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  • August 25, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Before the Massacre by US soldier in Afghanistan: Booze, Steroids, Racism and 'Hands-Off' Leadership in Afghanistan
    ABC News: The American soldier who murdered 16 Afghan civilians was based at an Army post with Special Forces teams immersed in a culture of drugs, booze and casual racism – one not overseen by Special Forces leadership because they chose to take a “hands-off” approach, according to newly released military report. The damning assessment by U.S. military officials came in the aftermath of the 2012 massacre by Sgt. Robert Bales, now serving a life sentence after being convicted in a court-martial of multiple counts of murder.      Full news...

  • August 5, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan Conflict: Highest Number of Women, Kids Killed, Wounded on Record
    NBC News: The highest number of women and children on record were killed or wounded by the conflict in Afghanistan during the first six months of the year, according to a U.N. report released Wednesday. The number of women who died or were injured jumped 23 percent in the six months to June, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) study showed. From January to June, 164 women were killed and 395 were wounded, according to the report.      Full news...

  • August 1, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The U.S. War on Drugs in Afghanistan Is an 8 Billion USD Failure
    The Fiscal Times: The U.S. is dealing with the most severe heroin epidemic the country has seen in years, but the public health crisis here is dwarfed by the severity of the problem in Afghanistan. And the billions of dollars the U.S. is spending to fight the epidemic in the central Asian nation seems to be having little effect.      Full news...

  • July 31, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    DOD Scrapped 160 Million USD in Equipment Meant for Afghanistan
    The Fiscal Times: A top government watchdog says the Pentagon wound up junking nearly 160 million USD of military equipment it purchased but never actually made it into the hands of the Afghan National Army (ANA). In its latest quarterly report to Congress the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) states that the Defense Department, which can reclaim equipment Afghan forces say they don’t need, only exercised that option for about 16 million USD worth of equipment out of a total of roughly 175 million USD purchased.      Full news...

  • July 20, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    NATO Airstrike Kills 8 Afghan Troops, Injures 5
    The Associated Press: A NATO airstrike hit two Afghan military checkpoints on Monday in a restive province east of the capital, Kabul, killing at least eight Afghan troops in what an Afghan official describes as an accident due to bad coordination. The early morning strike took place in Logar province’s district of Baraki Barak, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) east of Kabul, according to Afghan provincial army commander Abdul Razaq.      Full news...

  • July 15, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan war costs American taxpayers 4 million USD per hour – study
    RT: New data shows that America’s war in Afghanistan is costing taxpayers roughly 4 million USD an hour, despite the Obama administration’s drawdown of troops leaving only 10,000 soldiers in the country. Despite the colossal cost, the Obama administration and Afghan leadership both recognize the war will only end with peace negotiations, according to observers.      Full news...

  • June 20, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Declassified Pentagon Report: US Created ISIL as Tool Against Assad
    Veterans Today: It was so much so that we have always suspected that high up “dupes” were used to sandbag on this childish “arm the moderates” nonsense, knowing it would not only be a smokescreen for the shadow government to field their own units, but also to tap into the Pentagon kitty for funding. In working to track the money flow — a normal tool in establishing who is running operations — our source told us, in regard to the Jordan training for example, that once the money got to Jordan for training, weapons and ammo, the paper trail hit a firewall.      Full news...


  • June 2, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    War in Afghanistan since 2001 has killed 100,000: Report
    Press Trust of India: War in Afghanistan since the 2001 US-led invasion that overthrew the Taliban regime and sparked an insurgency has killed almost 100,000 people, and wounded the same number, according to a new report from Brown University. The study, called Costs of War and produced by Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies, looks at war-related deaths...      Full news...

  • May 31, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Airstrike hits Logar school, 2 students killed, 4 injured
    PAN: A primary school was bombed from the air during an operation against militants in the Barak-i-Barak district of central Logar province, killing two students and injuring four others, including a teacher. Logar education director Mohammad Akbar Stanikzai told Pajhwok Afghan News the school was hit about 9am in the Jalozo area.      Full news...

  • May 11, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Farewell Kabul: From Afghanistan to a More Dangerous World review – a lucid account of the longest war
    The Guardian: In November 2008, an Estonian minister by the name of Harri Tiido was being given a tour of Helmand province. Estonians were stationed in Nawzad, which had once been a town of 30,000 people, but was now deserted, “with the two sides dug into first world war-type trenches with their lines 300 yards apart”. After receiving the usual PowerPoint briefing, Tiido was asked by his British hosts if he had any questions: “I have only one,” he said. “What the fuck are we doing here?”      Full news...

  • April 27, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Forty Years Later, Will the End Games in Iraq and Afghanistan Follow the Vietnam Playbook?
    TomDispatch: If our wars in the Greater Middle East ever end, it’s a pretty safe bet that they will end badly - and it won’t be the first time. The “fall of Saigon” in 1975 was the quintessential bitter end to a war. Oddly enough, however, we’ve since found ways to reimagine that denouement which miraculously transformed a failed and brutal war of American aggression into a tragic humanitarian rescue mission.      Full news...



  • March 30, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Billions Blown in Afghanistan Reconstruction Spending? (MuckReads Edition)
    ProPublica: After routing the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001, the U.S. government began a now 13-year effort to stabilize and develop the country. It has cost taxpayers billions — and some say, achieved little. These stories examine the waste and problems plaguing U.S. reconstruction efforts that, despite the end of combat, will continue to cost billions — even as our military presence shrinks.      Full news...

  • March 28, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    US troops, immune from prosecution, raped dozens of Colombian children
    WSWS.org: US soldiers and military contractors were responsible for the rape and sexual abuse of scores of Colombian children, but faced no legal repercussions because of a treaty between Washington and Bogota granting them full immunity. A fresh revelation of these appalling crimes came as a byproduct of ongoing peace talks between the Colombian government and the FARC (Armed Revolutionary Forces of Colombia) guerrilla movement taking place in Havana, Cuba.      Full news...


  • March 17, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Declassified Documents: CIA Helped Fund al-Qaeda via Afghan Government
    Sputnik: Documents declassified at a trial of a suspected terrorist show that millions of dollars in CIA funds fell into the hands of al Qaeda in 2010. The money was used by Afghan officials in a ransom payment.Once again, US money funneled through the CIA into the Middle East has ended up being used against… well, the US... Correspondence made public at the trial of Abid Naseer, a Pakistani al-Qaeda operative convicted in Brooklyn of supporting terrorism and conspiring to bomb a British shopping center.      Full news...


  • February 27, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Our Condolences
    The Intercept: An armored vehicle ran over a six-year-old boy’s legs: 11,000 USD. A jingle truck was “blown up by mistake”: 15,000 USD. A controlled detonation broke eight windows in a mosque: 106 USD. A boy drowned in an anti-tank ditch: 1,916 USD. A 10-ton truck ran over a cucumber crop: 180 USD. A helicopter “shot bullets hitting and killing seven cows”: 2,253 USD.      Full news...

  • February 24, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    US slaughter in Afghanistan rages on
    WSWS: Less than two months after President Barack Obama announced an end to US combat operations in Afghanistan, top Pentagon officials have made it clear that these murderous operations are not only continuing, they are escalating, while plans for the withdrawal of American troops are being reconsidered. At the end of last year, the American president declared that “the longest war in American history is coming to a responsible conclusion.”      Full news...

  • February 22, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Pentagon chief: US military considering keeping more troops in Afghanistan
    Associated Press: The United States is considering slowing its military exit from Afghanistan by keeping a larger-than-planned troop presence this year and next because the new Afghan government is proving to be a more reliable partner, US defense secretary Ash Carter said Saturday. Carter, on his first overseas trip since starting the Pentagon job Tuesday, also said the Obama administration is “rethinking” the counterterrorism mission in Afghanistan, although he did not elaborate.      Full news...

  • February 13, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    US reportedly increases secret raids in Afghanistan
    FoxNews.com: U.S. Special Forces soldiers and their Afghan allies have undertaken an increasing number of night raids targeting Taliban and Al Qaeda militants, despite Washington formally declaring an end to combat operations late last year, according to a published report. The New York Times reports that the increased raids are partially the result of intelligence seized in October of last year...      Full news...


  • January 30, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Islamic State was born in 1979 with covert operations in Afghanistan
    Pravda.ru: In order to fully communicate the history of the Islamic State and its relationship with the House of Saud and Turkey, we consulted Jeffrey Steinberg, Senior Editor and Counterintelligence Director of the Executive Intelligence Review with 40 years of experience working with the LarouchePAC. He is also member of and active contributor to the Schiller Institute based in Wiesbaden, Germany.      Full news...

  • January 29, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Three U.S. contractors killed in “insider attack” in Afghanistan
    Reuters: An Afghan soldier killed three U.S. contractors and wounded a fourth on Thursday at Kabul’s military airport, an Afghan air force official said. An increase in so-called insider attacks in Afghanistan eroded trust between government forces and their international allies in the final years of the combat mission that ended in 2014, prompting foreign forces to scale back interaction with Afghans.      Full news...


  • January 7, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Drone Rules in Afghanistan Go Unchanged, And Other Reasons the War Isn’t Really Over
    RollingStone: Though many Americans may not have realized it, December 28th marked what the U.S. government called the official end of the war in Afghanistan. That war has been the longest in U.S. history – but despite the new announcement that the formal conflict is over, America’s war there is far from finished. In fact, the Obama administration still considers the Afghan theater an area of active hostilities, according to an email from a senior administration official...      Full news...


  • January 4, 2015 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan: Skulking Away from a Failed War
    Common Dreams: “The only good Talib is a dead Talib.” These words, uttered half a decade ago by the head of intelligence for the NATO coalition force in Afghanistan, summon a far earlier American savagery. As the American empire affects to close the door on its war with Afghanistan, the words also serve as a sort of doorstop propping open our further intervention in this broken country.      Full news...



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