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Islamic State Khorasan Province

by Oui Tue Aug 24th, 2021 at 12:03:13 PM EST

"We destroyed Al Qaeda in Afghanistan, mission accomplished. Our boys are coming home."

ISIL or Islamic State or Al Nusra or dozens of affiliated terror groups are linked to jihadist terror of Al Qaeda. Pakistan and the Taliban territory from Quetta into North Waziristan is Taliban territory.

Biden Adviser Sees 'Acute' ISIS Terror Risk at Kabul Airport


List of murderous terror attacks inside Afghanistan by ISKP ...

Islamic State Khorasan Province | Australian National Security |

Details of the organisation

In October 2014, six former senior Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) members pledged allegiance to IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. In January 2015, then-IS spokesman Abu Mohammad al-Adnani accepted the pledge of allegiance and announced the creation of IS-KP.

Leadership

IS-KP has suffered military defeats and territorial losses since 2017, resulting in fluid leadership, in-fighting among IS-KP members and an organisational restructure. As at July 2019, IS-KP's leader was Malawi Abdullah, also known as Mawlawi Aslam Farooqi. On 5 April 2020, Afghan security forces announced Farooqi's arrest.

IS-KP has strong ties to IS. Important personnel appointments are discussed with IS, and when required, IS provides direction to IS-KP.

Pakistani behind Kabul Gurdwara Attack | Indian Defence Review - Apr. 6, 2020 |

The Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility and posted the picture of Abdul Khayum aka Abu Khalid for having bombed the Gurdwara to avenge violence against Muslims in India. Abu Khalid is a Keralite who joined IS in 2016-2017 and was on NIA radar since 2017. Sikhs were warned to leave Afghanistan or be prepared to die.

The attack was timed one day after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced during his visit to Kabul that US would cut $1 billion aid to Afghanistan if President Ashraf Ghani and CEO Abdullah Abdullah (who also declared himself President) don't resolve differences over the election results. But Pompeo's visit was more to pressure Ghani to release 5000 Taliban prisoners in exchange for 1000 ANSF prisoners albeit the US-Taliban deal never took Afghan Government in confidence in arriving at this exchange figure.

Pompeo playing hardball with Afghan government and conceding to Taliban terrorists in Doha Qatar ... time is running out, he sits on "success" of Abraham Accords in Middle East.

Pompeo Meets With Afghan, Taliban Negotiators in Qatar

Aslam Farooqi: Head of Islamic State-Khorasan Arrested | Jamestown - May 5, 2020 |

On April 4, an operation conducted by Afghanistan's intelligence agency, the National Directorate of Security (NDS), successfully captured the head of Islamic State-Khorasan (IS-K), Aslam Farooqi, along with 19 other militants (TOLO News, April 4; Al Jazeera, April 4). Farooqi was arrested during a multi-day operation in the southern province of Kandahar. According to a NDS commander involved in the operation, the arrest of a weapons supplier provided information that led to Farooqi's arrest (TOLO News, April 6).

Farooqi, born as Abdullah Orakzai, is originally from the Orakzai district, Khyber Pakhtunkwa province in Pakistan. Farooqi is a member of the Mamozay tribe of the Orakzai clan. Farooqi reportedly began his militant career by first joining the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) jihadist group and was later a commander in Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP) (see MLM, October 4, 2018; Anadolu Agency, April 30; Hindustan Times, April 9). More recently, he became a commander of Islamic State's military wing operating in Peshawar city, Pakistan, before being deployed to the Achin district of Afghanistan's eastern province of Nangarhar (TOLO News, April 4). Farooqi was also the commander of IS-K operations in Pakistan's Khyber agency. The NDS statement released following Farooqi's captured stated that he was placed in charge of IS-K by Islamic State's central leadership following the killing of his predecessor, Abu Saeed Bajawori, by Afghan and U.S. forces in 2018 (Pajhwok, April 4).

However, the United Nations said in a July 2019 report that his promotion came later--in April 2019. According to the report, Abu Omar al-Khorasani, who became IS-K leader in late 2018, was demoted by a delegation representing Islamic State's central leadership for "poor performance" in battles in Nangarhar. The same delegation promoted Farooqi to the leader's position (UN Security Council, July 19, 2019).

A diplomatic row between Afghanistan and Pakistan has emerged as a result of Farooqi's arrest. On April 9, Pakistan's foreign ministry summoned the Afghan ambassador to formally request Farooqi's extradition to Pakistan, citing IS-K activities within their country. The Afghan foreign ministry refused the request, citing the lack of an extradition treaty between the two countries, and the fact that Farooqi is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Afghans and thus would be tried there (Dawn, April 21). Some Afghan officials have alleged that Pakistan's request is motivated by fears that his arrest will expose connections between IS-K and the ISI (Anadola Agency, April 30).

From the diaries ...

2488 Americans Died In Afghanistan 2001-2021

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More people died from terrorism than ever before--and mostly in these five countries - 2014

Pentagon: 'Kinetic Strike' Kills Khorasan Leader in Syria | @BooMan - July 2015 |

The Pentagon has initiated the name "Khorasan" to designate hard-core Al Qaeda operatives in the Levant. The first time the name was used on an US strike in Syria to decimate its leadership.

This Al Qaeda operative has been targeted before and presumed killed. In the Bush years, Muhsin al-Fadhli was linked to be operating out of Iran, part of the US, Saudi Arabia and Israel demonizing the axis Hezbollah in Lebanon - Assad in Syria and Ahmadinejad in Iran. Pentagon accusations Iran fighters were deployed in Iraq to fight the occupiers and provide IEDs to insurgents.

John Kerry is dumbfounded his nuclear deal did not receive a reception of flowers in Teheran. Forgetting 12 years of hardship living under sanctions, a belligerent US Congress and the Reagan administration providing intelligence and cover for Saddam Hussein's hideous use of poison gas to decimate Iranian  forces defending their nation.

Lineage of terror groups to Al Qaeda across the Maghreb, Levant, Yemen, Afghanistan and Khorassan Caliphate. War on Terror and the elimination of Al Qaeda has been a gross failure of policy and more so lack of military restraint causing thousands of civilian deaths.

A Lot of Malarkey

How ISIL came about is well documented .... the Sunni's were the leadership under Saddam Hussein ... quilty of oppression, murder and torture of the Shia majority. Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi initiated his Sunni terror group while detained in Camp Bucca FOB, a similar prison as Abu Ghraib.

He became a preacher or Sheikh while in an American led  camp with torture and deaths. The tens of thousands prisoners were freed or escaped after attacks by Sunni extremists.

A lot of malarkey to rewrite the invasion, occupation of Iraq by the neo-colonial invaders from the US and UK. The Neocons don't do nation building - was signed CPA.

  • Syria Expendable in Joint US-Israel ME Power Schemes (Dec. 2013)
  • Khorasan pledge splits Al-Qaeda (Sept. 2014)
  • Clinton's 21st Century Statecraft and the Land of Two Rivers

Remember the Jordanian terror master - former detainee of King Hussein - Abu Mu'sab al-Zarqawi ... the ghost leader of AQI in Iraq!

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Less than a year later he attempted to overthrow an elected president ... looking for political gain in 2022 and 2024. Banana Republic.

Trump says he spoke to a Taliban leader, had 'good talk' | ABC New - March 2020 |

President Donald Trump confirmed that he spoke on the phone to a Taliban leader, making him the first U.S. president believed to have ever spoken directly with the militant group responsible for the deaths of thousands of U.S. troops in nearly 19 years of fighting in Afghanistan.

Trump said the United States has a shared interest with the Taliban, which harbored al-Qaida before the 9/11 attacks.

"We had a very good conversation with the leader of the Taliban today, and they're looking to get this ended, and we're looking to get it ended. I think we all have a very common interest," Trump said. "We had, actually, a very good talk with the leader of the Taliban."

The United States' special envoy for the talks, Zalmay Khalilzad, confirmed the U.S. role in releasing Baradar in remarks at the U.S. Institute of Peace on Feb. 8, 2019. [Source: PolitiFact]

by Oui on Tue Aug 24th, 2021 at 05:02:37 PM EST

See previous diary ...

Islamist Jihad and Taliban Throw Out US and NATO

by Oui on Tue Aug 24th, 2021 at 05:03:38 PM EST
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CIA director held secret meeting with Taliban leader in Kabul | CBS News |  

CIA Director William Burns met with the Taliban's de facto leader in Kabul on Monday, a source familiar with the situation said, in what marks the group's highest-level encounter with the Biden administration since the fall of the Afghan capital.

News of the meeting between Burns and the Taliban leader, Abdul Ghani Baradar, comes one week before the August 31 deadline for the U.S. military to complete its evacuation of Americans and Afghan allies from Kabul.

A Taliban spokesperson told CBS News that extending operations beyond August 31 would be a "violation" of the U.S. commitment to withdraw. "The response depends on the decision of our leadership," the spokesperson said.

[Mullah] Baradar, a longtime Taliban official [co-founder of Taliban with Mullah Omar], was arrested by the CIA in a joint operation with Pakistan's intelligence service in 2010 in Karachi.

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Dr. Sima Samar is Shi'a Hazara ...

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Qayyum Zakir: the Afghanistan Taliban's rising mastermind | CS Monitor - April 30, 2010 |

In the days leading up to the launch of a major US military offensive in the Afghan town of Marjah in February, Taliban commanders in the area received a surprise visit.

It was from a charismatic man of medium build, intense eyes, and a knack for fiery oratory. In a brief meeting, he rallied the troops, discussed strategy, and disappeared into the night.

Most of the commanders present there in late January had not met him before. But in southern Afghanistan he needed no introduction. He was Mullah Abdul Qayyum Zakir, the man who some Western officials and insurgents say is now the day-to-day leader of the Taliban.

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by Oui on Wed Aug 25th, 2021 at 08:27:38 AM EST
My comment to article ...

Disintegration was not sudden nor a surprise but at least twelve years in the making. Every US surge in attacks on the Afghan people caused more civilian casualties and hatred for the invaders.

The war on terror was never isolated to Afghanistan, but more so on the AfPak border regions from Quetta to North Waziristan. The Taliban, Haqqani network and Al Qaeda may be diffuse, but the same jihadist roots. Taliban claim they are nationals and moderate are nit to be taken at face value. The ISK-P is a strong force and have been responsible for a majority of terror attacks in recent years. The Shia community from Balochistan to Hazaristan have been their victims. See the slaughter of Hazara schoolgirls in Kabul in May this year killing 66. Executions of Hazara will continue under Taliban splintered groups and commanders.

by Oui on Wed Aug 25th, 2021 at 08:28:53 AM EST
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`Last Out: Elegy of a Green Beret' adapted to film |

by Oui on Wed Aug 25th, 2021 at 08:22:47 PM EST
US evacuates another 19K people from Afghanistan, 25 Aug
Since the end of July, roughly 88,000 people have been evacuated from Afghanistan, Taylor added. It is unclear how many U.S. citizens were on board the most recent flights, but Pentagon press secretary John Kirby, who spoke alongside Taylor, said roughly 4,400 Americans have been evacuated overall. Kirby said he did not know how many more Americans are still in need of evacuation.
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"That doesn't mean that if you're an evacuee and you need to get out, that we're not going to try to get you out, but we will have to reserve some capacity in those last couple of days to prioritize the military footprint leaving because we want to be able to keep it there as long as possible to do the job that it's intended to do," Kirby added.
CIA has launched clandestine ops to rescue Americans in Afghanistan: report
Between early Tuesday and early Wednesday, the U.S. pulled roughly 19,000 people from Kabul, according to a White House official, bringing the total number of people evacuated from the country since Aug. 14 to 82,300.


Dire warnings, then explosions and U.S. deaths: How a terror strike unfolded at Kabul airport, 26 Aug
The exact number killed, and their branch of service, had not been confirmed by the Pentagon. The Biden administration has ramped up its warnings about the threat of an ISIS-K [?!] terrorist attack at the Kabul airport as the Aug. 31 deadline draws near.
This thing about liars ...  Wed Aug 18th, 2021
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Translation:

The Taliban have asked Turkey to provide them with technical assistance to advance Kabul airport after the withdrawal of foreign troops.

Turkey to complete troop evacuation from Afghanistan soon: Defense minister

by Oui on Thu Aug 26th, 2021 at 02:42:58 PM EST
Substantial numbers of dead, bodies piled on one another ... US casualties ... President Biden had threatened a military reaction would be harsh and swift.

2 suicide attacks outside Kabul airport; Reports say 13 dead | AP News |

Two suicide bombers and gunmen attacked crowds of Afghans flocking to Kabul's airport Thursday, transforming a scene of desperation into one of horror in the waning days of an airlift for those fleeing the Taliban takeover. At least 13 people were killed and 15 wounded, Russian officials said.

One of the bombers struck people standing knee-deep in a wastewater canal under the sweltering sun, throwing bodies into the fetid water. Those who moments earlier had hoped to get on flights out could be seen carrying the wounded to ambulances in a daze, their own clothes darkened with blood.

Latest statement from Taliban, between 13 and 20 killed.

by Oui on Thu Aug 26th, 2021 at 05:24:15 PM EST
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60 wounded arrived in Kabul hospitals

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Taliban promised to provide security for Afghan civilians ... "you can stay ..."

by Oui on Thu Aug 26th, 2021 at 08:03:56 PM EST
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APsplainin Kabul airport attack kills 60 Afghans, 12 US troops
like they splained the 2020 IOWA caucus primary.
by Cat on Thu Aug 26th, 2021 at 08:24:53 PM EST
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In two explosions 28 members of Taliban were killed.

by Oui on Fri Aug 27th, 2021 at 01:19:34 PM EST
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The US and Saudi Arabia played the ignorant game of training jihadists in the AfPak region with Pakistan's ISI to fight the Soviet invasion. An army of well trained war veterans numbering 30-40,000 stayed on the battlefield of terror across the globe. From Chechnya to Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and back to the Maghreb, Tunesis, Sudan, the Levant and Yemen. The hotbed of terror is in full strength on its home soil. Blow back and so much worse. What a waste of funds in the war effort and a deterioration of moral values left as legacy from four US presidents.

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by Oui on Thu Aug 26th, 2021 at 06:47:07 PM EST
emboldened sunni and shia "Islamist" brotherhood in the Greater Middle-East DEFY NATO gender-equity evacuation, or retreat, scheduled 1 May 2021, extended to 31 Aug.
by Cat on Thu Aug 26th, 2021 at 06:50:19 PM EST
There was no need to withdraw from Afghanistan, says former Sen. Joe Lieberman
Last year, many of us called on President Donald Trump not to withdraw from Afghanistan, as he seemed intent on doing. We argued that it would be a humiliating surrender to an enemy we had already defeated and a disastrous error. President Joe Biden has now implemented the withdrawal, and the consequences have been as disastrous as feared. ...
by Cat on Thu Aug 26th, 2021 at 10:46:14 PM EST
Neocon #explaining line the forever war on terror to the benefit of #israel. 😡
by Oui on Thu Aug 26th, 2021 at 11:28:01 PM EST
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Psakisplainin
"I'm not trying to sugarcoat what we think of the Taliban. They're not a group we trust. They are not our friends, we have never said that."
CENTCOM Chief Says US Sharing Some Intelligence With Taliban
"It is also the reality that the Taliban controls large swathes of Afghanistan," she said. "And to date, because of coordination with the Taliban, we've been able to evacuate more than 104,000 people [?!], save104,000 lives, and that coordination is necessary in order to continue our evacuation measures."
Taliban Warned NYPost: 'Malicious Elements' Were Planning Attack

Operation Enduring Freedom dead, Oct 2001-Apr 2021
U.S. Armed Forces : 2,448.
U.S. "contractors": 3,846.
Afghan national military and police: 66,000.
U.S. allied soldiers,"including NATO": 1,144.
Afghan civilians: 47,245.
Afghan Taliban and other "insurgents": 51,191.
Aid workers: 444.
Journalists: 72
172,390 AP total

Finally, U.S. flags to be lowered to half-staff to honor 13 SLAIN troops at Kabul airport, 26 Aug
until sunset (somewhere) Monday, 30 August

by Cat on Fri Aug 27th, 2021 at 01:21:16 AM EST
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Joe LIEberman
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Exploiting Disorder: al-Qaeda and the Islamic State | Crisis Group - March 14, 2016 |

    "Little suggests these groups can be defeated by military means alone, yet they espouse goals hard to accommodate in negotiated settlements."

Geopolitics hinders a coherent response. The starting point should be to dial back the Saudi-Iranian rivalry that drives Sunni and Shia extremism, deepens crises across the region and is among the gravest threats to international peace and security today.

Easing other tensions - between Turkey and Kurdish militants, for example, Turkey and Russia, conservative Arab regimes and the Muslim Brotherhood, Pakistan and India, even Russia and the West - is also essential.

In Libya, Syria and Yemen, tackling jihadists requires forging new orders attractive enough to deplete their ranks and unite other forces.

Of course, none of this is easy. But redoubling efforts to narrow other fault lines would be wiser than papering them over in an illusion of consensus against "violent extremism".

Failed ME Foreign Policy - More Terror, More Backlash | @BooMan by Oui - Jun 26, 2015 |

by Oui on Fri Aug 27th, 2021 at 06:55:18 AM EST
One month earlier the previous administration and Mike Pompeo signed the Doha Agreement with Taliban Islamic terrorists.

Confirmed - Pakistani behind Kabul Gurdwara Attack | March 2020 |

The Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility and posted the picture of Abdul Khayum@ Abu Khalid for having bombed the Gurdwara to avenge violence against Muslims in India. Abu Khalid is a Keralite who joined IS in 2016-2017 and was on NIA radar since 2017. Sikhs were warned to leave Afghanistan or be prepared to die.

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Surprise is being expressed in some quarters that Aslam Farooqi being formerly from LeT is a new development since earlier commanders in ISKP were from TTP or Afghan Taliban-Haqqanis. This certainly is not a new development. Past few years the UN Assistance Mission Afghanistan (UNAMA) has been reporting that majority of casualties in Afghanistan are being caused by anti-Afghan government forces - Taliban and organized armed groups including (LeT, Jaish-i-Mohammed (JeM), Haqqani Network, Hezb-e-Islami, Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU), Islamic Jihad Union (IJU), ISKP and other militia and armed groups.

Kabul Sikh temple siege: Dozens killed in attack claimed by ISIL | Al Jazeera - March 25, 2020 |

by Oui on Fri Aug 27th, 2021 at 05:23:18 PM EST
From my diary @BooMan in 2008 ...

Karzai Attackers Got Orders From Pakistan

Afghan-Pakistan Border. Despite the efforts of both Afghan and Pakistani security forces, instability along the Pakistan-Afghanistan frontier appeared to have provided al-Qa'ida (AQ) leadership greater mobility and ability to conduct training and operational planning, particularly that targeting Western Europe and the United States. Numerous senior AQ operatives have been captured or killed, but AQ leaders continue to plot attacks and to cultivate stronger operational connections that radiate outward from Pakistan to affiliates throughout the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe.

Pakistan. Portions of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and the North-West Frontier Province (NWFP) of Pakistan have become a safe haven for AQ terrorists, Afghan insurgents, and other extremists. AQ uses the FATA to launch attacks in Afghanistan, plan operations worldwide, train, recruit, and provide propaganda. Other extremists, including Taliban and Kashmir-focused organizations such as Hizb-e-Islami Gulbuddin or Hizb-e-Islami Khalis, use the area for safe haven and share short term goals of eliminating Coalition presence in Afghanistan. They exploit the local sympathetic populations to recruit, train, and conduct cross-border raids and bombings in Afghanistan. Islamist Deobandi groups and many local tribesmen in the FATA continue to resist the government's efforts to improve governance and administrative control at the expense of longstanding local autonomy.

by Oui on Fri Aug 27th, 2021 at 05:24:22 PM EST
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Haqqani Netwok - AfPak Region

The Haqqani Network is a Sunni Islamist militant organization founded by Jalaluddin Haqqani, who emerged as a top Afghan warlord and insurgent commander during the anti-Soviet war; he was a member of the Hezb-e Islami faction led by renowned mujahedin commander Younis Khalis. Jalaluddin later allied with the Afghan Taliban as that group's Minister of Tribal and Border Affairs when the Taliban held power in Afghanistan during the mid-to-late 1990s. He was a known associate of Usama Bin Ladin and was recognized as one of Bin Ladin's closest mentors during the al-Qa`ida founder's formative years in the 1980s Afghan war. Sirajuddin Haqqani, Jalaluddin's son, currently leads the day-to-day activities of the group, along with several of his closest relatives. Sirajuddin in August 2015 was named as a deputy to newly appointed Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mohammed Mansur--cementing the alliance between the Haqqanis and the Taliban. [Akhtar Mansour killed by a drone strike in 2016]

The Haqqani Network is primarily based in North Waziristan, Pakistan, and conducts cross-border operations into eastern Afghanistan and Kabul. The group is primarily composed of members of the Zadran tribe. The Haqqanis are considered the most lethal and sophisticated insurgent group targeting US, Coalition, and Afghan forces in Afghanistan; they typically conduct coordinated small-arms assaults coupled with rocket attacks, IEDs, suicide attacks, and attacks using bomb-laden vehicles.

The Haqqani Network is responsible for some of the highest-profile attacks of the Afghan war, including the June 2011 assault on the Kabul Intercontinental Hotel, conducted jointly with the Afghan Taliban, and two major suicide bombings--in 2008 and 2009--against the Indian Embassy in Kabul. In September 2011, the Haqqanis participated in a day-long assault against major targets in Kabul, including the US Embassy, International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) headquarters, the Afghan Presidential Palace, and the Afghan National Directorate of Security headquarters.

More recently, in October 2013, Afghan security forces intercepted a truck bomb deployed by the Haqqanis against Forward Operating Base Goode in Paktiya Province. The device, which did not detonate, contained some 61,500 pounds of explosives and was the largest truck bomb ever built. The group is also involved in a number of criminal activities in Afghanistan and Pakistan, including extortion, kidnapping for ransom, and smuggling.

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See earlier strikes with MOAB bomb on same target and the Kinetic strike on Khorasan terror in Syria ... the suicide has long gone enjoying paradise and some dozen virgins 💥

AfPak Taliban Defying the US in Multiple Attacks and a Jailbreak | Posted by Oui - Apr 15, 2012 |

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US Marines officer relieved of duties after video seeking 'accountability' over Afghanistan

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White House press secretary Jen Psakiswatted down calls by Republicans for Joe Biden to resign after an attack in Kabul killed 13 US service members, 169 Afghans and three Britons on Thursday.

"The backdrop here is the men and women of the US military deployed on the ground are bravely continuing to implement a mission to save lives on the ground," she said.

The threat of ISKP in Afghanistan has been underestimated | Al Jazeera |

by Oui on Sat Aug 28th, 2021 at 01:09:47 PM EST
Satellite images, graphics, and maps show how fatal airport explosion ripped through Kabul | USA Today |

Maj. General William Taylor said the bombing occurred at 5:40 p.m. Kabul time - 9 a.m. EDT - "right outside or the vicinity of" the airport's Abbey gate. 

He said the bomb's detonation - triggered by the vest of the suicide bomber - was followed by direct gun fire from ISIS-K gunmen north of the gate. Taylor said there were multiple shooters but did not know the exact number. 

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Kabul airport attack: Local Afghans accuse US forces of firing at them in panic, resulting in multiple casualties

On Thursday (August 26), bomb blasts inside Hamid Karzai international airport in Afghan's capital Kabul killed more than 170 people, including 13 US troops, disrupting the ongoing Afghan evacuation of tens of thousands of stranded civilians.

Days after two terror attacks rocked the Hamid Karzai International airport in Kabul, local Afghans have accused the US forces of killing their loved ones in `panic firing', reported BBC.

Firing into the crowd panicked by the suicide blast killed countless innocent Afghans seeking freedom | BBC News |

The contentious revelation came to light during the interaction between BBC journalist Secunder Kermani and the Afghans who had lost their loved ones in the ISKP-orchestrated attack. The locals informed Kermani that many of their family members were not killed in the blast but in firing by the US forces, amidst the chaos and confusion caused outside the airport after the terror attack.

The deadly attack took the life of a London-based taxi driver named Mohammed Niazi and his wife. The deceased had travelled to Kabul to ensure the evacuation of his family. His two children have been missing ever since the attack. His brother recounted, "Somehow I saw American soldier and a Turkish soldier. The fire came from the bridges and towers...from the soldiers."

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In an airstrike, US forces targeted a vehicle carrying several suicide bombers belonging to ISIL. US forces said ISIL operatives wanted to attack Kabul airport but were targeted before reaching their destination.

US forces strike against ISK-P suicide bombers in Kabul, officials say | The Guardian |

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Taliban appoint acting higher education minister, director of sport's federation

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VOA/AFP | France, Britain to Call for Kabul 'Safe Zone,' Macron Says
Above all, such a safe zone would allow the international community "to maintain pressure on the Taliban," who are now in power in Afghanistan, the French leader added.

The five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council -- France, Britain, the U.S., Russia and China -- will meet on Monday to discuss the Afghanistan situation.  

Paris and London will take the opportunity to present a draft resolution that "aims to define, under U.N. control, a 'safe zone' in Kabul, that will allow humanitarian operations to continue," Macron said.
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Speaking to reporters in Iraq, where he was attending a meeting of key regional leaders, Macron added that with help from Qatar, which maintains good relations with the Taliban, there was a possibility of further airlift operations.

He added that France had evacuated 2,834 people from Afghanistan since August 17.


COVID vaccination site opens at Dulles for arriving Afghans
A second mass vaccination site is expected open in the coming days for evacuees who will be arriving at the Philadelphia International Airport, according to a senior administration official who was not authorized to comment and spoke on the condition of anonymity.
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intent on making sure that evacuees are vaccinated as soon as possible after arriving in the country and decided that the most efficient way to do so was to set up a [J&J/Janssen] vaccination site at Dulles Expo Center, where many of the arriving evacuees are receiving medical screenings and being temporarily housed before being transferred to military bases in New Jersey, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Texass.
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As of Aug. 20, about 1.2 million doses [WHICH VACCINE?] had been administered in Afghanistan, according to the World Health Organization.
community immunity baseline Wed Aug 18th, 2021
by Cat on Sun Aug 29th, 2021 at 05:13:58 PM EST
Afghanistan receives second shipment of COVID-19 vaccines through the COVAX Facility | WHO |

Kabul, Afghanistan, 9 July 2021 - Today, Afghanistan received 1.48 million doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccine through the COVAX Facility. 

This delivery is the first of 2 shipments of a total of 3 312 100 doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccine allocated to Afghanistan through the COVAX Facility, with the remaining doses set to arrive later this month. 
The shipment of vaccine received today comes in addition to the first batch of 468 000 doses of the COVISHIELD (AstraZeneca) vaccine, delivered in March 2021 through the COVAX Facility, a partnership between CEPI, Gavi - the Vaccine Alliance, UNICEF and WHO.

"This shipment comes at a critical time when the country is experiencing a third wave and a continuous rise in COVID-19 cases. The doses received will be vital in boosting and scaling up Afghanistan's ongoing COVID-19 vaccination programme led by the Ministry of Public Health," said Dr Irfan Akbar Elahi, Officer In Charge, WHO Afghanistan.

Ensuring the safety and effectiveness of vaccines remains a prime focus for WHO. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which is a single dose vaccine, has been approved for emergency use listing by WHO and has already been rolled out in various countries. "We urge everyone to vaccinate to keep themselves and their communities safe. Vaccines are a key tool for stopping the spread of COVID-19," said Dr Elahi.  

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Apart from vaccines delivered through the COVAX Facility, Afghanistan has also received 500 000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine donated by India and 700 000 doses of Sinopharm donated by China.

by Oui on Sun Aug 29th, 2021 at 06:07:39 PM EST
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Photo of Afghan girl skipping on airport tarmac after arriving in Belgium goes viral | The Independent |

Apparently not a refugee, she was born in Belgium ...

VRT News meets Belgian-Afghan girl, who skipped into our hearts

by Oui on Sun Aug 29th, 2021 at 07:34:46 PM EST
Joint Statement on Afghanistan Evacuation Travel Assurances

We are all committed to ensuring that our citizens, nationals and residents, employees, Afghans who have worked with us and those who are at risk can continue to travel freely to destinations outside Afghanistan.  We have received assurances from the Taliban that all foreign nationals and any Afghan citizen with travel authorization from our countries will be allowed to proceed in a safe and orderly manner to points of departure and travel outside the country.  We will continue issuing travel documentation to designated Afghans, and we have the clear expectation of and commitment from the Taliban that they can travel to our respective countries.  We note the public statements of the Taliban confirming this understanding.

by Oui on Sun Aug 29th, 2021 at 07:48:37 PM EST
Turkey, Taliban close to deal on Kabul airport | Tribune Pakistan |

Turkey and Qatar will jointly operate the Kabul International airport, with Ankara providing security through a private firm, according to a draft deal with the Afghan Taliban, the Middle East Eye (MEE) reported on Saturday, citing two sources familiar with the issue.

The MEE report said that the draft deal would be finalised after completion of the US troop withdrawal from the airport by the next week. It added that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan would give the final approval of the deal.

Erdogan, the MEE said, was expected to hold consultations with his Nato allies, mainly the US. According to the main points of the draft agreement, the report said, Turkey will recognise the Taliban as the legitimate government of Afghanistan.

Moreover, Turkey and Qatar will operate the airport in a consortium and Ankara providing security through a private firm, whose staff will consist of former Turkish soldiers and police. Turkish special forces, operating in plainclothes, will secure the technical staff but cannot leave the airport perimeter.

by Oui on Sun Aug 29th, 2021 at 08:00:18 PM EST
by Oui on Sun Aug 29th, 2021 at 08:54:47 PM EST

A New Taliban Leadership and Peace Prospects in Afghanistan | MEI - July 7, 2016 |

The prospects for restarting Afghan peace talks, suspended a year ago, were dim when a U.S. drone strike in May eliminated Taliban leader r. The justification given for targeting Mansour was that he had become a major obstacle to negotiations. Mansour initially appeared open to talks but, following the revelation of Mullah Mohammad Omar's death in July 2015, swiftly rejected all invitations for discussions sponsored by Pakistan, the United States and China.

U.S. says late Taliban leader was planning attacks on Americans | Reuters - May 15, 2016 |

The Taliban | CFR - 2014 |

Related reading ...

US Elite Military Taking Mercenary Jobs In Abu Dhabi | BooMan - Dec. 23, 2012 |

by Oui on Mon Aug 30th, 2021 at 12:54:44 AM EST
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by Oui on Mon Aug 30th, 2021 at 06:47:10 PM EST
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by Oui on Tue Aug 31st, 2021 at 06:06:26 PM EST
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by Oui on Tue Aug 31st, 2021 at 08:08:28 PM EST
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Hazara edition
DW | Afghanistan's repressed minority faces a hostile Taliban
As Taliban fighters patrolled Kabul's streets, a terrified 19-year old -- hidden away at home like countless other women and girls -- turned to her beloved movies for solace.

Her current favorite, she said, was "V for Vendetta": set in a dystopian future, it features a lone freedom fighter, plotting to overthrow an all-powerful, Orwellian tyranny.

< wipes tears >
But instead of offering comfort, hope even [?!], the movie just made her feel more depressed, she said, as she painfully recalled how different her life had been when she last watched it: Then she was a final-year high-school student, who planned to study photography at university.
U R doin it rong.
by Cat on Sat Sep 4th, 2021 at 02:07:52 PM EST
27 December 2007
Bhutto met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai.[434] In the afternoon, she gave a speech at a PPP rally held in Rawalpindi's Liaquat National Bagh.[435] On leaving in a bulletproof vehicle, she opened the car's escape hatch and stood up to wave to the surrounding crowds.[436] A man standing within two to three metres of the car fired three gunshots at her and detonated a suicide vest packed with ball bearings.[437] Bhutto was fatally injured; reports differ as to whether she was hit by bullets or by shrapnel from the explosion.[438] Twenty-two others also died.[439] Bhutto was rushed to Rawalpindi General Hospital but was clinically dead on arrival and attempts at resuscitation were unsuccessful.
"She was the first woman to head a democratic government in a Muslim majority country."
by Cat on Sun Sep 5th, 2021 at 01:18:44 AM EST
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Princess of Afghanistan Says US, NATO Could Have 'Purged Afghanistan of Terrorists in a Week'
whose maternal grandparents were King Amanullah, Afghan monarch from 1919 until his abdication in 1929, and Queen Soraya, has expressed the perturbation and fear she feels about the future of the south Asian country after the latest turmoil.
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As she spoke from Italy, where she now lives and works, Princess Soraya said she was astonished that, despite having been in the war-torn country for almost 20 years, the most powerful army in the world - the American Army - and forces of 41 other countries had proved themselves incapable of "expelling terrorists and rebuilding the country". If the western nations had really wanted to, they could have purged the south Asian country of "terrorists" in a week, the princess believes.
uhhhh
As one who has been long committed to the issue of women's [and minorities'?] rights in Afghanistan, the princess expressed profound concern for the fate of women in the country now. She also took the West to task for its failure to achieve any successes for civil society in the country in the more than 19 years they were there. Heavy funding was channelled into military expenses, and lesser funding went into construction - roads and dams. For women, however, very little has been done beyond initial calls to liberate them which turned out to be no more than propaganda, the princess said.
archived princesses and peas
by Cat on Sat Sep 4th, 2021 at 10:52:37 PM EST
APsplainin a Women's March
The women's march -- the second in as many days in Kabul -- began peacefully. Demonstrators laid a wreath outside Afghanistan's Defense Ministry to honor Afghan soldiers who died fighting the Taliban before marching on to the presidential palace.

"We are here to gain human rights in Afghanistan," said 20-year-old protester Maryam Naiby. "I love my country. I will always be here."

As the protesters' shouts grew louder, several Taliban officials waded into the crowd to ask what they wanted to say.

Flanked by fellow demonstrators, Sudaba Kabiri, a 24-year-old university student, told her Taliban interlocutor that Islam's Prophet gave women rights and they wanted theirs. The Taliban official promised women would be given their rights[,] but the women, all in their early 20s, were skeptical.
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Meanwhile, the young women demonstrators said they have had to defy worried families to press ahead with their protests, even sneaking out [FAIL] of their homes to take their demands for equal rights to the new rulers.

Farhat Popalzai, another 24-year-old university student, said she wanted to be the voice of Afghanistan's voiceless women, those too afraid to come out on the street.

by Cat on Sun Sep 5th, 2021 at 12:22:14 AM EST
APsplainin Afghan evacuees [INCLUDING WOMEN AND CHILDREN] who fail initial screening Kosovo-bound because Qatar, that beacon of "mostly muslim" gender-equity, is full of mostly sunni allies "of the United States since the U.S. spearheaded a 1999 NATO air campaign against Serbian forces brutalizing Kosovo civilians."
by Cat on Sun Sep 5th, 2021 at 12:28:54 AM EST
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The U.S. will use a military camp, Camp Bondsteel, that houses the U.S. army near the Kosovo capital for the further screening and processing of evacuees intended for resettlement in the United States, the U.S. official said. A site down the road that formerly housed road crews is to temporarily house evacuees bound for other NATO countries, under NATO's management and care.
Germany and Italy each have set time limits of no more than two weeks for U.S. processing of any one evacuee on their soil.

Balkans Forward - A New U.S. Strategy For The Region

Bondsteel well known for CIA rendition and torture  facility for high-value Al Qaeda suspects.

Later it was used to fly in Sunni jihadists for training to fight in Syria for the neocon enterprise to overthrow public enemy Bashar Assad.

Who are the Kosovar fighters in Syria?

The Pentagon Wasted $500 Million Training Syrian Rebels | Foreign Policy - 2016 |

by Oui on Sun Sep 5th, 2021 at 01:46:38 AM EST
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by Oui on Sun Sep 5th, 2021 at 08:36:29 PM EST

More interesting who doesn't get invited, if that's true. Saudi Arabia was the second country after Pakistan to recognize the first Taliban government.

by generic on Mon Sep 6th, 2021 at 08:18:56 AM EST
Afghanistan and Iran have observer status Shanghai Pact (SCO), Turkey is a dialogue partner waiting to loosen itself from EU membership application.
by Oui on Mon Sep 6th, 2021 at 03:17:00 PM EST
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by Oui on Wed Sep 8th, 2021 at 03:45:46 PM EST
DW
The list did not appear to include any non-Taliban figures, which had been demanded by the international community.
by Cat on Wed Sep 8th, 2021 at 04:11:24 PM EST
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Maybe try winning the war if you want to tell them who is allowed to be in the government?
by generic on Wed Sep 8th, 2021 at 04:23:42 PM EST
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Senior Iranian official tweets in Hebrew on Russia talks | TOI |

A senior Iranian official tweeted a message in Hebrew on Wednesday amid high tensions between Jerusalem and Tehran, though the purpose of the message seemingly aimed at Israel was not immediately clear.

Ali Shamkhani, the secretary-general of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, wrote in Hebrew, English, Arabic and Persian about his meeting with Russian counterpart Nikolai Patrushev on Afghanistan.

"An hour ago, in a conversation with my friend colleague Mr. Patrushev, Secretary of Russia's National Security Council, we examined the developments in Afghanistan, Syria and the Persian Gulf," he wrote.

"Fortunately, the political obstacles to Iran's membership in the #Shanghai_agreement have been removed & Iran's membership will be [finalized] via official [procedures]. #Good News," he added in broken Hebrew.

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization is a political, economic and security alliance that currently comprises eight countries -- China, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

by Oui on Sun Sep 12th, 2021 at 06:25:04 PM EST


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