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Sep 28 11:49

BOOGA BOOGA! ‘Iraq WMDs’ Architect John Bolton Claims Terrorists Could Get Nukes in Wake of US Afghan Pullout

The ex-Trump national security advisor, whose former boss once referred to as “one of the dumbest people in Washington,” has been criticised by detractors over his hawkish foreign policy advice – including unabashed support for US military interventions and regime change operations across the globe.

Former Trump National Security Advisor and George W. Bush-era Undersecretary of State John Bolton fears that the US pullout from Afghanistan could lead to the Taliban* or another terrorist group getting nukes.

“Taliban in control of Afghanistan threatens the possibility of terrorists taking control in Pakistan too. And there are already a lot of radicals in the Pakistani military. But if the whole country gets taken over by terrorists, that means maybe 150 nuclear weapons in the hands of terrorists, which is a real threat to us and our friends,” Bolton said, speaking to New York-based radio station WABC on Sunday.

Sep 28 10:40

Report: US Asked Russia About Offer of Bases to Monitor Afghanistan

According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley asked his Russian counterpart in Finland last week about an apparent offer from Russian President Vladimir Putin for the US to use Moscow’s bases in Central Asia to spy on Afghanistan.

Unnamed US officials told the Journal that Milley raised the issue with Russian Chief of General Staff Valery Gerasimov at the request of President Biden’s National Security Council staff. The report said Gerasimov was “noncommital” on the issue.

The Russian newspaper Kommersant first reported that Putin made the offer to Biden during the June 16th summit between the two leaders in Geneva. The report said Putin suggested the US could use Russian bases in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan to monitor Afghanistan, including through drones flown across the border.

Sep 28 08:15

State Department: Roughly 100 US citizens, legal residents ready to leave Kabul

About 100 U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents are ready to leave Kabul, Afghanistan, the State Department announced on Monday.

A senior State Department official said that number is not precise because it changes every day, but that’s the pool on which the Biden administration is focusing its evacuation efforts.

“The highest priority remains helping the U.S. citizens who wish to leave the country now to do so,” the official said.

Sep 28 07:57

Biden Regime JAILS Marine For Criticizing His Botched Afghanistan Withdrawal — Parents Speak Out In Horror

In an absolute show of authoritarianism, the Biden regime has imprisoned the heroic Marine who spoke out against Vice President Joe Biden’s bungled Afghanistan withdrawal.

Last month, Marine Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller spoke out against Vice President Joe Biden’s fatal pullout, demanding accountability from military authorities. To the chagrin of senior Biden military officials, his plea went viral.

Scheller has been thrown in the brig and is being kept in pre-trial imprisonment as reprisal for speaking out against the Biden administration.

“All our son did is ask the questions that everybody was asking themselves, but they were too scared to speak out loud,” said Stu Scheller Sr. “He was asking for accountability. In fact, I think he even asked for an apology that we made mistakes, but they couldn’t do that, which is mind-blowing.”

Sep 28 07:31

Josh Hawley SLAMS Biden's Surrender To Wokeism

The Biden administration sacrificed U.S. attention that could have guaranteed a calculated military departure from Afghanistan, rather than focusing on promoting the progressive agenda in the Department of Defense, announced Republican Sen. Josh Hawley.

“Joe Biden and his team were more interested in advancing their phony culture war than they were protecting American lives. Their misplaced priorities had devastating consequences – 13 American service members died, and hundreds of Americans were left stranded behind enemy lines,” Hawley told The Federalist. “Rather than worrying about flying the ‘Progress Flag’ or adding a ‘nonbinary’ option to U.S. passports, Joe Biden and his team should’ve been focused on how to safely withdraw from Afghanistan. The Biden administration must be held accountable.”

Sep 28 06:39

ICC to ‘deprioritise’ investigation into alleged US war crimes in renewed Afghan probe, will focus on Taliban and ISIS-K

The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has requested approval to resume a war crimes investigation into Afghanistan which won’t focus on alleged US offenses, but those committed by the Taliban and other groups.

In a statement on Monday, ICC prosecutor Karim Khan said he had filed an application to resume his office’s investigation into alleged atrocities committed in Afghanistan since July 1, 2002.

Khan, who is six months into his nine-year tenure, said the investigations would be focused on the actions of the Taliban and the Islamic State Khorasan (ISIS-K) militia. He added that other aspects of the investigation would be “deprioritised” due to a lack of resources and would focus on “the scale and nature of crimes within the jurisdiction of the court.”

Sep 27 09:30

A female soldier at Fort Bliss said she was assaulted by a group of male Afghan refugees, officials say

A female soldier at Fort Bliss reported she was assaulted by a group of male Afghan refugees, officials said Friday.

"We can confirm a female service member supporting Operation Allies Welcome reported being assaulted on Sept. 19 by a small group of male evacuees at the Doña Ana Complex in New Mexico," Lt. Col. Allie Payne, director of Public Affairs for Fort Bliss and the 1st Armored Division, said in a statement to ABC-7.

Payne said extra security measures will be taken at the at the Doña Ana Complex, such as better lighting, and that the soldier has recieved medical care and counseling. She also said the FBI is investigating.

Sources with knowledge of the incident told ABC-7 the assault was not sexual in nature and that the soldier was attacked near her car after arriving for duty.

Sep 27 09:29

Two Afghan refugees at Fort McCoy facing charges of sex crimes against a minor and domestic abuse

Two Afghan refugees have been federally indicted for crimes allegedly committed during their stay at Wisconsin’s Fort McCoy.

Bahrullah Noori, a 20-year-old Afghan evacuee, is being charged with attempting to engage in a sexual act with a minor using force against that person along with three other counts of engaging in a sex act with a minor, according to WQOW.

Noori’s alleged victims are under the age of 16.

Additionally, 32-year-old Mohammad Haroon Imaad is being charged with assaulting his wife by choking and suffocating her on September 17.

Sep 27 07:53

House-passed measure includes $6.3 billion for Afghan refugee resettlement, path to green cards

The Democratic-controlled House this week passed a continuing resolution that included language requested by the White House that would fund the resettlement effort of tens of thousands of Afghans to the tune of $6.3 billion, while also giving a timetable for them to be eligible for green cards.

The continuing resolution is designed to keep the government funded until Dec. 3 and until lawmakers can pass a budget for fiscal year 2022. It passed the House on a 220-211 vote. The Senate is expected to vote as early as Monday.

Sep 27 07:01

Afghanistan: Before and After US Intervention

I was fortunate enough to be in Afghanistan in November of 1978, six months after a progressive socialist government came to power. I travelled from the city of Peshawar in Pakistan through the Khyber Pass to Kabul. I then spent a couple of weeks in the city and the surrounding rural area. At that time I was on a sabbatical leave as a professor from the University of Winnipeg. Prior to this, I had been in Asia for 7 months on an agricultural research project, conducting documentary case studies of farms — 70 studies in 12 countries, starting in Japan and ending with 4 farms in Afghanistan.

What I find astounding is that the Western media never mention that for a brief period of time Afghanistan once had a progressive secular government, with broad popular support.

Sep 27 06:38

US Won’t Be Asking Taliban Permission to Launch Future Airstrikes in Afghanistan

The US has no plans to ask permission from the Taliban if it decides to bomb Afghanistan in the future, the Pentagon said on Friday.

Since the withdrawal, the US has maintained that it has “over the horizon capabilities” to carry out airstrikes in Afghanistan. But even though the Taliban is leading the new Afghan government, the Pentagon has no plans to coordinate with them on potential airstrikes.

“We retain all necessary authorities to execute over-the-horizon counterterrorism operations, and we remain confident in these capabilities moving forward,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told Military Times.

“Without speaking to specific rules of engagement surrounding airstrikes, there is currently no requirement to clear airspace with the Taliban, and we do not expect that any future over the horizon counterterrorism strikes would hinge on such a clearance,” he said.

Sep 27 06:33

Taliban ask airlines to resume international flights to Afghanistan

The Taliban government in Afghanistan appealed on Sunday for international flights to be resumed, promising full cooperation with airlines and saying that problems at Kabul airport had been resolved.

The statement from the foreign affairs ministry comes as the new administration has stepped up efforts to open up the country and gain international acceptance following the collapse of the Western-backed government last month.

A limited number of aid and passenger flights have been operating from the airport. But normal commercial services have yet to resume since it was closed in the wake of the chaotic evacuation of tens of thousands of foreigners and vulnerable Afghans that followed the Taliban's seizure of the capital.

Sep 27 06:25

California Schools Prepare for Thousands of Afghan Refugee Students

In California, home to the largest number of Afghan refugees in the country, school officials are preparing for an influx of students who fled Afghanistan with their families after the Taliban seized power in the country last month.

Schools are especially busy in Sacramento and Fremont, which have two of the largest Afghan communities in the state. Over 40% of the nation’s Afghan refugees have resettled in the Sacramento region in recent years, according to Jessie Tientcheu, chief executive officer of Opening Doors, a resettlement agency based in Sacramento.

Elk Grove Unified School District began offering culturally appropriate meals and setting aside rooms in many of its middle and high schools for prayer during Muslim holidays in preparation for the additional Afghan students it expects in the next month. San Juan Unified is offering Saturday school for English learners, and Fremont Unified is planning to hire more translators.

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And just who pays for these Afghans' education?

Sep 27 06:17

Taliban hang dead bodies of 'kidnappers' in four squares of Afghan city Herat, eyewitness says

The Taliban has hanged the dead bodies of alleged kidnappers in four squares across the Afghan city of Herat after killing them during a shootout, eyewitnesses have claimed.

Wazir Ahmad Seddiqi, who runs a pharmacy beside the main square in Herat, said four dead bodies were brought to the square and were hanged from a crane.

He said three bodies were moved to other squares in the city in western Afghanistan to be displayed, in a gruesome move that signalled a return to some of the Taliban's past methods.

Sep 26 06:37

District of Colombia Won’t Ask Taliban Government Permission to Launch Airstrikes in Afghanistan

The US has no plans to ask permission from the Taliban if it decides to bomb Afghanistan in the future, the Pentagon said on Friday.

Since the withdrawal, the US has maintained that it has “over the horizon capabilities” to carry out airstrikes in Afghanistan. But even though the Taliban is leading the new Afghan government, the Pentagon has no plans to coordinate with them on potential airstrikes.

“We retain all necessary authorities to execute over-the-horizon counterterrorism operations, and we remain confident in these capabilities moving forward,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told Military Times.

“Without speaking to specific rules of engagement surrounding airstrikes, there is currently no requirement to clear airspace with the Taliban, and we do not expect that any future over the horizon counterterrorism strikes would hinge on such a clearance,” he said.

Sep 24 09:04

‘Most Movement out of Afghanistan Is Paused Right Now’

Ian Bickford, president of the American University of Afghanistan, tells CBS News, “We’re advocating at every level of government. We are paying close attention to conditions to look for any opportunity to continue the resettlement of people. The fact is most movement out of Afghanistan is paused right now.”

Sep 24 03:31

Will a Renewed ‘Operation Cyclone’ Threaten Afghanistan’s New Silk Road Future?

The Chinese and their growing array of partners have come to the fundamental insight that the only way to destroy terrorism is not by bombing nations to smithereens, but rather by providing the means of improving the lives of people.

With the recent pledge by China, Russia, Iran and Pakistan for renewed defense of Afghanistan’s sovereignty and right to develop, many have jumped the gun to celebrate a little prematurely.

While watching a hegemonic wanna-be global overlord choke on humble pie is certainly satisfying, and while Afghanistan unquestionably has a renewed hope to recapture its ancient role as a pearl on the Silk Road uniting all cultures of the globe, something darker is also afoot. A process reminiscent of the events of 1979 when Zbigniew Brzezinski, then leading a trilateral Commission takeover of the USA using a dim-witted puppet president, managed to launch a program known as “Operation Cyclone”.

Sep 24 03:27

Milley, Austin to testify in front of Senate over Afghanistan collapse

Sep 23 13:14

Two Recent Afghan Refugees Brought To America ARRESTED for Child Rape & Assaulting Woman

Two recent Afghan evacuees are facing separate federal charges at Fort McCoy for attempting to rape a child and assaulting a woman.

Bahrullah Noori, 20, is charged with attempting to rape a child. Mohammad Haroon Imaad, 32, is charged with assaulting his spouse by strangling and suffocating her.

Thepostmillennial.com reports: Both men made initial appearances in Madison on September 16 and are being detained at the Dane County Jail.

Noori and Imaad are scheduled for arraignment Thursday, September 23.
If convicted, Noori faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 30 years and a maximum of life in federal prison on the charges alleging use of force, and a maximum penalty of 15 years on the other two charges. Imaad faces a maximum penalty of 10 years.

Sep 23 07:49

Tulsi Is Back & On The Attack, Demands Joe Be Held Accountable

Former Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), formerly a candidate for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, emphasized the value of accountability about the U.S. departure from Afghanistan and a drone strike in the midst of that departure that killed seven children in an interview with FNC’s Tucker Carlson that aired on Monday.

Gabbard claimed that a bigger part of the problem was the policy objective, which included nation-building that never completely had the help of the people in Afghanistan.

Sep 22 11:29

Biden Under Fire For Not Disclosing True Number Of Afghan Evacuees

Lawmakers on Tuesday aired frustration over a lack of data disclosed by the Biden administration, which has boasted of evacuating more than 124,000 people from Afghanistan but hasn't provided a precise breakdown of the different categories of those who fled the country amid and after the U.S. withdrawal.

Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.), talking with Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, stressed a gap between the 60,000 people who have been taken into the U.S. and the total number evacuated.

Sep 22 08:14

Facebook Blocks Ad For Song Critical of Biden’s Afghanistan Withdrawal

Facebook blocked an ad that promoted a song critical of President Joe Biden's botched Afghanistan withdrawal, raising questions about how it applies its advertising rules.

The social media giant twice prohibited Five For Fighting's John Ondrasik from purchasing an ad to promote his new single "Blood On My Hands." Facebook claimed the song, which slams the Biden administration for abandoning hundreds of Americans and thousands of Afghan allies, "violated their policy on either politics or social issues." The song singles out Biden, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley.

Sep 22 08:09

Biden to double refugee admissions to 125K amid border surge, Afghan evac

President Biden will increase the limit on the number of refugees who can be resettled in the United States to 125,000 for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, the State Department informed Congress Monday.

The new limit is double the current cap of 62,500 refugees, which Biden raised in May from the previous limit of 15,000 set by former President Donald Trump.

The increase comes as Biden faces criticism over the ongoing migration surge at the southwestern border as well as the botched withdrawal from Afghanistan — in which US citizens, legal permanent residents and applicants for special visas meant for those who helped America’s military in the two-decade-long war were left in Taliban-controlled territory.

The Wall Street Journal reports that approximately 40,000 Afghan citizens have been brought to the US in recent days, though none have been formally classified as refugees due to the haste with which they were taken out of Afghanistan.

Sep 22 07:49

CDC: Unvaccinated Afghans Bringing in Measles, Other Diseases. Agency Tells Doctors to Watch for Polio

Forget about the rapists, robbers, and human smugglers President Joe Biden brought into the United States with 118,000 other post-war Afghan evacuees.

More frightening is the chance that the Afghans will unleash an epidemic of diseases once thought all but wiped out.

In an “Emergency Preparedness and Response” release published on Monday, the Centers for Disease Control warned that doctors must prepare for a wave of mumps, measles, leishmaniasis, and worse still, polio. Already, 20 people arriving from Afghanistan have been diagnosed with mumps or measles.

Coming soon to a school or restaurant near you: a possibly fatal, infectious disease that blows up into a contagion.

Sep 22 07:28

Taliban Dealing With Early Signs Of Civil War

The extremist Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for a series of deadly roadside bombs targeting Taliban fighters in eastern Afghanistan, pointing to conflict between the country’s new Taliban rulers and their long-time rivals.

A string of explosions struck Taliban vehicles in Afghanistan’s provincial city of Jalalabad over the weekend, killing eight people, including Taliban fighters. On Monday, three more explosions were heard across the city, an IS stronghold, with unconfirmed reports of additional Taliban casualties.

Sep 22 06:03

After Psaki Gives Sad Excuse For Biden Over Drone Strike – Tucker Carlson Calls For Firings, Accountability

This week, the Pentagon admitted that their drone strike of an “ISIS-K” agent actually missed big time.

Instead, they blew up a car killing ten people, including an aid worker and 7 children. What’s even worse is that Biden has personally failed to comment on it.

When pressed for answers, his press secretary made up a bogus excuse. From Fox News:

White House press secretary Jen Psaki was hammered Monday following her decision to invoke President Joe Biden’s personal losses and grief while responding to a question on the botched drone strike in Afghanistan…

“As a human being, as a president, and as somebody who has overseen loss in a variety of scenarios, both as a leader and personally, his reaction is it’s a tragedy…” Psaki said.

Sep 22 06:02

The Stain Of Afghanistan Will Stick To Biden

President Biden’s supporters are hewing to one message since the disastrous Afghan exit: “Voters won’t remember it.” That analysis—or hope, really—could well be wrong because the evacuation left Biden with so many problems. None are going away soon.

The most consequential is that many independent voters are deciding that Joe Biden is simply incompetent. This “buyer’s remorse” is new, and it’s growing. Although Democratic voters are still backing the president, he is now deeply underwater with independents, both on overall “favorability” and on his handling of several high-profile issues.

A Quinnipiac Poll, conducted Sept. 10-13, showed only 34% of independents approved his job performance, while 52% disapproved.

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"THE CLIMATE! THE CLIMATE! THE CLIMATE!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Sep 21 12:06

Fallen Afghanistan Presents New Dangers to India

On the 20th anniversary of 9/11, Afghanistan’s new rulers, the Taliban, unfurled their flag over the presidential palace in Kabul, slaughtered men and women in Panjshir Valley, and released a video of al-Qaeda leader Ayman Zawahiri declaring that “Jerusalem will not be Judaized.” The Biden administration’s retreat from Afghanistan last month has left U.S. allies alarmed and bewildered; Quad members England, India, Japan, and Australia watched in horror as Biden handed the Taliban tens of billions in U.S. weaponry, Bagram Air Base, and intelligence dossiers on Afghans who worked with the Quad. As Biden was censured in the U.K. parliament, a retired Indian diplomat posted from New Delhi: “We were not consulted, we were not warned, now we must ask, can we ever trust America again?”

Sep 21 10:24

VIDEO: MSNBC Analyst Says Biden’s Drone Killing Of 10 Civilians ‘Confirms The Rightness And Correctness’ Of Botched Withdrawal

MSNBC Richard Stengel made the bold claim on Monday that the Biden regime’s use of a drone to kill 10 Afghan civilians in a strike that has been classified as accidental actually “just confirms the rightness and correctness” of Biden’s botched and heavily criticized withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Stengel was asked, “It was already a rough patch for the Biden administration to say the least, but where does this mistake leave the White House now, how does it fit into the broader story of Afghanistan?”

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Sep 21 09:52

Pompeo Defends 'Killer' Drone Strike In Backwards Way

Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blasted President Biden for the drone attack that killed 10 civilians, including seven innocent children, in Afghanistan, decrying military officials for bowing to “political pressure” and carrying out the strike in a “rush.”

Pompeo called the killing of aid worker Zemari Ahmadi and members of his family on Aug. 29 a “tragedy” and offered his apologies.

He said the drone strike was mishandled by the administration the same way it bungled the US military withdrawal and allowed the Taliban to return to power.

Sep 21 09:32

Operation 'Go It Alone': Disenchanted Europeans May Build Their Own Army

The chaotic Afghanistan withdrawal has renewed talk about striking out and leaning less on the U.S. But is it possible?

German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen , Eric Trappier and Emmanuel Macron attend the 53rd International Paris Air Show at Le Bourget Airport and the unveiling of the French-German-Spanish New Generation Fighter (NGF) model, June 17, 2019. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier/PoolPhoto by Jacques Witt/Pool/ABACAPRESS.COM Photo by Jacques Witt/pool/ABACAPRESS.COM

Europeans are a moody lot. Whenever they feel neglected by America - meaning most anytime Washington is busy elsewhere - there is much wailing and gnashing of teeth. And endless demands for “reassurance,” as in additional promises to spend and do even more to defend the continent.

Sep 21 07:58

US Seeks NATO Cooperation for Surveillance and Potential Airstrikes in Afghanistan

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley met with his NATO counterparts in Greece over the weekend to discuss cooperation on surveillance and potential airstrikes in Afghanistan, what the Pentagon calls “over the horizon capabilities.”

“We are going to talk about over the horizon capabilities and where allies think appropriate that they can make a contribution, we’re certainly open to that,” Milley told reporters ahead of the meeting. “There are opportunities where alliance members may choose to work closely with us on these over the horizon capabilities.”

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I think the American people have had enough Afghanistan for now!

Sep 21 07:58

ISIS Attacks Taliban Targets in Afghanistan

The US pullout from Afghanistan led to a lot of concern about the ongoing presence of ISIS-K in the post-war country. This weekend, ISIS-K took credit for a pair of attacks in one of their major strongholds, Jalalabad.

ISIS-K has ideological differences with the Taliban, and the two sides were fighting even before the US pullout. Now that Afghanistan is Taliban-run, they’re the main target for ISIS forces.

This weekend saw no less than six IED attacks in Jalalabad, with 35 Taliban casualties, along with several civilian bystanders killed and wounded. The Taliban announced an investigation into the matter.

US operations against ISIS-K almost exclusively centered on Nangarhar Province, which is where Jalalabad is. This tended to involve copious airstrikes, ISIS fleeing the area, and then returning after the US declared them wiped out. As this weekend proves, they remain operationally capable.

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I wonder if the attacks were really ISIS or a false-flag to justify the US going back in.

Sep 21 07:57

Daesh Does Not Pose Threat to Afghanistan: Taliban's Mujahid

The Taliban caretaker government can restrain Daesh in Afghanistan and the group is not capable of posing a threat to the country, said Deputy Minister of Culture and Information Zabihullah Mujahid.

Speaking to TOLOnews, Mujahid said two groups have been arrested in relation to the last incidents in Nangarhar province.

“Daesh is not a threat, because the thought of Daesh is a hated thought among the people. No one supports them. Second, our combat against Daesh was effective in the past and we know how to neutralize their techniques," Mujahid said.

Daesh claimed responsibility for several attacks in Kabul and Nangarhar province over the last month. Videos in which Daesh claimed responsibility for the attacks were posted by Amaq News Agency, an outlet with links to Daesh.

Sep 21 07:49

After Recognition We Will Address Rights Issues: Mujahid

In reaction to European Union concerns over human rights violations in Afghanistan, Zabihullah Mujahid, deputy minister of the Ministry of Information and Culture of the caretaker cabinet, said on Monday that if the international community recognizes the new government, they will address the concerns over allegations of human rights violations.

“As long as we are not recognized, and they make criticisms (over rights violations), we think it is a one-sided approach. It would be good for them to treat us responsibly and recognize our current government as a responsible administration. Afterward, they can share their concerns lawfully with us and we will address their concerns,” Mujahid told TOLOnews.

Mujahid’s remarks come after the ambassador and head of the EU delegation in Afghanistan, Andreas Von Brandt, on Sunday said the EU is deeply concerned over human rights violations in Afghanistan, especially the violation of women and girls’ right to education and work.

Sep 21 07:48

Amnesty International accuses Taliban of killing civilians, blocking humanitarian aid

Amnesty International on Monday detailed alleged human rights abuses being carried out by the Taliban about a month after the militant group took over the Afghan government.

Dinushika Dissanayake, Amnesty International's deputy director for South Asia, said in a statement, "In just over five weeks since assuming control of Afghanistan, the Taliban have clearly demonstrated that they are not serious about protecting or respecting human rights. We have already seen a wave of violations, from reprisal attacks and restrictions on women, to crackdowns on protests, the media and civil society."

The international human rights organization said the Taliban have already gone back on their promises of amnesty for government officials and protection for journalists. Based on Amnesty International's research on the situation in Afghanistan, the Taliban have begun targeting Afghan police officers, including reportedly killing one who was pregnant at the time.

Sep 21 07:41

9/11 and Afghanistan Post-Mortems: Lessons in Safe Logic

In the wake of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and the 20th anniversary of the mass murders of September 11, 2001, the corporate mainstream and alternative media have been replete with articles analyzing the consequences of 9/11 that resulted in the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan and its alleged withdrawal after two decades of war.

These critiques have ranged from mild to harsh, and have covered issues from the loss of civil liberties due to The Patriot Act and government spying through all the wars “on terror” in so many countries with their disastrous consequences and killing fields. Many of these articles have emphasized how, as a result of the Bush administration’s response to 9/11, the U.S. has lost its footing and brought on the demise of the American empire and its standing in the world. Some writers celebrate this and others bemoan it. Most seem to consider this inevitable.

Sep 21 07:23

Somewhere Over the Afghan Horizon, U.S. Drones Still Fly

Facing unrelenting criticism over the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Biden Administration is insisting that the United States will maintain a capability to launch airstrikes in Afghanistan, regardless of the legal limitations and possibility of perpetuating the war.

The Biden Administration vows to keep in place an “over-the-horizon capability,” meaning that the United States will still be able to strike targets in Afghanistan from its military positions outside of the country.

“There isn’t a scrap of Earth that we can’t reach out and touch when we need to,” Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin remarked in comments to the press last week.

As part of the twenty-year U.S. global war on terror, the United States developed the capability to quickly launch airstrikes against many countries around the world. Officials say the U.S. military is currently exercising an over-the-horizon capability in several countries, including Libya, Yemen, Syria, and Somalia.

Sep 21 07:10

Conflicts of Interest: Matthew Hoh Names the Reps. Most Responsible for the Afghan War Disaster

On COI #163, Matthew Hoh joins Kyle Anzalone to discuss the villains of the Afghan War. Hundreds of members of Congress helped to keep the conflict going, but Matt names some of the worst offenders. He shares personal stories about reps who used their support for the war to build political capital needed to pass Obamacare. Several representatives agreed in private that the war was a lost cause that wasted hundreds of thousands of lives, Matt said, but for political reasons continued to support it publicly.

Sep 21 06:15

Iranian Commander Says US’ ‘Humiliating Escape’ From Afghanistan Lesson for Dependent Allies

Afghanistan’s Western-backed government crumbled just four months after President Joe Biden announced that American forces would be withdrawing from the country following nearly 20 years of war, and less than two weeks after the Taliban* began a series of lightning offensives to take the country’s cities.

All nations that are dependent on the United States must learn the appropriate lessons from America’s “humiliating” experience in Afghanistan, Armed Forces Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Mohammad Bagheri has said.

Sep 21 06:00

Hilarious Taliban Navy Fleet:

Taliban fighters were caught on camera brandishing RPGs and assault rifles while floating on duck shaped pedals - as protests take place across Afghanistan over the ban on girls returning to school.

Images appear to show militants riding swan-themed vessels on the water at Band-e Amir National Park - once a hotspot for international travellers and domestic tourists - in central Afghanistan yesterday.

The park contains a series of six deep blue lakes situated in the Hindu Kush mountains, roughly 45 miles from Bamiyan - formerly home to the Buddhas of Bamiyan, which the Taliban demolished in 2001.

Sep 21 05:55

‘License to Murder Children?’ Psaki Panned for Bringing Up Biden’s Losses in Kabul Strike Answer

Psaki's statements have stirred a backlash on social media, as many users deemed it was inappropriate to compare Biden's family tragedies and the failures of the US drone program.

Sep 21 05:53

How do you deal with the Taliban? With West still reeling from militants’ victory in Afghanistan, Russia & China are taking charge

When history speeds up, it plays havoc with our sense of time. It may seem longer, but it has only been around a month since the world was shaken by a geopolitical earthquake, with its epicenter in the Afghan capital of Kabul.

The lasting effects of the Taliban’s rapid re-conquest of Afghanistan, ending with their seizure of the city in the middle of August, are still unfolding. What comes next for the country, and for its place in the world, is still to be decided.

One piece of wishful thinking already debunked by the facts is the idea that, after 20 years of war, the Taliban 2.0 is more liberal and less inclined to brutality than it was when its predecessors ruled Afghanistan between 1996 and 2001. Cunningly, the group has tried to foster this illusion of moderation. Yet the militants’ actions speak louder than words. In reality, they have installed a government that reveals the lie behind their promises of inclusivity.

Sep 21 05:31

Former Military Officer: Nearly 1,000 Americans Still Trapped in Afghanistan

Appearing Monday on the Fox News Channel, former U.S. military officer Jean Marie Thrower estimated that approximately 1,000 Americans remain in Afghanistan following the Biden administration’s botched withdrawal from the war-torn country.

A transcript is as follows:

TRACE GALLAGHER: The State Department says roughly 100 are still trying to leave the country. My next guest disputes that figure, saying the number is closer to a 1,000. With us is Jean Marie Thrower with Plan B Afghan Rescue Crew. You and your organization are doing exceptional work. Tell us why you believe their are a lot more, maybe 1,000 Americans trapped in Afghanistan.

Sep 20 14:17

9/11 and Afghanistan Post-Mortems: Lessons in Safe Logic

In the wake of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and the 20th anniversary of the mass murders of September 11, 2001, the corporate mainstream and alternative media have been replete with articles analyzing the consequences of 9/11 that resulted in the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan and its alleged withdrawal after two decades of war.

Sep 20 11:57

Mastermind behind Osama bin Laden's escape from US bombing of Tora Bora in 2001 is back in charge of Taliban fighters in Afghanistan

The leader of Osama bin Laden's former Black Guard and mastermind behind his escape from the U.S. bombing at Tora Bora in 2001 is now back in charge of Taliban fighters in Afghanistan.

Sep 20 10:00

Viral Marine who slammed Kabul disaster now wants to charge CENTCOM commander for dereliction of duty

Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller, the active-duty Marine officer who caught viral attention for criticizing the leadership decisions in the U.S. evacuation in Kabul, Afghanistan, is now saying he wants to prosecute Marine Gen. Kenneth McKenzie for dereliction of duty.

In a video released on Thursday, Scheller said his continued criticisms of military leadership could result in pre-trial confinement and an escalation in his legal status.

Sep 20 08:01

'Premeditated Murder': Biden Admin Ignored CIA Warnings Before Drone Strike

The CIA published a notice that children may be at the scene of the botched US drone strike in Kabul just seconds before the missile hit the car killing 10 innocent civilians, according to a bombshell report.

Three sources told CNN an essential signal that civilians were likely in the area and that children could be inside the target vehicle just came too late - moments after the military launched the Hellfire missile toward the target and just moments before it struck.

The precise time lapse between the missile being ejected and the intel warning of civilians in the area is not clear.

Nor is it clear if the information reached the people who gave the missile launch the green light.

Sep 19 07:48

Two Explosions Strike Kabul Leaving People Injured, Source Says

Two explosions have struck the capital of Afghanistan, one of them left several people injured, a security forces source in Kabul told Sputnik.

The first explosion occurred in Dasht-e-Barchi in District 13 of western Kabul and resulted in several injured. The second blast went off in a different neighbourhood of the same district, but there are no reports of any injured individuals yet.

Sep 19 05:44

New Blast in Afghanistan's Jalalabad Kills 2

Two Afghan civilians died as a result of an explosion at a bus station in the eastern city of Jalalabad in Nangarhar Province on Sunday morning, an eyewitness said.
The blast also injured one Taliban* militant, the eyewitness said.

On Saturday, a car bomb explosion in Jalalabad killed three people and injured 19.
The Taliban took over Afghanistan on 15 August. The US-led NATO troops evacuated by 31 August, ending the nearly 20-year foreign military presence in the Central Asian country. The last stronghold of the anti-Taliban resistance in the Panjshir province fell on 6 September.

Sep 19 05:33

Washington's scapegoating of Pakistan for US failure in Afghanistan was 'most painful thing,' PM Khan tells RT

Pakistan paid a heavy price for siding with the US in its occupation of Afghanistan, so hearing American politicians blame Islamabad for its humiliating retreat hurts, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has said.

Speaking to RT, Khan expressed his anger towards American officials who have pointed fingers at Islamabad when apportioning blame for the US failure in Afghanistan. He highlighted the recent Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearings as an example of this frustrating rhetoric.

"As a Pakistani, I felt deeply hurt by some of the remarks made by those senators. To blame Pakistan for this debacle in Afghanistan is the most painful thing for us to listen to," he said.

Sep 18 14:16

Pentagon Admits They Drone-Striked 10 Afghan Civilians, Not 'ISIS-K' Fighters As They Claimed

The Biden regime's final act in Afghanistan was to drone-strike 10 innocent Afghan civilians, 7 of whom were children, then lie about it and claim they killed "ISIS-K" fighters who had bombs in their car.

Sep 18 10:02

Here Are The States Receiving Bulk Of Afghan Refugees (With D.C. So Far Taking In Zero)

"I strongly oppose the resettlement of these Afghan nationals in Montana," Republican representative Matt Rosendale said in a Thursday statement after it was revealed Montana is due to resettle 75 Afghan refugees who fled on US evacuation flights in August.

According to recent New York Times estimates, a minimum of 50,000 Afghans are expected to be resettled in the United States over the course of the next month, while some 31,000 have already arrived, many still undergoing DHS processing. Over the next year it's expected this number will reach nearly 100,000 - based on White House estimates of how many the administration hopes to admit to the country.

This would end up being more than all Afghan refugees resettled in the US since the war began in 2001, according to prior State Dept. data.

Sep 17 14:43

Afghanistan: US admits Kabul drone strike killed civilians

The US has admitted that a drone strike in Kabul days before its military pullout killed 10 innocent people.

Sep 17 14:34

PENTAGON ADMITS AFGHAN MASSACRE…

"The US must now commit to a full, transparent, and impartial investigation into this incident. Anyone suspected of criminal responsibility should be prosecuted in a fair trial," said Brian Castner, a senior crisis adviser with Amnesty International's Crisis Response Program.

Sep 17 13:21

US Gen. McKenzie Admits Kabul Airstrike 'Was a Mistake', Killed Only Afghan Civilians

US Gen. Frank McKenzie, the commander of US Central Command (USCENTCOM), admitted Friday that no Daesh-Khorasan fighters were killed in the August 29 airstrike in Kabul. The attack killed 10 civilians.

McKenzie said the decision to order the airstrike "was a mistake" and took full responsibility for the "tragic outcome" of the attack.

Sep 17 12:50

"Israel" Seeks to Replace the US with China after Afghanistan Withdrawal

On August 28, 2021, "Israel’s" Prime Minister Naftali Bennet met with Biden’s administration to discuss how the United States expects "Israel" to act towards China. This comes a day after "Israel" inaugurated the Chinese-run Haifa port terminal which was leased to China for 25 years. On the same day, an opinion piece written by "Israel’s" former president Ehud Olmert appeared in the Jerusalem post, insisting that "Israel" should refuse US demands to cool relations with China. He expressed his worry that the US appears weak, and then in the next sentence, he felt obligated to insist that this had nothing to do with its withdrawal from Afghanistan. But reading between the lines the message is clear, the US is a falling empire, and rather than sink with the ship, "Israel" is preparing to jump to a new host.

Sep 17 11:51

America’s evacuation of troops from Afghanistan looked more like a ‘downright escape’ than a ‘hasty withdrawal,’ Putin says

Despite the US spending months planning its withdrawal from Afghanistan, the events that unfolded looked more like an escape than a coordinated maneuver, Russian President Vladimir Putin told a forum of Eurasian leaders on Friday.

Putin was speaking at a meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), a group of eight countries, including China and India.

“The urgent task facing our organization is to pursue a single and coordinated policy based on the assessment of serious risks related to the mounting tensions in Afghanistan following the hasty withdrawal – or more like a downright escape – by US and NATO troops from the country,” Putin said.

Sep 16 07:24

Globalists Unite: Clinton, Bush, Obama Team Up with Biden to Import Afghans

President Joe Biden is looking to team up with former Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama, as well as multinational corporations, to bring Afghans to the United States for permanent resettlement.

This week, former officials with the Clinton, Bush, and Obama administrations launched the organization Welcome.us which will work with multinational corporations like Airbnb, Walmart, Starbucks, Instacart, Facebook, Microsoft, and Chobani to provide financial support to Afghans arriving in the U.S. as part of Biden’s massive resettlement operation.

Biden has said he hopes to resettle about 95,000 Afghans across the U.S. over the next 12 months. In a 21-day period from August to September, Biden brought more than 48,000 Afghans to the U.S. for resettlement — a population more than four times that of Jackson, Wyoming.

Sep 16 06:28

A Pandemic Of Authoritarianism...

Afghanistan was intended to be a showcase for western technical managerialism – an empirical petri-dish in which to prove the historical inevitability of technocracy. Its doctrine held that free markets somehow obviated the need for politics; that big data and ‘expert’ managerialism in markets (in markets extended to ‘everything’, that is), were the crux to re-setting the world in a better way (i.e. the Build Back Better meme). It was, in a word, postulated on data predictability.

Existential political and social questions in this doctrine however, were to be nuanced through ‘Third Wayism’ (i.e. left unsolved – or fudged with easy answers, and easy money).

Sep 16 06:07

Top US Generals Blatantly Lied About Afghanistan and Iraq Wars To Advance Their Careers

According to the Pentagon’s annual reports on military justice, there have been more than 1.3 million cases of discipline in the US military since 2001, mostly relating to the so-called "War on Terror." But as The Intercept highlighted, the generals who misled Congress and the American public about the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have not only avoided repercussions after conducting a disinformation campaign for 20 years, but were instead rewarded for their deceivingly positive assessments. "When they retired with generous military pensions, they landed high-paying jobs on corporate boards, further profiting from their disingenuousness," Peter Maass wrote in The Intercept.

Sep 15 12:29

Lessons From History: Afghanistan and the Dangerous Afterlives of Identifying Data

By Matthew Guariglia

As the United States pulled its troops out of Afghanistan after a 20-year occupation, byproducts of the prolonged deployment took on new meaning and represented a new chapter of danger for the Afghan people. For two decades, the United States spearheaded the collection of information on the people of Afghanistan, both for commonplace bureaucratic reasons like payroll and employment data—and in massive databases of biometric material accessible through devices called HIIDE.

HIIDE, the Handheld Interagency Identity Detection Equipment, are devices used to collect biometric data like fingerprints and iris scans and store that information on large accessible databases...

Sep 15 10:17

Secretary Blinken: ‘I Have Not’ Submitted Resignation over Deadly Afghan Evacuation 

Secretary of State Antony Blinken acknowledged Tuesday he has not submitted a resignation over the deadly Afghan evacuation that left 13 troops dead and billions of dollars worth of U.S. gear in the hands of the Taliban.

During the Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee Hearing, Sen. Bill Hagerty (R-TN) asked Blinken directly if he had given his resignation to President Joe Biden due to having “heard rumors regarding potential cabinet resignations.”

Sep 15 08:35

U.N. DEMANDS That We Give $600 Million In Taxpayer Money Directly To The Taliban Terrorists

The United Nations has demanded that Western countries provide $600 million in taxpayer funds to support Taliban terrorists in Afghanistan.

The United Nations convened a high-level donors meeting on Monday, demanding that member states help fund the terrorist regime’s strategy in Afghanistan over the next three months.

The Taliban has committed to spend the cash to ‘assist vulnerable Afghans’, the United Nations has told possible donors.

Sep 15 07:46

‘Denial of Reality’: GOP Senator Rips Blinken for Insisting Deadly Afghanistan Exit Was a Success

Ron Johnson (R-WI) blasted Secretary of State Antony Blinken as delusional at a Senate panel hearing Tuesday for painting a rosy picture of the Biden administration’s fatally flawed withdrawal from Afghanistan in written testimony.

During a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing, Johnson indicated that Blinken’s prepared remarks, where the top U.S. diplomat defends the botched Afghanistan exit and describes the deadly evacuation efforts that left Americans stranded as “extraordinary,” were difficult to reconcile with reality.

Johnson, who serves as the top Republican on a Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee, told Blinken:

If I were just to read your testimony, not having watched any news, I would literally think this was a smashing success. But I do read the news, as most Americans do, and we realize this is a complete debacle. And I think what concerns me the most, among many things, is that detachment from reality.

Sep 15 07:44

US reliance on defence contractors led to mission failures: Study

Up to half of the $14 trillion spent by the United States Department of Defense since the September 11, 2001 attacks went to for-profit defence contractors, a new report by Brown University’s Costs of War project and the Center for International Policy found.

And while much of that money went to weapons suppliers, Monday’s report is the latest to point to the US’s dependence on contractors for warzone duties as contributing to mission failures in Afghanistan, in particular. The paper is entitled, Profits of War: Corporate Beneficiaries of the Post-9/11 Pentagon Spending Surge.

Sep 15 07:35

Tony Blinken Confirms Pedophile Afghan Evacuees Were Allowed To Bring Their Child Brides To America

On Tuesday, Secretary of State Tony Blinken testified that young children were brought from Afghanistan as child brides with pedophile males.

During the session, Sen. Ted Cruz questioned Blinken about the figures, citing World Health Organization data that showed more than half of Afghan spouses were married as children.

Sep 15 07:27

Who's responsible for the Joe Biden Taliban billboard over I-83 in York County?

Sep 15 07:15

Taliban Urges US To Show "Heart" After Raking In $1.2 Billion At UN Donor Conference

The Taliban is urging the United States to have a "heart" and step up and pledge humanitarian aid to Afghanistan, as well as unfreeze sanctioned assets. The provocative and deeply ironic statements (after a 20-year occupation which Washington ostensibly framed as "helping" the Afghan people) came after a donor conference in Geneva on Monday resulted in $1.2 billion in aid pledged.

The United Nations hosted the international donor conference, with an initial aim to reach over $600 million, but by the days' end UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres unveiled pledges totaling more than a billion dollars. "This conference has fully met my expectations in relation to the solidarity with the people in Afghanistan," Guterres said.

Sep 15 07:14

Live Updates: Von der Leyen Says EU to Give Extra 100 Mln Euros in Humanitarian Aid for Afghanistan

In early August, the Taliban* stepped up their offensive against Afghan government forces and entered the capital, Kabul, on 15 August, completing the takeover of the country. The events prompted a mass evacuation of western citizens and Afghans who had aided or worked for foreign troops and organisations.

Secretary General of Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) Stanislav Zas stated on 15 September that the group is preparing a programme to strengthen Tajikistan's border with Afghanistan. His remarks follow a joint meeting of CSTO foreign ministers, defence ministers, and security council secretaries in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

The organisation earlier adopted a statement on the state of affairs in Afghanistan, as well as statements on coordinating joints effort in information security and the fight against cyberterrorism.

Sep 15 07:13

China Company Reportedly Hopes to Revive Stalled Plans to Mine Vast Afghan Copper Deposit

Afghanistan’s Mes Aynak copper deposit, one of the largest untapped high-grade projects in the world, is estimated to hold 240 million tonnes of 2.3 percent grade copper ore, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS) - yet hurdles stand in the way of mining at the site.

China is exploring ways to begin mining copper at Mes Aynak, Afghanistan's best-known deposit located about 40 kilometers south-east of the capital, Kabul, according to Kandahar-based outlet Taand. The reserves of an estimated 240 million tonnes of 2.3 percent grade copper are believed to be worth at least $50billion.

Sep 15 07:12

Taliban Denies War Crime Allegations After Damning Watchdog Report

The Taliban* denies all accusations of war crimes and crimes against humanity, the Deputy Minister of Culture and Information of Afghanistan Zabiullah Mujahid said on Tuesday.

"We strongly deny the Human Rights Watch report, which says that the Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate are committing war crimes. This organization should not be a victim of enemy disinformation and should not prepare such false reports based on it. They should carefully study everything on the ground and ascertain the facts independently," Mujahid stated on Twitter.

On Monday, Human Rights Watch sent a letter to the Indian Foreign Minister with an appeal to take urgent steps to address the humanitarian and human rights crisis in Afghanistan. The letter noted that the United Nations Mission in Afghanistan should share information with international bodies investigating war crimes in the country.

Sep 15 06:10

Biden Still To Spend MILLIONS In Afghanistan

The United States has pledged close to $64 million in additional "humanitarian assistance" for Afghanistan.

According to a government release, funding from the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Department of State will flow through independent organizations, such as United Nations agencies and NGOs, and "provide life-saving support directly to Afghans facing the compounding effects of insecurity, conflict, recurring natural disasters, and the COVID-19 pandemic."

"For assistance to be effective, we will need an environment conducive to the principled delivery of aid, including the ability for both female and male aid workers to operate freely," the press releases states.

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Sep 15 05:59

Tony Blinken Confirms Child Brides Evacuated with Older Men from Afghanistan

Secretary of State Tony Blinken confirmed reports during a Senate hearing on Tuesday that young children were transported from Afghanistan with older men as child brides.

During the hearing, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) grilled Blinken about the numbers, citing data form the World Health Organization that over 50 percent of wives in Afghanistan were married as child brides.

Blinken said he did not know the exact number of underage girls who were evacuated with older men or how many were separated by officials after they landed.

Cruz cited reports of a State Department document seeking “urgent guidance” from other agencies about the issue after child brides were brought to Fort McCoy in Wisconsin, noting that tens of thousands of Afghans were evacuated from the Kabul airport.

Blinken insisted the entire government was following the issue with “extreme vigilance” to uncover and separate child brides of older Afghan men, but he tried to downplay the numbers.

Sep 15 05:57

Hawley Pledges to Slow-Walk Biden Pentagon, State Nominees over Botched Afghanistan Withdrawal

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO), speaking on the Senate floor Tuesday, pledged to slow-walk the Defense and State Department nominees from President Joe Biden until Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan resign after the botch Afghanistan withdrawal.

Hawley mentioned that, for the last month, Americans have “watched horrified at the scenes of chaos and terror and bloodshed, Americans trapped at the Kabul airport terrified as the enemy closed in,” and 13 U.S. servicemembers were killed. In addition, the Biden administration left hundreds of Americans trapped in the country now controlled by the jihadist organization.

“For 20 years, our soldiers who fought in Afghanistan did what we sent them there to do. They went after al Qaeda and killed Osama bin laden and prevented the terrorists from using Afghanistan as a base for attacking [America],” the Republican said on the Senate floor.

Sep 15 05:37

Biden to address UN General Assembly, seeking to mend image marred by Taliban

US President Joe Biden, whose international reputation has taken a hit after the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan, is upping the number of major diplomatic meetings this fall as he strives to boost alliances to counter China.

The White House said on Monday Biden will travel to New York on September 21 to address the United Nations General Assembly.

The world’s largest diplomatic meeting, which was held virtually in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, will be held this year with a hybrid in-person-virtual format.

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Sep 15 05:30

Disorderly Retreat from Afghanistan: The U.S. Has Become an Overextended Military Empire Posing a Serious Threat to Its Long-term Security

“If a state overextends itself strategically—by, say, the conquest of extensive territories or the waging of costly wars—it runs the risk that the potential benefits from external expansion may be outweighed by the great expense of it all.” Paul Kennedy (1945- ), British historian, (in ‘The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers’, 1987)

“As distinct from other peoples, most Americans do not recognize—or do not want to recognize—that the United States dominates the world through its military power. Due to government secrecy, our citizens are often ignorant of the fact that our garrisons encircle the planet. This vast network of American bases on every continent except Antarctica actually constitutes a new form of empire—an empire of bases with its own geography not likely to be taught in any high school geography class.” Chalmers Johnson (1931-2010), American author and professor of political science, (in an article in TomDispatch, ‘America’s Empire of Bases’, Jan. 15, 2004).

Sep 15 05:03

Shut Down the Drone War

The August 29 U.S. drone strike in Kabul that killed ten civilians, including seven children, demonstrates the bankruptcy of the war on terror. Like many other drone strikes, the strike in Kabul targeted innocent people and achieved nothing except to blow up civilians that had the misfortune to be in the vicinity. According to two recent investigative reports in The New York Times and The Washington Post, the vehicle targeted in the strike carried no explosives, and the car’s driver was Zemari Ahmadi, an aid worker who had spent the day delivering water to those in need. Hailed as a "righteous strike" by Gen. Mark Milley, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Kabul drone strike was an atrocity that should never have happened.

Sep 15 05:03

Taliban’s FM Reiterates Pledge Not to Allow Militants to Attack Other Countries

Afghanistan’s acting foreign minister held his first news conference on Tuesday and reiterated a pledge from the Taliban that the new government would not allow militants inside Afghanistan to attack other countries.

“We will not allow anyone or any groups to use our soil against any other countries,” said Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi, a member of the Taliban since the 1990s.

Since the US withdrawal, Western media has been full of stories conflating the Taliban with al-Qaeda and warning that al-Qaeda will gain a foothold in Afghanistan. But the Taliban have a clear interest in not giving the US another pretext to invade Afghanistan.

The narrative that the Taliban will provide a “safe haven” to al-Qaeda ignores the fact that the Taliban offered to hand over Osama bin Laden to the Bush administration multiple times in 2001. Even before the September 11th attacks, the Taliban offered the US to put bin Laden on trial.

Sep 15 05:03

Pentagon Defends Deadly Drone Strike in Kabul

The Pentagon continued to assert on Monday that the last U.S. drone strike in Afghanistan was necessary to prevent an attack on American troops, despite a New York Times investigation that raises doubts about the military’s version of events, including whether explosives were in the vehicle that was blown up and whether the driver had a connection to the Islamic State.

The Pentagon press secretary, John F. Kirby, said that Central Command, which carried out the strike on Aug. 29 in the waning days of America’s 20-year war in Afghanistan, was investigating the results. But that inquiry, Mr. Kirby suggested to reporters, may be limited to what Central Command can glean from intercepts, video imagery and interviews with sources.

“I’m not going to get ahead of what Centcom is doing with their assessment of that strike,” Mr. Kirby said at a news conference. “I am not aware of any option that would put investigators on the ground in Kabul to complete their assessment.”

Sep 15 05:01

Lawmakers threaten to subpoena SECDEF over Afghanistan mistakes

Senate lawmakers suggested they may subpoena Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to testify on missteps with the U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan after the top civilian leader of the military declined to appear before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Committee Chairman Bob Menendez, D-N.J., said he was “very disappointed” in Austin’s absence during a hearing on Afghanistan Tuesday that featured testimony from Secretary of State Antony Blinken. He did not say what reason the defense secretary gave for the decision not to appear.

Sep 15 04:56

Wars of Unintended Consequences

TomDispatch began with the Afghan War — with a sense I had from its earliest moments that it was a misbegotten venture of the first order. Here, for instance, is a comment I wrote about that disaster in December 2002, a little over a year after the U.S. began bombing and then invaded that country:

Sep 15 04:54

Thousands Protest Against Taliban in Kandahar Over Evictions

Thousands of Afghans protested against the Taliban in the southern city of Kandahar on Tuesday, according to a former government official and local television footage, after residents were asked to vacate a residential army colony.

Protesters gathered in front of the governor's house in Kandahar after around 3,000 families were asked to leave the colony, according to the former government official who witnessed the crowds.

Sep 15 04:53

Rand Paul grills Blinken on whether drone strike hit aid worker or ISIS-K: 'You'd think you'd kind of know before you off someone'

GOP Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky on Tuesday posed tough questions to Secretary of State Antony Blinken over a drone strike that killed 10 Afghan civilians, including seven children, pressing the top US diplomat on whether the Biden administration was fully aware of who was being targeted.

A recent New York Times report suggested that the strike, which the US military described as "righteous," mistakenly targeted an aid worker. Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the strike took out an "imminent" ISIS-K threat.

"Was he an aid worker or an ISIS-K operative?" Paul asked Blinken.

"I don't know," Blinken said, adding that the strike was still being reviewed.

"You'd think you'd kind of know before you off someone with a predator drone," Paul said.

Sep 14 18:42

Biden Admin REFUSES To Let Media Interview Afghan Evacuees at Fort Bliss Headed To U.S.

The Biden administration allowed a carefully curated view into the military base housing recent Afghani evacuees, echoing previous limitations that barred reporters from observing conditions at detention centers for illegal immigrants, as well as the conditions of Jan. 6 political dissidents.

However, it declined to let reporters interview detainees about the conditions or other events that contributed to their evacuation after President Joe Biden’s botched withdrawal.

Sep 14 13:44

Joe Biden is a war criminal: MURDERED seven family members including children, just to change the news headlines

Shortly after an ISIS-K suicide bomber attacks Abbey Gate outside the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, just days ahead of the Aug. 31 withdrawal deadline, killing 13 U.S. military personnel, ‘General’ Joe Biden okayed a drone strike on a suspected terrorist operative in the capital city.

Because U.S. weaponry is lethal and precise, the target was obliterated. But because our intelligence isn’t so great on many occasions, it turns out that the man who was killed was actually an ally of the United States and an employee for a U.S. contractor.

But that targeted ‘suspect’ wasn’t the only casualty: In addition to him, six of his family members, including two small children, along with three others, were murdered as well, his vehicle and their dwelling decimated by a drone-fired missile.

Sep 14 12:20

Dem. Chairman Of Foreign Affairs Committee Calls Afghan Withdraw A ‘Clearly And Fatally Flawed’ Disaster — ‘There Must Be Accountability!’

Senator Bob Menendez, Democrat Chairman of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, told Secretary Blinken that Biden’s withdrawal from Afghanistan, which he supported, was “clearly and fatally flawed” and that there must be accountability:

Sep 14 10:41

How equipment left in Afghanistan will expose US secrets

The ultimate winner of two decades of war in Afghanistan is likely China. The aircraft and armored vehicles left behind when U.S. forces withdrew will give China—through their eager partners, the Taliban—a broad window into how the U.S. military builds and uses some of its most important tools of war. Expect the Chinese military to use this windfall to create—and export to client states—a new generation of weapons and tactics tailored to U.S. vulnerabilities, said several experts who spent years building, acquiring, and testing some of the equipment that the Taliban now controls.

To understand how big a potential loss this is for the United States, look beyond the headlines foretelling a Taliban air force. Look instead to the bespoke and relatively primitive pieces of command, control, and communication equipment sitting around in vehicles the United States left on tarmacs and on airfields. These purpose-built items aren’t nearly as invincible to penetration as even your own phone.

Sep 14 10:19

As Taliban Seek International Acceptance, Countries Seek to Engage—but Stop Short of Recognition

With a new government in place and uncontested control over the country, Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers are clamoring for international recognition of their reinstated Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.

Nearly a month after the fall of the Afghan republic, no nation has granted such recognition so far. Yet, governments world-wide, as well as the United Nations, are eager to open high-level contacts with the Taliban, especially as the country faces a humanitarian crisis.

Sep 14 10:18

Afghan Dogs Found at Kabul Airport amid Evacuation Train with New Handlers: Report

More than two dozen Afghan dogs stranded amid last month's evacuations reportedly have a new home, new handlers and are being given new responsibilities.

Hewad Azizi, who works for a security company at the Kabul International Airport, told the AFP that he and his colleagues are now feeding, housing and working with 30 dogs at a training facility on the airport grounds.

"When I saw [the soldiers leaving] I went to save the dogs," Azizi said, adding that about half of the dogs were found in portions of the airport that were controlled by the U.S. military during the chaotic evacuation of troops and civilians in Afghanistan in August. The other dogs were found in portions of the airport controlled by Afghan police.

Images of dogs allegedly left behind in and around the Kabul airport prompted accusations of abandonment — but the Department of Defense said any reports about the U.S. forces leaving military animals behind were "erroneous."

Sep 14 07:17

"Like It's Loose Change": Taliban Says Former Afghan VP Left Behind $6 Million Cash & Gold Bars At Residence

The Taliban says it found over $6 million in cash and at least 15 gold bars after it raided the home of a longtime Afghan national politician, Amrullah Saleh.

Saleh had been vice president since February 2020 until the collapse of the Afghan government when the Taliban overran Kabul in August. As soon as President Ashraf Ghani fled the country, reportedly with millions in cash, VP Saleh declared himself acting president of the country, which happened on Aug.17. The home where the cash was reportedly found was in the Panjshir Valley - recently taken by the Taliban. The Taliban released video of militants rummaging through the treasure that had been left behind...

Sep 14 07:17

Blinken ADMITS There Are THOUSANDS Of Americans Stranded In Afghanistan

Today Secretary Blinken admitted to the House Foreign Affairs Committee that there are around one hundred Americans and “several thousand” US permanent residents with green cards still stuck in Afghanistan:

Sep 14 06:55

Saigon 1975, Kabul 2021, Baghdad 2024?

Washington’s reputation as an effective imperial power experienced another humiliating setback in August with the implosion of the U.S.-backed government in Kabul. The sight of helicopters urgently ferrying American diplomats from the embassy to the Hamid Karzai International Airport (named after an earlier U.S. Afghan puppet) was all too reminiscent of the chaos in Saigon when Washington’s client regime collapsed in April 1975. So, too, was the emotionally wrenching scene at that airport when desperate Afghans clung to the fuselage of a departing evacuation aircraft.

Sep 14 06:51

The war in Afghanistan is over but military leaders are still trying to hide their failures

With the Taliban in total control of Afghanistan, Americans deserve to know how the Afghan security forces collapsed in little more than a week despite a nearly 20-year and $88 billion effort by the U.S. military to train, equip, and mentor Afghan troops and police.

Army Gen. Austin “Scott” Miller, the last commander of all U.S. and allied troops in Afghanistan, could provide lawmakers with some of the answers when he testifies next week before Congress – but the broader American public won’t hear any of that. The hearing will be behind closed doors.

This enforced secrecy has become the norm for Miller and other military leaders, who made it nearly impossible to get basic information about the state of the war in Afghanistan for at least the past three presidential administrations.

Sep 14 06:44

Pentagon: No plans to send investigators to Afghanistan to scrutinize US drone strike

The Pentagon does not plan to put investigators on the ground to assess whether “an imminent ISIS-K threat” targeted during a U.S. drone strike in Afghanistan actually had ties to the terrorist organization, the Defense Department’s top spokesman said Monday.

“I don’t foresee an option at this point ... that would put investigators on the ground in Kabul to complete their assessment,” press secretary John Kirby told reporters at the Pentagon.

U.S. Central Command “is still assessing the results of that strike, and they have a variety of means to do that, and I’m just not going to get ahead of where they are in terms of the process,” he added.

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Sep 14 06:42

Family of U.S. Hostage Held by Taliban Calls for Envoy's Firing

The family of Mark Frerichs on Monday urged U.S. President Joe Biden to fire his chief Afghanistan peace negotiator, charging that the envoy has done little to win the release of the last American believed to be held hostage by the Taliban.

The call for U.S. Special Representative Zalmay Khalilzad's dismissal comes amid questions over his negotiations with the Taliban that failed to advance the peace process outlined in the February 2020 U.S. troop pullout deal he signed with them.

"I have lost faith in Ambassador Khalilzad," Charlene Cakora, Frerichs' sister and the family spokesperson, said in a statement to Reuters, charging that he "appears to have ignored my brother's kidnapping."

"They need someone talking to the Taliban who will make Mark a priority," she continued. "Ambassador Khalilzad needs to be fired."

Sep 14 06:16

‘We Don’t Need to Hear Lies’: Blinken Excoriated By Lawmakers Over Biden’s Botched Afghan Withdrawal

Amid broad bipartisan criticism of the Joe Biden administration’s handling of the situation in Afghanistan lawmakers this week are holding their first public hearings into the haphazard pullout and evacuation missions since US military forces departed from the South Asian country late last month.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken was excoriated over the bungled US withdrawal from Afghanistan at Monday’s congressional hearing, with a Republican lawmaker erupting that Congress does not "need to hear lies".

Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla., slammed the administration's botched handling of the pullout, heatedly saying he didn’t "believe a word" the secretary was saying.

Sep 14 06:14

Taliban Deny War Crime Allegations After Damning Watchdog Report

The Taliban* deny all accusations of war crimes and crimes against humanity, the Deputy Minister of Culture and Information of Afghanistan Zabiullah Mujahid said on Tuesday.

"We strongly deny the Human Rights Watch report, which says that the Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate are committing war crimes. This organization should not be a victim of enemy disinformation and should not prepare such false reports based on it. They should carefully study everything on the ground and ascertain the facts independently," Mujahid stated on Twitter.

On Monday, Human Rights Watch sent a letter to the Indian Foreign Minister with an appeal to take urgent steps to address the humanitarian and human rights crisis in Afghanistan. The letter noted that the United Nations Mission in Afghanistan should share information with international bodies investigating war crimes in the country.

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I wonder why the watchdog isn't looking at how Biden blew up an aid worker and 7 kids!

Sep 14 06:03

Blinken defends chaotic Kabul withdrawal, says Biden administration is now focused on threat to Afghan ‘LGBTQI+ community’

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken denied accusations of a botched retreat from Afghanistan, blaming the Trump administration for any failures and saying Washington is focused on protecting LGBTQ and other vulnerable Afghans.

“Thank you for rightly putting the spotlight on concerns about the LGBTQI+ community in Afghanistan and the particular threat that they find themselves under,” Blinken told US Representative David Cicilline (D-Rhode Island) on Monday in a House hearing on the Afghan withdrawal.

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