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  • December 26, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The Afghanistan Papers Are a Case Study in Colonial Propaganda
    Truthdig: In an earlier article (FAIR.org, 12/18/19) regarding the Washington Post’s Afghanistan Papers (12/9/19), I discussed how the Post’s exposť also exposed the Post as one of the primary vehicles US officials use to spread their lies, and why it’s impossible for corporate media outlets like the Post to raise more substantive questions about the deceptive nature of US foreign policy. †††††Full news...

  • December 20, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    From Vietnam to Afghanistan, all US governments lie
    The Conversation: The Washington Post has, after more than two years of investigation, revealed that senior foreign policy officials in the White House, State and Defense departments have known for some time that the U.S. intervention in Afghanistan was failing. Interview transcripts from the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, obtained by the Post after many lawsuits, show that for 18 years these same officials have told the public the intervention was succeeding. †††††Full news...


  • October 24, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    How Pakistan Has Won the War in Afghanistan (America Lost)
    Yahoo News: The U.S. war in Afghanistan is winding down, and Pakistan has won. The basic outline of the agreement negotiated by U.S. Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad is nothing new: The United States withdraws its forces in exchange for a Taliban pledge not to associate with terrorism or allow Afghanistan to be used as a safe-haven for terror groups. †††††Full news...

  • September 24, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Mass Killings In Afghanistan Are Acts of White Supremacy
    Common Dreams: An American white nationalist killed over 30 people recently. The victims, all brown, had full lives; children, loved ones, and years, full of plans, ahead of them. But then they were incinerated. Worst of all, they were murdered while Afghan.The deaths were noted in the press, and one Democrat running for president even acknowledged their passing. †††††Full news...

  • September 24, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Russia accuses US of transferring Daesh to northern Afghanistan
    Amn New: US special services are involved in transferring Daesh* militants to northern regions of Afghanistan with the aim of destabilising the situation on the borders with the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), Sergey Beseda, the head of the Russian Federal Security Service’s international relations department, said on Monday. †††††Full news...

  • September 23, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    40 civilians, including children, reported killed in Afghan commando strike
    The New York Times: Government officials in the southern Afghan province of Helmand said on Monday that as many as 40 civilians, including children, may have been killed during a government commando raid on an insurgent stronghold the night before. Accounts from the scene were fragmentary and contradictory, typical of violent clashes in which civilians are reported killed in remote areas late at night. †††††Full news...

  • September 20, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan: US confirms drone attack that killed 30 farmers
    Al Jazeera: The US forces in Afghanistan have admitted that a drone attack that killed at least 30 pine nut farmers in Nangarhar province on Thursday was conducted by them. At least 40 others were injured in the attack in Wazir Tangi area of Khogyani district that was previously attributed to the West-backed Afghan government. †††††Full news...


  • September 16, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Inside Afghanistan: Nearly Nine in 10 Afghans Are Suffering
    Gallup: The collapse in peace negotiations between the U.S. and Taliban has removed a potential barrier to holding Afghanistan’s presidential election as scheduled on Sept. 28. But the recent surge in Taliban attacks dispels any expectation that the election will lead to peace and stability for a people who rate their lives more poorly than any other worldwide. †††††Full news...

  • September 13, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan, Graveyard of Empires
    The Berkeley Daily Planet: Much like President Nixon’s false Vietnam narrative, both Bush and Cheney continued to mislead the American people falsely stating “we have the Taliban on the run.” The invasion was a visceral reaction to 9/11. The war followed a familiar trajectory much like the disastrous Vietnam War. †††††Full news...

  • September 12, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The Annual Cost Of The War In Afghanistan Since 2001 [Infographic]
    Forbes: America’s longest war, the conflict in Afghanistan, has cost 975 billion USD when 2019 estimates are factored in according to website The Balance. Their data is based on research from Brown University and it makes the war in Afghanistan second only to the inflation-adjusted 4.1 trillion USD the United States spent during the Second World War in terms of overall cost. †††††Full news...

  • August 22, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    US Combat Deaths in Afghanistan Hit Highest Level in 5 Years; 2 More Casualties on Wednesday
    cnsnews.com:The death of two U.S. Green Berets in Afghanistan on Wednesday brings to 14 the number of American military personnel killed in combat there this year – the highest annual combat death toll since 2014, and with more than four months of the year yet to run. The Pentagon on Thursday identified the two soldiers as Master Sgt. Luis F. DeLeon-Figueroa, 31, of Chicopee, Mass., and Master Sgt. Jose J. Gonzalez, 35, of La Puente, Calif. †††††Full news...

  • August 14, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Pentagon Looks to Use Afghanistan as Proving Ground for New Tech
    Antiwar.com: Hopes for peace in Afghanistan continue to get delayed, but with a deal seemly always just on the horizon, the Pentagon is finding new things to do in Afghanistan. Not trying to win the war, because that ship sailed long ago. But 18 years into the war, the Pentagon has found Afghanistan as a nice proving ground for a lot of different new military technology, hoping to show that new artificial intelligence efforts and cloud computing can make information-sharing in an occupation more efficient. †††††Full news...


  • August 9, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    CIA Plans To Keep Proxy Units In Afghanistan: Report
    TOLOnews.com: Despite reports that American troops may soon be leaving the country following a deal with the Taliban, the United States Central Intelligence Agency plans to retain a strong presence on the ground in Afghanistan. Reports indicate that Washington has resolved its differences with the Taliban about withdrawing American troops from Afghanistan as the Doha talks are underway. †††††Full news...

  • August 8, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    How the CIA Aims to Keep a Footprint in Afghanistan
    Foreign Policy: The muezzin had just called for the morning prayer when soldiers brandishing guns jumped off their Toyota Hiluxes, surrounded Noor Walli Khan’s house, knocked down the door, and entered the dark rooms where his family slept. Minutes later, they had tied everyone’s hands and feet and started pouring gasoline over the family’s only car. †††††Full news...

  • August 7, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    U.S. Navy SEALs Get Afghanistan Detainee Abuse Charges Dropped
    RFE/RL: The U.S. Navy dismissed charges on August 6 against four SEALs accused of abusing detainees in Afghanistan seven years ago, AP reported. The four SEALs -- Lieutenant Jason Webb, Chief Petty Officers David Swarts and Xavier Silva, and Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel D’Ambrosio -- were accused of abusing bound prisoners alongside Afghan local police. †††††Full news...


  • July 30, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan government and Nato killing more civilians than the Taliban
    The Guardian: Afghan forces and their international allies killed more civilians in the first half of 2019 than the Taliban and other militant groups, UN figures show, extending a trend that began in the first quarter of the year. This year is the first time since civilian casualty records started over a decade ago that pro-government forces have caused more deaths than insurgents, raising serious questions about the western mission there. †††††Full news...

  • July 28, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    It is time to reckon with blood and treasure lost in Afghanistan
    The Hill: America needs to reckon with the purpose of war and lives lost in Afghanistan. There is no reason that more American service members should lose their lives there. The real strategic mistake is not withdrawing too fast. It is remaining there or withdrawing slowly and painfully because of hubris or a sunk cost fallacy. †††††Full news...


  • May 30, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    U.S.-Funded Afghan College Is Under Scrutiny for Missing Millions, Officials Say
    The New York Times: One of the investigators of the American University in Afghanistan summed things up this way: If the United States government had paid to send every Afghan graduate to college in the United States, it would have spent less money than it did on financing a troubled, English-language university for them in the Afghan capital. The university graduated 1,281 Afghan degree students over the past decade, at a cost of 126,000 USD each to American taxpayers, or a total of 162 million USD. †††††Full news...

  • May 23, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Deadly air raids kill 14 civilians in Afghanistan: UN
    Al Jazeera: Air raids in Afghanistan’s southern Helmand and eastern Kunar provinces have killed at least 14 civilians, the UN said on Thursday. Seven children were among those killed in the attacks that took place in Helmand’s Gereshk and Kunar’s Chawki districts on Monday and Wednesday, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said in a statement. †††††Full news...

  • May 21, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    What Trump’s pardon of war criminals says about US policy in Afghanistan
    TRT World: US president’s decision to pardon US soldiers who carried out murders in Afghanistan and Iraq is just one way in which Washington avoids accountability for its actions. Donald Trump is preparing to pardon several US military members this Memorial Day, including a soldier who admitted to murder in Afghanistan in 2010, according to the New York Times. †††††Full news...

  • May 17, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    In southern Afghanistan, U.S. airstrikes kill up to 18 members of Afghan forces
    The Washington Post: U.S. airstrikes in Afghanistan killed as many as 18 Afghan police officers late Thursday during heavy ground fighting with Taliban forces near the capital of Helmand province, Afghan officials and provincial leaders said Friday. U.S. military officials here said the airstrikes, in what they described as a “tragic accident,” killed members of the Afghan security forces and Taliban fighters, but they did not say how many from each side died. †††††Full news...

  • May 11, 2019 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The Unspeakable War
    The New York Times: It’s easy to reach for metaphors to describe the war in Afghanistan — quagmire, money pit, a boulder that must be rolled up the Hindu Kush for eternity. John Sopko, the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction, told The Times this month that a recent decision by the Trump administration to stop releasing important metrics about the war... †††††Full news...


  • November 28, 2018 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    At least 30 Afghan civilians killed in US air strike in Helmand province
    Reuters: At least 30 Afghan civilians have been killed in US air strikes in the Afghan province of Helmand, officials and residents of the area said on Wednesday, the latest casualties from a surge in air operations aimed at driving the Taliban into talks. Afghanistan’s NATO-led force said Afghan government forces and US advisers came under fire from Taliban fighters in a compound in Garmsir district and called in an air strike. †††††Full news...




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