Category: Afghanistan

Minerals, drugs and China: How the Taliban might finance their new Afghan government

5 potential funding sources for new government Still, as they finish making their government and plotting a future course, the Taliban have a few sources they might be able to tap to generate enough money to run their reclaimed country:

Source: Minerals, drugs and China: How the Taliban might finance their new Afghan government

Afghanistan is a warning of global denialism

As denialism becomes a growing problem around the world, one only needs to consider the Afghanistan situation as a potential warning for our future, writes Robert Niven. THE PRECIPITOUS COLLAPSE in Afghanistan compels all of us in the West to contemplate Athena, the Greek goddess of war, also the goddess of wisdom in science and the arts.

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New Chapter of Afghanistan War: U.S. Drone Strike Kills Family

Relatives and neighbors of the Ahmadi family gather around the incinerated husk of a vehicle targeted and hit by an American drone strike, which killed 10 people including children, in Kabul on Aug. 30, 2021.

The drone strike that hit Khwaja Burgha, a working-class residential neighborhood in Kabul, was said to have killed numerous members of the Ahmadi family, with the youngest alleged victim being a 2-year-old girl. Morgue footage shared on social media showed the burned bodies of several children, as well as photos of the victims before their deaths. One of the dead, according to members of the Ahmadi family who spoke to reporters, was a former Afghan military officer who had served as a contractor for U.S. forces, as well as a worker at a charity organization. Join Our Newsletter Original reporting. Fearless journalism. Delivered to you. I’m in “The Americans said the airstrike killed Daesh members,” a neighbor of the family angrily told reporters after the strike, referring to the Islamic State. “Where is Daesh here? Were these children Daesh?”

Source: New Chapter of Afghanistan War: U.S. Drone Strike Kills Family

What is ISIS-K? This is the group behind the deadly Kabul airport attack

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What is ISIS-K? The Islamic State Khorasan Province, which is also known by the acronyms ISIS-K, ISKP and ISK, is the official affiliate of the Islamic State movement operating in Afghanistan, as recognized by Islamic State core leadership in Iraq and Syria.

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Two Decades of American Lies in Afghanistan

A U.S. Marine walks past an American flag attached to a roll of concertina wire on Dec. 14, 2001, in southern Afghanistan.

In the immediate aftermath of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, U.S.-backed Afghan warlord Abdul Rashid Dostum’s forces murdered hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Taliban prisoners by jamming them into metal shipping containers and letting them suffocate. At the time, Dostum was on the CIA’s payroll and had been working with U.S. special forces to oust the Taliban from power. The Bush administration blocked subsequent efforts to investigate the mass murder, even after the FBI interviewed witnesses among the surviving Afghans who had been moved to the U.S. prison in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and after human rights officials publicly identified the mass grave site where Dostum’s forces had disposed of bodies. Later, President Barack Obama promised to investigate, and then took no action.

Source: Two Decades of American Lies in Afghanistan

Republicans Push Biden To Re-Invade Afghanistan | HuffPost

Republicans override Trump’s plan to “get out” and reek havoc on the Taliban not on ISIS-K

Republicans are pushing President Joe Biden to take actions that would amount to re-invading Afghanistan by either requiring the U.S. military to retake an abandoned air base or staying in the country long enough to restart the dormant war with the Taliban.

Source: Republicans Push Biden To Re-Invade Afghanistan | HuffPost

‘You’re leaving them to die’: MP suspended for Afghanistan outburst

the federal government is still facing heavy pressure and criticism over why it didn’t move earlier. Defence veterans and those with family or friends in Afghanistan had been warning for months of the encroaching and swelling Taliban forces, fearing death and persecution for those with ties to nations that had fought the militia group during the 20-year war. Video went viral this week of a man, claiming to be an Australian citizen, who said he had been beaten by the Taliban.

Source: ‘You’re leaving them to die’: MP suspended for Afghanistan outburst

The economic triumph of the Afghanistan war

America has been at war every day since 9/11. These days, there are American troops deployed in around 800 military bases on every continent. The U.S. Defence budget is over $700 billion per year – dwarfing any other nation on Earth. The U.S. military is also one of the planet’s largest emitters of greenhouse gases. This isn’t money wasted — every bullet shot and every drop of oil burned is profit. Afghanistan is one of the most successful wars ever waged. Let us pray that an excuse can soon be found for the next one. After all, China and Russia must be regarding the vacated playing field with envious eyes.

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Taliban in Afghanistan: Joe Biden says 11,000 flown from Kabul over weekend

People evacuated from Kabul arrive at Hindon Air force base near New Delhi, India on Sunday. Their flight carried 168 people, according to an Indian government spokesman.

Australia organised four flights out of Kabul last night and more than 300 people were evacuated. This brings the total to eight flights, in the middle of what Mr Morrison said was a “chaotic” situation. “What we are simply doing right now is getting as many people out safely, with the proper checks being done both on the airfield itself and as well as back in the Emirates, to ensure we are doing the right thing in terms of Australia’s national security interests, but also the right thing by humanitarian interests,” Morrison said. Which is what he virtually said when “stopping the boat” and that amounted to as little as possible. Morrison described it a “massive acceleration” for Morrison. “April to ensure we were massively accelerating how we were getting people processed to get them out of the country,” he said. However, he said many people were wise “in hindsight”.

Washington: US President Joe Biden says 11,000 individuals were evacuated from Kabul over the weekend and he remains committed to assisting all Americans who want to leave Afghanistan get out. Biden added Sunday that his first priority is getting American citizens out of Afghanistan “as quickly and safely as possible.”

Source: Taliban in Afghanistan: Joe Biden says 11,000 flown from Kabul over weekend

Australia grants visas for more than 100 former embassy staff in Afghanistan, a day after rejecting them | Australia news | The Guardian

People at Kabul airport seeking to flee the Taliban

The Australian government says it has granted humanitarian visas to more than 100 Afghan nationals who worked at its embassy, a day after telling them their visa applications had been rejected. The conflicting information has created confusion as thousands try to flee the Taliban regime. More than 100 embassy guards and full-time maintenance staff were advised via an email from the Department of Foreign Affairs on Saturday that their work for Australia was not enough to grant them a spot on evacuation flights. “Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs has considered your application. Unfortunately you are not eligible for certification under this policy,” the DFAT letter states.

Source: Australia grants visas for more than 100 former embassy staff in Afghanistan, a day after rejecting them | Australia news | The Guardian

Zoe Daniel: The fate of Afghans who assisted Australia is now in our hands

Afghan people sit inside a U S military aircraft to leave Afghanistan, at the military airport in Kabul on August 19, 2021 after Taliban's military takeover of Afghanistan. (Photo by Shakib RAHMANI / AFP) (Photo by SHAKIB RAHMANI

Morrison says those he wants to evacuate can’t make it to the airport due to the Chaos and the Taliban checkpoints. As a consequence, he could only airlift 160 out. The US has airlifted 9000 out in 6 days they too had to get to the airport. How did they manage and are continuing to manage  that?

Fixers risk their lives to inform the world

Afghans who worked for Australia in Afghanistan took huge risks. Now their fate rests on what risks Australia is prepared to take in return. . As many a reporter will say, a good foreign correspondent is only as good as their fixer. A good fixer will secure the exclusive interview that you get to put your name on and will get you to the centre of the unfolding event; be it conflict, upheaval, or tragedy, to bear witness to history. A good fixer will help explain the nuance, context, and background to a situation. They will help keep you safe, eyes open to everything from the risk of being robbed by petty criminals, to being attacked and kidnapped by local militias, arrested by the local secret police or worse.

Source: Zoe Daniel: The fate of Afghans who assisted Australia is now in our hands

Everything You Need to Know About What’s Happening in Afghanistan

The Taliban have Hardware ” Made in America” and have had it for 20 years

The rapid collapse of Afghanistan to Taliban rule has created a chaotic, complicated situation. But here’s the fundamental point: the US has nothing to show for two decades of bloodshed and occupation.

Source: Everything You Need to Know About What’s Happening in Afghanistan

Former interpreter urges Australian government to ‘try harder’ to save Afghans who helped ADF – ABC News

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Scott Morrison says Australia will not be able to help everyone who assisted the ADF Raz Mohammad says the government is not trying hard enough He has called for Australia to increase its humanitarian visa offering

Source: Former interpreter urges Australian government to ‘try harder’ to save Afghans who helped ADF – ABC News

Failure in Afghanistan should prompt urgent reassessment of Australia’s war powers – » The Australian Independent Media Network

“For several months, numerous experts and NGOs have been pleading with the Morrison government to urgently offer visas to these staff and we have seen delay after delay.”

Source: Failure in Afghanistan should prompt urgent reassessment of Australia’s war powers – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Taliban-Afghanistan: Refugees on-board US jet ‘most ever flown’

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While Biden Does Now, Morrison talks and emphasizes the past as far back as 2020

A US jet took a near-record number of passengers to safety following the collapse of Kabul, a US outlet has reported.

Source: Taliban-Afghanistan: Refugees on-board US jet ‘most ever flown’

Michael Pascoe: Australia is an accessory to the Afghanistan disaster

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Dissemble and delay, pray the crisis goes away. Like bushfire preparedness, like pandemic shortcomings, like climate change policy, the Prime Minister was told we had people who needed to be rescued long before yesterday. Maybe it was just the usual gross incompetence – or maybe the government didn’t really want to import any more Afghanis than it absolutely had to.

Source: Michael Pascoe: Australia is an accessory to the Afghanistan disaster

Former Nat. Sec. Adviser Whacks Trump’s Botched Negotiation With Taliban | Crooks and Liars

Former Nat. Sec. Adviser Whacks Trump's Botched Negotiation With Taliban

But to your specific question though, Donald Trump clearly was in this huge rush to both claim responsibility for withdrawing U.S. forces from Afghanistan, and also weirdly to have some kind of peace deal with the Taliban. And you will even remember he was talking about inviting them to Camp David for some big ceremony around the 9/11 anniversary, like that is a thing that actually happened. And the reality is efforts at diplomacy over the years were always predicated under successive administrations on the Afghan government being in the lead in any negotiation with the Taliban. You don’t negotiate your own exit with the adversary of the government that you are supporting. And that’s what the Trump administration did. They cut a deal with the Taliban that excluded the Afghan government, effectively again demoralizing them and making them feel like we were simply leaving them holding the bag entirely.

Source: Former Nat. Sec. Adviser Whacks Trump’s Botched Negotiation With Taliban | Crooks and Liars

Desperate Afghans Are Trapped in an American-Made Fiasco

People wait inside Afghanistan's only passport office in the Kabul neighbourhood of Pul-i Surkh to provide or receive documents required for the issuing of their documents. The applicants were tired, hot, frustrated, upset and angry as they waited in various spaces inside the large compound, through what they described as a chaotic process with little order. It was above 30 degrees by 9AM this morning and far hotter inside the airless, enclosed structures of the passport office. According to a passport official, as many as 5,000 passports are being issued on a daily basis at the moment, as Afghans from across the country, many fearing a country-wide return of the Taliban, travel to the capital to apply for passports in the hope of using them to travel outside the country. Since May 1, when U.S. and international military forces began their final withdrawal from the country after nearly 20 years at war, the Taliban have taken total control of more than 160 of the country's roughly 400 districts. Afghans who believe they have reason to fear the Taliban have left districts for provincial capitals and provincial capitals for Kabul, where the government maintains a shrinking area of control.

Afghan friends and colleagues began asking for help leaving the country in June. The requests were nothing new, but in the past they’d mostly been in jest. Now they were serious and urgent. The people who made them weren’t just seeking a better life but refuge.

Source: Desperate Afghans Are Trapped in an American-Made Fiasco

Morrison says troops died ‘for a great cause’ in Afghanistan. To quote a grieving father, that’s bullshit | Paul Daley | The Guardian

Demonstrators in the United States hold a 'This is not freedom' sign, as the Taliban took hold of Afghanistan for the first time in 20 years on Sunday

A government source says given the “deteriorating security situation” in Kabul, it is unclear when aircraft will be able to land, but planning for an airlift is proceeding for when “the situation allows”.

Morrison’s total failure and rear vision cover-up has lead him to walk back on his announced promise in just 24 hrs and he’s left others to deliver the message he couldn’t.

Our “gunna’  PM has announced Plenty of Promises. Two months ago he had sufficient warning he could and needed to save lives and he did nothing but promise, announce and bullshit yet again. The man’s like a wet Bunger on Guy Fawkes night all promise but just fizz.

He said, “It was bullshit. What he [Morrison] should have been referring to was the freedom of this country. And our country was not threatened. Again, this is just some way of trying to justify the loss of 41 lives in Afghanistan, the ruining of 261 [through serious injury] and some 500 who’ve since taken their own lives … these are lies. This is political spin.”

Source: Morrison says troops died ‘for a great cause’ in Afghanistan. To quote a grieving father, that’s bullshit | Paul Daley | The Guardian

U.S. Embassy in Kabul will be mostly evacuated within next 36 hours – CBS News

Does anyone notice that there is no mention of evacuating Australia’s Afghan interpreters as ‘announced’ by PM Morrison. Morrison flew in announcements to save himself.

The U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan will be evacuated of all but a handful of key personnel within the next 36 hours, and all American diplomats should be out of the country entirely by August 31, multiple security and diplomatic sources in Washington and Kabul told CBS News. The evacuation comes as a U.S. defense official says it could be just a matter of days before the Taliban takes control of the capital, a city with more than 4 million people.

Source: U.S. Embassy in Kabul will be mostly evacuated within next 36 hours – CBS News

The Great Washington Ponzi Scheme in Afghanistan comes Crashing Down

US officials sent out to Afghanistan knew that it was a Washington Ponzi scheme. Billions were disappearing into the pockets of contractors and warlords. Only the arms manufacturers were happy. The US was massively bombing the country every year, the only reason that it was still able to be there. US officials confessed as much to government watchdogs, and the Washington Post managed to get those interviews and publish them in 2019. Nobody believed in the mission. There was no mission. There was a morass of corruption and incompetence. Many of the regional warlords under the new government were not easier on women or minorities than the Taliban had been, and were fundamentalists of a different stripe.

Source: The Great Washington Ponzi Scheme in Afghanistan comes Crashing Down

US launches emergency airlift to rescue Afghan allies at risk of Taliban’s revenge | Afghanistan | The Guardian

Afghan security personnel and militia fighting against the Taliban, stand guard in Enjil district of Herat province on Friday.

Evacuation flights start before visas are issued after insurgents make sweeping gains in provinces

Source: US launches emergency airlift to rescue Afghan allies at risk of Taliban’s revenge | Afghanistan | The Guardian

A fog of uncertainty looms over Afghanistan | Taliban | Al Jazeera

Kabul, Afghanistan – A fog of uncertainty looms over Afghanistan. Everywhere you go, from a sports lounge in the capital Kabul to a field in Logar province, everyone asks the same question: “What’s going to happen?”

Source: A fog of uncertainty looms over Afghanistan | Taliban | Al Jazeera

The Taliban on Trump: “We hope he will win the election” and withdraw U.S. troops – CBS News

Trump puts nation at risk by ignoring intelligence community

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President Trump’s reelection bid received a vote of support Friday from an entity most in his party would reject: the Taliban.

The Taliban on Trump: “We hope he will win the election” and withdraw U.S. troops – CBS News

Afghan Troops Say Taliban are Brothers and War is “Not Really Our Fight” | The Smirking Chimp

But the more clearly the American public understands the falsehood and the moral, legal and political bankruptcy of the justifications for our country’s disastrous wars, the more clearly we can challenge the absurd claims of warmongering politicians whose policies offer the world only more death, destruction and chaos. Trump’s blundering, murderous Iran policy is only the latest example, and, despite its catastrophic results, U.S. militarism remains tragically bipartisan, with a few honorable exceptions.

When the U.S. stops killing people and bombing their homes, and the world starts helping people to support and protect themselves and their families without joining U.S.-backed armed forces or the armed groups they are fighting, then and only then will the raging conflicts that U.S. militarism has ignited across the world begin to subside.

via Afghan Troops Say Taliban are Brothers and War is “Not Really Our Fight” | The Smirking Chimp

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Ignore Trump’s Tweets. The War in Afghanistan Must End.

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It would, of course, be foolish to pretend that there is a neat solution to the chaos in Afghanistan, a poverty-stricken country divided on tribal, ethnic, and religious lines, fought over by a bevy of outside powers, and plagued by violence for more than four decades.

There isn’t. But here’s what the hawks don’t tell you: Afghan civilians are already dying in big numbers, not only despite the presence of U.S. forces — 2018 saw Afghan civilian deaths hit a record high — but because of them, too. How many Americans are aware of the fact that in the first six months of this year, the Afghan government and its U.S.-led international allies killed more civilians than the Taliban? Shouldn’t that shock us all?

via Ignore Trump’s Tweets. The War in Afghanistan Must End.

Our Thirty Years War of the 21st Century

And with that in mind, almost 17 years later, don’t think that victory is out of the question either. Every day that the U.S. military stays in Afghanistan is indeed a victory for… well, not George W. Bush, or Barack Obama, and certainly not Donald Trump, but the now long-dead Osama bin Laden. The calculation couldn’t be simpler. Thanks to his “precision” weaponry — those 19 suicidal hijackers in commercial jets — the nearly 17 years of wars he’s sparked across much of the Muslim world cost a man from one of Saudi Arabia’s wealthiest families a mere $400,000 to $500,000. They’ve cost American taxpayers, minimally, $5.6 trillion dollars with no end in sight. And every day the Afghan War and the others that have followed from it continue is but another triumphant day for him and his followers.

via Our Thirty Years War of the 21st Century

Special forces rookie ‘blooded’ by executing an unarmed man

 

A Special Air Service Regiment trooper on his first deployment to Afghanistan was pressured to execute an elderly, unarmed detainee by fellow higher-ranking soldiers as part of a “blooding” ritual, according to defence insiders who were witnesses at the scene.

Special forces rookie ‘blooded’ by executing an unarmed man

Jere Van Dyk: The Trade The author discusses his time in Afghanistan both as a reporter and as a hostage.

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Jere Van Dyk has reported on Afghanistan since the 1970s and has written extensively about the nation’s evolution from a hippie haven to a battleground for the war on terror. His most recent book is The Trade: My Journey into the Labyrinth of Political Kidnapping, which details his search for answers after being kidnapped by the Taliban in 2008. Van Dyk talks about his years in a surprisingly progressive Afghanistan in the early 1970s and the United States’ funding of the mujahideen in the 1970s and 1980s with the hopes of turning Afghanistan into the Soviet Union’s Vietnam. He also discusses harrowing experience of being held captive by the Taliban and explains why he returned to the country years later in spite of great personal risk.

Jere Van Dyk: The Trade | Scheer Intelligence | KCRW

Al-Qaeda returns to Afghanistan amid fears of new jihadist alliance with Isis and Taliban | Asia | News | The Independent

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Al-Qaeda is back in Afghanistan, joining Isis and the Taliban in waging jihad. The three most prominent Islamist terrorist groups in the world are now in one violent arena and drawing the West back into a bloody conflict it had sought to leave behind.

Source: Al-Qaeda returns to Afghanistan amid fears of new jihadist alliance with Isis and Taliban | Asia | News | The Independent

Latest Afghan Civilian Drone Deaths Prompt Renewed Call to End “US Terror” | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

Local officials and elders in Afghanistan said U.S. airstrikes had killed at least 17 civilians on Thursday, contradicting Pentagon claims that only militants had been hit and fomenting continued “destruction and anger.”

Source: Latest Afghan Civilian Drone Deaths Prompt Renewed Call to End “US Terror” | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

‘US war in Afghanistan goes on, but renamed’ — RT Op-Edge

The US government has only officially renamed certain tasks in Afghanistan trying to avoid responsibility for its actions and confuse the American people, but that doesn’t change the character of the war, says Sara Flounders of the International Action Center.

Source: ‘US war in Afghanistan goes on, but renamed’ — RT Op-Edge