Category Archives: Afghanistan

US apologizes to Afghans “offended” by leaflet showing dog carrying Taliban Flag

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A U.S. commander on Wednesday apologized for leaflets dropped in Afghanistan that were deemed offensive to Islam.

The leaflets dropped Monday night, which encouraged Afghans to cooperate with security forces, included an image of a dog carrying the Taliban flag, said Shah Wali Shahid, the deputy governor of Parwan province, north of Kabul. The flag has Islamic verses inscribed on it, and dogs are seen as unclean in much of the Muslim world.

“Local people are very upset with this incident, and they want the perpetrators brought to justice,” Shahid said, adding that demonstrations were expected across the province.

Next time deliver the leaflets via one of these.


It’s Trump’s War Now

And if he thinks he can intimidate Pakistan, China’s expanding presence in that country says otherwise.

Donald Trump kept us guessing about Afghanistan. Never during his campaign, nor in the first seven months of his presidency, did he give us an inkling of what he thought should be our policy goal in America’s longest-lasting war.

With his August 21 speech, the president charted a path forward. It is now President Trump’s war, whether he wants it or not. The speech, written more from the standpoint of his advisors than his own, made several pronouncements to which the world — especially our adversaries and enemies — will pay great attention.

The president said that we must seek an “honorable and enduring” ending to the war worthy of the sacrifices our soldiers have made.


Trump Announces Plans To Stay In Afghanistan, Shift To ‘Conditions’ Based Withdrawal

President Donald Trump addressed the nation Monday night about America’s future in Afghanistan and said that the U.S. will remain in there indefinitely until conditions on the ground change.

The U.S. has been engaged in conflict in Afghanistan ever since 9/11, and just over 2,400 American troops have died in the conflict. Trump has long criticized the war and said Monday night at Fort Myer, Va., that his initial instinct was to “pull out.”

More… Trump’s ‘America First’ Base Unhappy with Flip-Flop Afghanistan Speech

If after 16 years “conditions” have not been achieved I doubt they ever will. Afghanistan won’t be healed.

There is one solution, pull out. In future “WW II” any nation that is found to have supported a terror attack against the west or harbored a group that conducted the attack. Flatten every scrap of infrastructure, everything. Make a Carthage of them.

PS. That was the worst speech Trump has ever given.


What’s next in Afghanistan?

As President Trump wrestles with America’s role in Afghanistan, he should first decide what our objectives are today compared to what we wanted immediately after Sept. 11, 2001.

Initially, the United States overthrew the Taliban regime but failed to destroy it completely. Regime supporters, allied tribal forces and opportunistic warlords escaped (or returned) to Pakistan’s frontier regions to establish sanctuaries.

Similarly, while the Taliban’s ouster also forced al-Qaida into exile in Pakistan and elsewhere, al-Qaida nonetheless continued and expanded its terrorist activities. In Iraq and Syria, al-Qaida morphed into the even more virulent ISIS, which is now gaining strength in Afghanistan.

In short, America’s Afghan victories were significant but incomplete.


Taliban ‘open letter’ to Trump urges US to leave Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD — The Afghan Taliban on Tuesday released an “open letter” to President Donald Trump, reiterating their calls for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan after 16 years of war.

In a long and rambling note in English that was sent to journalists by Zabihullah Mujahid, the Taliban spokesman, the insurgents said Trump has recognized the errors of his predecessors by seeking a review of the U.S. strategy for Afghanistan.

However, Mujahid said Trump should not hand control of the U.S. Afghan policy to the military but rather announce the withdrawal of U.S. forces — and not an increase in troops as the administration has planned.


Top Isis commanders killed by air strike in Afghanistan, US says

Several senior members of Islamic State’s central Asian affiliate were killed in a US air strike in Afghanistan, officials said on 13 August.

The attack on 10 August killed Abdul Rahman, identified by the US military as the Kunar provincial emir for Islamic State of Iraq and Syria-Khorasan, according to a statement from the command in Kabul.

“The death of Abdul Rahman deals yet another blow to the senior leadership of ISIS-K,” said General John Nicholson, the senior US commander in Afghanistan.


Plan to Privatize US War in Afghanistan Gets Icy Reception

Blackwater founder Erik Prince’s controversial proposal to privatize a large portion of the U.S. war in Afghanistan is being met with growing opposition in Kabul and Washington.

President Donald Trump is reportedly considering the proposal as part of his monthslong review of the war in Afghanistan, where the U.S. is locked in a stalemate with the Taliban after 16 years of fighting.


Purple Heart Recipient on Afghanistan War: ‘You Can’t’ Fight Suicide Bombers

WASHINGTON – As President Trump develops a new strategy for Afghanistan, Jerry Wolf, a World War II POW and Purple Heart recipient, said the Afghanistan war is “not like the other wars” of the past and questioned how the U.S. will be able to win.

Trump reportedly told generals the U.S. is “losing” the 16-year conflict and has not approved a plan for the next steps in the war.

PJM asked Wolf if he thinks Trump should continue the war in Afghanistan or begin to withdraw troops from the country.


Dozens of civilians killed in ‘brutal, inhumane way’ in Afghanistan

The religion of peace strikes again.

Insurgents attacked a village in the northern Afghan province of Sar-e Pul, killing as many as 50 people, including women and children, according to officials.

Zabihullah Amani, a spokesman for the provincial governor, said the fighters, who included foreign militants, attacked a security outpost in the Mirza Olang area of Sayaad district overnight, torching 30 houses.

He said fighting was still going on but as many as 50 people, including children, women and elderly men, most of them members of the largely Shia Hazara community, may have been killed, according to local village elders.


Trump Says U.S. ‘Losing’ Afghan War in Tense Meeting With Generals

We know how this movie ends.

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has become increasingly frustrated with his advisers tasked with crafting a new U.S. strategy in Afghanistan and recently suggested firing the war’s top military commander during a tense meeting at the White House, according to senior administration officials.

During the July 19 meeting, Trump repeatedly suggested that Defense Secretary James Mattis and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford replace Gen. John Nicholson, the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, because he is not winning the war, the officials said. Trump has not met Nicholson, and the Pentagon has been considering extending his time in Afghanistan.

Related… The war America can’t win: how the Taliban took back Afghanistan

In a rocky graveyard at the edge of Lashkar Gah, a local police commander was digging his sister’s grave.

Her name was Salima, but it was never uttered at her funeral. As is custom in rural Afghanistan, no women attended the ceremony, and of the dozens of men gathered to pay their respects, few had known the deceased.

Salima, like almost all women in Helmand province, had spent most of her life after puberty cloistered in her family home.

Her family said she accidentally shot herself in the face when she came across a Kalashnikov hidden under some blankets while cleaning.


Jihadi Glamour: Pakistani Taliban launches women’s magazine

The Pakistani Taliban on Tuesday released the first edition of a magazine for women, apparently aiming to convince its target readership to join the militant group and take up jihad.

The first edition of “Sunnat E Khaula” — which translates as ‘The Way of Khaula’, referring to an early female follower of the Prophet Muhammad — published by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) features a picture of a women veiled from head to toe on its front cover.

Inside is an interview with the TTP’s leader’s wife, who is not named, in which she talks about being married to the head of the militant group, Fazlullah Khorasani, at the age of 14.

“I ask you why now everywhere there is hue and cry about underage marriages…


U.S. Watchdog: Afghan Forces Still ‘Complicit’ In Child Sexual Exploitation

A U.S. government watchdog says Afghan security forces remain “complicit” in the sexual abuse of young boys despite previous warnings and strict penalties for such activities laid out recently by Afghanistan’s president.

The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), an office that audits and monitors Afghan reconstruction projects, made the fresh allegations in a report released on July 30 that highlights Afghanistan’s struggle to root out human rights violations within the U.S.-trained armed forces.

SIGAR said it had filed a classified report to Congress into claims of child sex abuse by the Afghan security forces and whether the American military was turning a blind eye to the practice.


‘We Should Just Leave:’ Trump Takes A Look At Pulling Troops Out Of Afghanistan

The Trump administration is considering the ramifications of paring back the U.S. presence in Afghanistan as part of its ongoing strategy review in America’s longest war, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Trump’s national security cabinet is bitterly divided on the future U.S. role in Afghanistan. Senior national security officials like Secretary of Defense James Mattis and National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster are reportedly pushing Trump to allow a surge of approximately 4,000 troops into Afghanistan, while White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon has lobbied against the effort.

I agree, time to go. No good can come of offering aid to Muslim states.


‘Nameless’ Afghan women begin battle to regain identities

Hmmm Hashtags versus Islam? Not much of a fight.

In response to custom of men not using the names of female relatives in public, a social media campaign aims to change minds.

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN—These are some of the terms Afghan men use to refer to their wives in public instead of their names, the sharing of which they see as a grave dishonour worthy of violence: Mother of Children, My Household, My Weak One or sometimes, in far corners, My Goat or My Chicken.

Women also may be called Milk-sharer or Black-headed. The go-to word for Afghans to call a woman in public, no matter her status, is Aunt.

h/t MP