McMaster And Mattis Have Twelve Months To Succeed In Afghanistan


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McMaster And Mattis Have Twelve Months To Succeed In Afghanistan:

Recently we learned that Erik Prince, founder of the security firm Blackwater Worldwide, and Steve Feinberg, financier, and owner of DynCorp International, a leading military logistics, and training contractor, approached the Secretary of Defense, Jim Mattis, with their plan to use contractors instead of American troops to stabilize Afghanistan. The meeting was arranged at the behest of President Trump’s advisors who want to ensure their boss is apprised of the full range of options in Afghanistan.

The Secretary decided to stick with an in-house solution, that is to say, more of the same, for a war we are, in his words, “not winning.” Secretary Mattis is no enemy of contractors, but hopefully, he reflected on what Messrs. Prince and Feinberg said before he briefed President Trump last week on the way ahead in Afghanistan.

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Billions of dollars’ worth of arms against Syria

Billions of dollars’ worth of arms against Syria:

Over the last seven years, several billion dollars’ worth of armament has been illegally introduced into Syria – a fact which in itself is enough to disprove the myth according to which this war is a democratic revolution. Numerous documents attest to the fact that the traffic was organised by General David Petraeus, first of all in public, via the CIA, of which he was the director, then privately, via the financial company KKR with the aid of certain senior civil servants. Thus the conflict, which was initially an imperialist operation by the United States and the United Kingdom, became a private capitalist operation, while in Washington, the authority of the White House was challenged by the deep state. New elements now show the secret rôle of Azerbaïdjan in the evolution of the war.


How were the jihadists of Aleppo supplied with Bulgarian weapons?

During the liberation of Aleppo and the capture of the Saudi military staff who were on site, Bulgarian journalist Dilyana Gaytandzhieva noted the presence of weapons from her country in nine warehouses abandoned by the jihadists. She carefully noted the information on the boxes, and once she returned home, she investigated the way in which the weapons had been delivered to Syria.

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Taliban Awash in US Arms, Vehicles, Complicate Afghan War

Taliban Awash in US Arms, Vehicles, Complicate Afghan War:

Taliban Have Looted and Stolen a Lot of US Gear Over the Years
16 years into the US occupation of Afghanistan, the Taliban insurgency is better armed than ever, fielding an ever-growing array of US-made weapons and vehicles that they’ve procured, either looting them from Afghan forces or stealing them outright through the legendary levels of corruption in Afghanistan.

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Botched US Drone Strike Kills 15 Afghan Police

Botched US Drone Strike Kills 15 Afghan Police:

The US has tried to bolster the Afghan government in Helmand Province with air support in their fighting against the Taliban, but the support appears to have gone horribly wrong today, as a US drone attacked and killed at least 15 Afghan police.

The airstrike was targeting what the US thought was a Taliban compound in Helmand’s Gereshk District, but was actually a site used by Afghan security forces to meet and plan operations against the Taliban. A number were inside when the US attacked.

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‘Rogue’ SAS squadron investigated over executions of unarmed Afghan civilians – paper

‘Rogue’ SAS squadron investigated over executions of unarmed Afghan civilians – paper:

“Credible” evidence indicates that Special Air Service troops executed unarmed civilians during night raids in Afghanistan and doctored after-action reports to shift blame onto their Afghan partners, the Times claims, citing military and defense sources.

The series of killings allegedly took place during the final stages of Britain’s involvement in the Afghan war, the Times reported, citing a major Royal Military Police (RMP) investigation codenamed ‘Operation Northmoor’. Part of the RMP inquiry is said to have focused on a specific SAS squadron dubbed a “rogue” unit.

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ISIS force brainwashed ‘cubs of the caliphate’ to shoot prisoners in back of head in sickening new video

ISIS force brainwashed ‘cubs of the caliphate’ to shoot prisoners in back of head in sickening new video:

Young ISIS recruits brandishing handguns shoot prisoners in the back of the head in a brutal new execution video from the terror group.

The two boys – both dressed in black – force their captives to kneel in front of them in front of a building in Afghanistan.

Sickening footage shows them brutally pulling back the heads of the two terrified men, accused of being spies, before the younger of the two jihadists starts ranting at the camera.

The ‘cubs of the caliphates’ – a name given to youngsters who have been brainwashed with ISIS ideologies and trained to kill – then point their guns at the hostages before shooting them.

Savage footage also shows three more men murdered – this time by four heavily-armed adults standing next to an ISIS flag.

The so-called Islamic State has released several videos showing young children carrying out brutal executions of adults and training with weapons as they pledge allegiance to ISIS.

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US General Wants 20,000 Additional Ground Troops Sent To Afghanistan

US General Wants 20,000 Additional Ground Troops Sent To Afghanistan:

With the Pentagon today backing away from media reports that they’d settled on a figure of 4,000 more troops, influential retired Gen. Jack Keane suggests that the US needed to send up to 20,000 more ground troops if they wanted to win the war. But is this war “winnable”?

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US Soldiers Wounded In Latest “Insider” Attack At Afghan Base

US Soldiers Wounded In Latest “Insider” Attack At Afghan Base:

Several US soldiers were wounded on Saturday after being shot by an Afghan soldier at a base in northern Afghanistan on Saturday, the third “insider” attack on US troops stationed in the country this year, and the second on one week.

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Pentagon To Send 4,000 Troops To Afghanistan In Trump’s Largest Deployment Yet

Pentagon To Send 4,000 Troops To Afghanistan In Trump’s Largest Deployment Yet:

Two days after Trump ceded unilateral authority on Afghan troop deployments to the Department of Defense, the Pentagon wasted on time and according to AP, the Pentagon will send 4,000 additional American forces to Afghanistan to support existing forces and in hopes of breaking a stalemate in a war that has now been passed on to a third U.S. President. The deployment will be the largest of American manpower under Donald Trump’s young presidency.

According to AP, the decision by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis could be announced as early as next week, and was prompted by “the rising threat posed by Islamic State extremists, evidenced in a rash of deadly attacks in the capital city of Kabul, has only fueled calls for a stronger U.S. presence, as have several recent American combat deaths.” Asked for comment, a Pentagon spokesman, Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, said, “No decisions have been made.”

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Defense Secretary Mattis: “We Are Not Winning the War in Afghanistan”

Defense Secretary Mattis: “We Are Not Winning the War in Afghanistan”:

Secretary of Defense James Mattis said the United States was not winning the war in Afghanistan in Congressional testimony on Tuesday, vowing to offer a new strategy to lawmakers this summer that will call for the deployment thousands of additional troops to the country.

H/t reader squodgy:

“Can’t let the awful Taliban take control of Opium Poppy production again….prices would rocket!!!!!”

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Death Toll Rises In Taliban-Orchestrated Attack; 3 US Soldiers Died

Death Toll Rises In Taliban-Orchestrated Attack; 3 US Soldiers Died:

Three US soldiers have been killed after an Afghan army soldier opened fired on them in eastern Afghanistan in an attack that the Taliban are now taking credit for…

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“It Felt Like An Earthquake”: Huge Bomb Explosion Kills 80 Near Embassies, Military Bases In Afghan Capital

“It Felt Like An Earthquake”: Huge Bomb Explosion Kills 80 Near Embassies, Military Bases In Afghan Capital:

A huge bomb exploded near heavily guarded embassies and military bases in the Afghan capital on Wednesday, killing at least 80 people and wounding more than 300 others, many as they headed to work on foot or in buses, the interior ministry and witnesses said, the WSJ reported. 

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Britain planning to deploy more troops to Afghanistan

Britain planning to deploy more troops to Afghanistan:

The United Kingdom is planning to send more troops to Afghanistan where insecurity is increasing despite the fact that the US and its allies have deployed thousands of forces there since 2001.  

“The UK is prepared to increase its contribution to troops in a non-combat role to demonstrate our continued support for the NATO mission in Afghanistan,” a government source said Thursday.

The United States currently has around 8,400 soldiers in Afghanistan with about another 5,000 troops from NATO allies. Britain currently has about 500 troops in Afghanistan.

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#CIA mouthpiece doesn’t bother to mention there wouldn’t be record level of dead kids in #Afghanistan if not for CIA & neocons.

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Trump Considers Afghanistan Army Surge

Trump Considers Afghanistan Army Surge:

After already escalating the fight in Afghanistan last month by dropping its GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb (MOAB or “mother of all bombs”), the largest non-nuclear bomb in the U.S. arsenal, and engaging in a 3-hour gunfight this past weekend that resulted in the death of ISIS leader Sheikh Abdul Hasib, Trump is apparently considering whether to once again expand U.S. military presence in Afghanistan.

According to the Washington Post, the new plan, which still needs the approval of the president, calls for expanding the U.S. military role as part of a broader effort to push an increasingly confident and resurgent Taliban back to the negotiating table, U.S. officials said.

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Bomb Attack Hits Secretive US Base In Afghanistan As Mattis Makes Surprise Visit To Kabul

Bomb Attack Hits Secretive US Base In Afghanistan As Mattis Makes Surprise Visit To Kabul:

Taliban insurgents attacked a U.S.-operated base in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Khost on Monday officials said, but gave few immediate details of an assault that coincided with a surprise visit to Kabul by U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis. The attackers detonated a car bomb at an entrance to Camp Chapman, a secretive facility manned by U.S. forces and private military contractors.

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