Tag Archives: Afghanistan

Afghanistan: Taliban kill 27 police in security post attacks

Source: Washington Post

"Taliban fighters stormed some 15 security posts in three different districts in Afghanistan’s southern Kandahar province overnight, killing at least 27 policemen, officials said Tuesday. Matiullah Helal, acting provincial police spokesman, said 22 police were killed and at least 15 others were wounded when insurgents stormed various security posts in two districts Monday night. He said the attacks took place in the Maywand and Zhari districts and some gun battles lasted for hours. He said 45 Taliban were killed and 35 others wounded. Naway District Gov. Sarajuddin Sarhadi said five local police were also killed at checkpoints in his district, including a post commander." (11/14/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/official-taliban-kill-22-police-in-security-post-attacks/2017/11/14/186cb46c-c907-11e7-b506-8a10ed11ecf5_story.html

Sadism in Afghanistan

Source: Antiwar.com
by Tommy Raskin

"For the past 16 years, the American war machine has been acting like a two-tiered sadist in Afghanistan. While facilitating the Kabul government’s destruction of the communities it oversees there, our military apparatus has also harmed the U.S. itself by spilling American blood for an unnecessary and futile mission. Granted, most Americans have not literally bled for the war in Afghanistan. Our sacrifice has been merely (merely?) financial. US taxpayers have paid — and will continue paying — for our government’s $1 trillion excursion there, an escapade already more expensive than the Marshall Plan to rebuild post-WWII Europe. Not all Americans have been as fortunate as civilian taxpayers, though. 2,400 US soldiers have died and upwards of 17,000 have suffered physical injuries in Afghanistan. Still other troops have returned home physically intact but psychologically scarred, motivating their retreat into a lonely depression." (11/09/17)

http://original.antiwar.com/tommy_raskin/2017/11/08/sadism-in-afghanistan/

Afghanistan: Islamic State forces attack Kabul TV station

Source: Washington Post

"The extremist Islamic State group carried out an attack on Tuesday against one of Afghanistan’s most popular Pashto-language TV stations located in the heart of the capital Kabul, leaving at least two dead. A suicide bomber detonated himself at the station gates killing one security guard while one of the three assailants slipped into the compound and killed a female employee. At least 20 others were injured in the attack. The militants, who wore police uniforms, battled for three hours with security forces, filling the city with the sound of gunfire and explosions and forcing the station to halt its broadcast." (11/07/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/isis-forces-attack-tv-station-in-heart-of-kabul-2-dead/2017/11/07/9d56ba40-c3aa-11e7-84bc-5e285c7f4512_story.html

Afghanistan: Occupation troop killed

Source: CBS News

"The U.S. military says an American service member was killed in Afghanistan on Saturday afternoon. The U.S. command in Afghanistan said the service member died of injuries sustained during an operation in Logar province in the eastern part of the country. The military didn't release the service member's identity or any details about the circumstances of the death." (11/04/17)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/us-service-member-killed-afghanistan-military-says/

Afghanistan: Taliban kill four police; rockets hit Kabul

Source: Washington Post

"An Afghan official says a Taliban attack has killed four policemen in southern Ghazni province. In Kabul, two rockets fired from the east of the Afghan capital hit inside the city but caused no casualties. In Ghazni, police chief Mohammad Zaman says the insurgents targeted a security post in the district of Waghaz early on Monday. He says along with the four killed, two policemen were wounded in the attack." (10/23/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/afghan-officials-taliban-kill-4-police-rockets-hit-kabul/2017/10/23/465fbd30-b7cb-11e7-9b93-b97043e57a22_story.html

Afghanistan: Taliban storm army base with suicide car bombs, killing 43 regime troops

Source: Washington Post

"Taliban forces nearly wiped out an entire Afghan army post, killing 43 soldiers, when they stormed a base with suicide bombers in the strife-torn southern province of Kandahar. The attack took place Wednesday night after two Humvees packed with explosives were driven into the Afghan National Army base in Kandahar’s Maiwand district, where 60 soldiers were stationed. Taliban fighters then assaulted the facility, setting off several hours of fighting that killed nearly every Afghan soldier there and wounded nine. The battle ended with a U.S. airstrike that killed nine Taliban fighters, according to local reports." (10/19/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/taliban-storm-base-with-suicide-car-bombs-killing-43-afghan-soldiers/2017/10/19/05a062eb-ecdc-4e71-b063-19db3c6dd5b1_story.html

Afghanistan: At least 15 killed in Taliban attack on police compound

Source: Washington Post

"Taliban forces stormed a police compound south of Kabul on Tuesday, killing at least 15 people, including a local police chief, in a gun battle that lasted hours, officials said. The commando-style raid in Gardez, about 80 miles south of Kabul, also injured about 100 people after two car bombs exploded outside a facility that serves as a command center for local police and a main training site for police recruits. It was the latest in a surge of Taliban attacks that included a suicide bombing last month that killed five people near a Shiite mosque in Kabul." (10/17/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/taliban-attack-on-afghan-police-compound-at-least-15-including-local-police-chief/2017/10/17/d0d1798f-3e2e-4b12-80de-41e7b3e250f6_story.html

Afghanistan: Taliban frees family after nearly five years in captivity

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

"The U.S. and Pakistani governments have secured the release of Taliban hostages Caitlan Coleman, a York County [Pennsylvania] native, her husband, Joshua Boyle and their three children born in captivity. Details on the operation were scant, but Coleman, of Stewartstown, and Boyle, the son of a Canadian judge, and their children were reportedly at the U.S. Embassy in Pakistan on Thursday." (10/12/17)

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/pennsylvania/taliban-hostage-rescued-caitlan-coleman-family-20171012.html

Afghanistan: Mattis targeted in Kabul attack

Source: ABC 7 Denver

"Hours after US Defense Secretary James Mattis landed at Hamid Karzai International Airport, multiple rockets hit an open area close to the facility on Wednesday. The rockets were fired from an unknown location, according to Najib Danish, spokesman for the Afghan Interior Ministry. He did not reveal how many rockets were fired. The Taliban has claimed responsibility and said Mattis' plane was the target of the attack, the Taliban's spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid tweeted." (09/27/17)

http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/national/us-defense-secretary-mattis-targeted-in-kabul-attack

The Vietnam syndrome: How we lost it and why we need it back

Source: Reason
by Steve Chapman

"The Vietnam War was the greatest U.S. military catastrophe of the 20th century. A conflict begun under false pretenses, based on ignorance and hubris, it killed 58,000 Americans and as many as 3 million Vietnamese. It ended in utter failure. Never in our history have so many lives been wasted on such monumental futility. It was a national trauma worse than any since the Great Depression, and it left deep gashes in the American psyche. It instilled an aversion to wars of choice that became known as the Vietnam syndrome. The allergy might have lasted for generations. It didn't. In 2001, just 26 years after the fall of Saigon, the United States invaded Afghanistan. American troops have been fighting there twice as long as we fought in Vietnam. Once again we find ourselves mired in an incomprehensible land, amid people who distrust us. Once again we are aligned with a corrupt regime that couldn't survive without our help as we incur casualties in the pursuit of goals we never reach." [editor's note: Who's this "we" Chapman speaks of? Does he have a mouse in his pocket? – TLK] (09/21/17)

http://reason.com/archives/2017/09/21/the-vietnam-syndrome-how-we-lost-it-why