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Obama U-Turns on Withdrawal of American Forces from Afghanistan, Islamic Emirate Issues Warning

October 17, 2015

Obama halted the withdrawal of American military forces from Afghanistan in a reversal of his earlier much publicized policy.

The American & Nato occupation, already 14 year-old and hundreds of thousands dead later, is set to continue at least into 2018.

Islamic Emirate in Afghanistan issued a stern and eloquent warning to the American people and government calling for increased attacks on American occupation targets in Afghanistan, quote:

The Islamic Emirate has reiterated time and again that the American forces have no plans of ending the occupation of Afghanistan and all their apparent announcements concerning it are ploys to fool our nation and the American people. Now they have followed it practically by openly declaring that 5500 troops will remain in Afghanistan till the end of 2017.

The Islamic Emirate announces the following in regards to the illogical decision by America:

1. Maintaining America troops in Afghanistan can in no way slow down the rapid process of our Jihad and struggle. The insistence upon policy of war by American officials will only further aggravate the sensitivities of our nation and the region. When attacks begin to intensify against the American invaders, their casualties begin rising and the cost of this futile and unwinnable war in Afghanistan increases, she will willfully begin changing her tyrannical roadmap.

2. If the invaders lost the war in Afghanistan with the presence of hundreds of thousands of troops, their hopes of reversing the tide with five thousand troops are even more misguided. Insisting upon war and occupation will further reduce the support America enjoys around the world and with the American people themselves. America will get entangled in the war inside Afghanistan all by herself such that her fate shall be similar to that of the former Soviet Union.

3. If Obama has taken this paradoxical decision due to the calls by despondent and distressed Kabul officials or due to some other necessity then know that this can never be in the best interest of either America or Afghanistan and shall mostly be harmful for American interests and prestige.

4. We call upon our Mujahideen to intensify their attacks against American targets and to revise, escalate and quicken their plans against their movements, bases and affiliated organs.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan

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Boeing Down: Boeing 747 Crashes in Afghanistan

April 30, 2013

A civilian Boeing 747 cargo plane taking off from the Bagram air base, Afghanistan, crashed killing all on board Monday, April 29, 2013.

The aircraft had been contracted out by the U.S. military and had arrived at the base the previous day.

Eyewitnesses said that the 747 had taken off normally but at an altitude of 1,200ft it suddenly dropped out of the sky and hit the ground resulting in a violent explosion.

There are some unconfirmed reports that the crash may be due to the load shifting in the hold of the plane, the plane then pitching up past recovery by the crew with a subsequent stall which caused the crash.

On the other hand, the Taliban lost no time in announcing that they had shot the Boeing down by firing at, and hitting the engines, with an AK-47 rifle. Nato and Isaf denied these reports and claimed there were no Taliban activity at the time and at the location of the crash.

The tragic event comes just a couple days after a U.S. MC-12 military surveillance aircraft crashed apparently due to bad weather, and is also the second Boeing passenger/cargo airliner crash this month (April 2013) after the well-publicized accident in Bali, Indonesia.

Crash at Bagram

True American Stories: Thomas Young’s Letter

April 21, 2013

A Message to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney From a Dying Veteran

To: George W. Bush and Dick Cheney
From: Tomas Young

I write this letter on the 10th anniversary of the Iraq War on behalf of my fellow Iraq War veterans. I write this letter on behalf of the 4,488 soldiers and Marines who died in Iraq. I write this letter on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of veterans who have been wounded and on behalf of those whose wounds, physical and psychological, have destroyed their lives. I am one of those gravely wounded. I was paralyzed in an insurgent ambush in 2004 in Sadr City. My life is coming to an end. I am living under hospice care.

I write this letter on behalf of husbands and wives who have lost spouses, on behalf of children who have lost a parent, on behalf of the fathers and mothers who have lost sons and daughters and on behalf of those who care for the many thousands of my fellow veterans who have brain injuries. I write this letter on behalf of those veterans whose trauma and self-revulsion for what they have witnessed, endured and done in Iraq have led to suicide and on behalf of the active-duty soldiers and Marines who commit, on average, a suicide a day. I write this letter on behalf of the some 1 million Iraqi dead and on behalf of the countless Iraqi wounded. I write this letter on behalf of us all—the human detritus your war has left behind, those who will spend their lives in unending pain and grief.

I write this letter, my last letter, to you, Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney. I write not because I think you grasp the terrible human and moral consequences of your lies, manipulation and thirst for wealth and power. I write this letter because, before my own death, I want to make it clear that I, and hundreds of thousands of my fellow veterans, along with millions of my fellow citizens, along with hundreds of millions more in Iraq and the Middle East, know fully who you are and what you have done. You may evade justice but in our eyes you are each guilty of egregious war crimes, of plunder and, finally, of murder, including the murder of thousands of young Americans—my fellow veterans—whose future you stole.

Your positions of authority, your millions of dollars of personal wealth, your public relations consultants, your privilege and your power cannot mask the hollowness of your character. You sent us to fight and die in Iraq after you, Mr. Cheney, dodged the draft in Vietnam, and you, Mr. Bush, went AWOL from your National Guard unit. Your cowardice and selfishness were established decades ago. You were not willing to risk yourselves for our nation but you sent hundreds of thousands of young men and women to be sacrificed in a senseless war with no more thought than it takes to put out the garbage.

I joined the Army two days after the 9/11 attacks. I joined the Army because our country had been attacked. I wanted to strike back at those who had killed some 3,000 of my fellow citizens. I did not join the Army to go to Iraq, a country that had no part in the September 2001 attacks and did not pose a threat to its neighbors, much less to the United States. I did not join the Army to “liberate” Iraqis or to shut down mythical weapons-of-mass-destruction facilities or to implant what you cynically called “democracy” in Baghdad and the Middle East. I did not join the Army to rebuild Iraq, which at the time you told us could be paid for by Iraq’s oil revenues. Instead, this war has cost the United States over $3 trillion. I especially did not join the Army to carry out pre-emptive war. Pre-emptive war is illegal under international law. And as a soldier in Iraq I was, I now know, abetting your idiocy and your crimes. The Iraq War is the largest strategic blunder in U.S. history. It obliterated the balance of power in the Middle East. It installed a corrupt and brutal pro-Iranian government in Baghdad, one cemented in power through the use of torture, death squads and terror. And it has left Iran as the dominant force in the region. On every level—moral, strategic, military and economic—Iraq was a failure. And it was you, Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney, who started this war. It is you who should pay the consequences.

I would not be writing this letter if I had been wounded fighting in Afghanistan against those forces that carried out the attacks of 9/11. Had I been wounded there I would still be miserable because of my physical deterioration and imminent death, but I would at least have the comfort of knowing that my injuries were a consequence of my own decision to defend the country I love. I would not have to lie in my bed, my body filled with painkillers, my life ebbing away, and deal with the fact that hundreds of thousands of human beings, including children, including myself, were sacrificed by you for little more than the greed of oil companies, for your alliance with the oil sheiks in Saudi Arabia, and your insane visions of empire.

I have, like many other disabled veterans, suffered from the inadequate and often inept care provided by the Veterans Administration. I have, like many other disabled veterans, come to realize that our mental and physical wounds are of no interest to you, perhaps of no interest to any politician. We were used. We were betrayed. And we have been abandoned. You, Mr. Bush, make much pretense of being a Christian. But isn’t lying a sin? Isn’t murder a sin? Aren’t theft and selfish ambition sins? I am not a Christian. But I believe in the Christian ideal. I believe that what you do to the least of your brothers you finally do to yourself, to your own soul.

My day of reckoning is upon me. Yours will come. I hope you will be put on trial. But mostly I hope, for your sakes, that you find the moral courage to face what you have done to me and to many, many others who deserved to live. I hope that before your time on earth ends, as mine is now ending, you will find the strength of character to stand before the American public and the world, and in particular the Iraqi people, and beg for forgiveness.

Taliban Vow to Continue Fighting, Target the British

October 19, 2010

Senior Taliban officials dismissed as unfounded all reports of negotiations with the puppet Karzai government and vowed to continue fighting to victory.

At the same time, British occupation troops in Afghanistan completed recently several sham offensives, aimed mainly for domestic consumption and having no military importance. In fact, great care was taken by senior British commanders not to encounter any enemy forces.

On the other hand, top commanders of the Afghan anti-occupation and anti-Nato fighters (aka the “Taliban”) vowed to continue fighting despite having difficulty in locating foreign occupation forces in recent months.

Also, they seem to have identified the British contingent in particular as the weakest link of the occupation, any defeat to which will inevitably make the coalition collapse.

But the biggest difficulty that they are facing now is however finding and engaging British troops because they seem to have withdrawn from all battle zones and retreated into their “strong”points, i.e. bases, etc., in the hope to finally shift the burden of fighting onto American shoulders — perhaps mindful of their own fragility.

This desire to win wars through somebody else’s exertions whilst suffering no blood guilt at all themselves is nothing new but a feature of almost every single war that Britain “fought” during the modern times.

Well, good luck to them and may the just and the most deserving win.

British Dogs of War

The Great Taliban Summer Offensive of 2009

August 1, 2009

A while back NATO announced its yet another ambitious offensive in Afghanistan. It is still continuing. Supposedly. While closely coordinated, the offensive originally consisted of two major operations by the British and American contingents in Afghanistan in their respective zones of occupation and also in adjacent areas which are either controlled by the Taliban or where Taliban fighters make frequent inroads.

Assigned very colorful operational names — “Panther’s Claw” for the British operation and “Strike of the Sword” for the American one, the two newest — and still ongoing — military ventures were based on a plan prepared by NATO’s master planners — the declared goals were to push back and disrupt the Taliban and even — rather optimistically — to seize and hold some territory. At the time NATO hoped that, in addition to a military success, the end political result would be an improved security during Afghanistan’s forthcoming presidential election.

Offensive action began to much fanfare, prominent media coverage and optimistic forecasts by various defense analysts and was — as per usual — accompanied with habitual references to, and incantations of, the ‘awesome’ power of NATO, the “most powerful military alliance in the world”.

But just a month into NATO’s newest summer campaign a very different picture begins to emerge. It increasingly looks like NATO is about to suffer its yet another ignominious defeat. So far the only two tangible results seem to be heavy NATO casualties and a rising civilian death toll while there is no reliable information on Taliban casualties (if any) whatsoever. In the month of July alone the British lost over 20 soldiers dead, including a senior commander, and their American comrades in occupation lost some 44 soldiers, plus one who either defected to, or was captured by, the Taliban. Other nations’ troops also reported losses. What’s significant about these figures is that modern warfare is characterized by an increased percentage of the wounded, injured or maimed in the overall casualty figures. The ratio of wounded to dead is at least ten to one and may be as high as one hundred to one. That means that, in addition to those killed in action, the Brits and the Yanks lost hundreds if not thousands wounded in July alone.

It just proves that the Taliban are far from finished, even in the immediate theaters of war where the British and the Americans are supposed to be engaged in the offensive. What’s certain is that the Taliban retain their ability to strike at the time of their choosing and to inflict severe casualties on foreign troops while most likely suffering none themselves. The use of the Taliban’s most preferred weapon — the IED — is a case in point. Consider this: in a typical, well-executed and successful IED attack Taliban fighters get to kill 2-3 foreign occupiers, wound and maim a further 10 to 30, and themselves live to fight another day and probably get on opportunity to make a nice video of the attack. Not that they are averse to a decent firefight when they know they can have it on their terms.

NATO’s other stated goals have not been achieved either. The British and American troops may have ventured beyond their fortified bases, may have gone into some towns, bazaars and villages but they still control nothing except where they are massed. And providing security in time for the elections is already impossible.

It now increasingly looks that local Taliban commanders may have had their own war plan for the summer of 2009, particularly in areas with mass concentrations of British and American troops. They probably waited for the British and American “warriors” to make a move, to expose themselves and their lines of communications to Taliban attacks. The beauty of it from their point of view is that they now have the British and American troops exactly where they want them — dispersed over a much larger territory making it easier for them to prey on their LOCs, to strike at will and to wage their guerrilla style campaign on remote and isolated enemy outposts which however may be quickly augmented with well coordinated counter-attacks or even a full-blown offensive of the Taliban’s own making, should the situation look right to the Taliban high command.

Well what can you say? It looks like the “panther” had its claws forcibly removed while “the sword” may have been wrestled from the hand of the attacker and buried in his infidel belly.

If things continue as they have been this past month, future historians might well remember 2009 as the year of the greatest Taliban summer offensive in Afghanistan — the offensive that finally broke NATO’s humped back.

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Victorious Taliban, a.k.a the Students

Conquerors of Britain: Akbar Khan

July 6, 2009

Mohammad Akbar Khan (1813-1845) was an Afghan Prince and tribal leader but is now best remembered for being a victorious Afghan general who inflicted on the British their heaviest defeat in modern times when his troops completely destroyed an occupying British army.

An ambitious, ruthless and fiercely anti-British Afghan nobleman, Akbar Khan led a revolt in Kabul against the British mission of William McNaughten, who strongly advocated the occupation and subjugation of Afghanistan by the British army, and Alexander “Sekundar” Burnes, his sometimes unwilling sidekick but a prominent empire builder in his own right. Both the two officials were very experienced in Oriental matters, well familiar with local ways and customs and even spoke local languages. Yet Akbar Khan succeeded in outwitting the two men — which was no mean feat considering their background and unique learning, surprised them and even personally killed the latter. In keeping with a rather gruesome Afghan tradition at the time, the bodies of the two British high officials were dismembered and their various bits were displayed for some time at various points in the main bazaar of Kabul. The British garrison stationed there at the time was also annihilated and Kabul was freed from British occupation — and not for the last time either.

Later his troops besieged Major-General William Elphinstone’s entire British army which had entered Kabul to quell the revolt and exact brutal punishment. After employing a ruse by promising a safe passage for Elphinstone’s force, Akbar Khan was able to outwit, ambush and eventually — within a week — destroy the entire army, numbering over 17,500 with its civilian camp followers. Elphinstone himself was captured and is to this day the highest-ranking British officer ever to be captured and then to die in captivity.

The British staged a punitive expedition into Afghanistan with lots of collective punishment — i.e. the killing of civilians, the destruction of Afghan settlements, towns and bazaars as well as what would now be called ethnic cleansing, crimes against humanity or even genocide. Eventually it took another war to drive the British completely from Afghanistan but Akbar Khan’s contribution cannot be overestimated. After the defeat that Akbar Khan inflicted on them the British came to realize that they were not up to the task of subjugating Afghanistan. Moreover their empire was exposed for what it was — a colossus with feet of clay heavily dependent on the docility of the subjugated peoples for its survival.

In today’s Afghanistan Akbar Khan remains the most revered political and military leader, not surprisingly perhaps given the fact that Afghanistan once again finds itself under occupation — this time by NATO forces, including those of the Afghans’ old friends, the British.

In an act somewhat reminiscent of the great Akbar Khan’s exploits, a senior British commander, Lt Col Rupert Thorneloe, was recently killed in action by Afghan rebels.

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Akbar Khan, the conqueror of the British


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