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Iraq War Crimes and Impending Loss of Kabul

by Oui Wed Aug 11th, 2021 at 05:38:26 PM EST

Changed headline from “War Crimes and Political Hanging of Assange” as focus lies more on Afghanistan.

Trump brands Chelsea Manning an 'ungrateful traitor' | BBC News |

WikiLeaks' Julian Assange fights extradition to the U.S. in top London court | CNBC |

Julian Assange: US pushing for extradition | DW News |

Assange has not been a free man for 11 years: that is 4,000 days and nights. He celebrated his last three birthdays in London's high-security Belmarsh Prison, which is often referred to as the "British Guantanamo" for its tough conditions.

In the US, he faces a total sentence of up to 175 years in prison in connection with multiple espionage charges such as the release of sensitive military documents on US operations in Afghanistan and Iraq -- including alleged war crimes, for which nobody has yet stood trial. 

    Too horrific? Several video's have been limited for viewing ... one needs to log in and identify yourself with ID ☹

    Wikileaks reveals video showing US air crew shooting down Iraqi civilians

    A secret video showing US air crew falsely claiming to have encountered a firefight in Baghdad and then laughing at the dead after launching an air strike that killed a dozen people, including two Iraqis working for Reuters news agency, was revealed by Wikileaks today.

    The footage of the July 2007 attack was made public in a move that will further anger the Pentagon, which has drawn up a report identifying the whistleblower website as a threat to national security. The US defence department was embarrassed when that confidential report appeared on the Wikileaks site last month alongside a slew of military documents.

Before long a Republican president will replace Joe Biden ... worse each decade.

US and NATO allies troops extraction from Afghanistan ... reminds me of the fall of Saigon and the Obama/Biden years of chaos in the Middle East and troops withdrawal from Iraq. Creating Al Qaeda ... Islamic State in the Levant (ISIL) which morphed into the Islamic State (IS). US policy of spreading terror and chaos ... the people suffer and are tortured to death.

Taliban could take Afghan capital in 90 days amid rapid gains - U.S. intelligence

Taliban Returns to Batter and Rule

President Biden another betrayal of civilians and human rights in Afghanistan where 20 years of death and destruction failed to accomplish any goal. A bad Hollywood film ...

Bombing of hospital in Kunduz run by MSF ...

On 3 October 2015, US airstrikes destroyed our trauma hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, killing 42 people

US Attack on Hospital In Kunduz Was Brutal and Deliberate

ICC investigation war crimes in Afghanistan ...

How to Investigate War Crimes? Kabul tells the ICC it is dealing with them, while the AIHRC pleads for help from the UN

The saga of the stalled International Criminal Court (ICC) investigation into war crimes allegedly committed as part of the Afghan war continues. Following a high-level meeting in The Hague last month, the Afghan government is still dancing around the issue, as it reacts to competing pressure from the ICC, the United States (which does not want its forces investigated), the Taleban and Afghan civil society.

As AAN's Ehsan Qaane reports, the government, which is hoping to head off the ICC investigation, gave statements following the meeting that were incoherent and legally flawed. Meanwhile, out of patience and in the aftermath of two horrendous attacks which together left hundreds of school children killed and injured the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) has appealed to the United Nations to support investigations into war crimes through other means.


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Afghanistan: Taliban ransacks Marshal Abdul Rashid Dostum's house, loots his weapons

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Aug 11th, 2021 at 07:39:49 PM EST

Iraq doesn't need US combat troops, says Iraqi PM ahead of US visit | Dawn News |

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Meanwhile ... Dutch endeavor to secure the eastern frontier if NATO ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Aug 12th, 2021 at 12:54:23 PM EST

Translated from Pashto ...

    Kabul's corrupt administration has hit out at the Ghazni governor while it was agreed that the province would surrender to them.

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President Ghani Arrives in Balkh; Meets Political, Jihadi Leaders

Daud Laghmani Introduced as New Governor of Faryab at Army Base

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Bringing Western values and democracy to the Middle Ages in Islamic Afghanistan ... total victory for Taliban as the Americans bite the dust of history leaving a nation devastated. Most Afghans wanting change will soon be dead. Those committed to the West will be slaughtered. The regional states and powers were never part of any form of a diplomatic or political alliance with the invading powers.

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Ambassador Mark Green in Conversation with Gen. David Petraeus and Sir John Scarlett

Was there consultation with allies? White House decision meant the pull back of 8000 allied forces and 18000 contractors providing security and maintenance of Afghan Air Force. In fact the US decision pulled the plug on Afghan forces.

Taliban leadership has established its HQ near Quetta in Pakistan, outside the reach of US military.

Effort lacking to withdraw 18000 Afghans translators and close relatives now left in a void.

Petraeus: US has abandoned Afghanistan to civil war | Arab News |

America has deserted its responsibility to protect rights and freedoms in Afghanistan, Gen. David Petraeus, the former US commander in the country, has told The Times.
With the Taliban rapidly sweeping up territories that were until recently defended by US-led coalition troops, Petraeus warned that a "medieval Islamist regime" and the return of terror-training safe havens are a realistic possibility.

Tens of thousands of Afghans have already started fleeing their homes as the Taliban start to take ground around Kandahar, the country's second city.

"The rest of the world will see that we are not supporting democracy or maintaining the values that we promote around the world -- human rights, particularly women's rights, the right to education and freedom of speech and press -- all very imperfect in Afghanistan, to be sure, but vastly better than if the Taliban reinstates a medieval Islamist regime," Petraeus said.

"The worst-case scenario is we could see a bloody, brutal civil war similar to that of the 1990s when the Taliban prevailed."

Petraeus said he is shocked by how Washington is closing down its military operations in Afghanistan.

"If we had shown the determination and will to stay, we would have been in a much stronger negotiating position with the Taliban. But if we tell the enemy we are going to leave, why would they give up anything?

"I am a little bit unclear why we didn't think we could maintain 3,500 troops to stop the Taliban from bringing back an ultraconservative Islamist theocracy, which is not in anyone's interest."

The Quetta Shura: Understanding the Afghan Taliban's Leadership | Jamestown Foundation - 2014 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Aug 13th, 2021 at 09:09:41 AM EST
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Seems to me that if the government you ostensibly built for twenty years collapses at the speed of a captured Humvee there never was a government. You just hired security.
Of course no one responsible will ever be asked to account for what they did with all that money and soldiers over most of my lifetime.
by generic on Fri Aug 13th, 2021 at 09:44:16 AM EST
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Assessment of U.S. Strategy and Operations In Afghanistan and the Way Ahead | US Congress - Jan. 23, 2008 |

Admiral Mullen emphasized that our main focus militarily in the region of the world right now is rightly and firmly in Iraq. That is his quotes. And he said it is simply a matter of resource and capacity.

    "In Afghanistan," he said, "we do what we can. In Iraq, we do what we must." And it gave me some trouble, and I believe that we currently risk a strategic failure in Afghanistan, that we must do what it takes to avoid a disastrous outcome.

    We want to be discussing this with you gentlemen this morning, and we must reprioritize and shift needed resources from Iraq to Afghanistan. In my opinion, we must once again make Afghanistan the central focus on the war against terrorism.

The President's recent decision [George Bush] to deploy additional troops to Afghanistan this spring is encouraging. Some 3,200 Marines will help train the Afghan national security forces as part of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and, also, strengthen the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).

    This Review is a result of the commitment by NATO, and by its Operational Partners in the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and in the Kosovo Force (KFOR), to support implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 on Women, Peace and Security.  In the declaration of the Lisbon Summit of November 2010, Heads of State and Government expressed their continued support for the implementation of the NATO/Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council Policy on UNSCR 1325, and related Resolutions, and endorsed a NATO Action Plan for the mainstreaming of UNSCR 1325 in NATO-led operations and missions.

The former president set policy continued by Joe Biden and his administration: AmericaFirst!

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Number of Private Contractors in Afghanistan Drops Precipitously as Biden Pushes Withdrawal Plan | US News |

New documents prepared for Congress by the Defense Department show the total number of all kinds of contractors in Afghanistan has dropped by more than half in the last three months from almost 17,000 as of April to only 7,800 this month, with fewer than 2,700 Americans among them. The cuts are especially acute for private security contractors and for logisticians and mechanics, including the critical staff necessary to keep Afghanistan's fledgling air force aloft. The Biden administration increasingly touts that force as one of the last remaining advantages the U.S.-backed local military has over the Taliban.

The dramatic reduction outlined in the latest Defense Department quarterly report follows President Joe Biden's assertions that the Afghan military will have to operate on its own as it faces a growing onslaught from the Taliban, which now occupies or is challenging to take half of the country's provincial capitals. However, the White House and Pentagon have few solid plans in place for how those forces will avoid collapse.

Biden's approach breaks from that of his predecessors, including presidents Donald Trump, Barack Obama and George W. Bush, who relied on the more loosely governed practice of deploying contractors to war zones to help stabilize the security vacuum left by departing U.S. troops.

Several other analysts who spoke with U.S. News shared the sentiment that the U.S. appears to be backing away from the Afghan forces it has supported for two decades with no clear plan to ensure they have the support they need to defend against local insurgents.

Among the other tactics the Biden administration has boasted in recent weeks is its decision to provide 37 additional Blackhawk helicopters to the Afghan air force to bolster its existing force. Yet, again, no clear plan is currently in place for who will maintain those sophisticated aircraft once the U.S. leaves.

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Aug 13th, 2021 at 12:42:07 PM EST

Film: Saigon, My Saigon [Redux]

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Aug 13th, 2021 at 12:58:28 PM EST
The United Kingdom's Brazen Assault on ICC Independence | HRW - Apr. 16, 2021 |

Letter PM Johnson concerning jurisdiction ICC in The Hague and Israel/Palestine war crimes ...

Blinken visits Afghanistan after Biden's withdrawal decision to press for diplomacy | ABC News - Apr. 15, 2021 |

Less than a day after President Joe Biden announced his decision to withdraw all U.S. forces from Afghanistan, Secretary of State Antony Blinken made his first visit to the country as he pushes to reignite diplomatic efforts for a deal between the Taliban and the Afghan government.

Arriving in Kabul, Blinken met President Ashraf Ghani and other senior officials amid fears the government faces an imminent offensive by the militant group that has sought to establish an Islamic emirate in Afghanistan.

Ghani and Biden spoke a day before Biden's speech, where he told the U.S. public, "It is time to end America's longest war."

Biden's US forces exit could doom Afghan peace talks between Taliban, government | ABC News - Apr. 14, 2021 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Aug 13th, 2021 at 04:50:14 PM EST
US Lifts Sanctions on ICC Prosecutor Over Afghan War Crimes Probe | Tolo News - Apr. 3, 2021 |

The United States lifted sanctions on the International Criminal Court's (ICC) senior members, including a prosecutor who had launched an investigation into alleged war crimes by US military personnel in Afghanistan.

Announcing the decision, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that assessment concluded that the measures adopted by the previous administration "were inappropriate and ineffective."

The Trump administration had imposed financial sanctions and a US visa ban on the ICC's Gambian-born chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda last year after she launched an investigation into alleged war crimes committed by American forces in Afghanistan, according to US media reports.

ICC also pressed ahead with an investigation into alleged war crimes in the Palestinian territories by Israel.

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Afghan War Crimes: You Will Face Justice | June 12, 2020 |

The former president and Mike Pompeo ...

ICC Decline To Investigate US Troops In Afghanistan | Tolo News - Apr. 14, 2019 |

A panel of ICC judges rejected a request by the court's prosecutor to investigate war crimes alleged to have been in Afghanistan by the US military and intelligence services. US President Donald Trump praised the decision. 

"This is a major international victory, not only for these patriots but for the rule of law," he said in a statement quoted by the VOA.

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Aug 13th, 2021 at 04:52:11 PM EST
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Regime change in Kabul to end ICC probe into war crimes by US, NATO allies and Taliban terrorists. Eh ... sorry, freedom fighters to the Biden administration. Afghanistan in chaos.

Afghan Delegation Heads to The Hague for Talks with ICC Officials | Tolo News - May 7, 2021 |

Justice Minister Fazel Ahmad Manawi, Acting Attorney General Zabihullah Kalim, and a number of senior government officials and judiciary and security experts are part of the delegation, according to a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The International Criminal Court (ICC) operates under the Rome Statute, and Afghanistan has been a member of the Tribunal since 2003.

The International Criminal Court shall use its complementary jurisdiction to assist the Member States in dealing with international crimes, including genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and the crime of aggression, the statement says.

The Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan seeks to strengthen the existing peace process and ensure immediate and permanent ceasefire, by securing ICC's cooperation with Afghanistan's judiciary organs in addressing crimes and preventing them from happening in the future, the ministry said. 

The Office of the Prosecutor and high-level delegation from the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan hold productive meetings at the Seat of the Court | ICC The Hague |

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Aug 13th, 2021 at 04:53:45 PM EST

Boris Johnson admits concern for Afghanistan as UK withdraws | The Guardian - July 7, 2021 |

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Britain's Disastrous Retreat from Kabul in 1842

The British wanted to conquer Afghanistan to prevent the Russians from invading southward through the mountainous regions into British India.

One of the earliest eruptions in this epic struggle was the First Anglo-Afghan War, which had its beginning in the late 1830s. To protect its holdings in India, the British had allied themselves with an Afghan ruler, Dōst Moḥammad Khān.

He had united warring Afghan factions after seizing power in 1818 and seemed to be serving a useful purpose to the British. But in 1837, it became apparent that Dost Mohammad was beginning a flirtation with the Russians.

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Surrender Afghan military inside Camp Holland to Taliban insurgents ...

Taliban captures former Australian base in Tarin Kowt: reports

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Remarks by President Biden on the Way Forward in Afghanistan | White Hiuse - April 14, 2021 |

We went to Afghanistan in 2001 to root out al Qaeda, to prevent future terrorist attacks against the United States planned from Afghanistan.  Our objective was clear.  The cause was just.  Our NATO Allies and partners rallied beside us.  And I supported that military action, along with overwhelming majority of the members of Congress.

More than seven years later, in 2008, weeks before we swore the oath of office -- President Obama and I were about to swear -- President Obama asked me to travel to Afghanistan and report back on the state of the war in Afghanistan.  I flew to Afghanistan, to the Kunar Valley -- a rugged, mountainous region on the border with Pakistan.  What I saw on that trip reinforced my conviction that only the Afghans have the right and responsibility to lead their country, and that more and endless American military force could not create or sustain a durable Afghan government. 

I believed that our presence in Afghanistan should be focused on the reason we went in the first place: to ensure Afghanistan would not be used as a base from which to attack our homeland again.  We did that.  We accomplished that objective. 

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Aug 13th, 2021 at 08:10:28 PM EST
President George W. Bush announced the U.S. would send troops to Afghanistan, launching the longest war in American history.

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Aug 13th, 2021 at 08:38:59 PM EST
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The Taliban in Afghanistan | CFR |

The Taliban is a predominantly Pashtun, Islamic fundamentalist group that ruled Afghanistan from 1996 until 2001, when a U.S.-led invasion toppled the regime for providing refuge to al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden. The Taliban regrouped across the border in Pakistan and has led an insurgency against the U.S.-backed government in Kabul for nearly twenty years.

Many experts say the Taliban threatens Afghan democratic institutions, citizens' rights, and regional security. The group has withstood counterinsurgency operations from the world's most powerful security alliance, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and three U.S. administrations in a war that has killed more than 6,000 U.S. troops and contractors [PDF] and over 1,100 NATO troops. Some 47,000 civilians have died, and an estimated 73,000 Afghan troops and police officers have been killed since 2007. Tens of thousands of Taliban fighters are also believed to have died.

The Taliban, which has between fifty-eight thousand and one hundred thousand full-time fighters, is stronger now than at any point in the last twenty years. As the United States has withdrawn its remaining forces from Afghanistan, the Taliban has increased attacks on civilians, seized control of critical border crossings, and dramatically expanded its presence throughout the country.


Taliban Ascendance in Afghanistan Risks Return of Global Terrorist Hub

Seventeen months after the signing of the Doha agreement, the Taliban remain closely aligned with al-Qaeda and have shown no indication that they would treat the global terrorist group any differently than they did before the 9/11 attacks. In a report released in early June, the United Nations said large numbers of al-Qaeda fighters and other terrorist elements aligned with the Taliban are located in various parts of Afghanistan and have celebrated the departure of U.S. and NATO forces from the country as a victory for global radicalism.  

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Don't expect an al-Qaida reboot in Afghanistan | Brookings Institute - May 4, 2021 |

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Afghanistan war: Veterans reflect on troops leaving country | BBC News |

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US reportedly negotiating with Taliban to avoid embassy attack in Kabul | NY Post |

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Aug 13th, 2021 at 10:10:58 PM EST
Utter BS ... the gains of 19 years thrown out of the window. Major policy mistakes followed in swift order after 9/11. Fighting Al Qaeda? War on Muslims in general has caused a clash of civilization and terror and death has increased a thousand fold with millions of war victims chased from their homes. Invasion and occupation of Iraq ... regime change in Libya followed by moving arms and jihadists into Syria to overthrow Assad. The war in Afghanistan united and strengthened NATO which was abused to expand into Eastern Europe. Aspirant EU members gained bonus points by sending their boys and young men into harms way in Afghanistan and Iraq. Fear and distrust have been on the rise and rightwing populism has gained massive support on the wave of xenophobia and Islamophobia. British soldiers did die in vain if the Taliban succeed to wipe out all the gains of 20 years. Afghans want to live in a modern society of gender equality and not in a medieval patriarchal society. How dare you stating obvious LIES.

Afghanistan pullout: Biden's biggest call yet - will it be his most calamitous?

Interesting read ...

State of Power in a Coercive World

Authored by the Transnational Institute located in Amsterdam.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Aug 14th, 2021 at 06:28:19 AM EST
Do not accept overthrow by invaders in fall of 2001 ...

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Ottawa expands Afghan resettlement program as Taliban approach Kabul | CBC News |

The announcement amounted to an acknowledgement by the Trudeau government of the deepening crisis in Afghanistan and the fear that, after almost two decades of unrelenting guerilla warfare, the hardline Taliban movement may be about to overthrow the government of President Ashraf Ghani.

Militants have swept through northern, western and southern regions of the country and are soon expected to isolate Kabul.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Aug 14th, 2021 at 09:49:17 AM EST
As horrifying as this is, I'm not convinced Talibans are treating women and ethnic minorities extremely badly because they're Talibans, but because that's how men treat women in that corner of the world.

It's not like there weren't protests and mutinies already in the 1930's when Afghan government tried to improve women's rights.

It's not like 25-50% of Pastuns and Tajiks don't beat and restrict their wifes, sisters and daughters regardless of being a member of any organization.

It's not like the first female minister in Afganistan, Dr Sima Samar, said in 2003 that under Taliban rule women were in general more safe than under the warlords (a.k.a. Karzai government) imposed by NATO forces (as in being beaten and raped only at home versus being beaten, raped and killed everywhere).

It's not like targeted killings of ethnic minorities, especially shia Hazara, hasn't been a national pastime in Afghanistan since at least 17th century.

Just saying. The philosophy of Taliban is based on what 70-80% of Afghans have believed for hundreds of years - just with a wahhabist twist (due to Saudi and Pakistani influence thanks to CIA).

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Rape as a weapon of war ... throughout the ages. Islamic nations living in medieval times should not be tolerated. Women and children will always be the first victims in conflict and war. War should only be fought as last resort... not for economic gain or spreading capitalism. Most American wars post WWII were wars of choice. Never has the super power state of the US shown leadership to attain peace or were an example of diplomatic fortitude.

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The Long, Long Struggle for Women's Rights in Afghanistan

The Afghan government enlisted foreign advisors, they again established girls schools, funded a new university, and later instituted a new constitution that introduced a democratic framework and granted Afghan women the right to vote. In urban areas women attended college, took jobs outside of the home, ran businesses, and some even ventured into politics. Kabul became cosmopolitan.

From a Modernizing State to the Taliban

It was in the late 1970s, as the women's movement gained ground in the West, that the era of progress for Afghan women came to an abrupt halt.

When Afghan communists took over in a 1978 coup, Afghanistan became caught up in the Cold War politics of the time. At first, the communists advanced an even more dramatic campaign for social reforms, which included making education for girls compulsory and (again) implementing a minimum age for girls to marry.

Hazaras are believed to have settled in Afghanistan at least as far back as the thirteenth century. The Shi'a Hazaras are historically the most discriminated ethnic minority group in the state and have seen little improvement in their situation despite the recent changes. While President Karzai did appoint six Hazaras to his cabinet, there appears to be no reduction in the discrimination facing the majority of the Hazara population of Afghanistan. Forced to migrate to Kabul in the second half of the 20th century due to persecution, their low socio-economic status has created a class as well as an ethnic division between them and the rest of urban Afghan society.

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'Every year we dig mass graves': the slaughter of Pakistan's Hazara | The Guardian - April 5, 2021 |

Shia have been persecuted for decades in Pakistan. Nearby city of Quetta is a sanctuary and stronghold of Taliban. Terror campaign targeted Hazara girls school in Kabul earlier this year.

Afghanistan mourns 60 schoolgirls killed in deadliest attack in years | Arab News - May 9, 2021 |

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Rift with US grows as UK minister voices fears over Afghanistan exit | The Guardian |

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Aug 14th, 2021 at 01:00:13 PM EST
If the UK wants to take (another) shot at trying to control Afghanistan, I think the US would probably be ok with it. Otherwise, a complaint that the US is making a mistake by pulling out is a bit offsides if you ask me.

The mistake was going in there in the first place. Which anybody with a rudimentary understanding of Afghan history is aware of.

by asdf on Sat Aug 14th, 2021 at 03:48:35 PM EST
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I will personally subsidize the plane tickets of the first few pundits who'll grab an AK and go to fight the good fight in Kabul. Hope there won't be any rush since they all care so deeply about human rights there.
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Pakistani blogger in forced exile attacked, threatened outside his Rotterdam home | RSF - Feb. 5, 2020 |

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Dutch authorities to protect a Pakistani blogger who was attacked and threatened outside the Rotterdam home where he lives with his family in self-imposed exile, and to shed all possible light on this violent act of intimidation, which was clearly instigated by a Pakistani state agency.

The attack on the blogger, Ahmad Waqass Goraya, was carried out by two men on 2 February. "I was on the phone when a man appeared and began punching me in the face while I saw another man with him filming the attack," he told RSF. Speaking in Urdu with a Pashtun accent, the man hitting Goraya threatened to kill him and told him he knew exactly where he and his family live.

British-Pakistani charged with plot to murder exiled blogger | Dawn News - July 19, 2021 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Aug 14th, 2021 at 01:15:42 PM EST

In Kandahar and Herat the Taliban are operating an Apache helicopter and diverse aircraft.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Aug 14th, 2021 at 05:38:17 PM EST

'This One Will Hurt for a Long Time': US Veterans Despair as Taliban Claim Much of Afghanistan

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Afghanistan Waste Exhibit A: Kajaki Dam, More Than $300M Spent and Still Not Done, 2016
As the U.S. attempts to withdraw from Afghanistan, there is perhaps no better example of its botched efforts to rebuild and stabilize the country than the Kajaki Dam. For the past year, ProPublica has been scrutinizing the tens of billions spent on reconstruction in Afghanistan by the military, the State Department and the U. S. Agency for International Development. Project after project has foundered because the U.S. ignored history, warnings, local culture and common sense. Last month, ProPublica analyzed and, for the first time, added up the cost of these failures and found at least $17 billion in questionable spending since 2009.
The Kajaki Dam was built in the rugged, rural north of Helmand Province in the 1950s during America's first push to make Afghanistan a modern country and an ally. The U.S. turned it into hydroelectric power station in the 1970s, but abandoned the project before completion when the Russians invaded in 1979.

In 2004, three years after the U.S. led its own invasion, USAID restarted the project with great fanfare. The agency successfully refurbished two turbines that were nearly inoperable after decades of neglect and the dam eventually began producing some power. But its true success hinged on installing a third, modern turbine that could vastly increase that power throughout the area, including to the city of Kandahar, a strategic and populated urban center one province to the east.

That addition was supposed to be complete a decade ago.

USAID from hell Kissinger Prize
by Cat on Mon Aug 16th, 2021 at 04:11:28 AM EST
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From Afghan War Diary to Afghanistan Papers, US 'Reconstruction' Long Known to be Farce, highlights of this escapade

omitting SIGIR, Marshall Plan*, the American Occupation of Japan (1945-1952), IMF, and the domestic "reconstruction" paradigm, of which The False Claims and Sherman acts.

(*) Herbert Simon's Administrative Behavior is a wonderful expression of his experience as a federal employee assigned to that project.

by Cat on Tue Aug 17th, 2021 at 12:11:14 PM EST
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Taliban declare 'amnesty' for anyone, say women will be allowed to join gov't, "fight like a girl" edition
The Taliban, which have long practiced a fundamentalist form of Islam that limits the freedoms of women and girls, said in their announcement that women's involvement in the new era of the country will be dictated by religion.

"The Islamic Emirate doesn't want women to be victims," said Enamullah Samangani, a member of the Taliban cultural commission, according to Sky News.
Also Tuesday, the U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction LOL said in a new assessment that several presidents failed to create the "necessary mindset, expertise and resources to develop and manage the strategy to rebuild [back better] Afghanistan."

"While there have been several areas of improvement -- most notably in the areas of healthcare, maternal health and education -- progress has been elusive, and the prospects for sustaining this progress are dubious," the SIGAR report states.

I'm dying, as the z-people say
The SIGAR analysis, which was based on thousands of government documents and over hundreds of interviews, faulted the administrations of Biden and former Presidents Donald Trump, Barack Obama and George W. Bush for the failures.The United States spent hundreds of billions of dollars over the 20 years it attempted to reform Afghanistan, during which time more than 2,400 American soldiers died.
by Cat on Tue Aug 17th, 2021 at 03:26:13 PM EST
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Earlier comment on Taliban rhetoric ...

Shari'a Law and Women's Rights

Another article ...

Women's Rights and Shariʿa Law in the mena Regio

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Aug 17th, 2021 at 04:16:25 PM EST
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In an earlier blog life @BooMan...

An Epic Operation in Afghanistan: Eagle's Summit - Sept. 2008

Triumph for British forces in Boy's Own-style Kajaki mission

It was a task of epic proportions, inspiring comparisons with Commando magazine, Mad Max, the battle of Arnhem in 1944 and the relief of the siege of Mafeking in 1900.

The mission was to take 220 tonnes of turbine and other equipment, worth millions of pounds, across 100 miles of some of the most hostile and heavily mined territory in Afghanistan.

  • At the climax of the Taleban's fighting season.
  • Without anyone noticing.

Elements of the convoy taking part in Operation OQAB TSUKA, including Mastiff and Viking armoured vehicles.

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Aug 17th, 2021 at 04:52:47 PM EST
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A Natural Fortress: The History of Kunar - Heart of Darkness

Many lives lost and considered Al Qaeda country, believed where Osama Bin Laden lived as guest.

Obama's Mission Impossible in Afghan War | Oui@BooMan - Oct. 2010 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Aug 14th, 2021 at 06:42:45 PM EST

US failed in negotiating a peace settlement with Taliban in Doha ...

Govt Not Aware Of Peace Talks Agenda: Ismail Khan | Tolo News - Dec. 2018 |

Breaking News ‼️

Ghani, Political Leaders Agree to Form Team for Negotiations

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Aug 14th, 2021 at 07:07:18 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Aug 14th, 2021 at 07:41:20 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Aug 14th, 2021 at 07:49:22 PM EST

Afghan women, girls fear return to 'dark days' as Taliban push closer to Kabul | France24 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Aug 14th, 2021 at 07:55:03 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Aug 15th, 2021 at 05:29:46 AM EST

Calculated, cold decision ...

"Not Our Tragedy": the Taliban Are Coming Back, and America Is Still Leaving | The New Yorker |

Biden will not suffer politically from leaving behind an unwinnable war. Put bluntly, there is a strongly held belief in Washington that Americans simply do not care what happens in Afghanistan. Poll numbers back it up. Politicians in both parties, with notable exceptions, have generally supported Biden's decision or at least have acquiesced to it, which leaves them either to second-guess Biden's execution or simply to say nothing at all.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Aug 15th, 2021 at 07:17:47 AM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Aug 15th, 2021 at 04:57:36 PM EST
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Afghanistan's Future | Dawn News - Editorial |

As the Afghan Taliban continue their blitzkrieg across their country, with key cities falling like ninepins, it is a foregone conclusion that the capture of Kabul -- and with it the control of Afghanistan -- is only a matter of time.

The international community must send a strong message to the Taliban: when they do take Kabul, if their country is used to host transnational terrorists, there will be consequences. After all, the Afghan Taliban have a working relationship with anti-Pakistan terrorists such as the banned TTP, and a major security nightmare may emerge if these malign actors are given an open field to operate. China has also communicated its concerns about Uyghur militant groups such as the ETIM, while Al Qaeda and IS too have a large footprint in Afghanistan. Therefore, if the Taliban do not wish to see a repeat of the events of Sept 2001, they must pledge to not allow territory under their control to be used by terrorist groups against any other state in the vicinity or further off.

China hopes Afghan Taliban will crack down on East Turkestan Islamic Movement

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Aug 15th, 2021 at 08:23:26 AM EST
by Cat on Mon Aug 16th, 2021 at 06:15:52 AM EST
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Afghanistan Taliban delegation visits China: Taliban spokesperson - Video

China Foreign Minister Wang Yi hosts Taliban, calls them 'pivotal force'

China hosted a rare nine-member Taliban delegation amid its recent ascendancy in Afghanistan, with Foreign Minister Wang Yi describing the group as "a pivotal military and political force" in the country.

The delegation, led by Abdul Ghani Baradar who heads the Taliban's political office in Doha, met with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and other officials in Tianjin, a port city around 100 km southeast of Beijing.

The visit to China is the first from the group in the wake of its gaining key ground in Afghanistan, including in Badakshan province which borders China's western Xinjiang region.

It isn't, however, the first such Taliban visit to China and caps years of careful outreach from Beijing to the group, on occasion mediated by Pakistan, China's "all-weather" ally. A delegation was hosted in Beijing in 2019, while in 2015, China had hosted negotiations between the Taliban and Afghan officials in the city of Urumqi, Xinjiang's provincial capital, in a meeting facilitated by Pakistan.

The Taliban delegation's visit also comes days after Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi met with Mr. Wang in the Chinese city of Chengdu. Both sides on Saturday said they had agreed on "joint actions" to more closely work together in Afghanistan amid the changing situation in the country.

'Refrain from terror'

The Chinese Foreign Ministry in a statement on Wednesday said Mr. Wang had called on the Taliban "to draw a line" between the group and terror organisations, specifically the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) which has carried out attacks in Xinjiang.

He described the Taliban as "a pivotal military and political force in Afghanistan" and said it was "expected to play an important role in the process of peace, reconciliation and reconstruction". He said China hoped the group would "resolutely and effectively combat" the ETIM.

Afghan Taliban founder Mullah Baradar 'released' by Pakistan | Al Jazeera - Oct. 25, 2018 |

    Taliban set up a political office in Doha in 2013 at the request of the US to facilitate peace talks.

    Baradar is one of four men, including Mullah Omar, who founded the Taliban movement in 1994. He served in several key positions when the Taliban ruled Afghanistan from 1996-2001.

    He fled to Pakistan after the US-led invasion toppled the Taliban government and was later arrested during an operation near Karachi city.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Aug 15th, 2021 at 08:38:28 AM EST
HOLD THE PHONE ... APsplainin China has secret jail in Dubai, holds (Uy/Ui)ghurs
A young Chinese woman says she was held for eight days at a Chinese-run secret detention facility in Dubai along with at least two (Uy/Ui)ghurs, in what may be the first evidence that China is operating a so-called "black site" beyond its borders.
She was questioned and threatened in Chinese and forced to sign legal documents incriminating her fiancé for harassing her, she said. She was finally released on June 8 and is now seeking asylum in the Netherlands.
The AP was unable to confirm or disprove Wu's account independently, and she could not pinpoint the exact location of the black site. However, reporters have seen and heard corroborating evidence including stamps in her passport, a phone recording of a Chinese official asking her questions and text messages that she sent from jail to a pastor [in Poland?] helping the couple.
What are "black sites"? Let's ask Gina Haspel! wait... Where is Gina Haspel??
Yu-Jie Chen, an assistant professor at Taiwan's Academia Sinica, said she had not heard of a Chinese secret jail in Dubai, and such a facility in another country would be unusual. However, she also noted that it would be in keeping with China's attempts to do all it can to bring select citizens back, both through official means such as signing extradition treaties and unofficial means such as revoking visas or putting pressure on family back home
Dubai also has a history as a place where (Uy/Ui)ghurs are interrogated and deported back to China. And activists say Dubai itself has been linked to secret interrogations involving other countries. Radha Stirling, a legal advocate who founded the advocacy group Detained in Dubai, said she has worked with about a dozen[!] people who have reported being held in villas in the UAE, including citizens of Canada, India and Jordan but not China.

"There is no doubt that the UAE has detained people on behalf of foreign governments with whom they are allied," Stirling said. "I don't think they would at all shrug their shoulders to a request from such a powerful ally."

Schmiegelsplainin The Telegram Billionaire and His Dark Empire in Dubai, 19 June 2021
However, Patrick Theros, a former U.S. ambassador to Qatar who is now strategic advisor to the Gulf International Forum, called the allegations "totally out of character" for the Emirate.
US Prepares Agreement to Move Thousands of Afghans in Qatar, Report Says
[Wu, a Chinese millennial who never cared about politics before] saw another prisoner, a (Uy/Ui)ghur woman, while waiting to use the bathroom once, she said. A second time, she heard a (Uy/Ui)ghur woman shouting in Chinese, "I don't want to go back to China, I want to go back to Turkey."
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by Cat on Mon Aug 16th, 2021 at 05:51:27 AM EST
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Twenty-five years ago had some first-hand experience with detention of a close relative in Dubai, its court system and corruption. We managed to get him released with a coordinated action. While in detention, that person heard about a planned attack on New York. The US Embassy was notified. The rest is history.

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Aug 16th, 2021 at 08:38:27 AM EST
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That's quite a generous advance warning.
by Cat on Mon Aug 16th, 2021 at 05:13:03 PM EST
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Bill  Clinton: I Nearly Got Him

"I nearly got him. And I could have killed him, but I would have to destroy a little town called Kandahar in Afghanistan and kill 300 innocent women and children, and then I would have been no better than him."

"And so I didn't do it," the former commander in chief says.

Hours after Clinton spoke of his role in the 1998 decision to not attempt to kill Bin Laden, the 2001 terror attack was underway in the United States.

Bin Laden is reported to have arrived in Dubai on July 4 2001 from Quetta in Pakistan

SIPRI UN Arms Embargo: Case Study The Taliban 2000-2006

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Aug 16th, 2021 at 09:30:40 AM EST
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then I would have been no better than him.

What about Serbia?

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Aug 16th, 2021 at 10:26:36 AM EST
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From AP article ...

Wu and her fiancé, 19-year-old Wang Jingyu, are not Uyghur but rather Han Chinese, the majority ethnicity in China. Wang is wanted by China because he posted messages questioning Chinese media coverage of the Hong Kong protests in 2019 and China's actions in a border clash with India.

Of course Han Chinese won't make headlines in the West or gain publicity.

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Aug 16th, 2021 at 09:48:43 AM EST
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mmmm, I wouldn't discount Crazy Rich Asians (2018) entertainment.
by Cat on Mon Aug 16th, 2021 at 05:15:17 PM EST
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The UAE has acquired two ports in Suriname - 2011

KSMH, based in the U.A.E., has been
hit by scandals and allegations of being either a witting or unwitting conduit for laundering of billions of dollars.

Report: 'Criminalized' South American Suriname Housing UAE Money Laundering Scheme

A United Arab Emirates (UAE)-based international gold refinery has established a branch that launders money for criminal and terrorist groups alike in the small "criminalized" South American country of Suriname, according to a national security think tank.

In a recently released report, the Center for a Secure Free Society (SFS) describes Suriname a "criminalized state".

During a discussion on Capitol Hill, one of the authors of the SFS report, titled "Suriname: The New Paradigm of a Criminalized State," identifies the UAE-based branch in South America dubbed the Kaloti Suriname Mint House (KSMH) as the company's largest wing on the Western Hemisphere.

DP World expands investment in Suriname , encouraged by the country's potential for sustainable development through its evolving oil and gas sector | Aug. 14, 2021 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Aug 16th, 2021 at 10:13:49 PM EST
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The Taliban have initiated a large PR campaign on social media with a very sunny side of Afghanistan's future under Islamic Sharia rule as gunshots of executions aren't silenced.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Aug 15th, 2021 at 09:00:32 AM EST

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Ghani Can't be Partnered; What Next?

Afghanistan continues to be a trainwreck in slow motion. While the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces fold before the Taliban, with almost ghoulish irony, the official handle of Afghanistan's presidential palace @ARG_AFG on August 10 tweeted pictures of President Ashraf Ghani chairing a meeting of the National Procurement Commission and reviewing 48 procurement items.

This is of course akin to rearranging the deckchairs while Titanic is going down. Unsurprisingly, the tweet got scathing comments from Afghan journalists and other activists.

But while the violence in that country is an immediate existential problem for the Afghans -- it's instructive to go through the Twitter timelines of Afghans active on social media -- it also deepens Pakistan's dilemma. I have written about it before, but let me recap.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Aug 15th, 2021 at 09:19:43 AM EST
While I appreciate that the return of the Taliban will not go great for what exists of the urban middle class, the incessant whining by our humanitarian pundits is beyond farcical. Are they really worse for women's rights than roving death squads? The very fact that they took over the whole country in a week gives the lie to that. The US and NATO built up nothing and effectively protected nobody. There's also some hope that this generation of Taliban are less murderously sectarians:

Pretty sure Taliban 1.0 had only bullets for the Hazara (Though the fate of the actual Shia Hazara is of course an open question). There's also the fact that they took over the Uzbek and Tajik regions without much resistance, while the 2001 Taliban never controlled those areas.

European humanitarianism:

And one for the quality European media:
by generic on Sun Aug 15th, 2021 at 10:37:21 AM EST
Daykundi Province falls into the traditionally ethnic Hazara region known as the Hazarajat and the provincial capital is Nili. It is surrounded by Bamyan Province in the northeast, Ghazni Province in the southeast, Urozgan Province in the south, Helmand Province in the southwest, and Ghor Province in the northwest.

Map as per July 6th ...

Plenty of propaganda from all sides, trying to be secure. BBC correspondent reports executions.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Aug 15th, 2021 at 12:14:29 PM EST
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Defence secretary breaks down in tears and admits `some won't get back' from Afghanistan | The Independent |

Persons who won't shed a tear as strong leaders ...

President Biden slammed for 'hiding out on vacation' at Camp David during multiple crisis

Twenty years ago spending August vacation at his Crawford Ranch in Texas ...

The thrifty Dutch leaders ...

Rutte reluctant to let in Afghan people who helped Dutch troops

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Aug 16th, 2021 at 10:22:50 AM EST

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