Afghanistan & Pakistan

For More Than Ten Years the Richest Country in the World Has Been "At War" With the Poorest Country in the World

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US Deploying Battle Tanks to Afghanistan

From Khaleej Times 

WASHINGTON — The United States is deploying heavily armored battle tanks to Afghanistan for the first time in the nine-year war, in a further escalation of tactics against the Taliban, the Washington Post reported Friday.
The company of M1 Abrams tanks initially will be fielded in Helmand province where marines have been engaged in intense combat with heavily armed cells of Taliban fighters, the Post said, citing defense officials.

“The tanks bring awe, shock and firepower,” an officer familiar with the deployment plans told the Post. “It’s pretty significant.”


Obama’s Afghan Policy: War Without End, Amen

By Kenneth J. Theisen

In October 2001, then Vice President Dick Cheney said that the just launched U.S. “war on terror” was “different” than other wars: ‘‘in the sense that it may never end. At least, not in our lifetime’’. President Obama picked up the baton passed to him by Cheney’s boss, and has expanded and extended the wars started in the Bush-Cheney era, continued the policies of torture and extended the life of the dungeons where this torture is done.

Immediately after taking office President Obama announced that he was ordering the closing of the hellhole prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba by January 2010. That atrocity is still open. 
Now the Obama administration has announced that its much trumpeted deadline for withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan will be extended three years, to 2014.


The U.S.'s Mercenaries in Afghanistan

 From A World to Win News Service 

The flap about President Hamid Karzai's threat to restrict the use of mercenaries in Afghanistan sheds a bright light on what the U.S. and its allies are doing in there.
In August Karzai announced that foreign security firms would be banned from operating in the country, citing the undeniable fact that the men they employ have been responsible for all sorts of murders and other atrocities. He also claimed that this would be part of reasserting Afghan sovereignty.


US Drone Strikes Kill at Least 13 in North Waziristan

Two Vehicles, House Destroyed in Attacks

By Jason Ditz

CIA Predator drones launched three separate attacks in North Waziristan today, destroying two vehicles and a house in the Pakistani tribal agency, killing at least 13 “suspected militants” and wounding an unknown number of others.

The attacks were in three separate portions of the region, targeting the towns of Mir Ali, Datta Khel and Miramshah. Though Pakistani officials say that those slain were all “suspects” and five of them may have been from Uzbekistan, none of them appear to have been high value targets and no one has been named as a known militant.


Obama and Petraeus: “Preparing the Battlefield” in Pakistan

 By Chris Floyd 

Pentagon brass and their sycophants in mufti are now making the media rounds, laying the groundwork for the next great move by the world-historical military genius David Petraeus, the most-lauded general never to, er, actually win a war: moving ground troops into Pakistan. The Los Angeles Times has the story here.

First, of course, there will be the usual push to make the Pakistani military kill massive amounts of their own people. This will, as always, inflame the situation, exacerbate extremism and violent reaction, thus nicely setting the stage for American troops to step in -- oh, as a last resort, of course! -- and take control of the "deteriorating situation."


Red Cross: Civilian Toll Soars in Southern Afghanistan

By Jason Ditz 

A new report by the International Committee of the Red Cross warned today that civilian casualties are soaring in Southern Afghanistan, and that those directly wounded are a comparatively minor part of the problem.
“This is just the tip of the iceberg”, warned Reto Stocker, head of the ICRS’s Kabul delegation, “those who suffer other sorts of injuries or contract disease as an indirect result of the conflict far outnumber weapon-wounded patients”.


U.S. in Pakistan: First Kill, then ‘Apologize’

By Jason Ditz 

After six days of officially defending the attack against Pakistani soldiers in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas as “self defense,” the United States has made an enormous U-turn in official rhetoric, publicly apologizing today.
“We extend our deepest apology to Pakistan and the families of the Frontier Scouts who were killed and injured,” insisted US Ambassador to Pakistan Anne Patterson. “Pakistan’s brave security forces are our allies.”


Uncertainty over US plans as war enters 10th year

AP Report on the anniversary of the longest war in US history:

It's make-or-break time in Afghanistan.

The war enters its 10th year Thursday, and this is no ordinary anniversary.

With extra American troops now in place, this is the critical juncture to determine if President Barack Obama's revised war stategy will work and reverse Taliban momentum.


Eight Germans Reported Killed in US Drone Strike

By Jason Ditz

Eight German citizens were reported killed today in a US drone strike against the North Waziristan Agency, in an attack officials tried to link to a plot which led the US State Department yesterday to warn against travel to Europe.
The eight were killed when a US drone fired a pair of missiles against a mosque in the town of Mir Ali. Pakistani officials initially reported that some Pakistanis may have been killed in the attack as well, but this has yet to be confirmed.


Obama Unleashes Bombing Blitzkrieg on Pakistan’s Border

By Chris Floyd

While Barack Obama busies himself in public with hectoring his "base" for not appreciating the super-progressive wonderfulness of his administration, behind the scenes he is rapidly escalating America's war on its own ally, Pakistan, with a series of deadly incursions that seemed designed to provoke the Pakistanis into a violent response -- which could then be used to "justify" a further escalation.


US Helicopters Attack Pakistan, Killing More Than 50

by Jason Ditz

NATO spokesmen are confirming tonight that a pair of US Apache helicopters crossed the border from Afghanistan into Pakistan, launching an attack against tribesmen in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) which killed over 50.


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