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Apr 29 09:55

US 'losing control' in Afghanistan

Richard Armitage, a former US deputy secretary of state, has told Al Jazeera that the conflict in Afghanistan may be "spinning out of control".

Apr 27 08:01

Afghan girls school feared hit by airborne poison

Five Afghan teachers and 40 of their pupils, most of them girls, have been admitted to hospital with severe headaches after a suspected airborne poison attack, the Public Health Ministry said on Monday.

They fell ill on Sunday afternoon during a ceremony at a school in the Sadiqi district of Parwan province, some 70 km (40 miles) north of the Afghan capital, Kabul.

"Among them there are 5 adults and 40 children, most of them girls, who have been affected," Dr Abdullah Fahim, spokesman for the Public Health Ministry said.

"For the time being, it seems to be airborne poisoning. But it's not confirmed yet what the actual reason is," Fahim said.

Apr 27 07:50

The Obama administration: From frying pan to fire?

But despite Clinton's self-aware delusion -- come on, she can't really believe what she proffered in Iraqi public -- I hope she keeps right on selling it. I hope she peddles it and peddles it, and I hope Gen. Odierno peddles it and Barack Obama peddles it, too. Because only a willful and prodigious blindness to reality on Iraqi ground will evacuate American forces from it.

Besides, those fighting American men and women must be spared in Iraq because their bodily sacrifice awaits them in Afghanistan, and probably Pakistan -- two more religiously fanatic nations whose historical forces we are impotent to change, but there we'll squander countless lives and untold treasury until we disingenuously but desperately declare that they, too, are "going in the right direction."

Apr 26 09:07

UN warns of new highs for Afghan hashish production

Afghanistan produces more than 90 percent of the world’s opium, most of it refined into heroin inside the country, an enterprise that earns the extremist Taliban millions of dollars a year for their insurgency against the government.

It is also the world’s second largest source of cannabis resin, producing 1,603 metric tonnes in 2006 after Morocco’s 1,915 tonnes, according to the UN’s World Drug Report 2008.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So let me get this straight; so far, the biggest "winner" in the US's alleged "war on terror" in Afghanistan are.......the drug dealers??!?!?!?

Apr 26 04:43

Afghan officials burn 6.5 tons of drugs, chemicals

Afghan counter-drug officials destroyed 6.5 tons (6 metric tons) of drugs and precursor chemicals in a raging bonfire Sunday they said symbolized recent successes in Afghanistan's fight against opium poppies and heroin.

Khodaidad acknowledged that the 6.5 tons of drugs — including heroin, opium, hashish and chemicals used to turn opium into heroin — was only a symbolic drop in the bucket.

Apr 24 14:17

ACLU: Pentagon to release images of prisoner abuse

The Defense Department will release a "substantial number" of photos depicting abuse of prisoners by U.S. personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan, the American Civil Liberties Union said late Thursday.

The photos will be made available by May 28, the ACLU said, citing a letter dated Thursday from the Justice Department to a federal judge in New York. The photos' release is in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the ACLU in 2004 and will include images from prisons in Iraq and Afghanistan at locations other than Abu Ghraib, the ACLU said.

Apr 24 09:27

War News for Friday, April 24, 2009

Baghdad:
#1: Back-to-back suicide bombings killed at least 35 people Friday outside the most important Shiite shrine in Baghdad, police officials said. The bombers Friday detonated explosive belts within minutes of each other near the gates of the tomb of Imam Mousa al-Kazim, a prominent Shiite saint, located in the northern neighborhood of Kazimiyah, said a police official. Another police official said the bombers struck shortly before the start of Friday prayers as worshippers streamed in to the mosquean important site for Shiite pilgrims. About 90 people also were injured in the blast, said the same official.

Apr 24 06:30

Tony Blair calls on world to wage war on militant Islam

Tony Blair has said he does not regret leading Britain to war in Iraq when he was Prime Minister and has called on the world to take on and defeat Islamic extremists. He believes that, without intervention, the problem will continue to grow in countries such as Afghanistan.

He called for a battle to be waged against militant Islam similar to that fought against revolutionary communism.

In an address last night to a forum on religion and politics in Chicago, Mr Blair said that the world today faced a struggle posed by "an extreme and misguided form of Islam", which threatened the majority of Muslims as well as non-Muslims.

Apr 23 17:32

Chemically sickened Vets enabled their own ills

Ill Veterans Demand Answers
by Kelley B. Vlahos, April 23, 2009
The poisonous black plume is getting more difficult for the government to ignore. So are the growing number of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans hobbling around with the bodies of old men and women, needing breathing machines to sleep at night.

[And the Iraqi/Afghan nationals don't get sick from these same chemicals burned by the aggressors in their countries? Where is the sympathy for them by the soldiers who made it possible? Isn't it a kind of just retribution for the soldiers who "just obeyed orders?"

Apr 22 12:24

War Resistor Successfully Challenges 'Misconduct' Charge

War Resistor Sgt Chiroux successfully challenged his misconduct hearing, facing down the U.S. Army and offering a potential "green light" for other soldiers challenging the legality of U.S. action in Iraq and Afghanistan.

War resistor Sgt. Matthis Chiroux, who refused to deploy to Iraq under the Individual Ready Reserve, today successfully challenged his misconduct hearing and was granted a 'General Discharge Under Honorable Conditions'.

Apr 15 15:44

Afghan women pelted with stones during rape law protest

Afghan women protesting against a new law that severely undermines women's rights were pelted with stones in the country's capital Wednesday, say reports.

This was big news when the Taliban was in power...

Apr 14 13:49

US vying to 'hand-pick' Afghan president

Washington is using its political clout to influence the outcome of the upcoming presidential elections in Afghanistan, a report says.

The US embassy in Kabul has urged Afghanistan's leading presidential hopefuls to withdraw from the race in favor of Ali Ahmad Jalali -- a candidate that is more preferred by Washington, reported Pakistan's Ummat daily.

Apr 13 08:58

Warning that Pakistan is in danger of collapse within months

The warning comes as the US scrambles to redeploy its military forces and diplomats in an attempt to stem rising violence and anarchy in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Oh war, war, war; it's gonna be fun!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Apr 13 04:39

The New American Strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan

The forces pushing their evil agendas should not forget what happened to the former USSR in the recent past. A handful of Mujihideen (Holy Fighters) had turned Russian pride into dust and the same fate will befall America. So the leaders of Pakistan should not commit the mistake of relying on anti-Islamic forces against the passions of their faithful (Muslim) citizens. It should be noted that in the last thirty years, this region has been acting as the base of support for defensive forces of the Islamic world against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan, America in Iraq, Israel in Lebanon and Gaza, and now America and its coalition forces in Afghanistan have been defeated by the same forces.

Apr 12 22:37

Paul V. Rafferty: Hope for Afghanistan Dawns in The Hague

Today, The Netherlands hosted an International Conference on Afghanistan: A Comprehensive Strategy in a Regional Context.

It appears that a general consensus has been reached, among the more than 70 nations that participated. Outside military support should be focused on training Afghanistan’s own Military and Police forces, while assisting in rebuilding the national economy, particularly Agriculture. Many other re-development goals are to be implemented.

Apr 11 08:36

Afghan envoy defends US raids

The Afghan ambassador to the United States has told Al Jazeera that civilian casualties during US military operations are "a price that we have to pay" if the Taliban and al-Qaeda are to be defeated.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder just what Ambassador Jawad gets paid under the table by the US and NATO to make such statements about his country's murdered citizens, including women and children.

Every one of these innocents' deaths will further radicalize the Afghan people away from the Karzai government, and more toward the Taliban.

And we have never had - nor does it appear that we will ever have - enough boots on the ground for a military victory.

So who is winning here?!?

The drug dealers: this last year's opium crop harvest has been huge.

Apr 10 07:55

U.S. military concedes Afghan civilian casualties

The people of Afghanistan do not hate us "because we are free"; they hate us because we are killing their wives, children, moms, dads, uncles, and aunts.

Apr 07 06:40

Britain is protecting the biggest heroin crop of all times!

And U.S. troops are protecting the Brits!

Apr 05 10:16

Moderate Taliban leader warns Barack Obama's plan will make Afghanistan worse

Nato's planned troop surge to Afghanistan will lead to an escalation in fighting and jeopardise secretive peace moves, a senior Taliban moderate has warned.

n an exclusive interview with The Sunday Telegraph, Mullah Abdul Salem Zaeef said the surge of mainly American troop reinforcements would only deepen the country's problems and was likely to act as a magnet to foreign fighters. His comments appeared to dent hopes that President Barack Obama's strategy could produce rapid progress towards peace in Afghanistan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This man is only stating the obvious, unfortunately.

And a little footnote from history: the only leader who was able to successfully invade - and hold (albeit briefly) - Afghanistan was Alexander the Great.

Apr 05 08:58

We Have Named the Enemy (Abstractly)

I was listening to NPR and they were discussing how the military was having trouble getting equipment to its troops in a certain region in Afghanistan. The correspondent said something like, "Supplying the troops has been made more difficult by..." And here I thought, "Whoa, are they going to admit that they are meeting fierce resistance from rebels?"

But instead she finished the sentence, "...the deteriorating security situation."

Apr 05 08:58

From Twin Towers to Twin Camelots

Woe betide a president who believes his own stump speeches. In his campaign Obama outflanked charges initially from Hilary Clinton and then from John McCain that he was a peacenik and a wimp by declaring week after week that Iraq was the wrong battlefield, that the enemy was al Qaida and their sanctuary Afghanistan. An excited vibrancy colored the community organizer’s rhetoric as he spoke of his determination to “kill bin Laden.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

1. Ben Laden is dead.

2. People who do not understand history are doomed to repeat it.

3. Ignorance, hubris, and stupidity should be painful.

Apr 05 08:43

Women choose exile as Taliban laws return

THE first Afghan woman to appear on television after the fall of the Taliban has fled the country, saying it is too dangerous, as her husband was shot dead outside their house.

Paween Mushtakhel, 41, and her two children left Afghanistan on Friday. Hours later, under intense pressure from critics worldwide, President Hamid Karzai promised to review new laws that are said in effect to legalise marital rape in the Shi’ite minority.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Given the current situations in Afghanistan, who can blame the women who can get out for leaving?!?

Apr 05 08:40

Nato leaders agree new approach on Afghanistan

Up to 5,000 more soldiers are pledged, but Obama fails to win additional combat troops

Apr 05 08:33

No Combat Troops, But Obama Lauds ‘Strong’ NATO Support for War

President Barack Obama’s attempt to secure firm commitments of significant additional troops from NATO allies to help in the planned escalation in Afghanistan was, by any objective measure, an abject failure. He got no combat troops, and only the most temporary commitments to send police and training personnel to help with the elections. Don’t tell that to the president, however.

Today, he lauded the very guarded commitments as “strong and unanimous support,” and praised NATO members for making a “strong down payment” in Afghanistan. The Obama Administration has pledged tens of thousands of additional troops for Afghanistan, in addition to massive increases in civilian aid.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

He had to be completely naive to believe that he was going to get support from other NATO members in terms of sending more troops.

And President Obama, here's just one little factoid for you and your "magical thinkers" in the Pentagon to chew on; the former Soviet Union couldn't hold Afghanistan with 500,000 pairs of boots on the ground.

Apr 04 17:38

Thousands flee bomb attacks by US drones

AMERICAN drone attacks on the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan are causing a massive humanitarian emergency, Pakistani officials claimed after a new attack yesterday killed 13 people.

The dead and injured included foreign militants, but women and children were also killed when two missiles hit a house in the village of Data Khel, near the Afghan border, according to local officials.

As many as 1m people have fled their homes in the Tribal Areas to escape attacks by the unmanned spy planes as well as bombings by the Pakistani army. In Bajaur agency entire villages have been flattened by Pakistani troops under growing American pressure to act against Al-Qaeda militants, who have made the area their base.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Neither the Pakistanis nor the Afghans hate us "because we are free"; they hate us because we are killing and maiming their kids, their wives, their friends and families, and their grandparents.... indiscriminately.

One has to wonder if the ramp up in the creation of more instability in the region is by design, rather than by accident, to accomplish other geopolitical agendas.

Apr 04 04:26

BBC Reports: Pakistani Taleban claim responsibility for the attack in Binghamton NY

BBC - Pakistani Taleban leader Baitullah Mehsud called the BBC in Islamabad to claim responsibility for the attack.
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[This is the only line in the story referencing this claim]

Apr 03 09:04

The secrets of Obama's surge

President Hamid Karzai, the puppet in Kabul which has left Washington beyond exasperated, loved Obama's plan to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat" al-Qaeda and the Taliban. Especially because it involves the improbable "hunt for the good Taliban" (always bribable by loads of US dollars) mixed with Special Ops inside Pakistan, and not Afghanistan.

Apr 02 13:32

Defense Officials: Afghan Situation Dire, More Troops Needed

Webmaster's Commentary: 

READ THIS AND THE NEXT TWO STORIES, ESPECIALLY THE ONE TWO DOWN WHERE THE US HAS APPROACHED THE TALIBAN FOR "RECONCILIATION."

THE US IS LOSING THIS WAR, JUST AS THE USSR DID.

Apr 02 13:31

U.S. Weighs Putting 70,000 Troops in Afghanistan

Apr 02 13:30

US reconciliation offer lunatic idea, say Taliban

Taliban rejected on Wednesday a US offer of “honourable reconciliation” as a “lunatic idea” and said the withdrawal of foreign troops was the only way to end the war in Afghanistan.

Mar 31 19:54

'Worse than the Taliban' - new law rolls back rights for Afghan women

Hamid Karzai has been accused of trying to win votes in Afghanistan's presidential election by backing a law the UN says legalises rape within marriage and bans wives from stepping outside their homes without their husbands' permission.

The Afghan president signed the law earlier this month, despite condemnation by human rights activists and some MPs that it flouts the constitution's equal rights provisions.

The final document has not been published, but the law is believed to contain articles that rule women cannot leave the house without their husbands' permission, that they can only seek work, education or visit the doctor with their husbands' permission, and that they cannot refuse their husband sex.

Mar 31 17:01

Paul V. Rafferty: Hope for Afghanistan Dawns in The Hague

Working in Journalism, there is a tendency to become jaded, particularly in these times, when so many politicians see themselves as an exalted elite, high above the people who pay their salaries.

Nevertheless, this reporter came away from a conference in The Hague with an entirely different point of view, after what he had expected to be merely another spectacle.

Mar 31 08:09

US Used by Afghan Drug Clan to Take Out Rival

A "high-ranking member of al-Qaida" was seized during a recent US mission in Afghanistan which left five people dead. But the Americans were set up: The tip-off as to his location came from a drug clan who wanted to get rid of a rival.

The American forces were tricked by a drug clan into taking out a rival as part of an operation to seize an al-Qaida member. Now German soldiers are paying the price for the operation's civilian casualties.

Mar 30 09:45

Welcome to Vietnam, Mr. President

I was wrong. I had been saying that it would be naïve to take too seriously presidential candidate Barack Obama’s rhetoric regarding the need to escalate the war in Afghanistan. I kept thinking to myself that when he got briefed on the history of Afghanistan and the oft-proven ability of Afghan "militants" to drive out foreign invaders – from Alexander the Great to the Persians, the Mongolians, the Indians, the British, and the Russians – he would be sure to understand why they call mountainous Afghanistan the "graveyard of empires."

Mar 30 09:33

US opens route to Afghanistan through Russia's backyard

The road passes a shimmering green mountain pasture, then dips steeply to a new US-built bridge. Across the languid Panj river is Afghanistan and the dusty northern town of Kunduz. On this side is Tajikistan, Afghanistan's impoverished Central Asian neighbour.

It is here, at what used to be the far boundary of the Soviet empire, that the US and Nato are planning a new operation. Soon, Nato trucks loaded with non-military supplies will start rolling into Afghanistan along this northern route, avoiding Pakistan's perilous tribal areas and the ambush-prone Khyber Pass.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Non-military." Right.

Mar 30 09:29

Military Escalation and Obama s "War on Terrorism"

Long considered the realm of "conspiracy buffs" The New York Times, citing anonymous "American government officials," have belatedly "discovered" that Pakistan's Inter Services Intelligence agency (ISI) is aiding the Taliban and al-Qaeda.

Mar 30 08:03

Obama vows no pursuit by US troops into Pakistan

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yeah, and we were told that our troops in Vietnam were not pursuing into Cambodia, too!

Mar 30 08:01

Obama's War

Washington Post blogger Greg Sargent noted last week that “President Obama’s announcement of an escalation in the American presence in Afghanistan is being met with mostly silence – and even some support – from the most influential liberal groups who opposed the Iraq War. ... MoveOn.org … declined to make any public statement about Obama’s Afghan policies in response to my queries. An official close to the group confirmed to me that MoveOn wouldn’t be saying anything in the near term. ... Nor will we hear anything from Americans United for Change, which ran $600,000 worth of TV ads against the Iraq War in the summer of 2007.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

War isn't any more right just because a member of your party starts it.

Either you stand for principles, or you are just another apparatchik!

MoveOn have proven they are the latter.

Mar 29 10:34

Obama: Yup, We're at War in Pakistan

Perhaps you were wondering whether or not the U.S. was really at war in Pakistan, as well as Afghanistan. Well, President Obama just put those questions to rest.

With everyone from Hillary Clinton to Robert Gates to General David Petraeus at his side, Obama announced this morning "a comprehensive, new strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan." Not Afghanistan, with an occasional cross-border drone strike. Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Yee-HAAA, we got something to blame the poverty on while we loot the rest of the nation!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Mar 29 10:33

The ‘New’ Strategy - Did Obama Expand the War Into Pakistan?

When President Barack Obama unveiled his “comprehensive, new strategy” for the war in Afghanistan it struck many how decidedly old most of the strategy looked. A vague justification for throwing more money and troops at the seemingly endless war, bundled with posturing about how vital the war’s success ultimately would be.

But is that the whole story? Was the much-heralded new strategy just about polishing up the same old escalation in Afghanistan and selling it as a change? Perhaps the real novelty in this plan takes place outside of Afghanistan, in neighboring Pakistan.

Mar 28 07:47

Pakistan spies under heat in new US strategy

The United States has vowed to put the heat on Pakistan's spies in its new regional strategy, with top officials openly accusing elements in powerful intelligence agency of abetting Al-Qaeda.

President Barack Obama on Friday unveiled a plan to root out extremism in Afghanistan and Pakistan by boosting troops and drastically increasing civilian personnel and aid to the region.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In other words, at a time when our economy teeters on the brink, we are spending billions propping our installed puppet regimes!

Mar 28 07:28

Barack Obama offers new strategy to tame Pakistan

More than seven years after America declared war on the Taleban, Afghanistan still stands on the brink of disaster, President Obama declared yesterday as he unveiled a new regional strategy to win the war in South Asia. An additional 21,000 US troops will be sent to Afghanistan and civilian aid to neighbouring Pakistan will be trebled, Mr Obama said in a speech that showed his desire to take full US ownership of the deepening conflict.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Taking Ownership" is how we got into this mess, and it is NOT what Obama promised while campaigning!

Obama promised an end to these wars started with lies. Clearly, Obama himself was lying.

Mar 27 12:02

At last we get it - this war is Vietnam for slow learners

One word shines through the spin surrounding this week's Barack Obama policy review on Afghanistan. The word is exit. Before he became president, Obama was much taken by the idea that Afghanistan was a good and winnable war, a usefully macho contrast to his retreatism on Iraq. But in a military briefing at the time, he asked what was the exit strategy from Kabul and was met with silence. He has got the point.

Mar 27 08:21

Obama plans further escalation in Afghan war

The Obama White House will send another 4,000 troops to Afghanistan in addition to 17,000 extra troops to counter fresh attacks against the US.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Fresh attacks against the US." Lovely phrase, like the Afghan people are just so GAUCHE to attack the United States forces that invaded their country!!!!

Mar 26 08:03

Iran accepts US Afghan invitation

Iran has confirmed it will attend a US-backed international conference on the future of Afghanistan next week.

Mar 23 12:35

New Afghan Puppet to Be Appointed

The United States is poised to appoint a new leader in Afghanistan. It seems that Washington is disappointed with the work of current Afghan President Hamid Karzai. Karzai is the former Unocal executive who was appointed and then later "elected" President following the NATO invasion and defeat of the Taliban government of Afghanistan in 2001. Karzai's rule has been marked by two related and disturbing trends: a deteriorating security situation and an increase in opium production. Though these developments are nothing new, almost to the point where they could be considered traditional in the region, (read your history) the Americans seem to have had about enough of Karzai, thinking that they can find a better puppet.

Mar 23 12:32

US will appoint Afghan 'prime minister' to bypass Hamid Karzai

The US and its European allies are ­preparing to plant a high-profile figure in the heart of the Kabul government in a direct challenge to the Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, the Guardian has learned.

The creation of a new chief executive or prime ministerial role is aimed at bypassing Karzai. In a further dilution of his power, it is proposed that money be diverted from the Kabul government to the provinces. Many US and European officials have become disillusioned with the extent of the corruption and incompetence in the Karzai government, but most now believe there are no credible alternatives, and predict the Afghan president will win re-election in August.

Mar 22 16:46

Scenes from the "March on the Pentagon" Rally

Mar 22 14:03

Afghanistan and Iraq: War Crimes Against Children ascribed to former President Bush

Mar 16 09:16

Militants torch NATO supplies in Pakistan; 20 trucks reduced to ashes - Exclusive images

Militants attacked a NATO supply terminal and set fire to about 20 trucks carrying supplies to Western forces in Afghanistan on Sunday.

Militants attacked the supply depot situated at Ring Road in the jurisdiction of Yakatoot Police Station, Peshawar-- capital of North West Frontier Province.

In a pre-dawn attack the militants used rockets, petrol bombs and also resorted to firing before setting the trucks ablaze.

Mar 15 09:51

Why We Shouldn't Be in Afghanistan

It seems that we're seeing more and more ramp ceremonies at Kandahar airfield. At least once a week we hear those somber bagpipes playing, marking a final salute to yet another dead Canadian soldier before his remains are flown back to Canada. In light of this, I want to repost my podcast about why Western countries should not be in Afghanistan, and why we will not be able to defeat the Taliban militarily.

Why We Shouldn't Be in Afghanistan Click to Listen

The clip is a 12 minute long MP3, the file size is 2.8M

Mar 15 08:11

Militants torch NATO trucks in Pakistan

Taliban militants in north-western Pakistan have torched eight trucks carrying supplies for NATO forces in neighbouring Afghanistan in a pre-dawn attack, police said.

Mar 15 07:55

Hawaii Soldier Charged With Stealing $400K In Afghanistan

A former dispersing officer for Schofield Barracks units in Afghanistan pleaded not guilty to stealing $400,000 from the government while on deployment in a finance battalion.

Gilliam apparently brought about $400,000 in cash home in his luggage. The IRS got suspicious after he converted $254,000 into a First Hawaiian Bank cashiers check.

Gilliam is not the only soldier accused of stealing American cash from the war zone. Just last week a captain from Beaverton, Ore., was accused of sending home $700,000 from Iraq.

Mar 14 18:01

NEOCON WARMONGERS ARE AT IT AGAIN – ‘YES WE CAN!!’ THEY SHOUT, ‘LET’S SURGE THE TALIBAN!!’

The neocon warmongers that believed the ‘surge’ in Iraq actually worked now think that, seven and a half years after invading Afghanistan, they are fighting a war they can win, despite all the evidence that suggests otherwise – if only, so they suggest, they could get say another couple of hundred thousand allied soldiers in to the place.

Mar 14 17:56

Afghan police say victims of U.S. raid not militants

Afghan police disputed whether five men killed in a raid by U.S. and Afghan troops on Saturday were militants.

Mar 12 12:36

US must prevent Taliban takeover in Afghan war

The United States must "at a minimum" prevent Taliban insurgents from returning to power in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said in an interview on Tuesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Because they will END the drug trade, and we cannot allow that!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Mar 12 12:18

Iran accepts US invite for Afghan Talks

US military efforts have reportedly reached a stalemate in Afghanistan.
Tehran says it is open for negotiations on the Afghan crisis, following a US invitation to a high-level conference on Afghanistan.

Mar 10 18:09

Biden Urges NATO Allies to Help Tackle Problems in Afghanistan

US Vice President Joe Biden told NATO that the situation in Afghanistan was a threat to the West as a whole.

"The deteriorating situation in the region poses a security threat not just to the United States but to every single nation round this table," Biden told representatives of the 26-nation military alliance during a visit to Brussels on Tuesday, March 10.

"It was from the very same mountains that the attacks of 9/11 were planned," he said...

Well, that's what we're supposed to believe.

Mar 09 09:15

Obama says US is losing war in Afghanistan and hints at Taleban talks

President Obama conceded yesterday that America was not winning the war in Afghanistan and opened the way for negotiations with moderate elements of the Taleban, much as the US did with Sunni tribes in Iraq.

Mar 08 20:31

Afghanistan 101 - Why NATO Won't Beat the Taliban

Canadian based podcast giving a quick history of Afghanistan, and a summary of why it is impossible for NATO to win the war against the Taliban.

Click here to listen - MP3 File, 2.8M, 12 minutes

Mar 07 08:18

THE NEW AMERICAN CENTURY - THE 9-11 FRAUD AND THE LINK TO PNAC

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Obviously, I do not agree with the comments regarding the plane at the Pentagon.

Mar 07 07:27

UK ex-commander says Afghanistan mission "worthless"

Ex-SAS commander Maj. Sebastian Morley, who resigned last year in protest at the handling of the conflict, said operations were being undermined by a lack of troops and resources.

"I don't think we have even scratched the surface as far as the conflict goes," he told the Daily Telegraph in an interview published on Saturday, his first since stepping down.

"I think the level of casualties and attrition is only set to rise. This is the equivalent to the start of the Vietnam conflict, there is much more to come," he said.

"We hold tiny areas of ground in Helmand and we are kidding ourselves if we think our influence goes beyond 500 metres of our security bases," Morley said.

Mar 03 10:19

Taliban rivals unite to fight US troop surge

Three rival Pakistani Taliban groups have agreed to form a united front against international forces in Afghanistan in a move likely to intensify the insurgency just as thousands of extra US soldiers begin pouring into the country as part of Barack Obama's surge plan.

The Guardian has learned that three of the most powerful warlords in the region have settled their differences and come together under a grouping calling itself Shura Ittihad-ul-Mujahideen, or Council of United Holy Warriors.

Mar 03 08:03

France calls for NATO Afghan pullout

There are currently more than 68,000 foreign troops in Afghanistan.
French Defense Minister Herve Morin has requested that NATO set a timetable for the withdrawal of alliance forces from Afghanistan.

Mar 01 15:01

NATO can't defeat Afghan insurgency, PM says

In an interview broadcast Sunday with CNN, the Conservative leader sought to lower expectations about prospects for the insurgency-riddled country. He said Canada has had modest success over the course of its eight-year effort, but that any gains were vulnerable if the security situation were to worsen.

Yet simply staying the course in Afghanistan is not going to result in an inevitable victory.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The last man to conquer and actually hang onto Afghanistan was Alexander the Great, and he only kept it for three years.

Feb 27 14:51

Wikileaks cracks NATO's Master Narrative for Afghanistan

Wikileaks has cracked the encryption to a key document relating to the war in Afghanistan. The document, titled "NATO in Afghanistan: Master Narrative", details the "story" NATO representatives are to give to, and to avoid giving to, journalists.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears that the Pentagon has shut down the server mentioned in the story.

Feb 27 08:35

Patrick Cockburn: Warning to the US: beware treating Afghanistan like Iraq

I remember an Iraqi neurosurgeon, who had just successfully defended his hospital in Baghdad against looters with a Kalashnikov in 2003, saying to me: "The Americans should remember that even Saddam Hussein had difficulty ruling this country." Iraq was never like an east European autocracy. Even under Saddam every Iraqi owned a gun. Iraqis would not fight for Saddam's regime, but they would fight for their own ethnic or sectarian community or their country. An error made by the US was to imagine that just because Shia and Sunni Arabs hated each other that Iraqi nationalism was not a potent force.

Feb 26 08:23

Obama to spend $200b on war in 2009

According to the US defense officials, Obama needs USD 75.5 billion for 2009 to cover the cost of the additional troops deployed in to Afghanistan this year and an another USD 130 billion for the rest of fiscal 2009.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is just the cost of the operations in Afghanistan and Iraq and does not include other Pentagon spending, which is far more costly (when they don't lose it outright).

Feb 25 09:33

War Reporting and Propaganda in Iraq and Afghanistan

Feb 24 21:41

Welcome To Obama’s War

To the anguish of America’s antiwar movement, his administration seems set on continuing many of the illegal, repressive policies of the disgraced Bush White House that it had vowed to end: torture, kidnapping, wiretapping, assassinations, Constitutional infringements, denial of due process.

Feb 22 14:28

Revealed: Number of British soldiers suffering 'life-changing' injuries in Afghanistan has doubled

The number of British soldiers suffering 'life-changing injuries' in Afghanistan doubled last year, a report suppressed by ministers has revealed.

Serious injuries, such as losing limbs or eyes, suffering serious burns or permanent brain damage, have soared since August 2007 as Taliban forces continue to step up their roadside bombing campaign.

Feb 22 12:51

Uncomfortable Others: Afghan Civilians Wounded by America

In our contemporary world where the visual message trumps the written word, photos of those killed or wounded by U.S/NATO actions rarely are published (those killed or wounded by the Taliban frequently appear in the western mainstream press). They generate too much discomfort.

In a rare example of independent photojournalism, Lynsey Addario published photos of some wounded victims of U.S/NATO actions in Afghanistan

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Your tax dollars at work, folks; while American vets sleep in our streets.

The knuckleheads who put together the "plan" for the Afghanistan campaign apparently had not one bit of understanding about the history of the people they were going to fight, and managed to have selective amnesia on that little bit in the military tactical books stating that a country cannot possibly win what is a land war from the air.(something I had hoped we would learn from Viet Nam, but apparently haven't.)

All this, coupled with what can only be kindly described as "magical thinking" has lead us to where we are, 7 years on. We have an insurgency which wants its country back, an Afghani president and government so crooked that the people believe that they have to screw their socks on in the morning, and - oh yes - the opium poppy business is booming!

Obama has vowed to placed 17,000 more troops there (which depends on when we can get many of them out of Iraq,), to add to the 30,000 US troops already there. So, we have around 47,000 troops.

Unfortunately, as reported in The Australian:
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,24778094-5017961,00.html

"US military planners estimate 500,000 troops, including newly trained Afghan National Army soldiers, are needed to secure the country"

500,000...47,000. Less than 10%, even counting NATO-Contributing forces. So ultimately, we've come up with a manpower figure which most likely cannot, and will not, work to hold this country.d

It isn't for no reason that Afghanistan has been characterized as "The Graveyard of Empires".

Feb 22 12:00

Obama's Refusal To Reverse Bush Policy In Afghanistan Angers Human Rights Groups

Less than a month after signing an executive order to close the Guantanamo Bay prison camp, President Barack Obama has quietly agreed to keep denying the right to trial to hundreds more terror suspects held at a makeshift camp in Afghanistan that human rights lawyers have dubbed "Obama's Guantanamo".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sadly, Obama's claims for "change" were nothing more than smoke and mirrors, the misdirection of a magnificently articulate salesman.

Feb 21 14:05

U.S. Concedes Afghan Attack Mainly Killed Civilians

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Our bad. We're sorry. Won't happen again." -- Official White Horse Souse

Feb 20 21:02

'No rights' for Bagram inmates

President Barack Obama's justice department has sided with the former Bush administration, saying detainees held by the US in Afghanistan have no constitutional rights.

Feb 20 11:29

Afghanistan, the Next US Quagmire?

Feb 19 20:50

Operation Uptick: Obama Launches Afghan Surge

And so it begins: the great Obama "surge" in Afghanistan. Before withdrawing a single soldier from Iraq, Barack Obama is throwing 17,500 more troops into the boiling Afghan cauldron. The deployment is the first installment of what Obama aides affirm could be a much larger escalation down the road: as soon as the vaunted "strategic review" of Afghan policy – led by hawks like Joe Biden, Richard Holbrook and General David "Pre-President" Petraeus – is completed.

Most of the new troops are apparently going to be sent on a fool's errand to eradicate the only means of support of poor Afghans: the opium crop. Previous such efforts by American forces and their allies have produced nothing but more poverty, anger, extremism and support for the insurgency. And whatever the mission, increased troop levels and military action have led invariably to steep rises in civilian casualties – which, in turn, produce more poverty, anger, extremism and support for the insurgency.

Feb 19 09:26

Afghanistan: Slipping out of control

A grim picture of spiralling violence and a disintegrating society has emerged in Afghanistan in a confidential Nato report, just as Barack Obama vowed to send 17,000 extra American troops to the country in an attempt to stem a tide of insurgency.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The only society that is disintegrating is the imposed American-style one.

Feb 18 19:49

US Gear Ending up in Pakistan Markets

In the age of computerized high-tech warfare, it is not just American hardware available on the black market. Now there is also vital technology and information up for grabs and -- as military officials here and in the U.S. fear -- leaking into the wrong hands in this region where the Taliban and elements of Al Qaeda have a known presence.

I was recently able to purchase a U.S. military laptop for $650 from a small kiosk, which is known as the "Sitara Market," on the western edge of the sprawling open-air markets on the edge of Peshawar.

The laptop, which has clear U.S. military markings and serial numbers, contained restricted U.S. military information, as well as software for military platforms, the identities of numerous military personnel and information about weaknesses and flaws in American military vehicles being employed in the war in Afghanistan.

Feb 16 10:03

British troops may face Facebook ban

The MoD said that the rule is designed to prevent sensitive information being placed on the internet, but it is thought that it could have an impact on social communications as well.

One solider told The Sun: "The fun police have taken over. I can't talk to my wife and kids or even play Call of Duty 5. Do they really think we're going to give away secrets?" Another added: "I am going to ignore it. A lot of the lads are going to do the same."

Feb 15 14:43

The Massive Trap that Awaits the U.S. in Afghanistan

After two monumental failures that never should have even been initiated, you would think that we would have learned from history but, from all appearances, we have learned nothing. The U.S., teetering on the edge of national insolvency, is now on the verge of upping the ante in Afghanistan with increases in troop deployment. The intent is to wind down in Iraq and transfer military forces to fight in a nation where every invader in history has failed to achieve their objectives.

Feb 14 07:08

Military Laptops For Sale on Pakistan's Black Market

Peshawar, Pakistan, has always had a reputation as a smuggler's paradise, the perfect place to score a 3,000 rupee Kalashnikov knockoff, a rusty Lee-Enfield or a nice block of hash. And as GlobalPost correspondent Shahan Mufti discovered, it's also a place where you can buy some off-the-shelf U.S. military equipment.

Mufti recently paid a visit to the Sitara Market on the city's western edge, and was able to pick up a ruggedized U.S. military laptop for $650. The laptop, which looks like it is part of a vehicle diagnostics kit, came with clear U.S. military markings. According to the story, the laptop also stored "identities of numerous military personnel and information about weaknesses and flaws in American military vehicles being employed in the war in Afghanistan."

Feb 12 14:58

Thousands of US weapons astray in Afghanistan: auditors

Thousands of US weapons, including assault rifles and grenade launchers, may be in Taliban or Al-Qaeda hands in Afghanistan because of lax controls, congressional auditors warned on Thursday.

The Pentagon has failed to track an estimated 87,000 weapons given to Afghan security forces, one-third of the 242,000 shipped by the US government between December 2004 and June 2008, the Government Accountability Office said.

A 46-page report by the GAO, the non-partisan investigative arm of Congress, said there had been no monitoring of a further 135,000 weapons donated by NATO allies to the poorly paid and corruption-rife Afghan army and police.

Feb 12 14:33

UK military costs in Afghanistan and Iraq soar to £4.5bn

The cost of Britain's military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq in the past year has soared to more than £4.5bn, an annual increase of more than 50%, figures released today reveal.

Operations in southern Afghanistan accounted for a little over half of the £4.5bn, nearly £2.6bn, compared with £1.5bn last year. Most of the money was spent on providing soldiers with tougher armoured vehicles to try to cope with the growing threat of roadside bombs.

More surprisingly, as the government prepares to withdraw from Basra, the cost of Britain's military presence in southern Iraq increased to nearly £2bn compared with less than £1.5bn last year, according to figures released by the Ministry of Defence.

Feb 12 09:29

Declassified DoD Documents Suggest Detainees Were Tortured to Death

Newly declassified Defense Department documents describe a pattern of “abusive” behavior by U.S. military interrogators that appears to have caused the deaths of several suspected terrorists imprisoned at a detention center in Afghanistan in December 2002, just two days after former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld authorized the use of "enhanced interrogation" techniques against prisoners in that country.

Feb 12 08:23

US 'lost track of Afghan weapons'

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Dagnabit; they were right here just a minute ago!!!"

And folks, you paid for all of that!

Feb 09 12:58

War News for Monday, February 09, 2009(the forgotten wars)

Four U.S. soldiers killed by suicide bomber in Mosul, along with an Iraqi interpreter

Baghdad:
#1: Seven people were wounded on Sunday night when a mortar round landed in a courtyard in the Kadhimiya district of northwestern Baghdad, police said.

Diwaniya:

Feb 09 10:12

Obama puts brake on Afghan surge

The Pentagon was set to announce the deployment of 17,000 extra soldiers and marines last week but Robert Gates, the defence secretary, postponed the decision after questions from Obama. The president was concerned by a lack of strategy at his first meeting with Gates and the US joint chiefs of staff last month in “the tank”, the secure conference room in the Pentagon. He asked: “What’s the endgame?” and did not receive a convincing answer.

Feb 09 01:00

Obama puts brake on Afghan surge

The Pentagon was set to announce the deployment of 17,000 extra soldiers and marines last week but Robert Gates, the defence secretary, postponed the decision after questions from Obama.The president was concerned by a lack of strategy at his first meeting with Gates and the US joint chiefs of staff last month in “the tank”, the secure conference room in the Pentagon. He asked: “What’s the endgame?” and did not receive a convincing answer.

Feb 08 09:23

US warns of battle worse than Iraq in Afghanistan

The United States warned its allies Sunday that fighting the insurgency in Afghanistan could prove tougher than in Iraq and appealed, along with Britain, for more troops and equipment.

Feb 05 20:59

Army official: Suicides in January 'terrifying'

One week after the U.S. Army announced record suicide rates among its soldiers last year, the service is worried about a spike in possible suicides in the new year.

The Army said 24 soldiers are believed to have committed suicide in January alone -- six times as many as killed themselves in January 2008, according to statistics released Thursday.

Feb 04 10:11

Militants step up attacks on convoys Supply lines to Afghanistan squeezed

Militants step up attacks on convoys Supply lines to Afghanistan squeezed.
KABUL – U.S. troops in Afghanistan saw their supply lines squeezed from the north and east Tuesday after militants blew up a bridge in Pakistan and Kyrgyzstan’s government said it would end American use of a key air base following Russia’s announcement of new aid.

Feb 04 05:24

Why Are We Still at War?

Early into the second year of the Afghanistan war, in November 2002, a retired US Army general, William Odom, appeared on C-SPAN's "Washington Journal" program and told viewers: "Terrorism is not an enemy. It cannot be defeated. It's a tactic. It's about as sensible to say we declare war on night attacks and expect we're going to win that war. We're not going to win the war on terrorism."

But the "war on terrorism" rubric - increasingly shortened to the even vaguer "war on terror" - kept holding enormous promise for a warfare state of mind. Early on, the writer Joan Didion saw the blotting of the horizon and said so: "We had seen, most importantly, the insistent use of Sept. 11 to justify the reconception of America's correct role in the world as one of initiating and waging virtually perpetual war."

Feb 04 04:26

Kyrgyzstan to shut key NATO base

The President of Kyrgyzstan has announced that the US military will have to leave the Manas Air Base near Bishkek. The facility is central to NATO operations in Afghanistan. The Kyrgyz government said the US wasn't prepared to pay an appropriate fee to use the base.

Feb 02 21:15

US Gen. Craddock ordered mass executions in Afghanistan

Michael Carmichael
Posted February 1, 2009 | 10:08 PM (EST)
Craddock Scandal Rocks NATO

In the wake of an international scandal mushrooming around the career of US General Bantz John Craddock, American credibility has collapsed inside the top echelons of NATO. General Craddock is the Supreme Allied Commander for Europe (SACEUR) and simultaneously the Commander of the US European Command.

Feb 02 09:17

Iraq Today.Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"

Baghdad:
#1: On Monday, though, a roadside bomb targeting an American convoy exploded, said an Iraqi police officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release information. Two people were killed and six others were wounded, the officer said. There were no reported American causalities.

Feb 01 10:27

Bombing Civilians and collateral damage from Bill Moyers Jounal

Snip below is a transcript from Bill Moyers Journal, (Jan 30, 2009). His guests on the show are historian Marilyn Young, author of BOMBING CIVILIANS: A TWENTIETH CENTURY HISTORY and former Pentagon official Pierre Sprey, who developed military planes and helped found the military reform movement.

BILL MOYERS: Welcome to the JOURNAL.

Very often in the White House, the most momentous decisions are, at the time, the least dramatic, the least discussed. And they don't make news, or history, until much later, when their consequences bubble to the surface downstream. There are observers who think that could prove to be the case with a decision made within hours of Barack Obama's swearing in last week.

Feb 01 08:03

Afghans threaten US troops over civilian deaths

Angry Afghans threaten US troops after Special Forces raids kill civilians

JASON STRAZIUSO
AP News

Jan 31, 2009 13:21 EST

An angry Afghan man with a thick black beard ranted wildly at the U.S. officials, shouting about how their overnight raid had killed 16 civilians in his village. An Afghan elder cried out in grief that his son and four grandsons were among the dead.

One after another, a long line of government officials, villagers and community leaders told American military officials at the Laghman governor's compound that Afghan soldiers must be allowed to take part in such raids. Several predicted increased violence against U.S. forces if more nighttime operations take place.

Jan 31 20:43

Casualties of War

The military does not need more troops. It has enough and too many are fighting and dying where they shouldn't be.

Jan 26 00:12

War news for Sunday, January 25, 2009

Kanusiyah, near Hajiwah, south of Kirkuk
U.S. troops raid the home of Dhiya Hussein, a former Colonel in the Iraqi army, kill him and his wife and wound his 8 year old daughter. From the Xinhua account:

A U.S. military statement said that the U.S. troops were conducting the operation in cooperation with Iraqi forces as required under an agreement signed late last year between the United States and Iraq. The statement said that Hussein is a suspected leader of al-Qaida assassination cell.

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