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Blowback: Taliban target US intel’s shadow army

Posted by seumasach on August 30, 2021

Pepe Escobar

The Cradle

27th August, 2021

So we have the CIA Director William Burns deploying in haste to Kabul to solicit an audience with Taliban leader Abdul Ghani Baradar, the new potential ruler of a former satrapy. And he literally begs him to extend a deadline on the evacuation of US assets.

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Why the loss of Afghanistan ultimately ends the Empire

Posted by seumasach on August 30, 2021

Akrainer

29th August, 2021

This episode and its implications will not be lost on other servants of the Empire. Will the its corrupt puppets in the Middle East, Africa, South America and elsewhere be comfortable following the Empire’s dictates? Will they obediently “build back better,” ploughing over their economies and social fabric, destroying their people’s lives? After Afghanistan they will have to think about making nice with their own people and seek cooperation with other global powers, primarily China and Russia. The Empire has already been check-mated in Ukraine; it lost Syria and their hold on Iraq has all but slipped away. Afghanistan may well prove to be its mortal wound.

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Reflections on Events in Afghanistan-9

Posted by seumasach on August 27, 2021

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

27th August, 2021

The horrific terrorist strikes in Kabul on Thursday which killed at least 12 US servicemen and dozens of civilians will lead to a higher level of cooperation between the US and the Taliban. 

The commander of CENTCOM Gen. Kenneth McKenzie disclosed to journalists on Thursday that  the US was already sharing information on terror threats in Afghanistan with Taliban. As he put it, “We share versions of this information with the Taliban so that they actually make searches… We think they’ve thwarted some.”

The US is finally coming round to the Russian view that the real terrorist threat in Afghanistan stems from the Islamic State and not the Taliban — and, more importantly, Taliban can be a useful partner in the fight against the ISIS. 

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CARBIS BAY G7 SUMMIT COMMUNIQUÉ

Posted by seumasach on June 16, 2021

White House

13th June, 2021

“In Cornwall we have revitalised our G7 partnership. Our Shared Agenda for Global Action is a statement of our shared vision and ambition as we continue to collaborate this year and under future Presidencies. As we do so we look forward to joining with others to ensure we build back better, in particular at the G20 Summit, COP26, and CBD15 and the UN General Assembly, and reiterate our support for the holding of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 in a safe and secure manner as a symbol of global unity in overcoming COVID-19.”

This is the concluding paragraph of a document which reveals a G7 rediscovering its own irrelevance. Good to see its repeated references to the G20 which should have replaced it long ago. Nothing however about Johnson’s grandiose plans for a D-10 alliance of so-called democracies. No mention at all of NATO but plenty of mention of the UN and international law which will bring groans of dismay in Downing Street with their “rules-based international order”, the rules made up by themselves, being undermined. The usual childish anti-Russian propaganda although with a worrying reference to defending the recognised borders of Ukraine- does that include Crimea? Wisely, the G7, which includes Japan, has desisted from its attempts to get the Olympic Games cancelled.

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Delhi shouldn’t panic that Afghan war is ending

Posted by seumasach on December 25, 2018

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

25th december, 2018

Panic has seized the Indian analysts – mixed with fury and frustration – that the Americans are marching out of Afghanistan. Yet, the fact of the matter is that no such decision has been announced yet by President Trump, who actually has nothing to lose and everything to gain politically by taking credit for any such formal decision, which would be a hugely popular one in the domestic opinion. After all, it will be a double whammy for Trump after Syria to ‘bring the boys home’ from another futile war, which also happens to be the longest war America ever fought in its history. Candidate Trump had repeatedly, emphatically had promised that he’d terminate America’s imperial overstretch.

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US can avoid Afghan quagmire with Russia’s help

Posted by seumasach on November 19, 2018

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Strategic Culture

15th November, 2018

The most significant remark made by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at the second meeting of the Moscow format consultations on Afghanistan held in the Russian capital on November 9 was when he said, “We must not think in terms of geopolitical games, which can only make Afghanistan an area of international rivalry with grave consequences for the people of Afghanistan and their neighbours.”

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Afghanistan takes center stage in the New Great Game

Posted by seumasach on November 19, 2018

Pepe Escobar

Asia Times

16th November, 2018

In the “graveyard of empires,” Afghanistan never ceases to deliver geopolitical and historical twists. Last week in Moscow, another crucial chapter in this epic story was written when Russia pledged to use its diplomatic muscle to spur peace efforts in the war-torn country.

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U.S. envoy hopes for peace deal with Taliban in 2019

Posted by seumasach on November 19, 2018

Reuters

18th November, 2018

KABUL (Reuters) – The U.S. special envoy to Afghanistan hopes to cement a peace deal with Taliban insurgents by April 2019, local media reported on Sunday.

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Kerry’s ‘Mission Impossible’ in Kabul

Posted by seumasach on July 11, 2014

“To be sure, Iran has taken a transparent and helpful stance. The Obama administration ought to take note that Iran could be its ‘natural ally’ as regards the stabilization of the Afghan situation.”

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

11th July, 2014

To be at two different places at the same time is humanly impossible — even for a US secretary of state. John Kerry took off from Beijing no sooner than the two day US-China Strategic Dialogue got over and arrived in Kabul early Friday morning on a dicey mission to mediate the results of the Afghan runoff, but then, he is badly needed in Vienna in the weekend for a far more crucial diplomatic mission, namely, to explore how to salvage a nuclear deal with Iran amidst speculation that the going’s got tough in the P5+1 and Iran negotiations

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Obama decides on Afghan troop level

Posted by seumasach on May 28, 2014

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

27th May, 2014

The US president Barack Obama has made up his mind about the American troop presence in Afghanistan beyond end-2014. The figure is 9800. But the figure will come down by half by the end of next year and by end-2016, all troops will have been withdrawn, leaving only the security squads that ensure the protection of the American embassy. (Reuters). 

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Karzai supports Russia over Crimea

Posted by seumasach on March 25, 2014

Moving Finger writes Afghan future, and ‘having writ, Moves on’

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

25th March, 2014

 

On the face of it, Afghan president Hamid Karzai’s endorsement of the right of self-determination of the people of Crimea does not come as surprise because the principle is important to Kabul in its application to the Pashtuns who live on the Pakistani side of the Durand Line (which Afghanistan never recognized). But, having said that, Karzai is not a one-dimensional man.

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