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Jul 16 15:18

Bank Run: Deutsche Bank Clients Are Pulling $1 Billion A Day

There is a reason James Simons' RenTec is the world's best performing hedge fund - it spots trends (even if they are glaringly obvious) well ahead of almost everyone else, and certainly long before the consensus.

That's what happened with Deutsche Bank, when as we reported two weeks ago, the quant fund pulled its cash from Deutsche Bank as a result of soaring counterparty risk, just days before the full - and to many, devastating - extent of the German lender's historic restructuring was disclosed, and would result in a bank that is radically different from what Deutsche Bank was previously (see "The Deutsche Bank As You Know It Is No More").

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is going to have a domino effect on other major banks, and most probably very soon.

Jul 14 08:32

Majorities of Both US Veterans and Public Believe Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan “Not Worth Fighting”

By Jessica Corbett

The majority of American veterans and members of the general public agreed in two new surveys that the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as the U.S. military campaign in Syria were all “not worth fighting.”

The Pew Research Center, for the pair of polls published Wednesday, asked all respondents to consider the costs versus the benefits to the United States in their analysis of whether each conflict was worthwhile.

Roughly two-thirds of both veterans and members of the public told Pew that the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq wasn’t worth it...

Jul 12 11:35

Survey: Majority of US Veterans, Public Believe Iraq, Afghanistan Wars Not Worth Fighting

Majorities of the American public generally and US veterans specifically agree that the Iraq and Afghanistan wars were not worth fighting, according to survey results released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center think tank.

More than 60% of US veterans surveyed stated that the Iraq War was not worth fighting considering the costs to the US. On the other hand, 33% of veterans said that the Iraq war was worth fighting when considering the benefits to the US. In comparison, 62% of non-veteran respondents claimed the Iraq War was not worth fighting, while 32% claimed it was. Fifty-eight percent of US veterans and 59% of non-veterans also said that the war in Afghanistan is not worth fighting, while around 40% of both veterans and civilians claimed the opposite.

“Veterans who served in either Iraq or Afghanistan are no more supportive of those wars than those who did not serve in these wars,” the study states. “And views do not differ based on rank or combat experience.”

Jul 10 07:25

The Taliban Have Won In Afghanistan

Authored by Brian Cloughley via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

On June 26 two US special forces soldiers were killed in Afghanistan, bringing the total of US military personnel who have died in that useless war to 2429, according to iCasualties, an independent casualty tracker.

No matter what one might think about the rights and wrongs of the war in Afghanistan, it is sad to record such fatalities, and the question that comes to mind is: What did they die for?

According to the US State Department the military are there because “we continue to invest US resources to help Afghanistan improve its security, governance, institutions and economy,” and the Pentagon says “the principle goal… is to conclude the war in Afghanistan on terms favourable to Afghanistan and the United States.”

How?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would politely suggest that this country needs to bring our military home from Afghanistan, as carefully as humanly possible, and also as quickly.

And I would also like to politely suggest, that President Trump not attempt to lie the American people in to a war against Iran, whose only "crimes" have been not selling all their oil in US dollars, and being an economic competitor to Israel.

Jun 24 09:47

US and Taliban announce new round of talks in Qatar

US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban confirm the next round of US-Taliban talks will begin in Doha on June 29.

Jun 20 09:07

US Agrees To Completely Withdraw Forces From Afghanistan

The United States has agreed to completely withdraw its troops and not to interfere in Afghanistan in future.

Amid reports about a possible meeting between the US and the Taliban in Doha next week, a Taliban spokesman has said that “the United States has accepted to withdraw all its forces from Afghanistan”.

Suhail Shaheen, a spokesman for Taliban’s spokesman in Qatar, said in a tweet on Tuesday that besides accepting the withdrawal of its troops, the US has vowed not to do any interference in Afghanistan’s affairs in the future.

He also said that the promises by the US are “a good progress” in the peace talks.

Following this statement by Taliban, US Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad tweeted, “This is a framework which the Taliban accepts.

Jun 19 10:12

Taliban: US Has Accepted Full Withdrawal From Afghanistan

US negotiations with the Taliban have been making substantial progress in recent months, and there seem to be high hopes that a meeting next week in Doha would be a breakthrough moment. Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen suggested the deal is already effectively made.

Shaheen announced on Twitter Tuesday that the US had pledged to accept a full military withdrawal from Afghanistan, and furthermore to never again interfere in Afghan affairs.

Jun 17 16:11

Operation Burnham inquiry: 'Disillusioned, worn down' Afghan villagers pull out

The Afghan villagers affected by Operation Burnham are withdrawing from the inquiry investigating claims that Kiwi soldiers killed innocent civilians in 2010.

The villagers did not want to participate in the inquiry further, said lawyer Rodney Harrison.

They were disillusioned with the process, he said, and had lost all confidence in the inquiry.

"They have just been worn down by the process."

Lawyer Deborah Manning said the villagers had told her they did not trust the process and had very low trust and confidence in New Zealand authorities.

The death of 3-year-old Fatima has never been acknowledged, she said.

"That is very painful for our clients."

*As our PM John Key once said "If you have nothing to fear, you have nothing to hide" when talking about spying on NZ citizens. So what are they hiding?

Jun 16 19:27

Spy agencies frustrate watchdog in NZSAS inquiry, blocking email access and 'overlooking' potential evidence

The watchdog for New Zealand's spy agencies was thwarted for months when trying to see secret emails about a controversial NZSAS raid in Afghanistan - and says she is prepared to use a legal summons if they continue to frustrate her legal duty.

The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, Cheryl Gwyn was eventually given access to "several tens of thousands of emails" - then discovered another 115,000 were apparently overlooked.

Gwyn was given an explanation as to how the emails were missed but has now sought independent advice to establish if more might be missing.

*PPV sorry*

Jun 14 08:29

US WIPES OUT AFGHAN SECURITY FORCES UNIT IN MAJOR FRIENDLY FIRE INCIDENT

For the second time in less than a month, US forces carried out airstrikes “in self defense” in Afghanistan, only to discover that they were actually attacking Afghan security forces. The Wednesday strike ended up wiping out an entire unit, though officials have yet to disclose the exact number of deaths, beyond it apparently being everyone present.

The previous attack saw US ground troops believing they were under fire, and the warplanes attacking police, killing 18. In this case, too, US officials said they believed the troops came under fire, and the airstrikes targeted the Afghan forces, who had been firing machine guns.

Despite all the talk of self defense and US troops being “under effective fire,” officials insist not a single US casualty occurred. US officials expressed “regret” for the deaths of Afghan partners.

Jun 14 04:29

US WIPES OUT AFGHAN SECURITY FORCES UNIT IN MAJOR FRIENDLY FIRE INCIDENT

SOURCE: ANTIWAR.COM
By Jason Ditz
For the second time in less than a month, US forces carried out airstrikes “in self defense” in Afghanistan, only to discover that they were actually attacking Afghan security forces. The Wednesday strike ended up wiping out an entire unit, though officials have yet to disclose the exact number of deaths, beyond it apparently being everyone present.

The previous attack saw US ground troops believing they were under fire, and the warplanes attacking police, killing 18. In this case, too, US officials said they believed the troops came under fire, and the airstrikes targeted the Afghan forces, who had been firing machine guns.

Despite all the talk of self defense and US troops being “under effective fire,” officials insist not a single US casualty occurred. US officials expressed “regret” for the deaths of Afghan partners.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is TWICE within a period of less than 30 days; what the devil is wrong with our military in Afghanistan, when this becomes "The New Normal"?!?!

Jun 10 09:18

US Army Officer Urges "Swift, Responsible Disengagement" From Afghanistan

Authored by Danny Sjursen via The Future of Freedom Foundation,

The United States has been at war in Afghanistan for more than seventeen years. Despite many years of effort and billions spent, the U.S. military is still suffering casualties in that remote land. In 2017, fourteen American soldiers died in Afghanistan — some, in fact, shot from behind by their supposed local allies. Already, through January 2019, two more American troopers have been killed. They were the 2,418th and 2,419th U.S. military deaths in the war since 2001.

None of this sacrifice has defeated the Taliban or staved off enemy military advances throughout the country over the last several years. In fact, there have been a number of spectacular Taliban successes and attacks of late. On August 21, 2018, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s speech in the heavily fortified capital city of Kabul was interrupted by dozens of mortar rounds fired by the Taliban. It was no mere anecdotal anomaly.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Afghanistan is not called "the graveyard of empires" for no good reason.

The only guy who was able to invade and hang on, through a series of alliances and dynastic marriages, was Alexander the Great, and that... was for only three measly years!!

I don't believe that Trump will actually pull out of the region for a number of reasons; first, after the epic fail that was the Vietnam war, the US's military is allergic to withdrawals, no matter the cost in blood and money, because that meant that the US military had "failed".

The second reason is, that the US alphabet soup agencies have scored, big-time in terms of controlling the poppy trade, with which to secure the production of opium, which is used by these agencies to fund "off the book" operations.

Images: US troops guarding poppy fields in Afghanistan

And third, there has generally been no gathering point for peace activists on this issue, because the images they see, from the presstitutes, never include the real horrors of this war, as were covered the real horrors of the war in Vietnam; unless, and until that happens, expect for the US military, to continue to occupy Afghanistan.

Jun 06 10:51

US Army Officer Urges "Swift, Responsible Disengagement" From Afghanistan

The United States has been at war in Afghanistan for more than seventeen years. Despite many years of effort and billions spent, the U.S. military is still suffering casualties in that remote land. In 2017, fourteen American soldiers died in Afghanistan — some, in fact, shot from behind by their supposed local allies. Already, through January 2019, two more American troopers have been killed. They were the 2,418th and 2,419th U.S. military deaths in the war since 2001.

None of this sacrifice has defeated the Taliban or staved off enemy military advances throughout the country over the last several years. In fact, there have been a number of spectacular Taliban successes and attacks of late. On August 21, 2018, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s speech in the heavily fortified capital city of Kabul was interrupted by dozens of mortar rounds fired by the Taliban. It was no mere anecdotal anomaly.

Jun 06 10:01

Australia Police Raid Broadcaster ABC For Reporting War Crimes

Australian police stormed a building belonging to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), as part of an ongoing investigation against stories from 2017 related to Australian forces involved in possible war crimes in Afghanistan.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison tried to downplay the matter, though this was actually the second day of such raids against the reporter involved, while insisting that his government is “committed to press freedom.” He sought to avoid responsibility, however, saying that probe was actually started before he became premier. He also pointed out that ABC is a state-run outlet.

The 2017 articles in question were specifically related to the use of “unlawful killings” by Australian special forces. The warrant demanded drafts of the stories, access to reporter emails, and handwritten notes. Over 100 pages of documents were taken, and two USB drives.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo for Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, and the Australian government; George Orwell's classic "1984" was a cautionary tale; not a how-to manual!!!!!!

This raid proves that you don't want "freedom of the press", when they are reporting what actually went down here, and it went" mammary glands up"; you want everything stage managed and neat; and the murder of innocent kids, if you need to be reminded, is a bloody war crime!!

I hope that the people of Australia, will ultimately get to see what happened here, and make a collective decision as to whether this the kind of government's use of military they want to see happen.

Jun 05 10:52

AUSTRALIA: POLICE RAID ABC OVER LEAKED INFORMATION THAT DETAILED SPECIAL FORCES KILLINGS OF CIVILIANS IN AFGHANISTAN

Australian Federal Police officers have left the ABC’s Sydney headquarters more than eight hours after a raid began over a series of 2017 stories known as the Afghan Files.

Jun 05 07:24

How US "good guys" wiped out an Afghan family

It was 4am when Masih Ur-Rahman Mubarez’s wife Amina called, an unusually early time for their daily chat. When he picked up the phone, he could hear the panic in her voice.

The call ended with Masih saying he would call again when things had calmed. But at 9am, when he dialed his wife’s number, her phone was off. He tried again at 9.30am. Still off. Through the whole of that day and the next, he repeatedly called. But Amina’s phone remained off.

It took another day for him to the learn the truth. Relatives avoided his calls or gave vague replies to his questions, until finally his brother broke the news. “He tried to avoid telling me the whole story, but I insisted that he tell me the truth,” Masih recalled in a wavering voice. “He told me to have patience in God - no one is left.”

An airstrike on Masih’s house had killed his wife and all his seven children, alongside four young cousins. His youngest child was just four years old.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This absolutely sickens me, understanding that the US has risen to the dubious distinction of being the top war crimes nation on this planet.

and here is a companion piece you should see also: warning - graphic images:

One Bomb. 11 Children Killed. And the Evidence That Implicates the US

Jun 02 09:56

TALIBAN LEADER PLEDGES TO KEEP FIGHTING IN EID MESSAGE

SOURCE: ALJAZEERA.COM
The Afghan Taliban is unlikely to call a ceasefire any time soon, the group's leader has indicated, even though the "doors of dialogue" with the United States to end the 18-year-long war in the country remain open.

In his annual message on Saturday, ahead of next week's Eid al-Fitr holiday marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan, Mullah Haibatullah Akhunzada pledged to continue fighting until the group's objectives were reached.

"No one should expect us to pour cold water on the heated battlefronts of Jihad or forget our 40-year sacrifices before reaching our objectives," he said in the message, adding that the Taliban aimed for "an end to the occupation and establishment of an Islamic system".

His statement comes days after a Taliban official said that "decent progress" had been made during talks with a group of senior Afghan politicians in Moscow.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There are some grave, and heady reasons, that Afghanistan is called "The graveyard of Empires"; Alexander the Great was the last ruler who was able to hold the place together, by a system of alliances and dynastic marriages, but was only able to get this to stay in place for just three years.

The UK ultimately realized this; the Russians ultimately realized this; and at some point, in this unGodly, immoral occupation, the US government, has to realize this.

Please understand; no American teenager of the age of 18, has ever seen the Unhinged, Surveilled State of Amerika, in a state of peace, and creating responsible, decent, and moral, trade relationships with countries around the world.

And it doesn't matter which party is allegedly running the country, the agenda of wars, and US economic dollar hegemony, wil never quit, until, ultimately, it has to.

This reality... hurts my heart. But there is nothing to be done immediately, before this country collapses in a Soviet-Union style collapse, or creates a war so devastating that it may well destroy most life on this planet, as we know it.

The only thing we can do, right now, is to know who our friends and intentional family are, who will really come through in a pinch, and collaborate with them in order to survive, at every level.

May 30 10:27

Moscow Talks: Taliban Rejects Calls For Ceasefire

A group of Afghan politicians led by former President Hamid Karzai and a 14-member Taliban team led by the co-founder of the group Abdul Ghani Baradar sat for the second day in Moscow to discuss the Afghan peace, but behind the closed doors.

The group rejected the calls for a ceasefire which was the main demand by Afghan politicians – who publicly raised the demand at a ceremony in Moscow on the centenary of Afghanistan-Russia diplomatic ties on Tuesday, May 28.

Sources said the second day of the meeting was also focused on peace and pressuring the Taliban to agree on a ceasefire with the Taliban – at least in the upcoming Eid al-Fitr.

Backing their deputy leader’s stance, a Taliban spokesman told reporters on Wednesday that ceasefire is not possible in presence of foreign forces in Afghanistan – who are helping the Afghan forces in their fight against the Taliban and other insurgent groups since 2001.

May 29 14:31

Taliban Claims It Shot Down US B-52 Bomber in Afghanistan - Reports

The alleged attack comes days after the Taliban targeted a US convoy in north-eastern Afghanistan, killing three soldiers.

Taliban* militants have claimed they shot down a US B-52 heavy bomber, Syrian news site Muraselon reports.

The incident purportedly took place when the aircraft was departing from the Shawrab Airbase in southern Afghanistan in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

"Mujaheddin (a militia fighter) of the Islamic Emirate targeted a US B-52 bomber with heavy weapons today early morning in Lar area in the Washir district of Helmand Province," a spokesman for the Taliban was quoted as saying.

The B-52 is said to have crashed after the strike, killing all of its crew. Both Afghan and US authorities are yet to comment on the matter.

May 28 10:20

Russia invites Taliban, Afghan officials to Moscow meet

Afghan politicians are set to attend a two-day meeting with the Taliban in Moscow this week, officials confirmed Monday, as fighting continues to rage in Afghanistan amid troubled peace talks between the US and the militants.

The meeting -- set to run the 28th and 29th of May -- will mark the 100th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Russia and Afghanistan.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said a 14-member delegation was heading to Moscow, led by Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the group's top political leader.

Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai, the Taliban's chief negotiator and former deputy minister of foreign affairs, will also attend, Mujahid said in a statement.

From the Afghan political establishment, former president Hamid Karzai is set to make an appearance, with his spokesman Yousof Saha suggesting the Afghan and Taliban delegations might meet on the sidelines for informal talks, but he noted nothing was guaranteed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That Russia is even trying here, I think, bodes well for a possible resolution to this horrific conflict.

I do consider both Russia's President Putin, and his foreign ministry director, Sergei Lavrov, to be a could of "adults in the room" in geopolitics.

Fingers crossed, and prayers uttered, that this meeting may provide a positive place from which to move forward on peace talks with the US.

May 19 07:58

FACEBOOK ADMITS ISRAELI SOCIAL MANIPULATION COMPANY SPENT $800,000 TO INFLUENCE AFRICAN ELECTIONS

SOURCE: ZERO HEDGE
In keeping with their spectacular reputation of violating privacy and rigging elections, Facebook has said that it removed "hundreds of accounts" from Facebook and Instagram that were used to influence elections in Africa, according to CNN. Only it wasn't Russia who was behind this latest intervention, but Israel.
Archimedes Group, an Israeli company, reportedly spent more than $800,000 in advertising (far more than the Kremlin allegedly spent on its "ad campaign" to crush Hillary Clinton and get Trump elected) and ran accounts that had nearly 3 million followers, for the purpose of targeting African elections. The group primarily targeted Nigeria, Senegal, Togo, Angola, Niger and Tunisia.

For perspective, the $800,000 reportedly spent by the group compares to the $100,000 that has been claimed by the U.S. mainstream media to have been spent for ‘Russian bots’ used to allegedly sway the 2016 US presidential election, according to RT.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Color me completely unsurprised at this revelation.

Most the worlds's precious, and yet-to-be-exploited commodities, can be found in Africa; it is no wonder Israel sought to exploit those elections for economic gain.

May 18 10:06

US Accidentally Kills 17 Afghan Police After 'Miscommunication' During Airstrike

US airstrikes killed 17 Afghan police officers and wounded 14 others due to a "miscommunication" while fighting with Taliban forces, according to Stars and Stripes, citing Afghan officials.

May 18 08:43

The US accidentally killed more than a dozen Afghan policemen in an airstrike after a 'miscommunication'

A US airstrike conducted Thursday in Afghanistan killed more than a dozen local policemen and wounded just as many.

When a firefight broke out between the Taliban and the local police force after the latter attempted to take down a Taliban flag in southern Helmand province, Afghan forces on the ground called in an airstrike, telling the US that the area was clear of friendlies, Stars and Stripes reported, citing Resolute Support.

Unfortunately, they were not, and a tragic accident resulted," the NATO mission in Afghanistan explained in its statement. "We're examining the miscommunication to ensure it is not repeated. We regret this tragic loss of life of our partners and are committed to improvement every day with every mission."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In a military which is touted to Americans as "the best on the planet", why the hell do incidents like this keep occurring in Afghanistan?!?

May 15 09:41

Classifying Defeat: Hiding Data on the Losing Afghan War

The longest war in U.S. history has cost 2400 American lives and nearly a trillion dollars. Still, the government in Washington conceals the truth and most of the populace yawns. By now there should be no doubt that America has lost the battle for Afghanistan, placing it in good company with the British and Soviet empires that failed to conquer that famously xenophobic country. I just wish the Trump administration – as self-touting “truth-tellers” – would admit it. Seriously, a public acceptance of defeat would be strangely refreshing. But don’t count on it!

Trump and company have a better idea. They’ll just stop telling the American people anything about how this perpetual war is going. Seriously, the powers that be have taken just about all the relevant, measurable data on the war and either stopped tracking it or deemed it classified. How’s that for some Orwellian political spin?

May 13 10:52

Mena Mangal: Journalist and women’s rights campaigner shot dead in broad daylight in Kabul

An Afghan journalist and political advisor, who was vocal about women’s rights in the country, has been gunned down in broad daylight, just days after saying she believed her life was in danger.

Mena Mangal was shot dead on Saturday morning in a public place while she was on her way to work in the capital city of Kabul.

May 12 08:38

French prosecutor opens investigation over suspected Monsanto file

The French prosecutor on Friday said it had opened a preliminary investigation into a suspected file assembled by Bayer’s seed maker Monsanto to influence various personalities in France.

The probe was opened after a complaint was filed by daily newspaper Le Monde.

According to Le Monde and other French media, Monsanto built up a file of some 200 names that includes journalists and law makers in the hope of influencing their positions on pesticides.

The file, Le Monde reports, dates from 2016 and was leaked by U.S public relations and marketing agency FleishmanHillard.

Officials at Bayer were not immediately available for comment.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

GOOD!!

May 11 10:25

Clandestine operations and CIA-backed forces endanger peace in Afghanistan

Despite ongoing talks between Washington and the Taliban to end the war in Afghanistan, US forces and their Afghan allies have killed more civilians than all insurgent groups combined so far this year.

The ongoing talks between the US Trump administration and the Afghan Taliban are being hyped as a significant step towards ending the 17-year war in Afghanistan.

In truth, though, the talks, if successful, may end up only ending one of the many wars currently being fought in the country. The US-led intervention has passed its 17th year, but conflict and chaos in Afghanistan have been taking place for the past 40 years.

May 10 09:34

Iran May Expel Afghan Refugees As US Tightens Sanctions

A senior official from Iran's Foreign Ministry has said millions of Afghan refugees will be expelled from Iran if the sanctions on Tehran are increased.

According to Iranian officials, more than three million Afghan refugees are living in Iran with over two million of them working in that country.

In an interview with Iran’s IRNA news agency, the Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Sayed Abbas Araghchi said Iran would ask the Afghan refugees to go home if sanctions are increased, adding that the migrants annually send three to five billion Euros to Afghanistan.

Araghchi said: “468,000 Afghan students are getting education freely in Iranian schools and every student costs 600 Euros on an average basis.”

May 09 12:02

Dunford: US Will Need Forces in Afghanistan Until No Insurgency Left

Speaking to the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee on Wednesday, Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Gen. Joe Dunford insisted that “I don’t think anybody would want to withdraw our forces from Afghanistan or the broader Middle East more than me.” He then went on to oppose withdrawing US forces from Afghanistan.

18 years into the US occupation of Afghanistan, the situation on the ground is worse than ever. Diplomatic progress, however, is offering the possibility that the US could negotiate some sort of settlement to get them out of the country within a real, measurable amount of time.

That’s not sitting well with Dunford, who insists the US needs to keep ground troops in Afghanistan “as long as an insurgency continues.” He added that there are still 20 extremist groups in Afghanistan.

May 06 09:43

Taliban Says Gap Is Narrowing With US on Afghan Peace Timetable

Taliban officials have issued an English-language statement this weekend related to the ongoing Doha talks with a US delegation. They report that they and the US are getting closer on a timetable for the withdrawal of US and NATO troops from Afghanistan.

During this most recent round of talks, they reported that the US and Taliban delegations both offered new proposals for a drawdown of troops, and that the differences at this point simply center on how quickly this will happen.

US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad didn’t elaborate on the talks themselves, but simply continued to back Afghan government calls for “all sides” to disarm quickly to end the war. All sides likely doesn’t mean the US.

May 04 06:11

Taliban Reject Laying Down Arms

Taliban Reject Laying Down Arms, Tell US to Stop Violence
The Taliban called on the US to end the use of force in Afghanistan instead of putting pressure on the militant group to lay down its arms.

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In our opening session, I underscored to the Talibs that the Afghan people, who are their brothers & sisters, want this war to end," Khalilzad wrote.

The Taliban spokesman reacted to the remarks on Friday, stating that Washington “should forget about the idea of us putting down our arms”.

“Instead of such fantasies, he should drive the idea home (to the US) about ending the use of force and incurring further human and financial losses for the decaying Kabul administration,” he added.

Mujahid noted that the United States must stop repeating failed strategies while expecting different outcomes>>>

May 03 11:30

Program to train Afghan attack pilots in the US has been disbanded after nearly HALF of the airmen went AWOL in Texas

A program to train Afghan attack pilots in the United States has been disbanded after nearly half of the airmen went AWOL in Texas.

It has been revealed that more than 40 percent of Afghan Air Force students enrolled in the program went absent without leave in the middle of training.

The attack pilots were being trained to fly the AC-208 Combat Caravan, a light attack combat aircraft, according to a quarterly report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR).

Only one class graduated from the US-based program. The students that did not go AWOL were pulled back to Afghanistan to complete their training.

May 03 11:07

Afghanistan’s Loya Jirga wants US troops to leave: Pundit

Afghanistan’s grand tribal council named Loya Jirga wants the United States to immediately pull out its forces from the war-torn country, says a commentator.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani opened the grand peace assembly, known as a Loya Jirga, under a huge tent in central Kabul on Monday, with some 3,200 tribal elders as well as senior community and religious figures from all over the country in attendance. The four-day negotiations were aimed at finding ways to strike a peace deal with the Taliban militant group.

Kevin Barrett, author and Middle East expert, told Press TV on Friday that the Afghan people do not want to live under US military occupation, because they have not allowed foreigners to occupy their country in the course of history.

“People in Afghanistan have pride and historically they haven’t allowed their country to be occupied without fierce resistance and today they’ve actually defeated the world’s self-proclaimed sole superpower,” Barrett argued.

May 02 10:57

Taliban Appears To Be Winning Against US-backed Kabul, Finds Pentagon Watchdog

It should come as no surprise to most that the United States' over 18-year long war in Afghanistan is a continual nightmare wrought with endless difficulties, earning America's lengthy post 9/11 quagmire the moniker of "the forever war".

But a new Pentagon inspector general report has confirmed the situation to be even worse than commonly perceived: the war to roll back the Taliban is not merely stalled, but there's indicators suggesting jihadist insurgents are actually winning. The report finds Afghan national forces backed by the US have seen a 31% surge in casualties in recent months.

Casualties among Afghan National Defense and Security Forces rose 31 percent from December 2018 to February 2019 over the same period a year earlier, while troop levels fell short again of authorized strength for the first quarter of this year.

May 02 10:17

ICC: Stand up to the superpower

The International Criminal Court recently delivered a shock ruling.

The ICC’s pre-trial judges decided unanimously against opening an investigation into war crimes in Afghanistan.

Opening an investigation would not serve the “interests of justice,” according to the judges.

Yet is hard to see how the judges have themselves served the interests of justice. They have denied any redress to victims of atrocities.

The decision was made despite the clear findings of an assessment by Fatou Bensouda, the ICC’s chief prosecutor. She concluded there was a “reasonable basis to believe” that war crimes had been committed by the US military, the CIA, the Taliban and Afghan state forces.

May 02 09:36

US Military Stops Keeping Track of How Much of Afghanistan Is Taliban Controlled

Having long insisted that data on control of Afghan territory was “the metric that’s most telling in a counterinsurgency,” the Pentagon has informed the US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) that they will no longer be keeping track of that at all, and won’t be providing that data to SIGAR.

SIGAR John Sipko was critical of the move, saying that the Pentagon was providing even less information for the American taxpayers to “gauge whether their investment in Afghanistan is a success.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: The US is losing.

May 01 12:08

America Cannot Save Afghanistan

After nearly two decades of bloodshed, meaningful progress is finally being made towards a conclusion of the war in Afghanistan. Negotiations with the Taliban in Qatar have achieved an uncommon consistency. On the domestic front, a bipartisan resolution matching the Taliban’s proposed timeline has emerged in the U.S. Senate. The main voices opposing peace originate from within the Pentagon and the Afghan National Unity Government. In a departure from their constitutionally mandated subordinate role, top generals are calling for yet another extension on murky grounds. Afghan president Ashraf Ghani has also urged against a timely withdraw, claiming that the government in Kabul lacks the strength required for independence. Whether by incompetence or corruption, neither contingent should have the credibility to dictate the plan for removing U.S. forces from Afghanistan.

Apr 30 12:46

US and NATO Attack Afghanistan and Iraq

The Following text is Section 5 of

The 70 Years of NATO: From War to War,
by the Italian Committee No War No NATO

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Documentation presented at the International Conference on the 70th Anniversary of NATO, Florence, April 7, 2019

In the course of the next two weeks, Global Research will publish the 16 sections of this important document, which will also be available as an E-book.

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Contents

1. NATO is born from the Bomb
2. In the post-Cold War, NATO is renewed
3. NATO demolishes the Yugoslav state
4. NATO expands eastward to Russia
5. US and NATO attack Afghanistan and Iraq
6. NATO demolishes the Libyan state
7. The US/NATO war to demolish Syria
8. Israel and the Emirates in NATO
9. The US/NATO orchestration of the coup in Ukraine
10. US/NATO escalation in Europe
11. Italy, the aircraft carrier on the war front
12. US and NATO reject the UN treaty and deploy new nuclear weapons in Europe
13. US and NATO sink the INF Treaty

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a long read, but worth it, in terms of how NATO and the US play, hand in hand, to destabilise countries, effect regime change, and insure that all of whatever the invaded countries' resources are, are only sold in US dollars.

Apr 29 11:21

Afghan parliament sworn in months after fraud-tainted vote

Dozens of seats remain empty in the newly inaugurated parliament amid allegations of rigging and irregularities.

Apr 28 07:03

America’s Way of War: Killing Civilians

From Afghanistan to Iraq, Syria and Yemen, the United States and its allies have been really good at one thing only: Killing civilians in wars without end.

This has been going on since 2001, starting from Afghanistan, stretching to Yemen and then all the way back to Afghanistan, where the United Nations has once again warned that the United States and its allied forces are killing more Afghan civilians than the Taliban and other armed groups do.

This has been largely the case in the first three months of this year. A new quarterly report from the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan shows that from January to the end of March.

It’s interesting to note that in response to the report, US forces spokesman in Afghanistan Colonel Dave Butler has said: "We reserve the right of self-defense of our forces. The best way to end the suffering of non-combatants is to end the fighting through an agreed-upon reduction in violence on all sides."

The thing is, the ongoing violence could be reduced to a great extent if all US and NATO forces actually leave the war-torn country.>>>

Apr 27 10:08

Afghanistan to convene ‘Grand Assembly’ to discuss peace deal with Taliban

Afghanistan will convene on Monday a rare ‘loya jirga’ – a meeting for delegates from across the country to discuss US efforts to forge a peace deal with the Taliban. More than 2,000 people have been invited to gather amid tight security for four days of debate under a large tent in Kabul, AFP reported. A loya jirga, or ‘grand assembly’ in Pashto, is traditionally comprised of Afghan elders.

Apr 26 11:24

How the US military's opium war in Afghanistan was lost

The US has spent $1.5m (£1.15m) a day since 2001 fighting the opium war in Afghanistan. So why is business still booming?

Apr 25 10:39

US & Its Afghan Trainees Now Killing More Civilians than the Taliban

For the first time in recorded history, the U.S. and the Afghan government, whose forces are trained by Americans, killed more civilians than did the Taliban in the first quarter of 2019, according to a United Nations report. Increased bombing campaigns by the U.S. and increasingly reckless search operations by pro-government forces have fueled the trend reversal.

While the U.S. war in Afghanistan was bloodiest in its infancy, little data is available until 2009, when the UN started keeping track of civilian casualties and the U.S. started accounting for the bombs and munitions it drops on the country.

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) says it is “concerned” with “significant increases in civilian casualties from aerial and search operations, which drove an overall increase in civilian casualties by Pro-Government Forces.”

Apr 17 13:42

Another Girls’ School ‘Destroyed’ In Farah

A girls’ school was destroyed in an attack by unknown armed men in Farah province in the west of Afghanistan on Monday night, local officials confirmed.

Another school in the province was destroyed on Sunday night.

The schools were destroyed by use of explosives, the head of Education Department Mohammad Azimi said.

This comes after another girl’s school named Benafsha Girls High School was burned down by unknown armed men on Sunday night in Tosak village on the outskirt of the city.

Farah education department head Mohammad Azimi said the unknown armed men entered Nawdeh Girl’s High School on Monday night and replaced explosives devices inside the building and then exploded the devices.

According to Azimi, the school building completely has been destroyed and all the facilities and books have been burned.

At least 2,000 girls were enrolled in the two schools, Azimi said.

Apr 16 12:24

Taliban team at peace talks to include women

Women will be included for the first time in the Taliban delegation to peace talks in Qatar this month, the movement's main spokesman said on April 15, ahead of the latest round of meetings aimed at ending the war in Afghanistan.

For a group notorious for its strictly conservative attitude to women's rights, the move represents a step towards addressing demands that women be included in the talks, intended to lay the foundations for a future peace settlement.

The April 19-21 meeting in Doha will be between the Taliban and a delegation comprising prominent Afghans, including opposition politicians and civil society activists. It follows similar talks between the two sides in Moscow in February.

The non-Taliban delegation that was in Moscow could be expanded next week to include some government officials, but acting in their private capacities as the insurgents have refused to hold formal talks with Kabul.

Apr 16 12:23

Taliban launches new Spring offensive

Apr. 15, 2019 - 3:21 - Fox News senior strategic analyst Gen. Jack Keane (Ret.) says he is highly suspicious of the Taliban’s desire for peace talks.

Apr 16 09:38

State Department Veteran: Iraq Wrecked Me For Nothing

See, my book wasn’t aimed at cataloging the failures in Iraq per se, but in trying to make sure we didn’t do the same thing in Afghanistan. The initial title wasn’t We Meant Well, but Lessons for Afghanistan from the Reconstruction of Iraq. The early drafts were pretentious scholarly stuff, outlining our mistakes. Harvard Business School-like case studies. Maps. Footnotes. It would have sold maybe five copies, and so my editors encouraged me to add more funny parts. NPR’s Fresh Airactually added a laugh track to my interview. I figured I’d get the lessons across with humor more effectively anyway. In such situations, you have to think that way. You can’t believe that what you went through didn’t matter and keep getting out of bed every morning.

I now know officially that it did not matter. It was pointless. SIGAR shows I accomplished nothing.

Apr 12 14:21

Trumps Warns ICC of Prosecuting Israeli Actions

U.S. president promises 'swift and vigorous response' to any attempt to charge Washington and its allies after court rejects investigation of possible American war crimes in Afghanistan

Apr 12 14:21

ICC rejects request to investigate war crimes in Afghanistan

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has rejected its prosecutor's request to investigate alleged war crimes in Afghanistan.

Court judges highlighted instability and the lack of co-operation with investigators in the country.

The ruling was hailed by US President Donald Trump as a "major international victory" but human rights group Amnesty International criticised it.

It comes a week after the US revoked ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda's visa.

Apr 12 13:04

HAGUE COURT CAVES TO US THREATS: REJECTS AFGHAN WAR CRIMES CASE

The ICC judge claimed a lack of evidence and a poor outlook for state cooperation — the latter reason essentially meaning the US and UK have already condemned the prospect of opening such an investigation.

The ICC had previously vowed to continue to operate "undeterred" by any US threat of punitive action against the ICC when it first considered examining allegations that US personnel committed war crimes, including instances of unlawful detention and torture of Afghans, as well as killing of civilians. The window of time ICC prosecutors considered for their investigation ran from May 2003, within the opening years of the US occupation, to 2017.

“The chamber hereby decides that an investigation into the situation in Afghanistan at this stage would not serve the interests of justice and accordingly rejects the request,” the judges said in their decision, as cited by Reuters. But the obvious first question is: whose interests are being served here?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US, it's military, the Pentagon, State Department, and Surveillance Department must know, that some of the worst excuses for torture were used here, coupled with the actual torture.

It appears that they are "circling the wagons" to attempt to salvage what is left of their "credibility", by not allowing these issues be investigated by the ICC; well, ladies and gentlemen in the Bowels of Power in DC, have I got a news flash for you; you lost it the minute the US government had attacked and began to occupy Afghanistan!

You, and your sycophantic warmongering media, have utterly lost the fight for being able to get anything right, including massive incidents of allege "friendly fire" at social gatherings, must have REALLY impressed your Afghani counterparts, who dare say nothing at the maltreatment of its prisoners of war.

And I have something I thought appropriate at this juncture: You have not converted a man because you have silenced him. – John Morley, 1st Viscount Morley of Blackburn

There are many who understand what is going on with these wars, but refuse to say anything them, because they understand the price which will most likely
have to be paid, and dearly.

And that is what has to stop; but that will only happen with a peaceful, logical, and fact-centric dialogue which we can, and should, share with each other.

Apr 12 11:54

Taliban announce annual Afghanistan spring offensive

The Taliban on Friday announced their annual spring offensive, which comes as the U.S. and Afghan politicians try to negotiate a peace settlement with the Islamist militants.

Operation Fath – meaning “victory” in Arabic – will be conducted across Afghanistan with the aim of “eradicating occupation” and “cleansing our Muslim homeland from invasion and corruption,” the Taliban said in a statement.

The spring offensive traditionally marks the start of the so-called fighting season, though the announcement is largely symbolic as in recent winters the Taliban have continued fighting Afghan and U.S. forces.

Apr 12 09:52

Trump Admin Revokes ICC Prosecutor's Visa

Trump Admin Revokes ICC Prosecutor's Visa Over Probe of Potential US War Crimes in Afghanistan

(*because the last thing that prosecutor needs to find out is that Some People Did Something in Afghanistan , too !)

Apr 10 12:39

Breaking: Taliban claims it shot down US B-52 strategic bomber in Afghanistan

The Taliban claimed it shot down US B-52 Stratofortress strategic bomber while it was taking off from Shawrab airbase in Helmand province in southern Afghanistan.

“Mujaheddin of the Islamic Emirate targeted US B-52 bomber with heavy weapons today early morning in Lar area in Washir district of Helmand province, the bomber went down and all its crew were killed while smoke still rising from the crash site”, Taliban’s spokesman Qarri Muhammad Yousef Ahmad said.

No confirmation or comment by officials in Afghanistan or the US yet.

Apr 10 09:32

Afghanistan: Taliban Claims Bombing That Killed Three U.S. Marines

An explosion in Afghanistan, claimed by the Taliban on Monday, killed three U.S. Marines and injured another three.

The three men died after they hit a roadside bomb near their Bagram Air Base, north of Kabul. “We feel and mourn the loss of these Americans with their families and loved ones,” said Gen. Scott Miller, Commanding General of Resolute Support and U.S. Forces Afghanistan. “They volunteered to protect their country. We will continue our mission.”

Military authorities initially believed the attack had killed a fourth man, but they later determined he was alive and receiving medical treatment alongside the other casualties.

“The contractor who was reported as killed, is alive,” the U.S.-led military operation in Afghanistan, Operation Resolute Support, said in a corrective statement on Tuesday. “The contractor, an Afghan citizen, was initially treated along with other injured civilians, later identified as a contractor and treated at Bagram Airfield.”

Apr 08 16:01

Three US troops, one contractor killed in Afghanistan explosion

Taliban claims responsibility for blast near Bagram airbase, close to Afghan capital, Kabul.

Apr 08 12:20

Three US Troops, One Contractor Killed in Explosion in Afghanistan

According to a US military statement, three US servicemembers and a civilian contractor have been killed by the explosion of an improvised explosive device near Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan.

Three other servicemembers were wounded and have been evacuated for treatment, according to a statement by Resolute Support, the NATO-led mission in Afghanistan.

The attack comes as Washington is in the process of negotiating a military exit from the Central Asian country with the Taliban, the primary political antagonist to the Washington-backed government in Kabul. Two rounds of negotiations have taken place so far this year and a third is expected this month.

Apr 07 05:06

Trump administration nearly doubles H-2B guest visa program, which brings many Mexican workers

As President Donald Trump threatened to shut down the U.S.-Mexico border in recent days, his Department of Homeland Security nearly doubled the number of temporary guest worker visas available this summer.

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DHS and the Labor Department plan to grant an additional 30,000 H-2B visas this summer on top of the 33,000 H-2B visas they had planned to give out, the agencies confirmed.

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The H-2B visa is for foreign workers to come to the United States and work for several months at a company such as a landscaper, amusement park or hotel. About 80 percent of these visas went to people from Mexico and Central America last year, government data show.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This makes sense, when you consider that most of these people would make a lot less money than would their American counterparts, so, in Trump's eyes, this is "good for business."

Apr 05 11:18

US DENIES VISA TO ICC CHIEF PROSECUTOR, UNHAPPY WITH HER PROBING AMERICAN WAR CRIMES IN AFGHANISTAN

Washington has annulled the entry visa of Fatou Bensouda, chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, after the State Department vowed to shield Americans from “unjust prosecutions” of possible war crimes in Afghanistan.

“We can confirm that the US authorities have revoked the prosecutor’s visa for entry into the US,” Bensouda’s office told Reuters in an email. However, the move should not restrict her travels to the UN headquarters in New York City.

Over the last two years, the Gambian lawyer has been probing US-led war crimes in Afghanistan but has not yet opened a formal investigation into alleged atrocities conducted over the last 18 years. For now, the preliminary inquiry remains in Pre-Trial Chamber, even though Bensouda found a “reasonable basis to believe that war crimes and crimes against humanity have been committed in connection with the armed conflict in Afghanistan.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a link to this lady's CV: Fatou Bensouda, Judge at the International Criminal Court

So, IF everything we have been doing in Afghanistan was moral, stable, and the us military are not killing people indiscriminately, what the hell is Pompeo afraid of?!?

The reality on the ground here, must be pretty horrific, for him to deny this lady a visa.

When I was a kid growing up, I read about how the USA was the greatest country in the world; but when I got into Junior College, I had to revise what I thought about this country; I got ... awakened, at that point.

Many of my young friends wound up in Vietnam, as "cannon fodder" for this insane and immoral war, which allowed a lot of military equipment get "eaten up", so the military industrial complex could sell our military more stuff.

Many of those friends didn't make it back, or emotionally, didn't make it all the way back; one, in fact, committed suicide when he got back to the States.

Pompeo's refusal to grant this lady a visa, is pretty condemning evidence, that much of what she thought had happened in Afghanistan, but didn't quite have the evidence for, is damningly true.

And what else is damningly true, is that the United States of America, has devolved into "the land of the cowed... and the home of the surveilled."

The US has become "War Crimes R Us", as indicated by the US moves against Afghanistan; Iraq; Libya; Somalia, Yemen, and more recently, Venezuela.

All those who are now citizens of the Unhinged, Surveilled State of America, are citizens of a country which commits war crimes with impunity.

I don't know how that makes you feel, when this realization hits; but frankly, from my perspective, it really ... bites.

As a kid, I never believed that the US could create the amount of mayhem and destruction internationally that it has; now, I know better.

So, what do we do?!?

Violence is never the answer, and those in our military and beyond, will most probably obey their orders, when told to "exterminate American citizens with extreme prejudice."

We need to have a peaceful, honest conversation with each other, and those who allegedly represent us in Congress.

We tell them, logically, and rationally, how these wars are killing our economy, and preventing this country from improving its infrastructure, which is crumbling as I type this.

And we tell them, gently, that we will be looking, very analytically, at their voting records, when it comes to war-related issues, and if they are incapable of pulling away from the warmongers, the next time they are up for re-election, they will not win it.

At the end of the day, these are the only choices we have left right now; but we have to exercise them collectively, or the US government will just brush us off.

Apr 03 08:35

Trump: Great Strides Made in ‘Ridiculous’ Afghan War

Whenever President Trump is dealing with NATO issues, there is always the question of whether Trump is going to praise NATO as the greatest thing since sliced bread, mock them as a relic of the past, or somehow manage to do both at once.

Meeting NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Tuesday, Trump played up the pledges for increased military spending, while pushing for even more. He also cheered the “great strides” made in Afghanistan militarily by NATO, while terming the war ‘ridiculous.’

Trump is well known to be weary of the Afghan War, and hopeful of making a negotiated deal with the Taliban to withdraw from the nation. It’s a good thing this was known beforehand, as he did not elaborate beyond calling the war “unfortunate” and “ridiculous.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. President, one can not have this both ways; this war cannot have been both critically important, and "ridiculous" simultaneously.

You know as well as I do, that the war against Afghanistan had utterly nothing to do with Usama Bin Laden, and everything to do with controlling the oil pipelines, the rare earth minerals, and the opium poppy trade.

I hope and pray that a good negotiated settlement can happen; there have been far too many American military members who have been killed, or maimed for life here, in pursuit of that control of the oil pipelines, the rare earth minerals, and the opium poppy control.

Apr 02 08:48

$7 Billion in Equipment Looted From Former US Base in Afghanistan

The US handed over the Camp Kearney base in Paktika Province to the Afghan government in 2014, with an estimated $8 billion in equipment still inside. Today, the estimation is that about $1 billion worth of equipment is left.

So what happened between then and now that cost the site about $7 billion? Mass looting. The provincial governor says that former governors, local mayors, MPs, and commanders have all had a go at the site, and everyone has been entering the base and taking anything that isn’t nailed down.

Though he didn’t name names, pretty much everything was considered fair game, with military equipment stripped, vehicles stolen and sold off, and even locked containers full of weapons broken open and looted.

Apr 01 09:26

American soldiers aren't dying for our freedom in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. They're dying for nothing

President Trump has promised repeatedly to end “endless wars,” during both his campaign and his tenure so far in office. Despite this rhetoric, endless — and, frankly, pointless —wars are, sadly, still the American norm.

Two more Americans were just killed in Afghanistan — a war that the Trump administration realises needs to end, but seems in no hurry to actually do so. In December 2018, Trump announced that all US troops would be withdrawn from Syria, only to later rescind that declaration in favour of a small force of 400 to 1,000 troops to stay behind indefinitely, complementing the more than 5,000 troops in Iraq, who are there to satiate the administration’s obsession with Iran.

Soldiers who were children when the Afghanistan war began are dying. It’s well past time to bring all of our troops from Afghanistan, Syria, and Iraq home.

Mar 31 09:32

Trump’s Stance On The Golan Will Allow Israel To Operate With Impunity Elsewhere

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Referring to a large piece of territory Israel seized from Syria in 1967, Trump wrote: “After 52 years it is time for the United States to fully recognize Israel’s Sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which is of critical strategic and security importance to the State of Israel and Regional Stability.”

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(*that's why I politely declined the FREE! 2020 MAGA Cap offer , so when this business of pushing an agenda thats good for another nation starts , I can full on animal~ly ask "Whats in it for US , Mister MAGA?" )

Mar 29 09:02

10 million people in Afghanistan face severe acute food insecurity after floods and drought

10 million people in Afghanistan (population 35 million) are facing severe acute food insecurity following 3 years of drought and recent floods.

Three years of drought have contributed to massive crop failure, economic hardship, hunger and loss of life, forcing 266 000 people from their homes, Afghan Red Crescent Society and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said March 28.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Pay close attention to what is happening in Afghanistan because it is about to happen here, thanks to the neglect of our flood control systems.

Mar 25 11:12

US airstrikes kill a dozen Afghan civilians, as battle with Taliban heats up – report

American airstrikes have killed around a dozen Afghan civilians in the northern province of Kunduz, local officials have said. The strikes came as US-backed Afghan forces and Taliban militants vie for control of the area.

One provincial councillor put the death toll at twelve, while another estimated that 13 civilians died, including children, in Saturday’s strikes. NATO spokeswoman Sergeant. Debra Richardson told Reuters that the alliance’s Resolute Support mission is aware of the casualty reports, and that it investigates all such credible allegations.

“We take every measure to prevent civilian casualties, in contrast to the Taliban who intentionally hide behind women and children,” Richardson said in a statement.

Mar 21 13:57

Operation Cyclone never ended: The history of the West’s support for Islamist extremists

Iain Davis argues that contrary to official narratives, the Western military-industrial-intelligence complex has been working with, arming, equipping, training and deploying Islamist extremist terrorist organisations for at least half a century.>>

Mar 21 09:51

Afghan troops accused of abusing contractors and confiscating equipment, US watchdog says

Afghan security forces have been harassing contractors and confiscating their equipment at military bases across the country, costing the U.S. hundreds of thousands of dollars, a government watchdog said.

The confiscated property and equipment, belonging to two international companies that were awarded maintenance and operations contracts from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is worth more than $780,000, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction said in a report published Monday.

There were times when the Afghan employees of the contractor Exelis, Inc. — previously known as ITT Systems Corp. — tried to remove their equipment from work sites, but were “held against their will at gunpoint and locked in containers for extended hours” by Afghan forces, company officials told SIGAR.

Mar 20 07:17

The Death of Peace

How appropriate, don’t you think? America’s longest war, the Afghan one, now heading into its 18th year, may set another kind of record – for the longest withdrawal ever. The Pentagon recently revealed news of its daring “plan” to end that war. It will take up to five years to get 14,000 U.S. troops (and unknown numbers of private contractors), military equipment, and the like out of that country successfully, ensuring a war of perhaps 23 years (without, of course, a victory in sight).

Mar 19 15:43

Top US General Denies Plans to Leave 1,000 Troops in Syria

US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joe Dunford issued a statement Monday denying weekend media reports that the US plans to leave around 1,000 troops in Syria, saying the reports are “factually incorrect.”

Dunford presented the current planned “residual force” as 200, saying that this hadn’t changed since February. The US announced 200 would stay on February 21, but on February 22 officially increased that number to 400.

It’s not clear from Dunford’s statement where the “incorrect” aspect of the new report, which came out of a Wall Street Journal, exists. That report suggested that the 1,000 figure was not yet finalized, but was being discussed. Dunford’s comments didn’t include any details on what is actually being discussed, but just that nothing was finalized.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think the multiple troop numbers being given, are simply a way of creating confusion about how many US troops the US does have in Syria.

Mar 19 10:25

US, China Clash Over 'Belt And Road' In Afghan Resolution

The United States and China unleashed a war of words Friday (Mar 15) over Beijing’s $1 trillion Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) after the United Nation Security Council adopted a resolution extending the mandate of the council's political mission in Afghanistan for another six months, reported The Washington Post.

The 2018 resolution extended the council's mission for a year aimed at strengthening regional economic cooperation involving Afghanistan, including the BRI to connect China to Europe, and Africa. The 2016 and 2017 resolutions had similar BRI language.

Council diplomats said China wanted to embed BRI language into the 2019 resolution, but the U.S. strongly objected.

Mar 17 09:07

US bars entry to ICC members probing 'war crimes' in Afghanistan

The United States will revoke or deny visas to International Criminal Court (ICC) personnel seeking to investigate possible war crimes by US forces or allies in Afghanistan, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said.

"The ICC is attacking America's rule of law," Pompeo told reporters in Washington on Friday.

"I'm announcing a policy of US visa restrictions on those individuals directly responsible for any ICC investigation of US personnel.

"We are determined to protect the American and allied military and civilian personnel from living in fear of unjust prosecution for actions taken to defend our great nation."

Mar 15 11:49

US AIRSTRIKE WIPES OUT ALLIED AFGHAN BASE IN 'FRIENDLY FIRE' INCIDENT

In the latest bizarre story to come out of the US "endless war" in Afghanistan, American warplanes obliterated an allied Afghan military post in an act of "self defense" on Wednesday.

The incident took place in the tribal Uruzgan province of south-central Afghanistan and reportedly began when a joint convoy of US troops and Afghan Special Forces came under fire by another unit of Afghan ground troops in what appears a major instance of accidental friendly fire resulting in a devastating two dozen total casualties on the Afghan side.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am having a "Jean Luc Picard "facepalm", at warp speed, upon reading this; why, in the name of heaven, has our military, on both the intelligence and operations levels, devolved to "the gang that can't shoot straight"?!?!

This is absoflippinglutely unbelievable!!

Mar 15 09:56

Kabul Accuses U.S. Peace Envoy of ‘Delegitimizing’ Afghan Govt, ‘Elevating’ Taliban

The National Security Adviser of Afghanistan on Thursday accused U.S. President Donald Trump’s envoy in charge of peace negotiations with the Taliban of “delegitimizing” and “weakening” the Kabul government during the talks to serve his ambitions of one day running the war-ravaged country.

An official from the U.S. Department of State (DOS) — which oversees the office of U.S. reconciliation envoy Zalmay Khalilzad — denied the assertions by Hamdullah Mohib, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s national security adviser who served as ambassador to Washington.

“Mr. Mohib’s comments are inaccurate and unhelpful, and we will be responding to them privately,” a State Department official told the Daily Beast on condition of anonymity.

Mar 15 08:37

US Airstrike Wipes Out Allied Afghan Base In 'Friendly Fire' Incident

In the latest bizarre story to come out of the US "endless war" in Afghanistan, American warplanes obliterated an allied Afghan military post in an act of "self defense" on Wednesday.

The incident took place in the tribal Uruzgan province of south-central Afghanistan and reportedly began when a joint convoy of US troops and Afghan Special Forces came under fire by another unit of Afghan ground troops in what appears a major instance of accidental friendly fire resulting in a devastating two dozen total casualties on the Afghan side.

The incident is under investigation, but US mission spokesman Bob Purtiman appeared to excuse US actions in a statement on Thursday: "We are operating in a complex environment where enemy fighters do not wear uniforms and use stolen military vehicles to attack government forces," he said.

Mar 14 10:25

ERIK PRINCE STILL WANTS BLACKWATER TO REPLACE U.S. TROOPS IN AFGHANISTAN

When the idea of replacing U.S. troops in Aghanistan with mercenaries was first proposed Defense Secretary James Mattis said, rather generously, that “it was not a wise idea.”

Mar 13 08:35

Why Lithium Can’t Save Afghanistan

Following the news Monday that geologists have found a mother lode of minerals in Afghanistan — reports argued deposits of iron, copper, gold and other goodies could collectively be worth close to $1 trillion — it’s worth asking a few extra questions.

In particular, there’s been an unusually strong focus on the lithium portion of the find. A key ingredient in high-tech batteries for laptops, smart phones, electric cars and the like, its been heralded as the future cornerstone of the world’s energy infrastructure.

But is lithium really going to save Afghanistan, as many media outlets seem to think? Nope, not even close.

In the words of Brian Jaskula, a lithium commodity expert with the United States Geological Survey, “We’ll be extracting lithium from the ocean before we’ll be extracting it from Afghanistan.” (Jaskula was not involved with the Afghanistan work.)

Mar 12 13:35

US ‘agreed in draft’ with Taliban on Afghanistan troop withdrawal – envoy

A “marathon” round of talks with the Taliban in Qatar has produced an “agreement in draft” on counter-terrorism assurances and American troop withdrawal, said US envoy for peace in Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad.
“The conditions for peace have improved,” Khalilzad tweeted after the talks. “Despite ups and downs, we kept things on track and made real strides.”

It’s clear all sides want to end the war.

Troop withdrawal and counter-terrorism assurances are the first two issues that Khalilzad and the Taliban reached an “agreement on principle” during the talks in January.

When the final deal is reached on those two issues, the Taliban will start negotiations on “a political settlement and comprehensive ceasefire,” with the government in Kabul and other factions in Afghanistan, Khalilzad said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Fingers crossed here on Oahu, that this is truly happening.

Mar 11 12:21

US Airstrikes Kill 13 Civilians, Including Children, in Afghanistan

On Saturday, US airstrikes against the village of Naser Khil in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar Province destroyed two houses. The houses belonged to the village’s only doctor, and his brother, and killed both of them along with their families.

That was 13 civilians in all: two men, their wives, and nine children. The provincial government had claimed a Taliban commander was also slain, but there appears to be no confirmation that this is actually the case.

NATO confirmed that the airstrikes took place, but did not comment on the civilian deaths that were already confirmed, saying only that they were looking into the matter, and emphasizing the attacks were “self-defense.”

How blowing up a doctor’s house counts as self defense isn’t entirely clear, though a NATO spokesman claimed that the attack meant to target a Taliban operations center. Clearly, it did not.

Mar 11 06:50

Ending war with another war? Erik Prince wants to send 1,000s of mercenaries to fix Afghan quagmire

Founder of the notorious Blackwater firm Erik Prince wants to end the 18-year Afghan stalemate with… another war which could see 6,000 mercenaries replace US troops on the ground once they leave the country.

Prince, a private war mogul who made a fortune during the post-9/11 conflicts, believes he has a recipe for bringing the Afghanistan stalemate to an end. “I do want to end the war by giving the Afghan forces the means to survive and to be much more [offensive],” he proclaimed on Al Jazeera last week.

Some 2,000 Special Forces and around 6,000 Blackwater mercenaries would be enough to help the Afghan national army pacify the enemy, he explained. One question remains wide open, however: What would be the cost of a new private war for local civilians?

Mar 08 06:10

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice Effect

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Thus, what was supposed to be a morale-boosting quickie regime-change operation to cheer up the rank and file on the road to Tehran – the overthrow of Nicolas Maduro’s sanctions-starved socialist state in Venezuela, the oil-rich fly in the ointment of “our own backyard” – has become just another entry on a long list of ignominious failures. Even the truest of true believers can no longer pretend that the US is in the business of spreading democracy – not when all the evidence and information available points the other way. The only remedy left for the “sole superpower” is to cut off the flow of information entirely and build an informational Iron Dome, an epistemological missile shield capable of withstanding all truth.

Who are you going to believe, me or your lying eyes?

Lazy propaganda is largely to blame for the lapse in narrative superiority. The same tawdry psy-ops are recycled again and again, as we see now in Venezuela, where Iran-Contra felon and smirking genocide enthusiast Elliott Abrams has been wheeled out of cold storage to work his death-squad magic>>>

Mar 07 05:24

Is peace finally possible in Afghanistan?

The Afghan Taliban's cofounder is in talks with the United States in an attempt to bring an end to more than 17 years of war.

It's the US's longest war and last year a record number of people died in Afghanistan. Almost 4,000 civilians were killed and 7,000 wounded.

The UN is blaming the Taliban and The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) for deliberately targeting civilians in suicide attacks. But Afghan and US forces have also stepped up their assaults on armed groups.

Now attempts to end the bloodshed are gathering pace.

The Taliban and the US are in talks in Qatar.

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Explosions target political gathering in Kabul

Mar 07 04:55

The Taliban Views Washington Unreliable

Faheem Dashti: Taliban Views Washington Unreliable, Welshing on Agreements
Faheem Dashti, Afghan Political Analyst, says Washington is pursuing its own policy of serving its national interests in the region, rather than being concerned with Afghanistan’s security.

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Mar 06 09:04

Senators Introduce Bill to Get US Out of Afghanistan

A bipartisan resolution has been introduced in the Senate on Monday calling for the US to withdraw military forces from Afghanistan. The bill is co-sponsored by Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Tom Udall (D-NM).

The resolution, called the 2019 Afghan Forces Going Home After Noble Service Act (AFGHAN Service Act), would declare victory. This is on the grounds that Osama bin Laden was killed in 2011 and al-Qaeda is all but eliminated within Afghanistan.

The bill goes further than just Afghanistan, too, as with the completion of the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, it would repeal the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF). Though the AUMF was initially passed to invade Afghanistan, it has been broadly expanded by presidents since as a legal justification for wars across the world.

Mar 06 06:05

US U-Turn: Afghans' Suffering Now Has No End

There is no end in sight for the suffering of people in Afghanistan because the Pentagon regime plans to keep its occupying troops in the war-torn country for five more years.

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Mar 03 09:00

Senior Commander: US Transferring ISIL to Afghanistan with Arabs' Petro-Dollars

"The enemy is today attempting to continue the same ISIL plot implemented in Iraq and Syria in Afghanistan and this will harm China, Russia and all the regional states," General Shadmani said in an interview with the Persian-language Tasnim news agency on Saturday.

He noted that certain Arab rulers are supporting the US financially and logistically to transfer the ISIL to Afghanistan, saying that they are making their last-ditch efforts to attain their goals but they will not because the ISIL's body has collapsed.

In relevant remarks late in January, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei expressed deep regret over the massacre of the Afghan people in terrorist attacks, blaming the US for the tragedies by transferring the ISIL terrorists to Afghanistan to guarantee its presence in the region.

Mar 02 07:54

Welcome to ‘Zombieland’: A former US Army base rots in the hands of overwhelmed Afghans

Limping as he climbed the stairs of a watchtower, the general turned his gaze south toward a once-sprawling base the Americans handed over to Afghan forces here in late 2014. Today much of it lies in ruins.

“Everything went to pieces,” Brig. Gen. Abdul Raziq Safi said of the base, which the Americans dubbed Forward Operating Base Shank. “Everything fell apart.”

After more than 17 years and $80 billion to build them up, Afghan security forces still struggle to secure their country, while corruption and other challenges strain their ability to maintain equipment and facilities provided by foreign forces, largely the United States.

Mar 01 11:29

Who are the “Brutal Dictators”?

Elected Presidents Assad and Maduro are not the brutal dictators. We are.

We are the ones imposing economic warfare, and regime change wars on non-belligerent countries. We are the ones supporting terrorists who impose the death penalty on hundreds of thousands with our weapons, our command and control, our mercenaries, our air support and our terror bombings.

We are dictating our will by destroying these and other countries, by changing “regimes”, by setting up non-democracies throughout the world.[1]

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What really irks me, from Iraq to Afghanistan to Yemen, is the US government's willingness to be involved with war crimes, in order to get what they want accomplished, no matter the bloodshed, no matter the pain.

I remember, as a kid, swallowing whole the notion of how the US was always "the good guy" in international politics; but growing up, with the hideousness of the Vietnam War, and other endless military interventions after that, in Chile; Central America; Afghanistan; Iraq; Yemen; and Somalia, how in the name of all that is decent, can one talk about the US government as "the good guy internationally, with a straight face?!?

I sure as heck can't.

The pattern is painfully obvious; regime change; pacify the citizens of the regime changed government (most generally at the point of a gun or knife); have US-centric countries expropriating the resources of the conquered country; and only selling those resources in US dollars.

Wring, wash, repeat.....

But I predict that there will ultimately a point.... where the US will find itself in a position where they can no longer mow across whole continents with its military machines with which to do this.

Unfortunately, the only two ways of stopping this are... a complete economic collapse of this country, or a world war in which the US government loses its shirt. And by the way, I hope that neither of these two outcomes come to pass; but unless the US government changes its behaviour, those in the Bowels of Power in DC, had better get their bunkers in order; this could be one terrible mess!!

Mar 01 10:20

US to Withdraw All Troops from Afghanistan in Five Years – Report

The newly proposed peace plan suggests cutting the US contingent in half immediately and withdrawing the remaining forces in three to five years.

The US would withdraw all its troops from Afghanistan in three to five years, under a new peace plan proposed during the talks between US officials and the Taliban.

Under the peace plan, the US will reduce its military presence by half from 14,000 to 7,000 in the coming months, a report by The New York Times says. The remaining 7,000 troops will withdraw together with the remaining 8,600 European and international troops within three to five years.

Mar 01 09:56

Chinese Defense Ministry denies reports of ‘military presence’ in Afghanistan

China’s Defense Ministry defended military cooperation with Tajikistan on Thursday following a report of a sizeable Chinese troop presence at a base in the Central Asian state. Cooperation between the two is “in line with” international law and related resolutions passed by the UN Security Council, said ministry spokesman Ren Guoqiang. However, Ren said there was no Chinese presence in the adjacent Wakhan Corridor belonging to Afghanistan.

Feb 25 11:56

‘Deeply Disturbing’: Civilian Deaths in Washington’s Afghan War at 9-Year High

More civilians were killed in 2018 than in any of the previous nine years of the 18-year US war in Afghanistan, according to new data.

Feb 25 06:49

UN report slams US-led airstrikes & record civilian casualties in Afghanistan

At least 3,804 civilians died last year in Afghanistan, while another 7,189 were wounded, UNAMA said in its annual report, stressing that 2018 became the deadliest on record ever since the organization began tallying figures, in 2009. While stressing that 63 percent of all civilian casualties were caused by Islamist militants, the annual review also noted a steady increase in civilian casualties, caused by the “relaxation of the rules of engagement for airstrikes” by the US-led forces in 2017.

Feb 24 12:31

US troops looted personal possessions and military artefacts from Afghan site of 19th-century British massacre while on deployment in 2009

A historic 19th century battlefield was looted by US troops on deployment in Afghanistan in 2009.

Military artefacts and and personal possessions buried alongside victims were stolen from the site of the Battle of Maiwand, where British soldiers fought.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) says troops may have 'broken international law' after many of the items from the massacre were sold to collectors and turned up online.

Feb 24 08:55

US Military's Anti-Drug Campaign In Afghanistan Ends In Failure

Hundreds of airstrikes failed to curb opium trade...

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Feb 22 10:43

Opium, Oil, Proxy Wars: Ex-Reagan Adm. Official on US' Long Afghanistan Saga

US policy-makers are continuing to oppose Donald Trump's decision to pull troops out of Afghanistan. Speaking to Sputnik, Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, economist, author and former US official, shared his views on the US' decades-long Afghanistan saga, surprising rise in opium crops under the American occupation and apparent use of Islamists by the US.

Donald Trump's decision to withdraw 1,000 or more US troops from Afghanistan has prompted concerns among American lawmakers and Washington's European allies. On 16 February the bipartisan group of US congressmen met with Afghan President Ashaf Ghani on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference to discuss the painful dilemma.

Feb 21 08:00

Opium, Oil, Proxy Wars: Ex-Reagan Adm. Official on US' Long Afghanistan Saga

US policy-makers are continuing to oppose Donald Trump's decision to pull troops out of Afghanistan. Speaking to Sputnik, Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, economist, author and former US official, shared his views on the US' decades-long Afghanistan saga, surprising rise in opium crops under the American occupation and apparent use of Islamists by the US.

Donald Trump's decision to withdraw 1,000 or more US troops from Afghanistan has prompted concerns among American lawmakers and Washington's European allies. On 16 February the bipartisan group of US congressmen met with Afghan President Ashaf Ghani on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference to discuss the painful dilemma.

The US' Afghanistan war, which will mark its 18th anniversary this October, started in 2001 following the 9/11 terror attack under then-US President George W. Bush.

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