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Scott Horton in Los Angeles, Thursday, Sept. 28: US Out of Afghanistan!

This Thursday evening, September 28, join KPFK Radio’s Alan Minsky, and Scott Horton, managing director of the Libertarian Institute and...

Make Afghanistan Great Again? Trump touts ‘delusional gold rush’ in ‘graveyard of empires’

The people of Afghanistan are not going to profit from US mining rare-earth minerals there: it...
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Video: Over 3,000 new US troops headed to Afghanistan – Pentagon

The US Defense Secretary, James Mattis, has announced that more than 3000 extra troops will be sent to Afghanistan, in line with President Trump's...

Over 3,000 new US troops headed to Afghanistan – Pentagon

Published time: 18 Sep, 2017 19:27 Edited time: 19 Sep, 2017 06:50 US Defense Secretary James...
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Video: Anti-war amendment killed: ‘Endless’ war in Iraq & Afghanistan will continue

The US Senate has voted 61-36 to kill the amendment, proposed by Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) which would repeal the 2001 and 2002 Authorizations...
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Video: ‘New Trump strategy leads to more civilian deaths in Afghanistan’ – analyst

At least 28 civilians were reportedly killed and 16 injured in US air strikes in Afghanistan's Herat and Logar provinces. According to the UN's...

The People of Afghanistan have had Truly Enough of Western Imperialist Barbarism

Alessandro Bianchi: The geographic location of Afghanistan has always occupied a central role. The April peace talks between Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Russia and China seemed...

Rand Paul threatens to hold up defense bill unless Congress votes to end wars...

Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky has vowed to delay a $700 billion defense bill until...

Rep. Walter Jones Asks Speaker Ryan To Allow a Debate on Getting Out of...

September 8, 2017 The Honorable Paul RyanSpeaker of the HouseH-232, U.S. CapitolWashington, D.C. 20515 Dear Speaker Ryan, Mr. Speaker, members of Congress have written to Speaker Boehner...
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Video: Suicide bomber hits US airbase in Afghanistan in response to leaflets ‘offensive to...

WARNING: Some people may find this offensive A suicide bomber has reportedly detonated explosives at Bagram airbase in Afghanistan, TOLO News reports. Via Youtube

Afghanistan Has Always Been a Failed and Failing War

Janine Jackson: On August 21, Donald Trump gave what one Washington Post writer called a "muscular speech" on his plans for the US's long...

Voters divided on American troop increase in Afghanistan – poll

Published time: 30 Aug, 2017 17:21 Edited time: 31 Aug, 2017 07:38 Almost a half of...
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Video: More Boots on the Ground: US to send more troops to Afghanistan ‘to...

More US troops will be heading to Afghanistan. Pentagon chief James Mattis has now signed an order to dispatch additional forces. Trump provided no...

Defense Secretary Mattis signs order to send additional US troops to Afghanistan

US Defense Secretary James Mattis has announced he’s signed an order to send more troops into...
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Video: Pilot refuses to return failed UK asylum seeker back to Afghanistan

Samim Bigzad - Received death threats from Taliban - Applied for asylum in UK - Has UK-based father who needs care - Detained without...

Pentagon confirms 11,000 troops are in Afghanistan, 2.6k more than reported before

Read Full Article at RT.com Via RT. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license.

Rep. Thomas Massie Talks to John Stossel About the Failed US War in Afghanistan

Eric Garris Posted on August 29, 2017 At Reason today: Donald Trump’s “idiotic plan” to double down on the war in...

Afghanistan and the Collapse of American Governance

For years Donald Trump called for an end to America’s war in Afghanistan. Yet as president he has quickly decided to expand the war....

No end in sight: US leaders’ broken promises on Afghanistan

With President Donald Trump’s new strategy, America’s longest-ever war promises to stretch on indefinitely, despite pledges...

USAID spent $160mn on failed e-payments program for Afghanistan – watchdog

A program to implement an electronic payments system for collecting taxes in Afghanistan to fight corruption...

UK plans ‘significant uptick’ in Afghanistan special ops – reports

Published time: 27 Aug, 2017 14:27 Edited time: 27 Aug, 2017 14:28 Hard on the...

Trump’s About-Face on Afghanistan

Photo by The U.S. Army | CC BY 2.0 “So I studied Afghanistan in great detail and from every conceivable angle.” -Trump, Aug. 21 Somehow I...

US Doesn’t Want Its War on Afghanistan To End

The US is alarmed Pakistan decided Russia has the best chance of being a stabilizing force for a peaceful outcome in Afghanistan: the US...

Phyllis Bennis on Afghanistan, Marie Hicks on Women in Tech

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Trump ‘Presidential’ Again—for Ramping Up War in Afghanistan

Foreign Policy‘s Paul Miller (8/22/17) liked the speech in part because “Trump said ‘win’ and ‘victory’ more times in 15 minutes than President Barack...

Korea, Afghanistan and the Never Ending War trap

Photo by DaveBleasdale | CC BY 2.0 There are more parallels between an unfinished 1950s war in Northeast Asia and an ongoing 16-year-old war in...
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Video: Debate: As Trump Prolongs War in Afghanistan, Should U.S. Pull Out Troops Immediately?

https://democracynow.org - In a prime-time address on Monday, President Trump vowed to step up the U.S. military campaign in Afghanistan which began nearly ... Via...
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Video: Trump gives address on strategy for Afghanistan and South Asia (STREAMED LIVE)

Trump announces Afghanistan war policy shift. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/8kzu RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-air Subscribe to RT! Via Youtube
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Video: Killing in Afghanistan a recipe for disaster – Ron Paul on Trump’s plan

The German Foreign Minister has said the US should coordinate its Afghan policy with the EU, to avoid a new surge of Afghan migrants...
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Video: Major U-turn: Trump steps up Afghanistan military campaign despite election promises

The U.S. Air Force says it may intensify its airstrikes in Afghanistan, following President Trump's decision to step up the 16-year-long military campaign there. Via...

UK's Jeremy Corbyn Admits What Most in US Won't: "War in Afghanistan Has Failed"

Another hallucinatory hiccup in the tawdry downfall of the Republic. The narcissistic dumpster went to Arizona....
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Video: With No Timetable for Withdrawal, Trump Expands War in Afghanistan While Threatening Pakistan

https://democracynow.org - On Monday night, President Trump announced that the U.S. would continue the ongoing war in Afghanistan, which is already the ... Via Youtube
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Video: State Dept. Official Who Quit in 2009 over U.S. War in Afghanistan Speaks...

https://democracynow.org - President Trump has announced plans to escalate the U.S. war in Afghanistan—already the longest war in U.S. history. While Trump ... Via Youtube

Michael Fallon welcomes US promise to keep more troops in Afghanistan

British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has praised Donald Trump’s promise to keep US troops in...

‘Recipe for disaster’: Ron Paul to RT about Trump’s Afghanistan policy turn

Published time: 22 Aug, 2017 20:33 US President...

Trump’s change of heart: Afghanistan strategy marks dramatic switch for US president

Published time: 22 Aug, 2017 09:57 Edited time: 22 Aug, 2017 10:17 ...

2012: Trump Says Get Out of Afghanistan

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Congresswoman Barbara Lee: There is No Military Solution in Afghanistan

Congresswoman Barbara LeeCongresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement in response to President Trump’s announced plan to keep U.S. troops in Afghanistan. “I am deeply...

The Lies on Afghanistan 

Photo by DVIDSHUB | CC BY 2.0 There has never been progress by the U.S. military in Afghanistan, unless you are asking the U.S. military...

Ron Paul & Jacob Hornberger on Trump’s Afghanistan Strategy: What To Expect

President Trump will unveil his new strategy for Afghanistan tonight. Will he do the sensible thing and end the failed...

The Lies on Afghanistan Trump Will Now Tell

There has never been progress by the U.S. military in Afghanistan, unless you are asking the U.S. military contractors or the Afghan drug barons,...

What Afghanistan Looked Like

In 1967, Dr. William Podlich, an amateur photographer and college professor, took a leave of absence from his job at Arizona State to work...

The Goal of ‘Not Losing’ in Afghanistan

Exclusive: America’s adventures in Afghanistan – dating back to the 1980s – have led to one disaster after another with...

Trump teases ‘decision’ on US strategy for Afghanistan

Published time: 19 Aug, 2017 13:42 US President Donald Trump hinted that decisions have been made,...

Trump reviews military options for Afghanistan at Camp David, makes no decision

President Donald Trump and his top national security aides have yet to reach a decision on...

1 US soldier killed, 11 wounded battling ISIS in Afghanistan

Published time: 17 Aug, 2017 21:08 One American soldier was killed and a combined 20 US...

Scott Horton’s New Book: Fool’s Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan!

Announcing the publication of our opinion editor Scott Horton’s new book Fool’s Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan. It’s...

Rep. Walter Jones’ Tireless Effort to End the Afghanistan War

United States House of Representatives Member Walter Jones (R-NC) has for years ardently advocated terminating US involvement in the Afghanistan War. Jones’ efforts...
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Video: Total Loss: US spent half a billion in taxpayer dollars in Afghanistan in...

The longest war in US history shows no sign of ending. The US special inspector general for Afghanistan admitted that a defense department program,...

One killed, 6 injured in suicide attack on NATO troops in Afghanistan

Published time: 3 Aug, 2017 20:23 Edited time: 4 Aug, 2017 07:22 One NATO soldier was...
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Video: Will the U.S. War in Afghanistan Ever End? A Discussion with Kathy Kelly...

https://democracynow.org - As civilian deaths reach a new high in Afghanistan and the U.S. escalates its air war, we speak to two longtime observers...

Trump says US ‘losing’ war in Afghanistan, wants top brass reshuffle – reports

Seeking a more aggressive stance in Afghanistan, President Donald Trump reportedly vowed a radical reshuffle of...
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Video: Deadly attack: 29 people killed, 64 wounded in explosion in Afghanistan

At least 29 people have been killed and 64 wounded in an explosion at a Shia mosque in Afghanistan. The mosque was packed for...

Ron Paul: We’re Losing Afghanistan. Can We Win?

President Trump summoned his generals and experts to the “situation room” at the White House late last month. He was...

Afghanistan is Right Here!

It often appears that “true Afghanistan” is not here in Kabul and not in Jalalabad or Heart either; not in the ancient villages, which...

Pitching the ‘Forever War’ in Afghanistan

Exclusive: Rather than rethink U.S. policy in the Mideast, particularly the entangling alliances with Israel and Saudi Arabia, Official Washington...

Rep. Walter Jones Appeals to President Trump To Get US Out of Afghanistan

President Donald J. TrumpThe White House1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20500 Dear Mr. President: Many of us in the U.S. House of Representatives believe we...

Afghanistan civilian deaths hit record highs as US airstrikes reach 2012 levels

The US Air Force has used the same number of munitions in the first half of...

Pentagon to delay Afghanistan troop death announcements

Deaths of US troops in Afghanistan will no longer be reported right away, but after a...
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Video: ‘NATO maintains colonial dependency on West’ – Politics writer on sending more troops...

NATO has announced it will send a few thousand additional troops to boost operations in Afghanistan. The NATO chief also said troops will be...

William J. Astore on The Ecology of War in Afghanistan

There are many ways of looking at war: as a continuation of politics by violent means, as a biological imperative, as the extreme end...

Afghanistan’s Lessons for Syria

The bloody history of Afghanistan’s civil war in the 1980s – how the U.S. “victory” over the Soviets morphed into...
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Video: Global Opium Epidemic: Killing Industry of Afghanistan

Almost 30 million people around the world suffer from drug addiction, as according to annual UN report, opioids are named as the most harmful...

WikiLeaks disclosures on Iraq, Afghanistan did not damage US – report

Leaked US military files provided to WikiLeaks by Chelsea Manning did not significantly harm national security,...

US citizen latest victim in spate of kidnappings in Afghanistan

Published time: 18 Jun, 2017 14:10 Edited time: 18 Jun, 2017 14:10 A US citizen has...

4 US soldiers killed in apparent insider attack in Afghanistan – army spokesman

Published time: 17 Jun, 2017 13:23 Edited time: 17 Jun, 2017 14:00 At least four US...

4,000 more US troops to be sent to Afghanistan – report

Published time: 16 Jun, 2017 03:50 Edited time: 16 Jun, 2017 09:04 Secretary of Defense Jim...

Rep. Walter Jones: Debate and End the Afghanistan War

Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) and his legislation (HR 1666) to end the US government’s war in Afghanistan were the subject...

Gen. Mattis Admits Afghanistan Truth: After 15 Years, No End In Sight

Defense Secretary James Mattis was grilled before the Senate yesterday, with Sen. McCain expressing his frustration that there is no...

US in 'strategy-free time,' not winning in Afghanistan ‒ Pentagon chief

Published time: 13 Jun, 2017 19:14 Edited time: 14 Jun, 2017 07:50 The United States’ current...

Why Afghanistan? Fighting a War for the War System Itself

US Army paratroopers watch as a CH-47 Chinook helicopter descends to pick them up for an air-assault mission July 17, 2009, during a dust...

U.S. “Jihadi Express”: Indonesia, Afghanistan, Syria, Philippines

It was late at night but the new Terminal 3 at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport outside Jakarta was still bustling with families and friends waiting...

Courage for Peace, Not for War, In Afghanistan

When activists like me return from visiting the Afghan Peace Volunteers in Kabul, Afghanistan, young seamstresses there often entrust each of us with about...

Is Afghanistan a Lost Cause?

“We are there and we are committed” was the regular retort of Secretary of State Dean Rusk during the war in Vietnam. Whatever you may...

Congressmembers Speak Out for Getting the US Out of Afghanistan

Today a news conference was held by co-sponsors of HR1666, to prohibit funds for activities in Afghanistan, and the importance...

War in Afghanistan Is Killing Children in Record Numbers in 2017

Abdullah, an 8-year-old from Ghazni province, lies in a ward inside Emergency Hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan, on May 2, 2017. Abdullah was wounded during...

US ramps up bombing in Afghanistan as Trump mulls troop surge

As the Pentagon lobbies President Donald Trump to send up to 5,000 more troops to Afghanistan,...
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Video: NATO asks UK to ‘send more troops to Afghanistan’

NATO has asked Britain to consider sending more troops to Afghanistan amid rising fears over security in the troubled country. RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-air ... Via...

PM May hosts NATO chief amid calls to send more British troops into Afghanistan

Published time: 10 May, 2017 12:20 British Prime Minister Theresa May hosted NATO’s secretary-general at...

NATO asks UK to ‘send more troops to Afghanistan’

Published time: 9 May, 2017 13:52 NATO has asked Britain to consider sending more troops...

Afghanistan Video Game: You Win with ‘Hearts and Minds’ Points (Seriously)

I suppose it had to come to this, perhaps the intersection of absurdity and unreality expressed through a video game...

Possible friendly fire killed two soldiers in Afghanistan – Pentagon

Published time: 28 Apr, 2017 20:16Edited time: 29 Apr, 2017 19:02 The Pentagon is investigating whether the...
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Video: ‘Addition Forces’: US beats war drums as Taliban gains ground in Afghanistan

The US Defense Secretary has paid a surprise visit to Afghanistan - as America plays with the idea of sending more troops to the...

US Marines return to Afghanistan’s Helmand province for first time since 2014

Published time: 29 Apr, 2017 10:33 US Marines have returned to Afghanistan’s southernmost Helmand province, which is...

More US Troops To Afghanistan: Ron Paul Asks Will A New ‘Surge’ Work?

In late 2009, President Obama brought US troop levels in Afghanistan up to 100,000. This “surge” was modeled after the...

Meet the ‘Mother Of All Bombs’: 6 facts about bomb Trump dropped on Afghanistan

Published time: 13 Apr, 2017 21:09Edited time: 14 Apr, 2017 16:26 US forces in Afghanistan have dropped...

‘How many civilians killed there?’ Twitter rages as Trump drops 'mother of all bombs'...

Published time: 13 Apr, 2017 21:31Edited time: 14 Apr, 2017 16:26 The US Military dropping the largest...
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Video: ‘Mother of all bombs’: US drops largest non-nuclear bomb ever in Afghanistan

The US military has used its GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb (MOAB), nicknamed “the mother of all bombs,” for the first time in...
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Video: FIRST VIDEO: US mega-bomb strike against ISIS targets in Afghanistan

Courtesy: USForces Afghanistan US Forces in Afghanistan have released aerial footage of the Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) strike on an Islamic State ... Via...

Why Did U.S. Test Out-dated Bomb in Mountains of Afghanistan?

The U.S. Military, apparently eager to test a huge out-dated bomb — anacronym “MOAB” for “Mother Of All Bombs” —...

US Drops Largest Non-Nuclear Bomb in Afghanistan after Green Beret Killed

The U.S. military dropped its largest non-nuclear bomb in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday, just days after a Green Beret was killed fighting...

US Drops Mother of All Bombs on Ravaged Afghanistan

THE United States has dropped a Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb – the largest non-nuclear weapon in its arsenal – on an ISIS tunnel...

Afghanistan: “Small” Western Propaganda Lies, Huge Impact

Ask anyone on the streets of Kabul about the revolutions that in recent years transformed huge parts of Latin America, and the chances are...

Army airborne unit avoids ax, assigned from Alaska to Afghanistan

Published time: 7 Apr, 2017 21:41 An airborne brigade combat team stationed at a base near Anchorage,...

Hopeless But Optimistic: Journeying Through America’s Endless War in Afghanistan

Here’s an excerpt from a new book,Hopeless but Optimistic: Journeying through America’s Endless War in Afghanistan, by Douglas Wissing. The passage deals with the...
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Video: ‘We can’t walk away’: US commander wants more intl troops in Afghanistan

The top US commander in Afghanistan says Washington cannot afford to walk away from the country - even if it means sending more troops....

Representatives Walter Jones and John Garamendi on Getting Out of Afghanistan

Representatives Walter Jones (R-NC) and John Garamendi (D-CA) appeared on CSPAN to explain H.R. 1666, a bill they co-sponsored which calls for complete withdrawal...
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Video: ‘Lose scenario’? Do U.S. invade to take over, or destroy? Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq,...

My father straight off told me, “The VietNam war is about drugs,” and that there were secret societies involved. I didn't understand, and since...

“Afghanistan: As Only Love Could Hurt”

Winter It is now winter in Kabul, end of February 2017. At night the temperature gets near zero. The mountains surrounding the city are covered...

Tony Blair’s arrival at Iraq-Afghanistan war memorial sparks backlash

Published time: 9 Mar, 2017 12:04 Ex-Prime Minister Tony Blair’s arrival at the unveiling of the...

In Afghanistan, America's Biggest Foe Is Self-Deception

America’s war in Afghanistan is now in its 16th year, the longest foreign war in our history.  The phrase “no end in sight” barely...

If Afghanistan collapses, 4mn more refugees will flood into Europe – Fallon

Published time: 20 Feb, 2017 11:57Edited time: 21 Feb, 2017 17:48 Should Afghanistan’s fragile Western-backed regime...
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Video: At least 18 civilians, mostly women & children, killed by airstrikes in Afghanistan...

A United Nations investigation has determined that at least 18 civilians have been killed by international coalition airstrikes in Afghanistan over the past week. Via...
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Video: Сivilians reportedly killed in Afghanistan airstrike, NATO-led mission investigates

Civilians have been killed in an airstrike in Afghanistan's Helmand province, local media report. The NATO-led mission has confirmed to RT that it recently...

‘British troops may return to Afghanistan,’ admits Armed Forces minister

As Afghanistan slides deeper into chaos, Armed Forces Minister Mike Penning has said British troops...

Re-escalation in Afghanistan: Top US general calls for 'a few thousand' more troops

After 15 years, much bloodshed and hundreds of billions of dollars spent, the US should re-escalate...

Thousands of US airstrikes unaccounted for in Syria, Iraq & Afghanistan – report

US Central Command has been misleading the public in its assessment of the overall progress in the war on terror by failing to account...

So How’s That Coalition Thing Working Out in Afghanistan?

Short Answer: It’s been 15+ years of coalition and the Taliban are still there, the Afghan government in Kabul is...

Demonstration in Germany against deportations to Afghanistan

Marianne Arens More than a thousand people protested last Saturday in Frankfurt against the German government’s deportation of refugees to Afghanistan. After a rally at...

Aid worker killed by Navy SEALs in Afghanistan ‘secretly worked with Britain’s MI6’ –...

A British aid worker who was killed by a grenade in Afghanistan during a botched rescue attempt by US special forces was actually working...

Marines heading back to Helmand despite Obama’s promise of ‘normal’ Afghanistan embassy presence

US Marines will again be on the ground in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province, less than three years...

$60mn drug bust: 'Largest known seizure of heroin' in Afghanistan revealed by DEA

A massive 20 tons of drugs with a “conservative” street value of about $60 million were...
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Video: US forces in Afghanistan may have committed ‘war crimes of torture, cruel...

The US may have committed war crimes of torture, cruel treatment and rape, when it interrogated dozens of people in Afghanistan between 2003 and...

‘Not appropriate’: US rejects ICC report alleging war crimes by military, CIA in Afghanistan

The US has dismissed the ICC’s investigation of potential war crimes committed in Afghanistan as being not “warranted” or “appropriate.” Washington praised its own...
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Video: Blast rocks US Bagram airbase in Afghanistan, at least 4 killed

An explosion rocked Bagram airfield, the largest US base in Afghanistan, early Saturday morning, killing at least four people and injuring 14 others, according...

International Criminal Court ‘about to probe US war crimes in Afghanistan’ – report

Over the next few weeks, the International Criminal Court (ICC) could open an investigation into war crimes and crimes against humanity in the Afghan...

2 Americans dead in Afghanistan 'green-on-blue' attack

Two Americans were killed and three more injured in an attack at an Afghan special forces...

An ‘Epidemic of Graft’–Anti-Corruption Efforts in Afghanistan Fail Hard

The U.S. spends spends $5 billion of your tax money a year in “aid” to Afghanistan, plus billions more for the cost of the...

Congressman Walter Jones on US Financing of ‘Ghost Soldiers’ in Afghanistan

Letter to Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter: October 14, 2016 The Honorable Ashton B. CarterSecretary of DefenseThe PentagonWashington, DC 20301-1000 Dear Secretary Carter: I am responding...

Maintaining Influence in Afghanistan

Over the past few months, the Obama administration has renewed its efforts to strengthen its position in Afghanistan. In spite of the...

Maintaining Influence in Afghanistan

U.S. Army patrol in Afghanistan (courtesy Wikimedia Commons) Over the past few months, the Obama administration has renewed its efforts to strengthen its position in...

US Spent $14.6 Million Taxpayer Dollars on Failed Hospital in Afghanistan

The war in Afghanistan is ready to enter its 16th year (if it was a kid it’s be ready to...
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Video: US military in Afghanistan: 15 years of invasion

US troops invaded Afghanistan on October 7, 2001, less than a month after the 9/11 terror attacks in New York and Washington. What seemed...
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Video: 15yrs of US military in Afghanistan: 15yrs of invasion & occupation

US troops invaded Afghanistan on October 7, 2001, less than a month after the 9/11 terror attacks in New York and Washington. What seemed...
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Video: She is My Son: Afghanistan’s Bacha Posh, when Girls Become Boys (RT Documentary)

These Afghan girls have to reject their femininity and pretend to be male. They are called Bacha Posh. In Afghanistan's traditional patriarchal society, many...
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Video: US airstrikes kill up to 8 policemen in Afghanistan – officials

Up to eight policemen have been killed in Afghanistan as a result of US airstrikes, officials told media. The US has confirmed one airstrike,...

Corruption and waste in Afghanistan: Role of US gov’t exposed in new report

A new report examining widespread corruption and waste in Afghanistan found that the practice blossomed following...

Afghanistan safer than some US inner cities – Trump

Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump has blasted the state of US inner cities saying Americans would...
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Video: Snowden: war criminals in RAF Menwith Hill, not in Yemen, Afghanistan or Pakistan

Snowden: RAF Menwith Hill GHOSTHUNTER, war criminals targetting drone assassinations, Tony Gosling INSIDE MENWITH HILL Ryan Gallagher - Sep. Via Youtube

Your Tax Dollars, Creating Jobs (in Afghanistan)

The United States government spent over $42,000 per Afghan to create 500 jobs over there. And that’s the good news. The...

Girl, six, is forced to marry 55-year-old man in exchange for a GOAT being...

A six-year-old girl has been forced to marry a 55-year-old man after her father allegedly sold her in exchange for a goat...
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Video: ISIS, Taliban call truce to fight US-backed forces in Afghanistan – military officials

Having been engaged in fierce battles against each other for over a year in Afghanistan, Islamic State and Taliban militants have agreed a truce...

ISIS claims capture of advanced US weapons in Afghanistan

Islamic State terrorists say they have gotten their hands on a variety of US weapons and...
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Video: Truck bomb hits Northgate hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan

The blast occurred in the middle of the night, at around 1:30 am local time. The blast has been described on Twitter as being...

Intervention Fail: ISIS Makes Bloody Gains in Post ‘Liberation’ Afghanistan

Shortly after the Taliban took power in Afghanistan in 1996 (their rise to power itself a result of the 1979 Soviet intervention...

Afghanistan: President Obama’s Vietnam

Exclusive: President Obama is keeping U.S. troops in Afghanistan fighting an unwinnable war for fear of the political consequences if...

Fool’s Errand: NATO Pledges Four More Years of War in Afghanistan

The longest war in US history just got even longer. As NATO wrapped up its 2016 Warsaw Summit, the organization agreed...

Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot: Afghanistan is FUBAR

Afghanistan keeps dropping out of the headlines. Despite its endless bleeding, its Enduring Freedom torment, caused by America’s anti-communist obsession, and perpetrated by its...

UK govt gambled with troops’ mental health over Iraq & Afghanistan – Chilcot

Multiple wars fought at the same time saw the British government risking troops’ mental health by ignoring their own guidelines on repeated, back-to-back deployments,...

Blair should have focused on ‘legal’ Afghanistan, not Iraq – Alex Salmond (RT EXCLUSIVE)

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair should have “abstained” from invading Iraq by “all means”, focusing instead on “justified and legal” military action in...

US to leave 8,400 troops in Afghanistan into 2017, 35 percent more than expected

The United States will leave more troops in Afghanistan at the end of the year than previously announced, President Barack Obama said. America’s combat mission...
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Video: Obama approves US troops’ broader role in Afghanistan, breaks promises

Barack Obama has reportedly approved broadening the role of US troops in Afghanistan - a decision that once again contradicts his promises to end...

NPR photojournalist & interpreter killed by Taliban in Afghanistan

David Gilkey, an American photographer for National Public Radio, and Zabihullah Tamanna, an Afghan translator, were killed while on an assignment in Southern Afghanistan....
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Video: Keeping Afghanistan at war real interest US has in region – Pakistani intel...

Former Chief of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence, the ISI – Lieutenant-General Asad Durrani is on Sophie&Co today. Full transcript: ... Via Youtube

Mission accomplished? UK troops return to Afghanistan to bolster crumbling regime

Less than three years after Prime Minister David Cameron announced ‘mission accomplished’ in Afghanistan, 100...

Ron Paul on US Escalation in Afghanistan: A ‘Recipe For Disaster’

Ron Paul on US Escalation in Afghanistan: A ‘Recipe For Disaster’ Daniel McAdams, May 10, 2016 The recently-released Pentagon report on...

Cameron tells Queen Nigeria & Afghanistan are ‘fantastically corrupt’ (VIDEO)

UK Prime Minister David Cameron was caught on camera describing Nigeria and Afghanistan as “fantastically corrupt” in a conversation with the Queen. At a Buckingham...

Failing Afghanistan and the World

Packaging pomegranates in Afghanistan The distressing security situation in Afghanistan is a direct result of the American failure to promote economic development and stabilization, despite...

US Can’t Say Whether or Not $759 Million Spent on Education in Afghanistan Helped...

Peter Van Buren If at where you work you spent $759 million on something, and then told your boss you have no idea if anything...

US strategy in Afghanistan ‘recipe for disaster,’ Pentagon report warns

US forces in Afghanistan appear to have plunged into profound confusion amid an escalating Taliban insurgency, a heavily redacted Pentagon report has found. "It's...

Why Don’t the Candidates Talk About Afghanistan?

Heading into its sixteenth year, with no endpoint in sight, America’s longest war is its least talked about. Afghanistan has not come up in any...
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Video: ‘They prefer boys in Afghanistan’: Dancing bachas recruited for sex (RT Documentary)

In Afghanistan women are forbidden to dance in public. Local men suffer – they want entertainment and sex at any cost. RT talked to...

War-torn Afghanistan now safe enough to resume deportations, UK court rules

Afghan asylum seekers can now be sent back to their war-ravaged country after an appeal by Home Secretary Theresa May saw a blanket ban...
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Video: Photos of US prisoner abuse in Iraq and Afghanistan released

The US Department of Defense grudgingly released 198 photographs of detainees mistreated by US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan between 2003 and 2006, ... Via...
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Video: Germany urges Afghanistan to stop refugee influx, pledges security aid

Germany will only continue to provide security support to Afghanistan if the influx of refugees from the nation ceases, the country's interior minister said. Via...

Six Years and $17 Billion Wasted in Afghanistan

What did you get for Christmas these last six years? The U.S. government was nice enough to gift our loyal friends the Afghans $17 billion...

Yemen as Vietnam or Afghanistan

From the Archive: With U.S. weapons, Saudi Arabia is waging a brutal air war on impoverished Yemen, turning a long-simmering civil war into a proxy...

Petraeus: ‘It’s Time To Unleash America’s Airpower in Afghanistan’

In an Op-Ed printed in the Washington Post, former General David Petraeus says it is time to “unleash our airpower in support of our...

Afghanistan Bans Toy Guns To Curb Culture of Violence

This one’s so funny that it must be some kind of U.S.-led initiative; I can’t believe the Afghans have this kind of a sense...

US commander prepared to seek more troops for Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken The commander of US forces in Afghanistan is prepared to ask the Obama administration to send more American troops to the country...
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Video: Taliban lifts head in Afghanistan while Kerry promises positive change

Afghanistan's security deteriorated in the second half of 2015, with an increasing number of Taliban attacks and higher casualties among Afghan forces, ... Via Youtube

Pentagon Spent $150 Million on Afghanistan "Villas," Security for Lavish Compounds

The Pentagon spent $150 million in Afghanistan renting "villas" and private security contractors for Department of Defense employees there - officials from a now-defunct...

Pentagon wasted $150 million on private villas in Afghanistan

The Pentagon has wasted millions of dollars of taxpayer money on luxurious private villas for US government staff in Afghanistan, a congressional watchdog reveals. John...
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Video: ISIS beheadings of Shiite Hazaras spark biggest protest in Afghanistan in years

Thousands of people rallied in the Afghan capital Kabul in protest against the killing of seven people by Afghan militants claiming loyalty to the...
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Video: Does the US Have a Plan in Afghanistan? (1/2)

Author Anand Gopal discusses why a US strategy of arming 350000 Afghan men will only perpetuate endless war. Via Youtube
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Video: ‘War in Afghanistan came to an end’ Did it really?

US troops to remain there after 2016. RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-air Subscribe to RT! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=RussiaToday Like us ... Via Youtube
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by Stephen Lendman

He left Washington Saturday. He arrived in Afghanistan Sunday. It was his fourth visit. He stayed less than four hours.

Earlier trips were in March 2010, December 2010 and May 2012.

Obama addressed US troops. He did so at Bagram Air Base. It houses one of America's notorious torture prisons. 

Dozens of others operate globally. Guantanamo is the tip of the iceberg.

Bagram is called the Parwan Detention Facility (aka Bagram Theater Internment Facility). 

It's next to Bagram's air field. It was formerly called the Bagram Collection Point.

In mid-2011, it held 1,100 political prisoners. Maximum during Bush years was 600. None have POW status. All are political prisoners. They illegally held.

Abuse continues. It's notorious. It's not reported. It's out of sight and mind. Former detainees describe horrendous treatment. Not far from where Obama spoke. It includes:

  • painful extended period shackling;

  • exposure to extreme heat and cold;

  • abusive treatment while naked, hooded or blindfolded;

  • waterboarding numerous times;

  • isolation in tiny cells;

  • other times in overcrowded ones forcing detainees to sleep in shifts;

  • permanent trauma-creating torture and ill-treatment;

  • severe beatings;

  • continuous blaring noises or music;

  • 24-hour bright light or total darkness;

  • extended sleep deprivation periods;

  • painful stress positions for long periods;

  • being sodomized;

  • denied food, too little, or inedible kinds;

  • painful force-feeding for hunger strikers;

  • prisoners experiencing it call it torture;

  • denied medical care;

  • forced confessions for crimes not committed;

  • hung from steel bars in cells or metal hooks in interrogation rooms for extended periods;

  • kept in tubs of ice water creating hypothermia;

  • threatened with or attacked by dogs;

  • electro-shocking; and

  • other physical and psychological cruel, abusive and degrading treatment.

Investigative Journal Andy Worthington does extensive research on US torture prisons. He co-directed a documentary titled "Outside the Law: Stories from Guantanamo."

One of his many articles is titled "Dark Revelations in the Bagram Prisoner List." He discussed foreign prisoners held.

He explained secret Bagram CIA operations. A subsequent "UN Secret Detention Report Ask(ed) 'Where Are The CIA Ghost Prisoners?' "

Obama could end prisoner abuse by executive order. He could free every prisoner illegally held the same way. 

He could order torture prison closures. He could do it straightaway. He ignored Bagram international law violations during his stay.

He addressed about 3,000 US troops. He lied saying "Americans stand in awe of you."

"For many of you, this will be your last tour in Afghanistan. America's war in Afghanistan will come to a responsible end."

"That progress is because of you, and the more than half a million Americans - military and civilian - who've served here in Afghanistan."

(Y)ou are completing our mission…(Y)ou've helped prevent attacks and save American lives back home."

"Al Qaeda is on its heels in this part of the world, and that's because of you."

"We said that we were going to reverse the Taliban's momentum. And so you went on the offensive, driving the Taliban out of its strongholds."

"(J)ust look at the progress that you've made possible. Afghans reclaiming their communities, and more girls returning to school, dramatic improvements in public health and life expectancy and literacy. That's your legacy."

Fact: "Prevent(ing) attacks and sav(ing) American lives back home" is rubbish.

Fact: Afghanistan didn't attack or threaten America.

Fact: Washington's Afghan war had nothing to do with fighting terrorism.

Fact: Waging it was lawless.

Fact: No Security Council authorization was gotten.

Fact: No congressional one.

Fact: War was never formally declared.

Fact: No state of war exists.

Fact: It's raged since October 2001.

Fact: It shows no signs of ending.

Fact: It could continue for another decade or longer.

Fact: All post-WW II US wars were lawless.

Fact: America hasn't won a war since WW II.

Fact: Afghanistan is a lost cause.

Fact: Pentagon commanders know it.

Fact: Lt. Col. Daniel Davis' unclassified report and more detailed classified one explained ongoing disastrous conditions.

Fact: America can't win, he said.

Fact: Official statements conceal hard truths.

Fact: Davis visited Afghanistan.

Fact: He witnessed "the absence of success on virtually every level," he said.

Fact: Every area he observed firsthand "all over Afghanistan (showed) the tactical situation was bad to abysmal."

Fact: Taliban forces prevailed for over a decade.

Fact: They do now.

Fact: They're a force to be reckoned with.

Fact: They show no signs of quitting.

Fact: They want US forces and coalition partners out of Afghanistan.

Fact: They want their country back.

Fact: Washington's legacy is criminal.

Fact: 12 and a half years of war left millions dead.

Fact: Violence, displacement, deprivation, starvation and diseases killed them. 

Fact: Millions of Afghans suffer horrifically.

Fact: More than half of Afghan children suffer severe malnutrition.

Fact: An entire generation is affected.

Fact: Hunger is a national disease.

Fact: Unemployment affects millions.

Fact: Millions live in squalor.

Fact: In deplorable conditions.

Fact: With inadequate shelter, water, health care, and education.

Fact: Millions remain internally or externally displaced.

Fact: Thousands of women and girls continue to be beaten, raped and/or murdered. 

Fact: Humanitarian aid is woefully inadequate.

Fact: One in five children die before age five.

Fact: War claims some.

Fact: Most perish from preventable diseases, malnutrition or both.

Fact: Millions of Afghans are on their own.

Fact: It's hard imagining a more long-suffering people anywhere.

Fact: America abandoned them.

Fact: Obama lied claiming otherwise.

Fact: If hell on earth exists, it's in Afghanistan.

Fact: Coverup and denial don't wash.

Obama called horrific Afghanistan conditions "progress."

"Tomorrow (Monday) is Memorial Day," he said. "(W)e'll pay tribute to all those who’ve laid down their lives for our freedom." 

"And that includes nearly 2,200 American patriots who made the ultimate sacrifice…We will honor every single one of them - not just (Monday), but forever."

Memorial Day is commemorated on the last Monday in May. It honors America's war dead. They fought and died in vain.

To benefit America's privileged. To advance its imperium. To make it safe for bankers, war profiteers and other corporate favorites.

Crimes of war, against humanity and genocides are small prices to pay. So is ravaging and destroying one country after another.

Conquering, colonizing, and plundering them. Exploiting their people. 

Claiming humanitarian intervention. Responsibility to protect. Democracy building rubbish.

One Big Lie follows others. Memorial Day warrants special condemnation. It reflects Washington's permanent war policy.

It discards peace as a viable option. It's an American tradition. Notably since WW II. Lincoln's words long ago went unheeded, saying:

"(W)e here resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth."

Imagine inventing enemies. Imagine sending one generation after another of US youths to war for false reasons. 

Imagine destroying them physically and emotionally. Imagine pledging peace while waging war. 

Imagine duplicitous leaders like Obama saying one thing and doing another. He's back home in Washington.

On Wednesday, he'll address West Point cadets. He'll lay out what deputy national security advisor Ben Rhodes calls his broad vision "interventionist and internationalist" agenda.

Expect typical Obama demagogic boilerplate. Duplicitous doublespeak. Beginning-to-end rubbish.

A follow-up article will discuss it. US policy won't change. Imperial lawlessness reflects it. 

Expect more of the same. Expect propaganda, political, financial and hot wars to continue. It's the American way.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected] 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."


Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.

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The twelfth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan was marked by a peace vigil at Shannon on Oct 13th that was attended by close to 40 people. Gardai maintained an overt presence, despite the peaceful nature of this and all previous vigils. They were reminded of their responsibilities to uphold the law by those attending the vigil, and to end the practice of turning a blind eye to the warplanes passing through Shannon. As always, they maintained a stony silence when asked if they were concerned in any way about who or what might be on those planes.

Tens of thousands of lives have been lost in Afghanistan over the last twelve years, and hundreds of thousands more have been destroyed because of the direct consequences of war and the war-induced breakdown of public health, security, and infrastructure. Shannon has had a central role in all this, as over the last twelve years millions of armed troops have turned the airport into a staging post for U.S. military operations abroad. The occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan, for which Shannon provided logistical support, have been characterised by war crimes, human rights abuse (including kidnapping and torture by the U.S. authorities) and costs mounting to trillions of dollars. And these costs have of course been borne by the people of the U.S., Ireland and every other country now suffering the pain of austerity.

Support for today’s anti-war demonstration at Shannon was evident as passers-by acknowledged and encouraged those taking part. This was hardly surprising, given the findings of the recent PANA poll which showed that over three quarters of Irish people believe Ireland should have a policy of neutrality.

Given the behaviour of the Gardai at Shannon over the last twelve years, and given the numerous references by members of the force to “advice” and “instructions” and “protocols” relating to the searching of planes and the policing of anti-war demonstrations, their attitude was sadly also not surprising. For the duration of the vigil they erected barriers at an arbitrary point before the airport entrance, and refused to let demonstrators past it. When asked why they were doing so, they simply refused to answer.

What was even more bizarre was the spurious arrest of two members of Shannonwatch prior to the vigil today, under the Public Order Act. They were at the airport taking photographs, which is not illegal, but were handcuffed, taken into custody and released around an hour later. There were no U.S. military aircraft evident at the airport at the time, so the bizarre behaviour of the Gardai may have more to do with the presence of two luxurious Middle East VIP jets, registrations N777AS and N757MA.

If the Airport Police and Gardai had anticipated a security risk from someone taking photos of one of these aircraft someone in authority could have declared the car park in which the arrests took place to be a temporarily restricted area. They are entitled and empowered to restrict certain areas for a limited time but they didn’t do that, Nonetheless the arresting officer did his best to convince the Shannonwatch members that the place was permanently restricted (which it isn’t) and that they had broken the law by being there (which they hadn’t).

It’s not the sort of security that the U.S. military would expect at one of their airbases, but it’s what they’ve got at Shannon.

About the authors: Shannonwatch is a group of human rights and anti-war activists based in the mid-West of Ireland. Email: [email protected]

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