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Karzai steps up attack against US war policy

Posted by seumasach on April 5, 2010

PressTV

5th April, 2010

Afghan President Hamid karzai says there will be no military operation in the southern province of Kandahar unless the Afghan people support it.

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Night raids belie McChrystal’s new image

Posted by seumasach on April 3, 2010

Gareth Porter

Asia Times

2nd April, 2010

General Stanley McChrystal has recently acquired the image of a master strategist of the population-sensitive counterinsurgency, reducing civilian casualties from air strikes and insisting that troops avoid firing when civilians might be hit during the recent offensive in Helmand Province. One recent press story even referred to a “McChrystal Doctrine” that focuses on “winning over civilians rather than killing insurgents”.

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Karzai’s China-Iran dalliance riles Obama

Posted by seumasach on March 30, 2010

M K Bhadrakumar

Asia Times

39th March,2010

Great moments in diplomatic timing are hard to distinguish when the practitioners are inscrutable entities. Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s visits to China and Iran within the week rang alarm bells in Washington which were heard in the Oval Office of the White House.

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A titanic power struggle in Kabul

Posted by seumasach on March 13, 2010

As befits the oligarchical mindset, US/UK seek to weaken central power, and therefore sovereignty, in Afghanistan thereby maintaining it as a base for operations to destabilise Russia and China; “the great game for the containment of Russia, China and Iran is about to commence in earnest”.

M K Bhadrakumar

Asia Times

13th March, 2010

The flurry of diplomatic activity in Kabul during the past week heralded the opening shots of a titanic power struggle, the outcome of which will largely determine the contours of an Afghan settlement.

In what is shaping up as a multi-layered power struggle, the principal protagonists are the United States and Britain, Pakistan, Iran and Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

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Marjah, the city that never was

Posted by seumasach on March 9, 2010

Gareth Porter

Asia Times

10th March, 2010

WASHINGTON – For weeks, the United States public followed the biggest offensive of the Afghanistan war against what it was told was a “city of 80,000 people” as well as the logistical hub of the Taliban in that part of Helmand. That idea was a central element in the overall impression built up in February that Marjah was a major strategic objective, more important than other district centers in Helmand.

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Natural law brings AfPak crashing

Posted by seumasach on March 5, 2010

“Second, unlike in the 1990s, the US’s influence is much diminished today, but its diplomats work as if they operate in a unipolar world. The plain truth is that regional powers like India, Iran or even Pakistan are far from convinced about the US’s AfPak policy. And they can be expected to do their utmost to safeguard their interests, no matter what the US diplomats prescribe as good enough.”

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Asia Times

6th March, 2010

Be it a baseball struck in a neighborhood sandlot game or in high-wire diplomacy, an elementary principle of physics holds good – what goes up must come down. In a way, the sheer dynamics of the nosedive of the United States’ AfPak diplomacy in the four weeks since the London conference on Afghanistan on January 28 can be attributed to gravitational pulls.

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Afghan Resistance against US Invaders- US surge goes full steam ahead in Marjah

Posted by seumasach on February 25, 2010

Eric Walberg

Global Research

25th February, 2010

Apart for Abu Ghraib, Fallujah is perhaps the Iraq war’s defining moment. The hatred and resentment of the occupied people found a catalyst in the four Blackwater mercenaries, who were killed and strung up, and no doubt deserved their fate, certainly as symbols of a cynical, illegal invasion. The US soldiers — who are just as mercenary, being a professional army invading a country sans provocation — came and “destroyed the village to save it.”

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NATO Changes Story: House Full of Afghan Civilians Deliberately Hit Three More Civilians Killed in Offensive Today

Posted by seumasach on February 17, 2010

Jason Ditz

antiwar.com

16th February, 2010

Usually when militaries change their official story about killing civilians it is designed to explain away innocent deaths as an accident. Today, however, NATO took the exact opposite approach with Sunday’s Marjah killings, revising their story to insist the killings were not an equipment error, but were part of a deliberate US targeting of a house full of civilians.
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The winner takes all in Afghanistan

Posted by seumasach on February 12, 2010

The ascendancy of malleable Islamist forces also has its uses for the US’s containment strategy towards China (and Russia). Islamists lend themselves as a foreign policy instrument. The rise of Islamism in Afghanistan cannot but radicalize hot spots such as the North Caucasus, Kashmir and the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region in China.

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Asia Times

13th February, 2010

The Nobel Peace Prize has a tradition. In the entire period from 1901 to 2009, it has never been awarded twice to any of its 97 individual recipients. 

United States President Barack Obama is thus unlikely to win a second Nobel. Yet, in an historical perspective, Afghanistan promises to become the first country in which Islamists will have been ushered into power on the wave of America’s newfound smart power. 

That too may only be the beginning. “Of course Afghanistan is not an island. There is no solution just within its borders,” North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen said at a security conference in Munich last weekend.

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US, Karzai split over Taliban talks

Posted by seumasach on February 3, 2010

Gareth Porter

Asia Times

4th February, 2010

On the surface, it would seem unlikely that Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who presides over a politically feeble government and is highly dependent on the United States military presence and economic assistance, would defy the United States on the issue of peace negotiations with the leadership of the Taliban insurgency.
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NATO Calls Air Strike Against Afghan Army Base, Killing Four Soldiers

Posted by seumasach on January 31, 2010

Jason Ditz

antiwar.com

30th January, 2010

NATO troops in Afghanistan’s Wardak Province had a brief overnight gunbattle with Afghan Army forces, with both sides apparently assuming the other was Taliban. The troops called in an air strike against a newly established Afghan Army base, killing four soldiers and wounding six others.

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