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An Afghan boy looks on he stands at the site of a landslide that killed at least 350 people and leaving thousands of others feared dead at the Argo district in Badakhshan,inputted on May 4th, 2014. Farshad Usyan/AFP/Getty Images.   An Afghan boy looks on he stands at the site of a landslide that killed at least 350 people and leaving thousands of others feared dead at the Argo district in Badakhshan,inputted on May 4th, 2014. Farshad Usyan/AFP/Getty Images.   

US Troops Taught For Years Child Sex Abuse Is ‘Culturally Accepted’ In Afghanistan

Jonah Bennett and Saagar Enjeti

U.S. troops deploying to Afghanistan were taught for years that child sex abuse is a “culturally accepted practice” in the country, and were provided no guidance that it constituted a violation of the law and human rights until late 2015.

A new Pentagon inspector general report reveals that although troops weren’t explicitly discouraged from reporting cases of child sex abuse, the issue was not discussed until numerous media outlets reported that troops were encouraged to ignore local Afghan officials abusing little boys.

Interviews of troops from the report suggest that military officials didn’t really care much about stopping child sex abuse.

“In some cases, the interviewees explained that they, or someone whom they knew, were told that nothing could be done about child sexual abuse because of Afghanistan’s status as a sovereign nation, that it was not a priority for the command, or that it was best to ignore the situation and to let the local police handle it,” the report noted.

One interviewee said after he reported an Afghan commander who abused little boys to his chain of command, he was told: “It was out of our control” and “There’s nothing we can do about it” and “It’s their country.”

“Soldiers [were] told to ignore it and drive on,” another interviewee stated.

The cultural presentation sailors had to undergo stated that pedophilia is an issue in Afghanistan, but added that readers should “control and overcome any frustration caused by cultural differences that they may experience during their deployments.”

Additionally, the presentation advised sailors that they should ask their chains of command what to do in specific circumstances.

Marine Corps cultural training told Marines that they “need to understand the culture, accept it without making judgments, and figure out how to work with it or around it to accomplish your mission.”

The training also said that sometimes Afghan men joke about pedophilia, but Marines should just ignore it and “move on.”

Marines were not given any guidance about what they should do if they ever encounter instances of pedophilia.

The inspector general’s finding was damning. Effectively, the military only started to care about the problem of pedophilia and abuse after media outlets started reporting on the issue.

“We determined that the DoD did not conduct training for personnel on identifying, responding to, or reporting instances of child sexual abuse involving ANDSF personnel before 2015,” the report noted.

While troops have been told to report human rights violations since 2011, child sex abuse was not declared as a violation until September 2016. Between 2010 and 2016, 16 cases of child sex abuse were reported to the Pentagon, but because no proper reporting mechanisms existed, the exact number of cases is unknown.

The first explicit guidance to report child sex abuse only came about in September 2015, following a report from The New York Times, which interviewed former soldiers. They stated they were told to ignore child sex abuse, despite hearing the screams of boys being sexually abused by high-level Afghan officials on U.S. military installations.

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USA doing well with Afghan opium production

Afghanistan opium production almost doubled in 2017: Survey
According to the survey, the opium production rose by 87 percent and stands at a record level of 9,000 metric tons (9,921 US tons) so far this year, compared to 4,800 metric tons (5,291 US tons) in 2016.

The file photo shows Afghan farmers harvesting opium sap from a poppy field in the Chaparhar district of Nangarhar province. (Photo by AFP)

The file photo shows Afghan farmers harvesting opium sap from a poppy field in the Chaparhar district of Nangarhar province. (Photo by AFP)

The United Nations and the Afghan government have released a new joint survey showing that opium production in the restive country has almost doubled so far in 2017 compared to last year.

According to the survey, the opium production rose by 87 percent and stands at a record level of 9,000 metric tons (9,921 US tons) so far this year, compared to 4,800 metric tons (5,291 US tons) in 2016.

The Afghan Ministry of Counter Narcotics and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) reported an increase of 63 percent in the area under opium poppy cultivation.

The area that cultivated the poppy increased from just 201,000 hectares (496,671 acres) in 2016 to 328,000 hectares (810,488 acres) this year.

“It is high time for the international community and Afghanistan to reprioritize drug control, and to acknowledge that every nation has a shared responsibility for this global problem,” the UNODC’s Executive Director Yury Fedotov said in a statement.

The increase in production is mainly caused by the rise in the area under poppy cultivation.

This file photo shows poppy plants in a field on the outskirts of Kandahar, Afghanistan. (Photo by AFP)

The survey also showed that the number of Afghan provinces cultivating poppy rose from 21 to 24, with Ghazni, Samangan and Nuristan provinces also becoming poppy growing regions. There are reportedly only 10 poppy-free provinces in the country.

Afghanistan is the world’s top cultivator of poppy, from which opium and heroin are produced. The Taliban militants are heavily involved in the poppy cultivation and opium distribution especially in areas under their control.

 

Hamid Karzai: US Colluded With ISIL in Afghanistan

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November 10, 2017 “Information Clearing House” –  Hamid Karzai, the former president of Afghanistan, has accused the the US of working with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group in his country.

In an exclusive interview with Al Jazeera’s UpFront aired on Friday, Karzai said the US government had allowed ISIL, also known as ISIS, to flourish inside Afghanistan.

“In my view under the full presence, surveillance, military, political, intelligence, Daesh [ISIL] has emerged,” he said.

“And for two years the Afghan people came, cried loud about their suffering, of violations. Nothing was done.”

Karzai said the US administration of President Donald Trump made ISIL as an excuse to drop a massive bomb in Afghanistan on April 2017.

“And the next day, Daesh takes the next district in Afghanistan,” he said referring to the Arabic name of the armed group.

“That proves to us that there is a hand in it and that hand can be no one else but them [the US] in Afghanistan.”

GBU-43, the largest non-nuclear bomb, the US used in combat was dropped in the Achin district of Nangarhar province, close to the border with Pakistan, reportedly killing at least 36 ISIL fighters and destroying tunnel complex of the armed group.

The US Central Command (CENTCOM) said the strike was designed to minimise the risk to Afghan and US forces conducting clearing operations in the area.

The explosive, also known as the “mother of all bombs” (MOAB), was equal to 11 tonnes of TNT with a blast radius of 1.6km.

Witnesses said they felt the ground shake after the explosion, while others described towering flames in the aftermath.

At that time, Karzai also condemned the attack as “inhuman and most brutal misuse” of Afghanistan as “testing ground for new and dangerous weapons”.

‘Potential war crimes’

Karzai also said he welcomed a recent call by the International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor to investigate war crimes in Afghanistan, including those committed during his tenure in office.

 

“She’s right to launch such an investigation,” Karzai told UpFront host Mehdi Hasan, referring to ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda’s request to launch an investigation in Afghanistan.

Karzai also acknowledged that there were human rights violations during his government, and possibly on his watch.

“Definitely, there were violations by the Afghan security forces, by the US, and by others.”

Karzai said he would help with any investigation, even into his own potential complicity.

“I have been asking for this so that they come to Afghanistan and investigate as to what has happened in this country.”

During the interview, Karzai was also asked to respond to claims by human rights groups that he was warned while in office that human-rights abuses were taking place.

“They are wrong,” he said. “They didn’t tell me. I told them.”

“I told the Western human rights bodies as to what was going on in Afghanistan. They were hiding it. The Western press was hiding it. I told them. I raised it.”

This article was originally published by Al Jazeera

Christopher Bollyn on Book Tour, Making Jews Unhappy

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Christopher Bollyn, the author of a series of articles and books on “Solving 9/11,” is presently on tour promoting his latest book, The War on Terror: The Plot to Rule the Middle East. And wouldn’t you know it? With every stop he makes he seems to be infuriating local Jews in the towns and cities he visits.

Bollyn has never been shy about discussing the substantial evidence pointing to Israeli involvement in 9/11, and in the video below you’ll hear him discuss how his presentation in Santa Cruz, California had to be moved out to a local public beach after pressure was put on the venue owner, and he also talks about efforts to disrupt his presentation at a public library in Ashland, Oregon.

The following video contains footage from a talk Bollyn gave in Laguna Beach, California.

I first came across the Laguna Beach video a couple of days ago at the Green Crow as the Crow Flies blog. Here are some very pertinent comments about it made by the administrator of that blog:

Bollyn (and the cameraman off camera at the back of the room) try to reason with the Jewish questioner.  They keep running into total absence of logic.  The Questioner seems to have been brainwashed with all the buzz words and talking points of the M$M.  He starts off by lecturing Bollyn with the shopworn “definition” of a conspiracy theorist…”One who starts off with a conclusion and then dismisses anything that contravenes that conclusion to end up with a (conspiracy) theory.”  Bollyn counters by asking the Jewish questioner “what facts have I omitted?  Name just one“.  The questioner quickly moves away from that argument and does not present one fact.

Rather, he moves on to the ludicrous statement that “Bush started the war on Iraq because Saddam threatened his father”.  This is a 5 year old’s comic book (Superman and Batman) view of geopolitics.  Bollyn and the off screen cameraman keep drilling down to force the questioner to provide proof or theory to back up his ridiculous statements…like the Jews in the WTC didn’t get a warning so, out of 400 Jews working in the WTC, only four (according to Netanyahu) were killed in the atrocity.  The cameraman provides video proof that several prominent New York Jews, including former Senator, Al Franken who had offices in the WTC admitted they were warned.

The topic switches to the Middle East and the question of why the United States has been forced to go to war for Israeli interests.  This is where it gets interesting….the offscreen cameraman keeps drilling down on the Jewish questioner’s responses….Why is Israel so disliked in the middle east that it has to “defend itself” from all its neighbours?  Finally the truth is presented (by the cameraman):  “Because of what has happened to the Palestinians (and by extrapolation is threatened to all Arabs living on land that Jews covet).”

The questioner, to his credit, finally answers the question of why Israel wants to destroy Syria…He asks:  “Have you ever walked the Golan Heights?  Have you ever stood on top and seen the land spread out before you?  The Golan Heights is prime land for anyone to shoot down at Israel.”  So, in other words…any land in the middle east that is within shooting distance of Israel is fair game for Jewish takeover.  Is that logical?????

Bollyn points out that the Golan Heights are fertile and priceless oil fields as well as being geostrategically important.  He also points out that Israel’s occupation of those lands has never been accepted by the world community…BUT… that if Syria were destroyed…the lands would, of course, automatically and by default fall into Israeli hands.  So, it is all about the land after all….the debate finally drilled down to the ultimate nugget of truth.

At this point, the debate ended as the questioner and his wife got up and left the room.  The video cuts out but then takes up again as the cameraman briefly re-engaged with the couple in the hallway.  The wife, who had up until then been silent, told the cameraman that she was not going to engage with him anymore because “our people have been killed for this”.  Yes, the victim card…the last card to be played in any debate with Jewish ziofascists.  Not the Palestianians who have died and/or been existing for 60 years on the biggest outdoor concentration camp the world has ever seen, not the Iraqis, Syrians, Afghanis, Libyans, Yemenis etc., etc.,…but “our people”.

Far worse than gluten–it would appear that some people suffer a major allergic reaction to the truth. I’ll close here with some very wise words spoken by Bollyn himself–in a post on his website put up on August 30 at the outset of his book tour:

To believe the official myth about 9/11 is to be trapped in a joyless state of mind because joy cannot co-exist with fear and hate. This is why embracing 9/11 truth is essential for our well-being and sanity, as individuals and as a nation. There is immense spiritual value in freeing ourselves from deception and living in truth.

America and Hezbollah during decades of war أميركا وحزب الله في عقود من الحرب

America and Hezbollah during decades of war

أكتوبر 26, 2017

Written by Nasser Kandil,

When Washington presented its project for an Israeli war that would reform Lebanon and the position of Syria in 1982, Hezbollah was not born yet, but Washington had launched the war of Iraq against Iran two years ago and the war of the Muslim Brotherhood against Syria three years ago. Moreover it had launched with the cooperation of Saudi Arabia Al-Qaeda Organization against the Soviet army in Afghanistan. All of which were projects that are integrated with two main goals; to employ Camp David path, the importance of the exit of Egypt from the conflict with Israel, the consolidation of the Saudi leadership in the region, and to confine the expansion which started to emerge with the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran and what it led to revolutionary popular background in the region that adopted the Palestinian Cause with the slogan of Al Imam Al- Khomeini “Today Iran, Tomorrow Palestine”. The Arab street repeated “O, Khomeini, we will be your soldiers towards liberation” This slogan started from Beirut and it spread in all the Arab capitals. The Israeli invasion of Lebanon sponsored by the US Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger, and then its consequences were under the control of the US envoy Philip Habib. It was not a war against on Hezbollah, since it was not yet present, it was a preemptive war for its birth and the birth of any resisting axis that will cancel the historical consequences witnessed by Washington with Camp David, and it worried about them with the victory of the Iranian revolution.

During  a decade of confrontation the American project has been defeated in the region in its main front despite the attempts of the compensation through the Gulf War and the positioning under the pretext of the occupation of Kuwait which was the outcome of the American embroilment of Iraq, as the embroilment in the war on Iran, it is the same path of embroilment which was culminated by the invasion of Iraq and occupying it, but the main path of confrontation has led to the failure of Camp David path and the US positioning on the coast of the Mediterranean  from the gate of Beirut, so the Marines fled and the seventieth of May Agreement  which is the Lebanese version of Camp David has fallen along with the war of the Muslim Brotherhood on Syria.

After the disintegration of the Soviet Union the Americans expanded the confrontation, they drew their plans for the whole world, Europe witnessed their victories after the war of Yugoslavia, they were unique in drawing the international politics and they tried to contain Syria to the Madrid Peace process and Al Taif Agreement and to charge it with the administration of  Lebanon, but the second decade witnessed more of the American failure in the main confrontation; it is the future of the conflict with Israel after the resistance led by Hezbollah has emerged as an outcome of the consequences of the Iranian revolution on hand, and an outcome of the spirit of the revolutionary people and their eagerness to the resistance on the other hand. The culmination was by the withdrawal of Israel from Lebanon without negotiation, or cost, or conditions, so this was a clear pure victory for the resistance. The Americans have been defeated despite their side successes in Europe which prepared for them the success of their ruling the world and their ability to draw politics with more power where there is no need to use it as their new Secretary Defense Donald Rumsfeld said.

In the third decade, Asia formed the arena of the US War, there was the war of Afghanistan and then the invasion of Iraq, the goal was to besiege Iran, to  subdue it, and to threaten Syria and to tame it. Due to the failure, America decided to repeat what it did in the year 1982; it beheld Israel the responsibility of waging the war in 2006 to crush the resistance as an entry to formulate new Middle East. The result for the second time was the failure, but this time by Hezbollah, so it waged the war of chaos and brought Al-Qaeda organization which it founded for a similar war decades ago, to fight the ideologues with the ideologues. But after the failure of its two reserve armies Israel and Al-Qaeda in two consecutive wars, it witnessed the birth of new international equations. Russia returned stronger than what it was on the days of the Soviet Union from the gate of the war on Syria. And Iran returned stronger than it was before the war of Iraq against it, in addition to Hezbollah the regional equations maker which cannot be denied.

America still has many plans and projects, but the wars which are like the chess are different from it, because in chess the second half does not start as the first half started, but from where it ended. Today’s America is different than America from three decades and a half, as Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Al-Qaeda organization. On the other hand, Russia, Iran, Syria, Iraq, and Hezbollah are not as before too. The imbalance has become double falling here and emerging there, and it is not mere a deceit that the Americans put the slogan “resisting the hegemony of Hezbollah on the region” in order to meet the chiefs of staff of their armies and the armies of Israel, Saudi Arabia and their allies after decades from the emergence of Hezbollah under the slogan of “resisting the US-Israeli hegemony on the region”.

Translated by Lina Shehadeh,

أميركا وحزب الله في عقود من الحرب

أكتوبر 25, 2017

ناصر قنديل

– عندما قدّمت واشنطن مشروعها لحرب «إسرائيلية» تعيد تشكيل لبنان وعبره موقع سورية عام 1982، لم يكن حزب الله قد ولد بعد، لكنها كانت قد أطلقت حرب العراق على إيران قبل عامين، وحرب الإخوان المسلمين على سورية قبل ثلاثة أعوام، وأطلقت بالتعاون مع السعودية حرب تنظيم القاعدة على الجيش السوفياتي في أفغانستان، وكلّها مشاريع تتكامل مع هدفين رئيسيين، توظيف مسار «كامب ديفيد» وثقل خروج مصر من الصراع مع «إسرائيل»، وتكريس الزعامة السعودية في المنطقة، ومحاصرة المدّ الذي بدا أنه ينطلق مع انتصار الثورة الإسلامية في إيران، وما أثارته من مُناخ شعبي ثوري في المنطقة تصدّرته القضية الفلسطينية مع شعار الإمام الخميني «اليوم إيران وغداً فلسطين»، وردّ الشارع العربي بهتاف، «يا خميني سير سير نحنا جنودك بالتحرير»، الذي انطلق من بيروت وعمّ العواصم العربية. فالاجتياج «الإسرائيلي» للبنان الذي رعاه وزير الدفاع الأميركي كاسبار واينبرغر يومها، وتابع منتجاته المبعوث الأميركي فيليب حبيب، لم يكن حرباً على حزب الله الذي لم يكن موجوداً بعد، بل كان حرباً استباقية لولادته، وولادة أيّ محور مقاوم يلغي النتائج التاريخية التي رأتها واشنطن مع «كامب ديفيد»، وقلقت عليها مع انتصار الثورة الإيرانية.

– خلال عقد من المواجهة، هزم المشروع الأميركي في المنطقة، في جبهته الرئيسية، رغم محاولات التعويض الجانبية عبر حرب الخليج والتموضع بذريعة احتلال الكويت الذي كان ثمرة توريط أميركي للعراق، كما التوريط بالحرب على إيران، وهو مسار التوريط ذاته الذي توّج بغزو العراق نفسه واحتلاله، لكن المسار الرئيسي للمواجهة رسم فشلاً لمسار «كامب ديفيد» والتموضع الأميركي على ساحل المتوسط من بوابة بيروت، فرحل المارينز وسقط اتفاق السابع عشر من أيار، النسخة اللبنانية عن «كامب ديفيد». وفشلت حرب الإخوان المسلمين على سورية.

– عندما وسّع الأميركيون دائرة المواجهة بعد تفكك الاتحاد السوفياتي، رسموا خططهم على مساحة العالم، فكانت أوروبا مسرحاً لانتصاراتهم بعد حرب يوغوسلافيا، وتفرّدوا في رسم السياسة الدولية، وحاولوا احتواء سورية بمسار مدريد للسلام، واتفاق الطائف وتفويضها بإدارة لبنان، لكن العقد الثاني حمل المزيد من الفشل الأميركي في جبهة المواجهة الرئيسية، وهي مستقبل الصراع مع «إسرائيل» بعدما نمت المقاومة وعلى رأسها حزب الله، كثمرة لتجذّر نتائج الثورة الإيرانية من جهة، ولروح الشعوب الثورية وتوقها للمقاومة من جهة أخرى، وكان التتويج بانسحاب «إسرائيل» بلا تفاوض وبلا ثمن وبلا شروط من جنوب لبنان، مسجلاً انتصاراً نظيفاً واضحاً للمقاومة، فهزم الأميركيون رغم نجاحاتهم الجانبية في أوروبا التي هيّأت لهم نجاح حكمهم للعالم وقدرتهم على رسم السياسة بالمزيد من القوة حيث لا تنفع القوة، كما قال وزير دفاعهم الجديد دونالد رامسفيلد.

– شكلت آسيا في العقد الثالث ساحة الحرب الأميركية، فكانت حرب أفغانستان وبعدها غزو العراق، والهدف تطويق إيران وتطويعها، وتهديد سورية وترويضها. وبسبب الفشل قرّرت أميركا تكرار ما فعلته عام 1982 فأوكلت لـ«إسرائيل» مهمة شنّ الحرب في عام 2006 لسحق المقاومة كمدخل لصياغة شرق أوسط جديد، وكانت النتيجة مرة أخرى هي الفشل. لكن هذه المرة على يد حزب الله، فخاضت حرب الفوضى، وجلبت تنظيم القاعدة الذي سبق وأسّسته لحرب شبيهة قبل عقود، مقاتلة العقائديين بالعقائديين. وبعد فشل جيشيها الاحتياطيين «إسرائيل» و«القاعدة»، في حربين متتاليتين، شهدت ولادة معادلات دولية جديدة، فروسيا عادت أقوى مما كانت أيام الاتحاد السوفياتي من بوابة حرب سورية، وإيران أقوى مما كانت قبل حرب العراق عليها، وحزب الله صانع معادلات إقليمية لا يمكن تجاهله.

– لا يزال في الجعبة الأميركية الكثير من الخطط والمشاريع، لكن الحروب التي تشبه لعبة الشطرنج تختلف عنها، بكون الشوط الثاني لا يبدأ كما بدأ الشوط الأول، بل من حيث انتهى، وأميركا اليوم ليست أميركا قبل ثلاثة عقود ونصف، و«إسرائيل» ليست نفسها، والسعودية ليست نفسها، وتنظيم القاعدة ليس نفسه. وفي المقابل روسيا وإيران وسورية والعراق وحزب الله ليسوا كما كانوا، والخلل في الموازين صار مزدوجاً، سقوط هناك ونهوض هنا، وليس مجرد مكر وثعلبة أن يضع الأميركيون للقاء رؤساء أركان جيوشهم وجيوش «إسرائيل» والسعودية وحلفائهم، شعار «مقاومة هيمنة حزب الله على المنطقة» بعد عقود من انطلاق حزب الله تحت شعار مقاومة الهيمنة الأميركية «الإسرائيلية» على المنطقة.

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The U.S. Bombed Afghanistan More in September than Any Month Since 2010, but the “Death Toll” Remains Hidden

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By Emran Feroz,

In the war on terror, Trump doubles down on a failed strategy.

On August 21, U.S. President Donald Trump unveiled his long-awaited Afghanistan strategy. He made clear that the longest war in modern U.S. history had no end in sight, and that the U.S. government would increase its troop contingent by several thousand soldiers.

According to news reports, another 4,000 U.S. soldiers are slated for deployment to Afghanistan. However, Trump himself admitted the true numbers will remain in the dark, saying in his August 21 speech that the number of U.S. troops deployed to Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and other countries would not be released by his administration in the future.

Nine days later, it was revealed that, instead of roughly 8,000 troops, as previously believed, at least 11,000 soldiers are currently deployed in Afghanistan. That’s not the only instance of information being withheld from the public: During the last days of Barack Obama‘s presidency, the Pentagon stopped releasing redacted investigations of major civilian casualty events caused by the U.S. military. This included war crimes in Syria, Afghanistan and several other countries where drones are haunting the skies, while special forces units are conducting shadowy operations on the ground.

Trump’s speech also dropped the pretense of “nation-building” that many across the political spectrum had used to justify the Afghanistan war. For him, it’s all about hunting down and killing “terrorists.”

Although the word “terrorist” has become vacuous, a label for everything and everyone, the question remains: Who are the “terrorists” in Afghanistan? Are they al-Qaeda, which has been practically non-existent in the country for years? Are they the leaders of the Taliban, which has grown since the start of the U.S.-led invasion and now controls many parts of the country? Are they the extremists of ISIS, whose presence was enabled by the violence of the U.S.-led war and invasion, too? Are they the brutal warlords and militia fighters who have become a crucial part of Afghanistan’s landscape and, since allying with the United States in 2001, have led parts of the Kabul government?

From an Afghan view, there are other “terrorists”: the drone operators who are remotely killing innocent people on a daily basis, or the Western soldiers who are hunting civilians and collect their body parts like trophies.

For the U.S. government, the answer is chillingly simple. Since 2012, the White House has maintained that every military-aged male in a strike zone is considered as an “enemy combatant.” This means what nearly all Afghan men—including teenagers—are considered “terrorists.” The same is true for Syrians, Iraqis, Pakistanis, Somalis, Yemenites and every other citizen of a country that has the luck to be terrorized by U.S. bombs and rockets, dropped by conventional aircraft or weaponized drones.

“We are all terrorists. If we get hit now, you are going to be called like that too,” a Taliban fighter in Nangarhar province in the east of the country told me when I visited his village in May. Local civilians who were nearby agreed with him.

What he said was true. I often thought how I would be described after getting killed by a drone strike, especially while researching in remote regions that are barely entered by Western journalists. Like most Afghan men, I have a beard and black hair. In today’s world, that’s enough to be called a “terrorist,” a danger to Western civilization.

Since Trump took over the presidency, about 2,000 airstrikes have been conducted by the U.S. military in Afghanistan. On October 12, a U.S. drone strike killed 14 people; Afghan officials claim the victims were ISIS militants but a local member of parliament alleges those killed were civilians. Last month, the U.S. dropped more bombs and missiles on Afghanistan than in any other month since 2010. Most of these strikes hit Nangarhar province, which was also the target of the Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB), also known as the “Mother of All Bombs”, the most powerful non-nuclear weapon in the Pentagon’s arsenal. According to recent UN data, U.S. strikes in Nangarhar are more likely to result in civilian casualties than strikes anywhere else in the country. But contrary to reports that often describe all victims as “suspected militants” or “terrorists,” many dead are civilians.

Provinces like Nangarhar, where the United States has been fighting its “War on Terror” since 2001, are the places where the U.S. lost this war. While the Taliban control many districts of such provinces, after years of constant occupation, many Afghan locals have developed a hatred toward the American soldiers, like their forefathers did towards the Russians and the British.

While Trump is giving one weird speech after the other, the Afghans in these remote areas live in real dystopia. The so-called government in Kabul, which was installed by the United States in 2001, has no influence here.

Instead, the people’s lives are controlled by Taliban insurgents who are often deeply connected with the local communities. More than 100,000 U.S. soldiers, who were deployed in Afghanistan during the Obama era, were not able to change this reality. It will not be much different under Trump.

It’s not just the mere presence of foreign troops that fuels war, but also what those troops have done and continue to do: carry out air strikes, conduct brutal night raids on civilians’ homes and torture detainees at places like Bagram Air Base—a place so notorious in Afghanistan that, to some, Guantanamo is considered a haven by comparison.

All signs indicate these atrocities will continue in the era of Donald Trump.

The identities of the people who have been murdered by the MOAB are still not known. While the Kabul government supported the attack and later announced that more than 90 ISIS militants have been killed, the White House preferred to stay silent. Too often, similar figures in the past have proven to be bogus. But in the United States, the stories of Afghans are only told when they fit with the interests of the U.S. empire. Otherwise, they remain faceless and invisible—and that’s how Donald Trump wants to keep them.

Emran Feroz is an Austrian-Afghan journalist and author based in Germany, and the founder of Drone Memorial, a virtual memorial for civilian drone strike victims. His book on the U.S. drone war just has been released in German.

Besides torture, genocide & building walls, the U.S. has something else in common with israel-shooting children who throw stones

US Forces Shoot Two Afghan Children over Stone Throwing

US Forces Shoot Two Afghan Children over Stone Throwing


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Alwaght- Two Afghan children have been shot and wounded by US troops in the eastern part of the country after they allegedly hurled stones to armored American army vehicles.

According to a report by RT, head teacher of a local school said two of the eight pupils at a school on the outskirts of the city of Jalalabad in the Nangarhar Province were injured during shooting.

Saying that the incident happened at 7:00 Monday morning, the man explained that he “was standing at the main gate of the school where the pupils enter.”

“The Americans were patrolling the road. Then I heard firing sounds. Some of the pupils were carrying two injured schoolboys,” the teacher added.

The two injured boys, who have been treated by doctors at a local hospital, also shared their account of the events.

“I wanted to go to school. When I entered the school, some of our classmates took the stones and threw them at the US vehicles. Then they [US troops] opened fire. I got injured in my leg. My friend also got injured,” one of the boys said from his hospital bed, with bullets visible next to him. The children were saying that “the US should get out of our country,” the boy added.

Another child who received a leg injury claimed he personally had not thrown stones at the US convoy.

Saying that the stone-throwing boys “don’t know better because they are children,” the father of one injured boy pointed out that the US troops should have known better than to shoot at the boys.

The head teacher said the school condemns the incident and called for the government to “inquire about this case.” The US recently announced an increase of its military forces in Afghanistan, potentially bringing the total number of NATO occupation troops in Afghanistan to over 17,000.

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