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Taliban Rising

The resurgence of the Taliban in Afghanistan, where they recently mounted a major military operation in Helmand province in the south and where throughout the rest of the country they are increasingly active, is emphatic evidence that NATO’s prolonged military mission there has been a dismal failure. This failure is not however a measure of the failure to impose a liberal democracy in the country but in the lives destroyed in the attempt.

EDITOR'S CHOICE | 02.01.2016


 

Obama Haunted by Graveyard of Empires

US President Barack Obama has little to cheer about during his annual Christmas vacation – just as America’s longest-ever overseas war – in Afghanistan – flares up with no end in sight, and possibly for even more years to come...

Finian CUNNINGHAM | 29.12.2015


 

Afghanistan: Mission Unaccomplished

The Afghan government has sent army reinforcements to Sangin to fight Taliban militants, who in the last two days have become close to taking control of the strategically important town. There are conflicting claims as to who is getting the upper hand. Helmand's governor, Mirza Khan Rahimi, insisted the authorities were still in control but his own deputy, Mohammad Jan Rasulyar, said Sangin had been overrun by the Taliban late on Dec. 20.

Andrei AKULOV | 25.12.2015


 

We Had to Destroy the Town... and the Hospital

«It became necessary to destroy the town to save it», a United States major said today. He was talking about the decision by allied commanders to bomb and shell the town [Bến Tre] regardless of civilian casualties, to rout the Vietcong». Reporter Peter Arnett, in Vietnam, February 7, 1968, verified by US Captain Michael D Miller, who was present...

Brian CLOUGHLEY | 04.12.2015


 

Kill Them All – US Strike on Afghan Hospital

The deadly US airstrike on an Afghan hospital has been downplayed by Washington as a «tragic mistake» committed in the «fog of war». But recently disclosed documents on the secret policy of drone assassinations by the Pentagon reveals a cold-blooded calculus to «kill all» within a designated strike zone, even resulting in 90 per cent «collateral damage» of «unintended targets»...

Finian CUNNINGHAM | 23.10.2015


 

Doctors Without Borders closes Afghan hospital, says U.S. may have committed war crime

EDITOR'S CHOICE | 16.10.2015


 

The Kunduz Hospital Atrocity

The U.S. bombing of a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, blipped on and off the mainstream media’s radar, catalogued as just one more unfortunate mistake in the last 14 years of war. But there is probable cause to treat the atrocity as a war crime, writes Marjorie Cohn for TeleSUR.

EDITOR'S CHOICE | 15.10.2015


 

Collateral Damage/Stuff Happens

President George W. Bush (and his successor Barack Obama) have lamented “collateral damage” in Afghanistan and Iraq – and Jeb Bush shrugs off a domestic mass shooting as “stuff happens” – but the tragedies have a common denominator: glorification of war and cultural acceptance of violence, writes David Marks.

EDITOR'S CHOICE | 10.10.2015


 

Taliban’s Capture of Kunduz Sends Afghanistan Back to 2001

The capture of  Kunduz is the Taliban movement’s greatest military success since 2001, and the fact that the Taliban held on to Afghanistan’s fifth largest city for several days is already being referred to as a turning point in the US and NATO’s 14-year war in Afghanistan. Against this background, President Obama’s decision regarding the final withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2016 is being perceived by many Afghans as a betrayal. America is sentencing the country to an escalation of the civil war...

Nikolai BOBKIN | 08.10.2015


 

Islamic State, Taliban Fanatics are Flourishing

On 25 September a UN report warned that the terror group Islamic State has a presence in 25 of Afghanistan's 34 provinces and two days later the BBC reported that «at least 300 Islamic State fighters have attacked checkpoints in eastern Afghanistan, in a rare co-ordinated assault on the security forces». It was claimed that sixty militants had been killed, but statements of that sort by Afghan or US-NATO officials in Kabul must be treated with caution...

Brian CLOUGHLEY | 05.10.2015




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Why Washington Fears Britain Quitting EU

The countdown begins this week for the momentous question facing Britain: whether to exit the European Union – the so-called Brexit. While the issue seems to be primarily one for British national interests, lurking in the background is a crucial geopolitical concern for the United States. The outcome of the British referendum on Europe could severely undermine Washington’s global hegemonic ambitions and in particular its adversarial agenda towards Russia...

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