Archiv: Afghanistan


21.10.2021 - 06:26 [ Al Jazeera ]

Regional powers back aid for Afghanistan as Russia hosts Taliban

On Wednesday, Russia, China, Pakistan, India, Iran and formerly Soviet Central Asian states Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan joined the Taliban in calling for the UN to convene such a conference as soon as possible to help rebuild the country.

29.09.2021 - 08:57 [ Zachary Cohen, National security reporter @CNN / Twitter ]

Gen. McKenzie again says he is responsible for drone strike that killed 10 civilians but seems to defend decision to fire, citing similar intel for other successful strikes. Still a lot of questions about what transpired before strike, including civilian casualty estimates.

It happened in my area of responsibility, so I’m the responsible officer for that strike,” McKenzie said during a Senate hearing on Tuesday.

McKenzie said he was under “no pressure” and “no one in my chain of command below me was under any pressure to take that strike.”

29.09.2021 - 08:53 [ theHill.com ]

Five takeaways from the Senate’s hearing on Afghanistan

Austin said military officials had discussed “a range of possibilities,” but no one planned for the possibility the Afghan government would collapse as quickly as it did.

“We certainly did not plan against a collapse of the government in 11 days,” Austin told lawmakers in response to a lawmaker question.

28.09.2021 - 20:13 [ C-SPAN / Youtube ]

Secretary of Defense & Joint Chiefs Chair and Others Testify on Afghanistan Withdrawal

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Joint Chiefs Chair General Mark Milley, and General Kenneth McKenzie, commander of U.S. Central Command, testify on the Afghanistan withdrawal.

16.09.2021 - 20:25 [ Xinhuanet ]

U.S.‘ crimes in Afghanistan must be thoroughly investigated: Chinese diplomat

Although the U.S. has ended its military presence in Afghanistan, its alleged crimes of killing civilians by the U.S. troops and its allies must be thoroughly investigated and the perpetrators must be held accountable, a Chinese diplomat said in Geneva on Tuesday.

09.09.2021 - 05:20 [ Bloomberg Law ]

To End a War, Start at the Beginning

(27.08.2021)

The seemingly chaotic U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan after nearly 20 years is the result not of poor last-minute planning but of the broad and vague mandate in the original authorization for the use of military force in 2001, argues Karen J. Greenberg, director of the Center on National Security at the Fordham University School of Law. The U.S. must learn the lessons of this AUMF before passing any new authorizations, she says.

09.09.2021 - 05:15 [ businessinsider.com ]

The only congressperson to vote against a forever war days after 9/11 is still fighting to convince Congress to finally do its job

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) speaks during the „No War With Iran“ Rally for Moveon.org at the U.S. Capitol on January 9, 2020 in Washington, DC.

This story is available exclusively to Insider subscribers.

09.09.2021 - 05:06 [ theHil.com ]

Who authorized Afghanistan in the first place?

(31.05.2021)

When Congress passed the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF), they went far beyond initiating war in Afghanistan against Al Qaeda. Congress gave near limitless and indefinite authorization for the executive branch to wage war against anyone, anywhere in the world. This broad grant of war-making power was counterproductive to the mission of justice for the 9/11 attacks, setting the stage for 20 years of mission creep in Afghanistan and multiple sequels.

04.09.2021 - 18:48 [ France24 ]

Taliban celebratory gunfire turns deadly, Pakistan’s spy chief arrives in Afghanistan

Amid reports of intense fighting in the Panjshir, Pakistan’s powerful intelligence chief made a surprise visit to Kabul on Saturday.

Hameed arrived in Kabul Saturday morning, leading a delegation of „senior Pakistani officials“, to discuss security, economic and trade issues, according to Pakistani media reports.

03.09.2021 - 12:21 [ theDrive.com ]

The Story Of The Mysterious White 727 That Appeared In Kabul After The Bombing Of Abbey Gate

While all-white airframes aren’t supposed to attract much attention, that paint scheme is also synonymous with clandestine operations, including „whitewashed“ aircraft often used by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) for low-profile operations abroad. With that reality in mind, keen observers keeping an eye on traffic at Hamid Karzai International rightfully started thinking this may be some CIA asset that was slipping in on a unique mission. It turns out, that wasn’t necessarily the case.

02.09.2021 - 10:50 [ CBS News / Twitter ]

The Pentagon has announced an investigation into the U.S. evacuation from Afghanistan. @CBS_Herridge explains how the probe will look into the judgment calls made as the Taliban gained momentum ahead of the military’s exit:

02.09.2021 - 09:29 [ ORF.at ]

Pentagon-Chef: Afghanistan-Abzug soll evaluiert werden

US-Verteidigungsminister Lloyd Austin will die Abläufe beim Truppenabzug aus Afghanistan evaluieren – aber ohne Eile. „Keine Operation ist je perfekt“, sagte Austin gestern in Washington auf die Frage, ob das US-Militär im Rückblick etwas hätte anders machen sollen.

01.09.2021 - 09:43 [ White House ]

Remarks by President Biden on the End of the War in Afghanistan

My fellow Americans, the war in Afghanistan is now over. I’m the fourth President who has faced the issue of whether and when to end this war. When I was running for President, I made a commitment to the American people that I would end this war. And today, I’ve honored that commitment. It was time to be honest with the American people again. We no longer had a clear purpose in an open-ended mission in Afghanistan.

After 20 years of war in Afghanistan, I refused to send another generation of America’s sons and daughters to fight a war that should have ended long ago.

After more than $2 trillion spent in Afghanistan — a cost that researchers at Brown University estimated would be over $300 million a day for 20 years in Afghanistan — for two decades — yes, the American people should hear this: $300 million a day for two decades.

01.09.2021 - 09:34 [ USA Today ]

My fellow Americans, the war is over

After the last flight carrying United States forces departed Afghanistan on Monday, the country entered a new era as the 20-year war with the U.S. came to a close. In an address to the nation on Tuesday, a defiant President Biden defended both his decision to end military operations and his handling of the evacuation that left some Americans behind. „I was not going to extend this forever war and I was not extending a forever exit,“ Biden said. „My fellow Americans, the war in Afghanistan is now over.“

31.08.2021 - 15:48 [ Informationsstelle Militarisierung e.V. ]

Afghanistan: Inszenierung militärischer Evakuierung

Die Inszenierung erreichte ihren Höhepunkt mit der Ankunft eines Großteils des Deutschen Kontingents der „Evakuierungsmission“ auf dem Fliegerhorst Wunstorf, wo die ankommenden Militärtransporter A400M von Wasserfontänen der Flughafenfeuerwehr begrüßt wurden, die Verteidigungsministerin Kramp-Karrenbauer (die bereits von Taschkent aus mitgeflogen war) dem Brigadegeneral Arlt vermeintlich spontan um den Hals fiel und dieser mit umgehängten G36 vor Kameras und Mikrofon trat.

31.08.2021 - 11:04 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Deutschlands Rolle in der Welt: Mehr Anspruch als Wirklichkeit

Der Afghanistan-Einsatz und sein Ende haben erneut die militärische Abhängigkeit Deutschlands und Europas von den USA aufgezeigt. Mit dem selbsterklärten Anspruch hat die Wirklichkeit wenig zu tun.

31.08.2021 - 10:59 [ White House ]

Statement by President Joe Biden

I want to thank our commanders and the men and women serving under them for their execution of the dangerous retrograde from Afghanistan as scheduled – in the early morning hours of August 31, Kabul time – with no further loss of American lives. The past 17 days have seen our troops execute the largest airlift in US history, evacuating over 120,000 US citizens, citizens of our allies, and Afghan allies of the United States. They have done it with unmatched courage, professionalism, and resolve. Now, our 20-year military presence in Afghanistan has ended.

31.08.2021 - 07:28 [ Washington Post ]

America’s 20-year war in Afghanistan ends as last U.S. military cargo plane lumbers into the sky over Kabul

The United States ended its longest war in history, and its 20-year presence in Afghanistan, as the last U.S. aircraft took off at one minute before midnight from Kabul airport Monday carrying all remaining American troops and diplomats.

30.08.2021 - 10:23 [ ORF.at ]

Lage in Afghanistan: USA laden zu Außenministergipfel

Das US-Außenministerium hat angesichts der Lage in Afghanistan für heute zu einem virtuellen Außenministergipfel eingeladen.

Die USA werden Gastgeber des Treffens „wichtiger Partner“ sein, darunter Deutschland, Frankreich, Großbritannien sowie EU und NATO, wie das Außenministerium in der Nacht auf heute mitteilte.

30.08.2021 - 10:12 [ ABC News ]

Biden tells Israeli PM he’ll try diplomacy first with Iran

(28.08.2021)

“We’re putting diplomacy first and seeing where that takes us,” Biden said during an Oval Office meeting that was delayed by the suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan. “But if diplomacy fails, we’re ready to turn to other options.”

Bennett arrived at the White House aiming to dissuade Biden from returning to the Iran nuclear deal that was brokered during the Obama administration and later scrapped by President Donald Trump.

30.08.2021 - 09:45 [ Reuters Pictures ]

Civilian evacuees and military personnel begin the final flights out of Kabul airport, ahead of an Aug. 31 deadline for the U.S. military to leave Afghanistan. More photos:

30.08.2021 - 09:30 [ Al Jazeera ]

Afghanistan: Children among civilians killed in US drone attack

The United States’s Central Command (CENTCOM) said it was aware of “reports of civilian casualties” following the drone attack, which it said hit “multiple suicide bombers” who were preparing to attack the ongoing evacuations at the Kabul airport.

29.08.2021 - 19:04 [ Al Jazeera ]

Erdogan says Turkey to maintain diplomatic presence in Kabul

The Turkish embassy in Kabul has returned to its building in the city and Ankara will maintain its diplomatic presence in Afghanistan, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said.

NATO countries have been pulling out their diplomatic missions in Afghanistan following the Taliban’s victory two weeks ago.

29.08.2021 - 18:34 [ The Hill ]

Biden to mourn service members killed in Kabul bombing at dignified transfer

The president and the first lady left early Sunday for Dover Air Force Base, where they will meet with the families and participate in a dignified transfer.

29.08.2021 - 18:09 [ Tagesschau ]

Kabul: US-Militär fliegt Luftangriff gegen IS

Das US-Militär hat nach eigenen Angaben in der afghanischen Hauptstadt Kabul einen Luftangriff durchgeführt, um eine „unmittelbare Bedrohung“ für den Flughafenbetrieb durch Terroristen abzuwenden.

29.08.2021 - 03:09 [ ZDF ]

Bundeswehrsoldaten zurück in Deutschland

Verteidigungsministerin Kramp-Karrenbauer hat die aus Afghanistan heimgekehrten Einsatzkräfte der Bundeswehr am Luftwaffenstützpunkt Wunstorf empfangen.

28.08.2021 - 08:43 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Nach Anschlag in Kabul: US-Drohnenangriff gegen den IS

Luftaufnahme des US-Verteidigungsministeriums | picture alliance/dpa
Nach Anschlag in Kabul US-Drohnenangriff gegen den IS

Stand: 28.08.2021 04:30 Uhr

Die Antwort der USA kam schnell: Als Reaktion auf den Anschlag am Flughafen von Kabul hat die US-Armee einen Drohnenangriff auf einen mutmaßlich Beteiligten der Terrormiliz IS geflogen.

28.08.2021 - 08:32 [ theHill.com ]

US conducts military strike against ISIS-K planner

Capt. Bill Urban, a spokesman for U.S. Central Command, said in a statement that military forces conducted an “over-the-horizon counterterrorism operation today against an ISIS-K planner” in the Nangahar Province of Afghanistan.

ISIS-K is based in the Nagarhar and Kunar provinces east of Kabul, according to NBC News.

27.08.2021 - 17:41 [ Glenn Greenwald / Rumble ]

Permanent War Advocates Exploit the Kabul Bombing to Demand More War

Glenn Greenwald analyzes the reactions to the horrific terror attack in Kabul this morning, and debunks the propagandistic talking points used by Deep State operatives and their media allies to push the US into indefinite war.

27.08.2021 - 17:29 [ The Lead CNN / Twitter ]

Amb. Ryan Crocker, former US ambassador to Afghanistan: “That’s one way to end a war: surrender. It’s real quick, but the war is yet to come. This whole withdrawal announcement and process has been an enormous morale boost for Islamic radicals everywhere.”

27.08.2021 - 17:12 [ Elijah J. Magnier, Veteran War correspondent Lived for over 35 yrs in Bosnia, Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, Syria, Libya, Sudan . / Twitter ]

The #Taliban are not angels. However, be aware of suicide attacks, assassinations et al because the „Islamic State“ #ISIS and the CIA are the two sides who benefit the most in destabilising #Afghanistan. /+

(25.08.2021)

27.08.2021 - 17:04 [ Matt Taibbi / Twitter ]

Chait overlooks that the negative press for Biden this week is passing through the same loophole that allowed Trump to be praised by CNN when he bombed Syria – the overriding constant in American corporate media is fealty to the Pentagon.

27.08.2021 - 17:00 [ Lucas Tomlinson / Twitter ]

“We’re probably going to have to go back in” to Afghanistan to get ISIS, former defense secretary and CIA director Leon Panetta tells CNN

27.08.2021 - 16:51 [ The Post Millennial / Twitter ]

Glenn Greenwald @ggreenwald weighs in on the media’s response to the Afghanistan withdrawal: “That is the political party to which the media is most loyal when it comes to foreign affairs … it’s the military, and the CIA.”

27.08.2021 - 04:24 [ White House ]

Remarks by President Biden on the Terror Attack at Hamid Karzai International Airport

Q And you said that you still — a few days ago, you said you squarely stand by your decision to pull out.

THE PRESIDENT: Yes, I do. Because look at it this way, folks — and I’m going to — I have another meeting, for real. But imagine where we’d be if I had indicated, on May the 1st, I was not going to renegotiate an evacuation date; we were going to stay there.

I’d have only one alternative: Pour thousands of more troops back into Afghanistan to fight a war that we had already won, relative — is why the reason we went in the first place.

I have never been of the view that we should be sacrificing American lives to try to establish a democratic government in Afghanistan — a country that has never once in its entire history been a united country, and is made up — and I don’t mean this in a derogatory — made up of different tribes who have never, ever, ever gotten along with one another.

And so, as I said before — and this is the last comment I’ll make, but we’ll have more chance to talk about this, unfortunately, beyond, because we’re not out yet — if Osama bin Laden, as well as al Qaeda, had chosen to launch an attack — when they left Saudi Arabia — out of Yemen, would we have ever gone to Afghanistan? Even though the Taliban completely controlled Afghanistan at the time, would we have ever gone?

I know it’s not fair to ask you questions. It’s rhetorical. But raise your hand if you think we should have gone and given up thousands of lives and tens of thousands of wounded.

Our interest in going was to prevent al Qaeda from reemerging — first to get bin Laden, wipe out al Qaeda in Afghanistan, and prevent that from happening again.

As I’ve said 100 times: Terrorism has metastasized around the world; we have greater threats coming out of other countries a heck of a lot closer to the United States.

We don’t have military encampments there; we don’t keep people there. We have over-the-horizon capability to keep them from going after us.

Ladies and gentlemen, it was time to end a 20-year war.

27.08.2021 - 04:12 [ Fox News ]

Biden warns ISIS-K after Kabul terror attacks, but sticks to Aug. 31 Afghanistan withdrawal deadline

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are pressuring Biden not to withdraw until evacuations were complete

25.08.2021 - 17:44 [ MDR ]

Bundestag stimmt Evakuierungsmission der Bundeswehr in Kabul zu

In einer Sondersitzung stimmten 539 Abgeordnete für den Einsatz von bis zu 600 Bundeswehrsoldaten. Neun Abgeordnete stimmten dagegen, 90 enthielten sich. Das Mandat ist bis zum 30. September befristet.

25.08.2021 - 11:35 [ Tagesschau.de ]

ARD-Korrespondentin: Ende der Evakuierungsflüge möglicherweise schon heute

Nach Informationen der ARD-Korrespondentin Isabel Schayani sollen die Evakuierungsflüge der Bundeswehr auf der Strecke Taschkent-Kabul-Taschkent wohl noch früher als gedacht beendet werden – nämlich möglicherweise schon heute. Zuvor hatte die ARD Informationen erhalten, dass die Mission am Freitag oder Samstag beendet werden sollte.

25.08.2021 - 11:25 [ Matthias Gebauer, Chief Correspondent Der Spiegel / Twitter ]

Update zur EvakOP #Bundeswehr: Nachdem USA die Deadline 31/8 bestätigt hat, wird das Ende der DEU Luftbrücke geplant. Da die Bw vor den USA #Kabul verlassen muss, wird bereits der kommende Freitag für den letzten A400M Flug angepeilt, um einen sicheren Abzug zu garantieren.

25.08.2021 - 11:14 [ vorwärts Verlag / Twitter ]

Die Sicherheitslage in #Afghanistan ist sehr bedrohlich. Am Mittwoch votiert der #Bundestag über den Einsatz der #Bundeswehr bei der militärischen #Evakuierung. Die @spdbt will zustimmen. Unklar ist, wie lange der Rettungseinsatz dauern kann.

24.08.2021 - 18:46 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Biden hält an Abzug bis 31. August fest

„Es sind heute keine neuen Daten über das bekannte Datum des 31.8. genannt worden vom Präsidenten der Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika“, sagte Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel nach einem virtuellen G7-Gipfel zu Afghanistan. Sie betonte, dass auch Deutschland die Evakuierungen ohne die USA nicht fortsetzen könne.

24.08.2021 - 18:32 [ CNN ]

Biden decides to keep August 31 deadline to withdraw from Afghanistan as evacuations accelerate

President Joe Biden has decided, in consultation with his national security team, to stick with the August 31 deadline for withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, according to a senior administration official.

23.08.2021 - 22:31 [ Xinhuanet ]

Taliban appoints acting head for Afghan central bank: spokesman

The Taliban appointed Hajji Mohammad Idress as acting general director of the central bank „in efforts to align and arrange banking procedures and find a solution to people’s trade problem and difficulties,“ Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid wrote on his social media account.

23.08.2021 - 17:24 [ Jacqueline Andres, Christoph Marischka und Jürgen Wagner / IMI e.V. ]

Keine weiteren Truppenentsendungen nach Afghanistan!

Afghanischen Sicherheitskräfte (Afghan National Security Forces, ANSF) hat sich in den letzten Wochen als Popanz und grandioser Fehlschlag erwiesen, der letztlich von der NATO gelieferte Rüstungsgüter in die Hände der Taliban überführte.

23.08.2021 - 13:45 [ Barbara Lee, represents CA's new 13th Congressional District / Twitter ]

I’ve never regretted my NO vote, even with all the death threats. I knew it would be used to establish the framework for forever wars, and that’s not something members of Congress should ever tolerate.

23.08.2021 - 13:11 [ francesca fiorentini / Twitter ]

So revealing that all it takes for the entire media establishment to turn against an otherwise safe centrist Washington insider President is for him to end war. Truly a tail that wags the dog situation, or the corporations & weapons manufacturers that sign the checks

23.08.2021 - 13:08 [ southpaw, writer, lawyer / Twitter ]

It took me while to understand that part of the press corps is grieving, not for the dead, but for the war.

23.08.2021 - 12:57 [ Judd Legum / Twitter ]

1. I took at look at the media coverage of Afghanistan. Lots of experts criticizing Biden’s decision to withdraw. But they are the SAME PEOPLE who responsible for two decades of failure in Afghanistan. Supporters of withdrawal almost entirely absent.

23.08.2021 - 12:43 [ Mehdi Hasan, @mehdihasanshow on @MSNBC and NBC's @peacockTV / Twitter ]

61% of Americans think the war in Afghanistan was not worth it. Forget Trump voters in diners, I think it’s pretty clear that U.S. politicians and pundits are out of touch with the American electorate as a whole.

23.08.2021 - 12:19 [ Jamaal Bowman Congressman for #NY16 / Twitter ]

President Biden made the tough and right decision to end the military occupation in Afghanistan. Blair’s language invokes tropes against Muslims, disrespects @POTUS and pretends to care about Afghans when this is really about Western Imperialism for him.

23.08.2021 - 09:50 [ White House ]

Remarks by President Biden on Tropical Storm Henri and the Evacuation Operation in Afghanistan

Our first priority in Kabul is getting American citizens out of the country as quickly and as safely as possible. At my direction, the State Department continues to reach out to the remaining Americans we have identified by phone, e-mail, and other means to ascertain their whereabouts and their plans.

We’re executing a plan to move groups of these Americans to safety and to safely and effectively move them to the airport compound.

For security reasons, I’m not going to go into the detail of what these plans entail, but I will say again today that I have said before: Any American who wants to get home will get home.

We’ve also been evacuating the citizens of our NATO Allies and our partners, including their diplomats, their embassy staff who remain in Afghanistan and to get them back to their homes as well.

And as we do this, we’re also working to move our Afghan allies, who stood with us side by side, and other vulnerable Afghans such as women leaders and journalists, out of the country.

23.08.2021 - 09:26 [ Washington Post ]

Biden says safe zone around Kabul airport to expand, as Pentagon enlists commercial airlines to aid evacuations

In recent days, the Qatari ambassador to Afghanistan has escorted small groups of Americans into the airport, according to two people familiar with the effort who, like others, spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the sensitive operation. American citizens have been instructed to meet at rally points in the city, and the ambassador then accompanies them to guarantee safe passage, these people said. Qatar has served as an intermediary between the United States and the Taliban at several stages of the American withdrawal, sponsoring peace talks and serving as the first point of refuge for many evacuees.

23.08.2021 - 09:03 [ theHill.com ]

Biden emphasizes that Afghan refugees will be vetted before entering US

Biden outlined how Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) applicants who assisted the U.S. military are being transported from Kabul to transit centers in Qatar, Germany, Kuwait, and Spain so they can complete their paperwork and undergo background checks.

22.08.2021 - 13:36 [ New York Post ]

Fatal stampede reported amid Kabul airport mayhem

The US Embassy said on Saturday that American citizens in Afghanistan should stay away from Kabul’s airport, the only way out, “because of potential security threats outside the gates.”

The advisory directly contradicted President Biden’s insistence on Friday that Americans could proceed to the airport freely.

22.08.2021 - 13:33 [ theGeniusMedia.com.ng ]

#Afghanistan: Panic Rises As US Told Citizens To Stay Away From Kabul Airport Due To Possible Islamic State Attack

The Genius Media Nigeria reports that a security alert on Saturday told US citizens to stay away due to possible “security threats outside the gates”.

22.08.2021 - 13:26 [ Fox News ]

New ISIS threat in Afghanistan prompted US warning in Kabul: Defense officials

(21.08.2021)

A new threat from the Islamic State’s (ISIS) branch in Afghanistan prompted a new warning from the U.S. Embassy in Kabul that urged Americans to not come to the besieged airport in Kabul, officials confirmed to Fox News on Saturday.

22.08.2021 - 13:18 [ New York Post ]

US Embassy in Afghanistan tells citizens to stay away from Kabul airport

(21.08.2021)

The development directly contradicts President Biden’s insistence Friday that Americans could proceed to the airport freely from the Afghan capital and that an “agreement” with the Taliban had been reached over the issue.

21.08.2021 - 15:53 [ theAtlantic.com ]

This War Needed to End

The attacks of 9/11 were an enormous crime; they caused enormous human suffering. But they did not change the world. Bush’s words later that evening changed the world—when he said that he would answer this crime with a determination to “win the war against terrorism,” taking the world to war. Lee understood that danger, and her moral conscience, backed by the moral movement against war that took shape within hours of the attacks themselves, led her to stand up and reject war as an answer.

21.08.2021 - 15:36 [ Barack Obama / Twitter ]

VP Biden on Afghanistan: „We are leaving in 2014. Period.“

(Oct 12, 2012)

21.08.2021 - 15:35 [ Secular Talk / Twitter ]

Biden’s withdrawal from Afghanistan is the most brave thing any US President has done in my lifetime

change my mind

21.08.2021 - 14:00 [ Glenn Greenwald / Twitter ]

The world’s dumbest fucking people (Media Matters liberals) are expressing bewilderment at my statement that CIA influences corporate media outlets like CNN (even though CNN employs former top CIA officials). If you don’t understand this basic fact about the US, you know nothing.

21.08.2021 - 13:42 [ The Post Millennial / Twitter ]

Glenn Greenwald @ggreenwald talks to Tucker Carlson about the way the media and others have turned on Biden following the Afghanistan withdrawal

21.08.2021 - 13:08 [ Amee Vanderpool / Twitter ]

Here is Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, meeting with Mullah Abdul Ghanu Baradar – the co-founder of the Taliban who has taken over Kabul – on November 21, 2020, after the Trump administration helped to secure his release from prison.

21.08.2021 - 13:05 [ Fox News ]

Pompeo: Biden ‚has refused‘ to show leadership during Afghanistan ‚debacle‘

„I didn’t hear a single thing that would give comfort to the very allies you spoke about. I’ve heard from people in the region. They are frightened by the American collapse—the American collapse of temerity and strength and power that we demonstrated for four years that had frankly kept the Taliban at bay and prevented precisely what you’re precisely seeing happen today, and I didn’t hear a single thing that would frighten a single Taliban who thinks there’s any risk that this administration would impose any cost on them for their activities, for what they are doing to Americans today and holding them hostage—not permitting them to get into the airport in Kabul so that we can get them home to their families. „

21.08.2021 - 12:34 [ Warren Gunnels, Majority Staff Director for Budget Chairman @SenSanders / Twitter ]

Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Boeing, Northrop Grumman and other defense contractors received $445.5 billion from the Pentagon this year alone. All of them have been convicted or reached settlements for misconduct. Fraud is the business model of the military industrial complex.

21.08.2021 - 12:20 [ Radio Utopie ]

McChrystal raus, Petraeus degradiert: Die „Warlord AG“ Afghanistan bekommt einen neuen Geschäftsführer

(23. Juni 2010)

Am Montag, den 22.Juni, veröffentlichte die Washington Post auf ihrer Webseite den neunundsiebzig Seiten langen Bericht des „Unterausschusses für Nationale Sicherheit und Auswärtige Angelegenheiten“ mit dem Titel „Warlord, Inc.: Extortion and Corruption Along the U.S. Supply Chain in Afghanistan“, für den der Leiter des Ausschusses, der Republikaner John F. Tierney (D-Mass.), verantwortlich zeichnete (1, 2).

Der „Unterausschuss für Nationale Sicherheit und Auswärtige Angelegenheiten“ ist ständiger Teil des „Ausschuss für Aufsicht und Reform der Regierung“ des Repräsentantenhauses.

Die Veröffentlichung des Berichts fällt mit den Machtkämpfen um die Kompetenzen der CIA, der Geheimdienste des US-Verteidigungsministeriums und den eigenmächtigen Spionagediensten des US-Militärs (wie diejenigen des General Petraeus) um die Kontrolle der Oberhoheit in den besetzten Gebieten zusammen, in denen sich Geschäfte mit Hilfe korrupter Politiker in mehrfacher Milliardenhöhe abwickeln lassen – die Möglichkeiten zum Geldverdienen reichen von der Opiumproduktion, den Rüstungsgeschäften und Waffenhandel, Lizenzen für die Ausbeutung der Rohstoffe, Aufträge für die Bauunternehmen bis hin in alle Bereiche des öffentlichen Lebens einer Gesellschaft. Es geht um die reine Ausbeutung eines Landes.

21.08.2021 - 12:00 [ theGuardian.com ]

David Petraeus‘ bright idea: give terrorists weapons to beat terrorists

(2.9.2015)

Former CIA director David Petraeus is advocating giving arms to members of al-Nusra Front, an al-Qaida off-shoot, to beat Isis. That is madness

21.08.2021 - 11:56 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Petraeus zu afghanischer Armee: „Sie hatten plötzlich keine Rückendeckung mehr“

US-Präsident Biden und die Bundesregierung werfen der afghanischen Armee fehlenden Kampfwillen vor. Dem widerspricht im Interview mit STRG_F der ehemalige General und Ex-CIA-Chef Petraeus. Er verteidigt die afghanischen Soldaten.

21.08.2021 - 11:49 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

General David Petraeus tells Biden it was premature to leave Afghanistan because Al Qaeda was always ‚going to come back‘ and the Afghan forces were ’not sustainable‘

– Petraeus commanded forces in Afghanistan and Iraq and helped formulate ‚counterinsurgency‘ strategies
– He criticized Biden’s decision to pull out of Afghanistan in a New Yorker interview
– Disagreed with decision to pull out liaison, special forces trainers, contractors
– Said it began an epidemic of ’surrender‘ for the Afghans
– Called departure ‚premature‘ but didn’t say how much more time was needed
– Warned Al Qaeda could reemerge
– Acknowledged ‚overbuilt‘ nation-building aspects, but said it was necessary for a hand-off
– Biden said the U.S. could not fight when Afghans were unwilling to do so
– ‚To say that the Afghans won’t fight for their country needs an asterisk‘

21.08.2021 - 11:28 [ White House ]

Remarks by President Biden on Evacuations in Afghanistan

Now, Justin Sink of Bloomberg.

Q Thank you, Mr. President. You just said that you would keep a laser-focus on counterterrorism efforts and that you don’t see as great of a threat of terrorism from Afghanistan as other parts of the world. But if you and your administration so badly misassessed how quickly the Taliban would sweep through Afghanistan and we no longer have an embassy there from which to run intelligence operations, how can you at all be confident of your assessment of the risk of terrorism and the ability of the U.S. to conduct over-the-horizon missions to keep it in check? Can you tell Americans that they’re safe and will remain safe from terror attacks in Afghanistan?

THE PRESIDENT: I think you’re comparing apples and oranges. One question was whether or not the Afghan forces we trained up would stay and fight in their own civil war they had going on.

No one — I shouldn’t say “no one” — the consensus was that it was highly unlikely that in 11 days they’d collapse and fall, and the leader of Afghanistan would flee the country.

19.08.2021 - 11:21 [ Zeit.de ]

Deutscher Botschafter führt erste Gespräche mit Taliban

Maas zufolge versucht die Bundesregierung derzeit, auch über Drittstaaten wie Katar Einfluss auf die Taliban zu nehmen. Derzeit gebe es aber noch „keine belastbaren Sicherheitszusagen“, dass die Taliban afghanische Staatsangehörige frei zum Flughafen in Kabul passieren lassen, sagte Maas.

19.08.2021 - 10:16 [ ntv Nachrichten / Twitter ]

Seibert: „Kein Grund dazu“: Kubicki fordert Rücktritte nach Kabul

19.08.2021 - 10:08 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Aufarbeitung derzeit nicht erwünscht

Zu spät gehandelt, zu schlecht vorbereitet: In Afghanistan hat die Bundesregierung viele Fehler gemacht und zugegeben. Interesse an einer Aufarbeitung hat sie derzeit nicht.

19.08.2021 - 09:55 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Maas und das Afghanistan-Debakel: Der angezählte Minister

FDP-Vize Wolfgang Kubicki forderte den Rücktritt der Kanzlerin, der Bundesverteidigungsministerin und des Bundesaußenministers. „Sie haben das größte außenpolitische Desaster seit Bestehen der Bundesrepublik Deutschland zu verantworten“, so Kubicki.

19.08.2021 - 09:47 [ Dietmar Neuerer / Twitter ]

#KrampKarrenbauer gibt #Maas und #Seehofer Schuld an #Afghanistan-Misere

19.08.2021 - 09:37 [ Welt / Twitter ]

Afghanistan: „Frau Merkel hat das getan, was sie am besten kann: nichts“

18.08.2021 - 18:43 [ HindustanTimes.com ]

Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai holds talks with senior Taliban leader

A Taliban commander and senior leader of the Haqqani Network militant group, Anas Haqqani, met for talks with former Afghan President Hamid Karzai, a Taliban official told Reuters on Wednesday. Karzai was accompanied by Abdullah Abdullah, the head of the Afghan National Reconciliation Council.

18.08.2021 - 17:44 [ Standard.co.uk ]

Afghanistan’s president Ashraf Ghani revealed to be in United Arab Emirates after fleeing ‘with helicopter full of cash’

A spokesman for the Russian embassy in Kabul, Nikita Ishchenko, was quoted as saying: “The collapse of the regime…is most eloquently characterised by how Ghani escaped from Afghanistan: four cars were filled with money, they tried to shove another part of the money into a helicopter, but not everything fit.

Asked by the Associated Press about how he knew the details of Ghani’s departure, Mr Ishchenko said “well, we are working here,” without offering any more details.

18.08.2021 - 13:56 [ Politico.com ]

Adios AUMF? Democrats press Biden for help in revoking old war powers

(21.01.2021)

In a letter Thursday to Biden, five House Democrats called on the new president to quickly work with Congress to kill the 2002 authorization for the Iraq War and hone the 2001 powers for the war on terrorism. The letter — signed by chairs of the House Foreign Affairs, Intelligence and Rules committees — says any replacement authority must name mission objectives, adversaries and targeted countries, as well as include a sunset clause to ensure Congress regularly revisits the war powers debate.

“Congress has been missing in action, and President Joe Biden knows that,” said Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), who is spearheading the effort, in an interview.

18.08.2021 - 13:15 [ The Washington Post / Twitter ]

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) faced death threats, insults and hate mail after she voted against a broad authorization used to carry out the war in Afghanistan. The House vote was 240 to 1. The Senate vote was 98 to 0.

18.08.2021 - 13:03 [ Yahoo.com ]

Clip of Barbara Lee, Congress member to oppose Afghanistan war in 2001, goes viral as Taliban retakes country

In the days after the 9/11 attacks in 2001, just one member of Congress voted against giving President Bush authority to go to war in Afghanistan.

Barbara Lee, a Democratic representative from California, warned at the time that approving the so-called Authorisation for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) could mean the US would be embarking “on an open-ended war with neither an exit strategy nor a focused target.”

18.08.2021 - 11:40 [ Veterans for Peace ]

VFP Statement on U.S. Withdrawal from Afghanistan

Veterans For Peace has previously condemned the U.S. „forever wars“ against „terror“ and called for withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, Iraq and other places in the world. We unequivocally believe that war is not the answer to any problem and that there is no military solution in Afghanistan.

The U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan was shameful and poorly executed. We have left too many behind. It was only after veteran and media outcry over leaving dedicated translators and their families, people who risked their lives for us that the U.S. decided, too late, to include them in our withdrawal. Many Afghans have been blocked by callus immigration policy and „Muslim Bans“ from seeking safety in the United States, from the destabilization in Afghanistan that the U.S. created. Caring for refugees and civilians fleeing from conflict is basic decency, and the United States fails to act with the urgency required to protect people. Casual disregard for Afghan lives continues on all levels.

18.08.2021 - 11:29 [ Council on Foreign Relations - cfr.org ]

Biden Was Right

The ineffectiveness and collapse of Afghanistan’s military and governing institutions largely substantiates Biden’s skepticism that US-led efforts to prop up the government in Kabul would ever enable it to stand on its own feet. The international community has spent nearly 20 years, many thousands of lives, and trillions of dollars to do good by Afghanistan – taking down al-Qaeda; beating back the Taliban; supporting, advising, training, and equipping the Afghan military; bolstering governing institutions; and investing in the country’s civil society.

18.08.2021 - 11:25 [ Ambassador David Robinson (Ret.) / the Hill ]

Humiliating as it may be, leaving Afghanistan is still the right decision

Biden deserves credit for facing the facts and doing the right thing. His recent predecessors either were dissuaded from taking the same step by egregiously wrong military and foreign policy advice or else blanched at being labeled the president who lost a war. Biden will take the hit, but the simple truth is that we have not so much abandoned Afghanistan as Afghanistan has abandoned us, or more precisely, never joined us in the first place.

18.08.2021 - 10:45 [ Glenn Greenwald ]

The U.S. Government Lied For Two Decades About Afghanistan

That is particularly true given how heavily the U.S. had Afghanistan under every conceivable kind of electronic surveillance for more than a decade. A significant portion of the archive provided to me by Edward Snowden detailed the extensive surveillance the NSA had imposed on all of Afghanistan. In accordance with the guidelines he required, we never published most of those documents about U.S. surveillance in Afghanistan on the ground that it could endanger people without adding to the public interest, but some of the reporting gave a glimpse into just how comprehensively monitored the country was by U.S. security services.

18.08.2021 - 09:53 [ Times of India ]

Top Taliban leader leaves Qatar for Afghanistan

(17.08.2021)

A top Taliban official has met with a Qatari official before leaving the country for Afghanistan.

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar met with Qatar’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani on Tuesday.

18.08.2021 - 09:29 [ Al Jazeera ]

Transcript of Taliban’s first news conference in Kabul

“We have expelled the foreigners and I would like to congratulate the whole nation on this.

This is pride, not only for a limited number of people. This is a proud moment for the whole nation. This kind of pride is rare when it can be achieved. The whole nation, after the whole history of the nation and therefore, on the base of this I would like to congratulate the whole nation and I would like to welcome you.

Freedom and independence seeking is a legitimate right of every nation. The Afghans also use their legitimate right after 20 years of struggle for freedom and for emancipating the country from occupation, this was our right and we achieved this right.“

18.08.2021 - 09:18 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Machtübernahme in Afghanistan: Taliban verkünden Kriegsende und Amnestie

Frauen sollen arbeiten, sie seien Teil der Gesellschaft. Man werde allen verzeihen, „die gegen uns waren“, so die Taliban bei ihrem ersten offiziellen Auftritt. An den versöhnlichen Worten haben viele Menschen in Afghanistan Zweifel.

17.08.2021 - 16:33 [ Tagesschau ]

Eisen, Kupfer, Gold: Afghanistans begehrte Bodenschätze

An einer leistungsfähigen und stabilen Verbindung zu Afghanistan haben auch die Nachbarländer Usbekistan und Pakistan Interesse. Der englischsprachigen Zeitung „Japan Times“ zufolge gibt es Überlegungen zum Bau einer durchgehenden Eisenbahnverbindung von Termez an der afghanisch-usbekischen Grenze in die pakistanische Stadt Peshawar – über Masar-i-Sharif und Kabul in Afghanistan.

17.08.2021 - 15:13 [ MSNBC / Twitter ]

„How many more generations of America’s daughters and sons would you have me send to fight Afghanistan’s civil war when Afghan troops will not?“ President Biden says. „I’m clear on my answer. I will not repeat the mistakes we’ve made in the past.“

17.08.2021 - 15:00 [ associated press - apnews.com ]

Billions spent on Afghan army ultimately benefited Taliban

(today)

The Taliban captured an array of modern military equipment when they overran Afghan forces who failed to defend district centers. Bigger gains followed, including combat aircraft, when the Taliban rolled up provincial capitals and military bases with stunning speed, topped by capturing the biggest prize, Kabul, over the weekend.

A U.S. defense official on Monday confirmed the Taliban’s sudden accumulation of U.S.-supplied Afghan equipment is enormous.

17.08.2021 - 14:54 [ TaskAndPurpose.com ]

The US still can’t effectively track weapons and vehicles given to Afghan security forces

(Jul 14, 2020)

In the meantime, a 2016 analysis found that the Pentagon funneled some 1.45 million firearms to various security forces in Afghanistan and Iraq since the start of the Global War on Terror. It is not known how many of those ended up in local weapons armories — and how many have simply gone missing since.

17.08.2021 - 13:16 [ Radio Utopie ]

McChrystal raus, Petraeus degradiert: Die „Warlord AG“ Afghanistan bekommt einen neuen Geschäftsführer

(23. Juni 2010)

Am Montag, den 22.Juni, veröffentlichte die Washington Post auf ihrer Webseite den neunundsiebzig Seiten langen Bericht des „Unterausschusses für Nationale Sicherheit und Auswärtige Angelegenheiten“ mit dem Titel „Warlord, Inc.: Extortion and Corruption Along the U.S. Supply Chain in Afghanistan“, für den der Leiter des Ausschusses, der Republikaner John F. Tierney (D-Mass.), verantwortlich zeichnete (1, 2).

Der „Unterausschuss für Nationale Sicherheit und Auswärtige Angelegenheiten“ ist ständiger Teil des „Ausschuss für Aufsicht und Reform der Regierung“ des Repräsentantenhauses.

Die Veröffentlichung des Berichts fällt mit den Machtkämpfen um die Kompetenzen der CIA, der Geheimdienste des US-Verteidigungsministeriums und den eigenmächtigen Spionagediensten des US-Militärs (wie diejenigen des General Petraeus) um die Kontrolle der Oberhoheit in den besetzten Gebieten zusammen, in denen sich Geschäfte mit Hilfe korrupter Politiker in mehrfacher Milliardenhöhe abwickeln lassen – die Möglichkeiten zum Geldverdienen reichen von der Opiumproduktion, den Rüstungsgeschäften und Waffenhandel, Lizenzen für die Ausbeutung der Rohstoffe, Aufträge für die Bauunternehmen bis hin in alle Bereiche des öffentlichen Lebens einer Gesellschaft. Es geht um die reine Ausbeutung eines Landes.

17.08.2021 - 13:08 [ Sueddeutsche.de ]

Krieg in Afghanistan: Warlord Inc. – freies Geleit gegen Geld

(23. Juni 2010)

Die USA verteilen in Afghanistan Milliarden Dollar an Firmen, damit schwerbewaffnete Söldner für Sicherheit sorgen. Die Dienstleister verdienen prächtig – und bestechen mit dem Steuergeld zwielichtige Kriegsfürsten und möglicherweise auch Taliban.

17.08.2021 - 12:53 [ Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform / Homeland Security Digital Library at NPS ]

Warlord, Inc.: Extortion and Corruption Along the U.S. Supply Chain in Afghanistan

(June 22, 2010)

To the Members of the Subcommittee:

Today I present to you a report entitled, Warlord, Inc.: Extortion and Corruption Along the U.S. Supply Chain in Afghanistan, which has been prepared by the Majority staff of the Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
After a six-month investigation, the report exposes the circumstances surrounding the Department of Defense’s outsourcing of security on the supply chain in Afghanistan to questionable providers, including warlords.

The findings of this report range from sobering to shocking. In short, the Department of Defense designed a contract that put responsibility for the security of vital U.S. supplies on contractors and their unaccountable security providers. This arrangement has fueled a vast protection racket run by a shadowy network of warlords, strongmen, commanders, corrupt Afghan officials, and perhaps others.

Not only does the system run afoul of the Department’s own rules and regulations mandated by Congress, it also appears to risk undermining the U.S. strategy for achieving its goals in Afghanistan.

17.08.2021 - 12:28 [ Radio Utopie ]

Afghanische Warlords stehen jährlich mit Hunderten von Millionen-Dollar-Margen auf NATO-Gehaltslisten

(4. November 2009)

Denn so lange die Warlords, Gebietsfürsten und Distriktgouverneure mit jährlichen Millionenbeträgen auf der Gehaltsliste der CIA und der NATO stehen, haben sie noch weniger Interesse an friedlichen Verhältnissen in der Region. Je mehr Krieg und Terror, umso besser – ansonsten würden diese hohen Einnahmen für sie wegfallen. Das Geld bekommen diese Führer dafür, dass sie private Sicherheitstruppen mieten, um die jeweiligen Basen der westlichen Allierten sowie die Transportwege vor terroristischen Überfällen zu schützen. Diese Kuh gilt es mit allen Mitteln zu melken.

Somit ist durchaus der Beweis erbracht, dass die NATO den Krieg in Afghanistan doppelt finanziert – nicht nur die eigenen Truppen sondern auch die der Gegenseite gleich mit.

17.08.2021 - 12:10 [ Center on International Cooperation (CIC) at New York University ]

The Public Cost of Private Security in Afghanistan

(Sept 9, 2009)

The private security industry in Afghanistan has grown apace with demand. As of August 2009, the total number of private security personnel employed by the US Department of Defense – the largest employer of private security in the country – increased 19 percent (from 4,373 to 5,198) in response to the deployment of additional military forces. Since 2001, a range of private security providers (PSPs) has emerged, including international and national PSCs operating with or without the required Afghan licensing permits, as well as militias hired as “armed support groups” (ASG) by international military forces. Many PSPs are controlled by prominent Afghan families, including Hashmat and Ahmed Wali Karzai, brothers of President Hamid Karzai; Hamid Wardak, the son of Defense Minister Rahim Wardak; Gul Agha Shirzai, the governor of Nangarhar province; and Hajji Jan Mohammad Khan, the former governor of Uruzgan.

The use of unregistered PSCs and militia groups by the NATO International Security Assistance Force and US military contingents is widespread. Many of these PSPs serve as ready-made militias that compete with state authority and are frequently run by former military com-manders responsible for human rights abuses or involved in the illegal narcotics and black market economies. Financing armed, alternative power structures fulfills security needs in the short-term at the cost of consolidating government authority in the long-term.

(…)

Drug trafficking and other criminal activities in which commanders may be involved – and for which their militias provide security – is a lucrative source of illegal revenue that can then be used to bribe government officials and strengthen shadow structures of authority. Illicit taxation of PSPs escorting convoys and other scams on private transport and security are also an important source of funding for corrupt police and insurgents. The Kandak Amnianti Uruzgan, for example, secures protection “by paying a hefty toll to the policeman in charge of the road.” Although it is transportation and construction companies, both international and national, who are the main source of “protection” revenue, private security escorts also pay Taliban not to be attacked. According to an Afghan intelligence official, there are examples of PSPs paying as much as 60 percent of their gross profits for convoy security to the Taliban and other insurgent-cum-criminal groups for “protection.

17.08.2021 - 11:42 [ Radio Utopie ]

Verbleib jeder dritter US-Waffe in Afghanistan rätselhaft

(12. Februar 2009)

Unsere Bundestagsabgeordneten sollten ihren Beschluss zum Afghanistaneinsatz auch unter diesen Aspekt noch einmal überprüfen und diesen endlich beenden, wenn sie ein Gewissen besitzen.

17.08.2021 - 11:31 [ CNN ]

Thousands of guns U.S. sent to Afghanistan are missing

(February 12, 2009)

The U.S. military failed to „maintain complete inventory records for an estimated 87,000 weapons — or about 36 percent — of the 242,000 weapons that the United States procured and shipped to Afghanistan from December 2004 through June 2008,“ a U.S. Government Accountability Office report states. (…)

The military also failed to properly account for an additional 135,000 weapons it obtained for the Afghan forces from 21 other countries. (…)

The military is unable to provide serial numbers for 46,000 of the missing 87,000 weapons, the report concludes. No records have been maintained for the location or disposition for the other 41,000 weapons.

17.08.2021 - 09:10 [ Ramona Lenz / Twitter ]

Es ist zum Schreien: Unser Partner aus #Kabul, der vor ca 60 Minuten sicher mit dem #A400M in #Taschkent gelandet ist, bestätigt: Es waren max 10 Leute an Bord! WEIL DIE ANDEREN AM FLUGHAFEN NICHT AUF DER LISTE STANDEN!? Nicht Euer Ernst, @BMVg_Bundeswehr @AuswaertigesAmt !?!?!?

(vor 7 Stunden)

17.08.2021 - 09:00 [ New Day / Twitter ]

CNN’s @clarissaward reports on what Afghanistan looks like as the Taliban take over.

17.08.2021 - 07:32 [ White House ]

Remarks by President Biden on Afghanistan

So I’m left again to ask of those who argue that we should stay: How many more generations of America’s daughters and sons would you have me send to fight Afghans — Afghanistan’s civil war when Afghan troops will not? How many more lives — American lives — is it worth? How many endless rows of headstones at Arlington National Cemetery?

I’m clear on my answer: I will not repeat the mistakes we’ve made in the past — the mistake of staying and fighting indefinitely in a conflict that is not in the national interest of the United States, of doubling down on a civil war in a foreign country, of attempting to remake a country through the endless military deployments of U.S. forces.

Those are the mistakes we cannot continue to repeat, because we have significant vital interests in the world that we cannot afford to ignore.

17.08.2021 - 07:23 [ Yahoo.news ]

Biden Defends Afghanistan Exit

Natalie Brand explains why President Joe Biden stands squarely behind his decision to leave Afghanistan after 20 years

16.08.2021 - 15:52 [ France24 ]

Russian ambassador to meet Taliban in Kabul Tuesday

Russia said its ambassador to Afghanistan will meet with the Taliban in Kabul on August 17 and that it will decide on whether to recognise the new government based on its conduct.

16.08.2021 - 15:33 [ ]

Diesmal die Generäle zur Rechenschaft ziehen

Der Druck, der auf Obama lastete, war so deutlich, dass ich, als er seine Entscheidung, die Truppen in Afghanistan aufzustocken, bekannt gab, schrieb: „Willkommen in Vietnam, Mr. President“.

16.08.2021 - 15:02 [ Björn Müller, editor for ´loyal´ @DieReserve as well @NDRinfo @tazgezwitscher @faznet @n_ost @esutde @bpb_de / Twitter ]

#Bundeswehr EvacOp #Afghanistan #Kabul: Undankbare Aufgabe für die Kräfte der DSK/Luftlandebrigade1 (wohl verstärkte Kompanie von circa 200 Fallschirmjägern): – Perimeter um 2 A400M sichern – Zügige Aufnahme durchführen – Stürmung der Maschinen verhindern

16.08.2021 - 10:59 [ Husain Haqqani / Twitter ]

According to this report, Taliban bought out local Afghan army commanders. Where did the massive cash come from & how did U.S. intel miss info about its flows?

16.08.2021 - 10:15 [ ORF ]

UNO-Sicherheitsrat tagt zu Lage in Afghanistan

UNO-Generalsekretär Antonio Guterres wird bei der Sitzung des Gremiums sprechen, wie die Vereinten UNO-Generalsekretär Antonio Guterres wird bei der Sitzung des Gremiums sprechen, wie die Vereinten Nationen mitteilten. Laut Agenda soll die Sitzung um 10.00 Uhr (Ortszeit) beginnen.

16.08.2021 - 09:25 [ Fox News ]

Intelligence agencies‘ credibility in question amid Taliban takeover

Aug. 16, 2021 – 5:36 – Rep. Mike Waltz R-Fla., tells ‚The Next Revolution‘ that ‚the intelligence has been crystal clear‘

16.08.2021 - 09:16 [ Al Jazeera English / Youtube ]

Exclusive: Taliban enters Afghan presidential palace | Al Jazeera Newsfeed

Taliban fighters have entered Afghanistan’s presidential palace in Kabul hours after President Ashraf Ghani fled the country.

15.08.2021 - 20:46 [ BBC ]

Afghanistan: Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen calls the BBC – interview in full

Suhail Shaheen called the BBC’s Yalda Hakim, live on air.

In the wide-ranging interview, she pressed him on the Taliban’s plans for the country amid concern the militants will impose strict interpretations of Sharia law, including corporal punishments and a ban on girls going to school.

15.08.2021 - 20:41 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Taliban-Vormarsch ++ Evakuierung von Deutschen beginnt heute ++

Nach Schüssen am Internationalen Flughafen von Kabul ist der kommerzielle Luftverkehr dort offenbar eingestellt worden. Das meldet die Nachrichtenagentur AP unter Berufung auf US-Militärkreise. Nach wie vor werden demnach aber Menschen mit Militärmaschinen in Sicherheit gebracht.

15.08.2021 - 20:30 [ Thomas Langkabel (he/him) / Twitter ]

Am Rande: was macht der Bundesnachrichtendienst eigentlich beruflich?

15.08.2021 - 20:20 [ Disclose.tv / Twitter ]

JUST IN – U.S. Embassy in #Kabul issues security alert: „Reports of the airport taking fire. Shelter in place. Do not come to the Embassy or airport at this time.“

15.08.2021 - 19:58 [ BBC ]

Live: Taliban enter Kabul as Afghan government collapses

– A Taliban spokesman says their fighters have been ordered to enter the city to prevent looting
– Reports from Kabul say the Taliban have seized the presidential palace
– Earlier they were told to refrain from violence and allow safe passage for anyone wanting to leave
– Eyewitnesses say the militants met little resistance along the way to the capital

15.08.2021 - 19:50 [ Washington Post ]

Afghan president flees country after Taliban enters Kabul, a sign the government has collapsed

In a sign that the government had collapsed, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled the country, Abdullah Abdullah, the head of the Afghan High Council for National Reconciliation, confirmed in a video shared online.

15.08.2021 - 19:47 [ Fahim Abed / Twitter ]

Mazar-e-Sharif collapsed to the Taliban, fighters leaded by Atta Mohammad Noor and General Dostum fled to Hayratan Border Pass with Uzbekistan. The picture shows the bridge on the river in the crossing point.

15.08.2021 - 19:40 [ Independent.co.uk ]

Afghanistan: Taliban capture Mazar-e-Sharif, government’s last northern stronghold

The fall of Mazar-e-Sharif, the country’s fourth-largest city, which Afghan forces and two powerful former warlords had pledged to defend, hands the insurgents control over all of northern Afghanistan, confining the Western-backed government to the centre and east.

15.08.2021 - 15:31 [ YouGov.co.uk ]

Looking back over the 20 years since US, UK and other Western troops were deployed to Afghanistan, do you think this did or did not achieve anything?

(13.08.2021)

Did achieve something: 23%

Did not achieve anything: 53%

Don’t know: 24%

15.08.2021 - 15:22 [ theGuardian.com ]

Afghanistan war has cost Britain more than £37bn, new book claims

(30 May 2013)

Since 2006, on a conservative estimate, it has cost £15m a day to maintain Britain’s military presence in Helmand province. The equivalent of £25,000 will have been spent for every one of Helmand’s 1.5 million inhabitants, more than most of them will earn in a lifetime, it says.

By 2020, the author of a new book says, Britain will have spent at least £40bn on its Afghan campaign, enough to recruit over 5,000 police officers or nurses and pay for them throughout their careers. It could fund free tuition for all students in British higher education for 10 years.

15.08.2021 - 15:18 [ Mirror.co.uk ]

Britain’s war in Afghanistan cost taxpayers £22bn, as final pullout underway

(08.06.2021)

And the final cost is likely to be even higher because the bill disclosed by Defence Minister James Heappey only counts cash from a special Whitehall pot for the conflict.

Revealing the cost in a written parliamentary answer, Mr Heappey said: “As at May 2021, the total cost of Operation Herrick to HM Treasury Special Reserve is £22.2billion.”

15.08.2021 - 15:02 [ Statista.com ]

UK military and civilian fatalities in Afghanistan 2001-2020

Published by D. Clark, Sep 21, 2020
Between UK October 2001 to March 2020 there have been 454 fatalities of military and civilians for the United Kingdom in Afghanistan under Operation Herrick. The years with the most fatalities were 2009 and 2010, with both years seeing more than a hundred deaths.

15.08.2021 - 14:20 [ thechicagocouncil.org ]

US Public Supports Withdrawal From Afghanistan

(09.08.2021)

This support spans partisan affiliations, though larger majorities of Democrats (77%) and Independents (73%) than Republicans (56%) agree.

These results corroborate the findings of other polls conducted over the past several months.

15.08.2021 - 14:11 [ theHill.com ]

Poll: 73 percent support US withdrawal from Afghanistan

(09.07.2021)

By contrast, 27 percent of respondents said they oppose the decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan, including 7 percent who strongly oppose and 20 percent who somewhat oppose.

15.08.2021 - 13:38 [ 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

(April 3, 2018)

Costs of War and UNAMA have counted 36,754 civilian deaths up to the end of 2017. If these (extremely) passive reports represent 5 percent of total civilian deaths, as in Guatemala, the actual death toll would be about 735,000. If UNAMA has in fact eclipsed Guatemala’s previously unsurpassed record of undercounting civilian deaths and only counted 3 or 4 percent of actual deaths, then the real total could be as high as 1.23 million. If the ratio were only the same as originally found in Iraq in 2006 (14:1 – before Iraq Body Count revised its figures), it would be only 515,000.

Adding these figures to my estimate of Afghan combatants killed on both sides, we can make a rough estimate that about 875,000 Afghans have been killed since 2001, with a minimum of 640,000 and a maximum of 1.4 million.

15.08.2021 - 13:17 [ apnews.com ]

Costs of the Afghanistan war, in lives and dollars

American service members killed in Afghanistan through April: 2,448.

U.S. contractors: 3,846.

Afghan national military and police: 66,000.

Other allied service members, including from other NATO member states: 1,144.

15.08.2021 - 12:50 [ BusinessInsider.com ]

The war in Afghanistan has cost $2.26 trillion, and the bill will keep rising even after last US troops leave

The two-decade war has cost the US $2.26 trillion, according to researchers at Brown University.
That analysis doesn’t include the costs of lifetime care for veterans or future interest on money the US borrowed for the war.

15.08.2021 - 12:46 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Escape from Kabul: Diplomats flee US Embassy in Chinook helicopters as Taliban fighters storm Afghan capital – in stark echoes of the Fall of Saigon

– Helicopter – believed to be US Air Force Chinook – seen flying over Kabul today from the US Embassy in Kabul
– It comes as Taliban closes in on the Afghan capital with shots heard on outskirts before fighters stormed city
– Around 3,000 US troops have been sent into city to aid with US evacuation, while British troops also deployed
– It is believed around 500 British staff needed to be evacuated and by Saturday the number was in ‚the tens‘

15.08.2021 - 12:26 [ NPR.org ]

Taliban Fighters Enter Kabul As Helicopters Land At U.S. Embassy

Taliban fighters entered the outskirts of the Afghan capital on Sunday and said they were awaiting a „peaceful transfer“ of the city after promising not to take it by force, but panicked residents raced to the leave, with workers fleeing government offices and helicopters landing at the U.S. Embassy.

15.08.2021 - 11:40 [ ORF.at ]

Taliban rücken in Kabul ein

Die Islamisten stießen von allen Seiten vor, teilte das Ministerium am Sonntag mit. Die Taliban sind nach eigenen Angaben noch nicht in die Stadt eingedrungen. Vielmehr verhandle man mit der afghanischen Regierung über eine friedliche Übergabe der Hauptstadt Kabul.

14.08.2021 - 15:45 [ Bloomberg ]

Deutsche Bank, Standard Chartered Sued Over Afghanistan Dead

(05.08.2021(

The banks and two money transmitters functioned as “laundromats,” allowing terrorist financiers to secretly move money and evade detection, according to the lawsuit. Transactions involving syndicate agents, operatives and fronts in countries including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Russia and the United Arab Emirates raised red flags that they were dealing with terrorist money, the suit claims.

14.08.2021 - 15:07 [ Hindustan Times ]

Taliban seizes Logar province near Kabul, launch attack on Mazar-e-Sharif

(today)

The Taliban seized a province just south of Afghanistan’s capital and launched a multi-pronged assault early Saturday on a major city in the north defended by powerful former warlords, Afghan officials said.

The insurgents have captured much of northern, western, and southern Afghanistan in a breakneck offensive less than three weeks before the United States is set to withdraw its last troops,

14.08.2021 - 15:05 [ Indian Express ]

India pulls out of Mazar-e-Sharif, tells nationals to leave Afghanistan

(11.08.2021)

The evacuation from Mazar-e-Sharif, the bustling city in the north which is situated close to the border with Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, comes after Indian diplomats and staff left the Kandahar consulate last month.

14.08.2021 - 15:04 [ Hadees Pardes / Twitter ]

President Ghani arrived in #MazareSharifcity, Balkh province, this morning where he will meet officials to discuss the security situation in the north, an official said. #Afghanistan

(11.08.2021)

14.08.2021 - 15:03 [ lokmat.com ]

Marshal Abdul Rashid Dostum leaves for Mazar-e-Sharif

(11.08.2021)

Marshal (Afghan National Army) Abdul Rashid Dostum on Tuesday left Kabul for Mazar-e-Sharif after the fall of the eighth province Baghlan to the Taliban. Ehsan Nairo, Dostum´s spokesman, confirmed the news and said that the trip to Mazar-e-Sharif was coordinated with the help of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.

14.08.2021 - 09:37 [ USA Today ]

Reports: US Embassy in Kabul directs staff to destroy sensitive documents as many diplomats prepare for evacuation

The memo to U.S. Embassy staff urged diplomats to destroy computers and other sensitive documents before they leave, as well as items featuring the American flag, embassy logos and other articles that „could be misused in propaganda efforts,“ according to CNN.

A State Department spokesperson said the notice was part of its „standard operating procedure“ for embassy drawdowns.

14.08.2021 - 09:17 [ theHill,com ]

US pushing to relocate thousands of Afghans in Qatar: report

“We are evaluating all available options. We have no announcements to make on third country relocation sites for Afghan SIV applicants,” a State Department spokesperson told The Hill in a statement, referring to special immigrant visas.

The Biden administration said Thursday there would be 1,000 U.S. troops going to Qatar to help process applications from Afghans already in the country. The Afghans are seeking visas to the U.S. for assisting the U.S. during the war.

14.08.2021 - 08:53 [ Pentagon - Defense.gov ]

Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby Holds a Press Briefing on Afghanistan

MR. KIRBY: What I’d say, Mike — what I’d say to that, Mike, is what I’ve been saying for the last few days, that the Afghan forces have advantages, they have capability to protect their territory and their people, they have the capacity to do that.

What — what I think the Afghan people want to see and what they deserve to see is the leadership and the will to use those advantages to their benefit.

Thanks, everybody, going to have to go now.

(CROSSTALK)

Q: … can you clarify the numbers one more time, so I have no mistakes? 3,000 going into the airport, 1,000 first going to Qatar and then to Afghanistan to help with SIVs, or staying in Qatar?

MR. KIRBY: No — no, I said the — the 1,000 enablers will go to Qatar for right now. I can’t predict whether there’ll be onward movement from there. Right now, they’re going to Qatar …

Q: And the 3,500 …

MR. KIRBY: … again, for helping process, and then 3,000 to the airport in the next few days and then there’ll be a reserve force out of Bragg that will — that will stage out of Kuwait, and that’s roughly 3,500 to 4,000.

Q: And all of that’s in addition to the 650 who are there …

MR. KIRBY: That is correct.

14.08.2021 - 08:44 [ Washington Post ]

Mass Afghan government surrenders as Taliban fighters overrun three key cities in sweeping territorial gains

(13.08.2021)

In the western city of Herat, an entire Afghan army corps crumbled, with hundreds of troops handing over their weapons to the Taliban and others fleeing, according to local officials. The surrender deal was brokered, they said, by a group of Taliban leaders who met with Afghan government and security forces at the military base where they were holed up after the city was overrun Thursday.

14.08.2021 - 08:39 [ New York Times ]

A Wave of Afghan Surrenders to the Taliban Picks Up Speed

(May 27, 2021
Updated July 7, 2021)

Since May 1, at least 26 outposts and bases in just four provinces — Laghman, Baghlan, Wardak and Ghazni — have surrendered after such negotiations, according to village elders and government officials.

13.08.2021 - 21:18 [ David Drolet / Twitter ]

„For decades, Pakistan has served as a sanctuary for the Afghan Taliban, who have often crossed the countries’ rugged, 1,660-mile border with ease, and has acknowledged that Taliban maintain homes and families in Pakistan, away from the battlefields.1/2

„Former Pakistan officials are publicly cheering for Taliban.
But a collapse in Afghanistan would carry risks for Pakistan, too, including a possible wave of refugees, and a boost to jihadist movements that target Pakistan’s government for attack.“ 2/2

13.08.2021 - 21:01 [ Economic Times / Indiatimes.com ]

Pakistan NSA, ISI chief likely to visit America next week for talks on Afghanistan, says report

(24.08.2021)

Pakistan’s National Security Adviser Moeed Yusuf and ISI chief Lt Gen Faiz Hameed are likely to visit the US next week for talks with their American counterparts on the situation in Afghanistan as part of Washington’s diplomatic efforts aimed at ensuring a peaceful transfer of power in the war-torn nation, according to a media report.

13.08.2021 - 20:45 [ Wikipedia ]

Inter-Services Intelligence activities in Afghanistan

The Taliban were largely founded by Pakistan’s Interior Ministry under Naseerullah Babar and the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) in 1994.[25][26][27][28][29][30][31][32] In 1999, Naseerullah Babar who was the minister of the interior under Bhutto during the Taliban’s ascent to power admitted, „we created the Taliban“.[33]

William Maley, Professor at the Australian National University and Director of the Asia-Pacific College, writes on the emergence of the Taliban in Afghanistan:

„In 1994, with the failure of [Gulbuddin Hekmatyar’s alliance] attempt to oust [the Afghan] Rabbani [administration], Pakistan found itself in an awkward position. Hekmatyar had proved incapable of seizing and controlling defended territory: in this respect he was a bitter disappointment to his patrons. … In October 1994, [Pakistani interior minister] Babar [took] a group of Western ambassadors (including the US Ambassador to Pakistan John C. Monjo) to Kandahar, without even bothering to inform the Kabul government, even though it manned an embassy in Islamabad. … On 29 October 1994, a convoy of trucks, including a notorious ISI officer, Sultan Amir … and two figures who were later to become prominent Taliban leaders, entered Afghanistan.“[22]

05.08.2021 - 07:09 [ obamawhitehouse.archives.gov ]

Remarks by the President at the National Defense University

(May 23, 2013)

So I look forward to engaging Congress and the American people in efforts to refine, and ultimately repeal, the AUMF’s mandate. And I will not sign laws designed to expand this mandate further. Our systematic effort to dismantle terrorist organizations must continue. But this war, like all wars, must end. That’s what history advises. That’s what our democracy demands.

05.08.2021 - 07:02 [ ABC News ]

Obama: ‚This War, Like All Wars, Must End‘

(23. Mai 2013)

Now, the speech:

The president who dramatically expanded the CIA secret drone war, ordered a troop surge in Afghanistan and aggressively prosecuted leakers made a forceful defense of his actions and an even more forceful case for winding down the war on terrorism.

The key line: „This war, like all wars, must end. That’s what history advises. That’s what our democracy demands.“

02.08.2021 - 21:37 [ Ron Paul / antikrieg.com ]

Warum die Amerikaner der Biden-Administration nicht mehr vertrauen

Für Libertäre – und sogar viele Nichtlibertäre – ist es nicht schockierend zu entdecken, dass eine US-Regierung die Wähler lügt und betrügt. Für Regierungen auf allen Ebenen ist das Belügen des amerikanischen Volkes so amerikanisch wie Apfelkuchen. Manchmal werden die Lügner für ihre Täuschung zur Rechenschaft gezogen, meistens aber nicht.

27.07.2021 - 16:27 [ France24 ]

Blinken in India for talks dominated by Afghan turmoil, China

Top US diplomat Antony Blinken arrived Tuesday in India for talks dominated by turmoil in Afghanistan and common worries about China, while also touching on New Delhi’s rights record.

Blinken, in his first India visit as secretary of state, was due to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar on Wednesday before flying to Kuwait.

25.07.2021 - 14:30 [ Trend.az ]

Iranian, Chinese ambassadors to Pakistan consult on region, Afghanistan

Iranian ambassador in a tweet said: In this meeting, we discussed bilateral and trilateral cooperation between the Islamic Republic of Iran, China and Pakistan and the latest developments related to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

24.07.2021 - 15:08 [ Al Jazeera ]

Afghanistan imposes night curfew to curb Taliban advance

“To curb violence and limit the Taliban movements, a night curfew has been imposed in 31 provinces across the country,” except in Kabul, Panjshir and Nangarhar, the interior ministry said in a statement on Saturday.

23.07.2021 - 18:34 [ Common Dreams ]

‚A Huge Outrage‘: Senate Panel Approves $25 Billion Pentagon Budget Increase

The Senate Armed Services Committee agreed Thursday to add $25 billion to President Joe Biden’s already massive $715 billion Pentagon spending request, a move that prompted immediate outrage from progressive activists who have been demanding cuts to the bloated U.S. military budget.

16.07.2021 - 21:55 [ ORF.at ]

NATO hat Militäreinsatz in Afghanistan beendet

Die NATO hat ihren Militäreinsatz in Afghanistan nach knapp zwei Jahrzehnten beendet. Wie der dpa in Brüssel von mehreren Diplomaten und Militärs bestätigt wurde, stehen die derzeit noch im Land stationierten Soldaten aus Staaten wie den USA und der Türkei mittlerweile vollständig unter der Führung der nationalen Kommandoketten.

Der bisher blutigste Militäreinsatz des Bündnisses sei damit de facto Geschichte, hieß es.

13.07.2021 - 13:17 [ ORF.at ]

Strategieänderungen: IS baut Einfluss in Subsahara-Afrika aus

Der IS seinerseits könne „sich auf den Erfolg seiner Zweigorganisationen berufen, selbst wenn seine Kernorganisation im Irak und in Syrien und Franchise-Gruppen in Ländern wie Libyen und Afghanistan mit Rückschlägen zu kämpfen haben“ heißt es in „Foreign Policy“.

Als Brückenkopf in Afrika zum IS im Nahen Osten dient Libyen, dort haben sich auch aus Syrien und dem Irak geflüchtete Milzen niedergelassen. In dem Land, in dem es in weiten Teilen keine funktionierende Staatsmacht gibt, können sie fast beliebig schalten und walten.

10.07.2021 - 22:21 [ Kathy Kelly / antikrieg.com ]

Warum Daniel Hale Dankbarkeit verdient, nicht Gefängnis

„Freiheit für Daniel Hale!“

Diese Worte hingen an einem Samstagabend in der Luft, projiziert auf mehrere Gebäude in Washington, D.C., über dem Gesicht eines mutigen Whistleblowers, dem zehn Jahre Gefängnis drohen.

Die Künstler wollten die US-Öffentlichkeit über Daniel E. Hale informieren, einen ehemaligen Analysten der Air Force, der die Folgen des Drohnenkriegs an die Öffentlichkeit brachte. Hale wird am 27. Juli zur Urteilsverkündung vor Richter Liam O’Grady erscheinen.

10.07.2021 - 19:00 [ Tagesschau ]

Nach dem Ende des Einsatzes: Streit über Zeremonie für Afghanistan-Soldaten

Die Diskussion darüber, wie still oder geräuschvoll, an welchem Ort und in welchem Rahmen die Politik den Einsatz in Afghanistan würdigen sollte, wird weitergehen.

09.07.2021 - 07:36 [ Fox News ]

Biden changes end of US combat mission in Afghanistan from Sept. 11 to Aug. 31

But Biden doubled down on his decision not to leave a standing military force and posed the question, „How many thousands more of America’s daughters and sons are you willing to risk?“

„How long would you have them stay?“ he continued. „I will not send another generation of Americans to war in Afghanistan.“

„Staying would have meant U.S. troops taking causalities,“ Biden adde

09.07.2021 - 07:28 [ New York Times ]

In Forceful Defense of Afghan Withdrawal, Biden Says U.S. Achieved Its Objectives

“Let me ask those who want us to stay: How many more?” Mr. Biden said in remarks in the East Room of the White House. “How many thousands more American daughters and sons are you willing to risk? And how long would you have them stay?”

Mr. Biden said he was not declaring “mission accomplished,” but he made clear that the future of the country — including the fate of the current government and concerns about the rights of women and girls — was no longer in the hands of the American military.

08.07.2021 - 20:45 [ Newsbreak.com ]

Biden says U.S. war in Afghanistan will end August 31

“We did not go to Afghanistan to nation build,” Biden said in a speech to update his administration’s ongoing efforts to wind down the U.S. war in Afghanistan. “Afghan leaders have to come together and drive toward a future.”

08.07.2021 - 20:39 [ CBS News / Twitter ]

BREAKING: President Biden announces that U.S. military mission in Afghanistan will end August 31 „There was never any doubt that our military performed this task efficiently and with the highest level of professionalism,“ he says

08.07.2021 - 18:29 [ Ron Paul / antikrieg.com ]

Es ist Saigon in Afghanistan

Im April berechnete das Cost of War Project der Brown University die Gesamtkosten des Afghanistan-Krieges auf mehr als zwei Billionen Dollar. Das bedeutet, dass Millionen von Amerikanern für ein vorhersehbar gescheitertes Projekt ärmer gemacht worden sind. Es bedeutet auch, dass Tausende von gut vernetzten Auftragnehmern und Unternehmen, die um den US-Kapitolgürtel herum lauern und den Krieg vorantreiben, viel, viel reicher geworden sind.

08.07.2021 - 07:41 [ Politico.com ]

Sources: U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan complete ‚for all intents and purposes‘

The U.S. currently has roughly 600 troops in Afghanistan, most of whom are Marine Corps and Army personnel providing security at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, the person said. The rest of the 600 will be based at the Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport, said another U.S. official with direct knowledge of the discussions. All of those troops are expected to remain after the pullout is officially complete,

02.07.2021 - 15:35 [ CNN ]

US days from completing formal Afghanistan withdrawal but up to 1,000 troops could remain

(30.06.2021)

As many as 1,000 US troops could remain in the country after the formal withdrawal to assist in securing the US Embassy in Kabul and the city’s airport, a senior administration official told CNN, and it is now unclear how long NATO troops will remain.

02.07.2021 - 15:33 [ apnews.com ]

US hands Bagram Airfield to Afghans after nearly 20 years

Until a new agreement for the airport’s protection is negotiated between Turkey and the Afghan government, and possibly the United States, the Resolute Support mission would appear to have to continue in order to give international troops the legal authority.

The U.S. will also have about 650 troops in Afghanistan to protect its sprawling embassy in the capital. Their presence it is understood will be covered in a bilateral agreement with the Afghan government.

30.06.2021 - 07:58 [ Tagesschau.de ]

20 Jahre Bundeswehr in Afghanistan: War es das wert?

Allenfalls gemischt fällt auch die Bilanz der Wehrbeauftragten Eva Högl aus, wie sie dem ARD-Hauptstadtstudio sagte. „Das Ziel war, dass internationaler islamistischer Terrorismus nicht mehr von Afghanistan ausgeht, da kann man möglicherweise einen Haken dranmachen“, so die SPD-Politikerin, die aber gleichzeitig zu bedenken gibt: …

30.06.2021 - 07:53 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Ende der Afghanistan-Mission: Bundeswehr fliegt letzte Soldaten aus

Die letzten verbliebenen deutschen Soldatinnen und Soldaten der NATO-Mission „Resolute Support“ wurden von der Luftwaffe aus dem Feldlager „Camp Marmal“ in Masar-i-Scharif ausgeflogen, teilte das Bundesverteidigungsministerium mit.

An Bord der Flugzeuge waren nach Angaben der Nachrichtenagentur dpa auch die zur Absicherung des Lagers in den Norden Afghanistans verlegten Mitglieder des Kommandos Spezialkräfte (KSK).

28.06.2021 - 17:44 [ tolonews.com ]

US to Keep Hundreds of Troops After Withdrawal: AP

(26.06.2021)

At least 650 US troops are expected to remain in Afghanistan to provide security for diplomats following the completion of the American force withdrawal from the country, The Associated Press reported on Thursday, quoting US officials.

18.06.2021 - 10:53 [ AFP News Agency / Twitter ]

#UPDATE Britain’s Karim Khan was sworn in Wednesday as the new prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, facing huge challenges, including investigations into the Palestinian territories, Afghanistan and the Philippines

14.06.2021 - 12:37 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Gipfeltreffen in Brüssel: Merkels letzter Auftritt bei der NATO

Für Merkel bedeutet eine gute transatlantische Partnerschaft „auch Verlässlichkeit der Partner untereinander“. Das hat sie unlängst bei einer Veranstaltung der Unionsfraktion betont und auch ein Beispiel genannt: das auch von ihr 2014 beschlossene Zwei-Prozent-Ziel – also das Versprechen aller Mitgliedsstaaten, ihre Verteidigungsausgaben in Richtung zwei Prozent des Bruttoinlandsproduktes anzuheben.

13.06.2021 - 14:41 [ ZDF ]

Grüne lehnen Kampfdrohnen nicht generell ab

Kanzlerkandidatin Annalena Baerbock hatte in ihrer Parteitagsrede bereits betont, dass Menschenrechte hier grundsätzlich mehr Gewicht haben sollten als wirtschaftliche Interessen.

Die deutsch-russische Gaspipeline Nord Stream 2, die von der Regierungskoalition aus Union und SPD befürwortet wird, lehnen die Grünen aus geopolitischen und Klimaschutz-Gründen ab.

13.06.2021 - 05:01 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Kurz vor NATO-Gipfel: Laschet fordert höhere Verteidigungsausgaben

Vor dem NATO-Gipfel am Montag hat sich Unions-Kanzlerkandidat Laschet für ein stärkeres sicherheitspolitisches Engagements Deutschlands ausgesprochen. Dazu gehöre auch ein Bekenntnis zum Zwei-Prozent-Ziel.

08.06.2021 - 08:53 [ New York Times ]

C.I.A. Scrambles for New Approach in Afghanistan

Two decades of war in Afghanistan have helped transform the spy agency into a paramilitary organization: It carries out hundreds of drone strikes in Afghanistan and Pakistan, trains Afghan commando units and maintains a large presence of C.I.A. officers in a string of bases along the border with Pakistan. At one point during President Barack Obama’s first term, the agency had several hundred officers in Afghanistan, its largest surge of personnel to a country since the Vietnam War.

08.06.2021 - 08:47 [ ORF.at ]

Afghanistan: US-Abzug bringt CIA unter Zugzwang

Die Taliban forderten die Ortskräfte der ausländischen Streitkräfte in Afghanistan unterdessen dazu auf, im Land zu bleiben. Afghanen, die als Übersetzer, Wachen und anderweitig für die ausländischen Streitkräfte tätig gewesen seien, sollten für ihre vergangenen Handlungen Reue zeigen und sich in Zukunft nicht an solchen Aktivitäten beteiligen, hieß es in einer am Montag veröffentlichten Mitteilung der Taliban.

04.05.2021 - 20:23 [ Time Magazine ]

President Biden Made the Right Choice to Withdraw from Afghanistan

We all know theoretically that “sunk costs are sunk,” but when those costs are friends and teammates, it isn’t easy to walk away. There’s no way ever to quantify the loss of over 2,200 American servicemen and women, 3,800 American contractors, and 100,000 Afghans over two decades. The stoic philosophers like Epictetus and Aurelius taught to detach without being vacuous but that isn’t always the easiest advice to follow. Like all SEALs and service members of my era, I’ve buried far too many friends. We best honor them by making a stoic and intelligent choice today, not by sacrificing and investing more in a mission no longer central to our national security.

03.05.2021 - 23:51 [ BBC ]

Hillary Clinton warns of ‚huge consequences‘ in Afghan US troop withdrawal

Mrs Clinton said it was also important to protect the „many thousands of Afghans“ who had worked with the US and Nato during the conflict, and said a large visa programme should be set up to provide for any refugees.

03.05.2021 - 05:23 [ Frankfurter Allgemeine / Twitter ]

Nach fast zwanzig Jahren hat der Abzug der ausländischen Truppen aus Afghanistan offiziell begonnen. Angriffe und Anschläge mit vielen Toten überschatten ihn.

(02.05.2021)

03.05.2021 - 05:17 [ Gabriele Meissner / Twitter ]

Die Nato hat die Warlords in Afghanistan gestärkt – nicht die Demokratie

(29.04.2021)

03.05.2021 - 04:54 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Afghanistan-Mandat der Bundeswehr: Hauptsache flexibel bleiben

(24.02.2021)

Fest steht, dass man in Berlin einen endgültigen Abzug vom Hindukusch weniger an ein festgelegtes Datum knüpfen als vielmehr von der Lage vor Ort abhängig machen möchte. „Ein Abzug unter den derzeitigen Voraussetzungen birgt nicht nur Gefahren für die unmittelbare Stabilität Afghanistans und der Region, sondern auch für die hart errungenen Fortschritte der letzten Jahrzehnte insgesamt“, heißt es in der Begründung für die angestrebte Mandatsverlängerung.

03.05.2021 - 04:42 [ taz ]

Deutschland stärkte die Warlords

(12. 11. 2013)

Doch nach dem Sturz der Taliban Ende 2001 gewannen die Kommandeure wieder Einfluss, auch weil sie nach 9/11 Verbündete des Westens in dessen Kampf gegen die Taliban wurden. Sie konnten sich seitdem durch die Übernahme offizieller Ämter als Gouverneure, Polizei- oder Geheimdienstchefs auf Provinz- oder Distriktebene legitimieren. Das gab ihnen ein offizielles Gewaltmonopol, den Zugang zu staatlichen Pfründen und große Korruptionsmöglichkeiten.

03.05.2021 - 04:08 [ Radio Utopie ]

Afghanische Warlords stehen jährlich mit Hunderten von Millionen-Dollar-Margen auf NATO-Gehaltslisten

(4. November 2009)

Denn so lange die Warlords, Gebietsfürsten und Distriktgouverneure mit jährlichen Millionenbeträgen auf der Gehaltsliste der CIA und der NATO stehen, haben sie noch weniger Interesse an friedlichen Verhältnissen in der Region. Je mehr Krieg und Terror, umso besser – ansonsten würden diese hohen Einnahmen für sie wegfallen. Das Geld bekommen diese Führer dafür, dass sie private Sicherheitstruppen mieten, um die jeweiligen Basen der westlichen Allierten sowie die Transportwege vor terroristischen Überfällen zu schützen. Diese Kuh gilt es mit allen Mitteln zu melken.

Somit ist durchaus der Beweis erbracht, dass die NATO den Krieg in Afghanistan doppelt finanziert – nicht nur die eigenen Truppen sondern auch die der Gegenseite gleich mit. Auf das der Krieg nicht zum Erliegen gebracht wird!

Welcher Provinz-Warlord könnte nicht in Versuchung kommen und lässt schnell mal ein Attentat inszenieren, dass dann immer die über die Grenze gekommenen Aufständigen waren? Seine Sicherheitskräfte brauchen schliesslich Arbeit, Lohn und Brot. Ohne Gefahr gibt es kein Geld – eine einfache Rechnung und ein fataler Teufelskreis. Die Ansicht der USA, dass, wenn man den Kriegsherren kein Geld mehr für ihre Dienste zur Verfügung stellt, dann eine Eskalation der Lage erfolge, kann man unterschiedlich bewerten. So wie jetzt die Lage in Afghanistan ist, hat diese bisherige Strategie nach acht Jahren keinen Erfolg für den ISAF- Einsatz gebracht und die meisten Anschläge erst hervorgerufen.

Alle gefallenen Soldaten, einschliesslich der deutschen Opfer, sowie die Toten und Verletzten der afghanischen Zivilbevölkerung oder der Hilfsorganisationen, sie alle sind gestorben in dem grausamen korrupten Machtspielen der Westmächte und den Führungskräften in Afghanistan.

Stellungnahmen der Bundesregierung, der Parteien und Medien zu dem Bericht des Zentrums für internationale Zusammenarbeit an der New York University waren bis heute in Deutschland nicht festzustellen.

03.05.2021 - 03:39 [ Center on International Cooperation (CIC) at New York University ]

The Public Cost of Private Security in Afghanistan

(9.September 2009)

The private security industry in Afghanistan has grown apace with demand. As of August 2009, the total number of private security personnel employed by the US Department of Defense – the largest employer of private security in the country – increased 19 percent (from 4,373 to 5,198) in response to the deployment of additional military forces. Since 2001, a range of private security providers (PSPs) has emerged, including international and national PSCs operating with or without the required Afghan licensing permits, as well as militias hired as “armed support groups” (ASG) by international military forces. Many PSPs are controlled by prominent Afghan families, including Hashmat and Ahmed Wali Karzai, brothers of President Hamid Karzai; Hamid Wardak, the son of Defense Minister Rahim Wardak; Gul Agha Shirzai, the governor of Nangarhar province; and Hajji Jan Mohammad Khan, the former governor of Uruzgan.

The use of unregistered PSCs and militia groups by the NATO International Security Assistance Force and US military contingents is widespread. Many of these PSPs serve as ready-made militias that compete with state authority and are frequently run by former military commanders responsible for human rights abuses or involved in the illegal narcotics and black market economies.

03.05.2021 - 02:47 [ Sueddeutsche.de ]

Krieg in Afghanistan: Warlord Inc. – freies Geleit gegen Geld

(23. Juni 2010)

Die USA verteilen in Afghanistan Milliarden Dollar an Firmen, damit schwerbewaffnete Söldner für Sicherheit sorgen. Die Dienstleister verdienen prächtig – und bestechen mit dem Steuergeld zwielichtige Kriegsfürsten und möglicherweise auch Taliban.

03.05.2021 - 02:38 [ Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform / Washington Post ]

Warlord, Inc.: Extortion and Corruption Along the U.S. Supply Chain in Afghanistan

June 22, 2010
To the Members of the Subcommittee:

Today I present to you a report entitled, Warlord, Inc.: Extortion and Corruption Along the U.S. Supply Chain in Afghanistan, which has been prepared by the Majority staff of the Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
After a six-month investigation, the report exposes the circumstances surrounding the Department of Defense’s outsourcing of security on the supply chain in Afghanistan to questionable providers, including warlords.

The findings of this report range from sobering to shocking. In short, the Department of Defense designed a contract that put responsibility for the security of vital U.S. supplies on contractors and their unaccountable security providers. This arrangement has fueled a vast protection racket run by a shadowy network of warlords, strongmen, commanders, corrupt
Afghan officials, and perhaps others.

Not only does the system run afoul of the Department’s own rules and regulations mandated by Congress, it also appears to risk undermining the U.S. strategy for achieving its goals in Afghanistan.

03.05.2021 - 01:50 [ CNN ]

US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan has begun

„A drawdown is underway,“ White House deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters aboard Air Force One Thursday. „While these actions will initially result in increased forces levels, we remain committed to having all of US military personnel out of Afghanistan by September 11, 2020.“

Fewer than 100 troops, along with military equipment, have been moved largely by aircraft to execute President Joe Biden’s order to begin the withdrawal process no later than May 1, according to several US defense officials.

29.04.2021 - 10:30 [ Times of India ]

It’s time to bring troops home from Afghanistan: Joe Biden

WASHINGTON: After 20 years of American valour and sacrifice in Afghanistan, it’s time to bring troops home, US President Joe Biden has said, assuring fellow citizens that his administration will maintain capabilities to suppress future threats to the homeland.
Biden made this assurance to war-weary Americans in his maiden address to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday.

29.04.2021 - 10:30 [ Weißes Haus ]

Remarks as Prepared for Delivery by President Biden — Address to a Joint Session of Congress

And American leadership means ending the forever war in Afghanistan.

We have the greatest fighting force in the history of the world.

And I’m the first President in 40 years who knows what it means to have had a child serving in a warzone.

Today we have service members serving in the same war as their parents once did.

We have service members in Afghanistan who were not yet born on 9/11.

War in Afghanistan was never meant to be a multi—generational undertaking of nation—building.

We went to Afghanistan to get the terrorists who attacked us on 9/11.

We delivered justice to Osama Bin Laden and we degraded the terrorist threat of al Qaeda in Afghanistan.

After 20 years of American valor and sacrifice, it’s time to bring our troops home.

Even as we do, we will maintain an over—the—horizon capability to suppress future threats to the homeland.

But make no mistake – the terrorist threat has evolved beyond Afghanistan since 2001 and we will remain vigilant against threats to the United States, wherever they come from.

Al Qaeda and ISIS are in Yemen, Syria, Somalia, and other places in Africa and the Middle East and beyond.

And, we won’t ignore what our own intelligence agencies have determined – the most lethal terrorist threat to the homeland today is from white supremacist terrorism.

27.04.2021 - 15:39 [ Christoph Marischka / Informationsstelle Militarisierung (IMI) ]

Flucht aus Afghanistan – Dauereinsatz im Sahel

Man brauche dort „auch den wirklich harten Kampf, die harte militärische Auseinandersetzung und Bekämpfung des Terrorismus“, so AKK. Dies übernähmen gerade die Franzosen, während Deutschland sich, auch auf Grund der politischen Vorgaben, aktuell auf die Ausbildung konzentriere. Allerdings – und das sollte gerade auch vor dem Hintergrund des Abzugs aus Afghanistan ernst genommen werden – unterstrich AKK auch: „Es ist ja nicht so, dass die Bundeswehr nicht über Material und auch entsprechende Kräfte verfügen würde, um auch in einen solchen, ich sage mal, harten Antiterroreinsatz zu gehen.“

24.04.2021 - 20:15 [ The Hill ]

US begins moving equipment out of Afghanistan, sends bombers in

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin earlier on Friday approved keeping the USS Eisenhower aircraft carrier in the region “for a period of time,” as well as sending several B-52 long-range bombers to the region, press secretary John Kirby told reporters.

23.04.2021 - 08:34 [ Tagesschau ]

US-Militär in Afghanistan: Erst aufstocken, dann abziehen

Die USA wollen ihre Truppenstärke im Afghanistan kurzfristig verstärken, um den geplanten Abzug abzusichern. Der zuständige General McKenzie sieht die Zukunft des Landes ohne US-Militärpräsenz pessimistisch.

20.04.2021 - 16:16 [ Ron Paul / antikrieg.com ]

Warum können wir nicht „einfach“ aus Afghanistan abmarschieren?

Meine Philosophie war schon immer einfach: wir sind einmarschiert, also können wir auch einfach wieder hinausmarschieren. Wie wir vor kurzem gelernt haben, ist das genau das, was Präsident Trump in den letzten Tagen seiner Präsidentschaft zu tun versucht hat, nur um kalte Füße zu bekommen, nachdem sein Militär und die nationalen Sicherheits „Experten“ ihm sagten, dass dies eine schreckliche Idee war. Wenn die Geschichte der Trump-Administration geschrieben wird, wird sie traurigerweise mit Episoden von Trumps ausgezeichneten Instinkten gefüllt sein, die durch seine Unfähigkeit, zu verlangen, dass diejenigen, die für ihn arbeiten, seinen Befehlen folgen, über den Haufen geworfen worden sind. Es ist tragisch.

Wir müssen vollständig aus Afghanistan hinaus. Gestern.

20.04.2021 - 15:13 [ Informationsstelle Militarisierung (IMI) ]

Afghanistan: Zeit der Bilanzen

Wenn die Bundesregierung in jedem Fall nun großspurig behauptet, sie beabsichtige, ihrer „besonderen Verantwortung“ gerecht zu werden, spottet das jeder Beschreibung – das Gegenteil ist der Fall, wie nicht zuletzt die dauernden Sammelabschiebungen nach Afghanistan unter Beweis stellen. Und selbst bei denjenigen, die sich – angesichts der Meldungen auf den ersten Blick berechtigte – Hoffnungen machen, wenigstens das westliche Kriegsengagement gehe nun zu Ende, könnte sich schnell Ernüchterung breitmachen,

18.04.2021 - 06:38 [ Wall Street Journal ]

Biden Rebuffed Commanders’ Advice in Decision to Leave Afghanistan

The White House says it will guard against the risk of a new terrorist danger in Afghanistan by maintaining warplanes and counterterrorism capabilities at bases outside of the landlocked country.

Current and former military officials say, however, that …

16.04.2021 - 16:20 [ Norman Solomon / antikrieg.com ]

Im Gegensatz zu dem, was Biden gesagt hat, wird die US-Kriegsführung in Afghanistan fortgesetzt

Matthew Hoh, ein Marine-Kampfveteran, der 2009 der ranghöchste US-Vertreter wurde, der aus Protest gegen den Afghanistan-Krieg aus dem Außenministerium zurücktrat, sagte am Mittwoch meinen Kollegen vom Institute for Public Accuracy: „Unabhängig davon, ob die 3.500 anerkannten US-Soldaten Afghanistan verlassen, wird das US-Militär weiterhin in Form von Tausenden von Spezialeinsatzkräften und CIA-Personal in und um Afghanistan präsent sein, durch Dutzende von Staffeln bemannter Kampfflugzeuge und Drohnen, die auf Landbasen und auf Flugzeugträgern in der Region stationiert sind, und durch Hunderte von Marschflugkörpern auf Schiffen und U-Booten.“

16.04.2021 - 16:17 [ Norman Solomon / Antiwar.com ]

Contrary to What Biden Said, US Warfare in Afghanistan Is Set To Continue

But in March 2020, the Trump administration abruptly stopped publishing US Airpower Summaries, and the Biden administration has so far not published any either.“

15.04.2021 - 19:03 [ antikrieg.com ]

Joe Biden bekräftigt Washingtons Botschaft an die Welt: Vertraut uns nie und nimmer

Im Februar 2020 verkündete US-Präsident Donald Trump ein Friedensabkommen mit den Taliban, das den US-Streitkräften 15 Monate Zeit für den Abzug aus Afghanistan gab. Fast ein Jahr später, als der Abzug fast abgeschlossen war und nur noch 2.500 Angehörige der US-Streitkräfte auf afghanischem Boden verblieben, legte der neue Präsident Joe Biden den Amtseid ab und begann sofort zu beklagen, dass die Frist zum 1. Mai „schwer einzuhalten“ sei.