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Feb 03 13:40

Afghanistan is on the brink after US invests $100 billion

Afghanistan's economy is worsening and its security deteriorating despite more than a decade of U.S.-led reconstruction efforts and more than $100 billion poured into the country, according to the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, an independent oversight agency created by Congress in 2008.

The agency's investigation, conducted between October and December of last year, paints a grim picture of the country — including millions of dollars squandered on projects that never came to be, a resurgent Taliban, infiltration by the so-called Islamic State and a handful of guilty pleas from U.S. military personnel in bribery cases.

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"So, let's do it again in Iraq, Syria, and Iran!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Feb 03 11:44

WHAT OUR CHILDREN ARE DYING FOR IN AFGHANISTAN

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Webmaster addition: We all know that billion Obama wants will NOT actually be spent on stopping the heroin trade.

Feb 01 12:37

Pentagon delays release of images of tortured Afghan, Iraqi prisoners despite court order

The American military has again delayed the publication of images of torture in US prisons in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Feb 01 09:30

‘We are ready to accept Taliban as part of govt’ – Afghan Chief Executive

Afghanistan – a place, where war has been going on for more than a decade.

Feb 01 08:28

‘We are ready to accept Taliban as part of government’ – Afghan Chief Executive

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"You can't DO that!!! The Taliban wants to charge a fair price for that oil pipeline right-of-way. The Taliban wants to ban the @#%ing opium!!!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Feb 01 08:05

Tens of Millions Wasted on "Ghost" Schools, and That’s Just the Tip of the Iceberg

"The lack of security has made it almost impossible for many U.S. and even some Afghan officials to get out and manage and inspect US-funded reconstruction projects," he says. The inability to adequately inspect and manage reconstruction efforts has led to extreme waste, including one case where the Afghan government found that millions of dollars had disappeared as Afghanistan paid for "nonexistent 'ghost' schools, 'ghost' teachers, and 'ghost' students."

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I think you will agree that money would have been better spent on schools, teachers, and fixing the water systems inside the US, but the government's attitude seems to be better billions wasted in a war zone than a single penny spent on the taxpayers!

Jan 31 09:55

Six Years and $17 Billion Wasted in Afghanistan

What did you get for Christmas these last six years?

The U.S. government was nice enough to gift our loyal friends the Afghans $17 billion of your tax money, and, in the true spirit of giving, asked nothing in return for itself.

What that means in actual dollars and nonsense is that the U.S. government wasted $17 billion in taxpayer money in Afghanistan on various projects that never made it off the ground or were doomed to fail because of incompetence or lack of maintenance, according to a new report.

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Jan 30 06:44

Taliban Control of Afghanistan Highest Since U.S. Invasion

America's 14-year project to defeat the Taliban and build a stable Afghanistan is teetering on the brink of failure, according to a sobering report Friday by a government watchdog.

The Taliban controls more of the country than at any time since U.S. troops invaded in 2001, notes the quarterly report to Congress by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. The fragile economy is worsening. One of the few bright spots of the troubled reconstruction effort — getting more girls in school — has been tainted by allegations of fraud.

"The lack of security has made it almost impossible for many U.S. and even some Afghan officials to get out to manage and inspect U.S.-funded reconstruction projects," wrote John Sopko, the inspector general.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is nothing short of an unmitigated disaster, 14 years on, and now the Pentagon is saying that US military will need to be in Afghanistan for many years to come?!?

What is wrong with this picture?!? Everything.

Right after the start of the invasion, people laughed when I predicted that the US would never leave Afghanistan; but right now, they are not laughing much at all.

Jan 29 13:24

TALIBAN CONTROL OF AFGHANISTAN HIGHEST SINCE U.S. INVASION

The Taliban controls more of the country than at any time since U.S. troops invaded in 2001, notes the quarterly report to Congress by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. The fragile economy is worsening. One of the few bright spots of the troubled reconstruction effort — getting more girls in school — has been tainted by allegations of fraud.

Jan 28 14:44

Army Command RecommendsGreen Beret Be Kicked Out for Confronting Afghan Child Rapist

Army Human Resources Command has recommended that the Green Beret who confronted an Afghan police commander for raping a young boy be kicked out of the service.

Jan 27 07:06

Pentagon on Afghanistan: US ‘Can’t Really Leave’15-Year Occupation to Last Multiple Generations More

While presenting it as a shift in President Obama’s mindset, Pentagon officials are talking up the idea that the US occupation of Afghanistan, which began in late 2001, is not just extended for a couple of additional years but will continue for several more decades, and for all intents and purposes may as well be permanent.

“What we’ve learned is that you can’t really leave,” one Pentagon official was quoted in the Washington Post as insisting, while other officials openly talked about a “generational approach,” in which the US stays for generations more to create an entire new Afghanistan.

Despite making some statements of aversion to “endless war,” President Obama has never really appeared all that eager to end the Afghanistan occupation, and the end dates were always speculative dates set by NATO to give the impression the war was winding down.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

People used to laugh when I predicted that the US government would never leave Afghanistan; but in this case, I hate like hell being right.

The war in Afghanistan should never, ever have happened; had the Bush administration negotiated the prices for the pipelines with the Taliban reasonably and responsibly, rather than think that they could just blow them away with a little war, which would only be temporary, this atrocity, which has claimed both far too many Afghani, American, and NATO lives, would never had to have happened.

Jan 25 16:00

Afghanistan Bans Toy Guns To Curb Culture of Violence

This one’s so funny that it must be some kind of U.S.-led initiative; I can’t believe the Afghans have this kind of a sense of humor.

Jan 23 09:46

“Institutional Amnesia”: Pentagon Agency Skewered for Waste and Fraud

The Inspector General for a government task force in Afghanistan says the agency squandered millions of taxpayer dollars on unnecessary costs.

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Jan 22 11:32

Pakistan Mourns New Taliban School Massacre in Latest Blowback from Internal Conflict, Afghan War

Pakistan is once again mourning mass casualties from an armed assault on one of its schools. At least 20 people were killed and dozens injured on Wednesday when gunmen stormed the northwest Bacha Khan University under the cover of morning fog.

Jan 21 08:40

FLASHBACK - 2012 Defense Intelligence Agency document: West will facilitate rise of Islamic State “in order to isolate the Syrian regime”

Astoundingly, the newly declassified report states that for “THE WEST, GULF COUNTRIES, AND TURKEY [WHO] SUPPORT THE [SYRIAN] OPPOSITION… THERE IS THE POSSIBILITY OF ESTABLISHING A DECLARED OR UNDECLARED SALAFIST PRINCIPALITY IN EASTERN SYRIA (HASAKA AND DER ZOR), AND THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT THE SUPPORTING POWERS TO THE OPPOSITION WANT, IN ORDER TO ISOLATE THE SYRIAN REGIME…”.

The DIA report, formerly classified “SECRET//NOFORN” and dated August 12, 2012, was circulated widely among various government agencies, including CENTCOM, the CIA, FBI, DHS, NGA, State Dept., and many others.

The document shows that as early as 2012, U.S. intelligence predicted the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS), but instead of clearly delineating the group as an enemy, the report envisions the terror group as a U.S. strategic asset.

Jan 21 08:36

Obama authorizes US troops to target new ISIS affiliate in Afghanistan

Known as ISIL-K, the Afghanistan group claiming to be a branch of Islamic State can now legally be targeted by US troops, thanks to White House authorization. Military officials welcomed the move as a “significant step.”

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Translation: The US needed an excuse to invade Afghanistan ... again ... and make sure that opium keeps flowing to US drug lords!

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

Jan 21 06:05

Every false flag in the making is detected ahead of time by somebody’s intelligence services

Every false flag in the making is detected ahead of time by somebody’s intelligence services—usually more than one country—because spying today is so effective and so universal. Officials in possession of this secret information often pass it on to the country that’s targeted, in the sincere belief that a heads-up will be appreciated.

But often the information isn’t welcomed—-because the fix is already in. Treasonous assets within the targeted country’s chain of command, who are prepared for the possibility of a leak, take measures to block the information from reaching those who might act on it in a meaningful way.

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Jan 20 07:47

THE 21st CENTURY: AN ERA OF FRAUD

In the last years of the 20th century fraud entered US foreign policy in a new way. On false pretenses Washington dismantled Yugoslavia and Serbia in order to advance an undeclared agenda. In the 21st century this fraud multiplied many times. Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, and Libya were destroyed, and Iran and Syria would also have been destroyed if the President of Russia had not prevented it.

Jan 19 23:29

Offensive propaganda or new propaganda offensives?

Obama administration announced new online initiatives to bolster its foreign policy narratives and as a means to counter others, for example, this network, RT.

Maybe a better course of action would be for the US State Department to ask itself why fewer and fewer people trust and believe it?

CrossTalking with Mark Sleboda, Don DeBar and James Carden.

Also see: Uncle Sam Got a Shiny New Propaganda Bullhorn for Christmas

Jan 19 23:25

Russian Red Scare No Longer Works

The EU has no-one else to blame for its present stresses and strains but itself, owing to its craven subservience to Washington's reckless policies.

The American and British governments are launching yet another media campaign to demonize Russia, with tall claims that the Kremlin is infiltrating European political parties and news media. The dastardly Russian aim, we are told, is to destroy the European Union.

Twenty-five years after the end of the Cold War and the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Washington and its trusty sidekick in London are desperately seeking to turn back the clock to the “good old days” when they could control their public through scare stories.

Jan 19 09:18

Mission Accomplished? The U.S. Spent Half A Billion On Mining In Afghanistan With "Limited Progress"

The United States has spent nearly half a billion dollars and five years developing Afghanistan’s oil, gas and minerals industries — and has little to show for it, a government watchdog reported today. In fact, the task force spent $46.5 million to try to convince companies to agree to develop the resources, but not one ended up signing a contract.

Jan 18 14:32

UK military blasts own generals for Afghan ‘mess’

British generals were “arrogant, needy and slow” to act during the “messy” 10-year occupation of Helmand province in southern Afghanistan that cost hundreds of British lives, according to an internal report.

Jan 17 13:52

The Afghan Puzzle

The US occupation of Afghanistan will never end

Jan 17 11:49

This land is our land: American democracy, at a theater near you

Democracy has been projected on to a fictitious screen of good guy and bad guys. The people watch as impotent spectators, no longer even aware of the real story out there.

Ever since armed white ranchers took over federal property in Oregon the unfolding drama has resembled a parody of a Hollywood Western. Trouble is, no-one is quite sure who’s wearing the white hats as opposed to the black ones.

Jan 16 16:26

Fluid Alliances: War on Terror, Yesterday and Today

This is all quite shamelessly a far cry from when the ‘War on Terror’ was declared in 2001 and who knows what the future holds with respect to alliances in the war on the Syrian state. Perchance to say, if ISIS bides its time, it too, in several years will be heralded by the British and American governments as not only “moderate rebels” but “super-moderate rebels.”

Jan 16 11:32

Brutal Crackdown on Kurds Shows Erdogan’s Desire for ‘Dictatorship’

The ongoing crackdown on Kurds in southeastern Turkey shows that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is working to set up a dictatorship in the country, Hatip Dicle, the co-chair of Pro-Kurdish Democratic Society Congress (DTK), told Sputnik in an interview.

"They [the Erdogan government] call it a "presidential form of government," but in fact it's pure dictatorship. The Turkish government wants to formally introduce the dictatorial form of government in the country," Dicle said.

The Kurdish issue is getting worse every day. People in the country are worried and want to know what steps Erdogan's government would take next after an attack, allegedly carried out by Kurds, last night in the province of Diyarbakir.

Official PKK representatives said they would like to sit at the negotiation table with the government. The PKK also intends to keep pushing for the idea of democratic autonomy for Kurds living in Turkey.

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I would not put it past Erdogan to declare a complete genocide against the Kurds, rather than come to the negotiating table, and create something that actually works, in terms of at least some limited autonomy for its Kurdish population.

And if Edrogan chooses genocide, it will create an absolute civil war in Turkey.

Jan 15 07:43

THE U.S. SPENT A HALF BILLION ON MINING IN AFGHANISTAN WITH ‘LIMITED PROGRESS’

The United States has spent nearly half a billion dollars and five years developing Afghanistan’s oil, gas and minerals industries — and has little to show for it, a government watchdog reported today.

The United States Agency for International Development and a Pentagon task force were in charge of developing a so-called “extractive” industry in Afghanistan — basically a system for getting precious resources out of the ground and to the commercial market. SIGAR called out both USAID and the Defense Department last year for their failures to coordinate and to ascertain the ability of Afghans to sustain the project, which unsurprisingly is not promising. In fact, when international aid stopped supporting the Afghan office responsible for oversight of the petroleum and natural gas industries, two-thirds of the staff were fired.

Jan 13 13:01

US Pumps Billions of Dollars Into Afghan 'Ghost Soldiers' That Don't Exist

Afghan soldiers are struggling against the Taliban, in part because close to 40% of Afghanistan's forces are "ghost soldiers," troops that exist only on paper. Karim Atal is the head of the provincial council in Helmand, where the resurgent Taliban has seized large areas of land since the United States handed over control to Afghan forces a year ago. "At checkpoints where 20 soldiers should be present, there are only eight or 10," Atal told the Associated Press. "It's because some people are getting paid a salary but not doing the job because they are related to someone important, like a local warlord." In other cases, dead soldiers and police remain listed among active participants, while senior police or army officials pocket the salaries of the deceased, said Attal, who estimates that some 40% of the registered forces do not exist, the AP reported...

Jan 13 04:29

Blast Heard Near Indian, Pakistani Consulates in Afghanistan’s Jalalabad

A blast near the Indian and the Pakistani diplomatic missions in the Afghan city of Jalalabad in the Nangarhar province on Wednesday killed at least 5 police officers and left 11 people injured, according to a security source as cited by Afghanistan's broadcaster TOLOnews. ??Shortly after the blast, gunmen started exchanging fire with Afghan security forces. Clashes still continue in the area, the source told TOLOnews. According to the NDTV news outlet, officials have said that the attack in the area where there are many foreign consulates was carried out by a suicide bomber. All Indians at the consulate were reported to be safe, NDTV reports. According to other media reports, at least four people have been killed and two injured in the blast. The Iranian diplomatic mission in the city could also reportedly be affected. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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Jan 11 15:35

Sweden Covered-Up Systematic Rape During Festival Because Migrants “Awkward to Write About”

The right of women to be unmolested has been sold in favor of politically-correct reporting on migrants – even when they are guilty of system rape, groping and harassment.

Hordes of young men pressed against young girls, fondled and tried to cop a feel over and under skirts, pants and shirts.

“She was very interested and listened until I told her that all the boys and men that were apprehended were young asylants (unaccompanied is the terminology used by Swedish authorities) from Afghanistan and Syria.

Read more at SHTFplan.com

Jan 11 10:55

NATO REPORT SLAMS AFGHAN ARMY AS MISSION INCAPABLE

The security situation in Afghanistan in 2016 is poised to deteriorate with the Afghan army having lost a third of its troops. It has potentially been left incapable of fulfilling its duties, maintains a secret NATO report seen by Der Spiegel, a German magazine.

The excerpts from the classified NATO document obtained by Der Spiegel reveal that despite multibillion-dollar international financial assistance, the Afghan National Army (ANA) remains an entity hardly capable of carrying out the functions of a military force.

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14 YEARS ON, THIS HAS BEEN ALLOWED TO HAPPEN BY THE US GOVERNMENT AND NATO?!?

CHAIRS OF THE HOUSE AND SENATE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE, WHERE THE HELL HAVE YOU BEEN, WHILE THIS WAS GOING ON?!?

You should bloody well be ashamed of this, for all the blood and money spent here.

Or perhaps, was this the design objective all along; allowing the Afghani military to fail catastrophically, so that there will always be a US and NATO military presence, in perpetuity?!?

Jan 11 08:51

US to deploy 1,800 more troops to Iraq and Afghanistan

The U.S. Army announced it is deploying 1,800 troops to Iraq and Afghanistan to take part in assistance and advisory efforts for indigenous forces in both countries.

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The U.S. Army is deploying 1,800 troops to Iraq and Afghanistan so those indigenous forces in both countries don't get uppity ideas about running their own countries!

Jan 09 11:12

The US Has Been Giving Afghan Children Violent Books to Indoctrinate them to Jihad – It Worked

The Unites States government has played a crucial role in the development of the complex and volatile political situation that now exists in the Middle East, and they have had a heavy hand in influencing the region since the first world war. From propping up dictators to funding rebel groups for regime change, the U.S. and their allies have been creating monsters in the Middle East for generations. Western involvement in the region became more pronounced and more militarized during the Cold War, where the western allies and the Soviets fought proxy wars all over the world.

Jan 08 12:44

From Drone Technician to Whistleblower

Fmr. Senior Airman Cian Westmoreland discusses why he began to question his work in assisting more than 350 civilian deaths in Afghanistan.

Jan 07 12:49

As Taliban Surges, Pentagon Insists It’s ‘On Right Course’ in Afghanistan

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter “is confident” that President Obama’s Afghanistan plan “is on the right course,” Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook recently told reporters.

Jan 07 10:40

Pentagon Desperate to Avoid Calling Afghan Fight ‘Combat’

On Tuesday, US special forces accompanying Afghan troops engaged in a protracted firefight with Taliban forces in the Helmand Province. One of the soldiers was killed and two others wounded, and a helicopter was virtually destroyed.

Don’t call it combat though. Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook, pressed on the matter, appeared increasingly desperate to avoid the “c-word” when talking about Afghanistan, labeling the mission a “train, advise and assist” operation, and shrugged off the fact it was a gun battle by saying Afghanistan “is a dangerous place.”

The troops were deployed in response to Taliban gains in Helmand, with an explicit eye toward fighting them off. US warplanes have been increasing their airstrikes against Helmand all the while, so why the pretense of a “non-combat” situation?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A short memo to Pentagon Press Secretary Cook; if it waddles like a duck, quacks like a duck, and swims like a duck.. it is NOT an hippopotamus!!

And sir, the brutal reality of this situation is that we are still in combat in Afghanistan, because the White House, State Department, and Pentagon do not know how to leave the country, 14 years on, without it looking like the flustercluck it has been from the beginning of military operations here.

There is absolutely no military metric by which the US and NATO occupation can be characterised as a "success". Each element of the US government described above is collectively guilty of the "magical thinking" that if they just hold out a little while longer, perhaps, the Afghanis can be "pacified" so that they oil pipeline routes can be leased, sold, and create a profit, only using US dollars.

Magical thinking, coupled with the pathological inability to think anything through to its logical conclusion, should be ...painful; unfortunately, it is not.

There is also an embarrassment of riches in terms of Afghani natural resources which, again, could be made commercially viable for Western interests, to be sold in US dollars, if only the Afghani people could be "pacified".

Then, there is the lucrative drug trade from the opium poppies, which been converted into cheap, powerful heroin, which is killing kids all over the world, including the US. However, those kids are are totally expendable, because of the money that is made here and used to fund US agency off the books activities.

Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Please remember that the only leader who was able to hold Afghanistan together, through a series of alliances and dynastic marriages, was Alexander the Great: and that was only for 3 years.

Jan 05 16:54

US special forces 'killed' and helicopter 'shot down' in Afghanistan

At least one US special forces soldier was reportedly killed and others were wounded in Afghanistan. The medical helicopter that came under to cue them came under fire.

Jan 04 12:52

Pakistan shelling hits two districts in Afghanistan

Pakistani forces firing artillery shells into two districts of eastern Nangarhar province late last week, causing financial losses to local residents, officials said on Monday.

Jan 04 11:58

Notes from Kabul

They have descended from homes built on the mountainside. Women sit together in the cemetery not to mourn but to wait for the duvet distribution to begin. When I approach them, each woman extends a hand in greeting. Some have the needed small stamped pieces of paper to receive two duvets but most don’t.

Jan 03 12:27

US commander prepared to seek more troops for Afghanistan

The commander of US forces in Afghanistan is prepared to ask the Obama administration to send more American troops to the country under conditions in which the security forces of the US-backed regime in Kabul have proven incapable of holding back a nationwide offensive by the Taliban.

In an interview published Tuesday by USA Today, Army Gen. John Campbell said that he would seek to postpone as long as possible any drawdown of the nearly 10,000 US troops now deployed in Afghanistan and would not hesitate to request additional forces should he find them necessary.

Jan 03 10:31

Blasts, gunfire target Indian consulate in northern Afghanistan

Unidentified gunmen have attempted to break in into the Indian consulate in the Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif, a governor’s spokesman said, as cited by Reuters. Numerous reports say blasts and gunshots have been heard at the scene.

Jan 01 11:32

Iranian Commander: West Responsible for Growth in Afghan Drug Production

Commander of the anti-narcotics squad of Iran's Law Enforcement Police General Ali Moayyedi underlined that the poor performance of the US-led foreign troops in Afghanistan has resulted in a steady rise in drug production in Afghanistan. "The problem of narcotics still persists in Afghanistan as a result of negligence of foreign states towards llicit drug trade in our neighboring country," General Moayyedi said... Iranian police officials maintain that drug production in Afghanistan has undergone a 40-fold increase since the US-led invasion of the country in 2001. While Afghanistan produced only 185 tons of opium per year under the Taliban, according to the UN statistics, since the US-led invasion, drug production has surged to 3,400 tons annually. In 2007, the opium trade reached an estimated all-time production high of 8,200 tons. Afghan and western officials blame Washington and NATO for the change, saying that allies have "overlooked" the drug problem.

Jan 01 11:30

Operation Occupy Afghanistan Forever: Hope or Hype?

The United States and its NATO partners have once again given themselves the opportunity to prick Afghanistan wherever possible in 2016. Army General John Campbell says he wants to keep US troops (9,800) in Afghanistan for as long as possible - and is considering asking for even more boots on the ground, which means America's longest official war could become even more protracted. To this end, the Pentagon is planning a military role long into Afghanistan's future despite indications that its long-term intervention and occupation has worsened conflict and violence, with the Taliban showing signs of increased strength and ISIL capturing territory. Meanwhile, Afghan civilians continue to pay the greatest price. In the first half of 2015 alone, United Nations agencies documented 4,921 civilian casualties.

Dec 31 10:52

HEROIN DEALER IN CHIEF

A heroin surge is shocking and awing Americans, 165,000 of who will be killed the next ten years. How does 415,000 kilograms (913,000 pounds) of heroin from US-occupied Afghanistan get to US each year?

Tons of heroin from US-occupied Afghanistan get into US each week. Government planes have flown un-searched every week from US-occupied Afghanistan to US (2001-present). Commander In Chief Obama can bring about effective monitoring and searching of government people, planes and ships. Stat. As if 165,000 American lives depend on that, because 165,000 American lives do depend on that. If Obama refuses to effectively monitor and search government people, planes and ships, then no doubt he's Heroin Dealer In Chief.

Obama has the blood of 35,470 Americans (heroin deaths 2009-2014) on his hands for either his willful actions "green lighting" heroin transport from US-occupied Afghanistan to US or his negligence in allowing these fatal felonies.

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Dec 30 13:53

Heroin dealer in chief

A heroin surge is shocking and awing Americans, 165,000 of who will be killed the next ten years. How does 415,000 kilograms (913,000 pounds) of heroin from US-occupied Afghanistan get to US each year?

Dec 30 09:39

US general: More troops may be needed in Afghanistan to fight Taliban

The top US and NATO military commander in Afghanistan may seek additional American troops to help local forces as they struggle to contain the Taliban insurgency, USA Today reported.

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Gotta keep that opium flowing!

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.

Dec 30 08:00

US general: More troops may be needed in Afghanistan to fight Taliban

The top US and NATO military commander in Afghanistan may seek additional American troops to help local forces as they struggle to contain the Taliban insurgency, USA Today reported.

General John Campbell’s interview with the newspaper comes as the security situation in Afghanistan has deteriorated in the second half of 2015, with an increase in insurgent attacks and higher casualties among both Taliban and national forces.

Already, President Barack Obama has backtracked on a pledge to pull out all but 1,000 troops, and in October he announced that 9,800 US forces would remain in Afghanistan until the end of 2016.

Campbell told USA today he would ask the Obama administration to keep that higher number of troops in country as long as possible and suggested he might call for more US personnel.

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Were I the journalist who did this interview, I would very pointedly have asked General Campbell how many troops he needs, and for how much longer, before he believes his mission can be accomplished, which never gets mentioned in this article.

It appears that USA Today's whorespondents and presstitutes are content, and completely comfortable, shilling for more and more war in Afghanistan, when there is absolutely no military metric by which the US military and NATO can characterise this occupation as a "success", 14 years on.

The US government and military are still in Afghanistan because they cannot think of anything else to do, which would not telegraph the utter failure of this military campaign to the world, as though the world doesn't understand the magnitude of the incredible hurt done to this country already.

Obama has decided that he will leave this mess for the next President to resolve, and hope nobody notices the epic fail of his policies in Afghanistan; unfortunately for him, a lot of people are keenly aware of this how bad this flustercluck has gotten under his watch, and there will be no escaping the ultimate judgement of history on his actions here.

Dec 29 13:48

Russian diplomat notes rivalry of Taliban, Islamic State in Afghanistan

The relations between the Taliban movement and the Islamic State (IS) terrorist organization can be described as rivalry, Russian special presidential envoy on Afghanistan, Foreign Ministry’s second Asian department director Zamir Kabulov told TASS on Tuesday. "The rapid growth of this group [IS] that appeared in Afghanistan in summer of 2014, its intention to ‘swallow’ other extremist groups, draw militants of all kinds into its ranks, in particular Taliban fighters themselves, redistribute sources of income, including such lucrative sources as drug trafficking - all these factors are very worrying for the Taliban leadership," Kabulov said. "The Taliban movement has been strengthening its positions across Afghanistan lately, including in the north of the country," he continued.

Dec 28 11:11

A year of Taliban gains shows that ‘we haven’t delivered,’ top Afghan official says

In private, top Afghan and American officials have begun to voice increasingly grim assessments of the resurgent Taliban threat, most notably in a previously undisclosed transcript of a late-October meeting of the Afghan National Security Council.

“We have not met the people’s expectations. We haven’t delivered,” Abdullah Abdullah, the country’s chief executive, told the high-level gathering. “Our forces lack discipline. They lack rotation opportunities. We haven’t taken care of our own policemen and soldiers. They continue to absorb enormous casualties.”

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Why is the US in Afghanistan for 14 years, with no military metric that ever even remotely would count as "victory" in sight?!?

Where is the outrage, on the part of the American people, that so many American lives have been sacrificed upon the altar of US economic hegemony?!?

Because folks, I will tell you very plainly that Afghanis were utterly no threat to us, to our country, to our way of life, or to what is left of "our freedoms", before the invasion and occupation.

So, why are we still there?!?

We are still fighting in Afghanistan because:

1. The US government is pathologically incapable of ever admitting it was wrong, then making amends for those wrong decisions and subsequent actions.

2. Afghanistan suffers from the curse of geography, meaning that it can be used as a trans-shipping point for oil, once their population becomes "pacified" (see item 1)

3. Afghanistan contains an embarrassment of riches in terms of minerals and natural resources, just waiting to be exploited by Western companies, once their population becomes "pacified" (see item 1 again).

4. Afghanistan's opium poppy production has soared under US and NATO occupation. The money from this industry gets plowed back in to various US alphabet soup agencies' "off the books" operations.

Unfortunately, with the US government and military, just because a decision would be the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly wrong decision, is no guarantee that such a decision will not be taken, and acted upon.

For Dick Cheney and his cabal, the decision to invade and occupy Afghanistan was simply about the pipeline routes, and which of his business partners could make the most money from them. He didn't give a damn about the huge numbers of Americans who would get killed or maimed in the process; and the Afghani people?!? They were simply "collateral damage"

Those who don't learn from history are doomed to repeat it; and apparently, this never factored into the Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld math on Afghanistan. The Afghanis are deeply nationalistic, and have, ultimately, thrown out every single world power which tried to occupy it. That is the lesson of history the Bush Administration chose to "conveniently" forget.

Unless the US government and NATO vow to remain in Afghanistan indefinitely, because there is no "graceful exit" possible from such a flustercluck of such epic proportions, look for a "Saigon moment" in Kabul, and most probably sooner rather than later.

Dec 27 10:11

Terror outreach: Afghan kids being trained & recruited by ISIS to kill & bomb

ISIS is expanding from Iraq and Syria into Afghanistan. Besides the extremists are recruiting child soldiers in Syria and Iraq.

Dec 26 19:50

Kidnapped by IS, saved by the Taliban

A young Afghan man freed nearly nine months after being kidnapped by Islamic State fighters in Zabul province has been talking about his ordeal.

Dec 26 14:35

lSlS TERROR SPREADING INTO AFGANISTAN

Dec 24 08:59

Washington Has Added Ukraine To The Long List Of Countries Destroyed By Washington

The criminal thugs who comprise the government of the United States have now destroyed Ukraine, adding another scalp to their 21st century collection of scalps from Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Libya, Yemen, Palestine, Lebanon, Greece, Ireland, Portugal, and large parts of Syria and Pakistan.

The American military/security complex has grown mega-rich at the expense of a vast proportion of mankind.

American “patriots,” brainwashed by the presstitute media, have supported the most egregious and least justified war crimes in human history. Among moral peoples everywhere the United States is regarded as “the Great Satan.”

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Dec 23 12:11

Taliban launches offensive, regains control of key points in biggest Afghan province

The Afghan government has suffered a major setback, after Taliban fighters took control of key locations in the South of the country.

Dec 23 09:29

BEHOLD: HOW THE US BLEW $17 BILLION IN AFGHANISTAN

In 2008, the Pentagon bought 20 refurbished cargo planes for the Afghan Air Force, but as one top US officer put it, “just about everything you can think of was wrong.” No spare parts, for example. The planes were also “a death trap,” according to the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. So $486 million was spent on worthless planes that no one could fly. We did recoup some of the investment. Sixteen of the planes were sold as scrap for the grand sum of $32,000. That’s 6 cents a pound.

Dec 22 14:58

US Navy Seals Involved in Afghan Detainee's Torture Death

are these the military 'heroes' we're supposed to worship?

Dec 22 12:02

Worst Attack in 18 Months Shocks U.S. Military

The Taliban weren’t supposed to able to get to American forces like this. But somehow, a suicide bomber, riding a motorcycle, just took out a half-dozen U.S. troops.

Six U.S. troops were killed while on patrol in Afghanistan. It marked the deadliest day for American forces in nearly 18 months, and signaled that a resurgent Taliban was on the move in what was supposed to be the waning year of the war. Qari Mahajar, a member of the Taliban’s Kabul provincial military council, called it “a brilliant Christmas gift for the occupiers.”
Another two Americans and one Afghan soldier were injured on patrol.

The Taliban reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack, which left U.S. military officials scrambling to figure out how the Taliban could’ve taken out so many troops at once.

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How in the name of heaven can US military personnel be "shocked" at the reality that the Afghanis want their country back?!?

The US and NATO have occupied this country for 14 years and counting, and can someone, please, explain by what military "metric" you can characterise this occupation as a "success" ?!?

The short answer is, you can't.

We have not fostered democracy enhanced individual liberties, rebuilt their infrastructure (which, when it is rebuilt by American companies, is built in the shoddiest way possible, for a ton of money, and collapses shortly afterward).

So why are we still here?!?

We are here because Afghanistan suffers the curse of geography, which means,when pipelines can be installed through it, once the population is "pacified", much money can be made; we are in Afghanistan because it holds an embarrassment of mineral riches, which can be harvested by Western interests after it's population is "pacified"; and because the money from the opium poppy, which is used to make illegal heroin, is used by various alphabet-soup agencies to fund their off the shelf operations.

Were I a betting person, I would almost be willing to bet that before the end of his Presidency, Obama will announce that the US and NATO will have a permanent presence in this country indefinitely; its all about the money to be made, and that's why the deaths and maimings of American military troops will continue, unabated.

Dec 22 06:39

Turkish labs turn Afghan opium into heroin for shipping to Europe - Russian anti-drug agency

Afghan opium is being processed into high-grade heroin in clandestine Turkish drug labs for distribution in Europe and Russia, Russia’s anti-drug chief has revealed. The trafficking route was exposed after a joint Russian-Afghan anti-drug operation.

“The cargo traveled through Badakhshan-Doshi-Bamiyan-Herat, then further through Iran and into Turkey, where the opium was processed in well-equipped laboratories…into high quality heroin, and then was to be sent to Europe and Russia,” Ivanov said during an anti-narcotics committee meeting.

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See WHAT OUR CHILDREN ARE DYING FOR IN AFGHANISTAN

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

Dec 21 10:49

6 US Troops Killed in Afghanistan Suicide Bombing, Official Says

A suicide bombing near Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan killed six U.S. troops and wounded two other Americans and an interpreter, a senior U.S. defense official confirms to Fox News.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the bombing, which was the largest attack on foreign troops in Afghanistan since August.

It happened at around 1.30 p.m. local time in the vicinity of Bagram, the largest U.S. military facility in Afghanistan, according to U.S. Army Brig. Gen William Shoffner.

Dec 21 07:15

NATO members killed Bagram Afghanistan

A car bomb attack killed six NATO service members in Bagram, Afghanistan, on Monday, according to a statement released by NATO in Kabul.

Dec 20 07:30

US pushing envelope on Russia

“And of course, what the United States has been doing in conjunction with Israel and Saudi Arabia and Turkey and the [Persian] Gulf Cooperation Council states in supporting ISIL and supporting al-Qaeda affiliates in Syria in an attempt, among other things, to marginalize the Russian position in that part of the world, we have really been pushing the envelope,” he said. The analyst said that “these policies are wrong, they’re evil, and they’re immoral. But beyond that, they are simply insane.” “Because Russia is a proud nation, Russia is a legitimate military power. Russia is a nuclear power,” he added.

Dec 17 10:35

Putin Throws Down the Gauntlet

This isn’t a game, it’s a fight for survival; Russia’s survival as a sovereign country. That’s what the stakes are. That’s not something Putin takes lightly.

Would you be willing to defend your country against a foreign invasion?

That’s all Putin is doing in Syria. He’s just preempting the tidal wave of jihadis that’ll be coming his way once the current fracas is over. He figures it’s better to exterminate these US-backed maniacs in Syria now than face them in Chechnya, St Petersburg and Moscow sometime in the future. Can you blame him? After all, if Washington’s strategy works in Syria, then you can bet they’ll try the same thing in Beirut, Tehran and Moscow.

So what choice does Putin have?

Dec 15 19:33

An increasing number of asylum seekers from Afghanistan, Iraq and Kosovo are returning to their countries, saying that they had expected better care and a shorter asylum process in Austria.

Figures from the Interior Ministry show that between January and November this year over 1,100 Kosovans left Austria voluntarily. Kosovo is considered to be a safe country of origin and migrants have little chance of obtaining asylum in Austria.

Dec 09 17:56

You're Selling Us War (But We're Not Buying) - Claire K. Rivero

Dec 09 12:45

If ISIS swallows the Taliban, will Afghanistan become a caliphate?

Russia and the West diverge in their assessments of whether ISIS is expanding geographically and constitutes a disaster waiting to happen in Afghanistan. Lack of understanding and cooperation on the ground might once again, as in Syria, only be a prelude to a rough awakening to the actual scale of the threat. In the previous week NATO has pledged to maintain the 12,000-strong contingent of its troops and instructors throughout 2016 as part of its Resolute Support mission. Yet the alliance has dismissed the assumption that ISIS could be in a position to dismember the Taliban, radicalize the local tribes, and turn it into a province of the caliphate. This does not resonate with articles in the British newspapers The Times and The Guardian this week describing in detail the scale of state-building and strategic ambitions of ISIS.

Dec 09 12:18

False Flag Set-up? Two “Vetted” Afghan Trainees Disappear from Georgia Air Force Base

People may not be saying it, but a lot of people are thinking it. Asleep people are worried about a terror attack on domestic soil. Awake people are wondering if this plot will be used as an excuse for a false flag on domestic soil.

Dec 08 15:14

Norway Offers to Pay Refugees to Leave: “$9,300 Dollars And Free Flights Home”

Norwegian leaders have been promoting the idea that refugees will not be accepted, and that it would be better to leave with a significant amount of help.

A family with two children is eligible for up to $9,300 dollars – and free flights home, the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration told the media outlet. More than 900 people reportedly have accepted.

Read more at SHTFplan.com

Dec 07 11:22

Moldovan authorities restrict media access to talks on release of pilots in Afghanistan

A Moldovan helicopter contracted by the United States government was shelled in Afghanistan’s Faryab province controlled by Taliban on November 24. After sending a distress signal, the helicopter made an emergency landing. There were 21 people - 18 passengers and three crew members - onboard the rotorcraft. Afghan security officers reached the crash site to find four dead bodies. The rest were seized by Taliban gunmen. A video with the hostages was posted in the internet on the following day. Two days after, Moldova’s civil aviation authorities said referring to the United States government that a Moldovan citizen was among those killed.

Dec 07 06:20

CIA RUNS SHADOW WAR WITH AFGHAN MILITIA IMPLICATED IN CIVILIAN KILLINGS

Months after the Obama administration declared combat operations over in Afghanistan, the CIA continues to run a shadow war in the eastern part of the country, overseeing an Afghan proxy called the Khost Protection Force, according to local officials, former commanders of that militia and Western advisers. The highly secretive paramilitary unit has been implicated in civilian killings, torture, questionable detentions, arbitrary arrests and use of excessive force in controversial night raids, abuses that have mostly not been previously disclosed.

Dec 04 14:26

Head of Afghan Militia Asks for Russian Help Against ISIL

In a drawn-out statement, the head of Afghanistan's Marg militia asked for Russian support against ISIL, which he said would spread from the country to Russia as the country's security deteriorates... The Marg, which is one of the more prominent anti-ISIL militias in the country, was created in the beginning of the year in northern Afghanistan following reports that ISIL had a presence in the country.

Dec 04 08:52

Britain Dive-Bombs into Another Disastrous War

British addition of more warplanes to the already-crowded Syrian conflict is wholly wrong, just as the Americans and French are. Their underlying criminal objectives of regime change preclude them from bringing any good to the situation.

Dec 04 03:32

Pentagon Accused of Spending $150M on Luxury Villas in Afghanistan

A government watchdog demanded that Secretary of Defense Ash Carter justify the spending of about US$150 million between 2010-14 to house five to 10 employees from the Task Force for Business and Stability Operations (TFBSO), a Pentagon agency focusing on economic “development” and attracting foreign investors to Iraq and Afghanistan.

Dec 03 14:08

Pentagon wasted $150 million on private villas in Afghanistan

The Pentagon has wasted millions of dollars of taxpayer money on luxurious private villas for US government staff in Afghanistan, a congressional watchdog reveals.

Dec 02 21:32

FLASHBACK:The World's Foremost Terrorist - The US Government

I asked. "Why would a tough special ops soldier be crying? Loss of a fellow soldier, loss of a leg or limb, or God-forbid his genitals, or face unrecognizable anymore?"

Response: "Because of what they were sent to do, once they figured out what the real mission was."

I asked "Like what? What was enough to make the toughest US soldiers cry? Protecting the high and mighty Americans from the "terrorists"?

Response: "No, they were sent to be the terrorists and it is why they were sent that had them crying. Some of them were afraid that God would never forgive them, and, I think they might be right at times. There were some attacks on the US soldiers by people who do not want us there and some 'pay back' attacks after US forces had attacked them, but for the most part what I was being told about was the US conducting intimidation and terrorism operations against civilians. to get their oil and gas."

Dec 02 09:02

The Nuremberg Principles

Can you smell the putrid aroma of bloody hypocrisy emanting from Foggy Bottom!

The main legal principles from the Nuremberg Trials were later declared general principles of international law by the United Nations: the “Nuremberg Principles.” With these principles, in 1950 the international community of nations demanded for the first time that crimes against international law should no longer go unpunished. From now on, no one should be above the law. The Nuremberg Trials and Nuremberg Principles thus laid the foundation for modern international criminal law.

Dec 01 08:59

US Embassy Warns of ‘Imminent Attack’ in Kabul

The US Embassy in Afghanistan has issued an emergency warning for all US citizens in the country today, urging “extreme caution” for anyone within the capital city of Kabul, saying there are “credible reports of an imminent attack” there.

Details are still emerging, but officials said that the attacks are expected within the next 48 hours, and could include multiple assailants and car bombs throughout the city. They had no details on likely targets or exact timing, however.

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There is utterly no military metric whatsoever by which the US and NATO can claim "victory" in Afghanistan, 14 years on; unless, of course, one counts the incredible rise in opium poppy production as a "victory" for those US alphabet soup agencies which use drug money to fund their "off the shelf" operations.

It is high time to characterise the US and NATO occupation for what it is; an epic fail of gargantuan proportions.

Dec 01 08:32

Fears ISIS taking control of heroin trade, using proceeds for Paris-style attacks

Russia warns that Islamic State is taking control of heroin production and trafficking. The terrorists are already making $1 billion a year from Afghan heroin and there are fears the proceeds are to be used for more Paris-style attacks.

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"Hey! That's OUR dope!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Dec 01 00:06

Iranian Supreme Leader Sends Crucial Message to World Audience on Terrorism

People at zerohedge are questioning the authenticity of this letter.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-11-29/irans-ayatollah-pens-letter-w...

For those of a cynical persuasion, it’s difficult to ignore the similarities between Islamic State’s brand of puritanical Islam and Saudi Arabia’s propagation of Wahhabism. Put simply, indoctrinating the masses with an ultra orthodox ideal that breeds intolerance sows the seeds of extremism and on that score, Riyadh and Raqqa are really no different.

To the Youth in Western Countries,

The bitter events brought about by blind terrorism in France have once again, moved me to speak to you young people. For me, it is unfortunate that such incidents would have to create the framework for a conversation, however the truth is that if painful matters do not create the grounds for finding solutions and mutual consultation, then the damage caused will be multiplied.

Nov 29 21:23

Iranian Supreme Leader Sends Crucial Message to World Audience on Terrorism

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei released an important message to the world youth on global terrorism, including the recent terrorist attacks in Paris.
Here is the full text of the letter:
In the Name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful

To the Youth in Western Countries,
Today, there are very few people who are uninformed about the role of the United States of America in creating, nurturing and arming al-Qaeda, the Taliban and their inauspicious successors. Besides this direct support, the overt and well-known supporters of takfiri terrorism- despite having the most backward political systems- are standing arrayed as allies of the west while the most pioneering, brightest and most dynamic democrats in the region are suppressed mercilessly.
The other side of these contradictory policies is seen in supporting the state terrorism of Israel.

Nov 28 20:19

Meet the man who funds ISIS: the son of Turkey’s President, Bilal Erdogan

The son of Turkey’s president (and thus, the father) is the silent mastermind who has been responsible for converting millions of barrels of Syrian Oil into hundreds of millions of dollars of Islamic State revenue.

Russia’s Sergey Lavrov is not one foreign minister known to mince his words.

Just earlier today, 24 hours after a Russian plane was brought down by the country whose president three years ago said “a short-term border violation can never be a pretext for an attack”, had this to say:

“We have serious doubts this was an unintended incident and believe this is a planned provocation” by Turkey.

But even that was tame compared to what Lavrov said to his Turkish counterparty Mevlut Cavusoglu earlier today during a phone call between the two (Lavrov who was supposed to travel to Turkey has since canceled such plans).

Nov 28 10:34

A Feast of Scandal – Justin Raimondo

We’re grateful for and to Patrick J. Fitzgerald, whose existence proves that the old America yet lives.

We have a lot to be grateful for this Thanksgiving

I’m thankful for so many things this Thanksgiving that it’s going to take me an entire column just to adequately describe them. Indeed, I’m already so loaded down with gifts that I don’t need Christmas. My cup runneth over! For an old libertarian “isolationist” like me this holiday season is a bountiful time, one that yields so much that it seems like Thanksgiving, Christmas, and my birthday all rolled into one. Take a gander at this wonderful cornucopia of plenty:

Nov 28 09:57

Russia Sends 10,000 AK-47s To Afghanistan As Government Mulls "Inviting" Moscow To Help Fight "Terrorists"

Late last month in “Russia's Mid-East Takeover Continues As Afghanistan Requests Military Assistance From Moscow,” we noted, with some amusement, that Kabul was set to request a weapons delivery from Russia to aid in the fight against the Taliban. “Afghanistan, battered by worsening security, is reaching out to an old ally and patron—Russia—just as the Kremlin is seeking to reassert its position as a heavyweight on the world stage,” WSJ reported, on the way to detailing a request from President Ashraf Ghani who “asked Moscow for artillery, small arms and Mi-35 helicopter gunships for his country’s struggling military.”

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How painfully ironic it is that 14 years after the US/NATO-led invasion and occupation of Afghanistan, Afghanistan is turning to Russia for help in combating the Taliban!!

Nov 28 05:42

An Invisible US Hand Leading to War? Turkey’s Downing of a Russian Jet was an Act of Madness

It is all terribly dangerous and it is hard to predict where things will lead.

This outrageous shootdown of a Russian plane that was in no way posing a threat to Turkey or Turkish forces, will not end here, because Russia and President Putin cannot allow Turkey and NATO to so blatantly act against Russia and its pilots and go unpunished, particularly as it is Russia that is acting legally in Syria, while the US, Turkey and other nations backing rebel forces there are in all acting blatant violation of international law.

Unless saner heads start prevailing in Washington, this could all quickly spiral into the kind of situation in 1914, where a lot of ill-conceived treaties led to a minor incident in the Balkans turning inexorably into World War I.

Nov 28 03:43

Explosion in Kabul kills two - media

Two people were killed in an explosion in Afghanistan’s capital city Kabul, Xinhua reported on Saturday. "Two people died and several got injured in an explosion on Saturday," the agency quoted a witness. No further details are available at the moment.

Nov 26 06:07

Is Turkey Starting a Proxi-War for NATO?

It is clear, Turkey hosting the recent G20 meeting and subscribing to the east-west ‘coalition’ of fighting the ISIS / DAESH / Al Qaeda terror, was a loosely disguised farce.

Did Turkey just provoke a proxi-war on behalf of NATO against Russia? – Turkey knew very well that the Russian SU-24 fighter jet was inside Syria’s borders and that even as it may have been close to Turkey it was no threat for Turkey. Russia’s mission was clear to all the 19 nations which attended the G20 meeting some 10 days ago in Antalya, Turkey, when the entire group unanimously decided to cooperate in fighting the Islamic State (IS – or Daesh, according to its Arabic acronym).

Nov 26 06:04

Turkey Shoots Down More Than Just a Russian Jet

It is only a matter of time before the rhetorical shell game conducted by the terrorist sponsors comes unstuck.

Turkey’s shooting down of a Russian fighter jet this week was likely aimed at a bigger political target – to deal a blow to the proposal of a grand anti-terror coalition between the West and Russia for fighting the Islamic State extremist network in Syria.

Such a coalition might seem reasonable, even desirable, to most people. But it is profoundly unacceptable, tacitly, to Washington because it would further expose the criminal nature of the Western-sponsored regime-change operation in Syria.

Washington and its allies do not want Russia to participate in an effective military coalition that would accelerate the destruction of the mercenary terror army that the Western powers have covertly invested in. In that regard, French President Francois Hollande seems to have momentarily lost the devious plot by proposing such an alliance with Russia.

Nov 26 06:02

Manufacturing a phony caliphate

Carefully-orchestrated snuff films directed by media experts.

Image is the most important element of the vaunted but fictional “new caliphate”. This thing is largely smoke and mirrors: manufacturing a phony “caliphate” out of nothing but a misfit band of thugs collected from many disparate countries—all wearing matching black outfits and masks (so that you can’t identify ethnicity), driving identical shiny Toyota trucks by the hundreds, flying identical mass-produced flags and sporting slick logos—supplied by whom?

Nov 26 03:50

'More Questions Than Answers': MSF Not Buying Pentagon Probe into Hospital Attack

What about the hour-long attempts to stop the bombing? Why is this damning report being released the day before Thanksgiving? And what does this say about the competency of the U.S. military?

Doctors Without Borders is challenging the Pentagon over the findings of internal probes into the bombing of a hospital in the Afghan city of Kunduz on October 3, saying the military's conclusions offer "more questions than answers" and that claims of "human error" simply don't correspond to the available facts.

Nov 25 07:09

Afghanistan supports creation of antiterrorist coalition — Afghan lawmaker

Afghanistan supports the initiative to create an international coalition against terrorism, speaker of the upper house of the country’s National Assembly (parliament) Fazal Hadi Muslimyar said on Wednesday at a plenary meeting at the Russian Federation Council upper house of parliament. "We welcome and support the initiative of Russian President Vladimir Putin on a truly coordinated fight against terrorism and the creation of an international coalition against it," the Afghan parliamentarian said. He expressed confidence that "only coordinated international efforts can save the world from the scourge of terrorism." The Afghan lawmaker said that the time has come for "all to agree on a common definition of terrorism and stop using terrorism as a means to achieve their strategic goals."

Nov 24 19:43

Report says combination of errors led to U.S. bombing of MSF hospital: NYT

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. air strike that destroyed a hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz last month resulted from "human errors, failures in procedure and technical malfunctions," the New York Times reported on Tuesday, citing military officials briefed on an internal investigation.

The Oct. 3 attack, condemned by the medical charity as a war crime, killed 30 people and wounded at least 37. The findings of a U.S. military investigation into the incident will be made public on Wednesday, the Pentagon said.

"It's a combination of factors," the Times quoted an unnamed senior Defense Department official as saying, describing the findings in what it said was a 3,000-page investigative file.

Nov 23 22:13

CrossTalk: Talking Syria and the Remaking of the Middle East

Join host Peter LaVelle for an amazing talk about the future of the Middle East

After a series of horrific terrorist attacks, a truly global coalition to fight and destroy ISIS is in the making. At the same time Washington continues to ignore those who are really doing the fighting, particularly Russia. Are arrogance and false pride the real barriers to peace in Syria?

CrossTalking with Pepe Escobar, Richard Murphy and Mark Bruzonsky.

Nov 23 22:04

Manufacturing a phony “caliphate”

"This thing is largely smoke and mirrors: manufacturing a phony “caliphate” out of nothing but a misfit band of thugs collected from many disparate countries—all wearing matching black outfits and masks (so that you can’t identify ethnicity), driving identical shiny Toyota trucks by the hundreds, flying identical mass-produced flags and sporting slick logos—supplied by whom?"

"When has a genuine grassroots rebellion ever looked like this? These guys are well-funded by sophisticated backers. And those backers are no friends of the Muslim world.

Nov 19 16:25

WORLD WAR 3 FOR DUMMIES - A Step-by-Step Guide to Understanding the Present World Situation

Powerful elites and influential think tanks forecast a coming period of American aggression. Zbigniew Brzezinski speaks for the Globalist faction of the western PRC (Predatory Ruling Class) in 'The Grand Chessboard', a book in which he openly advocates for bolder American action in dominating the Eurasian land mass.

During this same period, the 'neo-conservative' faction of the PRC, represented by people like Robert Kagan, William Kristol, Paul Wolfowitz and Dick Cheney, begin agitating for America to overthrow any government in the Middle East that stands in the way of Israel's domination of the region. To that end, Kagan and Kristol had founded a group called PNAC (Project for the New American Century).

Nov 19 08:26

The PNAC Plan to Destabilize the Middle East (and the world?)

The neo-conservatives had plans for the Middle East in place through the Project for the New American Century, which in September of 2000 cautioned in writing that implementing their plans would likely be a long and drawn-out affair absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event like "a new Pearl Harbor" - 12-months later the events of 9/11 occurred. Was 9/11 the "New Pearl Harbor" needed to get Americans to support an invasion in the Middle East to get their "ball rolling," so to speak? Was 9/11 a 2001 version of the proposed 1962 false flag "Operation Northwoods?"

Nov 18 20:15

The Paris Attacks - À quoi bon?

There are basically two ways to view the terror attacks in Paris: they were, either, as French President François Hollande says, “an act of war… committed by a terrorist army, DAESH, a jihadist army,” – or they were something else.

Given the fact that the fraudulent “War on Terror” is an Israeli construct dating back to the 1970s, the first suspect would have to be Israeli intelligence.
Why would they do that?
To advance the Israeli strategy known as the “War on Terror” – and destroy Syria in the process.

How would they do it?

Nov 18 14:30

‘The Attacks Will Be Spectacular’

An exclusive look at how the Bush administration ignored this warning from the CIA months before 9/11, along with others that were far more detailed than previously revealed.

Nov 17 10:43

What I Discovered From Interviewing Imprisoned ISIS Fighters

These boys came of age under the disastrous American occupation after 2003, in the chaotic and violent Arab part of Iraq, ruled by the viciously sectarian Shia government of Nouri al-Maliki. Growing up Sunni Arab was no fun. A later interviewee described his life growing up under American occupation: He couldn’t go out, he didn’t have a life, and he specifically mentioned that he didn’t have girlfriends. An Islamic State fighter’s biggest resentment was the lack of an adolescence. Another of the interviewees was displaced at the critical age of 13, when his family fled to Kirkuk from Diyala province at the height of Iraq’s sectarian civil war. They are children of the occupation, many with missing fathers at crucial periods (through jail, death from execution, or fighting in the insurgency), filled with rage against America and their own government.

Nov 17 08:47

Zionists Betrayed Jews to Holocaust

Nazism, Zionism and Communism are Illuminati movements. In order to justify the state of Israel, Zionists collaborated with the Nazi and, despite the blood on their hands, continue to exploit the holocaust for their political benefit.

They Act Like NaZis, Because They WERE the NaZis.

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Nov 16 08:16

Flashback - Afghan hospital bombing: An illegal attack, not a ‘mistake’

We learned that U.S. forces carried out successive and precise air strikes on the nerve centre of the hospital; that mere days before the attack, MSF had confirmed the precise GPS co-ordinates of our facility to both Afghan and coalition authorities; that during the bombing, we contacted officials in Afghanistan and in Washington, to tell them we were being attacked – and still the air strikes kept coming.

Since then, we have heard conflicting explanations from the U.S. commanders responsible for the incident – none of which change the fact that any attack on a functioning hospital by a party to a conflict violates the rules of war. The intentional bombing of a hospital is a war crime.

Barely mentioned by the corporate media.

Nov 15 09:51

Kyrie Eleison - Claire Rivero

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BUMP TO THE TOP
I am convinced Paris is just another false flag attack to trick us all into supporting more wars. However, I am being flooded with emails (possibly paid for) denouncing me and basically saying that just because there have been so many other false flag attacks used by governments against their own people to incite wars is no reason to assume this is just another one, even though it has all the hallmarks. These writers insist that Paris is the work of Eeeeeevil Muslims, and to them I offer this video as a reminder that maybe the Muslims living in all those nations constantly attacked over the last several years have just cause to dislike the west!

Nov 13 09:22

Who is responsible for the anarchy in Afghanistan?

Obama’s new strategy which is the result of the same mentality that wants to continue the occupation of Afghanistan by military means, will add to the anarchy prevailing in the country. In fact, Americans are responsible for the chaotic situation. They handed over power to notorious warlords, venal officials and mafia-linked governors;

But still, they claim that they want a clean government in Kabul while their convoys of logistics are escorted by some murderous militias involved in kidnapping and the extortion of arbitrary taxes. There are hundreds of private unregistered militias in Afghanistan under the guise of security guards who carry heroin in official vehicles. These militias have links with warlords who have a hold over high government positions. They carry out their criminal activities with impunity.

Nov 12 11:52

Ron Paul: NATO Admits Afghan Mission Failure

After 14 years, more than a trillion dollars, tens of thousands of lives lost on all sides, the US/NATO mission in Afghanistan is more adrift than ever. Next month NATO member state ministers will meet to determine the next steps in Afghanistan. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg claims there will be no future combat mission for NATO, but NATO generals admit that if NATO leaves there will be an even swifter collapse.

Nov 12 09:00

Taliban Beheads 9-year-old Girl; Sparks Biggest Protest In Afghanistan Capital In 15 Years

Thousands of women took to the streets of Kabul in Afghanistan as a sign of protest for the recent killings of 7 civilian victims who were residents of Zabul. The 7 victims included two woman, two boys, and a young girl who was just nine years old. The little girl’s name was Shukria.

Nov 11 15:45

The “War On Terror” Is The Hoax Foundation Of The Police/Spy State — Paul Craig Roberts

The “war on terror” was a hoax. Americans were deceived by policymakers, who are pursuing a hegemonic agenda. The American people were too trusting and too gullible and, consequently, Americans were easily betrayed by Washington and by the presstitute media.

The consequences of the deceit, gullibility, and betrayal are horrendous for Americans, for millions of peoples in the Middle East, Africa, Ukraine, and for Washington’s European vassals.

The consequences for Americans are an aborted Constitution, a police/spy state and rising resentment and hatred of America around the world.

The consequences for peoples in Somolia, Libya, Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, Pakistan, Syria, Palestine, and Ukraine have been massive deaths and dislocations, infrastructure destruction, internal conflicts, birth defects, invasions, bombings, drones. Millions of peoples have been murdered by Washington’s pursuit of hegemony, and millions have been turned into refugees.

Nov 11 13:33

ISIS beheadings of Shiite Hazaras spark biggest protest in Afghanistan in years

Thousands of people rallied in the Afghan capital Kabul in protest against the killing of seven people by Afghan militants claiming loyalty to the Islamic State.

Nov 10 18:02

How Jimmy Carter and I Started The Mujahideen

Q: The former director of the CIA, Robert Gates, stated in his memoirs [“From the Shadows”], that American intelligence services began to aid the Mujahadeen in Afghanistan 6 months before the Soviet intervention. In this period you were the national security adviser to President Carter. You therefore played a role in this affair. Is that correct?

Brzezinski: Yes. According to the official version of history, CIA aid to the Mujahadeen began during 1980, that is to say, after the Soviet army invaded Afghanistan, 24 Dec 1979. But the reality, secretly guarded until now, is completely otherwise: Indeed, it was July 3, 1979 that President Carter signed the first directive for secret aid to the opponents of the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul.

Nov 10 17:55

35 Countries Where the U.S. Has Supported Fascists, Drug Lords and Terrorists

The U.S. is backing Ukraine's extreme right-wing Svoboda party and violent neo-Nazis whose armed uprising paved the way for a Western-backed coup. Events in the Ukraine are giving us another glimpse through the looking-glass of U.S. propaganda wars against fascism, drugs and terrorism. The ugly reality behind the mirror is that the U.S. government has a long and unbroken record of working with fascists, dictators, druglords and state sponsors of terrorism in every region of the world in its elusive but relentless quest for unchallenged global power.
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Behind a firewall of impunity and protection from the State Department and the CIA, U.S. clients and puppets have engaged in the worst crimes known to man, from murder and torture to coups and genocide. The trail of blood from this carnage and chaos leads directly back to the steps of the U.S. Capitol and the White House.

Nov 10 17:50

FLASHBACK: Sleeping With the Devil: How U.S. and Saudi Backing of Al Qaeda Led to 9/11

A little disingenuous or CUDP on the blowback angle but I like the pics and the vids!

Preface: The director of the National Security Agency under Ronald Reagan – Lt. General William Odom – noted:

Because the United States itself has a long record of supporting terrorists and using terrorist tactics, the slogans of today’s war on terrorism merely makes the United States look hypocritical to the rest of the world.

Odom also said:

By any measure the US has long used terrorism. In ‘78-79 the Senate was trying to pass a law against international terrorism – in every version they produced, the lawyers said the US would be in violation.

(audio here). Background here.

Nov 10 17:44

FLASHBACK: Al Qaeda and the “War on Terrorism”

Not to worry. Cause they are back. Those pesky Russkies are are enemy once again. Moderate terrorists are our friends!Orwell must be rolling in his grave.

One of the main objectives of war propaganda is to “fabricate an enemy”. The “outside enemy” personified by Osama bin Laden is “threatening America”.

Pre-emptive war directed against “Islamic terrorists” is required to defend the Homeland. Realities are turned upside down. America is under attack.

In the wake of 9/11, the creation of this “outside enemy” has served to obfuscate the real economic and strategic objectives behind the war in the Middle East and Central Asia. Waged on the grounds of self-defense, the pre-emptive war is upheld as a “just war” with a humanitarian mandate.

Nov 10 17:34

FLASHBACK: The CIA's "Operation Cyclone" - Stirring The Hornet's Nest Of Islamic Unrest

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Zbigniew Brzezinski not long ago revealed that on July 3, 1979, unknown to the American public and Congress, President Jimmy Carter secretly authorized $500 million to create an international terrorist movement that would spread Islamic fundamentalism in Central Asia and "de-stabilise" the Soviet Union...
The CIA called this Operation Cyclone and in the following years poured $4 billion into setting up Islamic training schools in Pakistan (Taliban means "student").

Young zealots were sent to the CIA's spy training camp in Virginia, where future members of al-Qaeda were taught "sabotage skills" - terrorism.

Others were recruited at an Islamic school in Brooklyn, New York, within sight of the fated Twin Towers.

Nov 09 10:51

Doctors Without Borders: US Planes Shot Staff as They Fled Kunduz Hospital

After US forces utterly destroyed a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz last month, the charity was quick to call the incident a war crime. The US government apologized for the bombing, and promised to investigate what they claimed was an honest mistake. However, Doctors Without Borders has recently released their account of the bombing, which sounds less like an unfortunate mistake, and more like a genuine war crime.

For starters, the attack didn’t involve one errant bomb that happened to land on the hospital. It was an hour-long assault, and staff members sent 18 distress signals to officials in Afghanistan and the US throughout the duration of the bombing. What’s worse is the fact that some of the staff were shot from above as they fled the carnage.

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Nov 09 08:33

Heartbreaking: Here's what a U.S. soldier said when asked to justify the war on terror

'You kill. Watch friends die. It's usually quick, almost never quiet, but for the rest of your life, when you remember sitting at the bar with them, they're blown open. You picture the nights you spent downtown at Scruffy Murphy's, but instead of the stupid hookah shell necklace, your boy's jaw is blown off, and his left eye is ruined, and he's screaming. You fight, you kill, you watch friends die, and you notice a distinct lack of change. You kick in doors and tell terrified women to sit on the floor while you and your friends ransack their home, tearing the place apart, because they might be hiding weapons. There is no reason to believe this house in particular is enemy, same for the next one, and the one after that, or the seven before; they just happened to be there, and maybe they had weapons. Probably not, they almost never did.'

Nov 09 08:30

Karzai calls al-Qaida a 'myth' and denies 9/11 attacks were plotted in Afghanistan

The following is the first part of Gilad Atzmon’s Expert Witness Testimony at Arthur Topham’s criminal trial. This part contains a brief summary of Atzmon’s perception of the Jews and their politics. In the next part Atzmon will explain how these ideas serve to vindicate all forms of criticism of Jewish politics, ideology, symbols, rituals and so on.

Nov 06 23:25

Putin Tells Everyone Exactly Who Created ISIS

American people rarely listen to Putin’s speeches. Few opportunities to do so unless they go looking for it; They just assume their media is right and Putin‘s a “brutal dictator” who’s “trying to re-establish the Soviet empire”, end of story.

In western media Putin could soon find himself painted as the new combination Hitler/Stalin in a looming WWIII—another so-called “just war” which US will be “morally compelled to fight”, to “save the world from tyranny”. Christian dominionists will be calling it Armageddon—the final battle between Good and Evil before the return of the King!

Nov 06 23:21

Syria – Vienna-Geneva Peace Talks, an exploded Russian Airliner – and NATO-Trident Juncture

Why a foreign imposed transition? Transition seems to become a propaganda indoctrinated fait accompli.

Washington has been quite successful in its wicked embrace of Syria over the last few weeks. Just imagine, Kerry, in a propaganda-painted gesture of goodwill, forges the Vienna Peace Conference, this past Friday, 30 October. The results are inconclusive, but on to more talks in Geneva; no longer ‘Assad must go’, but rather the concession that “Assad is going to be part of any transitional governing body.” – Why a foreign imposed transition? Transition seems to become a propaganda indoctrinated fait accompli.

Nov 06 23:18

Why British Haste on Plane Bomb Theory?

Cameron and Obama are evidently being fed intelligence assessments of a bomb being stowed in the airplane's hold by terrorists.

British officials have made an unseemly leap to speculate on a terrorist plot in the Russian airliner crash over Sinai last weekend.

And Russia has understandably reacted furiously to the speculation, saying that it is too early to make such an assessment when crash investigators have not even compiled, let alone evaluated, evidence.

American officials, including President Barack Obama, are also now echoing the British claims of a bomb on the plane. The question is: why the haste?

Nov 06 20:56

NATO Invades Spain

The notion that the Pentagon would dare declare its own no-fly zone over northern Syria to protect a gaggle of “moderate rebels” from Russian and Syrian Arab Army (SAA) bombing is preposterous.

Fresh from its thunderous humiliation by the Taliban; its “liberation” of Libya for the benefit of militia hell; and while Russia was bombing the hell out of a Salafi-jihadi/”moderate rebel” constellation in Syria, NATO – in search for a “360-degree” response to Russia – resorted to invading… Spain.

Nov 05 18:37

U.S. Plane Shot Victims Fleeing Bombed Hospital: Charity

The humanitarian group Doctors Without Borders said Thursday that U.S. warplanes shot people trying to flee its hospital destroyed in airstrikes last month, NBC News reported.

"Thirty of our patients and medical staff died [in the bombing]," the organization's General Director Christopher Stokes said during a speech in Kabul. "Some of them lost their limbs and were decapitated in the explosions. Others were shot by the circling gunship while fleeing the burning building."

Nov 05 18:30

US Is Still Stonewalling an Independent Review of Why It Bombed a Hospital

“Even war has rules,” said Doctors Without Borders head Dr. Joanne Liu as
part of her response to the devastating US bombing of the organization’s hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan earlier this October.

Nov 05 15:47

WaPo defends MSF hospital bombing, implies MSF supports Taliban against US

Pentagon faces question: Should it make condolence payments for Taliban killed in hospital bombing?

Nov 05 15:18

The “War On Terror” Is The Hoax Foundation Of The Police/Spy State — Paul Craig Roberts

The “war on terror” was a hoax. Americans were deceived by policymakers, who are pursuing a hegemonic agenda. The American people were too trusting and too gullible and, consequently, Americans were easily betrayed by Washington and by the presstitute media.

The consequences of the deceit, gullibility, and betrayal are horrendous for Americans, for millions of peoples in the Middle East, Africa, Ukraine, and for Washington’s European vassals.

The consequences for Americans are an aborted Constitution, a police/spy state and rising resentment and hatred of America around the world.

The consequences for peoples in Somolia, Libya, Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, Pakistan, Syria, Palestine, and Ukraine have been massive deaths and dislocations, infrastructure destruction, internal conflicts, birth defects, invasions, bombings, drones. Millions of peoples have been murdered by Washington’s pursuit of hegemony, and millions have been turned into refugees.

Nov 05 12:11

At least 54 Canadian soldiers and vets killed themselves after they returned from Afgahanistan

Corporal Smith went to the battle-scarred country wanting to make a difference, supporting the training and fighting of Afghan security forces during a nine-month tour.

He came back a frayed man, his mind ravaged by the eternal replay of war. He started drinking more and spending less time with his wife and two young boys. Large crowds spooked him. Even an outing to a pumpkin patch he found unnerving.

Last December, two years after returning from Afghanistan, Cpl. Smith, who had counselled others against suicide, ended his own life after a military Christmas party. He was 31 years old.

“I knew that the military was part of our life till the end,” says his grieving wife, Leah. “The end was a lot sooner than we expected.”

Nov 05 10:48

MSF says some Afghan hospital staff were gunned down by US planes

Medical charity MSF Thursday released grim new details from a catastrophic US bombing of an Afghan hospital, saying staff had been decapitated and lost their limbs with some gunned down from the air.

Last month's raid in the northern city in Kunduz killed at least 30 people, sparking an avalanche of global condemnation and forcing the French-founded charity to close the trauma center.

"The view from inside the hospital is that this attack was conducted with a purpose to kill and destroy," MSF general director Christopher Stokes said in Kabul while releasing an internal review of the strike.

Nov 05 10:13

'No armed combatants, no fighting': MSF issues Afghan hospital bombing report

A Médecins Sans Frontières investigation into the Afghan hospital bombing by US forces has found that there were no armed combatants or weapons within the compound, and no fighting in the direct vicinity of the hospital at the time of the airstrikes.

Nov 05 08:14

'Iron-ass' Cheney and 'arrogant' Rumsfeld damaged America, says George Bush Sr

Former president claims hawkish reaction to 9/11 attacks and desire to ‘get our way in the Middle East’ hurt his son’s administration, says new biography.

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