AFGHANISTAN

Nov 26 06:48

Possible Motives for Ousting Hagel

At the start of Barack Obama’s second term, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was seen as the best hope for standing up to the neocons, inside and outside the administration. Though Hagel proved to be a weak champion, his sudden removal could portend more trouble ahead.

The abrupt resignation of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel – along with the failure to reach a final agreement on Iran’s nuclear program on the same day – does not augur well for the last quarter of Barack Obama’s presidency, reflecting his continuing tendency to let the neocons have their way.

Nov 25 14:46

Calling Sens. Mitchell, Daschle—Your “Bipartisan” Center Is In Funny Company

The question is, how was it that the foreign policy project of a “bipartisan” organization—founded by two relatively liberal former Democratic Majority Leaders and two relatively moderate former Republican Majority Leaders—was effectively captured and held captive for no less than seven years by hard-core neoconservatives determined to sabotage a top foreign-policy priority of a sitting Democratic president?

Former Democratic Sens. George Mitchell and Tom Daschle co-founded the Bipartisan Policy Center(BPC), along with their former Republican colleagues and fellow former majority leaders, Sens. Howard Baker and Bob Dole back in 2007. The Center, which describes itself as a “non-profit organization that drives principled solutions through rigorous analysis, reasoned negotiations and respectful dialogue,” has generally promoted mainstream, centrist positions on a range of issues over the years, including economic and energy policy, governance, health, and homeland security.

Nov 24 18:22

Afghan woman kills 25 Taliban rebels to avenge her son’s murder

An Afghan woman has killed at least 25 Taliban militants to avenge the murder of her son who was a police officer in western Farah province.
According to reports, Reza Gul was forced to pick up arms after her son was shot dead by Taliban militants in front of her eyes.

Nov 24 15:30

Israel – America’s Biggest Frenemy

The Jewish State in the Levant is a burden we shouldn’t have to bear.

For decades the Israelis have lived off our largesse without having to offer anything of value in return – unless Israeli interference in American politics is considered of value. We’ve handed them over $3 billion a year in tribute, stood by while they subjected their Palestinian helots to conditions not seen since South Africa’s apartheid, and smiled tolerantly, as one would at an obstreperous child, while they noisily spat in our faces at every opportunity.

And what have we gotten in return? Insults, interference, and outright threats – not to mention one of the most effective (and obnoxious) spying operations conducted on our soil by a foreign power.

Nov 23 12:37

Biden in Kiev on US Regime-Change Victory Tour

Russia this week condemned the dangerous escalation of US military involvement in Ukraine. Moscow’s foreign ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said the arms announcement «broke all agreements» and that it would further destabilize the country and make a political resolution of the conflict less likely.

The next US planes to follow Biden’s will be loaded with weapons and other non-lethal munitions, as earlier this week Washington announced for the first time that it is to start supplying the Kiev regime with military hardware. Those weapons are to include anti-tank and air defence systems, sniper rifles and machine-guns.

Nov 22 06:37

Will the Iran Deal-Wreckers Prevail?

Iran appears ready to sign an agreement tightly constraining its nuclear program in exchange for some sanctions relief, but neocons and other U.S. hardliners appear determined to wreck the deal, which could make Mideast tensions even worse, writes ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar

As of this writing the greatest chance of wrecking it appears to involve not what is going on at the negotiating tables in Europe but instead what the U.S. Congress may do back in Washington to sabotage the work of the diplomats. The energy for the Congressional wrecking ball comes, as it always has, from three sources.

Nov 21 23:21

‘International law is being applied highly selectively, when it comes to Iran’

RT talks to U.S. foreign policy analyst Soraya Ulrich

Soraya Ulrich is not optimistic that a deal would be reached before the deadline. She raises the point that this is not just about Iran, this is a fight about upholding international laws and international treaties, which are being violated by the United States. She notes that Iran has never violated the NPT (Non-Proliferation Treaty), yet it is being accused of doing so. If we succumb to the violation by one party i.e United States and its allies in this case, then international laws and international treaties will loose all meaning and other countries will fall prey to such lawlessness.

Top US and Iranian diplomats have decided to stay in Vienna to continue tense negotiations on the nuclear issue until a consensus suitable to both states is reached.

World powers are trying to agree on limits for Iran’s uranium enrichment, and the sanctions imposed on the country.

Nov 21 22:19

Moment of Truth — Iran and Obama

President Obama cannot mollify those critics inside as well as outside his administration who want unconditional surrender from the IRI (Islamic Republic of Iran)and still expect to get an agreement. Humiliation is a dangerous and delicate business. Especially so when the party whom you intend to humiliate is a proud people and its leaders willful.

A recommendation: Sign the nuclear accord with the Islamic Republic of Iran. Announce it with great fanfare. Declare that this opens a new era in relations between the two countries and holds out the prospect for achieving peace and stability across the region. By acting in this way, the United States would redraw the diplomatic map of the Middle East in ways that open opportunities for resolution of its internecine conflicts and for the establishment of a measure of stability.

Nov 21 13:38

All-Out War in Ukraine: NATO’s ‘Final Offensive’

Is Poroshenko’s forthcoming blitz against the people of southeast Ukraine designed to provoke a Russian response – to the humanitarian crisis? Will Russia confront the NATO-directed Kiev offensive and risk a total break with the West?

There are clear signs that a major war is about to break out in Ukraine: A war actively promoted by the NATO regimes and supported by their allies and clients in Asia (Japan) and the Middle East (Saudi Arabia).

Nov 21 10:31

SIGAR: Pentagon’s $700M – $800M economic development in Afghanistan ‘accomplished nothing’

The US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) says he is investigating the Pentagon’s efforts to spark that country’s economic development, which cost between $700 million and $800 million and “accomplished nothing.”

Nov 21 09:16

UN resolution on Iran mockery of justice

The UN consciously or unconsciously plays into the hands of the pro-Israeli pressure groups in Canada and only puts on an ugly show of duplicity in imposing a ruling against the Islamic Republic.

The farce becomes more markedly absurd when you consider the plethora of human rights abuses going unpunished in the world with the UN laying a lid of ignorance on these blatant violations.

Iran has strongly lambasted the UN resolution, saying that “the UN’s legal mechanisms have turned into a tool in the hands of the West.”

The irony of the resolution is that the measure was initially drafted by Canada which has itself a disgracing history of human rights abuse against the aborigines in the country. Further to that, Ottawa has constantly and vehemently thrown its full-throated support behind Tel Aviv in its inconceivably ruthless crimes against the people of Palestine.

Nov 18 19:04

Updating JFK In Berlin: “Ich Bin Ein Palestinian”

When President John F. Kennedy told the world on June 26, 1963. “Ich bin ein Berliner”, he was asserting his solidarity with Berliners separated by a wall.

Barack Obama has two more years in which to find his “pairing of the man and the moment”. His presidency has been badly marred by his unwillingness to denounce the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land and people.

The inhumane blot of the occupation cries out for Obama action.

Nov 18 19:01

US and Europe Conceal Their Bankruptcy with Hostility to Russia

The real threat to the world is economic collapse and poverty.

Without any solutions and in fact only exacerbating these problems, the US and European leaders are hiding behind a false agenda of non-issues, such as security, and in particular alleged «Russian aggression».

US President Obama was joined by European leaders last weekend in trying to turn the G20 summit in Australia into a forum for baiting Russia, rather than dealing with the more onerous problem of a failing world economy

Nov 18 10:45

US and Europe Conceal Their Bankruptcy with Hostility to Russia

The real threat to the world is economic collapse and poverty.

Without any solutions and in fact only exacerbating these problems, the US and European leaders are hiding behind a false agenda of non-issues, such as security, and in particular alleged «Russian aggression».

US President Obama was joined by European leaders last weekend in trying to turn the G20 summit in Australia into a forum for baiting Russia, rather than dealing with the more onerous problem of a failing world economy.

Nov 17 10:41

Afghan Opium Production Hits All-Time High

2014 was a banner year for Afghanistan’s booming opium industry. According to a United Nations annual survey released on Wednesday, opium cultivation set a record in 2014, increasing by an impressive 7 percent year-over-year and up nearly 50 percent from 2012. Afghanistan presently produces 80 percent of the world’s heroin which provides billions of dollars in illicit profits for the powerful drug Mafia. Heroin trafficking and production have flourished under US military occupation and transformed Afghanistan into a dysfunctional narco-colony.

Nov 15 12:43

The Fall of the Berlin Wall and the Multiplication of Western Walls

The Walls of Freedom and the Walls of Prison

The notion that Germany was ‘unified’ democratically is of dubious historical accuracy. The consequences of a powerful unified Germany have not led to a peaceful prosperous Europe and Germany’s current role in world politics, particularly its policies toward the Middle East, North Africa and the Ukraine, has been anything but peaceful.

Nov 15 12:36

‘Russia uses language Washington understands’

To keep pandering with futile diplomacy and to not reciprocate the show of force with Washington and its minions would be the really reckless option. You don’t encourage a bully. Instead, you have to square up and push back.

Has Russia reached the limit of its diplomatic tolerance of the US and its NATO allies? The announcement this week that Moscow is to begin deploying long-range bombers in the Gulf of Mexico – America’s own backyard – suggests so.

The move may seem like a reckless ratcheting up of tensions between the old Cold War rivals. The Tupolev Russian strategic bombers in question are nuclear-capable, and as expected the decision to patrol the Caribbean seas sparked a stern response from Washington, warning Moscow of risks.

Nov 15 08:01

Afghan Opium Production Hits All-Time High

2014 was a banner year for Afghanistan’s booming opium industry. According to a United Nations annual survey released on Wednesday, opium cultivation set a record in 2014, increasing by an impressive 7 percent year-over-year and up nearly 50 percent from 2012. Afghanistan presently produces 80 percent of the world’s heroin which provides billions of dollars in illicit profits for the powerful drug Mafia

Nov 14 16:43

Time to Learn the Lessons of Failed U.S. Wars

As a Vietnam era veteran, I paid close attention to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s Veterans Day speech, delivered at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. Secretary Hagel, a Vietnam combat veteran, declared that we must learn the lessons of past wars, and not commit U.S. troops to unpopular, unwinnable conflicts. He purportedly referred to the Vietnam War, but he could just as easily have been describing the U.S. occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Nov 14 13:05

Obama Slammed for Iran Outreach

American neocons are furious that President Obama reportedly sent a letter to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei apparently urging concessions on nuclear talks and referencing joint interests in combating Islamic State radicals, but the letter may reflect smart diplomacy, says ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar.

The bursts of criticism — from those who inveterately oppose any dealing with Iran, and those who inveterately oppose anything Barack Obama is doing, which include some of the same people — of a letter Mr. Obama reportedly sent to the supreme leader of Iran can readily be dismissed for multiple reasons.

Nov 14 07:08

Letter from Kabul: The Great Afghan Bank Heist

The evidence, according to American officials close to the inquiry, appears to implicate dozens of Afghan officials and businessmen, many of them, like Zakhilwal, among Karzai’s closest advisers, with regulatory responsibilities over the Afghan financial system

Nov 13 15:44

AP sources: IS, al-Qaida reach accord in Syria

Militant leaders from the Islamic State group and al-Qaida gathered at a farm house in northern Syria last week and agreed on a plan to stop fighting each other and work together against their opponents, a high-level Syrian opposition official and a rebel commander have told The Associated Press.

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So, to phony front groups created and funded by the United States have "gone rogue" and teamed up to defeat the United States. Great foreign policy!

Nov 13 12:35

How the BBC whitewashed Britain's disastrous 13 years of war in Afghanistan

What the BBC's John Simpson said:

• BBC ‘They haven’t beaten the Taliban but they haven’t been beaten by the Taliban… it doesn’t look as though the Taliban are coming back’.

In reality, as Helmandis told the New York Times, ‘the Taliban have never been stronger in the province.’ The UK military are fully aware of this, with The Times noting in January 2014 ‘hard-fought territory in southern Afghanistan will fall to the Taliban after British forces withdraw this year, British commanders and military experts believe.’ The report goes on to note there is evidence Afghan soldiers are already patrolling alongside insurgents and quotes a former Special Air Service commander: ‘I will be very surprised if the future Governor of Helmand… is not very closely connected to those who we call the Taliban.’

Nov 13 10:29

Afghan Opium Production At Record High

Nov 13 09:56

CNN plummets to lowest ratings in 23 years

Shimrit Sheetrit, the spokesperson for Cooper’s program, did not immediately respond to a request for comment regarding the historic ratings low.

Also see:CNN President Jeff Zucker to visit D.C. amid newsroom discord

Nov 13 09:48

Adelson and Saban Try To Out-Hawk Each Other

What do you get when you put two of the largest pro-Israel donors — Sheldon Adelson and Haim Saban — on one stage?

(These are desperate and dangerous men. A threat to world peace.)

For participants at the Israeli American Council’s inaugural conference, this meeting of Jewish finance titans produced several historical insights about the roots of the Palestinian people (Adelson: they have none); a bit of advice on how to deal with Iran (Saban: “bomb the sons of bitches”); and some media criticism (Adelson: “I don’t like journalism” — especially not the Forward.)

Nov 13 07:55

Tomas Young, Rest in Peace

There were 8,920,000 military veterans in the United States as of last June, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. Sometime last Sunday or Monday, hours before Veterans Day began, that number dropped by one, when Tomas Young died at home in Seattle, with his wife by his side. He was one of many soldiers who were sent to Iraq and were grievously injured there.

Nov 12 12:55

The Berlin Wall Just Another Brick in The Wall

Let’s not just bring down all the walls; let’s bring down the system behind them. For, as the Pink Floyd song goes, the Berlin Wall is just another brick in the wall – the much bigger ideological wall is Western capitalism.

The 25th anniversary marking the fall of the Berlin Wall was an occasion to propagandise the past simultaneously with the present.

Nov 12 10:10

Over 20k Soldiers Wounded in Afghan War Theater, 90% Under Obama

At least 20,040 American soldiers had been wounded in the 13-year-old Afghanistan war theater as of November 10, according to a Pentagon tally.

As the U.S. military winds down its presence and combat role in Afghanistan, the number of American fatalities and injuries as a result of the war has decreased dramatically.

Nov 12 09:20

Afghanistan opium harvest at record high as Nato withdraws

Cultivation of opium poppies in Afghanistan has hit new records this year as Nato pulls out combat troops.

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said opium production was up by 17% since last year.

Its Afghan Opium Survey 2014 said the area under poppy cultivation had risen by 7% to cover 224,000 hectares.

UNODC head Yury Fedotov warned there was a serious risk Afghanistan could become a narco-state, following the withdrawal of foreign forces.

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"....could become a narco state..."?!?!?

Memo to UNDOC head Fedotov: it is already there, and because US and NATO influence allowed it to flourish to ultimately reach these staggering numbers!!!

I would like to remind our readers that under the taliban, opium production was nearly, completely irradicated.

Nov 11 13:22

Adelson and Saban Try To Out-Hawk Each Other

What do you get when you put two of the largest pro-Israel donors — Sheldon Adelson and Haim Saban — on one stage?

For participants at the Israeli American Council’s inaugural conference, this meeting of Jewish finance titans produced several historical insights about the roots of the Palestinian people (Adelson: they have none); a bit of advice on how to deal with Iran (Saban: “bomb the sons of bitches”); and some media criticism (Adelson: “I don’t like journalism” — especially not the Forward.)

Adelson and Saban, one a mega donor to the Republican Party, the other a top backer of the Clintons, may have their differences when it comes to U.S. politics. But on Israel, both engaged in one-upmanship, trying to outdo each other’s hawkishness.

Nov 11 11:20

Poppy Popup: Record Afghan drug production despite $7bn NATO kill-off campaign

As NATO ends its 13-year long mission in Afghanistan, the Taliban is stepping up attacks. Ten local soldiers have been killed in bomb blasts in recent days. Gayane Chichakyan reports now on the challenges ahead for a post-NATO Afghanistan.

Nov 11 08:50

Another Fake Bin Laden Story — Paul Craig Roberts

Any SEAL who was so totally stupid as to kill the unarmed “Terror Mastermind” would probably have been courtmartialed for incompetency. Look at the smiling face of the man Who Killed Bin Laden. He thinks that his claim that he murdered a man makes him a hero, a powerful comment on the moral degeneracy of Americans.

The Pentagon claims that O’Neill by claiming credit has painted a big target sign on our door asking ISIS to come get us

What unbelievable nonsense.

Nov 10 12:10

Russia’s Vulnerability to EU – US Sanctions and Military Encroachments

President Putin has the backing of the vast majority of Russian people; he has the scientific and professional cadre; he has allies in China and among the BRICS; and he has the will and the power to “do the right thing”. The question remains whether Putin will succeed in this historical mission or whether, out of fear and indecision, he will capitulate before the threats of a dangerous and decaying West.

The US-EU sponsored coup in the Ukraine and its conversion from a stable Russian trading partner, to a devastated EU economic client and NATO launch pad, as well as the subsequent economic sanctions against Russia for supporting the Russian ethnic majority in the Donbas region and Crimea, illustrate the dangerous vulnerability of the Russian economy and state. The current effort to increase Russia’s national security and economic viability in the face of these challenges requires a critical analysis of the policies and structures emerging in the post-Soviet era.

Nov 10 12:03

Will the blackmail of British Jewish funders backfire?

The story in The Independent On Sunday was not quite as explicit as its headline. Its message was not that very many Jewish funders had already pulled the plug on funding for the Labour Party but that they were intending to do so.

Question: What’s the difference between the Zionist lobby in America and the Zionist lobby in Britain?

Answer: In America it gives money to politicians to make them. In Britain it denies them money to break them.

What is Miliband’s crime in the eyes of wealthy British Jews who have been contributing to Labour Party funds?

He condemned Israel’s last war on the Gaza Strip which he described as “wrong and unjustifiable.” He also accused Conservative Prime Minister Cameron of being wrong not to have condemned Israel; and he added that Israel was “losing friends in the international community day by day.” (Which is true).

Nov 10 11:57

Discovering Iran — Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich

Marcel Proust said: “The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” During the past two decades, I visited Iran on numerous occasions staying 10-14 days at a time. This time around, I stayed for 2 months and heeding Proust, I carried with me a fresh pair of eyes. I discarded both my Western lenses as well as my Iranian lenses and observed with objective eyes. It was a formidable journey that left me breathless.

It is hard to know where to start a travel log and how to describe a newfound world in a few pages. However, given the obsession with the status of women, it is perhaps appropriate to start with the women in Iran as I perceived them.

Nov 10 08:41

Who Killed Bin Laden?

The number of people who have killed Bin Laden is now bigger than the number of people who Bin Laden killed on 9/11.

Every other day it seems a new guy comes out and claims he took the storied shot that took Bin Laden’s life near a military compound in Pakistan in 2011. And who can blame these warriors-turned-charlatans? Money and fame are the rewards for their lies. That’s not a bad trade.

Nov 09 21:47

Canada’s ‘Remembrance Day’: righteous or rancorous?

With Canada’s annual “Remembrance Day” just around the corner, it would be wise to broach the issue of “remembering” those Canadians who fought and died in the two bloodiest conflicts in world history with some humility and skepticism.

With all things considered, “Remembrance Day” amounts to little more than a glorification of war and an exercise in jingoism and self-aggrandizement. It re-enforces the insulting myth of the “good” and “necessary” wars. It encourages the refusal to recognize the wrongs committed by “our side” in those bloody conflicts. This‘day of reverence’ for our soldiers acts as a mind control mechanism to deceive the public into believing that our government has always acted benevolently and in the interests of the people, when in fact the opposite is true.

Nov 09 21:44

Kiev Recalls Geneva Only to Erase Minsk

Kiev’s incorrigible lying always leads eventually to the truth.

Kiev’s President Petro Poroshenko this week called on his fawning Uncle Sam to resuscitate the Geneva format of peace talks. This forum was first convoked back in April between the US, European Union, Russia and the Kiev regime, with the latter arrogating the title of «Ukraine».

Then only two days after this sudden nostalgia for Geneva, the Kiev regime was accusing Russia of a major cross-border military invasion into eastern Ukraine.

Nov 09 21:36

Russia’s Vulnerability to EU – US Sanctions and Military Encroachments

President Putin has the backing of the vast majority of Russian people; he has the scientific and professional cadre; he has allies in China and among the BRICS; and he has the will and the power to “do the right thing”. The question remains whether Putin will succeed in this historical mission or whether, out of fear and indecision, he will capitulate before the threats of a dangerous and decaying West.

Nov 09 11:51

911 – Israel Calling John Hamer/Chris Spivey/The Chimp

“September 11, 2001 served as pretext to consolidate power, destroy civil liberties and human rights and wage permanent wars against invented enemies for global dominance over world markets, resources, and cheap labour – notably at home and throughout Eurasia, Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and Asia at the expense of democratic freedoms and social justice.” Stephen Lendman, ‘The Business of America is War’, June 2011

In mid-2000, the now sadly deceased film-maker Aaron Russo was invited to meet the Zionist Nicholas Rockefeller, an invitation which he accepted and they quickly became friends. After a few meetings, Rockefeller confided in Russo that ‘next year there is going to be an event’.

When Russo quizzed him about this ‘event’, Rockefeller told him that this event would give America and its allies an excuse to invade Iraq and Afghanistan in order that they could construct pipelines through to the Caspian Sea and also to take over the Iraqi oil fields and also that the ‘bogeyman’ Osama bin Laden would be blamed.

This then he said, would lead to soldiers looking for non-existent enemies in caves in Afghanistan and Pakistan and that there would be an endless ‘war on terror where there is no real enemy and the whole thing is a gigantic hoax’. It would also lead to further stringent restrictions and controls over the American people which they would accept for their own ‘safety’.

http://chrisspivey.org/911-israel-calling/

Nov 08 15:16

How the Government Controls the Drug Trade

While governments across the world, including the United States, spend countless dollars on the war on drugs, their true intentions are not as it seems. -- Whether it be Marijuana or Heroin, rogue elements in the federal government have assured that the drug trade will continue to grow. -- Despite occupying the nation of Afghanistan for more than a decade, the U.S. government’s presence in the region has only helped Opium production reach record levels.

Nov 04 10:43

Are Progressives Finking Out on Foreign Policy?

For all the endless fund-raising appeals and election hyperbole, few progressive politicians want to talk about our biggest foreign policy challenge, the escalation of American involvement in Syria and Iraq. Both Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders voted against training and arming the “moderates” in Syria. But neither have wanted to make an issue of Obama’s military intervention, and few on the left have called for them to do so.

This is sad, but not surprising, as I warned over a year ago in “Don’t Let Hillary Housebreak the New, New Left.” It’s wonderful that voters want more populist domestic policies, and it’s marvelously misleading that the multi-millionaire Clinton is verbally attacking Wall Street billionaires. I don’t think this is what my old comrades had in mind when they talked of class struggle.

Nov 04 10:42

Detainee brought from Afghanistan to U.S. for trial

A Russian member of the Taliban has made his first appearance in a federal court in Virginia, marking the first time a military detainee from Afghanistan has been brought to the U.S. for trial.

Tuesday’s appearance represents the Obama administration’s latest attempt to show that it can use the criminal court system to deal with terror suspects. His arraignment on 12 charges has been set for Friday morning.

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Note that they chose a Russian for this display!

Nov 04 07:45

EXCLUSIVE: Hundreds of military vehicles to be erected as Afghan war monuments

Global News has learned the Canadian government is about to unveil a memorial program to honour veterans of the war in Afghanistan, installing light armoured vehicles, or LAVs, at monuments across the country.

Nov 04 07:02

Are The Central Bankers Pushing Ukraine To Start The War Again?

Euro zone manufacturing is in decline. US manufacturing declined. GM is channel stuffing once again to boost sales. US construction is down, showing housing is imploding on itself. First time home buyers collapsed to a 27 year low. Spain wants to impose a Google tax. Those who purchased a policy last year from Obamacare do not want to signup again because of the higher premiums. Canada is banning visas from West Africa. FEMA drill scheduled for Nov for Ebola. Morocco on high alert over terrorist attacks from al-Qaeda. Central bankers pushing Ukraine back into war with the South Eastern people. The Islamic State flowing into Lebanon which allows the US to bomb in this region.

Nov 03 08:12

Stupid wars

What is Washington's strategy against the Islamic State? Is the Islamic State a creation of the United States? Is the war on terror really a war on Islam? Will the US make amends with Iran in order to defeat the jihadist militants? What is Washington's endgame? CrossTalking with Ken O'Keefe, Majid Rafizadeh, and Peter van Buren.

Oct 31 08:12

9/11 Was NATO’s License to Expand Globally

The 9/11 attacks on the United States undoubtedly benefited a number of actors, including the American military-intelligence complex, Israel, and most definitely, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). The Cold War-era, the area of responsibility for which had long been confined to Europe and North America, used the provisions of Article 5 of the NATO Charter – which states that an attack on one member is an attack on all – to extend NATO’s power deep into Eurasia, particularly in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Kyrgyzstan.

After engaging in out-of-area invasions and occupations of Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Libya, and Syria and, again in Iraq, against the «Islamic State,» the «North Atlantic» military bloc has transformed itself from a Cold War defensive alliance into a global offensive axis of nations that acts with or without United Nations authorization.

Oct 30 09:22

EXCLUSIVE: Budget cuts, errant B1 bomber blamed in deadly ‘friendly fire’ accident in Afghan war

The “friendly fire” airstrike that killed five American soldiers in Afghanistan on June 9 is the first known case of a battlefield catastrophe that can be linked to automatic defense spending cuts that greatly curtailed prewar training.

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Suuuuuuuuuuuuuure. Someone screws up and it's an excuse to ask for more money!

Oct 29 06:55

‘Afghanistan was never an international terrorist hub’

The new NATO chief says the alliance’s goal to prevent Afghanistan from being a safe haven for terrorists has been accomplished. But Afghanistan has never been a terrorist hub argues defense consultant Moeen Raoff in his comments to RT.

Oct 20 10:14

Turkey and China to mediate between Afghanistan and Pakistan

Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Sun Weidong said on Sunday the cooperation among China, Afghanistan and Pakistan would benefit the region and emphasized that building mutual trust and friendly consultations between these countries should be encouraged to promote cooperation.

He made these remarks in his keynote address on the opening day of China-Afghanistan-Pakistan trilateral dialogue here.

A collective regional approach toward countering issues and meeting challenges was emphasized by diplomats, scholars and researchers at the dialogue.

Thanking Pakistan-China Institute Chairman Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed and German political foundation, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS), Pakistan, Resident Representative Ronny Heine for jointly organizing the two-day international conference, Ambassador Weidong said both Afghanistan and Pakistan were close neighbouring countries and were good neighbours to China.

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Regional dialogue here, to heal some of the wounds, and ratchet down the tensions, is far preferable to the kind of outside intervention (including extrajudicial assassinations) the US military has been providing here, and may form the basis of real cooperation between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

I wish this process luck.

Oct 08 08:22

13 photos that sum up the US role in Afghanistan these last 13 years

The Afghanistan War is now 13 years old. It's America's longest war, a record no one is celebrating or even really talking about. And while military operations are drawing down, they aren't exactly ending.

Afghanistan's new president, Ashraf Ghani, just signed a deal with the United Sates that would allow 9,800 troops to remain in the country. Military operations will also likely continue in other forms, like the targeted US drone strikes still happening all the time in neighboring Pakistan. And military contractors will continue to be busy. Ten thousands of them are expected to be based at Bagram Airfield, alongside 5,000 US soldiers.

So what have 13 years of war accomplished? Not much if you look at recent events:

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The 13 year war in Afghanistan accomplished a lot! The oil companies got their pipeline right-of-way at a bargain basement price. Oil consortium consultant Hamid Karzai got to be the puppet ruler. And whereas the Taliban had eradicated opium production, under US rule a veritable tsunami of heroin is flooding out of Afghanistan and onto the streets of America, making American drug lords rich.

Don't it makya proud? :)

Sep 30 09:44

U.S. Signs Deal for Troops to Remain in Afghanistan

The United States and Afghanistan on Tuesday signed a vital security deal that allows some American troops to remain in Afghanistan beyond this year, ensuring a continuing U.S. presence in the region.

Sep 29 12:48

Afghan president to sign deal Tuesday allowing US troops to stay after 2014, officials say

Newly inaugurated Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai is expected to sign a vital security deal Tuesday to allow American soldiers to remain in the country past the end of the year, officials say.

Sep 21 10:13

Odierno: More troops in Afghanistan may get pink slips

More soldiers could learn while in Afghanistan that they are being forced out of the military, the Army’s top officer said Friday.

Sep 20 08:04

America Created Al-Qaeda and the ISIS Terror Group

Much like Al Qaeda, the Islamic State (ISIS) is made-in-the-USA, an instrument of terror designed to divide and conquer the oil-rich Middle East and to counter Iran’s growing influence in the region.

The fact that the United States has a long and torrid history of backing terrorist groups will surprise only those who watch the news and ignore history.

Sep 19 11:47

USA Aggression & Torture Creates Terrorists - Ray McGovern

Sep 18 06:48

WORLD WAR 3 FOR DUMMIES

A Step-by-Step Guide to Understanding the Present World Situation

*This piece has gone viral. Keep it going!

Sep 15 07:14

WORLD WAR 3 FOR DUMMIES

A Step-by-Step Guide to Understanding the Present World Situation

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This is worth saving and forwarding to your friends!

Sep 14 09:12

U.S. Inspector: Billions in failed programs wasted in Afghanistan

With most Americans’ attention riveted on Iraq and Syria, John F. Sopko, the U.S. special inspector general for Afghanistan, said the United States’ unprecedented $120 billion reconstruction investment there is at risk.

“The country remains under assault by insurgents and is short of domestic revenue, plagued by corruption, afflicted by criminal elements involved in opium and smuggling, and struggling to execute the basic functions of government,” Sopko said in a speech at Georgetown University.

President Barack Obama’s vow that only 9,800 U.S. troops will remain in Afghanistan by year’s end, Sopko said, has left many Americans unaware the the United States will spend up to $8 billion a year on reconstruction projects for years to come.

“If corruption is allowed to continue unabated, it will likely jeopardize every gain we’ve made so far in Afghanistan,” Sopko said.

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"HEY now: people made money: isn't THAT the American way?!?" - Official Bushbama Spokes Souse.

Sep 14 08:06

The American Establishment Combats Resurgent “Isolationist” Threat

It had become apparent in 2013 that the American people had grown averse to America’s involvement in wars, and this was given empirical confirmation by a poll conducted by the Pew Research Center in November 2013, which revealed that 51 percent of Americans believed that their country’s military involvement was excessive.[1] Once again the bugaboo of isolationism entered the mainstream spotlight, the derogatory label being attached to those who would like to cut back America’s global intervention.[2] Opposition to the alleged resurgent isolationism united all sectors of the mainstream establishment–liberals, moderates, and conservatives, the ultra-interventionist neoconservatives and the more moderate traditional foreign policy establishment.

Sep 02 08:58

Afghanistan's economy is on the verge of a collapse

Power vacuum looms over Afghanistan as UN delays the date for announcing the result of presidential elections to mid-September despite Karzai's plans to leave office next week. Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who came to power after the US-led invasion that toppled the Taliban in 2001, has set a deadline for a new president to take office, but a clear winner has yet to emerge after two rounds of voting. If this happens the country will be literally headless. But during this time of crisis when country's economy is crumbling and a strong leadership is required for drawing down a plan to save Afghan economy from going into deep depression.

People are hoarding their money out of fears of having to flee the country as they fear outbreak of a civil war which gored Afghanistan 1992. This all is because of the political impasse that stares large on the Afghans.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, all the US/NATO invasion and occupation has done has been to destroy what little infrastructure there was, and make opium production Afghanistan's top crop of choice.

Just brilliant.

Sep 02 06:44

NATO, the finger of death

Iraq: Chaos! Libya: Chaos! Syria: Chaos! Whatever NATO touches, turns putrid, rots and dies. Three interventions by the Anglo-Saxon Alliance (UK and US), two by the FUKUS Axis (add France), three interventions by NATO, three destabilized States crawling with terrorists. The responsibility lies at the feet of Washington and its poodle States and the onus is on them to right the wrongs they willfully committed. You messed up, now... Pay for it!

Sep 02 06:18

Australia to be NATO partner, 200 troops may return to Afghanistan

AUSTRALIA will enter a historic partnership with NATO at the group’s summit in Wales this week, giving the Australian Defence Force greater access to the planning and decision-making of the world’s most powerful military alliance. US President Barack Obama will officially name Australia an enhanced partner of the organisation, recognising the nation’s contribution to NATO operations, particularly Afghanistan, over the past decade.

Aug 29 10:52

IN TIMES OF WAR: A PRAYER FOR PEACE - CLAIRE K. RIVERO

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am reposting Claire's video as the US invades Iraq for the third time, Kiev fakes an invasion by Russia, Libya's US puppet rules are driven from office, and a new flood of TV commercials hits the corporate media networks reminding all 18 year-olds that they MUST register for selective service.

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Aug 28 08:33

Heroin’s Death Toll Rising in New York, Amid a Shift in Who Uses It

A heroin crisis gripping communities across the country deepened in New York last year, with more people in the city dying in overdoses from the drug than in any year since 2003.

In all, 420 people fatally overdosed on heroin in 2013 out of a total of 782 drug overdoses, rising to a level not seen in a decade in both absolute numbers and as a population-adjusted rate, according to preliminary year-end data from the city’s health department.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Gee, I wonder where all this opium is coming from? :)

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In Afghan fields the poppies grow.
Between the crosses.
Row on row.

Aug 13 12:07

Afghanistan’s Ghani: No Power-Sharing If I Win Recount

Analysts have been noting how little point there was to the latest Afghan Presidential election, as after evidence of massive fraud and ballot stuffing, the US negotiated a deal for both candidates to share power.

Aug 05 07:10

THE MORALITY OF AMERICANS

The United States tortures prisoners. Obama just admitted it on TV. The excuse was the necessity to find Iraq's weapons of mass destruction. But now we know there were no weapons of mass destrution, and that the US Government has been torturing innocent people to death.

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Jul 28 10:53

Report: 40% of weapons sent to Afghanistan are unaccounted for

A government oversight agency says the Pentagon has lost track of more than 40 percent of the firearms it has provided to Afghanistan’s security forces, prompting officials to contemplate a “carrot and stick” approach to arming the fledgling military.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In other words, you are paying to arm BOTH sides!

Jul 21 08:36

Kyrie Eleison - Anti-War Music Video - CLAIRE K. RIVERO

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am reposting Claire's video for two reasons. First, this is a message that needs to get out to the world about how war is cilling innocent children.

Second, the latest revelations from Edward Snowden include confirmation that the NSA "tinkers" with view counts on YouTube videos to keep videos contrary to the war agenda from going viral.

Fuckers!

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Jul 21 08:35

All Wars Are Bankers' Wars

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This video is now over a half million views! The original article the video was made from is HERE.

As a side note, I tried to post the YouTube URL for this video to Facebook in reply to a question, only to find out that Facebook is blocking this URL for "objectionable content."

If anyone you know is wondering why the US Government seems hell-bent on creating more wars in Syria, Iraq, Iran, etc. send them this video.

Jul 09 09:23

U.S. warns Afghans not to form 'parallel government'

The United States warned on Tuesday that it would withdraw financial and security support from Afghanistan if anyone tried to take power illegally, as supporters of presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah rallied in Kabul for a parallel government.

Preliminary results announced on Monday gave Ashraf Ghani, a former World Bank official, 56.44 percent in the run-off on June 14, but Abdullah immediately rejected the outcome, saying the vote had been marred by widespread fraud.

Thousands of Abdullah's supporters gathered in the capital Kabul, demanding that he form a parallel government, a move likely to plunge a country already beset by deep ethnic divisions into even greater disorder.

Underscoring the magnitude of the crisis, Abdullah said U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who is currently in Beijing, would visit Kabul on Friday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why SHOULDN'T the Afghanis form a parallel government?!?

It can hardly be any worse than the totally, chaotically dysfunctional one they're stuck with now!!

Jul 09 07:27

US Concerned About Possible Seizure of Power in Afghanistan - Kerry

The US is concerned with possible attempts to seize power in Afghanistan due to disagreements over the recent presidential election in the country and has warned Kabul about the suspension of its aid if a regime change occurs, US Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday.

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"Because regime change is OUR job!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Jul 06 08:25

Afghan presidential candidate rules out coalition deal

Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani ruled out a coalition government with his rival Abdullah Abdullah on Saturday, quashing hopes for a power-sharing deal to defuse tensions that have threatened to split Afghanistan along ethnic lines.

Ghani and Abdullah have locked horns since the June 14 second round run-off, accusing each other of trying to manipulate the vote and declaring victory in the contest to succeed Hamid Karzai as president.

Prompting speculation that a back-room power-sharing deal was in the making, officials have delayed the announcement of preliminary election results until Monday, potentially giving both candidates more time to find ways to end the impasse.

Jul 04 09:12

What did $7 billion spent on opium eradication in Afghanistan buy? More opium

With the outcome of Afghanistan's controversial presidential election still in doubt, and uncertainty over Afghan forces' ability to stand against the Taliban after most US forces withdraw, it's hard to say with certainty what the US-led war there has accomplished, or failed to accomplish.

But one thing is clear, as shown by latest quarterly report from the US Special Inspector General on Afghanistan Reconstruction: The $7 billion US program to eradicate poppy cultivation there over the past decade has been a flop.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Let me get this straight: 7 billion dollars were spent on opium eradication in the last decade were completely wasted,and now Afghanistan is the largest opium producing country in the world?!?

What a completely insane waste of tax dollars; the US government might just as well have ripped up up and thrown it out a window at the White House!

With homeless Vets sleeping in our streets; outsourcing and offshoring continuing apace; and our infrastructure crumbling, why was the money not spent on the very pressing needs inside this country?!?

I will tell you why; the "alphabet soup" agencies love to smuggle drugs for use for payment for various other things they need (anyone remember Iran-Contra here?!?)

I would almost be willing to suggest that the 7 billion dollars was used to enhance the drug production, and drug running infrastructure here in Afghanistan, and not to eradicate it at all. That is one of the big reasons the US will most probably never leave Afghanistan.

Jun 07 07:27

Hillary Clinton Won't Second Guess President Obama's 'Very Hard Choice' On Bergdahl

In an exclusive interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer, Hillary Clinton defended President Obama’s decision to swap five Taliban prisoners for U.S. solider Bowe Bergdahl, saying she won’t second guess him.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

All of a sudden, the lockstep defense of Obama by Democrats starts to make sense. Obama's latest PR stunt, bringing back Bergdahl to offset the damage from the VA scandal, has blown up in his face with the revelation that Bergdahl was a deserter and defector. Standing with Obama on this issue mere months before the November elections is not going to help the re-election chances for Democrats. But with Obama in his last term of office, it doesn't make sense to rick ones own career to protect him.

But it makes perfect sense if they are protecting Hillary for 2016.

As things stand, Hillary looks to handily win the 2016 Democratic nomination. And short of bringing back Ron Paul, the GOP is unlikely to find a candidate who can keep Hillary from the White House.

But if Obama is impeached, or resigns, or removed under the Twenty Fifth Amendment, then Joe Biden steps into the Oval Office and enters the 2016 primaries already being the President, an advantage that could easily sweep Hillary off to one side. If Biden replaces Obama more than half way through Obama's second term, then he is legally eligible to run for two terms on his own, taking him to 2024, by which time Hillary will be too old to run again.

So I think what is going on is that the Democrats who support Hillary are trying to protect Obama in order to protect her chances for 2016.

Jun 07 07:03

FLASHBACK - America's Last Prisoner of War

Three years ago, a 23-year-old soldier walked off his base in Afghanistan and into the hands of the Taliban. Now he’s a crucial pawn in negotiations to end the war. Will the Pentagon leave a man behind?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This was thew article on Bowe Bergdahl written by Michael Hastings 1 year before Michael Hastings died in a suspicious car crash. It was admitted that the FBI was investigating Michael Hastings' reporting at the time he died.

Apr 05 08:00

US Blames Iran for Post-Quran Burning Violence in Afghanistan

The massive anti-US protests in the wake of the organized book burning at Bagram Air Base were the result of “anti-American provocation” by the Iranian government, according to US officials familiar with the situation.

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"Yes, it's true we invaded their country, brought back the opium problem, bombed a lot of places, killed a great many people, tortured some of the rest, and insulted their religion, but really, the Afghani only hate us because Iran MADE them do it!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Apr 04 10:44

Guidebook To False Confessions: US Torture Manual Released

The timeline of how we went from a nation of liberty to one of forced false confessions revealed in release of the key document the US used to justify torture.

Apr 04 08:58

Tensions With Pakistan A New Excuse for Keeping Afghan War Going

The Obama Administration’s strategy for the war in Afghanistan centers on a policy of securing an agreement with President Hamid Karzai to keep ground troops in the nation through 2024. At the same time, officials have to keep up the public pretense of an imminent drawdown.

The excuse now, it seems, is “anti-American” sentiment of Pakistan is making the withdrawal inconvenient.

There was a surprising well of political support for the United States in Pakistan, and it has taken over a decade for the Bush and Obama Administrations to successfully burn through it all. Now, the US is so politically untouchable that Pakistani MPs fear nothing so much as being branded an “ally” of the US.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to the Pakistani civilian and military government: the US government is working as hard as it can to destabilize you, and bring in someone more "US-Centric" individuals to lead Pakistan.

I have warned you over the years, after 9/11, that the US government would characterize you, for the consumption of its citizenry, as morphing from friend, to frenemy, to enemy, and that is precisely what seems to be taking place.

The more destabilization you experience, courtesy of US foreign policy, the more the stage is set for the US to come in militarily and "protect you from yourselves, and secure your nuclear weapons." Don't think that such a thing might be possible?!?

As reported at:

http://weapons.technology.youngester.com/2011/08/snatch-and-grab-plan-for-pakistans.html

"The US has a contingency plan to "snatch-and-grab" Pakistan's nuclear weapons, if and when the President believes they are threat to either America or its interests, a media report has said, amid strains in bilateral ties.

Plans have been drawn up for dealing with worst-case scenarios in Pakistan, NBC news reported quoting current and former US officials, who say that ensuring security of Pakistan's nuclear weapons has long been a high US security priority even before 9/11 terrorist attacks."

Please remember what the "responsibility to protect" looked like from the standpoint of the former Libyan government and Libyan citizens; this is precisely the future the government of Pakistan is looking at becoming realized in the not very distant future.

Apr 04 08:23

George Galloway: Why I won't condemn attacks on UK soldiers in Afghanistan

Mar 16 12:36

Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe: In Afghanistan, the Dam Breaks

... the U.S. counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan is in total collapse.

Mar 16 12:26

Aiding Terrorism Redefined To Include Bradley Manning, Wikileaks

Point of no return: The US government broadens the NDAA definition of people and organizations that support terrorism to include Bradley Manning and Wikileaks

Jan 15 16:11

Rick Sanchez: "there is a huge problem with journalism in the United States"

Dana Loesch, a CNN contributor, made a statement on her radio show that she would "drop trou and do it too." The act she was talking about was joining US Marines to urinate on dead Afghans. Earlier this week a video of US Marines urinating on dead Afghans went viral and caused pandemonium. Most people condemn the actions of the Marines while others applaud their brutal actions. Rick Sanchez, journalist, author and former CNN host, joins us for more.

Dec 11 10:26

War dominated Foreign Policy is Destroying the Economy and National Security

The White House is in the midst of a strategic review of Afghanistan. This review is coming at a time when the reality is hard to ignore: Afghanistan cannot be won, the cost is escalating at a time when the U.S. economy is in collapse and the war is undermining U.S. national security and the rule of law. It is time to end the war-based foreign policy of the United States.

Dec 11 10:08

US Reports Paint ‘Bleak’ Pictures in Afghanistan and Pakistan

The new report on Afghanistan notes that NATO seems to be able to control only a handful of “inkspots” across the nation in which they have an overwhelming number of troops, but that the country is by and large uner Taliban control.

The report on Pakistan claims that the Afghan War can only be won if the Pakistani military is able to completely secure all the tribal areas and eliminate all terrorists in those regions, and accuses Pakistan’s government of being unwilling to do that. It is unclear if the document questions whether or not Pakistan’s government is even theoretically able to dominate those regions, which have long been only nominally under their control.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The only people "winning" these wars are the drug lords and the defense contractors.

Dec 11 04:23

11 Reasons Why The Threat From Al-Qaeda is Not Real

The United States government has repeatedly stated that the treat from Al-Qaeda against America is very real, and that all action is being taken to eliminate that threat. Nobody in their right mind would question such a serious assessment about a sensitive national security matter from the world's leading democracy. But the truth is that over the past fifty years America's democratic institutions like the press have been weakened, and an elitist National Security State has risen, and taken control over all aspects of government.

Dec 10 14:17

Wikileaks: A Big Dangerous US Government Con Job

For anyone who has studied the craft of intelligence and of disinformation, a clear pattern emerges in the Wikileaks drama.

The focus is put on select US geopolitical targets, appearing as Hillary Clinton put it “to justify US sanctions against Iran.”
By F. William Engdahl

Dec 09 21:51

Cold War vs. modern day US propaganda

What do Cold War and modern day propaganda have in common?

“The two are connected to one another. What we’ve seen is the continuation of Cold War propaganda under new conditions,” said Rutgers University professor Norman Markowitz.

The Pentagon has proven time and again its love of creating, chasing and trying to undermine what it calls enemies in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as several other nations it deems rogue.

“The United States is always involved in some kind of war of aggression. It rarely spends an entire year without invading some foreign country,” said editorial columnist Ted Rall.

The media is almost constantly right there to march in lockstep.

Dec 09 12:01

11 Reasons Why The Threat From Al-Qaeda is Not Real

The United States government has repeatedly stated that the treat from Al-Qaeda against America is very real, and that all action is being taken to eliminate that threat. Nobody in their right mind would question such a serious assessment about a sensitive national security matter from the world's leading democracy. But the truth is that over the past fifty years America's democratic institutions like the press have been weakened, and an elitist National Security State has risen, and taken control over all aspects of government.

Dec 09 08:50

Gates Insists Afghan War Going Really Well

Record death tolls and a really pessimistic Pentagon report delivered to Congress just days ago are old news, according to Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who insisted that the war in Afghanistan is going really well and indeed “exceeded my expectations."

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"Going really well", Secretary Gates?

Gate's having made this remark in public gives me grave concern about this man's sanity, and his ability to carry out his responsibilities as the US Secretary of Defense."

The most honest assessment which can be made right now, is that this war is "going really well" for the drug lords and the defense contractors; because it's a damned moral certainty that this almost decade-long war is certainly not "going really well" for the Afghan people!

Dec 08 12:28

TSA Insanity, US Troops with Automatic Weapons Searched for Nail Clippers

INDIANA NATIONAL GUARD UNIT IN TRANSIT FROM BAGRAM “SLAMMED” BY TSA

As the Chalk Leader for my flight home from Afghanistan, I witnessed the following:
When we were on our way back from Afghanistan, we flew out of Baghram Air Field. We went through customs at BAF, full body scanners (no groping), had all of our bags searched, the whole nine yards.
Our first stop was Shannon, Ireland to refuel. After that, we had to stop at Indianapolis, Indiana to drop off about 100 folks from the Indiana National Guard. That’s where the stupid started.

Dec 08 10:17

Gates gets sobering war update on Afghan visit

Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates received a sobering update on security in eastern Afghanistan during a visit Tuesday, reflecting the uneven nature of the Obama administration's claims to be making progress in suppressing the Taliban insurgency.

Gates and other officials are in a difficult position, arguing that the troop increase is beginning to show signs of turning around the 9-year-old war but also conceding that stability in Afghanistan, and large-scale withdrawals of U.S. and European forces, may not be possible before 2014.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A classical definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting a different outcome: this is precisely what the US and NATO are doing in Afghanistan, and yet the only thing they seem to be able to continue to do is what has not, cannot, and will not work.

Dec 08 08:39

War? No Worries! US media 'fluff' focus blamed for numbing nation

Dec 07 12:10

Wicked WikiLeaks

That Afghanistan is corrupt is not news. Just how corrupt is news.

According to a report by Scott Shane, Mark Mazzetti and Dexter Filkins of the New York Times, WikiLeaks exposes how, "From hundreds of diplomatic cables, Afghanistan emerges as a looking-glass land where bribery, extortion and embezzlement are the norm and the honest man is a distinct outlier."

The New York Times report reveals how "…the collection of confidential diplomatic cables obtained by WikiLeaks and made available to a number of publications, offers a fresh sense of its pervasive nature, its overwhelming scale and the dispiriting challenge it poses to American officials who have made shoring up support for the Afghan government a cornerstone of America’s counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan."

Dec 07 09:04

Poll: Afghans Losing Faith in US, Increasingly Back Insurgents

A new poll conducted by a myriad of international media outlets, including ABC News, BBC, ARD and the Washington Post showed huge pessimism amongst Afghans, a strong trends moving against support for the US occupation forces and in favor of supporting the insurgency.

The poll shows confidence in the NATO occupation eventually being successful down to only 36 percent, from 48 percent last year, and only 43 percent view the US favorably, the lowest in six years.

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IF true, who in their right mind can blame the Afghan people for feeling this way, considering what a horrific mess the US and NATO have made of the occupation?!?

Dec 07 08:36

COIN and the Afghan Refugee Crisis

a world away from “Jingle Bell Rock” and Currier & Ives, there is a Dickensian nightmare, where babies are succumbing to the cold, where gruel is being cooked over a fire stoked with garbage, where a father cringes in shame because he cannot even buy his son an apple.

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IF the complete destabilization of Afghanistan, and the complete and utter disruption of the lives of noncombatants, were the objectives here, one can well say, "mission accomplished".

Dec 06 11:32

Occupations are unpopular to the occupied

USA Today http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/afghanistan/2010-12-06-afghanistan-... is reporting on a poll which shows Afghans are giving increasing legitimacy to acts of violence and resistance to the American and ISAF occupation and counter-insurgency campaign.
-The poll which has a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points found:
- 27% of Afghans see insurgent attacks as justified, up from 8% last year.
-Just 36% of those polled expressed confidence in the U.S. and NATO to bring stability, down by 12 percentage points from last year and down by 31 percentage points since 2006
-The survey also said 73% favor a negotiated settlement with the Taliban, up by 13 percentage points since 2007.

Dec 06 09:15

Gen. Petraeus: Afghan victory not a ‘sure thing’

The commanding general of the war in Afghanistan says US victory in the region may not be a "sure thing" after all.

"I don't think there are any sure things in this kind of endeavor," Gen. David Petraeus told ABC's George Stephanopoulos in an interview published Monday morning. "And I wouldn't be honest with you and with the viewers if I didn't convey that."

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One has to wonder if General Petraeus isn't setting the American public up for a "Saigon Moment" in Kabul in not too distant future, even though it appears that the US and NATO have agreed to stay in Afghanistan permanently.

Dec 06 08:12

If an aubergine seller can fool our Afghan allies . . .

A few weeks ago in London, Joe Glenton, a British soldier court-martialled for refusing to fight in Afghanistan, told an anti-war meeting: "I have learnt that the real enemy is not the man in front of you you're pointing your rifle at, but the men behind you and above you telling you to pull the trigger . . . The wheels have fallen off the pro-war bandwagon. If you want to support the soldiers, then bring them back. If you want to help Afghanistan, then liberate it from Britain and the US."

Dec 06 04:47

GORDON DUFF: “AIPAC ORDERED BUSH TO ATTACK IRAN”

A LOOK BEHIND THE CURTAIN

In a unique interview with an official at the highest policy levels of the Pentagon, White House and, eventually, CIA, we are offered a unique “behind the curtains” look at areas of policy making during the period between 1999 and 2007. Extensive notes have been taken of meetings with President Bush and all his top policy advisers. This is only a teaser.

A highly placed source within the White House and CIA confirmed, in an interview, that the invasion of Iran was scheduled for 2006 but planned in 1999. We have heard some of this before but not with so many pieces and, I am told, more to come.

Dec 06 04:40

WAYNE MADSEN : THE ISRAELI LOBBY OWNS THE CONGRESS, HOLLYWOOD AND THE WHITEHOUSE

INTERVIEW BY KOUROSH ZIABARI

Kourosh Ziabari: There are many unanswered questions regarding the catastrophic attacks of September 11, 2001 about which you’ve written extensively. Several investigative journalists believe that the attacks were an inside job planned by the FBI and perpetrated by Israel or elements connected to Mossad. Former Italian President Francesco Cossiga has categorically expressed that the 9/11 attacks were a joint operation of FBI and Mossad. General Hamid Gul, the former head of Pakistan’s Intelligence Service believes that Israel was behind the attacks, too. What’s your estimation of these theories, their veracity and reliability? Is it demonstrable that the 9/11 attacks were a false flag operation or an inside job?

Dec 05 07:41

PAUL BALLES : CHICKENS COME HOME TO ROOST

Why is the American public generally unaware of Israel’s theft of U S military secrets?

The Western media adamantly refuses to report anything critical of Israel.

Gordon Duff, Senior Editor at Veterans Today, observed that “America learned, long ago with the infamous Jonathan Pollard case, that secrets going to Israel end up in the hands of America’s enemies.”

According to Duff, “America’s most vital Cold War defence information, nuclear technology, air defence systems, classified weapons and even NATO defence plans in case of a Soviet invasion of Western Europe, all went to Russia as part of an arrangement between the Soviets and Israel. Pollard is doing life in prison for this.”

Dec 05 07:24

RICHARD FALK : Ahmet Davutoglu — Turkey’s Foreign Minister

Given the flow of recent events I felt it might be helpful to make my appreciation of Davutoglu’s approach and achievements available to an American voice.

Over a year ago I published a short profile of the Turkish Foreign Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, in the Turkish daily newspaper, The New Zaman. After the May 31, 2010 flortilla incident involving an Israeli attack on the Freedom Flotilla led by the Turkish passenger ship, Mavi Marmara, Mr. Davutoglu demanded an apology from Israel as the basis for the restoration of normal relations. Along with other Turkish leaders, Davutoglu questioned the Israeli narrative and criticized Israel for its brutal tactics that defied international law and morality.

Dec 04 08:40

Obama Tries to Assure Troops Afghan War Being Won

But the war is being won, at least according to President Obama, and despite all of the clear evidence to the contrary. His high profile visit comes in the wake of the deadliest November on record and ahead of a promised “policy review.”

Don’t expect the review to actually change anything though. Despite record death tolls among US forces and a recent Pentagon report to Congress conceding that the Taliban is still doing fine, President Obama promised on the flight in that the December “review” won’t lead to any changes in war policy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The soldiers Obama was addressing in this speech know better: and to make such a statement about the "war being won" and "progress" being made belies desperation on the cusp of madness on the part of Obama.

Dec 04 00:31

Press TV - Reasons behind Ol'Bummers Afghan Troops visit

*US has a corrupt ally in Afghan

Dec 03 12:59

Afghan officials free top Taliban fighters

Afghan security forces are freeing captured senior Taliban for payment or political motives, with President Hamid Karzai and his powerful brother among those authorising and requesting releases.

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More "progress" in Afghanistan, I see!

Dec 03 09:34

Clinton: U.S. will give share of lucrative fuel contract to Kyrgyzstan

The United States will agree to a demand by Kyrgyz officials that their impoverished country be given a share of lucrative fuel contracts for a critical transit hub here for troops headed to Afghanistan, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Thursday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This deal is a very clear signal that the US and NATO are planning for indefinite war in Afghanistan.

Dec 03 09:28

Aggressive Tactics Raise Doubts on US Claims to Protect Civilians in Helmand

The aggressive tactics on display in Sangin are exactly the sort that would cause civilian casualties, and this makes the anger amongst locals for their refusal to even investigate such charges all the more understandable. The commander in the district said it was obvious all deaths were the Taliban’s fault and that any tribal elder who claimed the Marines killed a civilian was obviously working for the Taliban.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apparently, in this phase of the almost decade long war against Afghanistan, the words "protect" and "slaughter" when it comes to Afghan civilians, are interchangeable these days.

Dec 03 06:25

US deploys 'game-changer' weapon to Afghanistan

The Pentagon has rolled out prototypes of its first-ever programmable "smart" grenade launcher, a shoulder-fired weapon that uses microchipped ammunition to target and kill the enemy, even when the enemy is hidden behind walls or other cover.

After years of development, the XM25 Counter Defilade Target Engagement System, about the size of a regular rifle, has now been deployed to US units on the battlefields of Afghanistan, where the Army expects it to be a "game-changer" in its counter-insurgency operations.

Dec 03 01:18

ZAHIR EBRAHIM: WIKILEAKS AND IMPERIAL MOBILIZATION

In order to comprehend the ostensibly bizarre Wikileaks phenomena that is continually in the news these days, it is essential to first comprehend the concept of the ‘Mighty Wurlitzer’.

It used to be the honorific of Frank Wisner, the first chief of political warfare for the Central Intelligence Agency, used to describe the C.I.A.’s plethora of front organizations and newsmedia stooges that he was capable of playing (like a great organ with many keyboards) for synthesizing any propaganda tune that was needed for the day. More details may be gleaned in the disclosures of Operation Mockingbird.

Dec 02 16:57

Dr. Aafia Siddiqui abducted, tortured and sentenced to 86 years in prison

The failed attempt of American war-planners to create a female AlQaeda “mastermind” for the “War on Terrorism” -
without being indicted for terrorist activities Siddiqui would still be convicted of those charges. And those false allegations against her could still be used as a propaganda tool for the “War on Terror“, which in reality is a war on Islamic countries as part of a geo-strategic game.

Dec 01 23:16

THE UNITED STATES HAS LONG SUPPORTED BRUTAL REGIMES AROUND THE WORLD: PROF. ROBERT JENSEN

There is nothing unusual about the U.S. government backing nations that engage in crimes and abuses of power; the United States has long supported corrupt and brutal regimes around the world. U.S. policymakers don’t make decisions based on humanitarian grounds. They want to extend and deepen, or at least maintain U.S. power, and those policymakers believe Israel is useful in that regard......Prof. Robert Jensen

Dec 01 22:47

THE FOLLY OF THE ISRAELI AND ARAB APPROACH TO IRAN AND IS WIKILEAKS BEING MANIPULATED BY AN INTELLIGENCE SERVICE?

Alan Hart: - Is Wikileaks being manipulated by an intelligence service? Which party benefited most from the first two days of Wikileaks revelations? The obvious answer is the Zionist state of Israel.

Dec 01 09:55

MAIDHC Ó CATHAIL: THE CHILCOT INQUIRY: BRITAIN’S 9/11 COMMISSION [VIDEO]

All too often, official inquiries are conducted by the very people who should themselves be under investigation. In this respect, Britain’s Chilcot Inquiry on the Iraq war bears a distressing similarity to the 9/11.

Dec 01 09:17

Officials Ignore Karzai's Calls for Less Disruption of Civilian Life

Following angry rebukes of President Hamid Karzai’s call to make the war less disruptive to civilians, the Obama Administration is said to be further escalating its air war in Afghanistan, and officials are confirming a "loosening of the reins" of the restrictions on air strikes.

Officials warned that the McChrystal rules, aimed at reducing civilian deaths, meant "some officers were exerting excessive caution, fearing career damage if civilians were mistakenly killed." With Petraeus now in charge, concerns about killing civilians have faded.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So a "scorched earth" policy, coupled with massive civilian casualties, is all that the US and NATO have left in this immoral and illegal war?!?

Dec 01 09:10

WIKILEAKS – MORE ISRAELI GAME THEORY WARFARE?

When waging intelligence wars, timing is often the critical factor for game-theory war planners. The outcome of the WikiLeaks release suggests a psy-ops directed at the U.S.

By Jeff Gates

Dec 01 09:07

Afghanistan: Destroying their property and insulting their intelligence

The trip taken by the U.S. delegation to the NATO Summit in Lisbon was an expensive one indeed. The decision made there to extend our military occupation of Afghanistan into 2014 (and possibly beyond) will exact untold, unsustainable, unacceptable costs.

Dec 01 09:00

More prison space being built to accommodate Afghan insurgents

With an increased combat in Afghanistan, the U.S. is on track to double by March its prison space for suspected insurgents, according to the commander in charge of detainee operations.

The U.S.-run Parwan Detention Center, which currently holds about 1,300 prisoners, has a capacity of about 1,650. That capacity will increase to 3,200 after the expansion is completed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder, with the new influx of "suspected insurgents", how many will be targeted for indefinite detention without due process.

Nov 30 06:10

FEDS PLANT INERT BOMB IN PORTLAND BEFORE ARRESTING MUSLIM MAN

By Tim King — Salem-News.

Media Circus: police could have arrested the man sooner; they took part in his suspected terrorist act.

(PORTLAND, Ore.) – An alleged plot to detonate a bomb at the Pioneer Square Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony in Portland Friday was foiled by FBI agents and Portland Police officers. A close examination of the facts raises concerns that the story is simply conditioning to prepare Americans for more military conflict in the Middle east.

Nov 30 01:21

JEFF GATES : WIKILEAKS — THE TEL AVIV CONNECTION

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Con me consistently for six decades and the relationship is over, as is Israel’s credibility as a legitimate nation state.

By Jeff Gates author of Guilt by Association: How Deception and Self-Deceit Took America to War

Nov 29 10:57

Six Nato soldiers shot dead by man wearing Afghan border police uniform

Six Nato troops have been shot dead in Afghanistan by a man who was disguised in police border uniform.

The shooting took place during a training exercise today and was described as the worse ‘rouge’ shooting in the area for more than a year.

Nov 28 21:38

HOW 250,000 US EMBASSY CABLES WERE LEAKED

An innocuous-looking memory stick, no longer than a couple of fingernails, came into the hands of a Guardian reporter earlier this year. The device is so small it will hang easily on a keyring. But its contents will send shockwaves through the world’s chancelleries and deliver what one official described as “an epic blow” to US diplomacy. The 1.6 gigabytes of text files on the memory stick ran to millions of words: the contents of more than 250,000 leaked state department cables, sent from, or to, US embassies around the world.

Nov 28 10:47

U.S. Presence in Afghanistan Now Longer than Soviet Occupation

The United States has passed an unfortunate landmark…U.S. troops have now been stuck in Afghanistan longer than was the Soviet Union. As of November 26, the American military matched the length of time that the once mighty Red Army spent in Afghanistan: nine years, 50 days.

Nov 27 22:40

Afghanistan is About Perpetual War

The war in Afghanistan is about perpetual war, not Afghanistan.

It’s about preventing democracy in the United States, not bringing it to Southwest Asia.

And it is the tombstone of the Obama Presidency.

To justify the fight, they’ve rounded up the usual suspects: Terror. Oil. Minerals. Poppies. Democracy.

But George Orwell’s 1984 -- now updated with important new books -- illuminates the bigger picture: "continuous warfare" is the key to social control.

It keeps the public frightened and dependent.

Nov 27 13:40

GORDON DUFF: WIKILEAKS, A TOUCH OF ASSANGE AND THE STENCH OF AIPAC

“recent admissions that the Israeli lobby, AIPAC, routinely receives masses of classified information makes them suspect #1 for being the source of Wikileaks”

Wikileaks is an intelligence operation to weaken and undermine the American government, orchestrated from Tel Aviv, using dozens of operatives, dual citizens, some at the highest authority levels, spies for Israel. Through leaking carefully selected intelligence along with proven falsified documents, all fed to a controlled press, fully complicit, Wikileaks is, in fact, an act of war against the United States.

Nov 27 09:37

US Marines Shrug Off Afghan Anger at Civilians Killings

As Taliban leadership admonish their fighters to avoid civilian deaths, locals in the Sangin District of Afghanistan’s Helmand Province are increasingly angry, complaining that the US Marines who recently took over the district have been regularly killing the civilians and refusing to investigate.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, every civilian death may well drive many of those left standing into the waiting embrace of the Taliban.

Now, in the Orwellian language of US foreign policy, "protecting" civilians in Afghanistan apparently now translates as "killing them".

One is reminded of the response of the Papal legate at the Siege against the Cathars at Montsegur in 1244. When informed that there were women and children with the men here, the Papal legate's response was: "kill them all: God will find His own."

Nov 26 21:14

WHY NO SALUTE BY OBAMA AT MEDAL OF HONOR CEREMONY?

WHY NO SALUTE BY OBAMA AT MEDAL OF HONOR CEREMONY?
By Attorney Rees Lloyd
November 26, 2010
"In contrast, there was another “first” at the ceremony involving the Commander-in-Chief, President Barack Hussein Obama, in whose conduct the nation cannot and should not take pride: As far as is known, Obama became the first President, the first Commander-in-Chief , not to salute the living recipient of the Medal of Honor after presenting the medal."
"Instead of rendering the traditional salute, after fumbling as if all-thumbs in trying to affix the blue-ribboned Medal of Honor, Obama, equally awkwardly, tried to “hug” the Sergeant. Yes, a “hug” for the soldier who remained at attention with eyes front in military bearing.
But a “hug” is not a “salute,” even in the Age of Obama."

Nov 26 09:51

Nine years, 50 days: US presence in Afghanistan as long as Soviet slog

The Soviet Union couldn't win in Afghanistan, and now the United States is about to have something in common with that futile campaign: nine years, 50 days.

On Friday, the U.S.-led coalition will have been fighting in this South Asian country for as long as the Soviets did in their humbling attempt to build up a socialist state. The two invasions had different goals — and dramatically different body counts — but whether they have significantly different outcomes remains to be seen.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The outcome from the US/NATO occupation with be just the same as it was for the old Soviet Union.

Nov 26 03:43

Dennis Kucinich: Fake Taliban Leader, Fake Elections, Fake Deadline, Real Trouble

Afghanistan War, Nightmare without End for Troops, Innocent Civilians and US Taxpayers

by Dennis J. Kucinich

Nov 25 06:48

Is America on the path to 'permanent war'?

John Blake
CNN

When the president decided to send more troops to a distant country during an unpopular war, one powerful senator had enough.

He warned that the U.S. military could not create stability in a country "where there is chaos ... democracy where there is no tradition of it, and honest government where corruption is almost a way of life."

Nov 25 02:41

GORDON DUFF: AIPAC SPYING, WHY IS THE FBI LOOKING THE OTHER WAY?

HAS AIPAC MADE THE FBI THE “FBE,” FEDERAL BUREAU OF ESPIONAGE?

AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee), is a sham. The group has, over the years, destroyed anyone who has tried to have it named what it really is, a dangerous foreign lobby and nest of spies. AIPAC is the most feared organization in Washington and most powerful, above any law. A former employee of AIPAC, Steve Rosen, who AIPAC claims was a spy, more appropriately a “caught” spy, now claims his former employer does nothing but spy.

Nov 24 23:17

Killing 'Really Addictive:' Veteran's Essay Leads to Ban From Campus

Killing 'Really Addictive:' Veteran's Essay Leads to Ban From Campus
College Bars Iraq Veteran Pending Psychological Evaluation
By KIM CAROLLO, ABC News Medical Unit
Nov. 24, 2010
In an essay for a college English class, Charles Whittington Jr. opened up about his feelings about his time in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.
"Killing becomes a drug, and it is really addictive. I had a really hard time with this problem when I returned to the United States, because turning this addiction off was impossible," Whittington wrote in the essay for his class at the Community College of Baltimore County in Catonsville, Md.

Nov 24 08:40

Afghanistan: the pipeline factor

Of the many possible reasons for Canada to stay in Afghanistan — ending terrorism, liberating women, educating girls, spreading democracy, keeping NATO from failing — one dynamic is rarely discussed. The TAPI pipeline project has long been the elephant in the closet, quietly supported by Western powers. Countries expect to sign formal agreements in December, with construction to be completed by 2014 — a magic date for Ottawa too. The pipeline deserves attention, as it is likely to be a target for insurgents and a reason for ongoing military occupation.

Nov 24 07:42

The Specter of Defeat Haunts Lisbon

According to the US government, 41.8 million Americans now receive food stamps. Meanwhile, Washington is spending $7 billion monthly on its nine-year old occupation of Afghanistan, not to mention billions more on trying to build an obedient Afghan army and to pay off Pakistani politicians and general.

All the platitudes, doubletalk, synthetic optimism and fudging at the NATO summit could not conceal the fact that for all their soldiers, fighter aircraft, heavy bombers, tanks, helicopter gunships, armies of mercenaries, and wizardly electronic gear, the western powers are being slowly beaten by a bunch of lightly-armed Afghan farmers and mountain tribesmen.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The only people "winning" in Afghanistan are the defense contractors and the drug lords.

Nov 24 06:51

Afghanistan war: US says violence reaches all-time high

Violence in Afghanistan has reached an all-time high, with clashes up fourfold since 2007, the Pentagon has said.

In a twice-annual report to the US Congress, the Pentagon said progress had been "uneven", with only modest gains against the Taliban insurgency.

The Pentagon also reported gains in security, governance, and development in key areas.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is no military resolution possible to this conflict. Saner heads and DC and Brussels understand this. But there will be no end to this war, because the US and NATO military cannot bear to bring themselves to admit that, after almost one decade on, they are no closer to resolving this conflict than when the occupation began.

So the killing, maiming, and dying will continue apace.

Nov 23 17:25

Veterans: Soviets in Afghanistan

More than 600,000 troops participated in the Soviet Union's decade-long war in Afghanistan, the USSR's largest military operation since the Second World War.

Yet for many in modern Russia, and in other former Soviet countries, the conflict is one they would rather forget and is regarded with humiliation.

Nov 23 09:23

Be under no illusion, Nato is in no shape to make progress in this graveyard of empires

If Iraq was bad, Afghanistan is going to be worse. Nothing said or done at the Lisbon conference, which is largely an exercise in self-deception, is going to make this better and it may well make it worse.

It is not just that the war is going badly, but that Nato's need to show progress has produced a number of counter-productive quick fixes likely to deepen the violence.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The last military commander who was actually able to hold Afghanistan was Alexander the Great.

Nov 23 00:47

AL-QAEDA’S CHRISTIAN MASSACRE — AIDING AND ABETTING THE OCCUPATION OF PALESTINE

The massacre of Iraqi Christians at Our Lady of Salvation Church in Baghdad also makes one wonder about claims that the group has “a great sense of timing.” The slaughter of Catholic Mass-goers occurred just one week after church leaders from across the Middle East had forcefully condemned Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories.

Nov 22 09:43

Video: Kabul is no child's playground

Contrary to what the Nato spokesman says, Afghanistan is one of the worst places in the world for a child to live in. One in five children there will die before they reach the age of five due to a myriad of causes, ranging from everyday violence to widespread diseases.

Nov 22 09:02

US to spend $413 billion more on Afghan war

US soldier in Afghanistan walks past Afghan child. A decision by US President Barack Obama to extend the presence of American troops in Afghanistan beyond 2014 is likely to increase the remaining cost of the unpopular war to USD 413 billion.

On Saturday, NATO Secretary General said the US-led military alliance will remain in Afghanistan for as long as it takes to finish off its enemies there.

The newly defined deadline comes with a heavy price tag at a time when the US and many of its allies are facing increasing deficit cuts at home.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Terrific: while homeless Veterans sleep in our streets, our infrastructure is crumbling, and ever more Americans are jobless, this is the wisest use of taxpayer dollars the Federal government can come up with?!?!?

The only people "winning" in Afghanistan are the drug lords, and the defense contractors!!

Nov 22 06:55

The Pentagon vs. the truth about Pat Tillman

Leonard Lopate: When NFL star Pat Tillman decided to forego his lucrative football career in 2002 to join the military, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld wrote in a memo that the Pentagon should "keep an eye on him." So no one should be surprised that when Tillman was killed several years later in Afghanistan, the military turned his biography into a propaganda tool. Pat Tillman's life and the controversy surrounding his death are the subjects of the new film called "The Tillman Story," which [one critic] described as "a clear-sighted, emotionally steady documentary that chronicles the Tillman family's mounting rage at the military's misappropriation of the story." We're joined now by Amir Bar-Lev, the film's director. I'm very pleased that brings him to our show.

Nov 22 04:54

ROBERT FISK: AN AMERICAN BRIBE THAT STINKS OF APPEASEMENT

Three billion dollars for three months is one billion dollars a month to stop Israel's colonisation. That's half a billion dollars a fortnight. That's $500m a week. That's $71,428,571 a day, or $2,976,190 an hour, or $49,603 a minute. And as well as this pot of gold, Washington will continue to veto any resolutions critical of Israel in the UN and prevent "Palestine" from declaring itself a state. It's worth invading anyone to get that much cash to stage a military withdrawal, let alone the gracious gesture of not building more illegal colonies for only 90 days while furiously continuing illegal construction in Jerusalem at the same time.

Nov 21 21:23

Flashback: Taliban's Eradication of Poppies Is Convulsing Opium Market

The unexpected success of the Taliban in Afghanistan in eradicating three-quarters of the world's crop of opium poppies in one season is leading experts to ask where production is likely to spring up next.

The director of the United Nations Drug Control Program, Pino Arlacchi, said there was no chance that opium from other sources would compensate this year for the loss of Afghan crops, and the prices of opium and heroin will rise substantially, with opium already worth five to seven times its usual price.

Nov 21 21:18

Heroin shortage in UK is 'putting lives at risk'

Hospitals are treating a growing number of drug users who have overdosed on heroin mixed with other substances by dealers because of a huge shortage of the opiate across the UK.

One of the most severe heroin 'droughts' for five years has been reported in areas across the UK, including, London, Lancashire, Surrey, and Stockton-on-Tees.

The shortage has been linked not to seizures of the drug by law enforcement agencies but to a fungus that has blighted this year's poppy crop in Afghanistan, reducing it by half.

Nov 21 14:48

Think tank: 92% of Afghans never heard of 9/11

Fewer than one in 10 Afghans are aware of the 9/11 attacks and their precipitation of the war in Afghanistan, says a study from an international think tank.

A report (PDF) from the International Council on Security and Development (ICOS) shows that 92 percent of those surveyed had never heard of the coordinated multiple attacks on US soil on September 11, 2001. It also shows that four in 10 Afghans believe the US is on their soil in order to "destroy Islam or occupy Afghanistan."

Nov 21 08:04

The Murderous U.S. Government Explained

You will obey them -- or else. It is true for the brutalized inhabitants of Afghanistan, of Pakistan, of Iraq, of Yemen, of Somalia -- and now it is increasingly true for the inhabitants of the United States itself.

What the U.S. now does in Afghanistan it has done repeatedly around the world for over a hundred years.

Nov 21 07:49

NATO summit to embrace indefinite Afghan war

The New York Times, having been briefed by administration officials, on November 14 summed up Obama’s perspective: “By the end of 2014, American and NATO combat forces could be withdrawn if conditions warrant, although tens of thousands very likely will remain for training, mentoring and other assistance, just as 50,000 American troops are still in Iraq.”

In other words, Washington plans an indefinite presence of US occupation forces in Afghanistan. Even if “conditions warrant” that foreign troops are not required for direct combat by 2014—a prospect dismissed by virtually all analysts—the Pentagon will assert that an enduring presence is required to provide “training, mentoring and assistance.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If you ever believed,for one millisecond, that the US was ever going to leave Afghanistan, you'd better think again.

Nov 21 00:26

ANTHONY LAWSON: FRIENDS OF ISRAEL – ENEMIES INSIDE THE GATES (video)

VETERANS TODAY THANKS TONY LAWSON FOR ANOTHER OUTSTANDING EFFORT …SENIOR EDITOR, GORDON DUFF Ed: The worldwide popularity of Tony Lawson’s videos has done more to help American veterans and military understand the real issues that confront them and the very real moral failures that have brought America to its dire position in the world.

Nov 20 15:04

London Anti-War Demo - Ex Soldier returns Medal - Video

Yesterday 19 November 2010 Ex-soldier Joe Glenton, who was jailed for refusing to return to Afghanistan to fight in a war he believed to be unjustified, handed back his army medal to the Prime Minister's office in Downing Street, as a protest against the Afghanistan war.

Today 20th Nov. An anti-war Demo took place in London with more than 10,000 participants. Various speakers, the march and the protesting ex-soldier are in this video and sum up the prevailing public mood across the Western world.

Nov 20 09:34

NATO, U.S. Offer Different Views Over Afghan Combat Exit

NATO nations formally agree to start reducing troop levels in Afghanistan next year and hand over control of security to them in 2014 — but the U.S. and its allies appear to take conflicting views on when NATO combat operations would end.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Obama is about to hold a press conference to inform us all why NATO should be ignored and the US pour yet more money and childrens' lives into Afghanistan to kill Muslims for Israel.

Nov 20 08:35

The Cowardice of America at War

"We were making inroads," said Capt. Nick Stout, Meari’s company commander.

No we weren’t. We were occupying their country—and they hate us. I was not crying for Meari, though God knows, he and his family deserve our tears. I was crying for my country, for the cowardice of our leaders who continue to send the same brave young men out again and again to die rather than admit they have no chance as strangers in a strange land.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As was the case in Viet Nam, the US government appears pathologically incapable of learning from its mistakes.

There will be a "Saigon Moment" in Kabul: it is only a question of when.

Nov 20 02:43

Press TV - NATO - 2014 withdraw of Afghan forces - Russia co-operating with NATO which is historic

1. Nato discusses Afghan
2. Russia co-operating with NATO - which is historic
3. Ecomomics - divergant approaches of Europe/US to the budget
4. Occupying forces to withdraw from Afghan by 2014 (rebadged as "training").

Nov 20 02:02

Pentagon blows up thousands of homes in Afghanistan Repeating the horrors of the Vietnam War

Borrowing a page from its infamous "pacification" effort in South Vietnam, where peasant villages were napalmed and burned to the ground to "save them from the communists," the Obama-ordered surge in Afghanistan has been secretly blowing up thousands of homes and leveling portions of the Afghan countryside.

As tens of thousands of U.S. troops have surged into southern Afghanistan, villagers have fled. Then the Petraeus-led occupation forces have determined which homes will be destroyed.

Nov 19 19:53

Pentagon blows up thousands of homes in Afghanistan Repeating the horrors of the Vietnam War

The Pentagon’s murderous rampage and terror campaign 40 years ago against South Vietnamese villages, in areas that were considered sympathetic to the resistance forces, used much of the same kind of explanation. In fact, the New York Times in a throw back to Vietnam quotes the Arghandab District Governor, who is working with the occupation forces: “We had to destroy them to make them safe.”

That this tactic is part of a high-tech terror campaign against Afghan villages and the people who inhabit them is evident even by the descriptions and accounts of western media outlets that are supporting the war.

Nov 19 10:56

Rense & Raja ZioUSA co-opts India on AfPak - video

With more mercenaries (aka "contractors") on the ground than military - Pakistanis are increasingly irate at the USA's War on Terror - haphazard - undefined - and a lot of killing sums it all up.

Jeff Rense talks to veteran journalist Raja Mujtaba (of opinion-maker.org) who knows the situation very well, and summarises the debacle as due to the Zionist control of the USA.

Nov 19 09:48

M-1 Abrams Destroyed in Iraq

More targets for the Taliban.

Nov 19 09:40

U.S. deploying heavily armored battle tanks for first time in Afghan war

The U.S. military is sending a contingent of heavily armored battle tanks to Afghanistan for the first time in the nine-year war, defense officials said, a shift that signals a further escalation in the aggressive tactics that have been employed by American forces this fall to attack the Taliban.

"We've taken the gloves off, and it has had huge impact," one of the senior officials said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder when the phrase "body count" is going to again creep into the corporate "newspeak" accounts of what is going on in Afghanistan.

And how in heaven's name can Petraeus begin to make the case the case to NATO that "...the military's strategy is working..." nine years on in this quagmire?!?

Are the US and NATO hellbent on destroying the entire country in order to "save" it?!? Apparently so: In the US/NATO strategy, "liberation" of Afghanistan appears to mean death to as many Afghans as possible.

Nov 19 08:53

Afghanistan has 'no military solution,' German envoy says

Germany has laid out the stark reality for Afghanistan in stronger terms than before, with its special representative to the conflict-riven country saying on Friday that the war could not be won militarily.

Nov 19 08:45

Hell is for Children

Somewhere in America, a seventeen-year-old boy is living the last year of his life.

Nov 18 11:05

French Defense Minister: "Afghanistan is a trap."

“Afghanistan is, I would say, a trap for all the parties involved there,” Juppe insisted, adding that France was determined to hand over control of French dominated regions to the Afghan government as soon as they could.

Nov 18 09:34

British Defense Chief: 30 to 40 Years of Afghanistan Occupation Ahead

The foreign policy bait-and-switch continues. First, President Barack Obama declared the end of combat in Iraq, withdrawing some U.S. troops but leaving many others behind, possibly for decades, and redefining their role as “advise and assist” — whereupon they continued engaging in combat. Now, with Obama having publicly stated his intent to begin withdrawing troops from Afghanistan next July, both Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Gen. David Petraeus are arguing for a long-term, if not permanent, U.S. presence in Afghanistan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Continuing to pursue what does not work and has not worked is one of the classic signs of insanity.

And that is the word, right now, which best characterizes the US/NATO occupation of Afghanistan.

Nov 18 09:03

Guantánamo detainee Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani cleared of 284 terror charges

Barack Obama's plans to try accused terrorists in civilian courts experienced a major setback last night when the first former Guantánamo detainee to be tried in one was convicted on just one of 285 charges over the 1998 attack on US embassies in East Africa which killed 224 people.

Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, a 36-year-old Tanzanian, was found guilty of conspiracy to destroy US government buildings and property for helping an al-Qaida cell to buy a lorry and bomb parts in the attacks on the American embassies in Kenya and Dar-es-Salaam. But a US federal jury acquitted him of all the more serious charges of murder and conspiracy.

Nov 18 07:53

PHILIP GIRALDI: LIAR LIAR

Obama’s spin team made a heroic effort to turn a sow’s ear into a silk purse.

Nov 17 17:46

DHS Pedophilia: Body-Searching Children - No For The US Military, Yes For The TSA

You need to see the image caught of the TSA computer at the airport with the "My First Cavity Search" desktop screensaver - laughing in our faces!

Summary of his very powerful message: to avoid giving gross offense to the Afghan public, and to prevent the appearance of an uncontrolled security state, the US military forbids use on Afghan civilians of the very practices the TSA is now making routine for civilian travelers at US airports.

Nov 17 09:48

WHAT DID WIKILEAKS REALLY TELL US ABOUT IRAN?

By Ali Gharib

A source provides details to the American government about the nefarious activities of a Middle Eastern country. That information ends up in scores of secret U.S. government documents. Subsequently, the information winds up on the front pages of major newspapers, and is heralded by war hawks in Washington as a casus belli.

Sound familiar? It should, but perhaps not in the way you’re thinking. Here’s a hint: It’s not 2003, but 2010. This is the story of what happened recently to Iran in the wake of the latest WikiLeaks document release, where US military field reports from Iraq made their way into major national newspapers and painted the Islamic Republic as a force out to murder U.S. soldiers in Iraq.

Nov 17 07:19

Have (infinite) war, will travel

Anyone aware enough to think that Washington's goal is not to "win" the unwinnable AfPak quagmire but to keep playing its bloody infinite war game forever is now eligible for a personal stimulus package (in gold).

Let's review the recent evidence. All of a sudden, the White House, the Pentagon and the United States House of Representatives have all embarked on a new narrative: forget major US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2011; let's move the goalpost to 2014.

Nov 16 10:04

Britain's top soldier: al-Qaeda cannot be beaten

Britain's Chief of the Defence Staff General David Richards speaks on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show, in London Nov 14, 2010. The West is fighting a war against al Qaeda in which its forces can contain Islamic militancy but cannot achieve a conventional military victory, Britain's most senior officer was quoted as saying on Sunday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"We cannot beat Al Qaedfa because we bloody well cannot find them! Every time we think we have one of the blighters it turns out to be a phony! I am starting to wonder if there are any real Al Qaeda at all! Actually, can we erase that last part?"

Nov 15 08:26

Rocket Barrage Hits Ammo and Fuel Dump

Nov 15 07:38

Afghanistan - behind enemy lines

There are no al-Qa'ida fighters in Afghanistan any more. I have fought in the south and in the east as well as here. In seven years of operations I have not seen a single al-Qa'ida fighter. Not one."

Nov 14 08:16

Exclusive: Afghanistan - behind enemy lines

The most astonishing thing about this rebel district – and for Nato leaders meeting in Lisbon this week, a deeply troubling one – is that Chak is not in war-torn Helmand or Kandahar but in Wardak province, a scant 40 miles south-west of Kabul.

And yet Abdullah, operating within Katyusha rocket range of the capital – and with a $500,000 bounty on his head – has managed to evade coalition forces for almost four years. If Chak is in any way typical of developments in other rural districts – and Afghanistan has hundreds of isolated valley communities just like this one – then Nato's military strategy could be in serious difficulty.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This war has never been winnable, in a conventional military sense.

The question is, how many more Afghanis, Americans, and NATO troops will have to die before the leadership in Washington or NATO's leadership in Brussels finally understands this?

Nov 14 08:09

Its over: US NATO formally announcing ‘transition’ to Afghan withdrawal

he Obama administration and its NATO allies will declare late this week that the war in Afghanistan has made sufficient progress to begin turning security control over to its government by spring, months before the administration’s July deadline to start withdrawing U.S. troops, according to U.S. and European officials.

Even as it announces the “transition” process, which will not immediately include troop withdrawals, NATO will also state its intention to keep combat troops in Afghanistan until 2014, a date originally set by Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF true, this report indicates that the "withdrawal" will be just as cosmetic as was the alleged "withdrawal" in Iraq, where Americans are still getting killed and maimed for life.

If this happens, it will simply be a gimmick to trick the American people into thinking that the war is really going to be substantially concluded by the next presidential election, which it will not be.

Nov 13 15:42

PAUL BALLES: THE TORTURERS REVISITED

BUSH’S AXIS OF EVIL WAR

The Trial is a novel by Franz Kafka, first published in 1925. One of Kafka’s best-known works, it tells the story of a man arrested and prosecuted by a remote, inaccessible authority, with the nature of his crime never revealed either to him or the reader.

The theme developed a familiar ring to it following the imprisonment of “enemy combatants” in Guantanamo. Echoes of such places come from another Kafka story, “In the Penal Colony”, where everyone is guilty simply because they’re there.

Nov 13 12:59

Keiser Report ?94: Markets! Finance! Scandal!

This time Max Keiser and co-host, Stacy Herbert, look at the scandals of Americas economic Suez and neutering Iran. In the second half of the show Max talks to rare earths analyst, Kevin Kerr, about the state of this market controlled by China.

Nov 13 09:21

The torturers revisited

Paul J. Balles find echoes of Kafka in the US torture facility at Guantanamo in Cuba and a secret British detention centre near Basra, in Iraq.

Nov 13 03:11

Iranian-Backed Faction Threatens Civil War in Lebanon

An Iranian-backed Hezbollah leader said Friday he would foment a civil war in Lebanon if members of the organization are found guilty of attacking and killing former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri in a car bombing in Beirut in 2005.

Fox News, on its Web site, reported that word on the street in Lebanon is that the militant group, known to be supported by Iran, is liable to be indicted for the attack, which also left 22 other people dead.

Nov 12 09:49

Timetable Abandoned: U.S. And NATO To Wage Endless War In Afghanistan

"Ever since he took office two years ago, Obama has made the deadly drones a key instrument in his fight against the militants in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The drones are also being used liberally to target militants in Yemen and Somalia." [9]

The Afghan war in its tenth year has expanded into a far broader conflict, one which grows in both scope and lethality with each passing week and will escalate yet further before it begins to wind down, if it ever does.

President Obama's pledge last year to "draw down" U.S. and NATO combat forces from South and Central Asia - they are also stationed in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan - next year is now revealed to be the transparent political manipulation it was from the start.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Is there a scenario in which the US and NATO could actually "turn the tide" against these insurgents, given the absolute level of corruption of the governments of both Pakistan and Afghanistan?

Not probably without reinstituting the draft in the US, and putting 500,000 pairs of US boots on the ground in Afghanistan, and there are questions as to whether even such a show of force could make a difference, as the old Soviet Union found during their "military misadventure" in Afghanistan.

We will continue to stay in Afghanistan, and lose miserably, because this administration actually doesn't know what else to do, and doesn't want there to be a "Saigon moment" in Kabul.

The moral and ethical problem with this war, publicly funded and fought, is that it has been fought essentially for potential private profits. These were supposed to come from the installation of pipelines with which to control Eurasian oil (hasn't happened to date), and from the drug trade (which, after the invasion and occupation, has grown exponentially).

We have never had, and continue to not have, the moral high ground on our side. And because of this, ultimately, the US is destined to lose this war, after all the blood and money spent.

Nov 12 09:42

Herper's sellout - Canadian troops to stay in Afghanistan

Canadian troops will stay an extra three years in Afghanistan, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Thursday, though he promises they’ll no longer engage in combat missions and will instead focus on safer training missions.

Nov 12 07:54

Council on Foreign Relations panel advises Obama to scale back Afghan occupation

Influential US experts on Friday painted a grim picture of the Afghanistan war, calling on President Barack Obama to consider scaling back the military mission without signs of progress.

The task force of the Council on Foreign Relations largely backed the Obama administration's plan of intensifying military operations against the Taliban and starting a withdrawal in mid-2011.

But the panel -- led by Richard Armitage and Samuel Berger, top aides to presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton -- said the administration needed to take hard decisions after its own highly anticipated war review in December.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is no possible military solution here, only a political one.

The question is, how much longer do we stay in this immoral, illegal war, and how many more Americans and Afghanis have to die before that political settlement is reached?!?

Nov 11 16:49

FULL METAL JACKET PART II: The War Comes Home

Wednesday, November 10, 2010
FULL METAL JACKET PART II: The War Comes Home: PTSD Vets Causing a Rise in Crime
"The Army and Marines take young people and rob them of their human emotions so they can kill without remorse. From my experiences in the Army's Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training courses, they strip you down physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually and turn you into a killing machine."
"Are these PTSD damaged troops that return home only here in body? Is their mind still in 'combat mode,' ready to blast away at any perceived threat? Depression, anger, insomnia, nightmares, flashbacks, paranoia are among its symptoms. Its sufferers often fall into alcoholism and drug addiction, some beat or shoot their wives or girlfriends."

Nov 11 11:25

Miclic or How to Destroy an Afghan Neighborhood in Seconds

One Captain in the article about bulldozing Kandahar liked to use these.

Nov 11 10:47

Afghanistan War: Bulldozing through Kandahar

The U.S. military has destroyed hundreds of Afghan civilian homes, farm houses, walls, trees and plowed through fields and buildings using explosives and bulldozers in war-torn Zhari district, a practice that has begun to anger Afghan villagers.

To pay for the damage, the U.S. military here is giving Afghans compensation cards for the damaged property. Villagers take the cards to the Afghan government's district center at Camp Wilson, the main American base here. U.S. commanders said the system forces locals to work with their government — which is the overall goal of the operation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Even if compensation actually gets to the people whose properties have been destroyed, this "scorched earth" policy will be perceived (and justly) as revenge, complete with all the modern enhancements, against local Afghanis for not cooperating with the US/NATO occupation.

Nov 11 07:12

America’s Devolution Into Dictatorship

The United States Department of Justice (sic) routinely charges and convicts innocents with bogus and concocted crimes that are not even on the statutes book. The distinguished defense attorney and civil libertarian, Harvey A. Silverglate, published a book last year, “Three Felonies A Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent,” which conclusively proves that today in “freedom and democracy” America we have punishment without crime.

Nov 11 05:48

Amnesty Intl: US must begin criminal investigation of torture following Bush admission

Amnesty International today urged a criminal investigation into the role of former US President George W. Bush and other officials in the use of "enhanced interrogation techniques" against detainees held in secret US custody after the former president admitted authorizing their use.

In his memoirs, published yesterday, and in an interview on NBC News broadcast on 8 November 2010, the former President confirmed his personal involvement in authorising "water-boarding" and other techniques against "high value detainees".
"Under international law, the former President's admission to having authorized acts that amount to torture are enough to trigger the USA's obligations to investigate his admissions and if substantiated, to prosecute him," said Claudio Cordone, Senior Director at Amnesty International.
"His admissions also highlight once again the absence of accountability for the crimes under international law of torture and enforced disappearance committed by the USA."

Nov 10 08:53

White House To Start Publicly Moving Away From Afghan Withdrawal Date

The Obama administration has decided to begin publicly walking away from what it once touted as key deadlines in the war in Afghanistan in an effort to de-emphasize President Barack Obama's pledge that he'd begin withdrawing U.S. forces in July 2011, administration and military officials have told McClatchy.

The new policy will be on display next week during a conference of NATO countries in Lisbon, Portugal, where the administration hopes to introduce a timeline that calls for the withdrawal of U.S. and NATO forces from Afghanistan by 2014, the year when Afghan President Hamid Karzai once said Afghan troops could provide their own security, three senior officials told McClatchy, along with others speaking anonymously as a matter of policy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Were I a betting human being, I would not bet on the security situation in Afghanistan being any substantially better in 2014 than it is today.

What the Obama administration is doing here is making Afghanistan the next US president's mess to fix, and in so doing, sprinting away from his promise to the American people to begin a drawdown of troops in July of 2011.

Whatever elements of the political spectrum you embrace, please remember that in November of 2010.

Nov 10 06:04

OBAMA AND JIHAD AND HOW NOT TO FIGHT TERRORISM

Today there are few if any real experts who would deny that Bush and Blair’s approach to counter-terrorism made the two of them the best recruiting sergeants for violent Islamic fundamentalism in all of its forms and franchises.

Nov 09 09:05

Taliban call on US to send fact-finding team to Afghanistan

The Taliban called on the US Congress on Sunday to send a "fact-finding mission" to Afghanistan to investigate what they called the lies and propaganda spread by American military chiefs to prolong the war.

The Islamist militant group has been fighting for more than nine years to topple the Kabul government, which is backed by 150,000 US and NATO troops.

Nov 09 06:35

THE PARCEL BOMB PLOT—AL-QAEDA’S GIFT TO ISRAEL

Israel must be very grateful indeed for this latest terror scare. If Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula did not exist, they might have to invent it.

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