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Dec 13 06:56

TEHRAN (FNA)- Police Seize 4.6 Haul of Narcotics from Armed Traffickers

Police confiscated a 4,648 kilogram haul of opium and several light and heavy firearms in the Southeastern province of Sistan and Balouchestan, registering a provincial 10 ton narcotics seizure record in the past 12 days.
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Iran is in the forefront of the fight against drug trafficking and thousands of Iranian forces have been so far martyred to protect the world from the danger of drugs.

General Ghanbari had announced on Monday that 5,461 kilograms of different drugs were captured by police forces during past 10 days

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(*it had to have come from a s**thole city in a US Blue State !
whitehorse souce)

Dec 12 10:59

Red gold: Afghanistan’s booming & blooming saffron may become alternative to opium poppy trade

Afghan authorities want to provide farmers with an alternative means of income, other than growing opium, by turning to the world’s most expensive spice.

Saffron production has risen to record levels this year in the country, hitting 13 tons, the Ministry of Agriculture said. Official figures showed that saffron cultivation has increased to 6,200 hectares of land in 2018, up 22 percent on last year.

More than 6,600 saffron workers have been trained on production, processing and packaging of the spice this year, according to the government’s statement.

Dec 12 10:56

Afghan forces abandon western district after Taliban pressure

Afghan forces abandoned a remote district in the west of the country, leaving the area to Taliban insurgents. The government had failed to re-supply dozens of troops stationed there, provincial officials said on Wednesday. The Shebkoh district of Farah province, bordering Iran, has been under Taliban siege for months.

Dec 11 04:15

4 killed as blast hits Afghan intelligence service team

Four killed as Afghan intelligence staffers come under attack
Four people are killed when a bomb attack targeted members of Afghanistan’s main intelligence agency in the capital, Kabul.

Six more were wounded after the attacker detonated an explosive load in the Paghman district in western Kabul, which hit a convoy of Afghan forces with the National Directorate for Security (NDS).
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No group has claimed responsibility for the assault.

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Dec 07 09:56

Withdrawing US, NATO Troops From Afghanistan Risks '9/11' Recurrence - Pentagon

Pulling US and NATO forces out of Afghanistan would give terrorist groups the opportunity and ability to rebuild in that country and develop the capability of carrying out more mega-attacks like the ones against the United States on September 11, 2001, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Joseph Dunford said.

"Leaving Afghanistan in my judgment would give the terrorist groups the space with which to conduct operations against the American homeland and its allies," Dunford told a meeting at the Washington Post newspaper on Thursday.

Dec 06 03:59

flashback 11/30/2018: US Dropped More Bombs on Afghanistan in 2018 Than Ever in Recorded History

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Sputnik News first reported in June that the US military was outpacing every other year on record in terms of bombs dropped on the country in 2018. With data from October now available, that distinction remains

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Dec 06 03:50

Top NATO diplomats focus on settling Afghan crisis

On Wednesday, the Brussels-hosted conference for NATO’s foreign ministers focused on the Afghanistan settlement, Kommersant writes. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg admitted that the situation is not easy and many players, including Moscow, could contribute to hammering out a settlement. Meanwhile, the Afghan peace process fits the current context of Russian-US relations, characterized now by rivalry rather than cooperation, the paper writes. Stoltenberg told Kommersant that the alliance is not against Moscow’s initiative to host a direct inclusive inter-Afghan dialogue, but it’s up to Afghan citizens to have a leading role in the peace process. US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad is currently on a tour of Pakistan, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Belgium, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Russia, the paper says.

Dec 05 10:22

Deadly Taliban attack kills 4 US servicemen in Afghanistan

Four US Army soldiers were killed when their vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb in the western part of Afghanistan.

The extremist Taliban movement claimed responsibility for the attack which took place on November 26 in Bala Buluk district of Farak province. .

Dec 04 11:08

‘Proven Veterans’: Mercenaries Taking Over US-Afghan War as DoD Eyes Retreat

As the US urgently seeks an exit from its ongoing 17-year war in Afghanistan - the longest war the nation has prosecuted in its 242-year history - for-profit, privately-held mercenary corporations are increasingly taking over, leading officials in Kabul to question their expensive and often deadly presence.

In 2001, the US invaded Afghanistan, quickly contributing to a boom in the so-called ‘private security' business, a euphemism to describe the use of mercenary soldiers, according to reports.

Dec 04 10:56

What are U.S. Soldiers Dying for in Afghanistan?

How much more blood must be spilled in Afghanistan before Washington acknowledges reality and ends the war?

Three more American troops were killed in Afghanistan by a roadside bomb on Tuesday and three others wounded; their names are being withheld pending notification of next of kin. These deaths, along with Sgt. Leandro Jasso who was killed in a firefight last Saturday, bring the number of troops killed in Afghanistan this year to thirteen. Unless major changes are made in U.S. strategic policy, they will not be the last to die.

Dec 04 10:55

America Is Headed For Military Defeat in Afghanistan

There’s a prevailing maxim, both inside the armed forces and around the Beltway, that goes something like this: “The U.S. can never be militarily defeated in any war,” certainly not by some third world country. Heck, I used to believe that myself. That’s why, in regard to Afghanistan, we’ve been told that while America could lose the war due to political factors (such as the lack of grit among “soft” liberals or defeatists), the military could never and will never lose on the battlefield.

That entire maxim is about to be turned on its head. Get ready, because we’re about to lose this war militarily.

Dec 02 18:56

Why Are We Still in Afghanistan?

Dec 01 10:29

US Dropped More Bombs on Afghanistan in 2018 Than Ever in Recorded History

The US is dropping more bombs on Afghanistan in 2018 than it has in any other year on record, new Air Force data shows.

United States Air Forces Central Command has been publishing munitions data regularly since 2006, but comprehensive records are only available on their website dating back to 2009. Second to 2018, 2011 saw the most bombs dropped, according to the available data.

Sputnik News first reported in June that the US military was outpacing every other year on record in terms of bombs dropped on the country in 2018. With data from October now available, that distinction remains.

Nov 30 08:18

Trump: Experts All Say US Troops Need to Stay in Afghanistan

With three US troops killed in Afghanistan earlier this week, President Trump was pressed on the matter of why, 17+ years in, the US military remains in the country. He told interviewers that “every expert that I have and speak to says if we don’t go there, they’re going to be fighting over here. And I’ve heard it over and over again.”

When Trump announced his escalation of the war last year, he said his first impulse was to pull out, but that the experts had assured him the war was still winnable. In recent months, officials have been very public about trying to convince Trump to stay in the war despite how poorly its going.

Trump’s claims that all the experts he’s hearing are telling him the same thing suggests his administration is limiting his access to dissenters. The war is plainly going disastrously, and it wouldn’t be hard to find people who would tell the president as much.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We continue to fight this horrific war for the following reasons; to control the huge pipelines which chris-cross the country; the rights to develop the rare earth elements in Afghanistan; and to control the opium crops for CIA off the book operations.

And hey, if people (including our military) get killed in the way of making huge profits from all the above, they were simply just "collateral damage" and getting in the way of accomplishing what the Deep State wants to see happen here.

Nov 29 12:00

US airstrikes kill 30 civilians in Afghanistan's Helmand

Airstrikes conducted by the US military has killed at least 30 civilians, including children and women, in Afghanistan’s southern province of Helmand amid a spike in civilian deaths from aerial attacks.

The US-led NATO force in Afghanistan said on Wednesday that American advisers and Afghan government forces called in an airstrike as they came under fire from Taliban militants in a compound in Garmsir district.

"At the time of the strike, the ground force was unaware of any civilians in or around the compound; they only knew that the Taliban was using the building as a fighting position," a force spokeswoman said in a statement.

Nov 29 11:41

Three More U.S. Servicemen Killed in Endless Middle Eastern War

The blast from a roadside bomb killed three U.S. Servicemen in Afghanistan Tuesday morning, and wounded three others.

“Lt. Ubon Mendie, a spokesman for the U.S. forces, said in a statement that three other service members and one American civilian contractor were injured in the blast. The wounded were evacuated and were being provided medical care, Mendie said,” according to USA Today.

The Taliban – the same one that we have been fighting since 2001 – claimed responsibility for the attack, which happened in the Ghazni province. The identities of the soldiers remain unknown.

Nov 29 11:08

Afghanistan becoming ‘graveyard’ of US troops: Analyst

The US military strategy in Afghanistan has failed to achieve any victories

Nov 27 07:48

U.S. Intentionally Attacks Civilians: Afghan Women's Leader

As the UN reports, year by year, a dramatic increase on civilians killings in Afghanistan, and the International Criminal Court does not advance in investigating such crimes by the local governments, terrorists and the US-led forces, Friba, the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan's representative, states in the following interview with Pravda.ru that the US has opressed and destroyed to dominate her country. "The lives of Afghans has no value for the US," Friba says. "Such disproportionate use of force can only be titled as intentional attacks on civilian populations." Edu Montesanti: As UNAMA recently issued reports on the dramatic increase of civilians deaths in Afghanistan, which does not change year by year, the International Criminal Court (ICC) is considering to investigate crimes committed in Afghanistan by the local government, the Taliban and other anti-government forces, and the US-led forces.

Nov 24 10:29

Trump: US In Very Strong Negotiations in Afghanistan

n rare comments on peace talks in Afghanistan, President Trump reported that “very strong” negotiations are ongoing in the country. He said the people of Afghanistan “are tired of fighting,” and the goal is to end the war.

That said, Trump appeared to try to downplay the effort, saying that the negotiations “probably” are not going to be successful, but “who knows?” He did not elaborate further. Special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad has expressed hopes for a peace deal by April of next year, though the Taliban said no agreements are yet in place.

Less important than what President Trump said was that he addressed the matter at all. The Afghan War has tended not to be a popular topic for him to address. This may suggest a growing interest within the administration to tackle the protracted war.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why does this so much remind me of the phrase, "Ir you are getting chased, get to the front of the mob, and make it look like you are leading a parade!"?!?

Nov 19 13:59

Afghanistan Takes Center Stage in the New Great Game. All-Asian solution. No Western invaders welcome

...What matters most for China is Afghanistan becoming part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). That’s exactly what Chinese envoy Yao Jing told the opening session of the 4th Trilateral Dialogue in Islamabad earlier this week between China, Pakistan and Afghanistan. “Kabul can act as a bridge to help expand connectivity between East, South and Central Asian regions,” Jing said. Pakistani Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed said: “The Greater South Asia has emerged as a geo-economic concept, driven by economy and energy, roads and railways and ports and pipelines, and Pakistan is the hub of this connectivity due to CPEC.” For Beijing, CPEC can only deliver its enormous potential if Pakistan and India relations are normalized. And that road goes right through Afghanistan. China has been aiming for an opening for years. Chinese intel operatives have met the Taliban everywhere from Xinjiang to Karachi and from Peshawar to Doha. The China card is immensely alluring.

Nov 19 10:46

Rand Paul on Trump’s Foreign Policy: Build Roads and Bridges in America, Not Afghanistan

“I’m tired of spending $50 billion a year in Afghanistan building roads and bridges over there where I would rather build roads and bridges here,” Paul told Breitbart News Deputy Political Editor Amanda House during a wide-ranging interview that included President Donald Trump’s push to advance an America First foreign policy,

A study from Brown University released on Wednesday found that American taxpayers spent $5.9 trillion in military action in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan since 2001, which is $2 trillion more than all federal government spending during the 2017-18 fiscal year.

Nov 19 10:33

U.S. Envoy Seeks Peace Deal With Taliban By 2019 Amidst Direct Talks

The U.S. special envoy to Afghanistan has said he hopes to strike a final peace deal with the Taliban by April of 2019, according to Reuters citing local media reports.

U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad led three days of talks between the United States, the Taliban and the Afghan government in Qatar where the Taliban has a political office, the culmination of months of attempted unprecedented face-to-face sit down dialogue between American officials and the Islamist insurgent group's representatives.

Khalilzad told reporters over the weekend that he hopes “a peace deal is reached before April 20 next year”, when Afghanistan is planning to hold a presidential election. While six months is ambitious and a tad optimistic, it appears more about creating the conditions for a final politically face-saving American exit from the now approaching two decade long quagmire.

Nov 19 06:19

Argentine Jews campaign against Roger Waters, ‘one of the great anti-Semites’

Jewish institutions in Argentina have launched a campaign against British singer Roger Waters, the former Pink Floyd frontman. Waters' Us +Them tour has been traveling around Latin America for the last month. Waters participated in an event of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel in Buenos Aires on Friday, a day before performing a concert there. "We must insist to our local governments to pressure Israel, in favor of the human rights of the Palestinians," he said during the program titled "A world Without Walls," organized by BDS Argentina. The Argentina Zionist Organization called Waters "one of the great anti-Semites of our time" in an online campaign protesting what it called his hate speech. Shows in which Waters displays a pig with a star of David also have irritated some Jewish global leaders.
Note: An insult to a pig...they don't murder people.

Nov 19 06:13

Misremembering Vietnam

Here's a paradox of the last few decades: as American military power has been less and less effective in achieving Washington's goals, the rhetoric surrounding that power has grown more and more boastful. The cliché that our armed forces are the best and mightiest in the world - even if the U.S. military hasn't won any of its significant wars in the last 50 years - resonates in President Trump's promise to make America great again ... The commemoration not only tells us something about the Pentagon's custodians of our Vietnam War memories, it also reveals something much broader and deeper in American political and popular culture: a powerful need to think of ourselves as a righteous, just, and successful country that fights only righteous, just, and successful wars.

Nov 19 05:46

Staying in Afghanistan is the Definition of Insanity

We've been staying the course now for over seventeen years with no end in sight. This is the very essence of the definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results ... It is not up to the United States to engineer a solution in Afghanistan ... The reason the U.S. military is a target in Afghanistan is because it is there. As such, it is a lightning rod to easily generate opposition from Afghans, who have a rich history of fiercely defending themselves against foreign invaders ... According to the Pentagon, the war in Afghanistan currently costs $45 billion per year ... Given that the neither the Taliban, nor Al Qaeda, nor ISIS in Afghanistan are existential threats to America, it's well past time to stop the insanity.

Nov 17 08:04

"I Can Not Recall": The Reclamation of George W. Bush Is an American Tragedy

By Maj. Danny Sjursen
The whole charade plays best as farce. Absurdity incarnate. The sight of former President George W. Bush receiving a medal from Democrat Joe Biden – once an ardent opponent of Bush’s war policy – in Philadelphia for “his work with veterans,” on Veterans Day no less, induced nothing short of a gag from this veteran of two Bush wars – Iraq and Afghanistan.

George W. Bush, after all, led the U.S. military – to which I’ve dedicated my adult life – into two ill-advised perpetual wars, one of which was objectively illegal and immoral. In that war, in Iraq, some 7,000 American troops – including three of mine – were killed fighting in an unwinnable quagmire. Furthermore, though it slipped the attention of an American citizenry best known for its provincial inwardness, at least 250,000 Iraqis – mostly civilians – were killed. In a just world this would be labeled what it is – a war crime – but in this era of American hegemony, the populace simply sighs with apathy.

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Nov 14 11:35

US Discusses Suspending Afghan Presidential Election

They’ve been profoundly corrupt and often meant little, but Afghanistan’s elections have long been enough to provide the illusion of a functioning democracy. The Trump Administration is in ongoing discussions on maybe backing away from that.

The Wall Street Journal reported ongoing discussions are being held at the behest of US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, who has been pushing the idea of telling the Afghan government to simply indefinitely suspend the presidential election, which is supposed to happen in April.

The US interest in this plan is apparently centered on the attempts to negotiate with the Taliban on settling the ongoing war, with officials, including Khalilzad, believing that such negotiations would be too hard in the middle of a nationwide election.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Hey, Afghanistan government: the US now owns you, by virtue of the money the Federal Government sends you; so in terms of your so-called 'sovereignty', fergettaboutit!!" - official White House souse.

Nov 14 11:28

Russia announces Taliban’s demands for US

Afghanistan’s Taliban will negotiate with the central government in Kabul only after the United States agrees to leave the country, according to a senior Russian diplomat.

Zamir Kabulov, Russia’s special envoy for Afghanistan, announced the Taliban’s demands on Monday after hosting an international summit on the country’s crisis that was attended by other members of a security bloc led by Russia and China. The Taliban want the United States to undertake a number of “confidence-building measures,” starting with a deadline for a full withdrawal from the country.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Perhaps this is the reason why US Under Secretary of State David Hale got so thoroughly unhinged about this meeting with the Taliban and Russia, as to characterize them in the very negative way he did; he knew both what the Taliban wanted (a timetable for US military withdrawal), and that the US government would refuse these terms, immediately and unequivocally.

Nov 14 11:13

The most elite US-trained forces in Afghanistan routed by the Taliban, another sign the war is a lost cause

The most elite US-trained forces in Afghanistan suffered a devastating defeat to the Taliban in what's often referred to as the country's "safest district" over the weekend, in yet another sign the war is a lost cause.

Early on Sunday, a company of roughly 50 Afghan special-forces commandos was almost entirely destroyed in the rural district of Jaghori, according to a report from The New York Times.

Over 30 of the US-trained commandos were killed, The Times said, in a district that is "famous" for how peaceful it is.

Nov 14 11:07

Afghans Turning Their Backs on US After 17 Years of War

Seventeen years after the US invasion of Afghanistan, many residents of the country have changed their minds for the worse on the Americans.

The war, by many measures, keeps getting worse. As Sputnik News recently reported, Afghan authorities control or influence a mere 55.5 percent of the country, according to the US Military's Special Inspector General on Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), the lowest figure since the government oversight authority began keeping tabs on it in November 2015.

Despite the grim landscape, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani told an audience of students at an influential Washington university on Monday that "the Taliban are not in a winning position." That same day, a suicide bomber in Kabul targeted demonstrators protesting the lack of security against the Taliban provided by the government, and the militants made further gains in the east.

Nov 14 11:02

Moscow baffled at US accusations of hindering Afghan settlement

On November 9 Moscow hosted a conference on Afghanistan that involved delegates from Kabul and Taliban and that was attended by an observer from the United States.

Russia is baffled at the United States’ attempts to accuse it of hindering dialogue between the Afghan authorities and the radical Taliban movement (outlawed in Russia), especially on the background of the recent consultations in Moscow that involved both parties, the Russian foreign ministry said on Tuesday.

"We took notice of the statement US Under Secretary of State David Hale made at a conference organized by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy on November 8, where he said in particular that Russia is allegedly hindering peace talks with the Taliban movement," the ministry said. "Such statement cannot but be baffling on the background of Russia’s persistent efforts in cooperation with the regional partners to facilitate the launch of the process of intra-Afghan reconciliation."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hale should have had his bloody head examined, before coming up with this codswallop.

I think in fact, Hale may have been jealous about how well this meeting went, and without US governmental supervision.

Nov 13 13:02

Taliban Slaughter Elite Afghan Troops, as ‘Safe’ District Is Falling

With the Taliban carrying out offensives against several provinces around the country at any given time, the Afghan government has been forced to prioritize who gets reinforcements. This weekend, that meant sending special forces to the Jaghori District of Ghazni. The Shi’ite dominated district was long seen as “safe.”

That’s not panning out, however, as the Taliban are not only routing Shi’ite militias, but defeating the reinforcements as well, killing at least 25 commandos and continuing to advance deeper into the district.

On the surface, the district is only important in that it gives the Taliban a route to attack the important provincial capital, which it has long contested. It may be more significant, however, in that the reinforcement strategy is failing.

Nov 10 09:41

Russia Hosts Taliban And Afghan Officials For Peace Talks; U.S. Diplomat In Attendance

On Friday talks opened between the Afghan government and the Taliban in Moscow, in an unprecedented moment where both sides have come together for formal face-to-face talks hosted by the Russian government.

Following a press conference wherein Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov urged "I am counting on you holding a serious and constructive conversation that will justify the hopes of the Afghan people," the talks commenced behind closed doors.

This is Moscow's first successful attempt to get all sides at the same table as a prior summit was deemed a failure when Afghan government authorities refused to attend. And while Kabul high officials are nowhere present for this week's talks, members of the government-appointed Peace Council are attending the event. Notably, among the dozen nations to send envoys to the event is the United States; however, the US has merely sent a diplomat from the American Embassy in Moscow as an observer.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Color me more than slightly optimistic, that something will come of this.

Nov 09 12:00

US Wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan Killed 500,000 People

Brown University has released a new study on the cost in lives of America’s Post-9/11 Wars, in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. The study estimates between 480,000 and 507,000 people were killed in the course of the three conflicts.

This includes combatant deaths and civilian deaths in fighting and war violence. Civilians make up over half of the roughly 500,000 killed, with both opposition fighters and US-backed foreign military forces each sustaining in excess of 100,000 deaths as well.

This is admittedly a dramatic under-report of people killed in the wars, as it only attempts to calculate those killed directly in war violence, and not the massive number of others civilians who died from infrastructure damage or other indirect results of the wars. The list also excludes the US war in Syria, which itself stakes claims to another 500,000 killed since 2011.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This study reminds me that, as Karl Marx so succinctly stated, all wars are economic in origin.

In Afghanistan, you have the pipelines; the rare earth minerals, and the poppy crops; in Iraq, you have the pipelines; and in Pakistan, you have an embarrassment of resources: Natural Resources of Pakistan

The US government's MO, in more recent years, post 9/11, has been to destabilize, regime change, insuring that they are installing a US-centric government, then selling that countries only through "approved corporations, and only in US dollars.

But that even one person dies, let alone numbers like these, are appallingly immoral, and as though the US government, collectively, will be able to continue these practices with complete impunity.

Unfortunately, however, as history has taught us, the US government may find itself on a "bridge too far" from one of these future military misadventures, and unable to extricate itself from the potentially very brutal results of these wars.

Nov 09 09:28

US Wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan Killed 500,000 People

Brown University has released a new study on the cost in lives of America’s Post-9/11 Wars, in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. The study estimates between 480,000 and 507,000 people were killed in the course of the three conflicts.

This includes combatant deaths and civilian deaths in fighting and war violence. Civilians make up over half of the roughly 500,000 killed, with both opposition fighters and US-backed foreign military forces each sustaining in excess of 100,000 deaths as well.

This is admittedly a dramatic under-report of people killed in the wars, as it only attempts to calculate those killed directly in war violence, and not the massive number of others civilians who died from infrastructure damage or other indirect results of the wars. The list also excludes the US war in Syria, which itself stakes claims to another 500,000 killed since 2011.

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Nov 05 10:17

UTAH MAYOR KILLED IN KABUL THE LATEST VICTIM OF PERPETUAL US PRESENCE IN AFGHANISTAN

The US serviceman killed in an insider attack in Kabul is identified as Brent Taylor, a mayor from Utah. While shocking to some back at home, this is only the latest such incident in a war that even top brass now call unwinnable.
North Ogden city mayor Major Brent Taylor was deployed to Afghanistan with the Utah National Guard at the beginning of this year. Taylor’s trip to Afghanistan was the fourth such deployment for the father of seven and was due to last one year.

Instead, Taylor was gunned down in an “apparent insider attack” in Kabul on Saturday. The gunman was reportedly a member of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces – whom Taylor was deployed to train and advise. The gunman managed to wound another US service member, before other Afghan forces killed him.

Taylor’s death was mourned by Utah Lieutenant Governor Spencer Cox, who wrote that the Afghan war “has once again cost us the best blood of a generation.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Condolences to this man's family and friends.

But this death again, begs the questions, as to why the US government is still fighting an unwinnable war in Afghanistan for 17 year, when the people the US military trains turn on their trainers?!?

And to President Trump's people who may, on occasion, read this blog, I implore you to consider the reality, that doing something precisely the same way, over and over, yet expecting a different outcome, is a classic definition of insanity.

And this continued deployment of American and NATO Troops, has to be one of the most insane things I have ever seen this country do.

Had President Bush a modicum of respect for world history (which, of course, he believed he absolutely did not need as president), he would have understood why Afghanistan has been characterized as the "graveyard of empires" by those who had tried, and failed, to conquer the country.

The only guy who actually managed to hang on to Afghanistan, and that was only three years, through a series of dynastic marriages, and political alignments, was Alexander the Great.

So, we are finding ourselves in an unwinnable war, in a country which hates its US/NATO Overlords, whose people cannot be "pacified" no matter how many times the US remotely bombs its civilians in wedding ceremonies, and the Unhinged, Surveilled, State of Amerika, has utterly no exit strategy in sight.

This is a pretty damned lousy state of affairs, but one which must be met with fresh thinking, that still gives the US MOST of what it wanted from the war in the first place.

First, all US and NATO personnel need to be evacuated from Afghanistan, as quickly as is safely possible. The US should then negotiate (a word with which you are not unfamiliar, President Trump?!?) with whatever government is still standing in Kabul, for pipeline rights, the rare earth elements rights development, and, of course, the rights to the poppy fields, which have been doing a brisk business, after the US and NATO started their occupation.

You will recall, Mr. President, that it was the blinkety-blank pipeline routes which were the bone of contention between the US and the then-Taliban government, as the cost of those pipelines was then characterized by the Bush administration as "too high".

But of course, the lives of our military who died, or were maimed for life, were of utterly no consequence to the Bush administration, in their grab for these pipelines, to give US and favored international companies control over the money those pipelines represented, and all to be sold only for US dollars.

When Karl Marx made the observation that "all wars are economic in origin", one can see, very clearly, that control of these pipelines was not to bring representative democracy to the country, or defend the "American Way of Life"; it was all about the money those pipelines represented.

To those of you with young men and women who are thinking about joining the US military, please share this with them; they have the right, when they are dispatched to some hell-hole or another during their tour of duty, to understand precisely what, and whom, they are fighting for.

Nov 04 17:43

Utah mayor killed in Kabul the latest victim of perpetual US presence in Afghanistan

The US serviceman killed in an insider attack in Kabul is identified as Brent Taylor, a mayor from Utah. While shocking to some back at home, this is only the latest such incident in a war that even top brass now call unwinnable.

North Ogden city mayor Major Brent Taylor was deployed to Afghanistan with the Utah National Guard at the beginning of this year. Taylor’s trip to Afghanistan was the fourth such deployment for the father of seven and was due to last one year.

Instead, Taylor was gunned down in an “apparent insider attack” in Kabul on Saturday. The gunman was reportedly a member of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces – whom Taylor was deployed to train and advise. The gunman managed to wound another US service member, before other Afghan forces killed him.

Nov 04 10:13

Washington’s Long-Held Illusions Will Create More Mess in Afghanistan

Despite 17 years of war and occupation, the United States and its allies have been unable to defeat the Taliban in Afghanistan.

(*That's OK because thanks to The Genius of Trump we've seen our error Opium is not grown in Afghanistan . It is Created in the s**thole cities in the blue states and smuggled into the affluent neighborhoods in the Red States , and the short list of prescription related addiction providers include , and are limited to pharmaceutical corporations , which are the constitutionally protected people in the nation , or doctors , some of which practice while being registered as Democrats .
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Nov 02 08:39

After 17 years of war, top US commander in Afghanistan admits Taliban cannot be defeated

The Afghanistan war cannot be won militarily and peace will only be achieved through a political resolution with the Taliban, the newly-appointed American general in charge of US and NATO operations has conceded.
In his first interview since taking command of NATO’s Resolute Support mission in September, Gen. Austin Scott Miller provided NBC News with a surprisingly candid assessment of the seemingly never-ending conflict, which began with the US invasion of Afghanistan in October, 2001.

“This is not going to be won militarily. This is going to a political solution," Miller said.

Nov 01 12:39

New U.S. commander in Afghanistan says we're going on offense against the Taliban

In his first interview as commander, Gen. Scott Miller says the more aggressive posture was needed because of heavy casualties among Afghani forces.

When Gen. Scott Miller took over the war in Afghanistan on Sept. 2, Afghan soldiers were being killed and wounded at near record numbers.

He instituted a more aggressive policy of helping the Afghan military track and defeat the Taliban — what he calls "regaining the tactical initiative" — but in an exclusive interview with NBC News on Tuesday, his first since taking command of U.S. and coalition forces here, he also says he recognizes that the solution in Afghanistan will be political, not military.

"This is not going to be won militarily," Miller said. "This is going to a political solution."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgive me, but isn't this what the US has attempted to do in Afghanistan for the last 17 years, and in which it has failed, miserably to date?!?

I am having a Jean Luc Picard double face-palm, upon reading this.

Oct 30 11:28

THE U.S. LOST A KEY ALLY IN SOUTHERN AFGHANISTAN. BUT ABDUL RAZIQ WAS NO HERO.

Raziq was a classic product of America’s failed policy in Afghanistan, wherein personalities have been propped up over — and sometimes at the expense of — institutions. Of the $557 billion America spent in Afghanistan from 2001 to 2011, just 5.4 percent went toward governance. Most of the money was spent on security, which enriched men like Raziq.

Oct 30 10:00

Staying in Afghanistan is the Definition of Insanity

The United States is not engaged in a war of national survival in Afghanistan and, therefore, does not need to keep its military forces in the country.

Oct 26 11:35

NATION HYPNOTIZED IN HORROR BY TOY BOMBS WHILE KILLING CIVILIANS WITH REAL ONES

And of course it is a good thing that nobody has been hurt by these devices. Obviously targeting anyone with packages containing explosive materials is terrible, even if those devices were not rigged with the intention of detonating and harming anyone, and it is a good thing that not a single one of them has done so. It is a good thing that none of America’s political elites were targeted by the sort of explosive device that America drops on people in other countries every single day.

You know, the kind that actually explode.

Apparently some Acme comedy bombs mailed to a number of extremely rich people, which thankfully did not hurt anybody at all, are infinitely more newsworthy than the real bombs which maim and destroy children in Yemen on an industrial scale.

— Craig Murray (@CraigMurrayOrg) October 24, 2018

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As a Christian Pacifist Activist, the disconnect the writer of this post sees, looking at what is happening around this world, with the US complicit in so many deaths, in Yemen, Afghanistan, Libya, Niger, Somalia, and Iraq, is utterly and painfully true.

Folks, when people in power in this talk about the "honor", "glory" and "defending the American way of life" as valid descriptions of the wars in which the Unhinged, Surveilled State of Amerika is currently, and about to be, enmeshed, they are lying to you.

Simply put (and this guy was hopelessly wrong about a lot of things),when Karl Marx said that wars are economic in their origin, the man was absolutely, dead-on correct.

The war in Iraq?!? This was done to give the US and Western-centric corporations control over its oil.

The "undeclared war" in Yemen, where the US is enabling Saudi war crimes as I type this?!?

There is an issue that the article misses, in that controlling Yemen means controlling the waterways of Bab El Mandab; The Red Sea, and the Gulf of Aden, all points for moving oil in and out of the region.

The war in Libya?!? This was done to prevent Muammar Gaddafi from issuing a gold-backed currency, the gold dinar, which would have shredded the value of the US dollar in a heartbeat. New Hillary Emails reveal the true motive for Libya intervention.

The war in Afghanistan?!? To control the pipeline rights, rare mineral development, and control of the poppy crops, from which a booming market in illicit heroin is derived.

The coming war against Iran?!? First, this will be done to honor Trump's commitment to both Israel's Prime Minister, Bibi Netanyahu, and his biggest American Supporter, Sheldon Adelson, who has supported the Trump Campaign with millions in overt, and covert funding, and secondly, to force this country to always sell its oil only in US dollars, post-regime change.

Of course, both Netanyahu and Adelson fully expect this war to be fully executed.... only at the costs of only US blood, and US money, not Israeli

Let's take a look at this last issue, shall we?!?

In FY 2018 the federal deficit was $779 billion.

With its desire for more and more wars, with which to enrich the US government financially, we are looking a Federal deficit of almost 780 billion dollars in fiscal 2018; that's a huge number to wrap my head around.

Instead of limiting spending in a reasonable and rational way, the US government appears to be miring the US public in an absolutely unpayable debt structure, from which there is no way out. This falls on the backs of hard-working Americans, who are desperately struggling to keep food on the table, and a roof over their heads. The people creating this unpayable debt have armies of lawyers and accountants on speed-dial, to insure that they get the best break possible with taxes.

Russia and China, which may well come to Iran's aid, should it be invaded, have weaponry the US military can only wet-dream about; sorry for being blunt, but because of their close relationship with both the Pentagon and Congress, and contributing lavishly to the campaigns of politicians on both sides of the aisle, our military industrial complex has been consistently behind the 8 ball, in staying at least two steps ahead of where our international competitors are, in terms of developing lower cost weapons that just... do the job brilliantly.

Please understand; as a Christian pacifist activist, I hate war; but if such a war happens, I want to see our brothers and sisters in uniform equipped with the best, most brilliantly crafted weaponry that actually works as advertised, and beyond.

So, we have a the US government hopelessly indebted to its creditors, and a potential coming world war, where our military doesnt' have the money, the manufacturing, the troop strength, or weaponry to insure a positive outcome in a world war, ultimately against Russia, and China.

This is a potential recipe for a complete, unmitigated disaster for this country, the consequences of which may be both horrific... and irreversible.

And we have a companion piece this morning, from blackistednews.com:

Saudi-led airstrikes hit civilians in Yemen
If We, the People, do nothing, in the most peaceful, logical way possible, to get US involvement in these US-enabled Saudi war crimes in Yemen to stop, then We the People are also, absolutely and unequivocally, complicit in these war crimes as well.

Oct 25 11:50

US to Scale Back Contact With Afghan Forces After Insider Attacks

During the height of the Obama-era surge in Afghanistan, a massive number of insider attacks started cropping up. The Pentagon resolved this ultimately by virtually eliminating direct contact with Afghan forces.

But the Trump-era surge is starting to have the same problem, as they started bringing troops in more direct contact for “training” purposes, and insider attacks are again on the rise. The Pentagon, again, has announced they are halting nearly all face-to-face contact with the Afghan military.

US officials are downplaying the matter, saying it is standard practice now, and that all regular contact will continue with the Afghans, they’ll just be contacting them by telephone or email instead.

Afghan officials also downplayed it, saying they can still go to the US side of the bases if they have to, and it’s just the US troops that are being told to stay away from the Afghans.

Oct 24 10:13

Stop Funding Afghan Security Forces Who Keep Child Sex Slaves

Oct 23 09:04

The Afghanistan Peace Process Requires a New Regional Consensus

(*We'll get Pompeo over there ASAP to give them their Regional Consensus !
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Oct 22 07:37

The War Just Got Serious: US General Also Wounded in Kandahar Incident

The officials in the US Department Defense, Pentagon, have confirmed that a US General had also sustained injuries during last week’s deadly incident in Southern Kandahar province.

Oct 19 13:20

US Army Security Brigade to Deploy to Afghanistan as 17-Year War Drags On

The US Army’s second Security Force Assistance Brigade is slated to deploy to Afghanistan in an “advise and assist” mission as the fight against the Taliban shows no signs of ending from either side.

"The 2nd SFAB is a conventional unit with a special mission ready to answer the nation's call," US Army Brig. Gen. Donn Hill, who commands the unit, said Thursday in a prepared statement. In total, there are about 800 officers and noncommissioned officers in each security force assistance brigade, the Army Times reported last December. The deployment will start next spring, according to the Army.

Oct 19 11:46

Security detail kills Kandahar officials in attack on top U.S. general in Afghanistan

The three top officials in Afghanistan’s Kandahar Province were killed when their own guards opened fire on them at a security conference Thursday, the deputy provincial governor said, and a Taliban spokesman said the target was Washington’s top general in Afghanistan, Scott Miller, who escaped without injury, according to NATO.

Agha Lala Dastageri, Kandahar’s deputy provincial governor, said powerful provincial police chief Abdul Raziq was among the dead, along with Kandahar governor Zalmay Wesa, who died of his wounds at a nearby hospital.

Mr. Dastageri said provincial intelligence chief Abdul Mohmin also died inside the governor’s sprawling residence where the attack occurred.

Oct 18 11:32

Afghan guards open fire at NATO meeting in Kandahar, injuring 2 Americans – reports

Two US citizens were wounded and a local police chief killed when Afghan guards opened fire at Austin S. Miller, the NATO and US forces commander in Afghanistan, after his meeting with Kandahar officials in the city.

The attack took place on Thursday afternoon after Miller’s meeting with Kandahar’s governor and the provincial police chief, General Abdul Raziq.

Raziq was killed in the attack at the governor's office, while two US citizens and several top Afghan officials, including the governor, were wounded, Pajhwok Afghan News reported. General Miller was safely evacuated from the area after the incident, NATO said.

Oct 16 07:09

The Numbers Behind America’s Opioid Epidemic

Drug overdoses are the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 50, who are now more likely to die from a drug overdose than from car accidents or firearms.

(*and nobody's making a pre-election info-mercial about it

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ON EITHER SIDE!)

Oct 15 12:07

Taliban Confirms US Talks, Says US Agrees to Discuss Troop Pullout

Taliban officials issued statements over the weekend confirming for the first time a new round of talks on the peace process with US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad. The talks took place in Qatar, where the Taliban’s diplomatic offices are located.

The Taliban rarely admits to talks ongoing at all, but even more significantly, officials revealed that the discussions are centering on the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan after 17 years, and that the US has agreed to that as a topic of discussion.

Oct 15 10:22

'US Agrees to Discuss Troop Pullout': Claim Afghan Taliban Officials

Reports coming after a Friday meeting in Doha, Qatar, between US diplomats and top Afghan Taliban officials suggest that Washington has agreed to discuss bringing its troops home and end America’s 17-year war in Afghanistan.

During Friday's preliminary talks, US special envoy to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad discussed with the Taliban conditions to bring about the end of the US's 17-year war in Afghanistan, according to two ranking Taliban officials speaking on condition of anonymity, as reported by Al Jazeera.

US Special Envoy on Afghanistan Meets With Taliban Officials in Doha – Report
"Six US delegates arrived in Doha to have a meeting with our [Taliban] leaders [and] agreed to discuss all issues, including the pullout of foreign troops," an unnamed Afghan Taliban official stated.

Oct 13 10:23

Outside In: The Trump administration’s plan to remake the Middle East

The only promise that is new about the promised peace plan is the way it will be forced on the Palestinians: no one has promised that the plan itself will be new. With Saudi Arabia and Egypt—the outside—brought onside with the promise of continued military aid despite their crimes against humanity and violations of international law and the Palestinians weakened by being silenced, economically crushed and stripped of any friends to help them, the United States and Israel are now free to attempt to impose a peace plan on the Palestinians.

Oct 12 12:07

UN REPORTS OVER 8,000 AFGHAN CIVILIANS KILLED IN 2018, MOSTLY WOMEN AND CHILDREN

Adding to a growing list of UN reports released recently all showing a surge in Afghan civilian casualties in different manners, a Wednesday report was released showing that civilian deaths are surging from US and Afghan government airstrikes.

This has been ongoing through the year, with a decrease in US airstrikes in Iraq and Syria leading to more warplanes committed to bombings in Afghanistan. More US strikes means more civilians getting hit, meaning the casualty figures are at multi-year highs.

The UN figures show 649 civilian casualties in the US and Afghan airstrikes in 2018’s first nine months. This is 39% more than the same period in 2017, as well as more than the whole of last year. 60% of the casualties are women and children.

All these reports on all these different sorts of civilian casualties caused by the war show a general increase in violence against civilians on all fronts, with no signs of the violence slowing down any time soon.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

17 years in Afghanistan, which have brought about nothing but more violence and misery for the Afghani people.

But the US government will not leave, because if our and NATO's military stay, we haven't lost this war.

This ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid rationale for keeping our military in Afghanistan will cost one hell of a lot more lives, both US and Afghani, until we finally get someone into the White House who realizes what an abysmal failure this war has been, and makes the right, moral decision.

That decision would be to evacuate US and NATO troops just as quickly as is safely possible, then negotiate with whatever government is left standing in Kabul for the pipeline rights; the rare earth mineral rights; and the rights to the opium poppy trade, which has skyrocketed since the inception o the US/UN invasion and occupation.

And I will assure you that, no, the images I am sharing below, have not been photoshopped.

Images: US military guarding Afghan poppy fields

Oct 11 10:42

11 confirmed dead in US transport plane crash in Afghanistan

An American C-130 transport plane has crashed in Afghanistan, killing at least 11 people, a US defense official has said. Among the dead are several US troop members and contracted civilians whose nationalities have not been disclosed.

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for shooting down the C-130, according to AFP. However, this information has not yet been confirmed, and US authorities previously denied any hostile engagement.

“Our mujahideen have shot down a four-engine US aircraft in Jalalabad,” AFP cited Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid as saying. “Based on credible information, 15 invading forces and a number of puppet troops were killed.”

Oct 11 08:08

Trump administration will double down on its failed Afghanistan approach

Don't look for the Trump administration to pull out of Afghanistan any time soon.

In fact, expect just the opposite, as ill-advised as it is to continue pursuing a military solution to protect a US-installed corrupt government that is teetering on the brink of its own destruction.

The US has entered its 17th year in the Afghan war trying to prop up a government that is fundamentally flawed, corrupt to the core with a security force that still cannot defeat the Taliban on its own. In fact, corruption within the government has actually empowered the Taliban not only to stay the course but has increased its influence after it was all but defeated in 2001.

Oct 11 07:34

UN reports 8,000 Afghan civilian casualties so far in 2018

The UN said deliberately targeting and murdering civilians are serious violations of international humanitarian law that amount to war crimes. UNAMA has called for a peaceful settlement to the conflict.

Oct 09 12:38

Hundreds Killed by Heavy Fighting in Afghanistan

Heavy fighting erupted in dozens of provinces across Afghanistan over the weekend, with reports over the weekend suggesting that these fights were heavily Taliban attacks timed to the 17-year anniversary of the US invasion.

Over 200 combatants were reported slain, with the Afghan Defense Ministry reporting 156 Taliban slain. Reports have 35 Afghan soldiers killed as of Saturday night, and 15 more killed overnight Sunday in Jawzjan.

The Defense Ministry has sought to rebrand all of that fighting after the fact, now saying that it was a series of “military crackdowns” as opposed to Taliban attacks. That the Afghan government lost territory, and the main highway is closed certainly raise questions about why they would’ve chosen these sites for “crackdowns.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Don't believe that the US government will ever leave Afghanistan, no matter how many on each side, are killed and maimed; this country's government will have its military in Afghanistan perpetually, because of the oil pipelines; the rare earth minerals; and it's control over opium production.

And ultimately, in not withdrawing its troops, the US government cannot be blamed for defeat.

To me, this is some wretchedly ham-fistedly, pig-headedly illogical thinking on the part of this government, which does absolutely nothing for We the People, but a great deal for Those the Monied (think: oil company executives and the military industrial complex)

And as a side note, here is a companion article: Most Americans would support US withdrawal from Afghanistan

Oct 08 14:30

AMERICAN TROOPS HAVE BEEN FIGHTING AND DYING IN AFGHANISTAN FOR 17 YEARS — POLL SHOWS US VETS THINK ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

After 17 years of war in Afghanistan, a comfortable majority of American veterans say they would support a decision by President Donald Trump to pull all U.S. troops out of the country, according to a survey released Monday by a Washington think tank.

The joint poll from RealClearPolitics and the Charles Koch Institute, a libertarian-oriented research organization, found that more than half of Americans are skeptical of continued U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan, an assessment that is even more common among veterans.

According to the survey, 53 percent of Americans do not believe Washington has a clear strategic objective in the Afghanistan War. About 60 percent of veterans feel the same way.

Oct 08 09:41

17 Years to the Day the US Invaded, Over 100 Killed Across Afghanistan

17 years ago, the United States began its invasion and occupation of Afghanistan, officially launched to pursue al-Qaeda in general and Osama bin Laden in particular. Bin Laden is long since dead, but the US still has a massive war raging in Afghanistan, one which is going extremely poorly and shows no signs of ending.

On the war’s anniversary, fighting raged particularly hard, with 14 different provinces across Afghanistan reporting Taliban attacks, and many of them leading to substantial battles. All told, over 110 people were reported killed in 24 hours, roughly half of them Taliban, and the rest included 19 civilians and 35 Afghan soldiers.

Taliban attacks looked to secure territory gains in several districts, including strategically important districts along the Kabul-Kandahar highway.The main highway in Afghanistan, and one of the few major paved roads in the nation, officials say it is closed to traffic until fighting is resolved.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Although none of the presstitute corporate media had much to say about it, yesterday, 7 October marks the 17th year after the US invasion and occupation of Iraq.

Within that 17 years, the Taliban presence and territory have been greater, tearing off hunks more territory than they initially controlled. The puppet coalition "government" is impotent in the extreme to deliver anything of substance to the Afghani people, and corrupt beyond belief.

So, why in heaven's name is the US still there?!? Well, here is what I can tell you; they cannot leave Afghanistan, because the US military/industrial complex cannot admit that they have been defeated here, just as they cannot admit that they have ultimately been defeated in Iraq and Libya, where things continually devolve from bad to worse for the Iraqi and Libyan people.

Once you understand that all wars are economic, and these wars of aggression in which the US government loves to embroil itself, are simply about control of resources, period, end of discussion.

In Iraq and Libya, it was about the oil (and in Libya, preventing Qaddafi from initiating a gold dinar as its currency, which would definitely taken a bite out of the US dollar, anther economic reason for his assassination.)

In Afghanistan, the Bush administration believed it had the perfect lie with which to persuade the American people that Afghanistan should be attacked; after all, they were hiding Bin Laden, the "alleged" mastermind of 9/11, and with the US sentiment angry at those who allegedly did this, and wanted to "do something about it".

Bush molded our collective national distress to his narrative for the reason Afghanistan should be attacked, and little was said here in the US about it invading and occupying that country in the summer of 2001, while US diplomats
were quietly telling the heads of other countries that this was going to happen. US planned war in Afghanistan long before September 11

Bush's negotiations with the Taliban went south right before the bombing on 9/11: New Book Details Bush/Big Oil Negotiations With Taliban BEFORE WTC

This article goes on to state: 'In the beginning of August, the Bush administration and its Big Oil cohorts delivered what amounted to an ultimatum to the Taliban.

"The Taliban representatives were reportedly told by Bush/Big Oil: Accept our offer of "a carpet of gold or you'll get a carpet of bombs."

And what members of this government can NEVER tell the friends or families, grieving over a military personnel's death in Afghanistan, is the following brutal reality: "I'm sorry, but your kid didn't die for honor, glory, or preserving the 'American Way of Life'; he died so that the US government, and business cartels who own it, will have unlimited access to Afghanistan's pipelines; its rare earth minerals, and, of course, control of the opium poppy crop, and weaponise the potent, cheap heroin which is created from it, and make sure it flows like water in countries we don't particularly like (such as Russia)."

This, my friends, is the whole, sordid, ugly truth as to why we are in Afghanistan; and unless a miracle happens, our country's military will be staying there in perpetuam.

Oct 07 07:47

Immigrant Girl Will Be Deported Because Adoptive Father Missed Deadline While Serving in Afghanistan

Here's the sort of story that should never happen, especially in a country that prides itself on its humanity and openness to newcomers.
In 2013, Army Lt. Col. Patrick Schreiber and his wife put off officially adopting their teenaged daughter, Hyebin, who was born in the Republic of Korea. The reason? He was about to deploy to Afghanistan for a year. When he returned, they put through the paperwork, adopted her, and then started working on her citizenship. But Hyebin had turned 17 in the interim, which is a problem:

Oct 07 04:11

WTF Are We Still Doing in Afghanistan?

Spending $45 billion a year, and Erik Prince wants every dime

Did you read what happened earlier this week in Afghanistan? A suicide bomber set himself off in Nangarhar Province, east of Jalalabad on Tuesday and killed 14 people at an election rally. At least 43 were injured in the attack, according to the New York Times.

(*Sounds like we're there for the election meddling , on one hand , but the opium poppies must be ripe for harvest , at this time of year , and we need to get heroin into the blue states , where it will be moved into the red states so Trump can say that the nations heroin originates in the blue states , while the Republicans are on a roll putting the history of US corruption solely on The Democratic Party)

Oct 05 09:05

US General Warns of Rising Afghan Battlefield Losses

In his latest comments to reporters, US Central Commander Gen. Joseph Votel confirmed that the Afghan military and police and facing increasingly high numbers of battlefield casualties, following what he termed a “difficult and bloody summer.”

This has been well-documented in recent months, with the Afghan military losing ground significantly to the Taliban. The casualties are further exacerbating Afghan military shortfalls, caused by poor recruiting, and large numbers of “ghost troops” who exist only on paper.

Gen. Votel sought to downplay this to the reporters, however, saying Afghan officials have acknowledged the casualties but have said they “will not deter them.” Votel is also keen to see the Afghan military abandon attempts to defend territory and hold military checkpoints.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This has been a fluster-cluck of unimaginable proportions.

IF the NATO high command and US military and civilian leadership had half a brain together, they would get our and their troops out of this country as quickly as is safely possible, then negotiate with whatever government was left standing for rights to the pipelines; the rare earth minerals; and the opium crops.

Of course, that... would be logical. And unfortunately, logic and the geopolitical decisions made by our highest ranking officials in this country, have not had too close a relationship in a lot of years.

Oct 03 09:37

Insider Attacks: Retired Army Major Laments US Middle East Policy Blowback

On September 3rd, a U.S Army sergeant major was killed by two Afghan police officers - the very people his unit, the new Security Force Assistance Brigade, was there to train. It was the second fatal “insider attack,” as such incidents are regularly called, this year and the 102nd since the start of the Afghan War 17 long years ago. Such attacks are sometimes termed “green-on-blue” incidents (in Army lingo, “green” forces are U.S. allies and “blue” forces Americans). For obvious reasons, they are highly destructive to the military mission of training and advising local military and security forces in Afghanistan. Such attacks, not surprisingly, sow distrust and fear, creating distance between Western troops and their supposed Afghan partners.

Oct 02 13:22

Afghanistan Will Not Allow ‘Foreign Mercenaries': Ghani

President Ghani says Afghan forces have enough potential and have managed to save the country from “collapse”.

In reaction to the possibility of privatizing the Afghan war, President Ashraf Ghani said he will not allow “foreign mercenaries” to operate in Afghanistan.

Addressing the 3rd Mayors National Conference, the president said the Afghan government forces have enough potential and have managed to save the country from “collapse”.

“You should know that the work which is done by Afghans cannot be done by any foreign mercenary and foreign mercenaries will never be allowed in this soil,” Ghani said.

Ghani’s remarks come days after Erik Prince, the founder of Blackwater security company, in an interview with TOLOnews, insisted the Afghan war will end “a few months” using his plan to send in few thousand contracted mentors to Afghanistan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I hope and pray that President Trump will not take Prince up on his proposal; that would simply inflame the feelings of the Afghani people to the point where many more US and UN military will wind up getting shot at, maimed, and/or killed.

Oct 01 05:17

Drug Enforcement Administration Investigates Pill Mills in Small Rust Belt Town

DEA agents discover another small town in America’s Rust Belt with an overabundance of opioids

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) last week conducted inspections at several pharmacy locations in the Clay County, Tennessee town of Celina, following a massive spike of painkiller purchases from drug distribution companies.

According to the sales data, obtained by the DEA, several pharmacies purchased nearly 1.5 million pills in 2017, a number that is considered an anomaly of a rural area in America’s Rust Belt region.

Home to just 7,800 people, the pharmacies last year purchased enough opioids to provide 270 pain pills for every man, woman, and child living in the small Tennessee town.

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Sep 29 10:05

“Is This What We Destroy Lives For?”

“Is This What We Destroy Lives For?” Iraq, Afghanistan Vets’ Guilt, Unanswered Questions Spike Suicide Rate
While the VA report may call the jump in young veteran suicides an “urgent crisis,” it unfortunately seems to be a crisis with no end in sight until the country is finally forced to reckon with its dark legacy of regime-change wars and military occupations around the world.

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Sep 28 11:59

Erik Prince Thinks He Can Turn Around The War In Afghanistan With 6 Months And 3,600 Men

The former founder and CEO of Blackwater says he needs just six months and roughly 3,600 men to make the Afghan War look far different from the shitshow it is now.

In an interview with Afghanistan’s TOLO News, Erik Prince once again pitched his idea to privatize the nearly-17-year-old conflict, offering up a force of “contracted veteran mentors” from the United States and NATO countries to serve alongside Afghan security forces.

“Well, I would say six months after the program is fully ramped up, you have a very different situation on the ground, I will commit to that,” Prince said, outlining a plan to provide 36 contractors for each unit of Afghan security forces, who would serve for two to four years at a time.

Yes, you read that right: Erik Prince says he can turn the war around in six months while suggesting his contractors could be there for at least four years.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have two words with which to describe this scenario; utterly delusional!!

Sep 28 11:54

Russia outraged at NATO’s near daily ‘erroneous’ strikes in AfghanistanMore:http://tass.com/politics/1023318?_ga=2.146888500.281115422.1537849482-363929275.1477368173

Moscow is outraged at NATO’s "errant" attacks in Afghanistan, which have become almost a daily reality, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Thursday.

"We are outraged at the fact that NATO’s ‘errant’ attacks in the country have become almost a daily reality, while no one has been held responsible," the statement reads.

"We believe that the current situation is a result of gross miscalculations the US made in Afghanistan and the White House’s reliance on the use of military force to resolve the situation in the country. We call on Washington to reconsider its short-sighted policy and opt for diplomatic measures aimed at launching an inter-Afghan dialogue," the Russian Foreign Ministry said, adding that Moscow called "for bringing those responsible for crimes against civilians to justice."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And where, please, is American outrage that so many innocents are assassinated daily by US/NATO troops?!?

Because the corporate Presstitutes, Warmongers never show us the images of the dead, twisted bodies of children who have been murdered, or maimed for life, because that is what the Diktat from the White House is: don't show those non-combatants what this war is like.

Well if they don't, my friends, as a Christian Pacifist Activist, I am duty-bound to show you the realities of this war, and witness to the hideous destruction of this country, courtesy of the US and NATO... And warning; these are atrociously graphic.

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Images: Afghani children dead and dying from disease and starvation

IF these images nearly caused you to lose your lunch, congratulations; you may yet be at least a little human.

But it is high time that we peacefully and politely called our (alleged) Congressional Representatives, and told them that 17 years of this horrific military misadventure is quite enough.

Apparently, post-Vietnam, our military has never quite absorbed the reality that you cannot fight what is essentially a ground war from the air.

We have to peacefully and logically protest, to get our thoughts known, and call our and NATO'S military....home.

Sep 28 06:06

President Donald J Trump Beli~eves The Fakest Fake News Of All

The Fakest Fake News: The U.S. Government’s 9/11 Conspiracy Theory
A Review of 9/11Unmasked: An International Review Panel Investigation by David Ray Griffin and Elizabeth Woodworth

For seventeen years we have been subjected to an onslaught of U.S. government and corporate media propaganda about 9/11 that has been used to support the “war on terror” that has resulted in millions of deaths around the world. It has been used as a pretext to attack nations throughout the Middle East, South Asia, and Africa.

It has led to a great increase in Islamophobia since Muslims were accused of being responsible for the attacks. It has led to a crackdown on civil liberties in the United States, the exponential growth of a vast and costly national security apparatus, the spreading of fear and anxiety on a great scale, and a state of permanent war that is pushing the world toward a nuclear confrontation. And much, much more.

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Sep 26 12:36

UN Alarmed by Spike in Afghan Civilian Casualties in US Airstrikes

With the defeat of ISIS in most cities in Iraq and Syria reducing the number of potential targets for US airstrikes in those countries, planes have been relocated in large numbers to Afghanistan. It has been well-documented that this has led to a soaring number of US airstrikes in Afghanistan, with nearly 3,000 strikes in the first six months of this year, double that of the previous year.

With these strikes largely confined to areas where the US has little ground presence of intelligence on the area, the large increase in strikes led to an equally large increase in the number of civilians getting killed in airstrikes, with nine killed in Kapisa last week in the most recent example.

The UN issued a statement on Tuesday voicing concern about the increasing civilian deaths from airstrikes, reiterating that all parties have an obligation to protect civilians from harm. The US and Afghan governments both say they are “aware” of the statement.

Sep 22 10:32

As Afghan Military Deaths Soar, Officials Struggle to Keep Toll Secret

The last official figures on Afghan military deaths came out in 2016. 22 soldiers were killed on an average day, and this was so bad that Afghan and US officials decided that death tolls would subsequently be kept secret

Things have just gotten worse, and 22 deaths would be a comparatively mild day compared to media reports on the death tolls in recent days. In the past week, the average day has seen roughly 57 deaths among Afghan security forces.

The Pentagon’s recent decision to more heavily publicize Taliban body counts, to try to sell the war to the administration, likely comes from the same place as the decision to keep Afghan military deaths secret, as this will just reveal the extent of the conflict’s failure.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So let's call this one as what it is: a 17-year, unmitigated disaster.

IF US and NATO officials had one brain cell to share on this issue, they would immediately withdraw all Coalition troops as quickly as it would be safe to do this, then negotiate with whatever government was left standing in Kabul for the pipeline, rare earth, and opium poppy rights.

Ah, but of course, they won't, because such actions... would actually be logical.

Sep 21 10:21

Pentagon Hypes Taliban Body Counts to Try to Sell White House on Afghan War

The Pentagon’s leadership has long opposed using body counts as war propaganda, particularly in Afghanistan, fearing that it would echo the failed strategy of Vietnam, and alienating people around the world.

But in recent months, efforts to sell President Trump on the Afghan War have changed that, with officials now eager to get gaudy death tolls out to the public to prove that the US and its allies will “remove all who oppose them at every turn,” and are making progress in killing people.

Yet these same officials have long admitted this isn’t an effective way to communicate how the war is going, and that fixation on body counts comes off as terribly morbid. Whether it is something to sell President Trump on the war is another matter.

Sep 18 09:40

TRUMP COMMITS TO ENDLESS WAR

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Sep 17 17:20

NATO to Build Massive Command-and-Control Center in Afghanistan’s Capital

According to a NATO procurement document, the complex is expected to consist of more than 800 work spaces, Stars and Stripes reported Monday. The structure is planned to be a three-story, 120,000-square-foot concrete building. However, according to officials, additional details cannot be released during the bidding and design phase of the project, Stripes and Stripes reported Monday.

Sep 16 21:44

Fred to Take Wheel of Ship of State: Will Implement Thoughtful and Reasonable Measures

Fred on everything will save us!

I have no choice. I must don the mantle of greatness and take the reins of the country. Desperate times call for desperate measures. I will run for the office of dictator, or President in American parlance.

If Lindsey Graham complains that we need to kill more puzzled goatherds, I will have him inserted into the oil well on top of the Republicans and pseudo-Cubans, with Oprah tamped down on top as a sort of cork. There is nothing in Afghanistan that Americans need or want, except opium products, and private enterprise now provides these in abundance. Check the nearest street corner, or ask your kids.

Sep 15 10:47

WHY JOHN BOLTON REALLY HATES THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT

Countries with nothing to fear do not fear the ICC.

Countries with nothing to fear do not fear the ICC. The United States and Israel are very afraid of the ICC. The murder of unarmed civilians is a war crime. So is torture. Israel’s indiscriminate bombing of densely-populated civilian areas, its half-century occupation of Palestinian territory and its construction and expansion of Jews-only settler colonies on Palestinian land are all also illegal under international law. Neither Israel nor the United States has joined the ICC. Other leading human rights violators, including North Korea, China, Saudi Arabia, Myanmar and Ethiopia, have either never joined or have withdrawn from the court.

Sep 13 12:08

Iran WARNING: US tells airlines not to fly through airspace as WW3 fears rise

The advisory also warns military activities linked to the bloody conflict in Syria have been ramped across Iran's airspace.

Tensions between Tehran and Washington are running high following Donald Trump’s controversial decision to pull out of the landmark Iran nuclear deal re-introduce economic sanctions last month.

Flight Service Bureau, which provides safety information on airspace to airlines, said "without seeming alarmist", the deteriorating relationship between the US and Iran must be taken into account when planning flights in Iran's airspace.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is getting just about as serious as is a heart attack: I find myself very alarmed at these developments.

Sep 13 11:17

BREAKTHROUGH: Afghani Parliament May Revoke U.S ‘Invitation’ To Occupation

Most parliamentarians in the Afghani parliament voted to revise the country’s security agreement with the United States, including allowing permanent US military bases to remain on Afghan soil. This major development comes in light of Kabul, Beijing, Moscow, and the Taliban having attempting to organize a grand meeting to establish a solution to the US occupation in Afghanistan.

“The idea [of a revision] was put forward by some Parliamentarians in the Chamber of Deputies on Monday and was approved by the majority of the parliamentarians by means of a vote on Wednesday,” 1TV channel reported.

This agreement allowed US military forces and bases to remain in Afghanistan after the US combat mission ended in 2014, the report said. However, security conditions continue to worsen as the number of civilians and security forces killed by terrorist attacks increases.

Sep 13 11:17

Latest Tesla Software Update "Disabled" Autopilot

Many Tesla owners have lost all autopilot functionality as a result of the company’s latest "over the air" software update, according to Jalopnik . Tesla knows about the issue and has promised to fix it by Friday of this week, according to the article, saying it was "a known issue".

Tesla has been sending out its latest "over the air" software update over the course of this week. The purpose of the software update was to increase the capabilities of Autopilot and help it further incorporate traffic lights, stop signs, lane changes and off-ramps.

As a reminder, numerous Tesla Autopilot incidents have occurred when a vehicle moves out from in front of a Tesla vehicle, and/or when there's an option to take an off-ramp nearby. Videos like this one, on YouTube, have confirmed the issue:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

OK, it's official: Elon Musk needs someone he will listen to, and respect, to start managing the day to day nuts and bolts of the operation, so that flaws like the one indicated above stop from happening.

The foul-ups, bleeps and blunders these cars keep making are not good advertising for a financially or engineering-capable company, and Musk will loose both face, and money, if these problems continue.

Sep 13 06:27

The ICC vs. the US: Who Is the Real Loser?

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has finally moved to investigate US war crimes committed during the 17-year long war in Afghanistan. This is welcome news as this is what the international civil society expects from the ICC. The US administration has long been using its influence over global bodies to the extent that it sees itself an "exceptional" nation. Now the Hague intends to prove that unlike other international bodies such as the UN Security Council or the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) this is not the case with the ICC, and that even if Washington moves to position itself in direct opposition not just to the investigations, but the court itself, it won’t be able to stop justice from being served to the long-suffering people of Afghanistan.

Sep 12 09:23

It’s been 17 years since 9/11 but there’s still no end in sight for the war in Afghanistan

As Americans mark the anniversary of 9/11, the war that was launched in response to those attacks shows no sign of ending.

Seventeen years later, American troops are still fighting and dying, civilian casualties are at record highs, and the Taliban now controls more territory than at any point since 2001.

Earlier this month, a new American general took control of the effort — the ninth change of command in what is now the longest war the United States has ever fought.

Outgoing U.S. commander General John Nicholson had a simple message as he handed over reigns to his successor after being in command for the last two years: “It’s time for the war in Afghanistan to end.”

Sep 12 09:06

Senior MP: Iran Ready for Military Advisory Role in Afghanistan

Chairman of the Iranian parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh underlined his country's readiness to play a military advisory role in Afghanistan to fight against the ISIL terrorist group.
"I had a meeting with the Afghan ambassador to Tehran today. During the meeting, I declared the Islamic Republic of Iran's preparedness for advisory assistance to Afghanistan, in addition to its concerns (about the presence of the ISIL in the country), given Iran's experience in the fight against the ISIL," Falahatpisheh said on Wednesday.

He said that the real insecurities in Afghanistan are fomented by the ISIL which are supported by certain states, reminding that the ISIL terrorists massacre Shiites and Sunnis alike.

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Sep 12 08:41

Envoy: Iran's Continued Commitment Depends on Using N. Deal Benefits

Iran’s Permanent Ambassador to Vienna-based international organizations Kazzem Qaribabadi warned that Tehran will remain committed to the 2015 nuclear deal only if it can use the benefits of the internationally-endorsed agreement.
"As it has repeatedly been announced, full and sincere implementation of undertakings by all sides is a principled base for the nuclear deal's survival and if we want its survival, the remaining members of the agreement (Britain, France, Russia and China plus Germany) should guarantee that Iran enjoys the nuclear deal's benefits by adopting proper practical measures," Qaribabadi said, addressing the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors' meeting in Vienna on Wednesday.

He stressed the importance of time in this regard, and said, "Many more measures should be adopted to guarantee Iran's economic interests as stated in the nuclear deal."

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Sep 12 08:34

VICE On 17 Years & Afghanistan

It’s been 17 years since 9/11 but there’s still no end in sight for the war in Afghanistan

As Americans mark the anniversary of 9/11, the war that was launched in response to those attacks shows no sign of ending.

Seventeen years later, American troops are still fighting and dying, civilian casualties are at record highs, and the Taliban now controls more territory than at any point since 2001.

Earlier this month, a new American general took control of the effort — the ninth change of command in what is now the longest war the United States has ever fought.

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(*VICE going where ABCNNBCBS&FOX Fear To Tread , so we probably shouldn't mistake them for being anything other than independent )

Sep 12 01:23

Death toll in explosion in eastern Afghanistan climbs to 68

At least 68 people have been killed, and 128 more were injured in an explosion in a crowd of protesters in the Afghan province of Nangarhar in the east of the country, the TV channel TOLOnews tweeted, quoting local health care officials. Mass media earlier reported that 50 people were killed in the explosion. On Tuesday, a representative for the provincial governor stated that a suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowd of protesters who gathered in the Momand Dara district, Nangarhar province. He said that the protesters gathered demanding that the commander of the Achin district police forces, located near the Momand Dara district, be fired. There were also reports on September 11 of seven explosions that shook the area near three educational facilities in the Nangarhar province. France Press reported that a child was killed and four people were injured in a terror attack near a school in the city of Jalalabad.

Sep 11 10:48

Osamagate

“Now the Taliban will pay a price” vowed President George W. Bush, as American and British fighter planes unleashed missile attacks against major cities in Afghanistan. The US Administration claims that Osama bin Laden is behind the tragic events of the 11th of September. A major war supposedly “against international terrorism” has been launched [October 2001], yet the evidence amply confirms that agencies of the US government have since the Cold War harbored the “Islamic Militant Network” as part of Washington’s foreign policy agenda. In a bitter irony, the US Air Force is targeting the training camps established in the 1980s by the CIA.

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