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How The U.S. Becomes A Target of Revanche

by Oui Fri Aug 27th, 2021 at 11:55:40 AM EST

Martyr Qassem Soleimani met with leaders of Afghanistan in Panjshir valley and after martyrdom of Ahmad Shah Massoud in September 2001. He had a vital role in designing ground operations against Taliban in the liberation of Herat.

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Afghanistan is a Debacle All of Our Own Making | Aug. 16, 2021 |


US Ally Soleimani's Global Fight Against Terror

  • He fought the Iraqi invasion of Islamic Republic of Iran by Saddam Hussein
  • He fought the Soviet invaders of Afghanistan in the 80s
  • He fought the Taliban in the 90s
  • He fought the invaders of Iraq post March 2003
  • He fought Al Qaeda and Islamic State foreign fighters in Syria and Iraq alongside the US coalition

On Jan. 2, 2020, Qasem Soleimani was struck by the Hand of G*d ... the whimp of a Fascist leader in the White House.

Why Afghan Politicians Express Anger And Grief Over Soleimani's Killing | RFERL - Jan. 4, 2020 |

Meanwhile the former administration under "leadership" of Mike Pompeo and negotiator Zalmay Khalilzad sat at the table in Doha with Taliban terror leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar.

Afghan Leader Rejects Prisoner Release in US-Taliban Deal

Afghanistan frees dozens more "dangerous" Taliban prisoners in the name of peace | CBS News - Aug. 14, 2020 |

    Taliban spokesman Qari Yusuf Ahmadi said: "As a result of the prolonged siege and violent attacks, the Central Jail in the central city of Kandahar was completely conquered this afternoon." The security personnel posted here surrendered while laying down their arms and all the prisoners have been released. He also said that the prisoners were "welcomed" upon their release from the Kandahar jail.

    In Ghazni province, in the public prison of Amir al-Mu'minin, the memory of God is commanded by the political parties, which numbered 180 people, and he was released.

Trump officials back away from 2020 Taliban peace deal after withdrawal chaos | Axios |

The agreement has come under new scrutiny for laying the groundwork for the U.S. military's withdrawal from Afghanistan, which coincided with a sweeping Taliban offensive that ended in the fall of Kabul.

    U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said that the Trump administration's policy in Afghanistan is working, saying talks between the government and Taliban extremists, and a peace process, are closer than ever before.

    She called a weekend trip to Afghanistan by the U.N. Security Council "great" because "we could see dramatic changes in terms of what the U.S. policy has been doing."

Unpredictability in US foreign policy and the regional order in the Middle East: reacting vis-à-vis a volatile external security-provider

Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Briefing on ISIL/Da'esh

Today, I'd like to discuss the current state of the threat posed by ISIS, and everything we can do to counter that threat - especially by undercutting its finances.

To start, we're deeply worried by the Secretary-General's assessment that ISIS continues to expand throughout Africa, especially in various parts of West Africa and the Sahel, in addition to Central and East Africa. To neutralize that expansion, the United States is providing critical counter-terrorism assistance to disrupt, degrade, and respond to terrorist activity perpetrated by ISIS. Our tactical training, mentorship, and equipment strengthens the capacity of the law enforcement, judicial sector, and communities in our partner nations to respond to this growing threat.

In June, ISIS-Khorasan attacked a HALO Trust camp in northern Afghanistan, killing ten and injuring 16. This attack on a humanitarian group, working to rid the country of landmines, shows the barbarity of ISIS-Khorasan and its efforts to undermine the Afghan people's security. Given the ongoing events in Afghanistan, we're monitoring this situation very carefully. And as President Biden has stressed, we will hold the Taliban accountable for its commitments not to allow any terrorists to threaten the United States or its allies from Afghan soil. And as I said earlier this week, we all, we must all work together to ensure Afghanistan cannot ever, ever again be a base for terrorism.

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U.S. officials provided Taliban with names of Americans, Afghan allies to evacuate | Politico |

U.S. officials in Kabul gave the Taliban a list of names of American citizens, green card holders and Afghan allies to grant entry into the militant-controlled outer perimeter of the city's airport, a choice that's prompted outrage behind the scenes from lawmakers and military officials.

Asked about POLITICO's reporting during a Thursday news conference, President Joe Biden said he wasn't sure there were such lists, but also didn't deny that sometimes the U.S. hands over names to the Taliban.

"There have been occasions when our military has contacted their military counterparts in the Taliban and said this, for example, this bus is coming through with X number of people on it, made up of the following group of people. We want you to let that bus or that group through," he said. "So, yes there have been occasions like that. To the best of my knowledge, in those cases, the bulk of that has occurred and they have been let through.

"I can't tell you with any certitude that there's actually been a list of names," he added. "There may have been. But I know of no circumstance. It doesn't mean that it doesn't exist, that here's the names of 12 people, they're coming, let them through. It could very well have happened."

A spokesperson for U.S. Central Command declined to comment.

by Oui on Fri Aug 27th, 2021 at 01:09:06 PM EST
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Left Behind: Portraits of American Allies

by Oui on Fri Aug 27th, 2021 at 01:10:15 PM EST
by Oui on Fri Aug 27th, 2021 at 01:50:46 PM EST
Left In the Dark: Failures of Accountability for Civilian Casualties Caused by International Operations In Afghanistan | Amnesty International - Nov. 2016 |

SUMMARY

A group of women from an impoverished village were collecting firewood in a mountainous area in Laghman province, in September 2012, when a US plane dropped at least two bombs on them. Seven women and girls were killed and seven more were injured, four of them seriously. Mitalam Bibi, aged 16, survived but was blinded in one eye, as was her cousin, Aqel Bibi, aged 18.

Ghulam Noor, an elderly farmer, lost his 16-year-old daughter Bibi Halimi in the attack. He and other family members of the dead, hearing that international forces claimed that only insurgents had been killed in the bombing, brought the women's bodies to the district capital, Mihtarlam. "We had to show them that it was women who were killed," he told Amnesty International.

Noor wanted the circumstances of his daughter's death to be investigated, but he felt utterly without recourse. "I have no power to ask the international forces why they did this," he said. "I can't bring them to court." Although a group of villagers filed complaints about the killings with the district governor and the provincial governor, such complaints have little value, as international forces in Afghanistan are immune from Afghan legal processes. No one ever contacted Noor or other family members to investigate the circumstances and legality of the attack. None of the family members were informed why the attack took place or what justification it might have had.

Footnote: Under the Rome Statute, the ICC has jurisdiction over war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide committed on the territory of a state party or by its nationals. Afghanistan acceded to the Rome Statute on 10 February 2003, giving the court jurisdiction over crimes committed beginning on 1 May 2003.

by Oui on Sat Aug 28th, 2021 at 12:48:01 PM EST
by Oui on Sat Aug 28th, 2021 at 07:17:16 PM EST

Paul Wolfowitz and the reasons for Invading Iraq | UK Parliament | ... 800,000 people died!

Interview with former Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, the man widely known -- fairly or not -- as the "Architect of the Iraq War"

... that we have no business getting involved with their internal affairs and in fact that's interference and it's beyond our capacity. And my basic point is that, first of all, it is our business: The internal affairs of other countries has a big impact on American interests. To me, the evidence on that is dramatic, and we have an ability to influence it, more in some places than some others.

by Oui on Sun Aug 29th, 2021 at 12:01:42 PM EST
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Syria opposition, regime agree to Russia-brokered ceasefire in Daraa | TRT World |

by Oui on Thu Sep 9th, 2021 at 07:23:05 PM EST
by Oui on Thu Sep 9th, 2021 at 07:24:10 PM EST
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BBC admits Syria gas attack report had serious flaws in 'victory for truth' after complaint by Peter Hitchens

The BBC also accepted it had no evidence to back up its claim that 'Alex', a highly qualified and apolitical scientist, believed the attack in Douma had been staged.

In its ruling, the Corporation withdrew the imputation that Mr Hitchens, who has reported on despotic regimes for more than 40 years, shared 'the Russian and Syrian state views on the war'. 

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Welcoming the ruling, Mr Hitchens said: 'This is a major victory for the truth. The whistleblowers inside the OPCW were always motivated by a strict regard for scientific truth.

'Far from seeking rewards, they realised that their actions would damage their careers but went ahead anyway. 

'I do not serve any government, least of all those in Moscow and Damascus. 

Interview Peter Hitchens on Douma gas attack and OPCW whistleblowers - Dec. 2019

by Oui on Thu Sep 9th, 2021 at 07:24:55 PM EST
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