12.09.2018 - 05:50 [ ]

Internationaler Strafgerichtshof: Bolton droht Richtern in Den Haag

Die Vereinigten Staaten erkennen diesen Gerichtshof nicht an, wollen ihm nicht beitreten und akzeptieren keine Urteile gegen amerikanische Staatsbürger, die dort angeklagt sind und verurteilt werden sollten.
Darin unterscheidet sich die von Donald Trump geführte Regierung nicht von ihren Vorgängern.

12.09.2018 - 05:47 [ BBC ]

John Bolton threatens ICC with US sanctions

The court is currently considering prosecuting US servicemen over alleged detainee abuse in Afghanistan.

National Security Adviser John Bolton called the court „illegitimate“ and vowed the US would do everything „to protect our citizens“.

The US is among dozens of nations not to have joined the court.

03.09.2018 - 11:42 [ Klaus Madersbacher / ]

9/11 – der Jahrtag naht …

Nicht zu vergessen der „PATRIOT-Act“ (USA PATRIOT Act steht als Abkürzung für Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001, deutsch etwa: „Gesetz zur Einigung und Stärkung Amerikas durch Bereitstellung geeigneter Instrumente, um Terrorismus aufzuhalten und zu blockieren“) – das umfangreiche Gesetzeswerk, das binnen weniger Tage beschlussreif in Repräsentantenhaus und Senat vorlag und am 25. Oktober 2001 mit überwältigender Mehrheit beschlossen wurde. Da man für jedes Pimperlgesetz üblicherweise wesentlich länger braucht, ist davon auszugehen, dass der umfangreiche PATRIOT-Act bereits fertig in der Schublade auf den entsprechenden Anlass gewartet hat …

Der Angriff der Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika gegen Afghanistan erfolgte am 7. Oktober 2001.

24.08.2018 - 17:40 [ ]

CentCom’s Votel: U.S. will stay in Syria to fight ISIS and keep an eye on Iran

(22.5.2018) In March, President Donald Trump said he would be pulling U.S. troops out of Syria „very soon.“ But they’re still there, and will stay there, to defeat what’s left of the so-called Islamic State, says the man in charge of military efforts in the region.

Despite the commander-in-chief’s comments, Army Gen. Joseph Votel said it didn’t require much pushback to convince Trump to stay the course.

24.08.2018 - 17:29 [ ]

ISIS 2.0: Islamic State Launches Massive Attack in Syria, Resurging in Iraq

(24.7.2018) Seven months after routing ISIS from large swaths of Iraq and Syria, the Department of Defense says a coalition of 77 nations and numerous international organizations remains determined to keep the terror group from resurfacing.

24.08.2018 - 17:22 [ Charles Bybelezer, The Media Line / Jerusalem Post ]

Analysis: The Islamic State’s push for a new caliphate

(16.8.2018) According to findings by the Lead Inspector General of Operation Inherent Resolve, the United States-led military coalition against the Islamic State, the terror group is much larger than previously thought and still poses a significant threat.

21.08.2018 - 19:04 [ ]

Afghanistan: Superlative des „failed state“?

(26.7.2018) Mitten im Kabuler Stadtteil Kote Sangi hissten Taliban-Kämpfer ihre Flagge und wurden von Sicherheitskräften mit Freude empfangen. Man umarmte sich, machte Selfies und trank gemeinsam Tee. In der Provinz Farah, die einige Tage zuvor noch von den Taliban belagert wurde, empfing der Gouverneur Aufständische in seinem Palast und lud sie zum Essen ein.

21.08.2018 - 18:51 [ ]

Don’t Let Erik Prince Anywhere Near The War In Afghanistan

NBC News reported on Friday that Prince, founder of notorious private security company Blackwater and brother of current Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, is once again pushing to effectively privatize the U.S. military campaign in Afghanistan.

Prince’s plan to take over the Forever War isn’t new.

21.08.2018 - 18:48 [ Sean McFate / Politico ]

I Was a Mercenary. Trust Me: Erik Prince’s Plan Is Garbage.

(31.8.2017) Mercenaries are back, a dangerous trend occurring in the shadows. Their very lack of accountability is their main selling point; they offer plausible deniability and brute force to those too weak or squeamish to wage war. Customers are buying too, with mercenary proliferation in Afghanistan, Congo, Iraq, Nigeria, Somalia, Syria, Ukraine and Yemen. Clients include countries, extractive industry and even terrorists. This trend may one day alter international relations: When anyone can rent a military, then super-rich and large corporations can become a new kind of superpower. Worse, mercenaries can start and elongate conflicts for profit, breeding endless war. A world with more mercenaries means a world with more war, which is why Prince’s proposal is so dangerous.

21.08.2018 - 18:43 [ Bruce Riedel / Brookings ]

The Warlord Who Defines Afghanistan: An Excerpt From Bruce Riedel’s ‘What We Won’

(27.7.2017) Since the 1980s, Shibirghan has been the stronghold of Abdul Rashid Dostum, an Uzbek Afghan warlord who has played a complex role in the wars that have wracked Afghanistan since 1978. In 1998, Dostum was my host during a visit to Shibirghan. I had met him before, in my Pentagon office, where he had related his life’s journey to me. A physically strong and imposing man, he has an Asian appearance, a hint of his Mongol roots. That day he was dressed to look like a modern political leader, in a suit and tie. The notorious warlord was hosting a meeting of the Northern Alliance, the coalition of Afghan parties that opposed the Taliban, in his hometown. In addition to Dostum, Afghan President Burhanuddin Rabbani, Hazara Shia leader Karim Khalili, and Mohammad Abdullah, a deputy of the legendary Ahmad Shah Massoud, were in attendance. The U.S. party was led by Bill Richardson, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, and Karl “Rick” Inderfurth, assistant secretary of State. At the start of the meeting, all the Afghans and Americans held each other’s hands in a symbol of unity for the cameras.

21.08.2018 - 18:21 [ ]

Blackwater founder Erik Prince is pushing to privatize America’s costly war in Afghanistan — and going on cable TV to persuade Trump

Between 2001 and 2017, the US spent an estimated $714 billion on a war that many observers argue America is still far from winning, Task & Purpose reported last August. Prince intends to privatize the conflict to reduce US manpower in the country and ultimately reduce spending.

Prince’s plan would see troops replaced with private military contractors who work for a special envoy that reports directly to the president.

14.08.2018 - 00:03 [ Fox News ]

Taliban travel from Afghanistan to Uzbekistan for talks

(11.8.2018) Last week, Afghan security forces reportedly rescued scores of Afghan Uzbeks who had declared their allegiance to IS when they came under attack by Taliban fighters in northern Afghanistan not far from the border with Uzbekistan. The rescued Uzbek warriors declared they would join the peace process. Most of those rescued were Afghan Uzbeks loyal to Afghanistan’s Vice President Rashid Dostum who had gone over to IS after Dostum fell out with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and fled to Turkey in May last year.

Coincidentally their rescue from the Taliban came just days after Dostum returned to Afghanistan and reconciled with Ghani’s government.

13.08.2018 - 23:50 [ ]

China, Afghanistan relations expanding: Dostum

(7.8.2018) KABUL (Pajhwok): First Vice President Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum and Chinese Ambassador to Afghanistan Lu Jing Sung have met and discussed bilateral and regional issues, a media report said on Tuesday.
Dostum dubbed China, the most important country in global affairs and world and regional economic development, BNA reported.

13.08.2018 - 23:03 [ Guardian ]

Taliban hails ‚helpful‘ US talks as boost to Afghan peace process

On Sunday fighting continued for the third consecutive day between the Taliban and Afghan security forces in the eastern city of Ghazni.

The US previously said it would sit on the sidelines of an “Afghan-led, Afghan-owned” peace process. The Trump administration changed tack, however, in recognition of the Taliban’s refusal to enter negotiations with the Afghan government without first discussing the removal of foreign troops in the US.

The first round of basic contacts “were very helpful”, a senior member of the Taliban’s Quetta Shura told the Guardian. They requested anonymity as only the movement’s spokesperson is authorised to speak in public.

28.07.2018 - 23:21 [ ]

Three Reasons Why Trump May End the ‘Forever War’

(11.7.2018) Third, Trump could simply decide to call it quits. Where Trump differs from Bush and Obama is that he never had any real enthusiasm for the Afghan campaign. He is also somewhat less vulnerable to the political costs of withdrawal because he made an opposition to prolonged nation-building missions a central plank of his campaign.

11.07.2018 - 20:33 [ ]

Umfrage zeigt: Deutsche wollen Abzug der Bundeswehr aus Afghanistan

(15.6.2017) Die Umfrage führte das Institut Insa für die „Bild“-Zeitung durch. 55 Prozent vertraten die Auffassung, dass die Bundeswehr komplett aus Afghanistan abgezogen werden soll, berichtet das Blatt am Donnerstag. Nur 20,3 Prozent sprachen sich demnach für einen Verbleib deutscher Soldaten in Afghanistan aus.

11.07.2018 - 19:51 [ ]

stern-Umfrage: Mehrheit will schnell aus Afghanistan raus

(4.Januar 2011) Knapp zwei Drittel der Bundesbürger (63 Prozent) sind dafür, dass sich die Bundeswehr zu einem festen Zeitpunkt aus Afghanistan zurückzieht. Das ergab eine Umfrage im Auftrag des stern. Rund ein Drittel (32 Prozent) der 1002 repräsentativ Befragten sprach sich dafür aus, die derzeit knapp 5000 deutschen Soldaten ohne Termindruck so lange am Hindukusch zu lassen, wie es die Lage im Land erfordere. 5 Prozent hatten keine Meinung.

11.07.2018 - 17:46 [ ]

UK to nearly double troops in Afghanistan after Trump request

The United Kingdom will nearly double the number of troops it has in Afghanistan in response to a request by President Donald Trump for additional support in America’s longest war.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said Tuesday that 440 more British servicemembers would deploy to the country, bringing the U.K.’s total contribution to about 1,100 troops.

20.06.2018 - 17:54 [ ]

„Die Sicherheit Deutschlands wird auch am Hindukusch verteidigt“

(13. Dezember 2002) Die Sicherheit Deutschlands wird auch am Hindukusch verteidigt“, betonte Verteidigungsminister Peter Struck (SPD). Zudem will er die Verteidigungspolitischen Richtlinien (VPR) neu fassen. „Wenn solches Denken Schule macht, landet die Welt über kurz oder lang im Chaos. Mit demselben Recht könnten Pakistan, Indien, China oder jedes x-beliebige Land in ihren Militärdoktrinen festlegen, dass deren Verteidigung am Rhein stattfindet“, warnte die Friedensbewegung.

19.06.2018 - 21:27 [ Jason Ditz / ]

Brief Afghan Ceasefire Ends With a Return to War

A three-day ceasefire for Eid al-Fitr saw Afghanistan enjoying a level of peace unseen in years. Taliban fighters and government forces celebrated together, shared meals, and got along. The ceasefire ended Sunday night, and everyone got orders to return to fighting.

20.05.2018 - 16:33 [ Paul Craig Roberts ]

Pentagon Concludes America Not Safe Unless It Conquers The World — Paul Craig Roberts

(10.7.2015) The Pentagon has released its “National Military Strategy of the United States of America 2015,” June 2015.
The document announces a shift in focus from terrorists to “state actors” that “are challenging international norms.” It is important to understand what these words mean. Governments that challenge international norms are sovereign countries that pursue policies independently of Washington’s policies. These “revisionist states” are threats, not because they plan to attack the US, which the Pentagon admits neither Russia nor China intend, but because they are independent. In other words, the norm is dependence on Washington.

12.05.2018 - 19:36 [ Luftpost ]

Die Welt muss aufhören, nach der Pfeife der Finanzoligarchie und der Rüstungsindustrie der USA in den Abgrund zu tanzen!

Als unter Bill Clinton die nach dem Ende des Kalten Krieges aufkeimende Hoffnung auf einen dauerhaften Frieden erstickt und ohne UN-Mandat Jugoslawien zerschlagen wurde, als unter Georg W. Bush – angeblich als „Vergeltung“ für die nach wie vor nicht aufgeklärten 9/11-Anschläge – Afghanistan überfallen, der Krieg gegen den Irak herbeigelogen und der ABM-Vertrag mit Russland gekündigt wurde, als unter „Friedensengel“ Barack Obama Libyen bombardiert, Syrien destabilisiert und der völkerrechtswidrige US-Drohnenkrieg eskaliert wurde, haben die meisten Medien sich jeder Kritik enthalten und diese Präsidentendarsteller, die auch nur Marionetten der US-Finanz- und Rüstungsindustrie waren, sogar noch bejubelt.

09.05.2018 - 07:15 [ Präsident der Islamischen Republik Iran ]

JCPOA lost 1 out of 5+1/I instructed FM to meet with other 5 countries soon/JCPOA to stand if other sides meet Iran’s goals/People mustn’t worry; we knew from long ago that Trump isn’t trustable

Speaking in a televised address to the people on the JCPOA, President Hassan Rouhani said: “As verified by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Iran has lived up to all its commitments and tonight, it was revealed who the unfaithful is”.

He continued: “Today, we saw what we were reiterating from 40 years ago, and that is Iran is a country that lives up to its commitments and the United States is a country that has never done so”.

“In the past 40 years or even before that, history tells that Americans have had a hostile approach towards the great Iranian nation and the nations of the region; from the coup in Iran against the legal government of Dr Mosadeq to their interference in the affairs of the past regime, supporting Saddam and attacking Iran’s passenger plane and killing innocent people and what they have done against the people of Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen and the Middle East and North Africa and against other peoples of the world”.

He also referred to the US’ withdrawal from the JCPOA and continued: “In fact, this was a confirmation of what they have been doing in the past months in another way”.

07.05.2018 - 16:50 [ Long War Journal ]

‘Desperate’ Taliban ‘has lost ground,’ Pentagon spokesperson wrongly claims

The Taliban controls and contests more districts since SIGAR started reporting on this in 2015. LWJ’s data on district control paints an even more dire picture.
– The Taliban control the largest percentage of the Afghan population than at any point during the war.
– Security incidents in 2017 were at the highest level ever recorded.
– Sectarian attacks have increased three-fold (primarily due to increased activity of the Islamic State’s Khorasan province, the Islamic State’s branch in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region).

05.05.2018 - 08:47 [ Intercept ]

The U.S. Quietly Released Afghanistan’s “Biggest Drug Kingpin” From Prison. Did He Cut a Deal?

(2.Mai) The prosecutor, Assistant U.S. Attorney Eugene Ingoglia, cautioned, “I think we should be careful if we are talking about agencies that are not DEA to avoid inadvertently making any kind of disclosure of classified information.”

04.05.2018 - 09:29 [ Ishaan Tharoor / Washington Post ]

There’s no stopping the American forever war

Trump has championed American hard power and his ability to launch punitive missile strikes on enemy targets, be they militant redoubts in Afghanistan or the airfields of the Syrian regime.

Under his watch, coalition forces unleashed a relentless air campaign against the Islamic State, pulverizing the Iraqi city of Mosul and the Syrian city of Raqqa. Months later, volunteers are still digging bodies out of the rubble, while rights groups point to an untallied civilian death toll that may number in the hundreds, perhaps thousands.

23.04.2018 - 11:43 [ ]

Bundeswehr: Von der Leyen plant Milliarden-Rüstungsaufträge

Wie bereits berichtete, sollen auch israelische HeronTP-Drohnen beschafft werden. Der Leasingvertrag für neun Jahre solle mehr als eine Milliarde Euro kosten, heißt es nun. Bestellt werden sollen demnach unter anderem auch Rettungshubschrauber, Gefechtsstände, Transportflugzeuge und Raketenwerfer. Zudem sollen die Betreiberverträge für die Heron 1-Aufklärungsdrohnen, die bereits in Afghanistan und Mali im Einsatz sind, bis Ende Februar 2020 verlängert werden.

22.04.2018 - 16:03 [ ]

Kazakhstan amends agreement with US on cargo transit to Afghanistan

„The main route for material support of the contingent in Afghanistan passes through Pakistan, but due to military and political instability and existing disagreements in bilateral relations, the American side is working on an alternative route: from the territory of Azerbaijan via the Caspian Sea to Kazakhstan (Aktau and Kuryk ports) and then by rail to Uzbekistan and Afghanistan, which is a modified version of the Northern Distribution Network,“ the message said.

19.04.2018 - 10:50 [ Rubikon ]

Demokratie als Fassade – Kriegsverbrecher sitzen an den Schalthebeln der Macht

Der „Krieg gegen den Terror“ ist der wahre Terror des organisierten Staatsterrorismus dieser westlichen Wertegemeinschaft im ethisch-moralischen Zerfallsstadium.

Dass die Herrscher der westlichen Kapital-Diktaturen die Demokratie längst hinter sich gelassen haben und diese lediglich als formale und halluzinierte Resthülle für das gehirngewaschene Breitenpublikum besteht, haben die Autoren des Buches „Fassadendemokratie und Tiefer Staat“ konsequent herausgearbeitet.

Der neueste Raketenangriff auf Syrien hat endgültig bewiesen: Das Tischtuch ist zerschnitten und das Vertrauen zwischen informierter Bevölkerung und ihren Regierungen endgültig zerstört. Die politischen Statthalter der Finanzindustrie und der strukturellen Friedlosigkeit zeigen täglich: Sie verachten das Recht, sie spucken auf das Völkerrecht und genau darum brauchen sie auch keine Beweise, die ihre tägliche Kriegspraxis rechtfertigen sollen. Diese Beweise könnten selbst dann Angriffshandlungen nicht rechtfertigen, wenn sie hieb- und stichfest wären.

06.04.2018 - 18:43 [ Indian Punchline ]

Trump and his generals lock horns over Syria

(5.April) In the final analysis, it is all about the corporate interests of the military – more budget allocation, more “good times”, more empire building. And the war profiteers – military-industrial complex, think tankers, ex-faujis on the conference circuit, congressmen, the correspondents on the Pentagon press pool all travel in the gravy train at the tax payers’ expense.

06.04.2018 - 16:10 [ Just Security ]

Can the Int’l Criminal Court Try US Officials?–The Theory of “Delegated Jurisdiction” and Its Discontents (Part I)

The investigation would involve alleged crimes committed on Afghan soil but also on the territories of certain ICC member countries that provided stopover points used during the “extraordinary renditions” of presumed terrorists from their place of capture to various detention centers and “black sites” around the world. It appears that crimes committed by the then-Northern Alliance, such as the alleged Death Convoys in which captured Taliban fighters suffocated to death in droves, will fall outside the ICC’s temporal jurisdiction.