Friday, 31 October 2014

Nato Soldier Dies In E.Afghanistan

The international military coalition says the death happened on Friday but gave no other details. Coalition policy is for home countries to identify their military dead.
The death brings to 59 the number of NATO service members who have died in Afghanistan so far this year, including 44 Americans, according to an Associated Press Tally. LINK

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Urges Taliban To Join 'Political Reconciliation Process'

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China's Premier Li Keqiang and Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani (L) pose for pictures at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing October 29, 2014. 

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Friday invited the Taliban to join the “political reconciliation process” in Afghanistan, marking a significant departure from his previous references to the militant group where he had called them “political opponents,” according to media reports.

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Redacted: Military Classifies Info on $61B Afghan Training

In its most recent quarterly report to Congress, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) sharply criticized a new move by the U.S.-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) to classify even the executive summary of its regular reports on the capabilities of the Afghan forces in which the U.S. has invested more than $61 billion.
The regular ISAF reports, most recently called the Regional ANSF Status Report (RASR), have been produced by ISAF in some form since 2008. A majority of the contents always have been classified, since they deal with ground-level capabilities of Afghan forces -- potentially useful intelligence for insurgents -- but the executive summary was not. SIGAR called the sudden, “inexplicable” classification “deeply troubl[ing]” and a direct hit to government accountability.

Opium Wars - Fail

4 Dead, Including 2 Police, in Herat

Gunmen kill two police officers in Afghanistan by reuters

Farewell Afghanistan... Where to Next?

Farewell Afghanistan... Where to Next, Mr Cameron? | Dilly Hussain
Britain's total cost in the US-led war in Afghanistan is between £30bn and £37bn, which would pay for 1,464,000 NHS nurses, 408,000 NHS consultants, and 75% of the HS2 budget. According to Frank Ledwidge, author of the critical study,Investment in Blood, the cost of the Afghanistan war rose to a sum equivalent to more than £2,000 for every taxpaying household. With such an expensive war, what has Britain achieved? Absolutely nothing militarily or politically. 453 British soldiers have died, arguably in vain, as the Taliban are stronger now than ever before, and remains a de-facto government in many provinces. Furthermore, the world has become a more dangerous place as a result of Tony Blair and George Bush's war on terror.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

US Marines, UK Forces End Combat Operations in Afghanistan


China Says Afghan President Will Advise on 'Extremists'

Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai attend a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing October 28, 2014.
(Reuters) - Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani has pledged to help China fight Islamist militants, a senior Chinese official said on Tuesday, after Ghani met President Xi Jinping in Beijing on his first visit abroad since his September inauguration. MORE

Iraq and Afghanistan: the US Grand Strategy and Grand Failures

Iraq and Afghanistan: the US Grand Strategy and Grand Failures | New Eastern Outlook 

The miserable failure of the both Iraq and Afghan army also shows the corruption within the US army as well. The forces’ inability to effectively counter the attacking forces poses a direct question to the huge amount of money spent on their training to make them into such forces as capable enough to replace the coalition forces in both countries. As a matter of fact, the US spent around $30 billion dollars on training the Iraqi army alone; however, this US trained army turned out to be nothing more than a fleeing prey when it had to confront the ISIS. When the ISIS entered Iraq a few months, they numbered only 1000.
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Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Afghan Taliban Claim Victory

Afghan Taliban claim victory after British withdrawal – The Express Tribune 

In a statement posted to their website, the insurgents thanked Taliban fighters for their “immense sacrifices”.
“No doubt, the bloodiest attacks by mujahedeen during the past 13 years, forced the invading enemy to leave. The official statistics by the enemy puts British casualties at 500 soldiers however the actual number of casualties is more than the official figures.
“These are the figures of life losses; the number of the handicapped soldiers reaches tens of thousands of troops.”
It also called upon Afghans to turn their backs on the government which was working in the interests of Western powers.
“The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan calls on all those people who are fighting against their people as proxy of the invaders that they should use their sagacity. Do not fight in support of the enemy of Islam and the enemy of ours and your forefathers.”
The Taliban have intensified their attacks all around the country in recent months as Nato combat forces which once numbered 140,000 withdraw from Afghanistan by the end of the year.

3 Afghan army soldiers killed in latest spate of violence

4,000 Afghan soldiers and police have been killed in 2014 alone. Think about that as the BBC and UK media continue the jingoism over the moderate British casualties over the full 13 year debacle. 

3 Afghan army soldiers martyred in latest spate of violence - Khaama Press (KP) | Afghan News Agency
At least three Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were martyred in separate Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attacks in the past 24 hours.
Gen. Zahir Azimi, spokesman for the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said at least two Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were martyred following IED attack and direct enemy fire.
He said another Afghan soldier was martyred early on Tuesday in eastern Khost following an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attack.

Monday, 27 October 2014

Afghan Fighting Was 'Fruitless And Expensive'

Afghan Fighting Was 'Fruitless And Expensive'
Too few British troops were sent, too lightly armed, without sufficient helicopters to do the job, argues Sky's Sam Kiley.