Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Female Afghan MP shot in Kabul

Female Afghan MP shot in Kabul – The Express Tribune

"The interior ministry said Mariam Koofi, a member of parliament from the northeastern province of Takhar, was shot in Kabul by a member of the security forces following an argument.
It said police have detained a suspect and are investigating the motive behind the attack.
But her sister Fawzia Koofi, who is also a member of parliament and a prominent defender of women’s rights, said she was not certain who the attacker was.
“I am not sure who may have been behind this attack, and I hope the interior ministry takes serious actions to punish the attacker,” she said."

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

As You Were - NATO Airstrike kills 3 civilians in Afghanistan

Airstrike killed 3 civilians in Afghanistan, governor's spokesman says -

"Helicopters fired at houses in Khost's Nadershahkot district early Tuesday, killing a woman and two children and injuring a man, said Mubarez Zadran, spokesman for Khost's governor.
Afghan officials are investigating the incident, Zadran said."

Brad Pitt to star as Gen. Stanley McChrystal in Afghanistan war movie

Brad Pitt to star as Gen. Stanley McChrystal in Afghanistan war movie - Khaama Press (KP) | Afghan News Agency: "The American film star and producer Brad Pitt is scheduled to play Gen. Stanley McChrystal in yet another war film which will be based on journalist Michael Hastings’ 2012 book The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan."
Bizarrely, this might be the first chance for the full truth to be widely told about US black ops in Afghanistan and beyond. McChrystal was the chief US guru of clandestine ops, 'targetted' assassinations and night raids. He was a psycho. Obama and the White House spin teams lionized him until they found out what he thought about them.

CIA's Pakistan drone strikes carried out by regular US air force personnel

CIA's Pakistan drone strikes carried out by regular US air force personnel | World | The Guardian
"Several former drone operators have claimed that the unit's conventional air force personnel – rather than civilian contractors – have been flying the CIA's heavily armed Predator missions in Pakistan, a 10-year campaign which according to some estimates has killed more than 2,400 people.
Hina Shamsi, director of the American Civil Liberties Union's National Security Project, said this posed questions of legality and oversight. "A lethal force apparatus in which the CIA and regular military collaborate as they are reportedly doing risks upending the checks and balances that restrict where and when lethal force is used, and thwart democratic accountability, which cannot take place in secrecy.""

Afghan deputy minister kidnapped in Kabul

BBC News - Afghan deputy minister kidnapped in Kabul
"Deputy ministers are usually provided with armed protection and it is not clear why Mr Wahid did not have his bodyguards with him. He is thought to be one of the highest-ranking government officials to be kidnapped in recent years.
The incident took place in the Khair Khana district in north-west Kabul and a local mechanic described what he saw to the BBC's Bilal Sarwary."

Monday, 14 April 2014

Ambush kills 3 anti-Taliban militiamen in Afghanistan

Ambush kills 3 anti-Taliban militiamen in Afghanistan:

"The local chief of police, Lutfullah, said Monday that the militiamen were patrolling in Andar district in the eastern province of Ghazni when they were attacked Sunday night. He said three of the armed village men were killed and three others were wounded."

Afghan soldier Loses appeal for Digger Deaths

Afghan soldier lost appeal for digger deaths:

An Afghan army soldier who killed three Australian diggers has lost an appeal against his death sentence, but could still be saved by his country's legal system.
he news emerged during a pre-inquest hearing in Brisbane over the 2012 deaths of Lance Corporal Stjepan Milosevic, Sapper James Martin and Private Robert Poate in Afghanistan.
The soldiers, all from Queensland, were killed in a so-called green on blue attack, when an Afghan National Army sergeant, named Hekmatullah, opened fire in August 2012 with an automatic weapon."

The lessons of the Afghanistan misadventure have not been learned

New Statesman | Leader: the lessons of the Afghanistan misadventure have not been learned:

"For too long, Afghanistan has served as evidence of the folly of western military intervention. The cost, in both blood and treasure, of what Barack Obama once called “the good war” has exceeded all initial forecasts. Over the 12-year occupation, Nato has spent more than $1trn and the coalition has lost 3,430 soldiers. Britain’s involvement has cost the government £38bn, with 448 troops killed and thousands more wounded. At least 30,000 Afghan civilians have died in the conflict."

Tony Blair’s charity under investigation over Brotherhood ties

Tony Blair’s charity under investigation over Brotherhood ties - Al Arabiya News:

"The Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Watch, which has been investigating the Islamist group for 13 years, revealed that a member of Mr. Blair’s advisory council, Dr. Ismail Khudr Al-Shatti, is a leading member of the Kuwaiti branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamic Constitutional Movement (ICM).
Shatti reportedly told a crowd of Kuwaitis that “Israel is an evil, and we can never live with evil,” according to a news agency report in 2000.
In 1995, it was reported in America that a Palestinian-based terrorist group wrote the Kuwait leader requesting financial support."

Sunday, 13 April 2014

CIA Torture Lies

According to the Senate report's conclusions, the CIA wove a web of lies and deception to cover its tracks, impeding oversight and investigations from the Department of Justice, White House, Congress, and even the CIA’s own Office of Inspector General. The findings state the agency employed unsound legal arguments to justify the abuse and also "ignored" numerous internal critiques and concerns and "manipulated the media."
According to the McClatchy story—reported by Ali Watkins, Jonathan S. Landay and Marisa Taylor—the senate panel's investigation
The techniques included waterboarding, which produces a sensation of drowning, stress positions, sleep deprivation for up to 11 days at a time, confinement in a cramped box, slaps and slamming detainees into walls. The CIA held detainees in secret “black site” prisons overseas and abducted others who it turned over to foreign governments for interrogation.
McClatchy's latest article follows a Washington Post exposé released last month, revealing that the classified report shows the CIA lied to the U.S. Congress, Justice Department, White House, and public for years about its brutal interrogation techniques by hiding the extent of abuse and falsely claiming the torture was necessary to save lives.

Leaked Report: CIA Lied, Lied, Lied to Conceal 'Brutal' Torture | Common Dreams

Abdullah leads in tight Afghan presidential poll

Asia-pacific - Abdullah leads in tight Afghan presidential poll - France 24
"Former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah is leading against his main rival Ashraf Ghani in a tight race for Afghanistan’s presidential post, partial official results showed Sunday, but reports of widespread fraud is marring the election."

Afghan election frontrunner Abdullah Abdullah vows reconciliation with Karzai

Afghan election frontrunner Abdullah Abdullah vows reconciliation with Karzai - Khaama Press (KP) | Afghan News Agency:

"Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, a frontrunner in Afghan presidential race has hinted that Karzai would remain at the heart of the affairs of Afghanistan and serve a role in politics.
Abdullah accused Karzai of stealing the vote following the 2009 poll which was widely discredited as massively fraudulent by the interntional community.
However, he has vowed that he would not pursue “vengeance” against the man he calims stole the last election.
While speaking during an interview with AFP, Abdullah said, “The president of Afghanistan will have a role in the future. I’m not talking about an administrative role, I’m talking about a role in the politics of the country, a role at the national level, and he has served the country for the past 13 years.”
Abdullah further added, “So that is something that is natural. What shape that role will take will depend on his decision.”"