals development, and purchasing of opium poppies, the production of which has skyrocketed under US/NATO occupation.

Of course, such a move would be logical, which is why it has been rejected out of hand by this, and former, administrations.

Jun 02 09:45

'Baseless claim': Taliban denies US general’s statement on secret Afghan peace talks

The Taliban say they “categorically reject” a statement made by the US commander of coalition forces in Afghanistan about secret talks taking place between the Kabul government and the insurgents. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement, distributed to the media on Friday, that Gen. John Nicholson’s remarks, made to reporters at the Pentagon from his Kabul office, were a “baseless claim,” AP reports.

Jun 02 09:32

The Afghan War: “No Blood for Opium”

It was common during the opening of the Iraq war to see slogans proclaiming “No blood for oil!” The cover story for the war – Saddam’s links with Al Qaida and his weapons of mass destruction – were obvious mass deceptions, hiding a far less palatable imperial agenda. The truth was that Iraq was a major producer of oil and, in our age, the Age of Oil, oil is the most strategic resource of all. For many it was obvious that the real agenda of the war was an imperialistic grab for Iraqi oil. This was confirmed when Iraq’s state-owned oil company was privatised to western interests in the aftermath of the invasion.

Jun 01 14:52

The Syria connection to Iran, Afghanistan and China

Iranian academic spells out Iran’s position in the Middle East and questions US policy toward the region; amid reports that the Qods force is unlikely to disband, and that Daesh (ISIS) is being moved the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.

Jun 01 14:31

'Baseless claim': Taliban denies US general’s statement on secret Afghan peace talks

The Taliban say they “categorically reject” a statement made by the US commander of coalition forces in Afghanistan about secret talks taking place between the Kabul government and the insurgents. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement, distributed to the media on Friday, that Gen. John Nicholson’s remarks, made to reporters at the Pentagon from his Kabul office, were a “baseless claim,” AP reports. Nicholson said Wednesday that “mid-level, senior-level Taliban leaders” are “engaging with Afghans.” Mujahid says that the US general “is making such fabricated statements to divert attention from his failures and keep the Washington media busy with false claims instead of exposing the failed Trump [administration’s] strategy” in Afghanistan.

May 31 09:40

‘Secret ceasefire talks’ underway between Afghan government and Taliban – US general

Senior Taliban officials have been secretly negotiating with Afghan officials on a possible ceasefire, according to the Pentagon. “A lot of the diplomatic activity and dialogue is occurring off the stage, and it’s occurring at multiple levels,” General John Nicholson said Wednesday in a teleconference with reporters at the Pentagon. He would not identify the figures involved in the negotiations, except to say that they included mid- and senior-level Taliban officials, AFP said. “I should point out they met in secret. This is how they were able to advance the talks,” he said, citing the need for the “confidentiality of the process.” Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in late February proposed peace talks with the Taliban, saying they could be recognized as a political party if they accepted a ceasefire and recognized the country’s 2004 constitution.

May 30 05:36

To Trump: how to win the war in Afghanistan

May 29 11:10

'Afghans Dying Every Day': Politicians Slam Security Treaty With US

There is no other way than to consider a new Afghan security agreement that will bring together both regional players and global powers to ensure the security in the country, Afghan politicians have told Sputnik, stressing that the Obama-era Bilateral Security Agreement with Kabul has proven completely ineffective.

Kabul needs to reconsider the 2014 Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) signed by the Obama administration and the government of Ashraf Ghani as the people of Afghanistan are increasingly losing trust in their international partners, politicians told Sputnik Afghanistan.

May 28 09:09

Credible report alleges US relocates ISIS from Syria and Iraq into Russia via Afghanistan

According to Russian and Chinese law enforcement agencies, militants fleeing by sea from Syria and Iraq follow a route from the Qasim port in the Pakistani city of Karachi to Peshawar, and are then distributed along the Nangarhar province in the east of the country.

May 24 08:37

“7 Countries In 5 Years:” 2007 Wesley Clark Interview Reveals US Plan To Go To War With Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya, Lebanon, Somalia, And Sudan

After the scrapping of the Iran nuclear deal by the Trump administration, the re-imposition of sanctions against the Persian nation, and the threat to impose the “toughest sanctions in history,” the US gear-up to destabilize or perhaps even go to war with Iran is becoming more and more visible by the day. A war of words between Iran and the United States is now ensuing with actual military aggression against Iran by Israel in Syria promising to provide an even greater likelihood that the U.S. military and America’s busy intelligence community will soon be working even harder to ensure that Iran is no longer able to resist Atlanticist hegemony.

However, the plan to destroy Iran is nothing new as anyone who has been following the US war machine can easily attest to.

May 23 10:12

Afghans question US worth in Taliban fight as Pentagon watchdog admits ‘lack of progress’

Despite committing additional resources to Afghanistan, US troops and local security forces have made little inroads against the Taliban. Some Afghan lawmakers are questioning whether the country needs US assistance at all.

A report to Congress prepared by the Pentagon’s inspector general challenges an earlier assessment of the US military that the latest increase of support to the Afghan national security forces helped turn the corner and gain momentum against the militant movement. Over the first quarter of 2018 the Taliban’s threat has not greatly diminished.

“The Taliban continued to hold territory and launched devastating terrorist attacks in Kabul and across the country,” Glenn Fine, the deputy Pentagon inspector general, wrote in an introductory note to the report, which was released on Monday.

May 21 11:11

‘We’re the Mujahedeen’: US Marines Commandant Accidentally Declares Holy War

US Marine Corps Commandant General Robert Neller shocked observers Wednesday at a US Navy Department briefing when he made the tone-deaf claim that American forces and their Afghan partners are the mujahedeen in Afghanistan now.

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