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    2 US-led soldiers killed in Afghanistan

    Post  connect2raza on Mon Sep 23, 2013 5:06 pm

    Two foreign soldiers serving with the US-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) have been killed in a bomb attack in eastern Afghanistan.


    NATO confirmed on Monday that its service members were killed in an explosion on September 22, but did not announce the nationality of the victims.

    The majority of troops stationed in the eastern parts of Afghanistan are American.

    The latest deaths bring to 131 the number of foreign military casualties in Afghanistan so far this year.

    A total of 3378 US-led soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan since 2001, according to official figures released by the website icasualties.org.

    In late April, the Taliban militant group announced the start of its annual offensive against the US-led and Afghan forces.

    The militant group said it would use “every possible tactic” - specifically insider attacks and bombings - to inflict casualties on Afghan and foreign forces.
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    Re: Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan. Afghan Army

    Post  macedonian on Mon Sep 23, 2013 6:09 pm

    I understand your anger vis-a-vis American politics, but this is TRULY getting tiresome!

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    Re: Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan. Afghan Army

    Post  As Sa'iqa on Mon Sep 23, 2013 6:29 pm

    macedonian wrote:I understand your anger vis-a-vis American politics, but this is TRULY getting tiresome!
    Agreed.

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    AFGHAN MUJAHIDEENS kidnap four PUPPET AFGHAN soldiers in northern Afghanistan

    Post  connect2raza on Fri Sep 27, 2013 10:58 pm

    Taliban militants have abducted at least four Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers in the country’s northern province of Kunduz.


    Local officials said on Thursday that the individuals were abducted by Taliban members in Khanabad district late Wednesday.

    Khanabad district governor Hayatyllah Amiri also confirmed the report saying the incident happened at Chahar Toot area.

    Taliban militants have recently increased their attacks against local officials as well as government security personnel in northern Afghanistan.

    On September 19, Taliban militants launched an attack against a convoy of Afghan National Police in northeastern Badakhshan Province, killing at least 20.

    In late April, the Taliban announced the start of their annual “offensive” against US-led and Afghan forces, vowing a new wave of attacks across Afghanistan.

    The militant group said it would use "every possible tactic" to inflict casualties on Afghan and US-led forces. They specifically mentioned insider attacks, and bomb attacks.

    The announcement prompted the Afghan authorities to beef up security in major cities across the country, including the capital city of Kabul.

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    AFHAN MUJAHIDEENS INSIDER ATTACK KILLS ONE U.S TROOPER

    Post  connect2raza on Sun Oct 13, 2013 1:56 pm

    One soldier has reportedly been killed in an incident where an Afghan troop opened fire on US-led forces in eastern Afghanistan. HERE IS THE LINK http://presstv.com/detail/2013/10/13/329167/afghan-soldier-shoots-usled-trooper/ .

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    US-run Bagram airbase comes under rocket attack BY THE MUJAHIDEENS OF AFGHANISTAN

    Post  connect2raza on Mon Oct 14, 2013 4:15 pm

    The US-run Bagram airbase in eastern Afghanistan has been hit by at least 12 rockets, Afghan officials say.


    The officials said on Monday that the attack was carried out overnight on the airfield, which is located in Parwan Province and is the largest US military base in Afghanistan.

    The Taliban militant group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

    The militants say several American soldiers have been killed and injured and that the attack caused a fire inside the base.

    The US military has yet to comment on the issue. This is the second time in October that Bagram has been hit with rockets.

    The airbase has come under numerous rocket attacks since it was set up by the US army after the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 as part of Washington’s so-called war on terror.

    The increasing number of military casualties in Afghanistan has caused widespread anger in the US and other NATO member states, undermining public support for the Afghan war. HERE IS THE LINK http://presstv.com/detail/2013/10/14/329308/rockets-hit-usrun-bagram-airbase/ .

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    British soldier killed in southern Afghanistan

    Post  connect2raza on Tue Oct 15, 2013 6:50 pm

    At least one British soldier has been killed in a militant attack in the troubled southern Afghan province of Helmand, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said.


    The UK's Ministry of Defence announced Tuesday that the soldier from the 14 Signals Regiment came under attack while on duty in Kakaran region of Helmand Province.


    British troops have been based in Helmand Province since the US-led war in Afghanistan began. Thousands of British troops are currently stationed in the war-ravaged country.

    In late April, the Taliban announced the start of their annual offensive against US-led and Afghan forces, vowing a new wave of attacks across Afghanistan.

    The militant group said it would use "every possible tactic" to inflict casualties on Afghan and US-led forces. They specifically mentioned insider and bomb attacks.

    US-led troops and Afghan forces are falling prey to Taliban attacks on an almost daily basis.

    According to the latest figures released by the website icasualties.org, 3390 foreign soldiers, including a total of 445 British troops, have been killed in Afghanistan since the US-led war began in October 2001.

    The increasing number of military casualties in Afghanistan has caused widespread anger in the US and other NATO member states, undermining public support for the Afghan war.

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    US-led soldier killed in Afghanistan

    Post  connect2raza on Tue Oct 15, 2013 6:53 pm

    One US-led soldier has been killed in a militant attack carried out in southern Afghanistan, Press TV reports.


    The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said on Tuesday that the foreign soldier was killed in a “direct enemy” assault.

    NATO has also confirmed the incident, but it did not announce the nationality of the soldier.

    The attack comes as Taliban leader Mullah Omar earlier warned against the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) between Kabul and Washington, saying it would have “serious consequences.”

    On October 13, Omar said that US bases in Afghanistan would “never be accepted,” and vowed to continue fighting against US forces “with more momentum.”

    On Monday, at least 12 rockets hit the US-run Bagram airbase in eastern Afghanistan.

    On October 9, Taliban militants killed several US troops in an attack against their base in Helmand province.

    Over 140 Foreign Service members, mostly Americans, have lost their lives in the war-torn country so far this year.

    The growing number of military casualties in Afghanistan has caused widespread anger in the United States and other NATO member states, undermining public support for the Afghan war.

    According to the latest figures released by icasualties.org, more than 3,390 foreign soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan since the US-led invasion of the country over a decade ago. HERE IS THE LINK http://presstv.com/detail/2013/10/15/329499/usled-soldier-killed-in-afghanistan/ .

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    AMERICA ND NATO DEFEATED IN AFGHANISTAN

    Post  connect2raza on Tue Oct 15, 2013 6:59 pm

    ICASUALTIES IS AN AMERICAN PROPOGANDA ORGANISATION THT COVERS ND HIDES THE REAL TRUTH ABOUT REAL AMERICAN DEATH TOLL IN AFGHANISTAN ETC MORE THEN 15000 AMERICAN SOLDIERS HVE BEEN KILLED UPTILL NOW IN AFGHANISTAN ND MORE THEN 60000 INJURED PERMENANTLY HANDICAPPED DISSABLED ETC WAT A LIAR AMERICA IS THEY DONT REPORT THEIR DEATHS IN THE WARS WHICH THEY HVE IMPOSSED ON OTHER COUNTRIES WAT A JOKE AMERICA IS ND WAT A LIAR AMERICA IS.  GUD WORK MUJAHIDEENS OF AFGHANISTAN KEEP UP UR GUD WORK MASSACRE AMERICAN TROOPS BY 1OOS EVERY DAY SHOWER MISSILES MORTARS ROCKETS MBRLS HOWITZERS ON AMERICAN BASES IN AFGHANISTAN DAILY.  THANKS KEEP UP THE GUD WORK
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    Re: Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan. Afghan Army

    Post  Vladimir79 on Tue Oct 15, 2013 7:17 pm

    Hello connect2raza, you were banned a week for posting all caps yet you come here and do it again. You are not welcome on RMF, send me a postcard from Afbanistan...


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    AFGHANISTAN attacks-bombings

    Post  sinopak on Sat Oct 19, 2013 6:28 pm

    Another commando-style attack in Kabul!

    Under the cover of darkness, militants stormed Green Village.
    It is a big foreign compound.It is home to foreign troops, diplomats and civilian contractors. A convoy of US forces were about to get inside this base when militants detonated their explosives close to them.It was a car bombing. It was followed by heavy gun-fire. And politicians here blamed the military involvement of United States for such deadly days.

    The Taliban claimed responsibility for this attack. The militants say the attack killed many American soldiers. This compound is based in a very strategic place. It is near Kabul International Airport and several other US military bases.Thousands of local people also live in the same neighborhood.

    The attack was the second one in less than three hours on US forces. A US military convoy was also targeted north of Kabul---near Bagram Air Base-the largest US military facility here.
    The bomber was on a motorbike.
    He blew himself up as US forces arrived in the area. Several American troops were injured.

    The latest upsurge of violence here comes as the US government is pushing hard to set up its permanent military bases and have a military presence for years to come in this country. They want to make this happen through signing a bilateral security agreement. And these latest attacks have put all foreign troops on high alert. Security has been tightened around all US military and diplomatic facilities. The attacks are believed to be a message to the US military forces by the Taliban that they will continue to fight against them if they do not leave Afghanistan.

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    BOMB BLAST HITS US AIRBASE IN AFGHANISTAN

    Post  sinopak on Sat Oct 19, 2013 6:31 pm

    A bomb targeting a US military convoy has exploded at the US-run Bagram airbase in war-ravaged Afghanistan.


    The incident reportedly took place in Parwan Province Friday with Hezb-e-Islami group loyal to warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar immediately claiming responsibility for the attack.

    The militant group said several American troops were killed in the deadly assault on the heavily fortified air field near Kabul. However, the US-led military alliance has not confirmed any casualties as a result of the rocket attack.

    Bagram is home to thousands of US military personnel and civilian contractors.

    The airbase has come under numerous rocket attacks since it was set up by the US army after it occupied Afghanistan more than eleven years ago.

    There has been no letup in the Taliban attacks on US-led foreign troops across Afghanistan with US-led troops and Afghan forces falling prey to Taliban attacks on an almost daily basis.

    At least 3,391 US-led troops in Afghanistan have lost their lives since the 2001 invasion -- which was launched with the official objective of curbing militancy and bringing peace and stability to the country.

    The increasing number of military casualties in Afghanistan has caused widespread anger in the US and other NATO member states, undermining public support for the Afghan war.
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    Re: Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan. Afghan Army

    Post  George1 on Wed May 28, 2014 3:12 pm

    Obama intends to leave 9,800 US troops in Afghanistan after formal withdrawal

    U.S. President Barack Obama will announce plans on Tuesday to seek to leave 9,800 US troops in Afghanistan after the formal troop drawdown at the end of this year, a senior administration official said. Obama's decision is largely in line with what military commanders have been seeking and would allow the president to fully end the American-led military effort by the time he leaves office. The two-year plan is contingent on the Afghan government signing a bilateral security agreement with America. While outgoing Afghan President Hamid Karzai has declined to sign the agreement, US officials are confident that either of the candidates seeking to replace him would give the approval needed.

    The report of the new troop plan comes just one day after the President returned to Washington after a surprise Memorial Day visit to Afghanistan, when he promised all combat operations would be done by 2014.

    The number emerged after Obama held talks with US military commanders at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan on Sunday as the United States winds down a war begun in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

    Obama was to make the announcement statement in the White House Rose Garden.

    US officials are expressing increasing confidence that the next Afghan president will sign a bilateral security agreement that Obama wants before the United States will agree to leave behind troops to help train Afghan forces and conduct counter-terrorism operations.

    Under the scenario envisioned by Obama, the 9,800 troops would stay for a year, then that number would be reduced by half by the end of 2015, the official said.

    By the end of 2016, the U.S. presence would be cut to a normal embassy presence as has been done in Iraq, the official added.

    The former commander of all forces in Afghanistan, Marine Gen. John Allen, had recommended more than 13,000 US troops remain there after this year. And ormer Defense Secretary Leon Panetta urged between 8,000 and 12,000.
    Read more: http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_05_27/Obama-intends-to-leave-9-800-US-troops-in-Afghanistan-affter-formal-withdrawal-0105/
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    Re: Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan. Afghan Army

    Post  George1 on Wed Jul 16, 2014 2:16 pm

    Afghanistan on the brink of major crisis

    MOSCOW, July 11. /ITAR-TASS/. The situation in Afghanistan, where a presidential candidate refuses to recognize the victory of his rival, has escalated to the limits. The country is on the brink of a major crisis, experts warn.

    Earlier this week, Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission (IEC) announced preliminary results, where in the run-off, Former Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai gained 56.44% of votes. The country’s Former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah, winner of the first round, was behind by about one million votes — he was supported by 44% of the electorates.


    Abdullah Abdullah claimed many violations during the election campaign and refused to recognize the defeat. He announced himself the winner and threatened with organization of a “parallel government” in the country - a dual power.

    IEC’s head, however, said he was not ready to name the official winner, as the commission would have to review about three million ballots with doubtful validity.

    Ghani has announced the organization of the national accord government, while his opponent is taking his allies to the streets.

    The situation is especially complicated since Ghani is a Pashtu, and Abdullah - half Tajik, thus an ethnic conflict seems quite probable in the future. The only party which may benefit from the conflict is the Taliban movement, which is in fact the only one to count on the nationwide agenda, though specific one - radical Islam.


    The international community is concerned about the situation in Afghanistan. The United Nations have supported IEC’s decision to review three of the eight million ballots, but stressed time mattered there.

    The US Secretary of State John Carry has arrived in Kabul on Friday, where he will have a meeting with the country’s President Hamid Karzai, as well as with Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai. Washington fears the dispute between the candidates may develop into an armed conflict as the American contingent leaves Afghanistan by the yearend.

    “The situation in Afghanistan is entering a new phase: the country is on the edge of a major military-political crisis, which may result in unpredictable consequences,” Director of Russia’s Center for Studies of Modern Afghanistan Omar Nessar told ITAR-TASS.

    The expert is sure not all chances to reach consensus are lost now, and positions of the world’s countries are “encouraging".

    The situation in Afghanistan, he continues, is so unclear that it is almost impossible to offer any forecasts. It is tough to say who will become the country’s president in the long run. Abdullah enjoys support from big forces in central and northern regions, while the administrative power supports Ghani, the expert says.
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    Putin: Russia hopes Afghan authorities will control situation after coalition withdrawal

    “There are still chances they will reach an agreement and there will be preconditions for a coalition government,” Nessar said.

    President of Russia’s Institute for Middle East Studies Eugene Satanovsky is sure Afghanistan “will split anyway". “Probably now the process will develop quicker and with bigger problems,” he said. “As the Americans quit, it would not matter who is Afghanistan’s president. In the Pashtu regions, the power will go to the Taliban. As the missing candidate, Abdullah Abdullah, is half Tajik, he will most probably control the country’s Tajik northern part," Satanovsky said.
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    Re: Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan. Afghan Army

    Post  George1 on Mon Aug 04, 2014 4:51 am

    New Afghan Commander Confident, But Realistic About Challenges Ahead

    WASHINGTON — When he takes over command of American and NATO troops in Afghanistan on Aug. 26, US Army Gen. John Campbell will preside over the precipitous drawdown of US forces and material from Afghanistan, falling from about 22,000 US troops to 9,800 by December.

    In a Friday afternoon discussion with reporters at the Pentagon, Campbell, who will be on his third deployment in Afghanistan, while his son, a sergeant, is currently serving his second, was candid about the challenges he’ll face in command of a war whose outcome is far from certain.

    With recent well-publicized Taliban gains in the south, “we have kind of lost the information war there” he said, “and the Taliban are trying to go do what they couldn’t do for the elections and conduct spectacular attacks.”

    Taliban fighters have recently shut down the Kabul International Airport on two occasions, once by setting up in an adjacent building and firing rockets and small arms fire at the airport, and another more recent suicide bombing at one of the airport’s gates.

    There has also been a more sustained campaign in the south, marked by the assassinations of police civilian government officials, along with the routing of Afghan forces at several checkpoints.

    But Campbell insisted that the 352,000 active duty Afghan troops, which the United States has invested $62 billion into training and equipping over the past decade, are up to the task of beating the assaults back.

    He insisted that the Afghan Army is equipped and motivated enough to beat back these new attacks, and have already gained some ground back that was recently lost.

    But the Taliban are taking advantage of the uncertainty that is following the NATO drawdown and the unease over the runoff presidential election that happened in June. Candidates Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani are still fighting it out to decide who will replace Hamid Karzai.

    “In any kind of transition you’re vulnerable, and they’re going through a political transition and also a military transition as we come down in numbers” Campbell said, making it a fertile time for the Taliban to try and create more chaos with stepped up attacks.

    Once he’s on the ground in Afghanistan later this month and wrestling with shipping troops and equipment out of the country by the planeload, Campbell said the biggest issues that he’ll have to contend with are how to best offer the Afghan government key “enablers” like logistic support, aerial lift and surveillance, medevac, joint fires, and intelligence collection help, with fewer and fewer troops to perform those tasks.

    One of the realities of the drawdown is that the next ISAF commander won’t have a feel for what’s happening at the tactical level across the country in the same way that previous commanders had.

    “The reach that you used to have is much more reduced,” he said. Currently in Regional Command East there are two Afghan Army Corps, the 201st Corps and the 203rd Corps, both of which have received heavy and sustained training from US forces over the years.

    But now NATO troops will probably only be able to have personnel stationed with one of those corps, with only intermittent visits to the other crops when there are personnel available.

    But the general is trying to look at that as a positive. It means that the Afghans will have to become more self-sufficient without the crutch of constant US help. But the help that ISAF will continue to provide — as much as it can — resupply and air support will be the key contribution going forward. ■
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    Post  George1 on Wed Aug 06, 2014 2:30 am

    US General Killed, 14 People Injured in Afghan Attack - Reports

    MOSCOW, August 5 (RIA Novosti) – A United States Army general was killed by a man wearing Afghan army uniform at British military training academy on the outskirts of the Afghan capital Kabul, Spiegel Online reported Tuesday.

    A total of 14 International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) troops, including a German general, were injured in the attack. The ISAF confirmed the report. The motive for the shooting is unknown.

    The German general, Michael Bartscher, was flown to the US base in Bagram. His life is said to be out of danger.

    The incident is the latest in the sting of “insider attacks” against NATO forces by members of Afghanistan's security forces or insurgents disguised in Afghan uniforms.

    The so called "green-on-blue attacks” spiked in 2012 as NATO and Afghan forces started to work in more intimate contact with foreign troops handing over security to the Afghans and continuing to train them prior to the expected withdrawal of combat troops at the end of 2014. The spike in attacks prompted ISAF to enact stricter security measures.

    ISAF is a NATO-led mission that has been active in Afghanistan since late 2001, aimed at training Afghan security forces.

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    Obama's Pentagon Covered Up War Crimes in Afghanistan, Says Amnesty International

    Post  Austin on Tue Aug 12, 2014 12:32 pm

    Obama's Pentagon Covered Up War Crimes in Afghanistan, Says Amnesty International

    The human-rights group reports the U.S. military systematically ignored evidence of torture and unlawful killings in Afghanistan as recently as last year.

    The U.S. military has systematically covered up or disregarded “abundant and compelling evidence” of war crimes, torture, and unlawful killings in Afghanistan as recently as last year, according to a report by Amnesty International published today in Kabul.

    The human rights organization alleges that the U.S. military has routinely failed to properly investigate reports of criminal behavior and, in some instances, tampered with evidence to conceal wrongdoing. On the rare occasions when servicemen are held to account, the report found that the compromised military justice system seldom secured justice for the victims of enforced disappearances, killings, and abuse that included torture.

    “President Obama has admitted that ‘we tortured’ people in the past—but this is not the Bush administration, this is torture happening under Obama,” said Joanne Mariner, the author of the report.

    While torture and other abuses by the CIA and the military were sanctioned by the Bush administration, Obama entered office vowing to end such practices. There have been a number of prosecutions and punishments of military units that have committed crimes and atrocities in Afghanistan under Obama, but Amnesty says the White House has to do more to ensure his policy changes are respected in the field.

    A survivor of one of the most egregious assaults on civilians detailed in the report told The Daily Beast he had been forced to listen to the last gasps and sobs of his dying daughter, who was seven months pregnant, while the Americans threatened to kill anyone who moved. “She was calling out for help, maybe she wanted to share her last words before she left us forever,” said Muhammad Tahir, a civil servant.

    Four years after two pregnant women, two criminal justice officials, and a teenage girl were shot dead during a party to mark the birth of a grandson in Khataba Village, Paktia Province, Tahir and his family are still waiting to be interviewed as part of an investigation the U.S. military promised to carry out.

    There is a shocking lack of accountability for the killing of Afghan civilians by U.S. forces, including civilians killed in circumstances that raise concerns about war crimes,” said Mariner. “There is very strong evidence that war crimes were carried out.”

    The report, titled “Left in the Dark,” includes detailed investigations of 10 incidents in which at least 140 civilians, including 50 children, were killed in dubious circumstances. In the aftermath of nine of these, eyewitnesses and families report that no one was ever interviewed by the U.S. military.

    A Pentagon spokesman did not deny the allegations in the report but reiterated U.S. policy on torture and war crimes. “The Department of Defense does not permit its personnel to engage in acts of torture or cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment of any person in its custody,” said Maj. Bradlee Avots.  Laughing

    According to the Amnesty report, a Special Forces unit had raided the house on February 12, 2010. Five people were killed, some by sniper fire, some at closer range. When the Americans realized that the pregnant women and children they had killed were unlikely to be insurgents, witnesses said they began to remove the evidence of what they had done.

    “When they understood they had hit the wrong place, they started pulling out the bullets from the dead bodies with their hands and their knives,” Tahir recalled. “America, the killer nation, we will never forgive you.”

    The day after the assault, ISAF announced that forces had stumbled upon the dead women after a firefight with insurgents. In the following days they would go on to brief the press with a series of lurid but inaccurate stories suggesting that there was evidence of honor killings or execution-style murders.

    “The immediate effort to cover up what had been done suggested that they realized it was a crime,” said Mariner. “And the changing story over time definitely suggests a cover-up.”

    Amnesty says Tahir’s family is just one of thousands who have waited in vain for justice for their missing, dead, or severely injured loved ones. Foreign forces in Afghanistan have immunity from local prosecution, leaving the U.S. military itself, under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, to investigate and try American troops when they are accused of criminal acts.

    Among the most disturbing allegations are claims of forcible disappearance, torture, and extrajudicial killings carried out by a rogue unit in Wardak province from the fall of 2012. “We interviewed a former detainee that had a really horrific story of just raw torture,” Mariner said. “It’s not only the testimony of this former detainee but a lot of bodies were found showing horrendous crimes of torture—people missing body parts and people whose corpses were badly mutilated.”

    One of 125 victims and eyewitnesses interviewed by Amnesty in compiling this report was Qandi Agha, 51, an employee at the provincial Ministry of Culture, who says he was captured by U.S. forces who broke into his home and spirited him away to a dark wooden cell. “On the first night,” he said, “the Americans told me they were going to try 14 different types of torture on me. If I survived, they said, they’d let me go.”

    He said he suffered electric shocks, beatings, simulated drowning, hanging from the ceiling, partial burial in freezing conditions, and the extraordinary and degrading torment of having a length of string tied tightly around his penis. “They left the string around my penis for four days. My abdomen was bulging. I wasn’t able to pee for those four days,” he said.

    He was lucky. He says half of the men he was incarcerated with did not survive the ordeal, and he claims to have watched one man be beaten to death by a redheaded American commando.

    The U.S. authorities first became aware of allegations against the Special Forces team operating out of Combat Outpost Nerkh in December 2012. The American-led miliary coalition denied the charges of abuse. But by February 2013, the allegations had become so vehement that the Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, ordered Special Forces to leave the province.

    “The U.S. knew about complaints, and that obviously raises concerns as to why this wasn’t stopped sooner, because the abuses went on. There were people who were disappeared as late as February” in 2013, said Mariner.

    Amnesty says relying on an internal justice system is not conducive to thorough investigations of alleged crimes; the commanders whose duty it would be to report incidents may be implicated, and there is a heavy reliance on the word of the accused and their colleagues rather than independent witnesses.

    The military insists that civilian deaths are investigated whenever allegations of unlawful killing are made. “In accordance with standard practice, the United States has investigated U.S. military personnel and civilian personnel, including contractors, for civilian casualties that are alleged to be not incident to lawful military operations. Investigation results can and have previously led to both criminal convictions, as well as adverse administrative actions,” said Avots.

    For Tahir, who lost his pregnant daughter, and many more like him, those words will ring hollow.

    “We lost five members of the family and about 20 kids became orphans,” he said, in a tearful phone interview. “What was our crime? Can the Americans tell us?”

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    Post  George1 on Sat Oct 11, 2014 10:57 pm

    Troops withdrawal from Afghanistan may trigger chaos — Tajikistan’s interior minister

    We cannot rule out that groups of terrorists and saboteurs may try to infiltrate the CSTO’s area of responsibility in refugee disguise, Tajik Interior Minister Ramazan Rakhimzoda says

    DUSHANBE, October 1. /TASS/. Tajikistan fears that the withdrawal of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) from Afghanistan may trigger an escalation of chaos in the country and also provoke uncontrolled flows of refugees and drugs into the member-countries of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), the Tajik Interior Minister, Lieutenant-General Ramazan Rakhimzoda said on Wednesday.

    “We cannot rule out that groups of terrorists and saboteurs may try to infiltrate the CSTO’s area of responsibility in refugee disguise,” Rakhimzoda told the meeting of the Coordinating Committee of CSTO law enforcers devoted to illegal migration issues.

    Earlier, he told TASS in an interview that “one cannot but bear in mind that my country’s border with Afghanistan is longer than that of any other CIS member-state.” “It is 1,300 kilometers long and runs across mountain areas that are very hard to access. For purely objective reasons, it is not always well protected,” he noted.

    Rakhimzoda said that “already now we have information about militants and saboteurs from various terrorist groups stationed very close to the border with Tajikistan. Whenever a convenient opportunity may offer itself, they may easily mix up with flows of illegal migrants.”

    CSTO Secretary-General Nikolay Bordyuzha is taking part in the Coordinating Council’s meeting.
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    Post  George1 on Mon Oct 27, 2014 4:24 pm

    NATO forces complete withdrawal from Afghanistan

    ABU DHABI, October 27 /TASS/. The United States and Britain withdrew the last military units from their bases Camp Leatherneck and Camp Bastion in Helmand province in southern Afghanistan on Monday, local media says.

    According to them, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force /ISAF/ left the camps in 24 hours after they had passed under the jurisdiction of the National Army of Afghanistan. Over that time, the ISAF had airlifted equipment and about 1,000 troopers to an airport in Kandahar province.

    In May this year, US President Barack Obama said he would finally withdraw US troops from Afghanistan. The US is planning to reduce the number of its troops in Afghanistan to 9,800 people by the start of 2015; the figure is to decrease almost twice in the course of the year. The last US soldiers and officers will leave Afghanistan late in 2016. Until recently, the United States has kept 30,000 of its servicemen in Afghanistan.

    Earlier, the government in Kabul and the NATO leadership signed an agreement on the international military contingent status in Afghanistan following the adoption of a bilateral Afghan-US security treaty that allowed the United States to preserve a limited military grouping in the Afghan territory after the withdrawal of major NATO forces late this year.
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    Post  George1 on Thu Oct 30, 2014 1:26 pm

    The last French military of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan have left the civilian airport of Dushanbe
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    Post  George1 on Fri Oct 31, 2014 2:46 pm

    US, NATO scaling down cooperation in Afghanistan counterproductive — Foreign Ministry

    MOSCOW, October 31. /TASS/. Moscow considers the actions by the USA and NATO, that scale down cooperation in Afghanistan, counter-productive while the situation in the country requires active measures to create the efficient army and economy, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Mogulov said on Friday.

    “Such steps cause damage to our common goal - stabilisation of the situation ‘in the heart of Asia’. We’re working on to prevent the earlier planned events from wrecking,” he said.

    The Russian high-ranking diplomat was speaking at the 4th ministerial meeting of the Istanbul Process on Regional Security and Cooperation for Secure and Stable Afghanistan.

    The escalation of tension in the northern provinces of Afghanistan with its possible movement to Central Asia presents an increasing threat to Russia and its allies. “The signs are being fixed of the aggravation of the situation on the Afghan-Turkmen borderline,” he said.
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    Post  George1 on Wed Nov 19, 2014 9:12 pm

    An interesting analysis:

    Putin’s Predicament: Russia and Afghanistan after 2014

    Russian press commentary during 2013 indicates that Moscow is fearful that the withdrawal of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) from Afghanistan at the end of 2014 will only have negative implications for Russian security interests. Russian observers do not believe that Afghan government forces can effectively deal with a resurgent Taliban, do not see Afghanistan’s current president (Hamid Karzai) as an effective leader, and do not believe that the 2014 Afghan presidential elections will lead to anything but political infighting that will only benefit the Taliban.

    Russian commentators seem convinced that once ISAF withdraws, the Taliban will sooner or later reassert control over most (if not all) of Afghanistan. And once the Taliban does this (or even before), it will immediately act to support jihadist groups seeking to bring about the downfall of the post-Soviet Central Asian governments and replace them with radical Islamist ones that are hostile to Russia. Further, Russian commentators blame this state of affairs squarely on the United States for not having defeated the Taliban once and for all. But while some view the resurgence of the Taliban as being the result of U.S. incompetence, others believe that this is what Washington wants in order to weaken Russia. [1]

    So what can Moscow do to prevent these negative consequences resulting from ISAF’s departure? Russian commentators are certainly not advocating that ISAF be replaced by Russian, Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), or Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) forces. The negative experience of the 1979–89 Soviet intervention in Afghanistan has not been forgotten in Moscow, which does not want to repeat that experience. What Russian commentators are discussing is reintroducing a Russian military presence along the Tajik-Afghan border. But despite what they see as the obvious benefits of Russian protection for Tajikistan, Russian observers see its president, Emomali Rakhmon, as demanding concessions that are unacceptable to Moscow in exchange for his cooperation. [2]

    Similarly, Uzbek president Islam Karimov is seen as being suspicious that the true purpose of a Russian (or even CSTO or SCO) troop presence would not be to defend Uzbekistan against the Taliban but to overthrow him. [3]

    Moscow, of course, will have options in post-ISAF Afghanistan (even if Russian commentators do not see them yet). Just as the Najibullah government remained in office for over three years after the completion of the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan in 1989, the post-Karzai government may prove more resilient than is currently anticipated. If so, Russia—along with other nations—can improve the Karzai government’s prospects for survival by providing it with arms and possibly advisers.

    In addition, even if the United States and its Western allies completely depart from Afghanistan, there are other states in the region that share Russia’s interest in preventing the Taliban from regaining control over Afghanistan or, if it does, from destabilizing neighboring countries. The Central Asian republics obviously share these interests with Russia, though their capacity to act in Afghanistan is limited. Iran and India are also opposed to the resurgence of the Taliban, and their capacities to act are far greater.

    From 1996 to the U.S.-led intervention just after September 11, Iran and Russia both worked to help the Northern Alliance prevent the radical Sunni Taliban (which was hostile to Shia Iran as well as to Russia) from overrunning all Afghanistan. With the Taliban so closely allied to India’s archrival Pakistan, New Delhi too was unhappy to see it come to power back in 1996. Without the ISAF presence in Afghanistan serving to protect Iranian and Indian security interests vis-à-vis the Taliban and Pakistan, both Iran and India may have a strong incentive to work with Russia against them.

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    Re: Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan. Afghan Army

    Post  GarryB on Thu Nov 20, 2014 12:55 am

    The taleban did very little outside its borders when it was in power, it was al quada that did all the terrorist bombings and attacks on the US.

    I think a taleban takeover would be good for Russia... even if it will be very bad for the people of Afghanistan. they will most likely deal with the drug production fairly quickly and then impose strict laws on the Afghans and then they will party like it is 1799...


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    Post  George1 on Sun Nov 23, 2014 4:47 pm

    Obama Extends US Combat Role in Afghanistan

    WASHINGTON, November 22 (Sputnik) — Obama has authorized the US troops in Afghanistan to carry out missions against militant groups, including Taliban, that threaten them or the Afghan government, as well as to support combat missions of the Afghan troops using jets, bombers and drones, the New York Times reported, citing administration, military and congressional officials.

    The decision was made amid tensions in the president's administration between supporters and opponents of America's further involvement in Afghanistan, the newspaper added.

    According to previous statements from the White House, the remaining US troops in Afghanistan were supposed to train the Afghan military and to have no combat role in the country in 2015.

    In May Obama announced his intention to withdraw all the American troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2016.

    The security agreement between Afghanistan and the United States was signed on September 30, setting forth that the United States would reduce its military presence up to 9,800 by 2015, and finally withdraw by the end of 2016.

    Afghanistan is still in a state of turmoil, as the Afghan government has long been fighting the Taliban, an Islamic movement that spread throughout Afghanistan and formed a government that was overthrown in 2001 after the US invasion into the country.
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    Post  George1 on Sun Nov 23, 2014 4:47 pm

    Afghan Parliament Approves Bilateral Security Agreements With US, NATO



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