Tag: Afghanistan

How Donald Trump’s secret plan to meet the Taliban came together, and fell apart

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban group's top political leader.

Trumps dream of a Nobel Prize blew up in his face again but in his eagerness to show what a failure he infact is he twittered the promise of a peace accord and it’s failure ought to be sufficient to gain him the recognition he craves. Promise of peace in Iran, Afghanistan Syria and Nth Korea along with their accompanying failures Trump believes should be enough to have him crowned and celebrated as a global Caesar rather than a screwed up Nero. Afterall the blame is not his. (ODT

But little was made of that at the time. The endgame of the talks seemed near, if not the timetable. Only then came Trump’s tweets on Saturday night disclosing that he had invited the Taliban and Ghani to Camp David — but called it off, citing the bombing.

The tweets took many in the administration by surprise; there was no reason for Trump to reveal what had happened, several officials said, especially since he has not given up on the idea of a negotiated settlement.

via How Donald Trump’s secret plan to meet the Taliban came together, and fell apart

The Afghan Files: Defence leak exposes deadly secrets of Australia’s special forces – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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It’s what the LNP did with the history of this nation they went to war the ALP took them out of Vietnam and the LNP kept helping in more Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, all losing ones. They needed a winning war and decided on calling Asylum seekers “illegals” saying ‘Nope to the Malaysian Solution and telling Australia that they were winning a just war against “deplorables”. A Democracy is diminished when it’s government has too many secrets and buys and lies their way into power without any reasoned policies just scare mongering on the undeclared donations of Palmer and Murdoch. (ODT)

via The Afghan Files: Defence leak exposes deadly secrets of Australia’s special forces – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

After 18 Years of War, Taliban Has the Upper Hand in Afghanistan Peace Talks

An Afghan peace activist shouts slogans in demand to an end to the war during a march from Helmand as he arrives in Kabul on June 18, 2018. - Dozens of peace protesters arrived in Kabul on June 18 after walking hundreds of kilometres across war-battered Afghanistan, as the Taliban ended an unprecedented ceasefire and resumed attacks in parts of the country. (Photo by WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP) (Photo credit should read WAKIL KOHSAR/AFP/Getty Images)

I8 year loss language is being renegotiated to claim a 2019 WIN. After a loss on a wall language is being renegotiated to claim a 2019 WIN. The Art of the deal is changing the Language.  POTUS no longer needs an Administration just a mega-media giant. News Corp and Sinclair have provided that.(ODT)

via After 18 Years of War, Taliban Has the Upper Hand in Afghanistan Peace Talks

Abdul’s brother went out to buy flour. He never came home

Behind closed doors, the words “war crimes” are being used. Not only specific incidents, but the entire culture and command structure of Australia’s most renowned and trusted fighting force is now under scrutiny in a manner unprecedented in Australian military history.

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“Infinity War?” After 17 fruitless years in Afghanistan & elsewhere the US Military needs to Rethink

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The story didn’t say whether any of the reporters listening to General Dunford asked why it had taken more than 16 years for the world’s leading military power to come up with the “fundamentally different approach” that the general believes has put U.S. and Afghan forces on the path to success. (None of the changes he mentioned really sounded fundamental, either.) Still, it’s a question worth asking: If Americans are right in ceaselessly telling themselves that theirs is the most powerful country the world has ever seen and that their military is the “greatest fighting force ever,” as President Trump calls it, should it have been this hard and taken this long to find a way — if they really have — to defeat enemies whose war-making resources are a tiny fraction of ours?

via “Infinity War?” After 17 fruitless years in Afghanistan & elsewhere the US Military needs to Rethink

Maj. Danny Sjursen: U.S. Foreign Policy Doesn’t Make Us Safe (Audio)

 

Sjursen says U.S. foreign policy “has been unmoored and drifting away from anything close to sober strategy for coming up on 17 years now. I think the post-9/11 wars have been an absolute tragedy, and probably the greatest foreign policy disaster since the Vietnam War. … I truly believe we are less safe because of American foreign policy and American militarism in the world since 9/11.”

via Maj. Danny Sjursen: U.S. Foreign Policy Doesn’t Make Us Safe (Audio)

First women’s TV channel launched in Afghanistan | Afghanistan News | Al Jazeera

Women in Afghanistan now have their own television channel.Zan – or Women’s – TV began airing this month, with a staff of all female presenters and producers.

Source: First women’s TV channel launched in Afghanistan | Afghanistan News | Al Jazeera

Russia sends 10,000 automatic rifles to Afghanistan as a gift to fight insurgency .

Afghan officials receive 10,000 automatic rifles and millions of rounds of ammunition as a gift from Russia.

Source: Russia sends 10,000 automatic rifles to Afghanistan as a gift to fight insurgency – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Australia pays $207,000 compensation to 2,800 Afghans over six years | World news | The Guardian

Defence department figures reveal ‘tactical payment scheme’ paid an average of $73 an incident for ‘collateral damage to property, injury or loss of life’

Source: Australia pays $207,000 compensation to 2,800 Afghans over six years | World news | The Guardian