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Posted: May 1, 2014 - 7:02pm

Afghan opium production explodes despite billions spent, says US report
Report by DC's Afghanistan war watchdog found opium cultivation unaffected by $7.5bn US spent to combat it
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Posted: Feb 26, 2014 - 7:23am

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Obama orders Pentagon to prepare for full troop withdrawal from Afghanistan

Barack Obama formally ordered the Pentagon on Tuesday to make plans for a full pullout of American troops from Afghanistan by the end of the year, pointing to a way out of the conflict that is reminiscent of his end to the Iraq campaign.

While the Obama administration reiterated that it would prefer to maintain a residual military presence in Afghanistan, the Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, has refused to sign an accord that would pave the way for some US forces to remain. That has forced the administration to begin a contingency plan for a full departure after Nato formally ends hostilities in November.

A similar rebuke from the Iraqi government prompted all almost all US troops to leave there in 2011. (...)



 
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Posted: Feb 26, 2014 - 7:19am

Obama orders Pentagon to prepare for full troop withdrawal from Afghanistan

Barack Obama formally ordered the Pentagon on Tuesday to make plans for a full pullout of American troops from Afghanistan by the end of the year, pointing to a way out of the conflict that is reminiscent of his end to the Iraq campaign.

While the Obama administration reiterated that it would prefer to maintain a residual military presence in Afghanistan, the Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, has refused to sign an accord that would pave the way for some US forces to remain. That has forced the administration to begin a contingency plan for a full departure after Nato formally ends hostilities in November.

A similar rebuke from the Iraqi government prompted all almost all US troops to leave there in 2011. (...)


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Posted: Nov 25, 2013 - 1:30pm

Afghanistan considers reintroduction of public stoning for adulterers
Proposal to bring back one of the most repugnant symbols of Taliban regime is in draft revision of country's penal code
 
 
Hamid Karzai refuses to sign US-Afghan security pact
President's call for delay stuns US and assembly he convened to approve deal critical to paying Afghan army and police salaries

Karzai's coffers may need a bit of extra filling...
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Posted: Nov 21, 2013 - 9:29am

 oldviolin wrote:
Last chance. Learn the hard lesson. Get out now...without further delay.

alas, the will is nil...

 

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Posted: Nov 21, 2013 - 7:17am

 oldviolin wrote:
Last chance. Learn the hard lesson. Get out now...without further delay.

alas, the will is nil...

 
indeed.
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Posted: Nov 21, 2013 - 7:13am

Last chance. Learn the hard lesson. Get out now...without further delay.

alas, the will is nil...
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Posted: Oct 13, 2013 - 4:06pm

Kerry in Afghanistan to salvage US occupation treaty
US Secretary of State John Kerry made an unannounced trip to Afghanistan Friday in a bid to salvage negotiations on a long-term US occupation of the country.

Talks between the Obama administration and the puppet regime of President Hamid Karzai have been stalemated over differences on a number of key questions related to the continued presence of US troops on Afghan soil.

The war in Afghanistan entered its 13th year at the beginning of this week, with little notice taken by the ruling US political establishment or the media. The carnage continues, with civilian casualties for the first half of this year reaching 1,319 deaths and 2,533 wounded, a 23 percent increase over the same period in 2012, according to the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan.

US and other occupation forces also continue to be killed and wounded, despite the already significant drawdown from the peak in 2011 of 101,000 US troops, together with another 40,000 from NATO and other US-allied countries. A total of 2,286 US troops have been killed, along with approximately another 1,100 from other countries participating in the occupation.

With Afghan puppet forces taking over from US and NATO troops in many areas, their fatalities have soared, reaching 100 a week, according to Marine General Joseph Dunford, the senior US commander in Afghanistan.

A pair of incidents last weekend underscored the bloody grind that continues unabated. In the eastern Afghan province of Nangahar, five Afghan civilians, three of them children, were killed by a US-NATO air strike as they were hunting birds with air rifles. Meanwhile, in southern Kandahar province, four members of an Army Ranger unit, including a nurse, were killed and another 13 wounded by improvised explosive devices set off as they raided a house seeking to capture a Taliban commander. (...)


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Posted: Dec 12, 2012 - 3:49pm

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“Nearly three years after U.S.-led forces launched the biggest operation of the war to clear insurgents, foster economic growth and set a model for the rest of Afghanistan, angry residents of Helmand province say they are too afraid to go out after dark because of marauding bands of thieves. And during the day, they say corrupt police and government officials bully them into paying bribes. After 11 years of war, many here long for a return of the Taliban. They say that under the Taliban, who routinely punished thieves by cutting off a hand, they were at least safe from crime and corruption.”


 
A friend of my son's is back from there. It's his opinion that we're creating enemies, not friends. I couldn't agree more. GTFO
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Posted: Dec 12, 2012 - 3:46pm

“Nearly three years after U.S.-led forces launched the biggest operation of the war to clear insurgents, foster economic growth and set a model for the rest of Afghanistan, angry residents of Helmand province say they are too afraid to go out after dark because of marauding bands of thieves. And during the day, they say corrupt police and government officials bully them into paying bribes. After 11 years of war, many here long for a return of the Taliban. They say that under the Taliban, who routinely punished thieves by cutting off a hand, they were at least safe from crime and corruption.”

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Posted: Nov 29, 2012 - 1:56am

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I don't think it had much if anything to do with Bin Laden, who as we (now) know was hiding comfortably in Pakistan, and was discovered by chance. 

If you want to keep up the brick wall of denial, please keep it to yourself.  The GOP propaganda failed.  Get over it.


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Posted: Nov 28, 2012 - 10:28pm

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Defining President Obama's much-needed support for the troops that had been left dangling in Afghanistan by the Bush/Cheney administration after they put their focus on invading Iraq as the same thing as "The Surge" that Bush/Cheney used to make up for the failure of their own plans is highly inaccurate and completely unfair to President Obama.  The fact of the matter is that while the American media was busy promoting war in Iraq (remember the embedded reporters?), there was a press blackout for Afghanistan.  Our troops in Afghanistan were suffering from IEDs and insurgency too.  And they were stuck in a place with no path for retreat.  Not by land, sea or air.

President Obama did what the former Commander-in-Chief should have done, and sent badly needed reinforcements.  Whereas Bush/Cheney's "Surge" was part of a plan to occupy Iraq forever, the personnel that Obama sent to reinforce and relieve those in Afghanistan had a completely different strategy: to finally get Osama Bin Laden and then get out Afghanistan. (...)

I don't think it had much if anything to do with Bin Laden, who as we know was hiding comfortably in Pakistan, and was discovered by chance.
The surge— announced in 2009 — committed additional forces to the conflict at the request of military leaders on the ground.

"The decision did help us blunt the Taliban's momentum, and is allowing us to transition to Afghan lead - so we will have recovered that surge at the end of this month, and will end the war at the end of 2014. (...)" Obama wrote.

The U.S. troop surge in Afghanistan ended last week. Conditions in Afghanistan are mostly worse than before it began.

That conclusion doesn’t come from anti-war advocates. It relies on data recently released by the NATO command in Afghanistan, known as ISAF, and acquired by Danger Room. According to most of the yardsticks chosen by the military — but not all — the surge in Afghanistan fell short of its stated goal: stopping the Taliban’s momentum.

Of course, that’s not ISAF’s spin. The command notes that enemy attacks from January to August 2012 are slightly lower, by 5 percent, from that period last year; and that the past two Augusts show a reduction in attacks of 30 percent. But the more relevant comparison is to 2009, when Afghanistan looked like such a mess that President Obama substantially increased troop levels. And compared to 2009, Afghanistan does not look improved.
Of course you could argue what "the Taliban's momentum" really means, but if it has anything to do with killing foreign soldiers, then that earlier graph shows it hasn't been blunted (and as the second quote from Wired confirms). The conclusion seems more that putting more soldiers on the ground means getting more soldiers killed. As the amount of Afghan soldiers ramp up, so will their casualties.

I don't think the more recent "green-on-blue" attacks are all that relevant to this surge. That's just an infiltration tactic that's fairly easy to pull off seeing how the easily identified occupiers can't really distinguish most of the factions in Afghanistan anyway, nor how they might be coercing each other to achieve similar goals, i.e. get foreigners out of there. What the corrupt central government might want or agrees to is mostly irrelevant in this picture. See the article on feudal warlords below.
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Posted: Nov 28, 2012 - 6:39pm

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Did the "surge" work in Afghanistan? The Obama administration would like you to think that it did, mostly so that it can declare victory and get out. I'm all in favor of the latter option, but let's not deceive ourselves about the wisdom of the Afghan surge itself. (...)

 
Defining President Obama's much-needed support for the troops that had been left dangling in Afghanistan by the Bush/Cheney administration after they put their focus on invading Iraq as the same thing as "The Surge" that Bush/Cheney used to make up for the failure of their own plans is highly inaccurate and completely unfair to President Obama.  The fact of the matter is that while the American media was busy promoting war in Iraq (remember the embedded reporters?), there was a press blackout for Afghanistan.  Our troops in Afghanistan were suffering from IEDs and insurgency too.  And they were stuck in a place with no path for retreat.  Not by land, sea or air.

President Obama did what the former Commander-in-Chief should have done, and sent badly needed reinforcements.  Whereas Bush/Cheney's "Surge" was part of a plan to occupy Iraq forever, the personnel that Obama sent to reinforce and relieve those in Afghanistan had a completely different strategy: to finally get Osama Bin Laden and then get out Afghanistan.

The article makes assumptions that it fails to legitimize.  It doesn't show any relationship whatsoever with President Obama's renewed support of our troops in Afghanistan 3 years ago and the very recent sharp rise in "green-on-blue" attacks that's only 3 months old.  (There's a very large gap in time from the so-called "surge" and the sudden green-on-blue problem.)  The article gives the Taliban full credit for these attacks, but does so without any evidence or even a postulation about why the two should be connected.  It raises question-free "questions" as a veiled ad hominem attack against those who voted to do right by our troops in Afghanistan.  What were they supposed to do, Mr. Walt?  Leave them there unsupported?  That's not the American Way!  MOF it's not the way of any civilized nation.

Obviously something must be done about green-on-blue attacks.  Blaming President Obama for something that doesn't exist is not an answer.

Personally I'd like to see President Obama use the green-on-blue problem as a reason to get American boots off of Afghan soil a lot sooner than planned.  Similar to what President Obama did with Iraq.


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Posted: Nov 28, 2012 - 1:06pm

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It's nice when a non-American politician/public figure says something really stupid. Makes me feel slightly less bad about all the stupid shit American politicians/public figures say.

 
Thank You !...i woiuld prefere..they just STFUP.. ! {#Silenced}
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Posted: Nov 28, 2012 - 12:55pm

 RichardPrins wrote: 
It's nice when a non-American politician/public figure says something really stupid. Makes me feel slightly less bad about all the stupid shit American politicians/public figures say.
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Posted: Nov 28, 2012 - 12:49pm

A few bricks shy of a load...

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Posted: Nov 28, 2012 - 12:37am

At the mercy of Afghanistan's warlords
In many areas of Afghanistan it is the warlords who hold sway - not the central government or the Taliban. They are able to exploit villagers with impunity using the threat, or the reality, of violence. (...)

Both the Soviets and the Taliban struggled to gain control of this part of Afghanistan and its "mujahideen warlords", who today rule unchallenged.

In some places they impose taxes on local traders. Some have become government officials. Some run anti-Taliban militia groups, called Arbaki, which are supported by the government and international forces.

And many ordinary Afghan people are terrified of them. They say the commanders extort money and food, grab land, assault people - and sometimes kill.

Takhar province is situated on the southern banks of the Amudarya - the biggest river in Central Asia. Its tributaries should be able to provide enough water for all the region's agriculture - but, oddly, many farmers struggle to irrigate their crops.

In one district, Khojaye Ghor, the irrigation canals have dried up completely and crops are failing - hundreds of families have had to abandon their homes in search of water.

The explanation lies upstream.

"Some powerful and armed people... diverted our river to power their hydro-electric generators," one local farmer, Muhammad Sharif, complains.

One of them is Mr Aghagul Qataghany, he says - a former mujahideen commander, now mayor of Taloqan, the capital of Takhar province.

When I meet him in his office, he denies the allegation.

"Show me that person and I'm ready to challenge him in court. I don't have any hydro-power generator," he tells me.

But others back up the farmer's story.

Najibulla Khaliqyar, the head of the Provincial Council of Takhar, agrees Qataghany and others are diverting rivers for power. (...)


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Posted: Nov 24, 2012 - 6:01pm

Did the "surge" work in Afghanistan? The Obama administration would like you to think that it did, mostly so that it can declare victory and get out. I'm all in favor of the latter option, but let's not deceive ourselves about the wisdom of the Afghan surge itself. (...)


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Posted: Nov 17, 2012 - 8:45am


If you find the Afghans a bit too implausible, feel free to exchange them with the Chinese... {#Wink}
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Posted: Nov 17, 2012 - 4:59am

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Click here to find out how many US troops are left in Afghanistan.

 
CBO Report November 2009: Pentagon Military complex has lost and cannot account for  900 Billion in failed or incomplete Nation Building in the Middle East (Afghan and Iraq) between 2003-2008.

900 BILLION. Gone. Poof. zip.    More than the T.A.R.P. Bailout, more than the Stimulus. 
 
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