Afghanistan & Pakistan
For Ten Years the Richest Country in the World Has Been "At War" With the Poorest Country in the World
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Remember back in 2011, when the Obama administration said all US troops would be out of Afghanistan by 2014? Didn't happen. Then they said 2024, but that "most" would be gone by 2015. Earlier this week the public announcement was made that almost all of the 10,000 troops still there will stay... until at least 2016.
Last week, the Army charged Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, which could mean life in military prison.
Today Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was sacked. News analysts on MSNBC explained that the Obama administration feels they need a more “war-prepared” secretary to lead the mission, which has changed from a draw-down in Iraq & Afghanistan to a new expansion of bombing and increased troop deployments.
Civilian drone deaths in Afghanistan tripled last year, according to a report by a UN agency. Forty-five civilians died in drone strikes in 2013.
The report, by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (Unama), found that drone strikes accounted for at least a third of all civilian deaths in air strikes last year. Unama notes that it is sometimes difficult to establish which type of aircraft carried out a strike, so the true total could be higher.
“Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding party of the lamb.”
- Revelation 19:9
The U.S. and Afghan President Hamid Karzai are currently negotiating what they call a bilateral security agreement to sketch out the framework for U.S. operations in the country after the end of 2014, when Washington said it would withdraw some or all of its troops. The tensions surrounding these talks reflect the complexity of the situation for the occupiers and their lack of good options.
Paul Gottinger: Most of the drone strikes are happening in North Waziristan (Northwest Pakistan) along the border of Afghanistan. Could you give us some background on the culture and the way of life there?
Madiha Tahir: These days you can’t get into North Waziristan, which is where 90% of the drone strikes have been happening. So I go to Bannu, which is a border town where people from North Waziristan come during the day to do business, shopping, ect.
The U.S. War on Afghanistan — I refuse to call it the "Afghanistan war" because Afghans didn't start it — is now 12 years old. Longer than the official American war on Vietnam; it's gone on half a generation, or more.
Many people are breathing a sigh of relief to see international combat troops leaving Afghanistan. All foreign combat forces are slated to withdraw by the end-2014 deadline, and many have already gone. Deaths among foreign troops have fallen reassuringly.
A secret document obtained by the Bureau reveals for the first time the Pakistan government’s internal assessment of dozens of drone strikes, and shows scores of civilian casualties.
The United States has consistently claimed only a tiny number of non-combatants have been killed in drone attacks in Pakistan – despite research by the Bureau and others suggesting that over 400 civilians may have died in the nine-year campaign.