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US Ends 20 Year Afghan Military Campaign

by Oui Fri Jul 2nd, 2021 at 09:54:40 AM EST

Afghanistan Risks Descent Into Civil War

US forces leave Afghanistan's Bagram airbase after 20 years

Too US Gen. Austin S. Miller Says Security in Afghanistan Deteriorating | AP News |

... says the rapid loss of districts around the country to the Taliban -- several with significant strategic value -- is worrisome. He also cautioned that the militias deployed to help the beleaguered national security forces could lead the country into civil war.

In Afghanistan, the Dead Cast a Long Shadow | FP|

With Afghanistan again facing a political crisis, Mohammed Najibullah’s tarnished memory is being rehabilitated by some. But the crimes of the last Soviet-supported president, who was killed by the Taliban, are hardly forgotten.

On the second day of Eid al-Fitr, the Islamic festival commemorating the end of Ramadan, Hamdullah Mohib, Afghanistan’s national security advisor and would-be president, visited an inconspicuous burial site in the southeastern province of Paktia and dug up quite a stir. 

The grave belonged to Mohammed Najibullah, Afghanistan’s last communist president, brutally murdered when the Taliban took over Kabul in 1996. Mohib is the first post-Taliban senior government official to ever pay his respects there. The controversial visit had several objectives for Mohib: to court Afghans, especially many nationalist Pashtuns, who recall Najibullah as a charismatic Afghan patriot who launched a national reconciliation process, and also as a reminder of the enduring brutality of the Taliban, who again today stand poised to share power, if not take it outright, as Kabul, Washington, and the Taliban grope their way toward the conclusion of an agonizing peace process. 

But many Afghans, especially those who fought on the side of the mujahideen rebels in the 1980s, found Mohib’s actions provocative, even offensive. Mahmoud Saikal, a former Afghan envoy to the United Nations, criticized Mohib for visiting the grave of “a murderer of the people.” Others recoiled at Najibullah’s bloody record as head of the Soviet-backed secret police. “It’s a shame that he visited the grave of this murderer. Najibullah killed and tortured thousands of innocent people,” said Modaser Islami, a Kabul-based activist focusing on Islamic issues.

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From the diaries ...

Torture, Torture, more Torture, and Rape too
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Pushing Back on the Executive Branch
by danps Sat Feb 28th, 2009

Once abuse has been introduced and accepted, a change of administration does not reverse the evil. Just waiting for Trump to carry abuse beyond any UN Convention or review of human rights.

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by Oui on Sat Jul 3rd, 2021 at 06:35:13 PM EST

    Frederick Douglass' famous 4th of July speech, What to the Slave is the Fourth of July, which he delivered on July 5 1852. As I began reading it it electrified me. Not so much the speech itself, which is indisputably one of the great artifacts of American political oratory, but its piercing relevance to the origins of Israel's Original Sin, the Nakba. I resolved to write this post before Israel Independence Day, but for some reason, I didn't. So I'll take advantage of this year's July 4th to write it.
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Joe Biden could offer Covid-19 corporate funds ...

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U.S. Embassy Statement on the Taliban's Offensive in Afghanistan

As we see media reporting and firsthand accounts of Taliban offensives and attacks on civilian populations and infrastructure in Afghanistan, we continue to call for an end to the ongoing violence, which is largely driven by the Taliban. 

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New commandos deployed to Faizabad!
The Ministry of Defense says that the commandos and the people's mobilization forces will launch large-scale clearing operations in Badakhshan tonight and will protect the lives and property of the people of Badakhshan.
Sufficient forces were deployed to protect the people in Badakhshan.

#National Defense Ministry

Meeting of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Tajikistan with the US Secretary of State

by Oui on Sun Jul 4th, 2021 at 11:20:06 PM EST
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Taliban Fighters Return To Central Asia's Borders | RFERL - June 25, 2021 |

The defeat on June 22 of Afghan government forces at the town of Shir Khan Bandar, with its vital border crossing into Tajikistan, seems to have been as much of a shock to Central Asian authorities as it was to the 134 Afghan soldiers who escaped the Taliban assault by fleeing into Tajikistan.

Adding to the alarm, Uzbekistan's Foreign Ministry has confirmed that 53 armed Afghan troops and allied militia fighters also fled into Uzbekistan on June 23.

Tashkent says that after questioning those soldiers and militia fighters, Uzbek authorities sent them back.

Uptick In Fighting

Eight Afghan provinces border former Soviet republics in Central Asia. From west to east, they are Herat, Badghis, Faryab, Jowzjan, Balkh, Kunduz, Takhar, and Badakhshan.

Those provinces were relatively peaceful for most of the decade after U.S. troops first arrived in Afghanistan in late 2001. There was little cause for concern in neighboring Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan.

But Afghan security forces have become increasingly involved in fighting the Taliban and other militants since 2013. At times, some battles have taken place just across the border from Turkmenistan and Tajikistan. Stray rounds of artillery and gunfire have even occasionally landed in their territory.

RFE/RL's Turkmen Service, known locally as Azatlyk, reported on June 25 that the Afghan town of Andkhoy in Faryab Province had fallen to the Taliban the previous day.

by Oui on Sun Jul 4th, 2021 at 11:21:17 PM EST
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Tajikistan's national security committee said 1,037 Afghan government troops had fled into the ex-Soviet country "in order to save their lives" after clashes with the Taliban during the night.

See Interactive Chart Who Controls What ...

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Highway to Hell: A Trip Down Afghanistan's Deadliest Road - Highway 1 Kabul to Kandahar | RollingStone - Jan. 22, 2021 |

Security Forces Thwart Taliban Attack On Ghazni | TOLO News - Oct. 2015 |

Taliban militants reportedly closed the Kabul-Kandahar highway on Monday in the Qarabagh district in Ghazni province in the hope of attacking six parts of the province. However, their attack was foiled by Afghan security forces who battled the insurgents for a few hours.

The highway is a key transit route as it connects Kabul with Ghazni, Kandahar, Helmand, Herat and Farah provinces in the country's southern and western parts.

by Oui on Sun Jul 4th, 2021 at 10:52:02 PM EST
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These times will never return as violence has become a endemic to America and its warmongering Military Industrial complex ... the destruction of the soul of America. Playing out the Civil War over 150 years of racism and inequality. A nation divided is not free but is enslaved by hatred.

by Oui on Mon Jul 5th, 2021 at 01:32:37 PM EST

The civil war of 1861-1865 is often portrayed as a heroic victory for the north, led by Abraham Lincoln. But a fascinating aspect of the documentary is how the north became complicit in the south's redemption, casting statues, publishing books and generating films that portrayed Dixie as noble, genteel and romantic. As one interviewee puts it, the reconciliation of north and south was actually a reconciliation of white people.

New Orleans, a majority Black city led by a white mayor, Mitch Landrieu, voted to remove the monuments in December 2015 but it took more than two years to actually topple them. Absurdly, Landrieu recalls in the film, he could not find a local able or willing to do the job.

Hunt reflects: "It almost feels like a fable. They had to go to a city Blacker than New Orleans in order to find a crew to take them down. That crew was from Atlanta and they had to have military contractors and snipers on the roof. It's like that is what is required to take down white supremacy from the public square in America, or was then."

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by Oui on Mon Jul 5th, 2021 at 01:43:43 PM EST

Misleading from start to finish ... people die due to war criminals not held accountable. The American Century of low scale genocide and endless war ... not expanding democracy.

by Oui on Mon Jul 5th, 2021 at 01:48:14 PM EST
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The assassination complex as instrument of terror, detention, rendition and torture. Inhumane.

by Oui on Mon Jul 5th, 2021 at 01:52:06 PM EST
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by Oui on Mon Jul 5th, 2021 at 06:17:21 PM EST
So the British couldn't control Afghanistan, nor the Russians, nor the Americans. Maybe the Chinese will try next?
by asdf on Mon Jul 5th, 2021 at 07:02:55 PM EST
$1 Trillion Motherlode of Lithium and Gold Discovered in Afghanistan | Mining - June 2010 |

The previously unknown deposits -- including huge veins of iron, copper, cobalt, gold and critical industrial metals like lithium -- are so big and include so many minerals that are essential to modern industry that Afghanistan could eventually be transformed into one of the most important mining centers in the world. An internal Pentagon memo, for example, states that Afghanistan could become the "Saudi Arabia of lithium," a key raw material in the manufacture of batteries for laptops and [smart phones].

Afghanistan's Rare Earth Element Bonanza

China Buys Into Afghanistan | Brookings Institute |

US seeks to topple China mining concessions ...

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In what officials said was the "only way" to move on from what has become a "sad and unpleasant" situation, all 100,000 U.S. military and intelligence personnel crept out of their barracks in the dead of night Sunday and quietly slipped out of Afghanistan.
(The Onion, 2011)
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US Policy and the Resurgence of ISIS in Iraq and Syria | MEI - Oct. 21, 2020 |

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