Archiv: Afghanistan


03.12.2020 - 17:16 [ theDiplomat.com ]

NATO Huddles With Asia-Pacific Democracies to Talk China

The incoming Biden administration has pledged to do even more to partner with allies on the China challenge.

In another step in that direction, on December 2, the foreign ministers of the NATO members, along with delegations from Australia, Japan, New Zealand, and South Korea, gathered virtually to discuss the rise of China and the implications for the global balance of power.

03.12.2020 - 16:57 [ ORF.at ]

Stoltenberg: Keine NATO-Öffnung nach Asien

Der wachsende militärische Einfluss Chinas wird nach Einschätzung von NATO-Generalsekretär Jens Stoltenberg nicht zu einer Öffnung des Verteidigungsbündnisses für asiatische Staaten wie Japan und Südkorea führen. „Wir sind ein regionales Bündnis und werden ein regionales Bündnis bleiben“, sagte der Norweger heute bei einer Diskussion der Denkfabrik Carnegie Europe.

02.12.2020 - 05:12 [ ZDF ]

Afghanistan-Abzug von US-Truppen – Sicherheit der Bundeswehr von USA abhängig

Die USA wollen fast alle Truppen aus Afghanistan abziehen. Außenminister Heiko Maas sieht die Sicherheit deutscher Soldaten in Gefahr. Es könnte das Ende des Einsatzes bedeuten.

24.11.2020 - 01:26 [ Augen geradeaus! ]

Stoltenberg erwartet NATO-Entscheidung über Zeitplan für Afghanistan im Februar 2021

Das kündigte Stoltenberg am (heutigen) Montag bei einer Rede vor der – virtuellen – Parlamentarischen Versammlung der Allianz an

23.11.2020 - 11:41 [ Ro Khanna, Abgeordneter im US Repräsentantenhaus / Twitter ]

Flournoy supported the war in Iraq & Libya, criticized Obama on Syria, and helped craft the surge in Afghanistan. I want to support the President’s picks. But will Flournoy now commit to a full withdrawal from Afghanistan & a ban on arms sales to the Saudis to end the Yemen war?

20.11.2020 - 19:56 [ Heise.de ]

Möglicher Bundeswehr-Abzug aus Afghanistan: Von Scheitern und Schweigen

Solche abwiegelnden Formulierungen und eine Informationspolitik, die Auskunftsrechte von Presse und Parlament verhöhnt, können nicht darüber hinwegtäuschen, dass sich bei den Verantwortlichen langsam Hektik breitmacht.

Reduzieren die USA ihre Truppen in Afghanistan weiter, werden die Bundeswehr und andere ausländischen Akteure ohne Rückendeckung dastehen, ohne Aufklärung und Luftunterstützung. Spätestens dann werden auch die deutschen Soldatinnen und Soldaten das Land fluchtartig verlassen müssen.

19.11.2020 - 14:50 [ New York Times ]

Trump Is Said to Be Preparing to Withdraw Troops From Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia

Under a draft order circulating at the Pentagon on Monday, the number of U.S. forces in Afghanistan would be halved from the current deployment of 4,500 troops, officials said.

In Iraq, the Pentagon would trim force levels slightly below the 3,000 troops that commanders had previously announced. And in Somalia, virtually all of the more than 700 troops conducting training and counterterrorism missions would leave.

19.11.2020 - 14:42 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Afghanistan-Experte: „Abzug spielt in die Hände der Taliban“

Afghanistan-Experte Thomas Ruttig erklärt, warum die Gewalt im Land eskaliert, obwohl die Taliban formal das US-Abkommen nicht verletzen – und was der geplante Truppenabzug für NATO und Bundeswehr bedeutet.

19.11.2020 - 14:29 [ CNN ]

Elite Australian troops unlawfully killed 39 Afghan civilians amid a culture of ‚blood lust,‘ report alleges

The ADF is recommending that Australia’s Federal Police (AFP) investigate 19 individuals from the Australian Special Forces over 36 alleged war crimes, including murder and cruel treatment of non-combatants in Afghanistan between 2009 and 2013.
Campbell said he had accepted all of the inquiry’s 143 recommendations.

19.11.2020 - 14:20 [ ORF.at ]

Australiens Afghanistan-Einsatz: Bericht über schwere Kriegsverbrechen

Australische Soldaten haben einem Untersuchungsbericht zufolge bei ihrem Einsatz in Afghanistan Kriegsverbrechen begangen. 25 Mitglieder einer Sondereinheit hätten mindestens 39 Gefangene oder Zivilisten „unrechtmäßig“ getötet, sagte der Chef der australischen Verteidigungsstreitkräfte, Angus Campbell, am Mittwoch in Canberra bei der Veröffentlichung eines Berichts zum Verhalten der Soldaten in Afghanistan.

19.11.2020 - 01:55 [ news.com.au ]

‘Deeply disturbing’ war crimes report: 39 Afghanis allegedly killed by SAS

Exactly seven days ago, the Mr Morrison warned the nation to prepare for allegations of “serious and possibly criminal conduct” by Australia’s defence force in Afghanistan that could see soldiers prosecuted for unlawful killings.

A special investigator will be appointed to consider allegations of war crimes by Australia’s soldiers in the Middle East following the completion of a long-running defence investigation into the claims.

19.11.2020 - 01:36 [ The Sydney Morning Herald ]

Australia apologises to Afghanistan for special forces misconduct

Defence Force Chief Angus Campbell is releasing a public summary of the four-year investigation by senior judge Paul Brereton for the Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force.

16.11.2020 - 21:45 [ ORF ]

Trump dürfte weitere Soldaten aus Afghanistan abziehen

Der ehemalige Heeresoffizier Douglas Macgregor wurde zum leitenden Berater des geschäftsführenden Verteidigungsministers Christopher Miller ernannt. Macgregor ist ein ausgesprochener Kritiker der Einsätze im Irak und in Afghanistan.

16.11.2020 - 21:01 [ France24 ]

Macron walks diplomatic tightrope while hosting Trump ally Pompeo

Le Drian said Friday that he would raise the concerns of France – which has been hit by a number of jihadist attacks – over Trump’s plans to speed up the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq and Afghanistan.

12.11.2020 - 23:27 [ Dave DeCamp / Antiwar.com ]

Trump’s Pentagon Shake-Up Could Lead to Troop Withdrawals

A major overhaul at the Pentagon that was started with the firing of former Secretary of Defense Mark Esper could be part of President Trump’s plan to carry out last-minute troop withdrawals from countries like Afghanistan, sources have told several media outlets.

12.11.2020 - 23:08 [ Rep. Andy Biggs / Antiwar.com ]

GOP Rep. Andy Biggs Urges President Trump To Bring Troops Home From Iraq and Afghanistan

President Donald J. Trump
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC

Dear Mr. President:

Under your leadership, our nation has achieved unprecedented prosperity. Now, as we observe Veterans Day, I hope you will look abroad and continue to strategically draw down our nation’s military presence in Afghanistan and Iraq.

(…)

I commend your efforts so far to bring our engagements in Afghanistan and Iraq to an end, including your bold decision to open negotiations with the Taliban and your ambitious plan to remove thousands of United States servicemembers from these two countries. I urge you to continue to aggressively pursue these and all other related efforts in the coming weeks. What greater gift could we give the American people as we head into the holiday season?

Sincerely,

Andy Biggs
Member of Congress, Arizona 5th District

12.11.2020 - 22:35 [ ORF ]

Afghanistan: Chaotischer US-Abzug befürchtet

„Ich fürchte, dass die Personen, die Trump jetzt eingesetzt hat, ihm zum spontanen und nicht ausreichend geplanten Abzug aller US-Truppen aus Afghanistan noch vor Weihnachten raten werden“, sagte Stavridis dem Magazin „Der Spiegel“.

12.11.2020 - 00:05 [ The Hill ]

New Pentagon chief hires adviser who wants quick withdrawal from Afghanistan

Trump has reportedly been frustrated with the pace of the troop withdrawal, and weeks prior to the presidential election asserted on Twitter that forces would be home by Christmas.

11.11.2020 - 10:08 [ Saagar Enjeti, Host of Rising / Twitter ]

There it is. Confirmation that Esper and his team were fired for thwarting admin efforts to withdraw troops from Afghanistan Its been 20 years there is no „premature withdrawal“

11.11.2020 - 10:00 [ ORF.at ]

Erneut Sesselrücken im US-Pentagon

Die Umbildung eröffnet Trump die Möglichkeit, noch vor dem Machtwechsel am 20. Jänner nicht erfüllte Wahlversprechen einzulösen. Dazu gehört möglicherweise die Anordnung eines vollständigen Abzugs der US-Streitkräfte aus Afghanistan.

09.11.2020 - 20:33 [ New York Post ]

President Trump tweets firing of Defense Secretary Mark Esper

“I am pleased to announce that Christopher C. Miller, the highly respected Director of the National Counterterrorism Center (unanimously confirmed by the Senate), will be Acting Secretary of Defense, effective immediately,” the president said in a post.

08.11.2020 - 14:26 [ Xinhuanet ]

Australian Defence Force chief handed „deeply troubling“ Afghanistan war crimes report

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation, which has published eyewitness accounts of the alleged war crimes including mass shootings of Afghan civilians by SOTG troops, reported on Friday that the report recommends criminal prosecutions or military sanctions for 15 to 20 soldiers involved in 10 incidents.

08.11.2020 - 10:16 [ CatoTheYounger / Twitter ]

Now the Generals will sit on their hands and not remove any troops from Afghanistan. Home by Christmas is gone.

Tough luck troops, you should not have gotten your hopes up

08.11.2020 - 09:55 [ Ben Norton / Twitter ]

The reality is the Biden admin will probably bomb *multiple* countries on its very first day. It will continue the ongoing imperial U.S. wars on Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Libya, and Niger. And Biden will likely further expand covert drone wars across the globe.

08.11.2020 - 09:49 [ Tez / Twitter ]

Biden is going to win the presidency today! Thank God! We can finally go back to some sense of normalcy, like invading and bombing countries in the Middle East. But with decency.

07.11.2020 - 01:38 [ The Guardian ]

Inquiry into alleged war crimes by Australian special forces in Afghanistan delivers final report

Leaks and whistleblowers have also suggested Afghan civilians were used as “target practice”, that a detainee was shot when there was no room for him on a helicopter, and that special forces troops operated with a sense of impunity, elitism and recklessness, a culture permitted by a weak command structure.

03.11.2020 - 12:45 [ Xinhuanet ]

Pakistani FM invited to int’l conference on Afghanistan: foreign ministry

Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Monday held a telephone conversation with his Finnish counterpart Pekka Haavisto and was invited to attend an international conference on Afghanistan that is scheduled to be held in Geneva, Switzerland later this month, the Foreign Ministry of Pakistan said.

01.11.2020 - 07:50 [ Nicolas J.S. Davies / Mintpress.com ]

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

(26.4.2018)

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

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

01.11.2020 - 07:26 [ opposingviews.com ]

Michael Moore’s Letter to Obama about Afghanistan

(Original: Nov 30, 2009)

When we elected you we didn’t expect miracles. We didn’t even expect much change. But we expected some. We thought you would stop the madness. Stop the killing. Stop the insane idea that men with guns can reorganize a nation that doesn’t even function as a nation and never, ever has.

Stop, stop, stop! For the sake of the lives of young Americans and Afghan civilians, stop. For the sake of your presidency, hope, and the future of our nation, stop. For God’s sake, stop.

Tonight we still have hope.

Tomorrow, we shall see.

01.11.2020 - 07:05 [ RedState.com ]

Obama Doubles Number of Troops in Afghanistan. Wait…What?

(Jul 11, 2009)

Obama’s Presidential campaign was pretty much based on getting out of Iraq and Afghanistan, playing to the anti-war movement, to be fair he did make statements about Afghanistan deteriorating and being ignored, but he has doubled the number of troops there now and the anti-war groups seem to be eerily silent.

26.10.2020 - 09:12 [ Axios.com ]

Scoop: Trump’s post-election execution list

If President Trump wins re-election, he’ll move to immediately fire FBI Director Christopher Wray and also expects to replace CIA Director Gina Haspel and Defense Secretary Mark Esper, two people who’ve discussed these officials‘ fates with the president tell Axios.

The big picture: The list of planned replacements is much longer, but these are Trump’s priorities, starting with Wray.

26.10.2020 - 09:03 [ theHill.com ]

Trump has list of top intelligence officials he’ll fire if he wins reelection: report

President Trump plans to fire several top officials in the national security sphere should he win reelection in November, Axios reported Sunday.

The president plans to fire Defense Secretary Mark Esper, CIA Director Gina Haspel and FBI Director Christopher Wray, two people familiar with his decisionmaking told the news outlet. White House officials declined to comment on personnel matters.

24.10.2020 - 04:09 [ Xinhuanet ]

Peace in Afghanistan to enhance regional connectivity: Pakistani PM

An Afghan parliamentary delegation, headed by Rahmani, arrived in Pakistan on Friday to discuss relations between the two parliaments and Pakistan’s role in the Afghan peace process, and also to boost economic ties.

23.10.2020 - 04:17 [ Saagar Enjeti, Host of Rising / Twitter ]

If we’re going to be robbed of our foreign policy debate, can we at least get a question on Afghanistan? You know, the longest war of our history

22.10.2020 - 19:23 [ Antiwar.com ]

US Wasted Billions of Taxpayer Dollars in Afghanistan From 2018 to 2019

The 19-year-old war in Afghanistan continues to be a huge sinkhole for US taxpayer dollars. The US government’s oversight authority that monitors waste in Washington’s Afghanistan reconstruction effort released a report this month updating its findings.

22.10.2020 - 19:15 [ antikrieg.com ]

Verschwendete US-Steuermilliarden in Afghanistan von 2018 bis 2019

Der 19 Jahre währende Krieg in Afghanistan ist nach wie vor ein riesiges Loch für die Dollars der US-Steuerzahler. Die Aufsichtsbehörde der US-Regierung, die die Verschwendung bei den Wiederaufbaubemühungen Washingtons in Afghanistan überwacht, veröffentlichte diesen Monat einen Bericht, der ihre Ergebnisse aktualisiert.

22.10.2020 - 09:19 [ Nicolas J.S. Davies / Mintpress.com ]

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

(26.4.2018)

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

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

22.10.2020 - 08:53 [ theHill.com ]

Obama tears into Trump at Philadelphia rally: ‚The next 13 days will matter for decades to come‘

Obama framed the election as a battle for democracy.

“Our democracy is not gonna work if the people who are supposed to be our leaders lie every day and just make things up,” Obama said. “This notion of truthfulness and democracy and citizenship and being responsible — these aren’t Republican or Democratic principles. They’re American principles. … We need to reclaim them.”

20.10.2020 - 12:11 [ theHill.com ]

Nearly 300 former national security officials sign Biden endorsement letter

The 291 new signatures announced Tuesday join 489 national security leaders who previously endorsed former Vice President Biden as having “the character, principles, wisdom and leadership necessary to address a world on fire.”

20.10.2020 - 04:22 [ Xinhuanet ]

Pakistani foreign minister, leader of Afghanistan’s Hizb-e-Islami discuss Afghan peace process

Hekmatyar arrived in Islamabad on Monday on a three-day visit at the invitation of Qureshi to discuss Pakistan’s role in the peace process and bilateral relations.

20.10.2020 - 04:12 [ Ron Paul / antikrieg.com ]

Kommen die Truppen aus Afghanistan nach Hause? Hängt davon ab, wen Sie fragen.

Aber man kann nicht eine „Amerika zuerst“-Außenpolitik betreiben, wenn man Leute wie Mike Pompeo, John Bolton, Nikki Haley, Mark Milley und andere damit betraut. Sie werden es einfach nicht tun. Das sehen wir wieder, wenn es darum geht, unsere Truppen aus dem langen und törichten Krieg in Afghanistan abzuziehen.

20.10.2020 - 04:06 [ Ron Paul / Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity ]

Troops Coming Home from Afghanistan? Depends on Who You Ask.

But you cannot pursue an “America first” foreign policy if you put people like Mike Pompeo, John Bolton, Nikki Haley, Mark Milley, and others in charge of carrying it out. They simply won’t do it. We are seeing that again when it comes to withdrawing our troops from the long and foolish war in Afghanistan.

16.10.2020 - 18:54 [ The Hill ]

Trump adviser shoots back at top general: ‚I wasn’t speculating‘ on Afghanistan troop levels

National security adviser Robert O’Brien insisted Friday that President Trump has ordered a drawdown in Afghanistan to 2,500 troops by early next year, shooting back at criticism from the top general in the military.

15.10.2020 - 05:55 [ Nicolas J.S. Davies / Mintpress.com ]

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

(26.4.2018)

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

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

15.10.2020 - 05:45 [ 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.“

15.10.2020 - 05:38 [ CNN ]

Obama: Trump’s lack of ‚patience‘ and ‚focus‘ hold back his foreign policy

Obama, after speaking at the Democratic National Convention and headlining a number of fundraisers for the party, is expected to hit the campaign trail next week, according to Democratic Party officials, as he looks to support Biden in the final weeks of the election.
Obama also said that he has seen growth from Biden on foreign policy, noting that while the former Delaware senator voted in 2002 to authorize military force in Iraq, a vote that became a flashpoint during the 2008 presidential primary, Biden had „learned a lesson“ from that.

12.10.2020 - 17:59 [ The Hill ]

US strikes Taliban in Helmand in defense of Afghan forces

In a tweet, U.S. Forces Afghanistan spokesman Col. Sonny Leggett said the U.S. military has conducted “several targeted strikes” to defend Afghan forces “over the past two days,” which he described as “consistent” with the U.S. agreement with the Taliban.

11.10.2020 - 23:54 [ Xinhuanet ]

Afghan religious scholars call for ceasefire amid escalation in fighting

Amid increase in Afghan fighting, the Ulema or religious scholars in a gathering held in Kunduz city the capital of northern Kunduz province on Sunday have condemned the ongoing conflict and hostilities in the country as illegitimate and called upon the Taliban outfit to observe ceasefire and facilitate the peace talks to succeed.

11.10.2020 - 19:59 [ Military History Now / Twitter ]

On this day in 2001, U.S. warplanes begin an air campaign against the Taliban in Afghanistan. America’s ‚War on Terror‘ will eventually expand into Pakistan, Iraq, Yemen, Syria and elsewhere. It continues to this day.

(07.10.2020)

11.10.2020 - 19:45 [ theGuardian.com ]

Trump’s Afghanistan withdrawal announcement takes US officials by surprise

(08.10.2020)

Multiple officials told the Associated Press they had not been informed of any such deadline and military experts said it would be impossible to withdraw all 5,000 US troops in Afghanistan and dismantle the US military headquarters by the end of the year.

They suggested the president’s claim was aimed at shifting the news cycle away from coronavirus coverage and that the Pentagon would not act on the order before the 3 November US election.

11.10.2020 - 19:40 [ theHill.com ]

Official: Pentagon has started ‚prudent planning‘ for full Afghanistan withdrawal by May

(22.09.2020)

“I’d like to make it clear that [Defense Secretary Mark Esper] has not issued orders to reduce military personnel below this 4,000 to 5,000 level in Afghanistan, although we are conducting prudent planning to withdraw to zero service members by May 2021 if conditions warrant, per the U.S.-Taliban agreement,” David Helvey, the official performing the duties of assistant secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific security affairs, told the House Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on National Security at a hearing.

08.10.2020 - 22:02 [ Jason Ditz / Antiwar.com ]

Trump: All US Troops in Afghanistan Should Be ‘Home by Christmas’

This seems to be a very recent policy change. Just hours before Trump’s comments, the national security adviser said that there would still be 2,500 US troops left in Afghanistan by early 2021. This is roughly in line with previous comments on the matter.

08.10.2020 - 20:18 [ rferl.org ]

Biden Says Would Keep Small U.S. Troops Presence In Afghanistan, Iraq

(September 11, 2020)

08.10.2020 - 18:36 [ Stefan Leifert, ZDF-Korrespondent, Brüssel / Twitter ]

NATO-Generalsekretär Stoltenberg dazu heute: „Wir haben entschieden, gemeinsam nach Afghanistan zu gehen. Und wenn die Zeit reif ist, werden wir gemeinsam gehen.“ Heißt: Nicht Weihnachten.

08.10.2020 - 18:22 [ Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America / Twitter ]

We should have the small remaining number of our BRAVE Men and Women serving in Afghanistan home by Christmas!

08.10.2020 - 18:18 [ voanews.com ]

Trump: US Troops in Afghanistan Should Be ‚Home By Christmas‘

The nation’s longest war began in 2001 when U.S. forces invaded Afghanistan, in response to the September 11 attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C.

04.10.2020 - 01:59 [ Stars and Stripes ]

Army to shut down units created to help soldiers in Afghanistan, Iraq

The Asymmetric Warfare Group and the Rapid Equipping Force will be deactivated by Sept. 30, 2021, the statement said. Personnel and resources from both organizations will be absorbed into the larger force, the Army said.

24.09.2020 - 22:58 [ junge Welt ]

Kriegsverbrechen: Strafverfolgung behindert

Pikant ist auch, dass der vorliegende Entwurf es zukünftigen Regierungen ermöglichen soll, die europäische Menschenrechtskonvention zu ignorieren, sollte Großbritannien in »signifikante militärische Operationen im Ausland« verwickelt sein. Zusätzlich wurde am Donnerstag ein Gesetzentwurf im Unterhaus zur ersten Lesung eingebracht, der Angehörigen des britischen Auslandsgeheimdienstes MI5 ausdrücklich das Begehen von Straftaten erlauben soll.

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

Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing Day 13

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

14.09.2020 - 14:41 [ GEO TV Pakistan ]

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

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

13.09.2020 - 01:49 [ Dawn ]

Seize ‘historic moment’, Pakistan tells Kabul, Taliban

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

13.09.2020 - 01:10 [ Anadolu Agency ]

UN, OIC, NATO hail push for peace in Afghanistan

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

10.09.2020 - 22:57 [ The Hill ]

Trump: Pompeo traveling to talks between Taliban, Afghan government

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

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

US Commander Confirms Troop Cut Plans in Iraq, Afghanistan

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

03.09.2020 - 20:46 [ BernerOberlaender.ch ]

Anklägerin ermittelt gegen die USA: Sie will Mut zeigen

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

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

International Criminal Court condemns US economic sanctions

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

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

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

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

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

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

03.09.2020 - 20:22 [ Metro.us ]

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

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

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

03.09.2020 - 20:22 [ Times of Israel ]

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

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

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

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

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

(26.4.2018)

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

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

02.09.2020 - 18:01 [ Tagesschau ]

Strafgerichtshof in Den Haag: Chefanklägerin Bensouda auf US-Sanktionsliste

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

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

CIA’s Addiction to Afghanistan War

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

17.08.2020 - 08:34 [ theIntercept.com ]

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

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

11.08.2020 - 11:47 [ Arte TV ]

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

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

04.08.2020 - 21:33 [ Stars and Stripes ]

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

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

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

28.07.2020 - 00:16 [ New York Post ]

Trump picks antiwar favorite Douglas Macgregor to be German ambassador

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

21.07.2020 - 22:06 [ The Hill ]

White House threatens veto of defense bill over Confederate provision

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

15.07.2020 - 15:02 [ Prospect.org ]

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

(06.07.2020)

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

15.07.2020 - 15:00 [ Jacobin Magazine ]

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

(07.06.2020)

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

15.07.2020 - 08:02 [ The Hill ]

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

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

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

House Republicans Call for US Pullout From Afghanistan, Iraq

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

11.07.2020 - 10:35 [ Aaron Maté / Twitter ]

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

06.07.2020 - 09:17 [ ORF ]

US-Truppen in Deutschland kommen beiden Seiten teuer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

03.07.2020 - 10:06 [ The Intercept ]

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

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

28.06.2020 - 15:03 [ augengeradeaus.net ]

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

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

28.06.2020 - 14:01 [ Stars and Stripes ]

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

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

24.06.2020 - 00:32 [ ORF ]

IStGH-Mitglieder stellen sich gegen US-Drohungen

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

20.06.2020 - 12:36 [ Tagesschau ]

Opiumanbau in Afghanistan: „Alle halten die Hand auf“

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

18.06.2020 - 11:45 [ Haaretz ]

Will Germany Be Bombing Afghanistan With Israeli Drones?

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

14.06.2020 - 02:07 [ UN News ]

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

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

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

ASP President O-Gon Kwon rejects measures taken against ICC

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

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

12.06.2020 - 08:40 [ Haaretz ]

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

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

12.06.2020 - 08:22 [ ORF.at ]

IStGH wirft Trump Angriff auf „Herrschaft des Rechts“ vor

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

12.06.2020 - 08:11 [ Tagesschau ]

Internationaler Strafgerichtshof: Trump billigt Sanktionen gegen Ermittler

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

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

06.06.2020 - 13:42 [ Ben Norton / Twitter ]

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

02.06.2020 - 22:51 [ CNN ]

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

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

28.05.2020 - 16:46 [ Augen geradeaus! ]

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

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

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

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

(26.4.2018)

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

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

17.05.2020 - 15:30 [ France24 ]

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

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

16.05.2020 - 19:26 [ MDR ]

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

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

11.05.2020 - 03:00 [ Stars and Stripes ]

Taliban say they don’t have missing Navy veteran

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

18.04.2020 - 03:51 [ MDR ]

Bundeswehr plant trotz Corona große Übungen

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

11.04.2020 - 23:24 [ The Express Tribune ]

Kabul refuses to hand over IS regional chief to Islamabad

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

24.03.2020 - 06:24 [ Tagesschau ]

Konflikt um Präsidentenamt: USA kürzen Hilfen für Afghanistan

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

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

11.03.2020 - 23:55 [ debates.org ]

September 30. 2004 Debate Transcript

(September 30, 2004)

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

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

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

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

11.03.2020 - 23:52 [ Politics 101 / Youtube ]

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

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

11.03.2020 - 20:58 [ UN.org ]

Security Council resolution endorses moves towards long-sought Afghanistan peace

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

11.03.2020 - 20:39 [ tagesschau / Twitter ]

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

11.03.2020 - 20:35 [ ZDF.de ]

Afghanistan – UN-Sicherheitsrat stimmt für US-Friedensplan

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

09.03.2020 - 07:52 [ Bundestag ]

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

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

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

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

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

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

(Lachen bei der SPD)

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

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

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

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

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

(Beifall bei der CDU/CSU und der FDP)

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

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

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

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

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

(26.4.2018)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

06.03.2020 - 11:32 [ Glenn Greenwald / Twitter ]

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

06.03.2020 - 01:27 [ TOLOnews ]

ICC Rules to Investigate War Crime Cases in Afghanistan

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

01.03.2020 - 18:11 [ Bundestag ]

Bundeswehr­einsatz in Afgha­nistan soll verlängert werden

Liveübertragung: Mittwoch, 4. März, 16.30 Uhr

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

29.02.2020 - 16:21 [ New York Times ]

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

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

29.02.2020 - 16:10 [ Tagesschau ]

USA und Taliban unterschreiben: Friedensabkommen für Afghanistan

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

29.02.2020 - 02:29 [ Zeit ]

Afghanistan: Donald Trump kündigt Friedensabkommen mit Taliban an

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

26.02.2020 - 17:18 [ Neues Deutschland ]

Deutschland bald allein in Afghanistan?

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

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

26.02.2020 - 17:10 [ Zeit.de ]

Bundeswehr: Kabinett verlängert Einsätze in Afghanistan und im Mittelmeer

(19.02.2020)

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

26.02.2020 - 17:04 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Bundeswehr Kabinett: verlängert zwei Afrika-Einsätze

(05.02.2020)

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

26.02.2020 - 02:29 [ ECCHR / Twitter ]

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

26.02.2020 - 01:48 [ Al Jazeera ]

Australian special forces probed for alleged Afghan war crimes

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

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

Gegen unseren ausdrücklichen Widerspruch

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

25.02.2020 - 01:18 [ ZDF ]

Krise in Afghanistan – Beide Kandidaten beanspruchen Präsidentschaft

Der zum Wahlsieger ausgerufene Amtsinhaber Aschraf Ghani beauftragte laut Sprecher eine Kommission mit der Vorbereitungen seiner Amtseinführung. Das plant jedoch auch sein Kontrahent und der bisherige Regierungsgeschäftsführer Abdullah Abdullah.

25.02.2020 - 01:13 [ Reuters ]

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

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

21.02.2020 - 02:44 [ Marjorie Cohn / Truthout ]

Extradition of Assange Would Set a Dangerous Precedent

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

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

Die Auslieferung von Assange würde einen gefährlichen Präzedenzfall schaffen

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

20.02.2020 - 12:39 [ NATO / Twitter ]

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

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

US-Lügen und Tote in Afghanistan

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

12.02.2020 - 21:43 [ theGrayzone.com ]

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

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

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

05.02.2020 - 18:28 [ Tagesschau ]

Bundeswehr: Kabinett verlängert zwei Afrika-Einsätze

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

01.02.2020 - 18:23 [ Trend.az ]

Ashgabat, Delhi discuss TAPI gas pipeline project

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

24.01.2020 - 02:00 [ NIKKEI Asian Review ]

Beijing-backed Pakistan port opens as hub for Afghanistan trade

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

15.01.2020 - 10:14 [ theHill.com ]

Democrats clash at debate over keeping US troops in Mideast

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

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

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

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

(26.4.2018)

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

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

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

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

(03.04.2018)

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

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

07.01.2020 - 22:31 [ Youtube ]

Mike Prysner Protests Obama’s Wars

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

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

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

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

03.01.2020 - 13:24 [ Radio Utopie ]

13-jähriger Terrorkrieg: Die „Authorization For Use of Military Force“ vom 14. September 2001 im Wortlaut

(29. August 2014)

Die nach den Attentaten vom 11. September in den Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika dem Präsidenten vom Kongress persönlich ausgestellte Vollmacht, der ein nun fast dreizehn Jahre andauernder weltweiter Terrorkrieg a.k.a. „war on terror“ folgte, ist in Deutschland immer noch weithin unbekannt.

Radio Utopie dokumentiert dieses in jeder Hinsicht verheerende historische Ermächtigungsgesetz im Wortlaut.

28.12.2019 - 01:55 [ The Frontier Post ]

IECC begins sorting electoral complaints: Official

Officials from the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) on Friday said that the organization has started the sorting process of the electoral complaints that had been filed by the election campaigns.

The formal process of assessing the complaints will be started on Saturday, said the IECC commissioner Qubuddian Roydar.

26.12.2019 - 16:33 [ ORF.at ]

Mehr als 100.000 zivile Opfer in Afghanistan

Diese Zahl gab der UNO-Sonderbeauftragte für das Land, Tadamichi Yamamoto, heute bekannt. „Mit äußerster Traurigkeit stelle ich fest, dass die Zahl der zivilen Opfer allein in den vergangenen zehn Jahren seit Beginn der systematischen Dokumentation im Jahr 2009 bis in die Gegenwart kürzlich die 100.000 überschritten hat“, schrieb er in einer Mitteilung. Eine genaue Zahl nannte er nicht.

25.12.2019 - 22:45 [ Military Times ]

Remains of soldier killed in Afghanistan returned to US

Multiple U.S. officials, including National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien and Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, attended Wednesday what the military calls a dignified transfer in which the cases containing the remains are transferred to a vehicle from the aircraft that ferried them to the United States.

23.12.2019 - 15:08 [ Tulsi Gabbard, candidate for President / Twitter ]

2,400 Americans & countless Afghans have been killed in Afghanistan War that our leaders have known for 18 yrs is unwinnable. They’ve lied about progress in that war to get the $4bn/month it costs. My new bill calls for congressional investigation. It’s time for accountability.

21.12.2019 - 15:20 [ Nachdenkseiten ]

Die Afghanistan Papers müssen auch für Deutschland ein Thema werden

Seit der Veröffentlichung der Afghanistan Papers scheinen sich plötzlich viele darüber einig zu sein, dass der Krieg in Afghanistan falsch läuft, und zwar schon seit langem. Man habe es lediglich nicht gewusst.

21.12.2019 - 10:56 [ Commondreams.org ]

‚It Was an Outrage‘: Mike Pompeo Celebrates Defeated ICC Probe Into US War Crimes

(28.08.2019)

Pompeo made the remarks in a „Celebrating Americanism in Our Foreign Policy“ speech at the American Legion National Convention in Indianapolis.

„Americanism means taking care of our own,“ said Pompeo.

„We stopped international courts from prosecuting our service members,“ Pompeo continued, adding that the potential probe „was an outrage.“

In April, the ICC announced that it rejected a probe into possible war crimes and crimes against humanity in Afghanistan. Outgoing ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda requested the investigation in 2017, saying at the time that there was a „reasonable basis to believe“ that war crimes were committed by the Taliban, Afghan National Security Forces, U.S. armed forces, and the CIA. That move won the praise of human rights organizations and triggered over one million statements from alleged Afghan victims.

15.12.2019 - 12:48 [ NBC News ]

Trump admin intends to announce withdrawal of about 4,000 troops from Afghanistan

The Trump administration intends to announce the drawdown of about 4,000 troops from Afghanistan as early next week, according to three current and former U.S. officials. The withdrawal will leave between 8,000 and 9,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan, the officials said.

14.12.2019 - 12:22 [ Lauren Kay Johnson / Washington Post ]

I helped write the official lies to sell the Afghanistan war

From July 2009 to March 2010, I served as one of the U.S. Air Force’s designees for a nation-building mission, and I witnessed the disconnect between what happened on the ground and the messages the public heard about it. As my team’s information operations officer, I played a direct role in crafting those messages. I employed “strategic communication” during events like the 2009 Afghan presidential election and directed embedded reporters to only the sunniest stories, keeping them away from disgruntled troops who might not stick to tidy talking points. But my job wasn’t only to mislead the American public: Our information campaign extended to the Afghan people and to higher-ups within the American military itself.

14.12.2019 - 12:15 [ New York Times ]

At Least 23 Soldiers Killed in Insider Attack in Afghanistan

A Taliban infiltrator opened fire on soldiers as they were sleeping in a military base in Ghazni Province, officials said.

14.12.2019 - 12:10 [ ORF.at ]

Mindestens 23 Tote bei Attacke in Afghanistan

Die militant-islamistischen Taliban reklamierten den Anschlag für sich und erklärten, 32 Soldaten getötet zu haben. Für diese Zahl gab es zunächst keine Bestätigung.

Die Taliban hatten die Truppe offenbar unterwandert.

14.12.2019 - 11:54 [ Washington Post ]

The Afghanistan Papers: A secret history of the war – Unguarded nation

“The Afghan forces are better than we thought they were,” Marine Gen. John Allen told Congress in 2012. “The Afghan national security forces are winning,” Army Lt. Gen. Joseph Anderson told reporters in 2014.

But in a trove of confidential government interviews obtained by The Washington Post, U.S., NATO and Afghan officials described their efforts to create an Afghan proxy force as a long-running calamity. With most speaking on the assumption that their remarks would remain private, they depicted the Afghan security forces as incompetent, unmotivated, poorly trained, corrupt and riddled with deserters and infiltrators.

12.12.2019 - 10:25 [ Joseph Votel / New York Times ]

Ending America’s Endless War in Afghanistan

We are now in a position to seal a United States-Taliban agreement that would lead to intra-Afghan negotiations and move the conflict into the political realm. We should not miss this opportunity.

The war has exacted an overwhelming cost: 1,892 American military personnel killed in action and 20,589 wounded, about a trillion dollars spent, the psychological and emotional impact on veterans and their families, and similar material and human costs to our allies. And there is the devastating cost paid by the people of Afghanistan: Of the 147,000 killed in the war since 2001, more than 38,000 have been civilians. This long war must end.

10.12.2019 - 15:36 [ Washington Post ]

The Afghanistan Papers – A secret history of the war: Stranded without a strategy

By March 2007, the number of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan had climbed to 50,000. Despite the increase, McNeill said nobody in charge was able to articulate a clear mission and strategy.

“I tried to get someone to define for me what winning meant, even before I went over, and nobody could. Nobody would give me a good definition of what it meant,” he told government interviewers.

09.12.2019 - 19:37 [ Washington Post ]

The Afghanistan Papers – A secret history of the war: At war with the truth

A confidential trove of government documents obtained by The Washington Post reveals that senior U.S. officials failed to tell the truth about the war in Afghanistan throughout the 18-year campaign, making rosy pronouncements they knew to be false and hiding unmistakable evidence the war had become unwinnable.

The documents were generated by a federal project examining the root failures of the longest armed conflict in U.S. history. They include more than 2,000 pages of previously unpublished notes of interviews with people who played a direct role in the war, from generals and diplomats to aid workers and Afghan officials.

09.12.2019 - 19:33 [ theHill.com ]

Documents show US leaders misled public on progress in Afghanistan War: report

Senior U.S. officials knowingly lied to the public about their progress throughout the 18-year war in Afghanistan, consistently painting a rosier picture of the state of the war than they knew to be true, according to a cache of documents obtained by the Washington Post.

In private interviews conducted by a watchdog that span the Bush, Obama and Trump administrations – which the Post obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request — U.S. officials frequently acknowledged a lack of understanding, strategy and progress in a war they regularly described publicly as being on the cusp of success.

06.12.2019 - 18:04 [ German Foreign Policy ]

Deutschlands Interventionsbilanz (III)

Kramp-Karrenbauer sucht den Krieg in Afghanistan nun noch zu nutzen, um die Beschaffung von Kampfdrohnen durch die Bundeswehr durchzusetzen. Sie könne „den Wunsch der Soldaten hier … nachvollziehen“, Kampfdrohnen zur Verfügung zu haben, erklärte die Ministerin am Mittwoch: In Bezug auf den Schutz der eigenen Truppen müsse man sich doch fragen, „ob wir mit Blick auf das Leben der Soldaten, das hier eingesetzt wird, es wirklich unterlassen“, prinzipiell verfügbare „Möglichkeiten … auch einzusetzen“.

04.12.2019 - 06:17 [ Tagesschau ]

Bundeswehr in Afghanistan: Die Angst vor dem Rückschritt

Stellt sich die Frage, wie lange noch? Über die Antwort muss der Bundestag Ende März entscheiden. Ob es eine Mehrheit für eine Verlängerung des Mandats gibt, ist unsicher, die Verteidigungsministerin spricht sich dafür aus: Was man in so langer Zeit erreicht hat, müsse man auch absichern. Etwa die Rechte der Frauen – dass zum Beispiel auch Mädchen zur Schule gehen können und nicht schon im Kindesalter verheiratet werden.

02.12.2019 - 20:21 [ MarthaLeah Nangalama ‏/ Twitter ]

via @PerilofAfrica German defense minister calls for extension of NATO mission in Afghanistan: German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said on Monday that she supported an extension of German participation in the NATO mission in Afghanistan.…

02.12.2019 - 20:19 [ MDR AKTUELL / Twitter ]

Kramp-Karrenbauer besucht deutsche Soldaten in Masar-i-Scharif. Ihrer Ansicht nach spricht viel dafür, den Bundeswehr-Einsatz in Afghanistan weiter zu verlängern. Die Arbeit sei noch nicht beendet.

02.12.2019 - 19:57 [ Radio Utopie ]

Eine absehbare Eskalation

(6. Juni 2017)

Es ist wahrscheinlich, dass spätestens im Zuge dieses so „überraschenden“ Umzuges der Bundeswehr über Europol der Datentausch deutscher Polizeidienststellen mit den Todesschwadronen des Joint Special Operations Command und deren in Jordanien basierter Operation „Gallant Phoenix“ beginnt, von der die Bundesregierung im Mai noch sagte, sie würde sie „prüfen“ bzw gar nichts sagte. Der Datentauschring würde in Deutschland alle Landeskriminalämter, das Bundeskriminalamt, und damit über weitere Datentauschpraktiken praktisch alle Polizeibehörden und Regierungsbehörden in Deutschland umfassen, natürlich auch den Bundesnachrichtendienst, und sich über die weiteren Hierarchien wie Europol und das Pentagon mindestens über den Einflussbereich von U.S.-Europakommando (bzw „Europäischer Union“) und U.S.-Zentralkommando erstrecken.

Bereits im Frühjahr 2016 hatte die U.S.-Regierung das deutsche Militär zum Vorsprechen bei der Merkel-Gabriel-Regierung geschickt, um dieser anzubieten die Bundeswehr an „einer kleinen militärischen Einheit“ zu beteiligen“, zur „Beobachtung ausländischer Dschihadisten“.

Im November 2016 hatte die U.S.-Regierung unter Barack Obama über die „Washington Post“ verkündet, die „Eliteeinheit“ J.S.O.C. agiere nun offiziell global und werde vom Schlaginstrument regionaler Militärkommandos gegen „hochrangige Ziele“ dahingehend aufgewertet eine

„eine neue multibehördliche Geheimdienst- und Handlungsstreitmacht zu führen“.

02.12.2019 - 19:42 [ CryingWolf57 / Youtube ]

Jeremy Scahill on Democracy Now! – Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield [Both parts in one]

23/04/2013 & 24/04/2013 | http://dirtywars.org/ | Jeremy Scahill, author of the new book, „Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield,“ charts the expanding covert wars operated by the CIA and JSOC, the Joint Special Operations Command. The book is based on years of reporting on U.S. secret operations in Yemen, Somalia, Pakistan and Afghanistan. The Obama administration’s assassination of two U.S. citizens in 2011, Anwar al-Awlaki and his 16-year-old Denver-born son Abdulrahman, is a central part of Scahill’s book. While the Obama administration has defended the killing of Anwar, it has never publicly explained why Abdulrahman was targeted in a separate drone strike two weeks later.

02.12.2019 - 19:30 [ El Pais ]

WAR IN SYRIA: Spain helping US identify European jihadists in Syria

(04.03.2019)

Spanish agents in Syria are cooperating with Operation Gallant Phoenix, a U.S.-led effort to identify fighters from Western nations who have joined Islamic State (ISIS) and Al Qaeda-affiliated groups in the region, counter-terrorism sources told EL PAÍS.

02.12.2019 - 19:27 [ Scoop.co.nz ]

NZ confirms ongoing part in Operation Gallant Phoenix

(10.06.2019)

“New Zealand began participating in Operation Gallant Phoenix in late 2014 in support of our efforts to uncover information relating to the location of a New Zealander taken hostage by ISIS,” Jacinda Ardern said.

02.12.2019 - 19:24 [ GIASP ‏/ Twitter ]

#Breaking #Israel is taking part in a multi-national #intelligence force: Operation Gallant Phoenix, based in the #Jordan capital, alongside Arab powers #SaudiArabia #Egypt and #UAE in order to quash #ISIS #Daesh working alongside #US #UK #France #Italy

(10.06.2019)

02.12.2019 - 19:17 [ Florian Flade ‏/ Twitter ]

Exklusiv: Operation „Gallant Phoenix“ – @BKA soll sich an Anti-Terror-Projekt in #Jordanien beteiligen. Es geht um Zugänge zu Informationen über IS-Terroristen, die in deutsche Strafverfahren verwendet werden sollen. Mehr @tagesschau #WDRNDRSZ #BKA

29.11.2019 - 02:01 [ The Nation Pakistan ]

Iran hosts Taliban for Afghan talks

A Taliban delegation headed by Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the deputy political chief and head of the political office of the Taliban in Qatar, held a meeting with Foreign Minister Zarif on Tuesday in Tehran. The Iranian minister pointed to Tehran’s readiness to help establish and boost intra-Afghan talks with the participation of the Afghan government and all other influential political groups.

29.11.2019 - 01:37 [ Stars and Stripes ]

Trump makes surprise visit to US troops in Afghanistan, says talks with Taliban ongoing

In his first trip to the site of America’s longest war, Trump arrived at Bagram Air Field shortly after 8:30 p.m. local time Thursday and spent 3½ hours on the ground, serving turkey, thanking the troops and sitting down with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani before leaving just after midnight.

18.11.2019 - 22:25 [ Gene Marx / antikrieg.com ]

Vietnam vs. Afghanistan – abgestimmtes Chaos, endloser Krieg

Siehst du, meine Enkelin Kaya, wird nächste Woche 14 Jahre alt, und sie hat noch nie in einer Zeit gelebt, in der ihr Land nicht irgendwo einen unerbittlichen interventionistischen Krieg geführt hat. Nicht für einen Moment, und ich konnte das nicht einfach auf sich beruhen lassen.

18.11.2019 - 12:39 [ BBC ]

International Criminal Court may investigate UK ‚war crimes cover-up‘

The ICC said it took the findings very seriously. The MoD has said the allegations are unsubstantiated.

17.11.2019 - 14:54 [ ITV.com ]

Army accused of covering up killing of children in Afghanistan and Iraq

The year-long investigation claims to have found evidence of murders by an SAS soldier, as well as deaths in custody, beatings, torture and sexual abuse of detainees by members of the Black Watch.

A senior SAS commander was referred to prosecutors for attempting to pervert the course of justice, the investigation claims.

17.11.2019 - 14:50 [ BBC ]

UK government and military accused of war crimes cover-up

Operation Northmoor was set up by the government in 2014 and looked into 52 alleged illegal killings.

Its closure was announced by the government before Royal Military Police detectives even had a chance to interview the key Afghan witnesses.

01.11.2019 - 13:14 [ Junge Welt ]

Krieg in Afghanistan: Krieg gegen Zivilisten

Obwohl die Einheiten nominell dem afghanischen Geheimdienst NDS angehören, sitzt ihr direkter Befehlshaber in Washington. Ihre Mitglieder wurden laut Bericht größtenteils von der CIA angeworben, geschult, ausgerüstet und beaufsichtigt. Zudem gingen die Einsätze oftmals mit Luftangriffen einher, die von den USA selbst durchgeführt wurden.

31.10.2019 - 18:15 [ Zeit.de ]

Bundeswehr: Raus aus Afghanistan?

(6. Juli 2007)

Es war der Versuch, eine meuternde Fraktion einzufangen und ihr ins Gewissen zu reden. Abseits der Tagesordnung trafen sich die SPD-Abgeordneten am Mittwochnachmittag, um bis in den Abend hinein über das Für und Wider des Afghanistan-Einsatzes zu debattieren. Der Saal war voll, fast alle waren gekommen. Denn diskutiert werden sollte eine Frage, die die Partei wie das Land seit Monaten bewegt, von der Basis bis in die Spitze: Soll die Bundeswehr in Afghanistan bleiben oder abziehen?