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Video: Forever Captive? Soviet soldiers captured in Afghanistan 30 yrs ago… that never come back

Some Soviet soldiers held captive during the war in Afghanistan over 3 decades ago … never returned. Instead they stayed to become part of Afghan society. Via Youtube

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Video: Desperate Afghan ex-interpreters blame UK for lack of protection

Many former Afghan interpreters have been forced to flee their homes and become refugees due to Taliban threats. RT’s Polly Boiko met one man who is now … Via Youtube

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Video: Trying to prove that Afghan govt can’t protect its people is classic guerrilla move for civil war

Dozens killed, hundreds injured in recent terror attacks in Afghanistan. Ivan Eland, defense analyst, speaks on security in the country. READ MORE … Via Youtube

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Video: Afghan pres: ISIS apocalypticism medieval, but networking totally modern

The Islamic State has grown out of the ashes of failed states stretching from South Asia to the Middle East, melding medieval-style brutality with modern … Via Youtube

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Video: Kabul Blast: Moment bomb goes off outside Afghan parliament

Footage shows the effect of the explosion that rocked the Afghan Parliament in Kabul on Monday, with MPs running to-and-fro as the Taliban let off a suicide … Via Youtube

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Video: RAW: Taliban gunmen explode several bombs in Afghan Parliament in Kabul

Loud explosions and gunfire have been heard in the parliament building in the Afghan capital, Kabul. Gunmen have stormed the lower house of parliament, with … Via Youtube

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Video: Kabul cabal? Ft Hamid Karzai, frmr president of Afghanistan

Afghanistan has been at the center of the geopolitical grand game for centuries. With complex local, regional and international interests overlapping, the … Via Youtube

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Video: War on terror created more extremism, terrorism than we ever had – Karzai

Afghanistan has been at the center of the geopolitical grand game for centuries. With complex local, regional and international interests overlapping, the … Via Youtube

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Obama Is 100% Opposed to Accountability. But the Problem Goes Even Deeper …

Eric Zuesse U.S. President Barack Obama has blocked accountability, everywhere he can. (1) Obama did it for the top officials who had caused illegal tortures to be used by the Government. (2) Obama did it also for the top officials ...

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Obama Misrepresents the Russian Economy

Eric Zuesse A report posted October 15th at Russia Insider (a Russian website), headlined “Russian Industry Expands Rapidly In September, Hammers Expectations: Fastest growth since 2012. Manufacturing up 3.6%. Food production shows double digit growth.” This contradicts many reports in U.S. media, ...

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Pervasive Lying in U.S. & UK ‘News’ Media

Why are these questions being asked on Russian TV, but not on U.S. TV? Eric Zuesse The lying is intentional, and it is systematic; but it is so on only the most important news-topics, the ones that affect the nation’s ...

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How the Pentagon’s Military Industrial Complex Corrupted Afghanistan

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America’s post-9/11 conflicts have been wars of corruption, a point surprisingly seldom made in the mainstream media. Keep in mind that George W. Bush’s administration was a monster of privatization.

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The Great Afghan Corruption Scam

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Washington has vociferously denounced Afghan corruption as a major obstacle to the United States' mission in Afghanistan. This has been widely reported. Only one crucial element is missing from this routine censure.

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Remote control murder set to increase

SchNews | Remote control murder is set to increase over the skies of Afghanistan when the Ministry of Defence unveils it’s new five armed Reaper drones at RAF Waddington on Friday, doubling the 13th Squadron. The ‘standing in ceremony’ also ...

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7 Marines held in Afghan murder probe

Press Association | Seven Royal Marines have been arrested on suspicion of murder following an incident in Afghanistan during a tour of duty they served last year, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said. The Royal Military Police arrested the soldiers, believed ...

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31 ‘insurgents’ killed in Afghanistan

Regional police claim Nato, Afghan and allied special forces killed over three dozen insurgent fighters in separate overnight operations in northern and eastern Afghanistan. Two regional police officials said Nato special forces in three helicopters swarmed in on insurgents who ...

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Bush admin discouraged probe into afghan killing

Bush administration officials discouraged an investigation into a mass killing in Afghanistan, government officials and human rights workers say. Hundreds, and perhaps thousands, of Taliban prisoners of war were killed by forces under Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum, a warlord who ...

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First days of new US offensive sees casualties soar

The first days of the offensive by US marines into the southern province of Helmand make clear it will result in a massive escalation in violence against the Afghan people and an upsurge in resistance to the US and NATO ...

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Wikipedia Censored News of Afghanistan Kidnapping

THE New York Times worked with Wikipedia to keep news of the kidnapping of one of its reporters in Afghanistan off the online user-edited encyclopedia. New York Times reporter David Rohde, who was kidnapped by the Taliban in November, escaped ...

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The kinder, gentler occupation?

Phil Aliff, a member of Iraq Veterans Against the War, analyzes new U.S. rules of engagement governing air power in Afghanistan. DESPITE THE Obama administration’s attempts to put a new face on U.S. involvement in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the once-forgotten ...

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Agents say DEA is forcing them illegally to work in Afghanistan

As the Obama administration ramps up the Drug Enforcement Administration’s presence in Afghanistan, some special-agent pilots contend that they’re being illegally forced to go to a combat zone, while others who’ve volunteered say they’re not being properly equipped. In interviews ...

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Soldier Refuses Deployment to Afghanistan

Agosto, a soldier based at Fort Hood in Texas, is publicly refusing orders to deploy to Afghanistan. He recently wrote on military forms: “There is no way I will deploy to Afghanistan. The occupation is immoral and unjust. It does ...

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Suspected war criminal to lead U.S. forces in Afghanistan

On July 22 2006, Human Rights Watch issued a report titled “No blood, no foul” about American torture practices at three facilities in Iraq. One of them was Camp Nama, which was operated by the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), ...

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Afghanistan: Annual report (2008) – protection of civilians in armed conflict

KABUL AND GENEVA – 17 FEBRUARY 2009 – The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) today publishes its report on the situation of civilians in armed conflict in 2008. This report, compiled by UNAMA’s Human Rights Unit draws on ...

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Obama set to launch military “surge” in Afghanistan

By Barry Grey President Barack Obama is set to formally authorize the dispatch of 10,000 to 12,000 additional US combat troops to Afghanistan, the beginning stage of a military “surge” that will likely add 30,000 more soldiers and Marines over ...

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Blackwater under review in Afghanistan

The State Department‘s inspector general will review services provided by Blackwater Worldwide in Afghanistan, only weeks after the Baghdad government canceled the embattled security company’s contract in Iraq. Inspector General Harold W. Geisel told the Commission on Wartime Contracting on ...

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U.S. Keeps Silent as Afghan Ally Removes War Crime Evidence

McClatchy Newspapers | DASHT-E LEILI, Afghanistan – Seven years ago, a convoy of container trucks rumbled across northern Afghanistan loaded with a human cargo of suspected Taliban and al Qaida members who’d surrendered to Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum, an Afghan ...

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Thousands of Afghans Held Without Trial in ‘Telephone Justice’ System

By Jason Ditz | For the rich and well-connected, the Afghan criminal justice system is remarkably convenient, with a simple phone call to an influential police officer or judge usually sufficient to ensure release without any formal charges, even for ...

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Fisk: Afghanistan in Crisis

By Robert Fisk | The collapse of Afghanistan is closer than the world believes. Kandahar is in Taliban hands—all but a square mile at the centre of the city—and the first Taliban checkpoints are scarcely 15 miles from Kabul. Hamid Karzai’s ...

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Amnesty calls on Afghan government to halt executions

London – Amnesty International has called on the government of Afghanistan to repeal the death sentences against 111 people who are on death row. In a statement released in London Thursday, to coincide with a visit to London of Afghan ...

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Most Britons want troops out of Afghanistan: poll

AFP | More than two-thirds of Britons believe British troops should be pulled out of Afghanistan next year, according to an opinion poll released on Wednesday. Sixty-eight percent said Britain should withdraw while 24 percent said British soldiers should stay ...

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British commander in Afghanistan quits

A commander of Britain’s elite special forces in Afghanistan has resigned, a defence source said on Saturday, declining to give further details. Major Sebastian Morley, a reservist commander with the Special Air Service (SAS), blamed a chronic lack of investment ...

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British envoy says mission in Afghanistan is doomed, according to leaked memo

The official version of the US-led campaign in Afghanistan received a blow today with a leaked report that the British Ambassador in Kabul believes that US strategy is wrong and the war is as good as lost. The potentially explosive ...

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Winter Soldier: Eye Witness Accounts of the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan

By John Stauber | Two years ago public revulsion against the Bush Administration’s unnecessary and disastrous attack and occupation of Iraq resulted in the Democratic Party taking control of the US Congress. But Nancy Pelosi and the new political leadership ...

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Journalists warned to get out of Afghanistan

AUSTRALIAN journalists in Afghanistan have been targeted by terrorists and were warned yesterday by the Federal Government to consider leaving the country. “Credible reports suggest terrorists may be targeting journalists, including Australians, in Afghanistan,” an updated travel advisory from the ...

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Marines ordered to stay longer in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON – The Pentagon has ordered roughly 1,250 Marines serving as trainers for the Afghan security forces to stay on the warfront about a month longer to continue a mission that military leaders say is a top priority, according to ...

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Afghanistan: Not a Good War

By Conn Hallinan | Every war has a story line. World War I was “the war to end all wars.” World War II was “the war to defeat fascism.” Iraq was sold as a war to halt weapons of mass ...

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Afghan air war grows in intensity

By David Wood | WASHINGTON – Daily airstrikes by U.S. and allied fighter-bombers in Afghanistan have almost doubled since last summer, according to U.S. Air Force data, a trend that reflects increased insurgent attacks but also raises concerns about civilian ...

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Pentagon eyes sending hundreds of troops to Afghanistan

AP | WASHINGTON – Top Pentagon leaders are expected to recommend soon that Defense Secretary Robert Gates order hundreds of additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan over the next month or so, according to a senior military official. The units are ...

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Civilian sex assaults by Afghan soldiers ignored

By Rick Westhead | Canadian soldiers serving in Afghanistan have been ordered by commanding officers “to ignore” incidents of sexual assault among the civilian population, says a military chaplain who counsels troops returning home with post-traumatic stress disorder. The chaplain, ...

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NATO: 6,000 troops urgently needed in Afghanistan

BERLIN (Reuters) | Up to 6,000 additional troops are urgently needed in Afghanistan and a failure to deploy them will only prolong the presence of Western forces in the country, a German NATO general said on Sunday. Egon Ramms told public ...

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CIA death squads killing with “impunity” in Afghanistan

By Joe Kay | A United Nations investigator released a preliminary report last week citing widespread civilian deaths in Afghanistan, often at the hands of unaccountable units led by the CIA or other foreign intelligence agencies. The investigator is Philip ...

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‘US cannot win in Afghanistan’

Press TV | The US-led coalition is not winning the war in Afghanistan and now is the time to make a fundamental correction, says a US serving officer. NATO and coalition forces are “stumbling toward failure” in Afghanistan and no ...

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Bush promises more troops for Afghanistan

Suzanne Goldenberg | guardian.co.uk, George Bush today promised to send more troops to Afghanistan after his departure from the White House next year, whatever the status of troop withdrawals from Iraq. The pledge, delivered at a Nato summit in Bucharest, ...

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Detainee claims torture at U.S. base

Says he received electric shocks in Afghanistan after being seized over alleged links to 9/11. WASHINGTON – A resident of Germany who was imprisoned for two months at a U.S. military base in Afghanistan has told an interviewer his interrogators ...

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The Secret American-Iranian Security Deal In Iraq

Arab online newspaper published in London, is the only newspaper to report this a week ago but I waited few days to see if there is any development provides evidence to the newspaper claims, and the military campaign in Basra was what i ...

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Clifford claims tour was ‘publicity stunt’

By Nicholas Christian PRINCE Harry’s tour of duty in Afghanistan was a “PR stunt” that has not fooled the British public, publicist Max Clifford has claimed. The Royal’s 10-week deployment at the front was “virtual reality” because Army chiefs would ...

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Vets Break Silence on War Crimes

U.S. veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are planning to descend on Washington from Mar. 13-16 to testify about war crimes they committed or personally witnessed in those countries. By Aaron Glantz “The war in Iraq is not ...

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Germany rejects US demand to increase troops

By Tony Paterson in Berlin A bitter diplomatic row between Germany and the United States deepened yesterday after Berlin flatly rejected demands from Washington that it deploy troops in war-torn southern Afghanistan and angrily dismissed the request as “impertinent” and ...

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Gates recommends additional troops for Afghanistan

By David Morgan U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has recommended sending additional troops to Afghanistan to reinforce NATO forces but there is no final decision yet, defense officials said on Monday. The Pentagon chief will consult with President George W. ...

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Korean troops out of Afghanistan

South Korean troops have returned home from Afghanistan, ending the country’s five-year contribution to US-led forces there.   The pullout of 195 troops – mostly medics and engineers – was part of a pledge South Korea gave to the Taliban ...

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Afghanistan: The Dollar Line

Chimes of Freedom The Battle of Musa Kala is supposedly over and the city is once more in the hands of NATO forces. There has been a virtual news blackout about the manner in which the city was taken but, ...

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The Taliban rise again?

The Taliban now control most of Afghanistan – and may soon share power, says robert fox President Karzai of Afghanistan has announced that six years after the Taliban were driven out of power in Kabul, representatives of the hardline Muslim ...

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Japan opposition stands ground on Afghan mission

TOKYO (AFP) — Japan’s opposition stood firm Thursday against resuming a naval mission supporting the US-led “war on terror” in Afghanistan as a ship returned home from the Indian Ocean. Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda made a new pitch to the ...

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MoD accused over spy plane deaths

Internal report into explosion above Afghanistan supports claims that safety fears were ignored Mark Townsend The Observer A dozen major deficiencies in the repair and maintenance of the RAF’s Nimrod spy planes were identified shortly before one of the aircraft ...

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Canada Asks: Why are we fighting in Afghanistan?

by Edward C. Corrigan     U.S. Vice-President Dick Cheney. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper in his government’s recent Throne Speech announced that he wants to extend Canada’s participation in the Afghan War for another two years. Many people are ...

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The War on Afghanistan Was Wrong, Too

By Jacob G. Hornberger While most Americans have turned against the Iraq War, many of them still think that the war on Afghanistan was morally and legally justified. Their rationale is that the United States was simply defending itself by ...

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CIA techniques cause serious mental damage

Granma International flamesong Interrogation techniques used by the CIA on alleged terrorists can cause serious mental damage and are illegal in the United States, according to a report released Thursday by two non-governmental organizations, Physicians for Human Rights and Human ...

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