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Aug 29 00:28

"Terminate Bush's War": Trump To Reduce Troops In Iraq By One-Third Just Ahead Of Election

Republican leadership at the RNC Convention this week talked a big game when it comes to "bringing the troops home" - something Trump has been promising since 2016 - but which has not yet ultimately been realized. But can he deliver now as part of a pre-election promise? It looks like the wheels are finally in motion.

Multiple reports citing Pentagon officials on Friday say up to one-third of all American soldiers will permanently return from Iraq over the next two to three months.

This would bring numbers down from 5,200 to about 3,500 according to Pentagon officials. Trump is in the meantime expected to tout an Iraq withdrawal as a success in ending the wasteful wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Aug 25 07:45

Iran’s Drug Control Chief: US Aircraft Smuggling Narcotics Out of Afghanistan

Eskandar Momeni, director general of Iran Drug Control Headquarters, said Monday that not only has the US war in Afghanistan caused an explosion in poppy cultivation, but also that US military aircraft are smuggling drugs out of the country.

Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA) reported Monday that Momeni blamed the US for the explosion of the Afghan drug trade over the last 20 years.

“In the year 2000, the total production of narcotics in Afghanistan stood at about 200 tons, which rose to over 9,000 tons in 2017, an increase of about 50 times,” Momeni said during a Monday video conference with national anti-drug coordination councils, ISNA reported.

"Based on reliable information, planes operated by NATO and the United States transport these illicit drugs in our neighboring country," he added.

Aug 20 04:37

Afghan Army Tells Personnel to Be Ready to Return Fire Against Pakistan

Constant tensions along the ill-defined Afghan-Pakistan border look to be coming to a head again, with the Afghan Army issuing a statement in which they instruct personnel to prepare for retaliatory fire against the Pakistani military in case they cross the border.

This comes after an overnight incident in Kandahar, in which Pakistani artillery fired across the border, killing nine civilians and wounding scores of others in a residential area. Details on this attack are still not entirely clear.

The incidents are not clear, but not unusual, as the Durand Line border tends to be contested by both sides, and cross-border fire happens, often without a solid explanation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Would this continue to be happening, had the US not invaded Afghanistan all those years ago?!? I would suspect, most probably not.

Aug 16 05:12

Video appearing to show Afghan troops brutality sparks outrage

Authorities order an investigation into a video that shows gov't forces desecrating the bodies of Taliban fighters.

Aug 04 04:29

Afghan Warlord’s Promotion Highlights the Bankruptcy of America’s Longest War

When Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah, his main political opponent, signed a power-sharing deal in May, it ended eight months of bitter post-election dispute. It also came with a disturbing price tag, one hashed out among rounds of backroom deals, tense negotiations, and desperate U.S. attempts to keep the government from imploding. Abdul Rashid Dostum, Ghani’s vice president until last year and one of the country’s most notorious warlords, demanded a promotion to the rank of marshal, only awarded twice before in Afghan history. Ghani, who’d long vowed to clean out the warlords, complied.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Color me completely unsurprised by these developments; the US presence in Afghanistan, was never about strengthening the government in Kabul; it was all about the pipelines and leasing them, and who controlled those activities.

Jul 30 18:20

Operation Burnham: What happened with the NZ SAS during a deadly incursion in Afghanistan

A civilian child was killed during Operation Burnham in 2010, but an inquiry has found their death was justified under international law.

Four others died, but the Burnham Inquiry couldn't determine if they were civilians or insurgents.

The long-awaited inquiry into the actions of New Zealand SAS troops during Operation Burnham in Afghanistan has been released today.

The Burnham Inquiry has also found New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) officials did not plot to cover-up the casualties, as claimed in the book Hit and Run by investigative journalists Nicky Hager and Jon Stephenson.

*Think about it..'but an inquiry has found their death was justified under international law'.*

Jul 28 04:33

UN says thousands of anti-Pakistan militants in Afghanistan

A U.N. report says more than 6,000 Pakistani insurgents are hiding in Afghanistan, most belonging to the outlawed Pakistani Taliban group responsible for attacking Pakistani military and civilian targets.

The report released this week said the group, known as the Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP), has linked up with the Afghan-based affiliate of the Islamic State group. Some of TTP's members have even joined the IS affiliate, which has its headquarters in eastern Afghanistan.

The Afghan government did not respond Sunday to requests by The Associated Press for comment.

Jul 23 04:24

Bipartisan torpedo against withdrawal from Afghanistan

The war in Afghanistan was officially launched to avenge the attacks of September 11, 2001. However, it had been prepared beforehand. For two decades, we have been explaining in these columns that it is the first in a long series of wars aimed at destroying all state structures in the broader Middle East (Rumsfeld/Cebrowski strategy) in order to control the exploitation of natural resources. The war, which was supposed to last two weeks, has been going on for 19 years. It is planned to last as long as possible. Today, personalities linked to the Pentagon are sabotaging President Trump’s partial withdrawal.

Jul 15 11:27

US Troops Withdraw From Five Bases in Afghanistan as Part of Taliban Deal

Since the United States first began its occupation of Afghanistan in 2001, remaining troops have had to aid the Kabul government in its fight against the Taliban regime. Washington is now prioritising an agreement with the Islamist group in an effort to end ongoing violence.

The US has closed down five military bases in Afghanistan as part of a deal with the Taliban agreed to more than four months ago, a White House representative revealed on Tuesday.

The agreement committed to the removal of US forces from bases within the first 135 days, said US President Donald Trump’s special representative to the talks, Zalmay Khalilzad.

Jul 08 08:14

US created, nurtured Taliban in decade-long covert op: Russia’s top security official

Russia’s top security official says the United States created and nurtured the Taliban militant group in Afghanistan in a decade-long covert operation.

“Frankly speaking, it was the United States that laid the foundation for the Taliban movement,” Head of Russia’s Security Council Nikolai Patrushev said in an interview with the Argumenty i Fakty weekly on Tuesday.

The Taliban militant group, Patrushev said, is the result of “Operation Cyclone… one of the longest and most expensive operations in the history of the CIA,” which was carried out by the US spy agency in Afghanistan from 1979 to 1989.

The operation “was aimed at financially and militarily supporting Afghan mujahedeen, who later formed the backbone of terrorist forces not only in Afghanistan but throughout the region,” Patrushev added.

The so-called mujahedeen fought the former Soviet Union forces in Afghanistan during the 1980s.

Jul 06 08:00

Seriously, Get The Hell Out Of Afghanistan

With overwhelming bipartisan support, the House Armed Services Committee has added a Liz Cheney-spearheaded amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which throws severe roadblocks in the Trump administration’s proposed scale-down of US military presence in Afghanistan and Germany.

As The Intercept‘s Glenn Greenwald notes, both parties advancing the amendment cited in their arguments the completely unsubstantiated intelligence leak that was recently published by credulous mass media reporters alleging that Russia has paid bounties to Taliban fighters for killing the occupying forces in Afghanistan. Yet another western imperialist agenda once again facilitated by unforgivably egregious journalistic malpractice in the mass media.

Jul 06 07:55

BOUNTYGATE: Scapegoating Systemic Military Failure in Afghanistan

On the morning of Feb. 27, Beth Sanner, the deputy director of national intelligence for mission integration, arrived at the White House carrying a copy of the Presidential Daily Brief (PDB), a document which, in one form or another, has been made available to every president of the United States since Harry Truman first received what was then known as the “Daily Summary” in February 1946.

The sensitivity of the PDB is without dispute; former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer once called the PBD “the most highly sensitized classified document in the government,”while former Vice President Dick Cheney referred to it as “the family jewels.”

The contents of the PDB are rarely shared with the public, not only because of the highly classified nature of the information it contains, but also because of the intimacy it reveals about the relationship between the nation’s chief executive and the intelligence community.

Jul 03 07:05

Deep State Bounty Hunters

The media firestorm over alleged Russian intelligence collusion with Afghan militants to kill US troops has the hallmarks of a psy-ops orchestrated by America’s Deep State.

The real bounty hunters in this high-risk game are not Russian operatives allegedly directing militant assassins. Rather, it is domestic political enemies of Donald Trump directing US media outlets to hobble his presidency or chances of re-election.

Jul 02 12:08

Afghan Bounty Scandal Comes at Suspiciously Important Time for US Military Industrial Complex

The latest scandal, like others before it, is based on scant testimony by anonymous officials and has had the effect of pushing liberal opinion on US foreign policy into a far more hawkish direction.

Jul 02 11:31

Lee Camp: How the Media Used the Bounty Scandal to Stop the ‘Threat’ of Peace in Afghanistan

Peace seems to have exceedingly, ridiculously, laughably bad timing, this latest time in Afghanistan, says Lee Camp.

Jun 30 06:37

‘Russian bounties for Taliban’ story clearly meant to derail US military pullout, says Moscow’s special envoy to Afghanistan

Bombshell reports claiming Russia paid Afghan militants to kill US soldiers is fake news targeting President Trump's team and its attempts to withdraw troops from the country, Russia’s top Afghanistan-focused diplomat has said.

“It is clear that there are forces in the US which don’t want to withdraw from Afghanistan, (and) want a justification for their own failures. This is what it’s all about,” Zamir Kabulov, Russia’s presidential envoy to Afghanistan, told news agency RIA Novosti.

“We really shouldn’t waste time commenting on an obvious lie,” he added.

Jun 17 06:48

Despite U.S. sanctions, the International Criminal Court will keep investigating alleged war crimes in Afghanistan

President Trump declared a national emergency last Thursday — but it wasn’t about the covid-19 pandemic or police brutality or nationwide protests. Rather, the subject of the emergency declaration was the International Criminal Court, the body investigating the United States for suspected war crimes in Afghanistan.

Jun 13 04:32

Israel and the US Step Up Efforts To Intimidate the Hague War Crimes Court

Now, the ICC’s chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, looks poised finally to give the court some teeth. She is threatening to investigate two states – the US and Israel – whose actions have been particularly damaging to international law in the modern era.

The court is considering examining widespread human rights abuses perpetrated by US soldiers in Afghanistan, and crimes committed by Israeli soldiers in the occupied Palestinian territories, especially Gaza, as well as the officials responsible for Israel’s illegal settlement program.

An investigation of both is critically important: the US has crafted for itself a role as global policeman, while Israel’s flagrant violations of international law have been ongoing for more than half a century.

The US is the most powerful offender, and Israel the most persistent.

Both states have long dreaded this moment – the reason they refused to ratify the Rome Statute that established the ICC.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No matter the findings, neither Israel or the US will take any responsibility for the evils they have perpetrated; both nations believe that they are above any international law.

May 21 12:04

US intelligence acknowledges Iran not after destabilizing Afghanistan despite Pompeo's claims

The US intelligence agency has acknowledged that Iran is not seeking to destabilize Afghanistan where the US he's engaged in an alleged peace process.

The US military intelligence announcement runs counter to previous remarks by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, The National Interest reported.

“Iran’s strategic objectives relating to Afghanistan continue to be maintaining a stable Afghan central government and security along Iran’s eastern border,” the Lead Inspector General wrote. “Iran’s objectives also include protecting Shia populations, eliminating [Daesh in Central Asia], opposing the US presence in the region, and securing Iranian economic interests.”

May 19 05:52

US’ Afghanistan Withdrawal ‘Still Moving Forward’ After News Daesh Carried Out Deadly Kabul Attack

Washington still plans on meeting its troop withdrawal goals, and the process remains on schedule, a Pentagon spokesperson said on Friday. The news comes after Daesh franchise Islamic State Khorasan claimed responsibility for a deadly attack on a Kabul maternity ward last week.

As per its February agreement with the Taliban, the US withdrawal of roughly 3,400 troops by early July is continuing apace, a Department of Defense representative said.

“We're still moving forward with the force reduction levels that we're committed to,” Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman told reporters at a Friday briefing. “That is still going forward, and we expect to meet that within the timeline laid out under the agreement with the Taliban,” Hoffman said, although noting he had “no update” on what the present number of US troops in Afghanistan is.

May 17 05:30

Welcome To The Military-Industrial Pandemic: This is the time, above all others, you can see the special interests trumping national interests.

The parallels between the war in Afghanistan and the Vietnam War are striking. In the Afghanistan Papers that were acquired by the Washington Post, the senselessness of the war is laid bare by U.S. government officials. The papers are reminiscent of the Vietnam-era Pentagon Papers and show that for years, the U.S. government has known that the war in Afghanistan is a costly and deadly exercise in futility. Afghanistan’s terrain, tribal politics, and culture have long thwarted invaders. This is something that the British and the Soviets, to the delight of U.S. officials in 1979, learned the hard way.

May 06 06:20

EXCLUSIVE: 'F*** it, we're going to war.' How George W. Bush rejected diplomacy with the Taliban to launch Afghanistan invasion after 9/11, new documentary reveals

George W. Bush told a State Department official who tried to persuade him not to invade Afghanistan: 'F*** it, we're going to war'.

The former president gave the blunt comment at Camp David days after 9/11 as he decided whether to go after the Taliban, a new documentary reveals.

Mike Morell, Bush's briefer about the CIA, said that the President remarked 'the only way to do that is militarily' - and it was too late for diplomacy.

The extraordinary anecdote features in a new documentary about the Bush White House which says he had a 'vacuum' for foreign policy that was filled by his hawkish advisers.

May 04 05:40

US military warns of ‘responses’ if Taliban violence continues

The US military in Afghanistan on Saturday urged warring parties to “return to the political path” in a rare open letter to the Taliban as a surge in violence risks shattering the peace process.

In a two-page letter to the Taliban, US Forces-Afghanistan spokesperson Colonel Sonny Leggett said “all sides” must show restraint to prevent further bloodshed.

Apr 29 06:44

Trump Wants All US Troops Immediately Out Of Afghanistan Due To Coronavirus

It appears the coronavirus pandemic may have provided the leverage President Trump needs to finally get all American troops out of the over eighteen-year quagmire in Afghanistan.

A new report this week by NBC has cited multiple senior officials to say the president "complains almost daily" that the US still has troops in Afghanistan, and that they are at risk for the spread of coronavirus.

According to NBC: "His renewed push to withdraw all of them has been spurred by the convergence of his concern that coronavirus poses a force protection issue for thousands of U.S. troops in Afghanistan and his impatience with the halting progress of his peace deal with the Taliban, the officials said."

Apr 08 04:18

Pompeo Threatens US Pullout From Afghanistan During Kabul Visit

Pompeo Told Ghani, Abdullah they would be help responsible if no power-sharing deal.

On March 23, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo bad a very unproductive visit in Kabul about the Afghan government’s post-election split. This culminated with the US pulling $1 billion in military aid from them.

The presidential election saw both Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah claiming victory, and ultimately both holding inaugurations. Pompeo demanded that they work out a deal, and warned they’ll both be held responsible if they don’t work something out.

That was apparently just the beginning of the cuts, the slashing of $1 billion, with a threat of another $1 billion cut for 2021, was followed by Pompeo threatening to withdraw all US troops from Afghanistan in retaliation if the dispute continued. The State Department had not previously reported that part.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And this threat has worked out just how, please, Mr. Secretary of State, in light of the reality that this last little bit would have been music to both their individual set of ears?!?

Apr 06 12:33

Taliban warn peace deal with US near breaking point

The Taliban said their peace deal with the United States was nearing a breaking point, accusing Washington of violations that included drone attacks on civilians, while also chastising the Afghan government for delaying the release of 5,000 Taliban prisoners promised in the agreement.

Apr 01 04:22

America, We Have To End the Wars Now

Can anyone think what our society might have spent six and a half trillion dollars on instead of 20 years of war in the Middle East for nothing? How about the trillion dollars per year we keep spending on the military on top of that?

Invading, dominating and remaking the Arab world to serve the interests of the American empire and the state of Greater Israel sounds downright quaint at this point. Iraq War II, as Senator Bernie Sanders said in the debate a few weeks ago, while letting Joe Biden, one of its primary proponents, off the hook for it, was “a long time ago.” Actually, Senator, we still have troops there fighting Iraq War III 1/2 against what’s left of the ISIS insurgency, and our current government continues to threaten the launch of Iraq War IV against the very parties we fought the last two wars for. This would almost certainly then lead to war with Iran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Doing things in precisely the same way, over and over and over again, yet expecting a different outcome, is one of the classic definitions of insanity.

Apr 01 04:15

Contractor behind troubled Afghan propaganda program billed Pentagon $425 MILLION for unaired ads — lawsuit

The Pentagon’s one-time top propaganda producer in Afghanistan billed the US millions of dollars to produce ads it knew full well would never air, let alone win hearts and minds, a lawsuit by a company whistleblower has alleged.
The Leonie Group took in upwards of $425 million in military contracts from 2008 until 2015 to produce TV, radio, and billboard ads on behalf of the US in Afghanistan, knowing the lion’s share of the propaganda would never be seen by Afghan eyes, a recently-unsealed lawsuit by Scott Kreller, the company’s former president, claims. Adding insult to injury, Leonie allegedly retaliated against Kreller for trying to clamp down on the “fraud.”

Kreller claimed he was fired in February 2017 after refusing to submit an inflated $4.5 million invoice to the US government for “double-billed” psychological operations despite “several months” of pressure “on an almost weekly basis” from the company’s owners.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am sorry, but if a huge Federal agency is pathologically incapable of following the numbers when it came to Afghani propaganda, how can it be reasonably tasked with conducting wars all over the planet?!/

the short answer is, it cannot.

Mar 31 04:19

Contractor behind troubled Afghan propaganda program billed Pentagon $425 MILLION for unaired ads — lawsuit

The Pentagon’s one-time top propaganda producer in Afghanistan billed the US millions of dollars to produce ads it knew full well would never air, let alone win hearts and minds, a lawsuit by a company whistleblower has alleged.

The Leonie Group took in upwards of $425 million in military contracts from 2008 until 2015 to produce TV, radio, and billboard ads on behalf of the US in Afghanistan, knowing the lion’s share of the propaganda would never be seen by Afghan eyes, a recently-unsealed lawsuit by Scott Kreller, the company’s former president, claims. Adding insult to injury, Leonie allegedly retaliated against Kreller for trying to clamp down on the “fraud.”

Mar 31 04:03

'Afghans may face starvation in case of further spread of COVID 19'

As the COVID 19 keeps fast spreading beyond borders across the world, the virus has now caused serious concern in Afghanistan nationwide.

Over a hundred positive coronavirus cases have so far been confirmed in the country.

The economic fallout from the COVID-19 epidemic in Afghanistan, where over 60 percent of the population live below the poverty line, has created grave misgivings among both the government and people.

That is why the Afghan government says all arrangements have been made to reduce the negative impact of putting some big cities like Kabul in quarantine.

Mar 30 06:03

Taliban Rejects Afghan Negotiation Team, Ghani Won’t Make Changes

On Friday, the Ghani government finally announced that they had appointed a negotiating team for talks with the Taliban. The team was criticized domestically for not being very inclusive, since they are all Ghani allies, and his is just one of two self-proclaimed governments.

The Taliban is now rejecting the team, saying they can’t recognize any committee that doesn’t represent all sides. The Ghani government says it is as inclusive as possible and that they won’t make any changes whatsoever.

The Afghan military further responded by attacking a Taliban hideout in Ghor Province, killing at least 13 Taliban fighters. Officials say the attack is meant to disrupt the Taliban’s ability to hit checkpoints in the area.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Afghanistan is not characterized as "The graveyard of Empires" for no good reason!!!

Mar 24 05:13

US slashes aid to Afghanistan by $1bn 'IMMEDIATELY', touts more cuts as Taliban 'peace deal' on brink of collapse

Washington will cut aid to Afghanistan by $1 billion starting immediately, after failing to resolve a fierce dispute between rival Afghan leaders, the State Department said, noting the US military withdrawal would continue.

Lamenting the failure of Afghan leaders to agree on an “inclusive government,” Pompeo said the feud between President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah had “harmed US-Afghan relations,” adding that Washington would review cooperation with the country and make significant cuts to US aid.

Mar 19 14:58

Bashing Probe of US War Crimes, Pompeo Threatens Family of ICC Staff With Consequences

"Threats against family members of ICC staff who are seeking justice is a new low, even for this administration," said Daniel Balson, Amnesty International USA's advocacy director.

Mar 19 03:22

Bashing Probe of US War Crimes, Pompeo Threatens Family of ICC Staff "With Consequences"

"If there remained any doubt that the Trump administration's hostility towards the court is fundamentally punitive and callous in nature, these doubts have now been dispelled."

by Andrea Germanos, staff writer

Amnesty International on Wednesday rebuked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo over new comments bashing the International Criminal Court and threatening court staff—and their family members—investigating alleged war crimes committed by United States forces in Afghanistan.

Pompeo suggested retaliatory actions would be in store.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Threatening the families of investigators?!?

Are you flipping kidding me?!?

I know that Pompeo self-identifies as an Evangelical, "Rapture-Read"y Christian, but in listening to this language of threats against ICC families, I am truly having a "God, save me from your followers!!" moment here.

Mar 15 05:33

Troops in Afghanistan Have Coronavirus Symptoms but No Tests, Congressman Says

A lawmaker wants answers from the Pentagon about whether coronavirus tests are being sent to military bases worldwide after he said troops in Afghanistan based miles from a town where people have contracted COVID-19 are showing symptoms.

Several U.S. troops in Afghanistan are experiencing flu-like symptoms but have tested negative for influenza, according to Rep. Mark Pocan, a Wisconsin Democrat. Now, there are concerns the troops, who are 75 miles from Iran where the coronavirus is rampant, could have COVID-19, he said.

The troops have not yet been tested for the sometimes-deadly virus though, Pocan added. The congressman said he learned of the situation after one of the service members' families contacted his office.

Mar 15 04:47

British forces to begin their final retreat from Afghanistan

After nearly two decades of military intervention in Afghanistan, the UK finally looks set to depart the country following the US peace deal with the Afghan Taliban.

According to the Times newspaper, “hundreds” of British troops are set to be withdrawn from Afghanistan by “mid-July” as part of the “first phase” of the US-Taliban peace deal.

Altogether, 330 British soldiers are scheduled to leave Afghanistan by the end of the summer. Currently there are 1,100 “regular” UK military personnel stationed in Afghanistan, most of them in and around Kabul.

Mar 12 04:36

The Taliban is allowed to read classified documents related to the Afghan peace deal, but you can’t

The details of how the U.S. military will withdraw from Afghanistan – including the types of attacks U.S. troops and the Taliban have agreed to not conduct – are part of two classified annexes to the recently signed withdrawal agreement, according to the New York Times.

While some members of Congress will be able to read the annexes, the vast majority of the American public will have no idea what their government has agreed to as part of the deal to end the war in Afghanistan, which is in its 19th year.

The U.S. military has “legitimate reasons” why it does not want some information to become public knowledge, Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said on Tuesday.

Mar 11 04:53

END BUSH’S STUPID WAR TODAY!

After 19 years of war, over $1 trillion in spending, 2,400 dead and a torrent of lies, the US may now be facing an end to its longest war.

The US invaded Afghanistan in 2001. There were three reasons: 1. to cover up the humiliation of the tough-talking Bush administration for being caught sleeping on guard duty by the 9/11 attacks; 2. To secure oil pipeline routes through Afghanistan from Central Asia down to Pakistan’s sea coast; and 3. To occupy a supposedly empty square on the Asian chessboard before China did.

Since 2001, hardly a word of truth about Afghanistan has come out of Washington. All wars are accompanied by a bodyguard of lies, as Churchill wrote, but the lies and
propaganda about Afghanistan were extraordinary and shameful.

Mar 10 05:45

US starts pulling out troops from Afghanistan

American troops have reportedly begun their initial troop withdrawal as part of the US-Taliban peace agreement, with hundreds of soldiers leaving the country on Monday with no plans for replacements.
Speaking to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity, a US official confirmed the beginning steps of the withdrawal process have begun, with plans to drop the number of US troops in the country from 13,000 to 8,600.

According to the signed peace agreement, the withdrawal process for US troops had to begin 10 days within the signing of the agreement, which took place on February 29. Defense Secretary Mark Esper approved the withdrawal on March 2. Once troop levels hit 8,600, the conditions in the country will be reassessed before further troops are pulled.

Mar 10 05:28

HOW THE NEW US-AFGHANISTAN PEACE DEAL REKINDLED A “BUSINESS FRIENDLY TALIBAN”

SOURCE: MINT PRESS
President Trump, who is up for re-election this year, has added another “peace” deal to his credentials, a deal that the president, his re-election campaign and his supporters have promoted as proof that Trump is willing and able to resist the U.S. foreign policy establishment and its ceaseless push to keep the U.S. embroiled in “forever wars.”
Yet, not unlike the much-criticized Israel-Palestine “peace” deal that was recently released by the Trump administration, there is more to the U.S.-Taliban “peace” deal than meets the eye. Indeed, while the deal will reduce and perhaps eventually even end the U.S.’ official military presence in Afghanistan, there is little indication that it will end the bloodshed or the country’s “shadow” economy that is awash in profits from the illegal drug trade and illegal mining.

Mar 06 12:29

Pompeo: US Will Take ‘All Necessary Measures’ to Prevent ICC War Crimes Probe: Pompeo says investigation undermines Afghan peace deal

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reacted angrily to the International Criminal Court (ICC) calling to investigate US war crimes, declaring the group “an unaccountable political institution masquerading as a legal body.”

Pompeo said it was reckless to even suggest an investigation after the Afghan peace deal was reached, and vowed the US would take “all necessary measures” to shield US personnel from the investigation.

This is roughly in line with US policy toward war crimes investigations, and in the past the US has threatened military action against the Netherlands, the host of the court, to shield American soldiers from charges.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF the US is doing absolutely nothing than straight-up, aboveboard interrogations, what do their soldiers have to fear?!?

The answer is, absolutely nothing.

Here's the Wikipedia description of this organization:
Description: International Criminal Court

Look at the Map: there are two countries, represented in mustard color, because they have been a "Signatory that subsequently withdrew its signature."

Notice that the two countries are... The United States and China; and the question we have to ask is, "Why did they do this?!?"

The answer has to be, that in some way, these countries have legitimately been guilty of the following: "The ICC has jurisdiction to prosecute individuals for the international crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and the crime of aggression. It is intended to complement existing national judicial systems and it may therefore exercise its jurisdiction only when certain conditions are met, such as when national courts are unwilling or unable to prosecute criminals or when the United Nations Security Council or individual states refer situations to the Court."

IF Secretary of State didn't know what was already happening in Afghanistan, he wouldn't be making these statements or charges; unfortunately, that is not the only place where US government-mandated or US-government-enabled war crimes are taking place.

Let's look at the US enabled Saudi War Crimes in Yemen; the indiscriminate killing of infants; children; women; and the medically fragile elderly. The Causing of rampant starvation, because ships with aid are not allowed to dock at Yemen's only port, Hodeida. Let's look at the massive waves of cholera here, because all the clean water infrastructure has been destroyed by US Saudi bombings. Aid organizations, like "Medicin Sans Frontiers" having gotten their facilities bombed into rubble so frequently in Yemen, that the risk/benefit ratio was so messed up, that they had no choice but to leave Yemen.

Has my government, and does my government, currently, engage in war crimes, and crimes against humanity?!? The short answer is, every damned day, somewhere.

And until and Unless Secretary Pompeo is ready, and willing to cure this, it will continue to be a living curse on this country, wreaking retribution where we least expect it.

And I have a name for Secretary Pompeo to have checked by the poor unfortunate (or unfortunates) being "punished" by having to read this site: Hanns Scharff.

Bio: Hanns Scharff

Who was this guy?@? He was a Nazi interrogator, who never used violence to get information out his English, Yank, and Canadian prisoners during World War II. He instead gave them the impression, by the way he spoke to them, that he already knew everything there was to know about their operation, and in fact, actually had them released from prison for artistic and cultural events. He got information from them in a way which was both brilliant, and never had to break a leg to do it.

At the end of the war, this man was so revered as an interrogator, that he was invited by the US military so greatly, that he was invited to teach his techniques to the American military. He ultimately became an American citizen, and was primarily known in this country for the beautiful pottery he created.

And Mr. Secretary of State, we need more Hanns Scharffs as our interrogators, not the second comings of the monsters who have and (who continue ) to use torture to exact confessions, which are generally not actionable, but great for conjuring an American narrative of what "baddies" they really are.

Mar 06 07:10

U.S. personnel to be investigated for alleged war crimes in Afghanistan

International Criminal Court appeals judges authorized Thursday an investigation into allegations of war crimes by United States military and intelligence personnel, Afghan forces and the Taliban in Afghanistan, in a case that has triggered a diplomatic backlash from Washington.

“The prosecutor is authorized to commence investigation in relation to alleged crimes committed on the territory of Afghanistan in the period since 1 May 2003,” Judge Piotr Hofma?ski said, adding that other alleged crimes committed on the territory of other states, which are party to the ICC, but that are sufficiently linked to the armed conflict in Afghanistan could also be investigated in the period since July 1, 2002.

Mar 06 07:09

ICC authorises investigation into alleged Afghanistan war crimes

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has authorised an investigation into possible war crimes committed in Afghanistan, which would include allegations against United States, Afghan and Taliban armed fighters.

"The Appeals chamber considers it appropriate to ... authorise the investigation," said presiding Judge Piotr Hofmanski on Thursday.

Mar 06 06:35

Spike in suicides amongst veterans of British military campaigns in Afghanistan

Veterans of Britain’s recent costly military campaigns in Afghanistan are killing themselves in record numbers.

According to the Times newspaper, some 14 former and serving army personnel have killed themselves in the past two months alone.

Mar 06 06:17

Pompeo Blasts "Renegade" & "Reckless" ICC Investigation Into US War Crimes In Afghanistan

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo lashed out in an official statement Thursday in response to the International Criminal Court (ICC) announcing it has begun an investigation into alleged US war crimes during the eighteen-year long war. The ICC said it will also probe allegations against all parties in the conflict, including the Taliban and Afghan military.

"This is a truly breathtaking action by an unaccountable political institution, masquerading as a legal body," the statement reads. "It is all the more reckless for this ruling to come just days after the United States signed a historic peace deal on Afghanistan – the best chance for peace in a generation," Pompeo added in reference to the historic US-Taliban peace deal which already appears to have unraveled.

Mar 04 05:16

US launches first airstrike on Taliban since Doha deal, targets fighters in Afghanistan's Helmand

The United States conducted an airstrike on Wednesday against Taliban fighters in Afghanistan`s southern Helmand province, a U.S. forces spokesman said, the first such attack since a troop withdrawal agreement was signed between the two sides on Saturday. The Taliban fighters were "were actively attacking an (Afghan National Security Forces) checkpoint. This was a defensive strike to disrupt the attack," said Colonel Sonny Leggett, a spokesman for the US Forces in Afghanistan in a tweet.

Mar 04 03:34

Donald Trump, Taliban leader Mullah Baradar Akhund talk as prisoner feud threatens Afghan peace

US President Donald Trump spoke by telephone with chief Taliban negotiator Mullah Baradar Akhund on Tuesday, the first known conversation between a US leader and a top Taliban official, as a dispute over a prisoner release threatened a US-led effort to bring peace to Afghanistan.
The call announced on Twitter by a Taliban spokesman and then confirmed by Trump, came three days after Baradar and US Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad signed an agreement in Qatar for a withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan.

Mar 03 04:34

Pentagon sees Taliban deal as allowing fuller focus on China

The Trump administration’s peace deal with the Taliban opens the door for an initial American troop withdrawal that Defense Secretary Mark Esper sees as a step toward the broader goal of preparing for potential future war with China.

Esper has his eye on “great power competition,” which means staying a step ahead of China and Russia on battlefields of the future, including in space and in next-generation strategic weapons like hypersonic missiles and advanced nuclear weapons. He sees China in particular as a rising threat to American predominance on the world stage.

Mar 03 03:52

The US–Taliban Deal Is Not the Military Withdrawal It Should Be

The Trump administration will likely seek to sell the U.S.–Taliban deal as both a peace accord and a U.S. military withdrawal. However, the deal President Donald Trump has struck only brings troop levels back to the level they were when he took office three years ago; that is, a reduction to 8,600 troops from the current levels of 13,000.

A fuller withdrawal will only take place if the Taliban fully implements all elements of the deal, effectively giving the Taliban a veto on U.S. troop withdrawals. There are also indications that the U.S. intends to leave special forces troops in the country indefinitely for counterterrorism operations.

Mar 02 19:40

YouTube: The Real Cyberbullies | Redonkulas.com

Popp is pissed! He just got out of youtube jail for posting a suicide prevention video for vets and their families. Youtube yanked it and this veteran(Infantry,Paratrooper/Airborne Ranger/Green Beret) of 3 wars isn't happy!

Mar 01 05:01

All U.S. troops to withdraw from Afghanistan under peace deal

Mar 01 05:00

US and Taliban sign historic peace deal to end 18-year war

America’s longest war finally has an end in sight.

The US and the Taliban signed a peace deal Saturday that could see all American troops withdrawn from Afghanistan by May 2021, ending the conflict that began less than a month after the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

President George W. Bush launched the invasion in pursuit of 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda, who was sheltered in Afghanistan’s mountains by the Taliban, a militant Islamist group.

Over the years, as the US helped to train Afghanistan’s military and build up the civilian government, the fighting left 2,309 US troops dead and 20,660 injured ?— and cost more than $2 trillion.

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Feb 04 12:25

The Planned End of The Republic

I don't care what agency they are with, what country they are from, or what traitorous pen stroke our bogus appointed rulers create in the way of Executive Orders, ANYONE that tries to disarm law abiding Americans should be SHOT ON SIGHT. And if you don't, if you allow them to takes us out one at a time while hiding in the basement instead of attacking the attackers, you deserve the chains they have waiting.

http://tshtf.blogspot.com/2010/02/end-of-republic.html

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Jan 02 09:45

Pound of Flesh

Pound of Flesh
Meaning:
Something which is owed that is ruthlessly required to be paid back.
Reap what one sows: as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee: thy reward shall return upon thine own head." In modern terms; what goes around comes around, aka you get what you deserve.

http://tshtf.blogspot.com/2009/11/pound-of-flesh.html

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Nov 25 23:08

Thankful on Thanksgiving

While many Americans attempt to be thankful for anything in these trying and evil times, I am truly thankful there are people like Mike, who has created this site to fight for truth and decency against the murderous, hateful, worst examples of our species.

As we remember and reflect upon the gratitude we feel for the wonder that is in our lives, and the people whose talent, love, and inspiration guides us, this is for Mike Rivero, a true American hero and a beacon for the world.

Thanks MIke.

Joe

Nov 25 23:08

Thankful on Thanksgiving

While many Americans attempt to be thankful for anything in these trying and evil times, I am truly thankful there are people like Mike, who has created this site to fight for truth and decency against the murderous, hateful, worst examples of our species.

As we remember and reflect upon the gratitude we feel for the wonder that is in our lives, and the people whose talent, love, and inspiration guides us, this is for Mike Rivero, a true American hero and a beacon for the world.

Thanks MIke.

Joe

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Sep 13 10:24

General Smedley Butler

Major General Smedley Butler retired from the Marine Corps in 1931 at the age of 48. He had faced gunfire 120 times and the famed columnist Will Rogers wrote of Butler, "He is what I would call a natural born warrior. He will fight anybody, any time....He carries every medal we ever gave out. He has two Congressional Medals of Honor....You give him another war and he will get him another one....I do admire him."

http://tshtf.blogspot.com/2009/08/general-smedley-butler.html

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