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Afghans Believe US Is Funding Taliban - 052510
Intellectuals and respected Afghan professionals are convinced the west is prolonging conflict to maintain influence in the region ...
Bill For Afghan War Could Run Into The Trillions
Eli Clifton
Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz and Harvard professor Linda Bilmes estimated that the long-term costs - taking into account the costs of taking care of wounded soldiers and rebuilding the military - of the war in Iraq will ultimately cost three trillion dollars. ...

Mysteries Surround Afghanistan’s Stealth Drone
Drone with stealth technology flying skies of Afghanistan, by David Hambling, December 4, 2009

Earlier this year, blurry pictures were released by the French magazine Air & Cosmos of a previously unknown stealth drone taken at Kandahar in Afghanistan. The photos, snapped in 2007, prompted a wave of speculation about the classified aircraft. That speculation grew even more intense this week, when a blog belonging to the French newspaper Libération released an even better photograph. But while the new picture may answers some questions, it also creates a heap of new mysteries. Chief among them: Why use such a fancy, stealthy aircraft in Afghanistan? The Taliban have neither the radar to spot the plane, nor the weaponry to shoot it down. ...

US Air Force confirms 'Beast of Kandahar' drone

What I Learned in Afghanistan - About the United States
Dana Visalli - 050710
Do you want to spend your life paying for the death of people (executed by the US military) that you would probably have loved if you have met them? Do you want to spend your life paying for the arsenal of hydrogen bombs that could very well destroy most of the life on the planet.
65 Congress Members Voted Against The War In Afghanistan. But Will They Vote Against The Funding?

You know, they actually debated the Afghanistan war yesterday. You would think that throwing money down another hole would be something people would debate frequently, but apparently we don't do that sort of thing much these days. From David Swanson at AfterDowningStreet:

Sixty-five congress members, including 60 Democrats and 5 Republicans, voted to end the occupation of Afghanistan on Wednesday. But 356 congress members, including 189 Democrats and 167 Republicans voted to keep the war going. The vote followed three hours of debate created by Congressman Dennis Kucinich's introduction of a privileged resolution. ...

Kucinich on Afghanistan

Ron Paul On Afghanistan


Re-Think War



An American soldier speaks out with the truth
From IVAW: U.S Soldiers Are Waking Up!

U.S. in Afghanistan : 1979-2009 - 122709
The pain and suffering of the peoples of Afghanistan has a long history before and since the United States intervened in their political lives in 1979. Many outside powers share responsibility for their plight. But today’s situation directly relates to the covert war the United States encouraged and funded from the summer of 1979 ...

Kucinich calls on Congress to end wars in Afghanistan, Pakistan through War Powers Act - ‎Dec 9, 2009‎
The War Powers Resolution of 1973 (also known as the War Powers Act) has several provisions, but we'll focus on this part in the section on Congressional ...
Kucinich: Resolutions to End Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan
Center for Research on Globalization

Stunning Statistics About the War Every American Should Know, by Jeremy Scahill 121809
Contrary to popular belief, the US actually has 189,000 personnel on the ground in Afghanistan right now—and that number is quickly rising.

Afghanistan: World’s Lengthiest War Has Just Begun



Michael MooreTakes on Obama's Afghanistan Escalation, December 3rd, 2009
'Obama's Vietnam'; "We have been in this war for twice as long now as the U.S. was in World War II, twice as long as World War II. We defeated Hitler and Tojo and Mussolini in half the time it's taken us to find Osama bin Laden." –  Michael Moore on Larry King Live

Examining Obama's Rationale for Escalating The Afghanistan War
Intel Daily, 120409
Outlining his rationale for the decision to send yet more troops to Afghanistan, President Barack Obama on Tuesday began with a familiar refrain: “We did not ask for...

Some Simple Questions After Obama's Afghanistan War Speech, By David Sirota
Would you be OK sending yourself or a loved one over to face combat and potentially death for the mission Obama articulated in Afghanistan? If not, how could you support sending other people?

Obama's War
Is He Taking Ownership Or Just Cleaning Up A Huge Bush Mess?, By Jim Hightower
Obama has been taken over by the military industrial hawks and national security theorists who play war games with other people's lives and money.

How do you ask a Man to be the Last Man to Die for a President's Political Image?, By David Sirota 120409
There are 68,000 U.S. troops and 42,000 from other countries in Afghanistan. The U.S. Army's recently revised counterinsurgency manual estimates that an all-out counterinsurgency campaign in a country with Afghanistan's population would require about 600,000 troops.


Obama orders 30,000 troops to Afghanistan, plans withdrawal in 2011
Raw Story, Tuesday, December 1st, 2009 -- 6:52 pm
President Barack Obama announced a 30,000 strong troop surge to "seize the initiative" in Afghanistan and finally end the brutal eight-year war.

"As commander in chief, I have determined that it is in our vital national interests to send an additional 30,000 troops to Afghanistan," Obama said, but offered an immediate signal the US mission was not open ended.

"After 18 months, our troops will begin to come home."

Time Flies

Karzai welcomes new Obama strategy

Countdown Special Comment: Declare Victory in Afghanistan and Get Out

Employee of the Month
New York Times reports Afghan president's brother is major opium dealer on CIA payroll. ...
Taliban Did Not Refuse to Hand Over Bin Laden, by Ralph Lopez 120409
Obama slipped past a real doozy Tuesday night when he said the Taliban refused to hand over bin Laden. It just ain't so. They tried three times to open negotiations for this, but Bush refused each time. He wanted to bomb people so bad it hurt.
Karzai set to replace most of his cabinet
Globe and Mail - ‎Dec 3, 2009‎
If he doesn't do that, he will lose all respect here and abroad.” A close Karzai adviser confirmed that the President is looking to purge most of his ...
Barack Obama angry at General Stanley McChrystal speech on Afghanistan - Alex Spillius - ‎100509‎
The relationship between President Barack Obama and the commander of Nato forces in Afghanistan has been put under severe strain by Gen Stanley McChrystal's comments on strategy for the war. ...
45,000 More U.S. Troops To Afghanistan
By BBC Newsnight
The Obama administration had told the British government that it will soon announce a substantial boost to its Afghanistan force and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown has said that Britain will send a further 500 soldiers.

NewsFocus: This has never been about the Taliban or Al Qaeda. It's all about a gas and oil pipeline.


US military suicides reach new high, by By James Cogan 120209
The number of serving American military personnel who took their lives in 2009 has already exceeded last year’s record. These suicides are first of all tragic. Secondly, they indicate the immense psychological harm that the neo-colonial wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have inflicted on members of the armed forces. ...

Soldiers going AWOL for PTSD care

Saving Face in Afghanistan, by Ron Paul - October 14, 2009
We overthrew the Taliban government in 2001 with less than 10,000 American troops. Why does it now seem that the more troops we send, the worse things get? If the Soviets bankrupted themselves in Afghanistan with troop levels of 100,000 and were eventually forced to leave in humiliating defeat, why are we determined to follow their example?

Congress to probe ‘US funding of Taliban’

Kucinich: US tax dollars help fund Taliban attacks 'on our troops'

Who is funding the Afghan Taliban? You don’t want to know
GlobalPost and Reuters, by Jean MacKenzie 081709
KABUL — It is the open secret no one wants to talk about, the unwelcome truth that most prefer to hide. In Afghanistan, one of the richest sources of Taliban funding is the foreign assistance coming into the country.

Virtually every major project includes a healthy cut for the insurgents. Call it protection money, call it extortion, or, as the Taliban themselves prefer to term it, “spoils of war,” the fact remains that international donors, primarily the United States, are to a large extent financing their own enemy.

“Everyone knows this is going on,” said one U.S. Embassy official, speaking privately. (Read More)

Kucinich renews call to end Afghan War

A Call To End This War

They did not attack us on 9/11. Like Iraq, this is an illegal war for oil and profits.

Fighting the Taliban
What, Exactly, is Being Fought in Afghanistan?, by M. Reza Pirbhai
Washington insiders do not mention that the Taliban’s “harsh form of oppression on women and others,” which everyone from Madeleine Albright to Hillary Clinton have argued provides cause for war, is not a concern when relations with ‘Wahhabi’ Saudi Arabia are pursued.
Classified McChrystal Report:
500,000 Troops Will Be Required Over Five Years in Afghanistan, By Tom Andrews - September 24, 2009
Congress should immediately convene hearings to discuss alternatives to General McChrystal's proposal for such a massive escalation of the war in Afghanistan. It is time for the administration and Congress to demilitarize U.S. policy in Afghanistan and strike out in a new, sustainable, direction.

McChrystal: More Forces or 'Mission Failure', By Bob Woodward
The top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan warns in an urgent, confidential assessment of the war that he needs more forces within the next year and bluntly states that without them, the eight-year conflict "will likely result in failure," according to a copy of the 66-page document obtained by The Washington Post.

America Has Been Here Before, By Eric Margolis
American and NATO generals running the Afghan war amazingly warn they risk being beaten by Taliban tribesmen in spite of their 107,000 soldiers, B-1 heavy bombers, F-15s, F-16s, F-18s, Apache and AC-130 gunships, heavy artillery, tanks, radars, killer drones, cluster bombs, white phosphorus, rockets, and space surveillance.

CIA Adding Bases in Afghanistan
Bloomberg News
The growing strength of the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan prompted the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency to establish more bases there, the agency’s director said.


US accepts Hamid Karzai as Afghan President
Despite poll fraud claims, By Giles Whittell in Washington 092909
The White House has ended weeks of hesitation over how to respond to the Afghan election by accepting President Karzai as the winner despite evidence that up to 20 per cent of ballots cast may have been fraudulent.
At Least 90 Killed In US Attack
Stench of Death Hangs over Afghan Riverbank, By Ameen Salarzai and Angor Bagh
The stench of burnt flesh hung over the banks of the Kunduz river in the early hours of Friday, the ground scattered with the body parts of villagers who just wanted something for free.

US attack killed at least 40 civilians in Afghanistan
The United Nations on Friday called for an investigation into a NATO airstrike that killed as many as 90 people - nearly half of them civilians - during an attack on two hijacked fuel tankers.

Civilians hurt in strike on Afghan trucks


Barracks and Burger King: U.S. Builds a Supersized Base in Afghanistan
Politics Daily, by David Wood - August 7th, 2009
Anyone who thinks the Afghanistan troop "surge" is a temporary, one-time deal should watch the construction here of a vast new $17 million barracks building.

It's not temporary. It's three stories of concrete.

Eight years after American forces scattered the Taliban and effectively conquered Afghanistan, the United States is embarked on a frenzied $220 million building campaign at this sprawling and still expanding military air base. Just to meet the base's demand for fresh concrete, it has two of its own cement factories working full time.
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Iraq, Afghan Commitments Fuel U.S. Air Base Construction
World news headlines from the Washington Post, including international news and opinion from Africa, North/South America, Asia, Europe and Middle East.

Digging In
Mother Jones
Does the Department of Defense have a bigger agenda in Iraq? Brig. General Robert Pollman, chief engineer of base construction in Iraq, caused a stir—and ...

The Worldwide Network of US Military Bases
Jul 1, 2007 ... In a second section of this article, Worldwide popular resistance movements directed against US military bases and their various projects ...

Major Military Bases World-Wide
Major Military Bases World-Wide .... Navy, USA, Naval Base Point Loma. Navy, USA
, Naval Postgraduate School. Navy, USA, Naval Shipyard Portsmouth ...

America's Empire of Bases
Jan 15, 2004 ... The first post-Soviet-era Russian airbase in Kyrgyzstan has just been completed forty miles from the U.S. base at Bishkek, and in December ...

Global Impact: The Rise of U.S. Military Bases Worldwide
The onset of the War on Terror saw a slew of U.S. bases going up worldwide, especially in Asia and Africa. The war in Afghanistan saw an American rush to ...

Afghan Plans Next Week?
MSNBC - ‎11 hours ago‎
Same as Bush's. And Afghanistan already has the makings of a democracy, so it's unclear exactly what Obama is planning on scaling back. ...
What are US goals in Afghanistan?
Seattle Post Intelligencer
A surge towards disaster
Asia Times Online

Afghanistan, Another Untold Story
by Michael Parenti December 7, 2008
Barack Obama is on record as advocating a military escalation in Afghanistan. Before sinking any deeper into that quagmire, we might do well to learn something about recent Afghan history and the role played by the United States.

Less than a month after the 11 September 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, US leaders began an all-out aerial assault upon Afghanistan, the country purportedly harboring Osama bin Laden and his al Qaeda terrorist organization. More than twenty years earlier, in 1980, the United States intervened to stop a Soviet "invasion" of that country. Even some leading progressive writers, who normally take a more critical view of US policy abroad, treated the US intervention against the Soviet-supported government as "a good thing." The actual story is not such a good thing.

Obama says US is losing war in Afghanistan
Times Online - ‎2 hours ago‎ 030809
President Obama conceded today that the US was not winning the war in Afghanistan and opened the way for negotiations with moderate elements of the Taliban, much as America did with Sunni tribes in Iraq. ...

Afghan leader Karzai backs Obama's call on Taliban
Reuters - By Sayed Salahuddin 8 hours ago‎ 030809
KABUL, March 8 (Reuters) - With violence in Afghanistan at its highest since the Taliban was ousted, Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Sunday welcomed US counterpart Barack Obama's openness to adapting tactics used to deal with ...

Afghans turn "new page" as US sends more troops
Reuters - 1 hour ago 021809
By Sayed Salahuddin KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan is turning a new page in relations with the United States, an Afghan presidential spokesman said on Wednesday, as US President Barack Obama ordered 17000 more troops deployed to battle Taliban ...
Afghanistan hails 'new US ties' BBC News

US Sends More Troops To Afghanistan

Afghan relations are reported to be improving.

Finally: Pentagon To Allow Coverage of War Coffins
Obama Administration Will Do What The Bush Administration Wouldn't Do, Honor Our War Dead In The Media
CNN - ‎1 hour ago‎ 022609
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The Pentagon will lift its longtime ban on media coverage of the flag-draped coffins of war victims arriving at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, according to a senior US defense official with direct knowledge of the decision.
Officials: Pentagon OKs media photos of war dead The Associated Press
Kyrgyz government prepares to shut US base
Reuters - 5 hours ago 020409
BISHKEK (Reuters) - Kyrgyzstan's government has submitted a decree to parliament to shut down a US airbase in the Central Asian state, an official spokesman ...

Pentagon Stunned by Threat to Close Crucial Base
Wired News - 2 hours ago  020409
As the United States prepares to send more troops to Afghanistan, the Pentagon faces the loss of a crucial staging area in the region. ...

Kyrgyzstan May Close US Air Base
Associated Content, CO - 1 hour ago  020409
Russia has agreed to give Kyrgyzstan a two billion dollar loan, write off 180 million dollars in debt, and add 150 million dollars in foreign aid. ...


A Report On The Afghanistan War

We already taught these guys how to fight a super power

Taliban 'Shadow' Gov't Grows In Afghanistan
Taliban influence resurgent across country, at 'doorstep' of Afghan. capital.

U.S. to arm local Afghans to fight Taliban
By Barbara Starr, CNN Pentagon Correspondent 122708
(CNN) -- The U.S. military plans to help the Afghanistan government recruit, train and arm local Afghans to fight a resurgent Taliban, U.S. military officials say.
U.S. will give free weapons to Afghan civilians

US troops kill three civilians in Afghanistan: official
Three civilians were killed and two others injured when their house was attacked by US soldiers in eastern Afghanistan

Afghan leader sends demands to US on troop conduct
The Afghan president has sent a list of demands to the United States government about troop conduct ahead of the arrival of more U.S. forces, pressing for cooperation with his government.


Rachel Maddow Takes A Look At The Road Ahead In Afghanistan

The prolonged occupation is not what many are hoping for.


Taliban in dress, 52 others killed in Afghanistan The Associated Press
By HEIDI VOGT – 1 day ago
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Gunbattles and airstrikes by NATO and Afghan troops killed 53 militants in Afghanistan, including a wanted Taliban commander who tried to hide from soldiers under a woman's burqa, officials said Saturday.

Pakistan may pull troops from Afghan border to India's
Kansas City Star, MO - 3 hours ago
By SAEED SHAH Pakistan has warned that it will divert troops fighting the Taliban and al-Qaida on its western border with Afghanistan to its eastern ...

German general breaks silence on Afghanistan
International Herald Tribune, France - 8 hours ago
The comments came from General Hans-Christoph Ammon, head of the army's elite special commando unit, or KSK, whose officers are in Afghanistan fighting ...

Britain to consider Afghanistan troop request
The Associated Press - Nov 28, 2008
LONDON (AP) — Britain will carefully examine any request from the incoming US administration to send more troops to Afghanistan, Foreign Secretary David ...

Computer Virus Hits US Military Base in Afghanistan
U.S. News & World Report, DC - Nov 28, 2008
By Anna Mulrine KABUL—The largest US military base in Afghanistan was hit by a computer virus earlier this month that affected nearly three quarters of the ...

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Suicide Bomber Kills Three

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Afghan Girls Fear Acid Attacks

10 Arrested for Afghan Acid Attack New York Times

Guest Columnists Warn Obama About Escalating in Afghanistan Editor & Publisher

The Taliban Is a Drug Cartel and Should Be Attacked as Such
U.S. News & World Report, DC - Nov 28, 2008
By Sam Dealey, Thomas Jefferson Street blog. The latest report on Afghanistan's opium economy from the UN's drug tsar, Antonio Maria Costa, only confirms ...

Sharp drop in Afghan poppy crop
BBC News, UK - Nov 27, 2008
There has been a sharp decrease in poppy cultivation in Afghanistan, according to the latest UN report. The report says cultivation in 2008 dropped 19% ...

UN Reports That Taliban Is Stockpiling Opium
New York Times, United States - Nov 27, 2008
By KIRK KRAEUTLER UNITED NATIONS — Afghanistan has produced so much opium in recent years that the Taliban are cutting back poppy cultivation and ...

Afghan opium supply outstrips demand
United Press International - Nov 27, 2008
UNITED NATIONS, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- The Taliban has been working to keep the price of opium up by cutting poppy production in Afghanistan, a UN report released ...

UN: Taliban could clear $500M from 2008 drug trade
The Associated Press - Nov 28, 2008
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban and other warlords could clear almost half a billion dollars from Afghanistan's opium trade this year — money that ...

Taliban kill "US spy" in Pakistani tribal area
Antara, Indonesia - 5 hours ago
Miranshah, Pakistan (ANTARA News) - Taliban militants hanged and shot dead an Afghan man in a restive Pakistani tribal area bordering Afghanistan, ...

Pakistani Taliban shrug off US missile strikes Reuters

Karzai's many demands
Toronto Star, Canada - 18 hours ago
Karzai took aim at the United States and its allies last week for failing "to fight the Taliban properly. He demanded that they set a firm deadline for ...

Karzai offers Taliban leader 'protection' for peace
KABUL (AFP) - Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Wednesday he would protect the fugitive leader of the insurgent Taliban, Mullah Mohammad Omar, in return for peace whether his international partners liked it or not.

Taliban still controlling daily life in some Afghan villages
The Canadian Press, Afghanistan - Nov 29, 2008
ANIZAI, Afghanistan — There was a time in Afghanistan when the Taliban controlled every aspect of daily life. In this tiny village in central Zhari district ...
Driving out the Taliban
Toronto Star

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Karzai Offers Security For Taliban Leader

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Afghan War Slipping Away From US



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