Thought for the day

"It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong." -- Thomas Sowell

A guerrilla soldier aims a Stinger missile at an aircraft passing near a remote rebel base in the Safed Koh Mountains in Afghanistan on February 10, 1988. The end of the Soviet military occupation that began in 1979 has made the Afghan army more vulnerable to these guerrilla forces, who are fighting the Russian-established Afghan government.

In 2020, a high-level Brereton inquiry report found the unlawful killing of civilians by elite Australian commandos in Afghanistan during their operation between 2006 and 2015. The report revealed that senior officials instructed young commandos to execute detainees, which they described as “blooding” of young troops.

The 2nd Commando Regiment, a special forces unit of the Australian Army, has been captured in several videos showing them discussing killing unarmed civilians in cold blood in Afghanistan during their nine years of operations.

An American contractor held hostage in Afghanistan for more than two years has been released in exchange for a convicted Taliban drug lord jailed in the United States, the White House said Monday, announcing a rare success in U.S.-Taliban talks since the militant group took power a little more than a year ago

A member of the Afghanistan Trust Fund, Shah Mohammad Mehrabi, said that $150 Million should be delivered to the markets monthly in Afghanistan to stabilize the Afghan currency.

“Use of this fund should be done for the sole purpose of price stability to defend the value of Afghani. This process can be independently monitored and audited with an option to terminate in the event of misuse. Through this process, purchasing Afghani will increase,” he said.

In August 2021, the Biden regime illegally froze Afghan funds held at the New York Fed, totaling around $9 billion — including $2 billion held by complicit Western vassals. 

The diabolical action was and continues to be a scheme to deny Taliban authorities access to the nation’s money.

At the time, Biden regime dark forces ordered the IMF and World Bank to deny financial aid to Afghanistan — with more greatly immiserating its people in mind beyond unspeakable horrors they endured for 20 years of US war and occupation.

Rights organizations on Thursday responded to a new Biden administration plan to use $3.5 billion in U.S.-held Afghan funds to "help mitigate the economic challenges" facing the people of Afghanistan by saying the proposal was "better than keeping that money locked away in a U.S. vault" but must only be the first step in returning $7 billion in stolen money to Afghanistan.

The statement comes in response to TRT World’s exclusive report revealing that an international board has been set up by the US to disburse a portion of frozen funds through a Swiss bank.

Afghanistan’s Taliban government has dismissed the Biden administration’s planned transfer of frozen Afghan assets to a Switzerland-based bank, asking the US to send the seized money directly to the Afghan central bank.

The US government announced on 13 September that it would release a significant portion of the $7 billion stolen Afghan central bank funds to a bank of international settlements in Basel, Switzerland.

The trusteeship will help the US to oversee the disbursements of the funds in order to bypass the Taliban government in Kabul.

Taliban and Pakistani security forces exchanged fire along the after Pakistani soldiers tried to erect a military structure on the Afghan-Pakistani border, causing multiple casualties on both sides, the Taliban said on Wednesday.

The Pakistani military said its forces had responded to cross-border fire from militants, and that three of its soldiers were killed.

Taliban Says 40 Rebel Force Members Killed in Northern Panjshir MikeRivero Wed, 09/14/2022 - 09:18

The Taliban said on Tuesday they had killed 40 rebel force members, including four commanders, in the northern Afghan province of Panjshir.

The Taliban proclaimed victory over the province in September 2021, weeks after they took over the capital Kabul as foreign forces withdrew.

Resistance groups have since said they have been carrying out operations in the area and clashing with Taliban fighters.

The Taliban has in the past denied widespread fighting, saying they have established control of the entire country.