Archiv: Afghanistan


21.09.2020 - 19:47 [ Craig Murray / Global Research ]

Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing Day 13

The first witness of the day was Nicky Hager, the veteran New Zealand investigative journalist. Hager’s co-authored book “Hit and Run” detailed a disastrous New Zealand SAS raid in Afghanistan, “Operation Burnham”, that achieved nothing but the deaths of civilians, including a child. Hager was the object of much calumny and insult, and even of police raids on his home, but in July an official government report found that all the major facts of his book were correct, and the New Zealand military had run dangerously out of control:

14.09.2020 - 14:41 [ GEO TV Pakistan ]

Zalmay Khalilzad in Islamabad to discuss Afghan peace talks with Pakistani leadership

US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad arrived today to discuss the matters related to Afghan peace talks with the Pakistan leadership, Geo News reported Monday.

13.09.2020 - 01:49 [ Dawn ]

Seize ‘historic moment’, Pakistan tells Kabul, Taliban

“I warmly welcome the announcement regarding commencement of Intra-Afghan Negotiations on 12 September 2020. Finally, our combined efforts have brought forth the day that the Afghan people have been yearning for,” Prime Minister Khan said.

13.09.2020 - 01:10 [ Anadolu Agency ]

UN, OIC, NATO hail push for peace in Afghanistan

The United Nations, Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), and NATO welcomed the start of intra-Afghan talks in Qatar on Saturday, saying the process presents an ideal chance for lasting peace after decades of conflict in Afghanistan.

10.09.2020 - 22:57 [ The Hill ]

Trump: Pompeo traveling to talks between Taliban, Afghan government

“The negotiations are a result of a bold diplomatic effort on the part of my administration in recent months and years,” Trump said at a news conference. “The United States will play an important role in bringing the parties together to end the decades-long war. It’s been going on for almost 20 years. Long before I got involved, I can tell you that.”

09.09.2020 - 22:49 [ Jason Ditz / Antiwar.com ]

US Commander Confirms Troop Cut Plans in Iraq, Afghanistan

McKenzie also offered an update on the Afghanistan drawdown, saying that the current level of 8,600 wound be down to 4,500 by late October. This figure was roughly announced in the past, but details show that they’re still on track for that.

03.09.2020 - 20:46 [ BernerOberlaender.ch ]

Anklägerin ermittelt gegen die USA: Sie will Mut zeigen

Am Mittwoch nun hat US-Aussenminister Mike Pompeo zudem eine Drohung wahr gemacht und Fatou Bensouda sowie einen hochrangigen Mitarbeiter auf die Sanktionsliste gesetzt. Das heisst, sie werden gleichgesetzt mit Terroristen, ihr Vermögen in den USA kann eingefroren werden. Solche Sanktionen hatte zuletzt auch Israels Regierung gefordert, die verärgert ist über – allerdings nur sehr verhaltene – Ermittlungen wegen möglicher Kriegsverbrechen in Gaza.

03.09.2020 - 20:32 [ Internationaler Strafgerichtshof / International Criminal Court (ICC) ]

International Criminal Court condemns US economic sanctions

The new measures, announced pursuant to the US Executive Order 13928 dated 11 June 2020, are another attempt to interfere with the Court’s judicial and prosecutorial independence and crucial work to address grave crimes of concern to the international community as mandated under the ICC Rome Statute.

These coercive acts, directed at an international judicial institution and its civil servants, are unprecedented and constitute serious attacks against the Court, the Rome Statute system of international criminal justice, and the rule of law more generally.

The Court continues to stand firmly by its personnel and its mission of fighting impunity for the world’s most serious crimes under international law, independently and impartially, in accordance with its mandate. In doing so, the Court benefits from the strong support and commitment of two thirds of the world’s States which are parties to the Rome Statute.

03.09.2020 - 20:30 [ European Union External Action (EEAS) / Auswärtiger Dienst der Europäischen Union ]

International Criminal Court: Statement by the High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell on US sanctions

The European Union is unwavering in its support for the universality of the Rome Statute and for the ICC. We will resolutely defend it from any attempts aimed at obstructing the course of justice and undermining the international system of criminal justice.

03.09.2020 - 20:22 [ Metro.us ]

U.S. blacklists ICC prosecutor over Afghanistan war crimes probe

Pompeo also said Phakiso Mochochoko, the head of the ICC’s Jurisdiction, Complementarity and Cooperation Division, had also been blacklisted under sanctions authorized by President Donald Trump in June that allow for asset freezes and travel bans.

“Today we take the next step, because the ICC continues to target Americans, sadly,” Pompeo told reporters.

03.09.2020 - 20:22 [ Times of Israel ]

US sanctions ICC prosecutor who allowed complaint of Israeli ‘war crimes’

The US has imposed sanctions on the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court just weeks after she allowed a complaint of Israeli “war crimes” to proceed.

Announcing sanctions against the ICC’s Fatou Bensouda, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the court “continues to target Americans”, in apparent reference to investigations into US Army actions in Afghanistan.

03.09.2020 - 12:53 [ Nicolas J.S. Davies / Mintpress.com ]

Libya, Syria, Somalia and Yemen: Calculating the Millions-High Death Toll of America’s Post-9/11 Wars

(26.4.2018)

As Barbara Lee presciently warned her colleagues before she cast her lone dissenting vote in 2001, we have “become the evil we deplore.” But these wars have not been accompanied by fearsome military parades (not yet) or speeches about conquering the world. Instead they have been politically justified by “information warfare” to demonize enemies and fabricate crises, and then waged in a “disguised, quiet, media free” way, to hide their cost in human blood from the American public and the world.

After 16 years of war, about 6 million violent deaths, 6 countries utterly destroyed and many more destabilized, it is urgent that the American public come to terms with the true human cost of our country’s wars and how we have been manipulated and misled into turning a blind eye to them – before they go on even longer, destroy more countries, further undermine the rule of international law and kill millions more of our fellow human beings.

02.09.2020 - 18:01 [ Tagesschau ]

Strafgerichtshof in Den Haag: Chefanklägerin Bensouda auf US-Sanktionsliste

Das kündigte US-Außenminister Mike Pompeo an. Er sagte, auch der ICC-Abteilungsleiter Phakiso Mochochoko werde wegen seiner Unterstützung für Bensouda mit Strafmaßnahmen belegt.

01.09.2020 - 15:30 [ Finian Cunningham / Information Clearing House ]

CIA’s Addiction to Afghanistan War

The systematic involvement of the CIA in international drug running is as old as the agency itself, created in 1947 at the beginning of the Cold War. Its function of covert operations is by definition illegal and therefore requires secret funding.

17.08.2020 - 08:34 [ theIntercept.com ]

House Democrats, Working With Liz Cheney, Restrict Trump’s Planned Withdrawal of Troops From Afghanistan and Germany

The NDAA that was approved last night by the Committee also imposed restrictions on Trump’s plan to withdraw troops from Germany. Trump’s plan called for the removal of roughly 9,500 troops from German soil, reducing the number of U.S. troops in this extremely prosperous and rich European nation from 34,500 to 25,000. But by an overwhelming vote of 49-7, the Armed Service Committee approved an amendment to the NDAA that “bans the administration from lowering troop levels below current levels until 180 days after Pentagon leaders present a plan to Congress and certify it will not harm U.S. or allied interests.”

11.08.2020 - 11:47 [ Arte TV ]

USA wollen Zahl ihrer Soldaten in Afghanistan bis November auf unter 5000 senken

Derzeit haben die USA noch 8600 Soldaten in Afghanistan. US-Präsident Donald Trump hatte in der vergangenen Woche in einem Interview des Nachrichtenportals „Axios“ als Zielmarke genannt, die Truppenpräsenz in Afghanistan bis zur US-Präsidentschaftswahl am 3. November auf „4000 bis 5000“ zu reduzieren.

04.08.2020 - 21:33 [ Stars and Stripes ]

Trump says US forces in Afghanistan to be slashed to fewer than 5,000 this year

President Donald Trump said he expects fewer than 5,000 U.S. troops to be in Afghanistan by November and called America’s wars in the Middle East the “biggest mistake” in the country’s history during a television interview this week.

“We’re largely out of Afghanistan,” Trump said in an interview with Axios aired on HBO Monday. “It’s already planned. … We’ll be down in a very short period of time to 8,000, then we’re gonna be down to 4,000. We’re negotiating right now, we’ve been there for 19 years — 19 years — we’ll be getting out.”

28.07.2020 - 00:16 [ New York Post ]

Trump picks antiwar favorite Douglas Macgregor to be German ambassador

Macgregor is a favorite among Trump supporters who want to pull US troops from the Mideast and Afghanistan. As ambassador, he would oversee Trump’s plan to slash the substantial US troop presence in Germany.

21.07.2020 - 22:06 [ The Hill ]

White House threatens veto of defense bill over Confederate provision

The White House took issue with several other provisions of the legislation, including one that would constrain Trump’s ability to withdraw American troops from Germany and another that would limit Trump’s efforts to scale back the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan.

15.07.2020 - 15:02 [ Prospect.org ]

How Biden’s Foreign-Policy Team Got Rich – Strategic consultants will define Biden’s relationship to the world.

(06.07.2020)

They turned to an industry of power-brokering little known outside the capital: strategic consultancies. Retiring leaders often open firms bearing their names: Madeleine Albright has one, as do Condoleezza Rice and former Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen. Their strategic consultancies tend to blur corporate and governmental roles. This obscure corner of Washington is critical to understanding how a President Joe Biden would conduct foreign policy. He has been picking top advisers from this shadowy world.

15.07.2020 - 15:00 [ Jacobin Magazine ]

Expect More Military “Liberal Interventionism” Under a Joe Biden Presidency

(07.06.2020)

The liberal establishment is desperate to return a centrist to the White House in November and reestablish the country’s more stable military dominance of the world order, disrupted only briefly by Donald Trump. Joe Biden’s terrible track record on foreign policy — including his championing of war in Iraq — suggests a return to Obama-style strong military interventions abroad.

15.07.2020 - 08:02 [ The Hill ]

Pentagon: US has withdrawn from 5 bases in Afghanistan after Taliban agreement

Pentagon chief spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said in a statement that „U.S. forces in Afghanistan remain in the mid-8,000s and five bases formerly occupied by U.S. forces have been transferred to our Afghan partners.“

12.07.2020 - 19:50 [ Jason Ditz / Antiwar.com ]

House Republicans Call for US Pullout From Afghanistan, Iraq

Reps. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) and Thomas Massie (R-KY) sent a letter to President Trump earlier this week, calling on him to not only complete the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, but leave Iraq as well, saying the country can’t stay a great power and engage in endless war.

11.07.2020 - 10:35 [ Aaron Maté / Twitter ]

Colin Powell politely tells MSNBC that they (& many others) botched the Russian Bounty story w/ „hysterical“ coverage. „Our military commanders did not think that it was as serious a problem as the newspapers were reporting & television was reporting… It got almost hysterical.“

06.07.2020 - 09:17 [ ORF ]

US-Truppen in Deutschland kommen beiden Seiten teuer

Über Ramstein in Rheinland-Pfalz läuft die Versorgung der US-Einsätze im Irak und in Afghanistan, im benachbarten Landstuhl steht das größte US-Militärkrankenhaus außerhalb der USA, in Stuttgart befinden sich die Kommandozentralen für die US-Streitkräfte in Europa und in Afrika, das hessischen Wiesbaden beherbergt die Zentrale der US-Army in Europa, und im bayrischen Grafenwöhr gibt es einen der größten Truppenübungsplätze Europas.

03.07.2020 - 14:47 [ Max Blumenthal / The Grayzone ]

US claim of ‘Russian Bounty’ plot in Afghanistan is dubious and dangerous

Max Blumenthal breaks down the “Russian bounty” story’s flaws and how it aims to prolong the war in Afghanistan — and uses Russiagate tactics to continue pushing the Democratic Party to the right

03.07.2020 - 14:33 [ Lee Camp / Consortium News ]

LEE CAMP: Connecting the Dates – US Media Used To Stop The ‘Threat’ of Peace

Now, I’m not implying Trump is some kind of hippy peacenik. (He would look atrocious with no bra and flowers in his hair.) No, the military under Trump has dropped more bombs than under Obama, and that’s impressive since Obama dropped more bombs than ever before.

However, in certain areas of the world, Trump has threatened to create peace. Sure, he’s doing it for his own ego and because he thinks his base wants it, but whatever the reason, he has put forward plans or policies that go against the military industrial complex and the establishment war-hawks (which is 95 percent of the establishment).

03.07.2020 - 10:06 [ The Intercept ]

House Democrats, Working With Liz Cheney, Restrict Trump’s Planned Withdrawal of Troops From Afghanistan and Germany

It should come as absolutely no surprise that House Democrats are finding common cause with Liz Cheney and other GOP warmongers to block any efforts to reduce even moderately the footprint of the U.S. military in the world or its decades-long posture of endless war.

28.06.2020 - 15:03 [ augengeradeaus.net ]

DroneWatch: SPD signalisiert Zustimmung für Drohnen-Bewaffnung für die Bundeswehr

Bei der auch innerhalb der Regierungskoalition strittigen Haltung zur Bewaffnung von Bundeswehr-Drohnen haben die Sozialdemokraten Entgegenkommen signalisiert.

28.06.2020 - 14:01 [ Stars and Stripes ]

Army halts MWR at Afghanistan base, orders contractors to leave to prevent virus spread

The U.S. military has ordered contractors in eastern Afghanistan to leave base as part of coronavirus prevention measures, forcing the closure of Morale, Welfare and Recreation facilities and other nonessential services.

24.06.2020 - 00:32 [ ORF ]

IStGH-Mitglieder stellen sich gegen US-Drohungen

In einer von der Schweiz und Costa Rica eingebrachten Erklärung wird von einer „unerschütterlichen Unterstützung des Gerichts als unabhängige und unparteiische juristische Institution“ gesprochen.

20.06.2020 - 12:36 [ Tagesschau ]

Opiumanbau in Afghanistan: „Alle halten die Hand auf“

Stockende Friedensverhandlungen, wirtschaftliche Not, die Corona-Pandemie: Afghanistan kommt aus der Krise nicht heraus. Viele Bauern setzen auf den illegalen, aber auskömmlichen Anbau von Opium.

18.06.2020 - 11:45 [ Haaretz ]

Will Germany Be Bombing Afghanistan With Israeli Drones?

Israel’s drone deals with Germany began in 2009, when it first leased drones to the German army for use in Afghanistan. Seven years later there was a similar transaction, this time to operate the drones in Mali.

14.06.2020 - 02:07 [ UN News ]

International Criminal Court oversight chief ‘deeply regrets’ US decision to target officials investigating Afghanistan war crimes

The decision, announced on Thursday by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, national security adviser, Robert O’Brien, defence secretary, Mark Esper and attorney general, William Barr, targets ICC officials investigating war crimes allegedly committed in Afghanistan by all sides, including the US, and will also see visa restrictions imposed on their families.

12.06.2020 - 08:44 [ Internationaler Strafgerichtshof / International Criminal Court (ICC) ]

ASP President O-Gon Kwon rejects measures taken against ICC

I will convene an extraordinary meeting of the Bureau of the Assembly next week to consider how to renew our unwavering commitment to the Court.

I call upon the States Parties and all the stakeholders in the Rome Statute system to reiterate once more our relentless commitment to uphold and defend the principles and values enshrined in the Statute and to preserve its integrity undeterred by any measures and threats against the Court and its officials, staff and their families.

12.06.2020 - 08:40 [ Haaretz ]

U.S. Decision to Sanction International Crime Court Was Coordinated With Israel, Source Says

The move was discussed in a meeting between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Jerusalem last month, the source said on Thursday.

12.06.2020 - 08:22 [ ORF.at ]

IStGH wirft Trump Angriff auf „Herrschaft des Rechts“ vor

Der Internationale Strafgerichtshof (IStGH) hat die Strafandrohung von US-Präsident Donald Trump gegen Mitarbeiter des Tribunals als Angriff auf die „Herrschaft des Rechts“ angeprangert. Diese Drohung stelle den „inakzeptablen“ Versuch dar, sich in die Arbeit des Gerichts einzumischen, erklärte der IStGH in der Nacht auf heute in Den Haag.

12.06.2020 - 08:11 [ Tagesschau ]

Internationaler Strafgerichtshof: Trump billigt Sanktionen gegen Ermittler

Das Weltstrafgericht in Den Haag hatte im März geurteilt, dass im Rahmen von Ermittlungen zu mutmaßlichen Kriegsverbrechen in Afghanistan auch gegen CIA-Mitarbeiter ermittelt werden könne. Zu möglichen Kriegsverbrechen in mutmaßlich geheimen Gefangenenlagern der US-Streitkräfte außerhalb von Afghanistan darf die Anklage ebenfalls offiziell ermitteln.

Chefanklägerin Fatou Bensouda hatte die richterliche Zustimmung beantragt, um gegen Verantwortliche für Folter, willkürliche Tötungen, sexuelle Gewalt und andere Kriegsverbrechen vorzugehen, die im Zusammenhang mit dem Krieg in Afghanistan seit 2003 verübt worden seien.

06.06.2020 - 13:42 [ Ben Norton / Twitter ]

Don’t forget Black Lives Matter started under Obama and he did nothing to hold killer cops accountable. Obama deported more people than any other president (2.7 million), destroyed Libya (leading to slave markets for African refugees) and waged nonstop war

02.06.2020 - 22:51 [ CNN ]

There are as many National Guard members activated in the US as there are active duty troops in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan

As thousands across the US take to the streets for another day of protests demanding justice for George Floyd, more than 17,000 members of the National Guard are standing ready to support local law enforcement.
That represents approximately the same number of active duty troops deployed in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan.
As of Monday, nearly half of the US has activated guard members to respond to civil unrest.

28.05.2020 - 16:46 [ Augen geradeaus! ]

US-Truppenabzug aus Afghanistan: Beschleunigen für die US-Wahl? (m. Nachtrag)

In den USA mehren sich die Anzeichen, dass auf Druck von Präsident Donald Trump der Zeitplan für den Abzug von Truppen aus Afghanistan bis zur US-Präsidentenwahl im November beschleunigt werden soll. Im Pentagon würden derzeit entsprechende Pläne erarbeitet, berichtet die Washington Post.

27.05.2020 - 19:48 [ Nicolas J.S. Davies / Mintpress.com ]

Libya, Syria, Somalia and Yemen: Calculating the Millions-High Death Toll of America’s Post-9/11 Wars

(26.4.2018)

As Barbara Lee presciently warned her colleagues before she cast her lone dissenting vote in 2001, we have “become the evil we deplore.” But these wars have not been accompanied by fearsome military parades (not yet) or speeches about conquering the world. Instead they have been politically justified by “information warfare” to demonize enemies and fabricate crises, and then waged in a “disguised, quiet, media free” way, to hide their cost in human blood from the American public and the world.

After 16 years of war, about 6 million violent deaths, 6 countries utterly destroyed and many more destabilized, it is urgent that the American public come to terms with the true human cost of our country’s wars and how we have been manipulated and misled into turning a blind eye to them – before they go on even longer, destroy more countries, further undermine the rule of international law and kill millions more of our fellow human beings.

17.05.2020 - 15:30 [ France24 ]

Afghanistan’s President Ghani signs power-sharing deal with rival Abdullah

„The Political Agreement between President Ghani and Dr. Abdullah Abdullah has just been signed,“ said Sediq Sediqqi, Ghani’s spokesman, on Twitter. Abdullah would lead the council for peace talks with the insurgent Taliban and his team members would be included in cabinet, Sediqqi added.

16.05.2020 - 19:26 [ MDR ]

Die Ruhe ist vorbei: Auf dem Tuppenübungsplatz Oberlausitz wird wieder scharf geschossen

Mehr als 100 Soldaten und 17 Hubschrauberpiloten des Kampfhubschrauberregiments 36 „Kurhessen“ bereiten sich derzeit auf dem Truppenübungsplatz auf künftige Auslandseinsätze in Mali und Afghanistan vor.

11.05.2020 - 03:00 [ Stars and Stripes ]

Taliban say they don’t have missing Navy veteran

Earlier this week, the FBI took the unusual step of putting out a poster with Frerichs‘ picture on it seeking information into his disappearance and whereabouts, something they have not done in previous incidents where the Taliban have taken hostages.

18.04.2020 - 03:51 [ MDR ]

Bundeswehr plant trotz Corona große Übungen

Das sei ein normales Prozedere, das Leben gehe ja schließlich weiter und es sei notwendig, dass die Bundeswehr beispielsweise die Ausbildung von Soldatinnen und Soldaten fortführe.

11.04.2020 - 23:24 [ The Express Tribune ]

Kabul refuses to hand over IS regional chief to Islamabad

The statement underscored that as Farooqi was involved in anti-Pakistan activities in Afghanistan, he should be handed over to Pakistan for further investigation and also suggested that the two sides should coordinate actions against the menace of terrorism, including through established mechanisms.

24.03.2020 - 06:24 [ Tagesschau ]

Konflikt um Präsidentenamt: USA kürzen Hilfen für Afghanistan

Er hatte dort Staatschef Ashraf Ghani sowie dessen Erzrivalen Abdullah Abdullah getroffen, die seit der Wahl im vergangenen Jahr beide die Präsidentschaft für sich beanspruchen.

Die USA seien „enttäuscht“ über das Verhalten der beiden afghanischen Rivalen, erklärte Pompeo. Deren Versäumnis, eine Einheitsregierung zu bilden, habe die Beziehungen zwischen den USA und Afghanistan „beschädigt“.

11.03.2020 - 23:55 [ debates.org ]

September 30. 2004 Debate Transcript

(September 30, 2004)

KERRY: Thirty-five to forty countries in the world had a greater capability of making weapons at the moment the president invaded than Saddam Hussein. And while he’s been diverted, with 9 out of 10 active duty divisions of our Army, either going to Iraq, coming back from Iraq, or getting ready to go, North Korea’s gotten nuclear weapons and the world is more dangerous. Iran is moving toward nuclear weapons and the world is more dangerous. Darfur has a genocide.

The world is more dangerous. I’d have made a better choice.

LEHRER: New question. Two minutes, Senator Kerry. What is your position on the whole concept of preemptive war?

KERRY: The president always has the right, and always has had the right, for preemptive strike. That was a great doctrine throughout the Cold War. And it was always one of the things we argued about with respect to arms control.

11.03.2020 - 23:52 [ Politics 101 / Youtube ]

George W. Bush and John Kerry 1st Presidential Debate 2004

The First Presidential Debate between George W. Bush and John Kerry on Thursday September 30th, 2004 at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida.

11.03.2020 - 20:58 [ UN.org ]

Security Council resolution endorses moves towards long-sought Afghanistan peace

The UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution on Tuesday afternoon welcoming recent steps towards ending the conflict in Afghanistan. All 15 members supported the resolution, tabled by the United States, which endorses a joint US-Afghan declaration on peace and an agreement signed between Washington and the Taliban.

11.03.2020 - 20:39 [ tagesschau / Twitter ]

Abzug der #Bundeswehr aus #Afghanistan? Nach der Ankündigung der USA, Truppen abziehen zu wollen, haben @ThomasHitschler und @tpflueger unterschiedliche Auffassungen. #Verteidigungsausschuss

11.03.2020 - 20:35 [ ZDF.de ]

Afghanistan – UN-Sicherheitsrat stimmt für US-Friedensplan

Der UN-Sicherheitsrat hat sich einstimmig hinter das Friedensabkommen zwischen den USA und den radikalislamischen Taliban in Afghanistan gestellt. Das Votum kam in dieser Einigkeit für viele Experten überraschend, da es sich bei dem Abkommen um eine Vereinbarung zwischen einer ausländischen Regierung und einer Extremistengruppe handelt.

09.03.2020 - 07:52 [ Bundestag ]

Stenografischer Bericht 25. Sitzung Berlin, Donnerstag, den 13. Februar 2003

Dr. Angela Merkel: Sie machen sich Sorgen, ob wir, die Politiker – egal ob Regierung oder Opposition –, unser Land durch eine schwierige Zeit, insbesondere durch den Irakkonflikt und durch den Kampf gegen den Terrorismus mit Klugheit und Weisheit führen können. Die Menschen in diesem Lande wollen keinen Krieg.

(Hans-Werner Bertl [SPD]: Das ist wahr!)

Diejenigen, die in diesem Saale sitzen, wollen auch keinen Krieg.

(Lebhafter Beifall bei der CDU/CSU und der FDP)

Sehr geehrter Herr Bundeskanzler, wie sehr Sie innerlich unter Druck stehen, hat man schon an der Lautstärke Ihrer Stimme gemerkt.

(Lachen bei der SPD)

Dass Sie es aber nötig haben, die Opposition dieses Hauses als Kriegstreiber zu verleumden,

(Hans Michelbach [CDU/CSU]: Pfui!)

zeigt, in welcher Ecke Sie stehen. Aus dieser Ecke werden Sie nicht herauskommen können.

(Anhaltender Beifall bei der CDU/CSU und der FDP)

Wer als Bundeskanzler der Bundesrepublik Deutschland den Eindruck erweckt, irgendjemand würde sich die Entscheidung über Krieg und Frieden leicht machen und die letzte Chance aus der Hand geben, der, sehr geehrter Herr Bundeskanzler, hat nicht erfasst, worum es geht.

(Beifall bei der CDU/CSU und der FDP)

Ich sage Ihnen: Sie sind seit Wochen auf einem Irrweg. Das Schlimmste ist – das sage ich mit großem Ernst; das ist meine feste Überzeugung –, dass insbesondere Ihr Verhalten auf dem Marktplatz von Goslar den Krieg im Irak leider nicht unwahrscheinlicher, sondern wahrscheinlicher gemacht hat; denn Sie haben den Druck auf Saddam Hussein verringert.

(Beifall bei der CDU/CSU und der FDP – Lothar Mark [SPD]: Das ist unglaublich! – Weitere Zurufe von der SPD)

Im Gegensatz zu Ihnen war ich in München und weiß, was ich gesagt habe. Niemand hat behauptet, dass es aufgrund der Resolution 1441 einen Automatismus der Gewalt gibt.

07.03.2020 - 22:13 [ Nicolas J.S. Davies / Mintpress.com ]

Libya, Syria, Somalia and Yemen: Calculating the Millions-High Death Toll of America’s Post-9/11 Wars

(26.4.2018)

As Barbara Lee presciently warned her colleagues before she cast her lone dissenting vote in 2001, we have “become the evil we deplore.” But these wars have not been accompanied by fearsome military parades (not yet) or speeches about conquering the world. Instead they have been politically justified by “information warfare” to demonize enemies and fabricate crises, and then waged in a “disguised, quiet, media free” way, to hide their cost in human blood from the American public and the world.

After 16 years of war, about 6 million violent deaths, 6 countries utterly destroyed and many more destabilized, it is urgent that the American public come to terms with the true human cost of our country’s wars and how we have been manipulated and misled into turning a blind eye to them – before they go on even longer, destroy more countries, further undermine the rule of international law and kill millions more of our fellow human beings.

06.03.2020 - 15:47 [ Jason Ditz / Antiwar.com ]

Pompeo: US Will Take ‘All Necessary Measures’ to Prevent ICC War Crimes Probe

Pompeo said it was reckless to even suggest an investigation after the Afghan peace deal was reached, and vowed the US would take “all necessary measures” to shield US personnel from the investigation.

06.03.2020 - 15:43 [ Jason Ditz / antikrieg.com ]

Pompeo: USA werden „alle notwendigen Maßnahmen“ ergreifen, um die Untersuchung von Kriegsverbrechen durch den IStGH zu verhindern

Pompeo sagte, es sei unverantwortlich, überhaupt nach dem afghanischen Friedensabkommen eine Untersuchung vorzuschlagen, und schwor, dass die Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika „alle notwendigen Maßnahmen“ ergreifen würden, um US-Personal vor der Untersuchung zu schützen.

06.03.2020 - 11:32 [ Glenn Greenwald / Twitter ]

Here’s Biden again – where a bust of the monstrous war criminal Dick Cheney was unveiled at the Capitol – where Biden stood by George W. Bush heaping more praise on Cheney: „I actually like Dick Cheney,“ Biden said, adding: (Biden was the critical Senate Dem for the Iraq War):

06.03.2020 - 01:27 [ TOLOnews ]

ICC Rules to Investigate War Crime Cases in Afghanistan

According to the report, Washington signed, but never ratified, the Rome Statute that was founded by the tribunal in 2002. While the United States worked with the ICC under the Obama administration to bring Ugandan militants to justice, the Trump administration has been strongly critical of the organization.

01.03.2020 - 18:11 [ Bundestag ]

Bundeswehr­einsatz in Afgha­nistan soll verlängert werden

Liveübertragung: Mittwoch, 4. März, 16.30 Uhr

Der Bundestag berät am Mittwoch, 4. März 2020, über die Fortsetzung des Bundeswehreinsatzes in Afghanistan. Die Bundesregierung hat dazu einen Antrag mit dem Titel „Fortsetzung der Beteiligung bewaffneter deutscher Streitkräfte am Nato-geführten Einsatz Resolute Support für die Ausbildung, Beratung und Unterstützung der afghanischen nationalen Verteidigungs- und Sicherheitskräfte in Afghanistan“ (19/17287) vorgelegt.

29.02.2020 - 16:21 [ New York Times ]

U.S. Strikes Deal With Taliban to Withdraw Troops From Afghanistan

The United States signed a deal with the Taliban on Saturday that sets the stage to end America’s longest war — the nearly two-decade-old conflict in Afghanistan that began after the Sept. 11 attacks, killed tens of thousands of people, vexed three White House administrations and left mistrust and uncertainty on all sides.

29.02.2020 - 16:10 [ Tagesschau ]

USA und Taliban unterschreiben: Friedensabkommen für Afghanistan

Mehr als 18 Jahre nach dem US-Einmarsch in Afghanistan haben die USA und die militant-islamistischen Taliban ein Abkommen über Wege zu einem Frieden geschlossen.

29.02.2020 - 02:29 [ Zeit ]

Afghanistan: Donald Trump kündigt Friedensabkommen mit Taliban an

US-Außenminister Mike Pompeo soll am Samstag in Doha ein Friedensabkommen mit den Taliban unterzeichnen. Anschließend sind innerafghanische Verhandlungen geplant.

26.02.2020 - 17:18 [ Neues Deutschland ]

Deutschland bald allein in Afghanistan?

Am 4. März opfert die Mehrheit der Abgeordneten eine halbe Stunde ihrer kostbaren Zeit, um den Mandatsantrag erst einmal zum auswärtigen Ausschuss und dann vermutlich durchzuwinken.

Eine Formsache, denn Außenminister Heiko Maas (SPD) hat dem afghanischen Präsidenten Aschraf Ghani bereits Mitte Februar auf der Münchner Sicherheitskonferenz versichert, Deutschland werde sein Engagement fortsetzen.

26.02.2020 - 17:10 [ Zeit.de ]

Bundeswehr: Kabinett verlängert Einsätze in Afghanistan und im Mittelmeer

(19.02.2020)

Die bisherigen Mandate laufen jeweils Ende März aus. Nach dem Kabinett muss nun auch noch der Bundestag den geplanten Verlängerungen um jeweils ein Jahr zustimmen.

26.02.2020 - 17:04 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Bundeswehr Kabinett: verlängert zwei Afrika-Einsätze

(05.02.2020)

Nach dem Kabinett muss diese auch der Bundestag im März genehmigen. Bis Ende März muss aber eine noch ungleich gewichtigere Frage gelöst sein: Dann nämlich läuft das Mandat für die Trainings- und Ausbildungsmission in Afghanistan aus. Ob und in welcher Größenordnung diese weiterlaufen soll, hängt entscheidend davon ab, was die USA vorhaben.

26.02.2020 - 02:29 [ ECCHR / Twitter ]

1/2 #Germany before the #ECtHR: Tomorrow, the Grand Chamber will hear the case of the #Kunduz #Afghanistan air strike, for which German Army Colonel Klein gave the order. We support Abdul Hanan, who lost two sons (8 and 12).

26.02.2020 - 01:48 [ Al Jazeera ]

Australian special forces probed for alleged Afghan war crimes

An annual report by the Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force said 55 separate incidents were being investigated as part of a years-long probe into allegations Australian soldiers committed war crimes while serving in Afghanistan.

25.02.2020 - 14:28 [ Informationsstelle Militarisierung (IMI) ]

Gegen unseren ausdrücklichen Widerspruch

Denn in gewisser Weise verdeutlicht es uns auch, was leider an vielen Orten der Welt Normalzustand ist bzw. geworden ist. Diesmal betrifft der sichtbare Aufmarsch Deutschland und Europa. Hier handelt es sich formal nur um eine Übung. In Afghanistan, Irak und Mali ist ein solcher Aufmarsch, eine irrwitzige militärische Logistik aber blutiger Alltag. Und an allen diesen Orten ist die Bundeswehr beteiligt. Weniger auffällig findet bereits jetzt eine alltägliche Logistik von Truppen und Waffen nach Zentralasien, in den Nahen Osten und nach Afrika statt. NATO, Bundeswehr und ihre Verbündeten haben diese Räume in Kriegsgebiete verwandelt.

25.02.2020 - 01:13 [ Reuters ]

Exclusive: U.S. wants Afghan president to postpone planned inauguration -sources

The United States wants Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to defer his second-term inauguration over concerns it could inflame an election feud with his political rival and jeopardize U.S.-led peacemaking efforts, two sources familiar with the matter said on Monday.

21.02.2020 - 02:44 [ Marjorie Cohn / Truthout ]

Extradition of Assange Would Set a Dangerous Precedent

Assange’s extradition hearing will begin on February 24 in Judge Vanessa Baraitser’s London courtroom. More than 70 lawyers and legal academics, as well as at least 12 former heads of state, have signed a letter that will be sent to the U.K. Home Secretary, stating, “The fact that the charges are brought under the Espionage Act further reveals that this is a matter of a pure political offence [citation omitted].

21.02.2020 - 02:33 [ Marjorie Cohn / antikrieg.com ]

Die Auslieferung von Assange würde einen gefährlichen Präzedenzfall schaffen

Assanges Auslieferungsanhörung wird am 24. Februar im Londoner Gerichtssaal der Richterin Vanessa Baraitser beginnen. Mehr als 70 Rechtsanwälte und Rechtswissenschaftler sowie mindestens 12 ehemalige Staatsoberhäupter haben ein Schreiben unterzeichnet, das an den britischen Innenminister geschickt wird und in dem es heißt: „Die Tatsache, dass die Anklage nach dem Spionagegesetz erhoben wird, zeigt außerdem, dass es sich um ein rein politisches Vergehen handelt. Es besteht ein breiter internationaler Konsens darüber, dass solche Straftaten nicht der Auslieferung unterliegen sollten“.

20.02.2020 - 12:39 [ NATO / Twitter ]

NATO is a family of common values. We are united with our Allies for peace and stability. ?? #Turkey is NATO, #WeAreNATO

13.02.2020 - 21:33 [ Jacob G. Hornberger / antikrieg.com ]

US-Lügen und Tote in Afghanistan

Sie sind sicherlich nicht für den Schutz unserer Freiheit gestorben, denn unsere Freiheit wird weder von jemandem in Afghanistan noch von jemand anderem bedroht. Man muss nur die Ost- und die Westküste besuchen und sehen, dass keine feindliche Nation in die Vereinigten Staaten eindringt. Dasselbe gilt für die Nord- und Südgrenze der Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika.

12.02.2020 - 21:43 [ theGrayzone.com ]

Media darling Pete Buttigieg was in unit that worked with the CIA in Afghanistan

While official records linking the ATFC to the CIA do not appear widely in available government documents, their collaboration is an open secret. One early report by the Association of Former Intelligence Officers, an advocacy organization for the US intelligence community, noted “the cell has about two-dozen members drawn from the Drug Enforcement Administration, US Central Command, the Treasury Department and the CIA. The FBI is expected to join soon.”

Global news wire Agency France-Presse characterized ATFC as “a multi-agency organization currently comprising about 30 specialists on loan from the Department of Drug Enforcement, Department of the Treasury, Department of Justice, Department of Defense’s CENTCOM, the CIA and the FBI.”

05.02.2020 - 18:28 [ Tagesschau ]

Bundeswehr: Kabinett verlängert zwei Afrika-Einsätze

Vorausgesetzt, auch der Bundestag gibt grünes Licht, wird die Bundeswehr länger in zwei Krisenregionen Afrikas bleiben.

01.02.2020 - 18:23 [ Trend.az ]

Ashgabat, Delhi discuss TAPI gas pipeline project

The Turkmengas State Concern is the leader of the TAPI Pipeline Company Ltd. international consortium. It acts as the main financier and manager of the project. The consortium also includes Afghan Gas Corporation, Pakistan’s Inter State Gas Systems (Private) Limited Company and India’s GAIL Company.

24.01.2020 - 02:00 [ NIKKEI Asian Review ]

Beijing-backed Pakistan port opens as hub for Afghanistan trade

Gwadar port in southern Pakistan recently began handling cargo bound for Afghanistan. While undoubtedly a positive development for the $50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, experts say the economic sustainability of the Chinese-managed port remains far from certain.

15.01.2020 - 10:14 [ theHill.com ]

Democrats clash at debate over keeping US troops in Mideast

The United States has about 5,000 troops in Iraq leading the fight against ISIS. There are also about 800 U.S. troops fighting ISIS in Syria. Meanwhile, about 14,000 U.S. troops are in Afghanistan helping Afghan forces fight the Taliban and conducting counterterrorism operations against groups such as ISIS.

Outside of combat zones, the United States has also deployed about 14,000 more troops throughout the Middle East since the summer in an effort to deter Iran.

12.01.2020 - 19:15 [ Nicolas J.S. Davies / Mintpress.com ]

Libya, Syria, Somalia and Yemen: Calculating the Millions-High Death Toll of America’s Post-9/11 Wars

(26.4.2018)

As Barbara Lee presciently warned her colleagues before she cast her lone dissenting vote in 2001, we have “become the evil we deplore.” But these wars have not been accompanied by fearsome military parades (not yet) or speeches about conquering the world. Instead they have been politically justified by “information warfare” to demonize enemies and fabricate crises, and then waged in a “disguised, quiet, media free” way, to hide their cost in human blood from the American public and the world.

After 16 years of war, about 6 million violent deaths, 6 countries utterly destroyed and many more destabilized, it is urgent that the American public come to terms with the true human cost of our country’s wars and how we have been manipulated and misled into turning a blind eye to them – before they go on even longer, destroy more countries, further undermine the rule of international law and kill millions more of our fellow human beings.

12.01.2020 - 19:10 [ Nicolas J.S. Davies / Consortium News ]

How Many People Has the U.S. Killed in its Post-9/11 Wars? Part 2: Afghanistan and Pakistan

(03.04.2018)

Combining my estimates for Afghanistan and Pakistan, I estimate that about 1.2 million Afghans and Pakistanis have been killed as a result of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in 2001.

Nicolas J.S. Davies is the author of Blood On Our Hands: the American Invasion and Destruction of Iraq. He also wrote the chapter on “Obama at War” in Grading the 44th President: a Report Card on Barack Obama’s First Term as a Progressive Leader.

07.01.2020 - 22:31 [ Youtube ]

Mike Prysner Protests Obama’s Wars

Iraq War Vet Mike Prysner
Protests Obama’s Wars
Veterans for Peace
White House
December 16, 2010, 10 am

04.01.2020 - 03:19 [ Bernie Sanders, candidate for President / Twitter ]

We must do more than just stop war with Iran. We must firmly commit to ending U.S. military presence in the Middle East in an orderly manner…

We must end our involvement in the Saudi-led intervention in Yemen. We must bring our troops home from Afghanistan.