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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Biden to Karzai: “We’re Not Leaving if You Don’t Want Us To”

Via Agence France-Presse Biden and Karzai

US Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday that the United States will not withdraw its troops from Afghanistan completely in 2014 if Afghans did not want his country to do so.

About 97,000 American troops in Afghanistan are expected to start limited withdrawals in July ahead of the scheduled transfer of responsibility for security to Afghan forces in 2014.

But Biden, on the second day of his visit to war-torn Afghanistan, said: "We're not leaving if you (Afghans) don't want us to leave."

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War, Kill, Lie -- It’s the American Way

By libbyliberal

Wouldn’t it be lovely if a new year’s resolution for 2011 for the U.S. would be to end war?

FAT CHANCE.

Sometimes I am startled by the reflection in the mirror in the ladies’ restroom at work of my black armband that I started wearing a year and a half ago with a first, very deep breath, assuming I would be called on often to explain it. It would afford opportunities to share my moral outrage at the international and civil lawless conduct of my government.

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Obama Escalates War in Afghanistan

By Kenneth J. Theisen

StormtroopersAccording to a story in the Wall Street Journal on January 6, 2011, President Obama is planning on a further escalation of the U.S. war of terror in Afghanistan. Obama’s “surge” will bring the total of U.S. forces in this war ravaged nation to almost 100,000. 

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U.S. Raids: High Tech Terror in Afghanistan

Afghan cemetaryBy Larry Everest

February 6, 2009: U.S.-led NATO forces strike two houses in a "night raid" in a village near Shar-e-Safa in Zabul province, Afghanistan. Six are killed and two arrested. The U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) issues a press statement reporting that those killed had been "militants" while "24 women and 45 children were protected from harm." (http://centcom.mil/press-releases/ansf-coalition-forces-further-disable-ied-cells-in-khowst-and-zabul)

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‘We can see everything’: USAF launches ‘airborne surveillance system’

DroneAgence France-Presse:

WASHINGTON — The US military plans to deploy a new intelligence drone in Afghanistan, which military experts say will allow US troops to monitor much larger operational theaters than before, The Washington Post reported Sunday.

The newspaper said the airborne surveillance system is called Gorgon Stare and will be able to transmit live video images of physical movement across an entire town.

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Afghanistan - The People's December Review

By Kathy KellyAfghan civilians

In the first-person voice of Abdulai, a 15-year-old Afghan boy, whose father was killed by the Taliban:

    "The place where I live is the worst place on earth in which to be born.[1] Good thing my mother survived her pregnancies.[2] But my father - he didn't survive the war. Isn't it strange that there is a graveyard marked out especially for children in my small remote mountain village? A quarter of all children do not live beyond five years of age[3] and they are buried there; we already have to find new space because the graveyard is filled. As 42 percent of Afghans live in poverty,[4] my family could not afford a proper grave for my father for five years. My father would have understood our predicament: in a land with the worst food risk in the world,[5] we make do with whatever food and clean water[6] we can get. Since we don't have electricity,[7] we are grateful for diesel lamps. And most importantly, my father would have understood that we still struggle to stay away from the killings.

 

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US Military Pushes for ‘Routine’ Ground Raids into Pakistan

By Jason Ditz 

Though officials were quick to point out that it had not yet been formally approved, top US commanders are pressing the Obama Administration to allow the massive escalation of ground raids against Pakistan’s tribal areas, turning what has been a secret (albeit poorly kept) war into an extremely overt one.

The New York Times, which carefully excised the word “ground” from their headline, reports that the commanders are looking for “a shift in policy (that) could allow for more routine incursions.”

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Obama Claims “Significant Progress” Regarding Afghanistan War: Progress in Whose Interest?

By Kenneth J. Theisen

President Barack Obama unveiled his administration’s Afghanistan strategic review on Thursday, December 16th.  The summary made available to the public claimed “progress” for the U.S. in pursuit of its war aims in Afghanistan, but failed to provide details to demonstrate these claims.

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White House Spokesman: Obama ‘Pleased’ With Afghan War

By Jason Ditz Obama Empire Building War President

Reiterating comments from yesterday, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs insisted that no policy changes will be announced on Thursday and that the public version of the Afghan War report won’t include any surprises.
        
Gibbs termed President Obama ‘pleased’ with the war, and insisted that he hopes to “strengthen capacity inside of Afghanistan” going forward. President Obama was said to have met with advisors earlier today regarding the war.
 

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Petraeus to Bombers: Don’t Worry About Civilian Deaths

By Jason DitzMourning Civilian Victims of US Aggression

Following angry rebukes of President Hamid Karzai’s call to make the war less disruptive to civilians, the Obama Administration is said to be further escalating its air war in Afghanistan, and officials are confirming a “loosening of the reins” of the restrictions on air strikes.
 
Officials warned that the McChrystal rules, aimed at reducing civilian deaths, meant “some officers were exerting excessive caution, fearing career damage if civilians were mistakenly killed.” With Petraeus now in charge, concerns about killing civilians have faded.

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Military Starts Low-Altitude Training Flights in New Mexico

Received from the Peaceful Skies Coalition, originally published by Santa Fe New Mexican 11/12/2010:

By Seth Mosgofian

My family, friends, neighbors and I are extremely concerned that the Air Force has proposed low-altitude flights in and around Northern New Mexico to train for missions in Afghanistan. We strongly object to the noise, the pollution, the disturbance of the peace and the risk to our homes and lives these flights will present, as well as the alleged purpose.

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