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In early July, I met with a leading Taliban military commander. I asked when his fighters would arrive in Kabul. His answer: "They are already there." How the Afghanistan mission failed and what happens next.www.spiegel.de
More at the linkWe have received disturbing information from British "Paras" of the UK's 16 Air Assault Brigade regarding their experiences and perceptions on the ground in Kabul during the US-led effort to evacuate Western forces and allies.
The reports claim that British troops are not being given any information by the US officers, to include the UK's top officer in the operation, Vice Admiral Ben Key, who was reportedly blocked from any and all CENTCOM negotiations with Taliban. Reportedly, heated arguments between high-ranking US and UK officers have taken place in front of their troops.
The US President should have spent more time worrying about Afghanistan, and less competing to be the world's wokest leaderwww.telegraph.co.uk
I'm not one to take sides when it comes to politics. Like I've said before, good ideas are good ideas, and bad ideas are bad ideas. I don't care which side suggests it/implements it. So I'm not pointing fingers saying "This is all Biden's fault, or Trump's fault, etc."Biden's aides afraid to tell the autocratic president he was wrong.
“This White House is very disciplined, especially when it comes to leaks and such. But the downside of discipline is if you're running things like an autocracy, and you broker no dissent internally, that's not what the purpose of a White House staff is."
The US president is facing the greatest crisis of his tenurewww.telegraph.co.uk
More on the U.S. looking for willing host-while-processing countries here.President Vladimir Putin on Sunday rejected the idea of sending people evacuation from Afghanistan to countries near Russia, saying he did not want "militants showing up here under cover of refugees", Russian news agencies reported.
Putin criticised an idea of some Western countries to relocate refugees from Afghanistan to neighbouring Central Asian countries while their visas to the United States and Europe are being processed.
"Does that mean that they can be sent without visas to those countries, to our neighbours, while they themselves (the West) don't want to take them without visas?" TASS news agency quoted Putin as telling leaders of the ruling United Russia party.
"Why is there such a humiliating approach to solving the problem?" he said.
The United States held secret talks with a number of countries in a desperate attempt to secure deals to temporarily house at-risk Afghans who worked for the U.S. government, Reuters reported last week ...
…for a second there, I thought he was referring to Iraq, and pandering to G.W. and the contrived WMDs….Blair rounded on Biden, accusing him of making a political decision rather than a strategic one. “We didn’t need to do it,” he wrote yesterday. “We chose to do it. We did it in obedience to an imbecilic political slogan about ending ‘the forever wars’.”
#OppositionForTheSakeOfOpposition…for a second there, I thought he was referring to Iraq, and pandering to G.W. and the contrived WMDs….
This goes to show that many politicians will spare no effort in hypocritical denigration of others. Blair certainly isn’t someone I’d put on the short list of great leaders…
Last Updated: 22nd August, 2021 21:08 IST
Afghanistan: Fighting Erupts In Andarab; Massoud's Northern Alliance Surrounds Taliban
The Taliban and the resistance forces are fighting it out in Andarab, after three of the neighboring districts- Banu, Pol-e-Hesar, and De Salah were captured.
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A massive battle has broken out in Andarab - a southern district in the Baghlan province of Afghanistan. The Taliban and the resistance forces are fighting it out in Andarab, after three of the neighbouring districts - Banu, Pol-e-Hesar, and De Salah from the Baghlan province were captured by the army of Ahmad Massoud's. Ahmad Massoud started a resistance soon after the Taliban took over power in Afghanistan, after capturing the capital city Kabul.
'Either do or die'Earlier in the day, a video was accessed by Republic Media Network in which Commander Lutfullah, who is leading the Andarab resistance in Afghanistan, was seen delivering a special speech to his supporters to fight back against the Taliban. In his speech, Commander Lutfullah asserted, "Either we do or die, but we will not let Taliban rule here." It is important to note here that the people of Andarab do not have heavy weapons, and the weapons that they have in general are limited in numbers.
As per sources, the residents of the district have surrounded the militant group. The group earlier in the day took several children, and women hostage in a bid to negotiate and this infuriated the residents who came out of their houses to fight them tooth and nail.
Andarab borders Panjshir, Afghanistan's last remaining holdout against the Taliban. The terrorist group had issued an ultimatum of four hours for the Ahmad Massoud-led anti-Taliban National Resistance Front of Afghanistan in Panjshir.
"If they surrender within the stipulated time, everything will be fine. Otherwise, we will punish," the group stated, while sharing a video in which it can be seen moving towards Panjshir.
However, the leader of the resistant force, Ahmad Massoud, has made it clear that he and his force do not have the word 'surrender' in their vocabulary.
"If anyone by any name would want to attack our homes, our land, and our freedom, just like the National Hero-Ahmad Shah Massoud and other Mujahedeen, we as well are ready to give away our lives and die but will not give away our land and our dignity," Massoud had said. He insisted that the resistance would continue 'no matter what'.
But I don't think anybody can realistically say "This is all Biden's fault!" It isn't.
Agreed, very much so.Biden was VP for all 8 years of an administration that had the Afghanistan file among its worries. He didn't come to this dance with no inkling of what the floor was like.
Yes, it is trivially true that it can't all be Biden's fault. Yet we (or at least some) have learned that Trump's deal was irrelevant; Biden had already decided for himself to leave. We have learned that he allegedly spoke harshly of the fate of the people there years ago ("Fuck that, we don’t have to worry about that. We did it in Vietnam, Nixon and Kissinger got away with it.") He was a man who primed himself to cut and run, and that's the decision he made.
Second prize goes to the NeverTrump neo-cons: they worked hard to get their wars going, they worked hard to move the goalposts to include nation-building, they worked hard to oppose the preceding administration's attempts to depart conflicts in Syria and Afghanistan, they worked hard to elect the man responsible for what is happening now. Few have been privileged to conduct failures of such magnitude and completeness, all the while moaning about the terrible direction America is taking and how people no longer heed them.
Well that’s the last thing the west wants to hear under the current circumstances, and yet probably brutally accurate.I was listening to NPR on the road the other day, and an ex-CIA official said "if we were building the ideal force to succeed in Afghanistan, it'd be the Taliban."
Excellent trigger discipline indeed.They’d know. They (inadvertently) helped build them, to wit the TB CP with excellent trigger discipline in all the TB PR shots…