Friday, 22 September 2017

Soldier used TV show ‘Cops’ to learn to train Afghan police

Soldier used TV show ‘Cops’ to learn to train Afghan police – watchdog — RT America
Sopko explained that he and his team spoke with a US military officer who claimed to have watched "NCIS" and "Cops" to learn about techniques to teach Afghan police officers, according to the review.
In two other instances, Sopko and his team also met a US Army helicopter pilot assigned to teach policing, and uncovered a US police-training unit designed as a military unit, and another military unit designed as a police unit.

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Trump, Afghan President Contradict One Another on Situation There

Trump, Afghan President Contradict One Another on Situation There: 

When Ghani spoke, he told reporters that the increased number of U.S. troops already has produced “an immense change on the ground" that he described as a “difference of day and night.”

"Victory is within our sights," Ghani boldly declared, according to a pool report.

In late August, Trump ended a months-long White House-Pentagon review by hiking the American military presence there to around 12,000. He also used his first prime-time address as president to announce a revised strategy that features a larger focus on counterterrorism operations and putting more pressure on Pakistan, where U.S. foes often flee for safe haven.

Trump's 'New' Approach To Afghanistan

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Afghanistan Again? When Will They Ever Learn?

Afghanistan Again? When Will They Ever Learn? - Antiwar.com Original


In 2001, the Bush administration launched the Afghan War with a host of explicit and implicit promises to the people of Afghanistan: the vanquishing of the Taliban, the establishment of peace, the promotion of women’s rights, genuine economic development, support for education, and so on. “We know that true peace will only be achieved when we give the Afghan people the means to achieve their own aspirations,” said President George W. Bush in April 2002. He then invoked the patron saint of nation building from the post-World War II era as he offered an unambiguous pledge to Afghans that Washington would transform their country. “By helping to build an Afghanistan that is free from this evil and is a better place in which to live, we are working in the best traditions of George Marshall.”

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

U.S. to Send 3,000 More Troops to Afghanistan: James Mattis

U.S. to Send 3,000 More Troops to Afghanistan: James Mattis | Ariana News
“It is exactly over 3,000 somewhat and frankly I haven’t signed the last of the orders right now as we look at specific, small elements that are going,” Mattis told reporters.
The extra troops would bring the total number of U.S. forces in Afghanistan to more than 14,000.


Monday, 18 September 2017

First Black Hawks Arrive In Kandahar For AAF

First Black Hawks Arrive In Kandahar For AAF | TOLOnews

A few months ago, the United States announced that it will provide the Afghan Air Force with 150 Black Hawks and other aircraft over the next four years.
Defense ministry officials had said the helicopters promised by the US would help them overcome the challenges that existed in the anti-terror fight.

Fresh violence displaces 50,000 more Afghans: UN

Fresh violence displaces 50,000 more Afghans: UN: 
Large groups of armed militants stormed district centers in Faryab, Badghes, Ghazni, Paktika, Paktiya and Logar provinces last month, in a bid to capture them.
Though some of the targeted districts briefly fell to the Taliban, and were later recaptured by the security forces, the intensity of the fighting forced a large portion of the population to flee.
Dominic Parker, country head of the UN organization, said that a reassessment of the changing military development and humanitarian situation is taking place in Afghanistan.
“President Trump has announced a new strategy for Afghanistan, and is sending more troops to continue the United States’ longest war in history,” he said.




Pakistan PM admits Kabul truck bomb attack carried out by Pakistan-based militants

Pakistan PM admits Kabul truck bomb attack carried out by Pakistan-based militants

At least 150 people, mostly civilians, were killed when a sewage truck packed with explosives detonated at the diplomatic quarter of Kabul on 31st May. Afghanistan blamed Pakistan-based Haqqani network and Pakistan’s intelligence service for the blast.

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Afghanistan and Vietnam

Vietnam: Who was right about what went wrong – and why it matters in Afghanistan - Salon.com

In the Vietnam era, as today, the United States found itself engulfed in a seemingly never-ending war with mounting costs, unclear goals and few signs of success. In both Vietnam and Afghanistan, successive presidents faced much the same options: Withdraw, decisively escalate or do just enough to avoid losing. Like his predecessors in both wars, Trump chose the middle path – incremental escalation with no clear exit plan. Although Trump called it a “plan for victory,” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson candidly admitted that the additional American troops will likely do little more than “stabilize the situation.”

Sunday, 17 September 2017

1 Romanian soldier killed in Afghanistan Kandahar attack

1 Romanian soldier killed in Afghanistan Kandahar attack

A terse two paragraph U.S. military statement also reported the attack but did not identify the nationalities of the wounded service members. The attack took place near the provincial capital of Kandahar province.

The Romanian defense ministry identified the service member who died as 41-year-old Cpl. Madalin Stoica. The wounded Romanian soldiers were evacuated for treatment, the ministry said.



Afghan asylum seeker to be returned to UK from Kabul

Samim Bigzad: Afghan asylum seeker to be returned to UK from Kabul after Home Office loses court battle | The Independent

Samim Bigzad has been waiting to hear his fate in a hotel in Kabul as his legal representatives took the Home Office to court to overturn his deportation.

But he is expected to be returned to London on Sunday morning after the Court of Appeal threw out the Government’s attempt to keep him in Afghanistan.

U.S., NATO still trying to map out Afghanistan strategy

U.S., NATO still trying to map out Afghanistan strategy - The Washington Post: 

In recent weeks, the United States had deployed additional forces into Afghanistan — a move that coincided with the announcement of Trump’s strategy — to help bolster Afghan forces during the final months of this year’s fighting season. The immediate surge was a short-term solution, requested by battlefield commanders, but the Pentagon is still assessing how U.S. troops will be deployed in the country in 2018, according to a U.S. official in Afghanistan.