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  • April 16, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The real fraud about Afghanistan’s election
    SocialistWorker.org: The U.S. media celebrated Afghanistan’s April 5 elections as a success story. The country’s Independent Election Commission reported that more than 7 million voters participated in the presidential and provincial council voting, a higher turnout than the 2009 election.      Full news...


  • April 12, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan Newspeak: 10 ways the US skews the narrative
    GlobalPost: As the clock ticks down to the promised withdrawal from Afghanistan, the US military is trying to figure out how to market the idea that the international intervention has actually accomplished its core mission — bringing peace and stability to a nation that has known little of either for the past 35 years.      Full news...

  • April 11, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Innocent truck driver tells of ordeal at Afghanistan’s Bagram jail
    AFP: Pakistani truck driver Umran Khan spent nine years in Afghanistan’s Bagram prison, where he says he suffered beatings, sleep deprivation and a sustained campaign of mental disintegration despite committing no crime. Accused with a friend of transporting bombs in 2005, he has maintained his innocence - and an official record shows his captors suspected the same.      Full news...

  • April 3, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The US Just Can’t Stop Blowing Billions in Afghanistan
    Vice News: You might have heard that the US spent some 102 billion USD trying to develop Afghanistan over the last decade — and that’s in addition to the estimated 6 trillion USD it spent going to war there in the first place. You also might have heard that a lot of that money vanished into thin air, went to shady contractors, corrupt politicians, or, occasionally, the Taliban.      Full news...

  • March 19, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    US May Be Paying for Nonexistent Afghan Police
    Antiwar.com: The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) warned of the problem of “ghost workers” in the past, but their most recent letter to the Combined Security Transition Command (CTSC) suggests the problem may be bigger and worse than ever suggested before.      Full news...

  • March 19, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Imperial Exit: Britain’s Departure from Afghanistan
    Scoop Media: Farewell to the British, as they leave the country that took their soldiers, and more than a sense of dignity. Forces are being withdraw (the popular term is drawn down, as if they were blinds) and it is hard to see the mission in Afghanistan as anything but another intervention that did not quite pan out well for the invader. At one point, 137 bases dotted Helmand province.      Full news...

  • March 13, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Civilian drone deaths triple in Afghanistan: UN
    The News International: The number of U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan plunged last year amid growing care to avoid civilian deaths, but the death toll in neighboring Afghanistan continues to rise, the United Nations´ special investigator on counterterrorism said Wednesday.      Full news...

  • March 12, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan-US force raids Logar house, one killed
    PAN: A joint Afghan-US security force raided a house in the Mohammad Agha district of central Logar province early on Wednesday morning, killing one inmate and arresting two others, officials said. The joint force conducted the raid in the Kandahari village around 4am in pursuit of suspected insurgents, the district chief, Abdul Hamid Hamid, told Pajhwok Afghan News.      Full news...

  • March 6, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    5 ANA soldiers killed, 17 injured in NATO airstrike
    International Business Times: Five soldiers were killed and 17 people in total were injured in an air strike led by NATO in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Logar on Thursday. Among the wounded were eight members of the Afghan National Army and the soldiers’ deaths were confirmed by NATO’s International Security Assistance Force, or ISAF, which called it an accident.      Full news...

  • February 24, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Occupation of Afghanistan is not ‘democracy’
    Workers World: When the anti-war movement makes the argument that U.S. and NATO troops must get out of Afghanistan, liberal apologists for the war counter that without the troops, the country will fall under the control of the Taliban, and any improvements in the status of women or other “democratic” measures will be reversed.      Full news...

  • February 23, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Civilian deaths spark protest in Herat
    PAN: Hundreds of people on Sunday staged a protest against Afghan security forces, foreign troops and the mayor of western Herat province, an official said. Shindand district residents and doctors’ union members took part in the protest, chanting slogans against local security forces and foreign troops.      Full news...

  • February 14, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    ​US scraps ‘glossy propaganda’ plans for Afghanistan aid projects
    RT: A US federal agency that sought to pay photographers for “positive images” of its work in Afghanistan has canceled the program. The project, created to combat negative news coverage, collapsed amid charges that the effort amounted to propaganda. Using USD 1 billion on aid programs in Afghanistan, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) solicited proposals on Monday for a project that aimed to...      Full news...

  • February 8, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Civilian casualties up by 14pc in 2013: UN
    Reuters: War took an increasing toll on Afghanistan’s civilians in 2013 as fighting intensified between the government and insurgents, the United Nations said in a report on Saturday, with total casualties rising 14 percent. The gradual withdrawal of foreign troops has left Afghan government forces more vulnerable to attack by insurgents, and the resulting battles helped account for last year’s rise in casualties, according to the report.      Full news...

  • January 31, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Poll: most Americans now soured on Iraq, Afghanistan wars
    USA Today: As two of the nation’s longest wars finally end, most Americans have concluded that neither achieved its goals. Those grim assessments in a USA TODAY/Pew Research Center poll underscore the erosion in support for the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan and the loss of faith in the outcome of the wars, both launched in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.      Full news...

  • January 23, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    To Salvage What we can From Afghanistan, Our Leaders Must Admit that the War has Failed
    The Daily Beast: As America ploughs through its 13th year of war in Afghanistan and negotiates with Kabul to keeps troops there for another ten years, we must take a sober look at the military and diplomatic actions that have thus far characterized our involvement. We must ask what we have accomplished after more than a decade of fighting, whether our goals have been met and our mission has been a success.      Full news...

  • January 18, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The 2009 shadow on 2014 election
    The Killid Group: The rift between Kabul and Washington has again widened with statements by Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation Daoud Ali Najafi and a former US defence secretary Robert Gates. US claims of impartiality in Afghan polls are at stake. Gates has said in a memoir that is hitting the stands that top US diplomats tried to manipulate the outcome of the 2009 presidential election, and stop President Hamid Karzai from winning a second term.      Full news...

  • January 17, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    US airstrike killed at least 14 civilians, including women and children
    Khaama Press: A delegation of the Afghan officials including parliament members, who were assigned by president Karzai to investigate the US airstrike in northern Parwan province of Afghanistan, has revealed at least 14 civilians were killed in the air raid. Afghan lawmaker Abdul Satar Khawasi who was heading the probe team has said, at least 14 civilians including three women and five children were killed in US airstrike in Siagh Gerd district.      Full news...

  • January 13, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    What We Did to Afghanistan
    Counterpunch: A few years ago in Kabul, I was listening to a spokesman for an Afghan government organisation who was giving me a long, upbeat and not very convincing account of the achievements of the institution for which he worked. To relieve the tedium, and without much expectation of getting an interesting reply, I asked him – with a guarantee of non-attribution – what benefits the Afghan government had brought to its people.      Full news...


  • January 10, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    4-year-old Afghan boy killed by US forces
    AFP: Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Friday condemned US troops for killing a four-year-old boy in the southern province of Helmand, in a fresh strain to troubled relations between Washington and Kabul. Helmand governor Naeem Baloch told Karzai during a meeting in Kabul about the shooting, which comes as the US and Afghanistan wrangle over a deal to allow some US troops to remain in the country after this year.      Full news...

  • January 9, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    U.S. troops are needed in Afghanistan to “protect women”? Really?
    Sott.net: As an Afghan woman, I find the propaganda line used by the Yankees and the Brits that they must stay in Afghanistan to “protect the wimmins” to be particularly breathtaking in its pathological audacity. We know they’re really there for the oil and gas pipelines, the rare-earth minerals and the opium, so please, spare us this BS!      Full news...

  • January 8, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Why the US Wants To Stay In Afghanistan
    Antiwar.com: The U.S. is supposed to withdraw all its troops from Afghanistan by the end of this new year. But despite public opinion polls to the contrary, President Obama is seeking to leave several thousand Special Forces troops, military trainers, CIA personnel, “contractors” and surveillance listening posts for 10 more years in Afghanistan until the end of 2024.      Full news...

  • January 2, 2014 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Obama’s Afghanistan plan: More war
    The Washington Post: The White House’s push for another 10 years (at least) in Afghanistan — already the nation’s longest war — could make waves. The administration is pushing for a security deal with the Afghan government that would allow U.S. troops to stay there until “2024 and beyond.”      Full news...

  • December 31, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Poll: Afghanistan Conflict Least Supported War in US History
    Newsmax: Fewer than 20 percent of Americans support the war in Afghanistan, making the longest conflict in the nation’s history the least supported war as well, a new CNN poll released Monday reveals. According to the CNN/ORC survey of 1,035 adults nationwide, 82 percent said they oppose the conflict in Afghanistan, up from 46 percent five years ago.      Full news...

  • December 29, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    I worked on the US drone program. The public should know what really goes on
    The Guardian: Whenever I read comments by politicians defending the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Predator and Reaper program – aka drones – I wish I could ask them a few questions. I’d start with: “How many women and children have you seen incinerated by a Hellfire missile?” And: “How many men have you seen crawl across a field, trying to make it to the nearest compound for help while bleeding out from severed legs?”      Full news...

  • December 20, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Poll: Two thirds of Americans say Afghan war not worth fighting
    Los Angeles Times: Two thirds of Americans questioned in a recent poll said the 12-year war fought in Afghanistan to cleanse the country of terrorists hasn’t been worth the price paid in lives and dollars. Nevertheless, a majority still favors keeping some U.S. forces in the troubled country even after the military mission ends a year from now, the ABC News/Washington Post poll found.      Full news...

  • December 15, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The Lies of Power and the Powerful
    Counterpunch: On January 15, 1973 Richard Nixon announced a halt to offensive operations by US forces in Vietnam. Twelve days later a peace agreement was signed in Paris between the United States, northern Vietnam, the US client regime in Saigon, and the Provisional Revolutionary Government (PRG) of southern Vietnam. This agreement called for an immediate ceasefire and called for the Vietnamese to negotiate a political settlement regarding the fate of southern Vietnam.      Full news...

  • December 8, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan’s ‘Pentagon’
    The Washington Post: The Afghan “Pentagon” being built here is a sprawling symbol of U.S. generosity. The American government has already spent about 107 million USD — double the initial estimate — on the five-story Defense Ministry headquarters, which will include state-of-the-art bunkers and the second-largest auditorium in Kabul.      Full news...

  • December 5, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    In Afghanistan, They Died for No Good Cause
    Future of Freedom Foundation: Last week a remarkable exchange about the future role of the U.S. military in Afghanistan took place on the MSNBC program Andrea Mitchell Reports. In a discussion of the U.S. government’s uncertain negotiations with Afghan President Hamid Karzai over the continued presence of U.S. troops beyond 2014, NBC’s chief foreign correspondent, Richard Engel, pointed out that...      Full news...



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