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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.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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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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.

Nov 04 10:21

World ignores calls for inquiry into U.S. bombing of Afghan hospital: MSF

Calls for global support for a full inquiry into the U.S. bombing of a charity-run hospital in Afghanistan have gone ignored, according to the head of Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF) which is mourning the loss of 30 lives in the attack.

Joanne Liu, president of the charity also known as Doctors Without Borders, said the Oct 3. attack in Kunduz in which 13 MSF staff were among the dead could amount to a war crime with signs the hospital was deliberately bombed several times.

But Liu said appeals from MSF to about 76 governments asking for backing for an impartial investigation to clarify what went wrong and prevent any future such tragedy had failed to win support.

Nov 04 10:00

"Shocking And Incredible": IG Slams DOD For "Having No Knowledge" About $800 Million Program

By now most have heard of the infamous gas station in Sheberghan, northern Afghanistan which "cost" the U.S. Department of Defense nearly $43 million to "build."As it turns out this was nothing. As the IG notes, somehow the Department of Defense lost all track and knowledge of a "reconstruction" program that amounted to a whopping $800 million...

Nov 04 09:36

Are you Confused by the Middle East? The Criminal Record of US Foreign Policy

The US, France, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar, and the Gulf monarchies have all in the recent past supported al Qaeda and/or the Islamic State (ISIS) with arms, money, and/or manpower.
The first example of this was in 1979 when the United States began covert operations in Afghanistan, six months before the Russians arrived, promoting Islamic fundamentalism across the southern tier of the Soviet Union against “godless communism”. All the al-Qaeda/Taliban shit then followed.

Nov 03 16:17

America’s $43 Million Afghan Gas Station

Remember earlier reports about $7,600 coffee makers, $640 toilet seats, $436 dollar hammers and numerous other US military items, including hugely overpriced weapons systems, some for ones never used or don’t work.

Nov 03 09:26

The Department of Defense (DoD) spent nearly $43 million to build a gas station in Afghanistan that should have cost no more than $500,000 according to a new report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR).

The Department of Defense (DoD) spent nearly $43 million to build a gas station in Afghanistan that should have cost no more than $500,000 according to a new report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR). Additionally, DoD is unable—or unwilling—to provide a justification for its decision.

Nov 03 08:36

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 03 06:04

A NEW BIOGRAPHY TRACES THE PATHOLOGY OF ALLEN DULLES AND HIS APPALLING CABAL

In 1976, after the Watergate matters took place here, your intelligence community was literally tied up by Congress. It could not do anything. It could not send spies, it could not write reports, and it could not pay money. In order to compensate for that, a group of countries got together in the hope of fighting communism and established what was called the Safari Club. The Safari Club included France, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, and Iran … so, the Kingdom, with these countries, helped in some way, I believe, to keep the world safe when the United States was not able to do that. That, I think, is a secret that many of you don’t know.

Nov 02 17:30

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 02 12:07

Watchdog: Military blew $43M on useless gas station

U.S. taxpayers footed the bill for a $42 million natural-gas filling station in Afghanistan, a boondoggle that should have cost $500,000 and has virtually no value to average Afghans, the government watchdog for reconstruction in Afghanistan announced Monday.

A Pentagon task force awarded a $3 million contract to build the station in Sheberghan, Afghanistan, but ended up spending $12 million in construction costs and $30 million in "overhead" between 2011 and 2014, the Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR) found. Meanwhile, similar gas station was built in neighboring Pakistan cost $500,000.

Nov 02 05:51

$43M, US-funded gas station in Afghanistan ?!?!?

'Colossal waste': Watchdog slams $43M, US-funded gas station in Afghanistan

It might be the world's most expensive gas station — not to mention a gross misuse of taxpayer money, according to a top government watchdog.

(*something stinks)

Oct 31 12:51

No-Guerra No-NATO Peace Conference in Rome

A Tribute to the “No-Guerra No-NATO” and pro-Peace Demonstration in Rome on Monday 26 October 2015

We, the people of Europe have to stand up against NATO. We must not let go.

As we know by now, the Soviet threat was a farce the western people – mostly the people of the US and Europe – were made to believe by a massive and continuous propaganda campaign, a western propaganda of lies – not unlike today’s anti-Russia, anti-China supra-multi-billion dollars Zionist-Anglo-Saxon media misinformation.

Oct 31 12:47

US sponsored ISIS Burning

Russia is putting on a display of fire power in Syria that is shocking the world and embarrassing the Obama administration.

“The tide of the conflict in Syria seems to be turning fast because the Russians have stepped in… The militants are in total panic. 600 militants have abandoned their positions… The Russian Airforce has been bombing the living daylights out of ISIS…”

Oct 31 12:44

Politics Extension of US-led War on Syria

If Washington and its allies were sincere about a political resolution to the conflict then why don’t they reaffirm their commitment to the Geneva Communique?

Russia’s military intervention in Syria is proving a decisive turning point in stabilizing the government of Bashar al-Assad, while racking up serious defeats against the sundry extremist mercenary groups. That is the assessment of US top military officer General Joseph F Dunford. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told the Senate Armed Services Committee this week:

«The balance of forces right now are in Assad’s advantage».

Oct 30 13:46

FLASHBACK - Taliban Welcome Biden's 'Not our Enemy' Remark

Vice President Joe Biden has been taking heat this week for a controversial Newsweek interview, in which he said ‘the Taliban per se is not our enemy.’ But one group welcoming the Veep’s comments? The Taliban themselves.

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This was not a Biden gaffe. The White House confirmed the statement. Another reminder that the people we are told are the enemy are actually working with and for the US Government!

Oct 30 13:27

Politics Extension of US-led War on Syria

If Washington and its allies were sincere about a political resolution to the conflict then why don’t they reaffirm their commitment to the Geneva Communique?

Russia’s military intervention in Syria is proving a decisive turning point in stabilizing the government of Bashar al-Assad, while racking up serious defeats against the sundry extremist mercenary groups. That is the assessment of US top military officer General Joseph F Dunford. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told the Senate Armed Services Committee this week:

«The balance of forces right now are in Assad’s advantage».

Oct 30 13:25

The Empire of Chaos is in a Jam

The no-fly zone in Syria already exists. It is run by Russia and Washington is unable to jam it.

NATO is desperate. The Pentagon is desperate. Imagine waking up one day in Washington and Brussels just to realize Russia has the ability to electronically jam — detect, trace, disable, destroy — NATO electronics within a 600 km range across Syria (and southern Turkey).

Imagine the nightmare of row after row of Russian Richag-AV radar and sonar jamming systems mounted on helicopters and ships jamming everything in sight and finding every available source of electromagnetic radiation. Not only in Syria but also in Ukraine.

Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, commander of U.S. Army units in Europe, was even forced to qualify Russian electronic warfare capabilities in Ukraine as “eye-watering.”

Oct 29 09:16

Refugee crisis: Brought to you by Western imperialism

Wherever a socially oriented government gets into power, the West immediately begins to manufacture and sponsor so-called “opposition movements.” Civil wars are triggered, sometimes followed by direct invasions.

The result is easy to predict: when progressive governments are forced to leave and the extreme, pro-business and pro-Western regimes are installed, the social fabric quickly collapses, brutality begins to reign and millions of desperate people are forced to flee. The same goes for when some horrific civil war is triggered from outside and divides the country.

Internally displaced, people begin to move all around their countries, aimlessly and in deep confusion. In the past it happened in such places as Cambodia, during and after the savage US carpet-bombing of the countryside, and it is now happening in Syria.

Oct 29 05:30

McCain: Afghanistan Asking Russia for Help Due to US Failed Leadershi

The Afghan government is reaching out to Russia for military assistance as a result of US President Barack Obama’s "focus on limiting America’s involvement in Afghanistan," US Senator John McCain said.

Oct 28 19:09

'I Would Have Refused Such An Order’ – Former RAF Pilot Gives His View Of US Bombing Of MSF Hospital In Kunduz

'I do not accept that the target could have been mistakenly targeted. The crew and command centre would have been fully aware they were attacking a hospital. I followed one of your links suggesting that the C130 crew challenged their orders to target the hospital. This is the very least that I'd have expected to happen. I have extensive operational experience flying in Afghanistan. I am struggling to comprehend in what circumstance I would blindly follow an order to attack a fully manned civilian hospital. If the description provided by MSF's director-general is accurate I can say without hesitancy that I would have refused such an order for it is an obvious war crime. During the Kosovo war it was fairly routine for RAF Harrier pilots to return home with bombs still loaded because they had been unable to confirm visual acquisition of targets. RAF pilots are probably more inclined to think for themselves than American crews who are extremely tightly controlled. American military personnel give up many rights when they join up, but I am still disappointed that this crew did not appear to do more to challenge their orders. Back in the UK, we lost crown immunity many years ago and it is essential to challenge every questionable act carried out on the battlefield (our emphasis).

Oct 28 18:14

Sick Sophistry – BBC News On The Afghan Hospital ‘Mistakenly’ Bombed By The United States

On BBC News at Ten on October 15, 2015, BBC North America correspondent Jon Sopel told viewers over footage of the ravaged Kunduz hospital that it had been 'mistakenly bombed by the Americans'. Not intentionally bombed, as MSF were saying, but 'mistakenly bombed'. BBC News were thereby adopting the Pentagon perspective presented earlier by General John Campbell, the US senior commander in Afghanistan, when he claimed that:

'A hospital was mistakenly struck. We would never intentionally target a protected medical facility'.

In fact, the US has done so before, many times. In November 2004, the first target of the huge American ground assault on Fallujah, following several weeks of bombing, was the city's General Hospital. This was a 'war crime', Noam Chomsky noted, and it was even depicted on the front page of the New York Times, but without it being labelled or recognised as such by the paper:

Oct 28 07:29

ISIS jihadis MASSING for huge INVASION of central Asia: Russia spies discover terror plan

Huge numbers of Islamist fighters are massing on Afghanistan's northern border ready to march into neighbouring states, Russian intelligence officials have revealed.

Moscow's spy chief Alexander Bortnikov warned fighters from the Taliban, many of whom have pledged allegiance to ISIS, were heavily armed and prepared to pass through porous border controls.

Speaking at a meeting of special services from the Commonwealth of Independent States, he warned: "The international community has now hit a new geopolitical challenge, an international criminal group in the name of the Islamic State.

"This project, which grew out of the ‘Arab Spring,’ has gained momentum thanks to the double standards of certain world regional powers by using ‘a terrorist battering ram’ to reach their own strategic goals in Asia and Africa.

Oct 27 12:08

Now Saudi Arabia Has Bombed a Doctors Without Borders Hospital in Yemen

The US changed its story four times (at least) on why it bombed a civilian hospital staffed by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) otherwise known as Doctors Without Borders, in Kunduz, Northern Afghanistan earlier this month. Twenty two people died, including 12 staffers and 10 patients (three of whom were children) — and injuring 37 other people. Twenty four staff are still missing.

Now news just broke that Saudi Arabia bombed another Doctors Without Borders hospital last night, this time in northern Yemen.

Luckily only two doctors were "lightly wounded" and no one died this time. Reportedly everyone had just enough time to run to safety before another missile hit the maternity ward.

This is, yet another, war crime, and pretty much everybody knows it.

But they just keep justifying it by claiming terrorists might be hiding in these hospitals, so they have no choice but to bomb hospitals.

Gee. Kinda makes you wonder who the terrorists really are.

Oct 27 08:03

Evidence Mounts that US Military Knew They Were Bombing Active Hospital

The Associated Press provided new evidence Monday that the U.S. military knew that the Doctors Without Borders (MSF) hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan was an active medical facility before they bombed it, bolstering the aid agency's charge that the attack—which killed at least 30 people—amounted to a war crime.

Oct 27 07:32

UK to extend Afghanistan troops' stay, says Fallon

The UK is to extend the stay of its troops in Afghanistan, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has told MPs.

Oct 26 10:52

Russia's Mid-East Takeover Continues As Afghanistan Requests Military Assistance From Moscow

With the US on its heels in the Mid-East in the face of an aggressive Russian air campaign and a resurgent Iran, regional governments are beginning to reassess their loyalties. First it was Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi proclaiming that his country would welcome Russian airstrikes against ISIS, then it was Jordan agreeing to coordinate militarily with Moscow, and now, in the latest embarrassement for the Pentagon, Afghanistan has reached out to Vladimir Putin for artillery, small arms and Mi-35 helicopter gunships.

Oct 26 09:55

Afghanistan and Pakistan hit by powerful earthquake

Strong tremors were felt in Kabul, New Delhi and Islamabad on October 26. The epicenter of the earthquake is said to be 190 kilometers deep and located in the Hindu Kush mountains, in the sparsely populated province of Badakhshan bordering Pakistan, Tajikistan and China. At least 130 people were killed in Pakistan and 20 in Afghanistan and hundreds wounded.

Oct 26 06:37

Deadly 7.5 earthquake hits Afghanistan, Pakistan & India Live updates

Dozens of fatalities and hundreds of injuries have been reported following a 7.5 magnitude earthquake that hit in northern Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. There are fears the reported death toll will rise.

Oct 26 04:56

7.7-magnitude earthquake in Afghanistan rocks South Asia

A strong earthquake in northern Afghanistan was felt across much of South Asia on Monday, shaking buildings from Kabul to Delhi and cutting power and communications in some areas.

The United States Geological Service put the magnitude of the earthquake at 7.7 and said its epicenter was in the far northern province of Badakhshan, which borders Tajikistan and China. USGS said it was 213 kilometers (132.3 miles) deep and 73 kilometers (45 miles) south of the Badakhshan capital, Fayzabad.

Oct 25 14:05

911 Solved in Two Minutes

The Jews did 911 to start the "war on terror" (war on Muslim countries needed by the Jews for Greater Israel) to begin the "Greater Israel" project.

Oct 24 12:49

Is Hillary Clinton Above the Law?

She is simply incapable of telling the truth. Dishonesty is part of her make-up -

What did we learn from the Democratic presidential debates? We learned that Hillary Clinton hates Edward Snowden, loves the Patriot Act, and considers “the Iranians” among her biggest enemies. In short, we learned that she may very well be Lindsey Graham in drag.

And we also learned what many already knew: that she considers herself above the law.

Oct 24 08:27

Secrets of the Syrian War: October 2015

The greatest secrets: the West has no people on the ground in Syria to take over the liberated territories; the Russians still seek partnership, Erdogan has bitten more than he can chew, and ISIS is a phantom, after all.

Russians are enjoying their Syrian adventure. Twenty days after its start, their entry into the Syrian war has paid off and brought some dividends.

Putin has been very popular before the war, with 86% support in the ratings, and now his public support has gone through the roof.

Oct 24 08:24

The tide is turning against Zionist extremism

These changing perceptions are the result of the rise of alternative forms of media, which have broken through the mainstream media’s imbalanced and inaccurate portrayal of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

For decades, the one issue that has been the exception to the broadly progressive streak within American Judaism has been Israel. The Jewish state has received unchallenged support by most Jews despite its decades-long occupation of the West Bank and the pursuit of policies toward Palestinians that, were they practiced by any other country, would be overwhelmingly opposed by American Jews.

Oct 24 08:21

Merkel’s Faustian embrace of Turkey

If the EU, under Merkel’s direction, accedes to Turkey’s demand for setting up safe zones in northern Syria, then that has ominous implications.

Turkey is pressuring Germany to create “safe zones” inside Syria as a “price” for alleviating the EU’s refugee crisis. It’s a Faustian bargain that could escalate the Syrian conflict, where NATO forces could end up pitted against Russia’s military.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s hot-footing to Istanbul last weekend was capped with a U-turn regarding Turkey’s much sought-after membership of the European Union. In a surprise move, Merkel announcedthat she was now in favor of pushing for Turkey’s accession to the EU, when only a few weeks ago she had reiterated her opposition to its membership.

Oct 23 11:33

Silencing a Whistle-Blower, Gladio B and the Origins of ISIS, Interview with Sibel Edmonds

So the role of these paramilitary units, funded, directed, managed, armed by the CIA and NATO was, during these years, in Europe and elsewhere, were to create terror events. You know, blow up bombs, um, gun down people, set, let’s say a shopping centre on fire, and then blame it on the communist net-communist networks. And they did hundreds of such operations. There are several good books from historians who have documented these false flag terror events, terror events that were created, implemented, brought about by the CIA/NATO’s paramilitary units within Eastern Europe, in Italy, and in Italy they were very big, but the biggest nation that they had the biggest units, we just had its own also office inside the Pentagon was in Turkey, and that’s where I’m from! (chuckle!) – the Turkish arm of the Gladio network.

So, they did all this and you’d think that once the Soviet Union dissolved in 1990-1991, the operation would have been basically shut down, because this was against communism so-called. That’s the uh basically the competition between the two superpowers, not per se the communism as ideology, it was the fight for the dominance – global dominance. But they didn’t shut it down.

They switched that and they changed the operation from – the original operation to Operation B, Gladio Operation B.

Oct 23 09:41

Dr. Strangelove is naked: Putin's campaign in Syria smashes the empire's plans for "Greater Middle East"

The whole Global South is now informed about how the Russian campaign in Syria has swiftly smashed all of 'Exceptionalistan's' elaborate plans for a "Greater Middle East."

These plans span everything from the Wolfowitz Doctrine to Dr. Zbig "Grand Chessboard" Brzezinski's categorical imperative of preventing the emergence of a strategic competitor across Eurasia.

But the subtext is even more intriguing: The Pentagon never saw it coming. And they are absolutely terrified of the inevitable consequences.

Oct 23 08:59

Some 3,500 Daesh fighters in Afghanistan: Russian diplomat

Approximately 3,500 Islamic State fighters operate in Afghanistan and the group is recruiting members from local groups and the youth, Russian Ambassador to Tajikistan Igor Lyakin-Frolov says.

“They’ve met their tasks, according to some information, there are approximately 3,500 militants currently in the ranks of the Islamic State in Afghanistan,” Lyakin-Frolov told RIA Novosti in an interview. He said that the Islamic State has already settled in 25 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces.

The Afghan government acknowledges the Islamic State group has recently launched its activities in some areas, but rejects as exaggerated the number of fighters aligned to the group as claimed by others.

Oct 22 17:29

U.S. Claims $5 Billion Intelligence System "Offline" At Time of Afghan Hospital Bombing

By Joe Wright

Apparently any time something happens that calls into question the nobility of the U.S. mission to protect the planet, you can chalk it up to a coincidental intelligence “systems failure” … 9/11, no WMDs in Iraq, ISIS appearing out of nowhere….

It’s an old tactic that dates back much further, but continues to be recycled nonetheless.

The latest is the bombing of the Kunduz hospital in Afghanistan...

Oct 22 14:00

Militants in Afghanistan and Pakistan pledge allegiance to ISIS

It is not so much about the living inflow of terrorists, of militants to Afghanistan and Pakistan, but that some field commanders of terrorist groups who are fighting in the so-called AfPak zone express their support for the "Islamic state" or even already swore allegiance to its leader...

Oct 22 08:05

Leaked documents from CIA director’s email reveal thoughts on torture, Iran, Afghanistan

WikiLeaks has come into possession of the contents of CIA chief John Brennan's email account. Among the documents, from the period when Brennan worked in the private sector, are reports on Afghanistan and torture, and ideas for US policy towards Iran.

Oct 21 08:42

How Neocons Destabilized Europe

Exclusive: The neocon prescription of endless “regime change” is spreading chaos across the Middle East and now into Europe, yet the neocons still control the mainstream U.S. narrative and thus have diagnosed the problem as not enough “regime change,” as Robert Parry reports.

The refugee chaos that is now pushing deep into Europe – dramatized by gut-wrenching photos of Syrian toddler Aylan Kurdi whose body washed up on a beach in Turkey – started with the cavalier ambitions of American neocons and their liberal-interventionist sidekicks who planned to remake the Middle East and other parts of the world through “regime change.”

Instead of the promised wonders of “democracy promotion” and “human rights,” what these “anti-realists” have accomplished is to spread death, destruction and destabilization across the Middle East and parts of Africa and now into Ukraine and the heart of Europe. Yet, since these neocon forces still control the Official Narrative, their explanations get top billing – such as that there hasn’t been enough “regime change.”

Oct 21 08:02

More Lies From The New York Times (re. US Afghan hospital bombing)

No legitimate editor would publish this type rubbish – willful distortion of facts, ignoring clear evidence of a premeditated war crime, horrific by any standard, a vicious bandit act carried out by a rogue state, authorized at the highest levels, contemptuous of human lives and welfare, continuing over 14 years of naked aggression against a nation threatening no one.

Fact: US warplanes knowingly and deliberately bombed what they knew was a Doctors Without Borders (MSF) hospital – treating sick and wounded Afghans, not involved in fighting.

Fact: High-ranking US and Afghan officials in Washington and Kabul had precise coordinates of the facility – identified as a hospital, not a military outpost or refuge.

Fact: Multiple US attacks continued for over an hour – ignoring MSF’s frantic plea to stop, moments after the first strike, telling Pentagon and Afghan authorities a hospital was being hit, medical personnel and patients alone inside.

Oct 20 17:23

Truth about 9/11 would take down the US as a global empire: Scholar

The truth about the September 11, 2001 terror attacks would not only destabilize the American political system but it would also take down the US as a global empire, an American scholar says.

Dr. Kevin Barrett, a founding member of the Scientific Panel for the Investigation of 9/11, made the remarks in an interview with Press TV on Tuesday, while commenting on the ongoing feud between Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Jeb Bush over the 9/11 attacks.

Oct 20 17:18

Fox News analyst who masqueraded as CIA agent sent to prison

A Fox News analyst, who claims to have had a life-long career at the CIA, has been jailed in the United States fabricating the story.

Wayne Simmons, 62, of Annapolis, Maryland, has been remanded to the custody of the US Marshals on Tuesday over pretending to be a former deep-cover CIA agent and posing a threat to the community.

According to ruling by a Virginia judge, Wayne Simmons, 62, of Annapolis, Maryland, is a “significant danger” to the country.

Simmons, who often appeared on Fox News as an analyst on terrorism, has pretended to have worked for the Central Intelligence Agency from 1973 until 2000 as an “Outside Paramilitary Special Operations Officer.”

Oct 20 12:52

PENTAGON ADMITS US SOLDIERS CRASHED MSF'S KUNDUZ CLINIC GATES

U.S. and Afghan troops did in fact break through a locked gate outside of a Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) clinic last week in Kunduz, Afghanistan, where 22 patients and staff were killed in a U.S. militarybombing days earlier, a Department of Defense official admitted Monday. Pentagon spokesperson Jeff Davis said the soldiers who forced open the gate did not believe the charity hospital was still occupied and that they plan to "make it right and make sure that that gate is repaired."

Oct 20 09:28

US govt heroin business in Afghanistan

Oct 20 07:50

US military recommended 20k troops in Afghanistan: McCain

US military leaders have recommended that Washington should leave as many as 20,000 American troops in Afghanistan after 2016, says Senator John McCain.

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Oct 20 06:15

NATO BLIND: Top Secret Russian Air Defence System Deployed in Syria

You are only as good as those you fight. The US military is great for gunning down innocent men,women and children all over the planet for their corporate and neocon masters.
They are absolutely no good for defending the USA from attack and are at this moment training to attack the American people. And they have now been caught not only giving aid and comfort to America's enemies,they the Pentagram creates Americas enemies out of whole cloth! Shameful!

Thierry Meyssan, a French journalist who has been based in Damascus for some years now, is reporting that Russia has deployed its most advanced, top secret air defence system in Syria, which has essentially “left NATO blind.”

While the West has been completely embarrassed by Russia’s swift and effective operation in Syria, it has now been utterly outclassed; so greatly that, as we shall hear below, even NATO Commanders are ‘worried’.

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