Tag Archives: Afghanistan

Afghanistan: Kabul protest hit by deadly bomb attack

Source: Guardian [UK]

“A suicide attacker blew himself up near a crowd of police and protesters in Kabul on Thursday, killing at least 11 people and wounding 25 others, in the latest deadly violence to bring carnage to the Afghan capital. … A security source who spoke to AFP on the condition of anonymity said 20 people had been killed and 20 wounded in the attack, but the higher death toll could not be immediately confirmed. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which happened during a protest following the death of a shopkeeper during a police operation targeting alcohol and bootleggers, an unnamed official said.” (01/04/18)


Pentagon identifies Afghanistan occupation troop killed in likely Islamic State firefight

Source: CBS News

“The U.S. military has identified an American soldier killed fighting likely ISIS militants on New Year’s Day in eastern Afghanistan. In a statement released Wednesday, the Pentagon said Sgt. 1st Class Mihail Golin, 34, of Fort Lee, New Jersey, was killed, ‘after being engaged by enemy small arms fire while on a dismounted patrol.’ Golin was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), based at Fort Carson, Colorado, the statement said. … The United States formally concluded its combat mission in Afghanistan at the end of 2014 but still carries out operations against the Taliban and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) affiliate, known as ISIS Khorasan.” [editor’s note: In other words, “formally concluded” means “lied about concluding” – TLK] (01/03/18)


Afghanistan: Explosives-rigged rickshaw blast kills 17 at funeral

Source: Japan Times [Japan]

“A bombing targeted the funeral of a local official in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, killing at least 17 people, officials said. Noor Ahmad Habibi, deputy spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar province, said a rickshaw rigged with explosives went off among people gathered in the provincial capital, Jalalabad, to mourn a former district chief. He said around 13 other people were wounded. Habibi said initial reports were that a suicide bomber was behind the attack, but that authorities now believe it was a remotely detonated explosion.” (12/31/17)


War without a rationale

Source: The American Conservative
by Scott Horton

“In 2001, after the 9/11 attacks, the United States invaded Afghanistan and quickly smashed the Taliban government. It also killed hundreds of members of the al Qaeda group that had launched the attacks, although leaders Osama bin Laden and Ayman al Zawahiri escaped to Pakistan, along with about 200 followers. Ever since, we have been told that the U.S. military occupation of Afghanistan must continue indefinitely or else al Qaeda will return and make the country once again into a ‘safe haven’ from which to attack the United States. In U.S. political discourse and news stories, this has often been stated as a flat fact, beyond dispute. … This safe haven argument is a myth — a false but widely believed tale used to justify continuing a policy of perpetual failure.” (12/28/17)


Afghanistan: Dozens killed as blasts rock Kabul

Source: CNN

“At least 40 people were killed Thursday in a suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul, according to authorities. Another 30 people were injured in the attack, Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi told CNN. The attack happened around 10:30 a.m. local time (12.30 a.m ET) and targeted a cultural center in Police District 6 in Kabul. The initial suicide blast was followed by two more explosions, Rahimi said. The following explosions did not produce any injuries, the spokesman said. The Taliban denied responsibility for the attack in a statement to the media released by the group’s spokesman, Zabiullah Mojahid.” (12/28/17)


Afghanistan: Islamic State claims Kabul blast

Source: Reuters

“Islamic State claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on Monday on a compound of Afghanistan’s national intelligence agency in Kabul, which killed at least five people and wounded two. The blast comes a week after the group claimed responsibility for an attack on a training facility of the same agency, the National Directorate for Security, in Kabul that ended when the attackers were killed before causing significant casualties.” (12/25/17)


The Afghan war isn’t a stalemate: It’s a defeat

Source: Antiwar.com
by William J Astore

“A stalemated chess match is simply a bad metaphor for the Afghan War. It’s not that one side can’t make a legal move, therefore the game is over. (Would that the war could end so easily and cleanly!) The situation today in Afghanistan is that the Taliban continues to tighten its grip on the country, or, in chess terms, it’s enlarging its span of control over the board, even as US and Coalition forces send more troops, expend more munitions, and issue more reports about how they can still win — as long as US generals get exactly what they want. So, if stalemate is the wrong word, what is the right one? I have one: defeat.” (11/29/17)


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)


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)


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)