Tag Archives: Afghanistan

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

“Fool’s Errand”: A guide to the new forgotten war

Source: The American Conservative
by Philip Giraldi

“Scott Horton’s new book, Fool’s Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan, is a masterful account of America’s prolonged Afghan engagement. It reminds us that what began in 2001 was only the most recent phase of a decades-long struggle that began in 1979 when the Russians invaded Afghanistan, and Washington responded by arming and funding the mujahideen guerrillas, who effectively pushed back against Soviet control of their country but later morphed into al-Qaeda. Like the CIA’s ill-fated replacement of Mohammad Mossadegh in Iran in 1953, the meddling in Afghanistan has borne bitter fruit, a prime example of what has been referred to as ‘blowback.'” (09/07/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/fools-errand-a-guide-to-the-new-forgotten-war/

Restating the obvious, briefly

Source: The Power of Narrative
by Arthur Silber

“I recently read still another piece by a well-known ‘antiwar’ writer bemoaning the fact that U.S. policy in Afghanistan has been a miserable failure. Not only that: it’s been a miserable failure for 16 years! (The particular article and the specific writer are of no consequence, but I’ll probably address a few aspects of this category of analysis in the next few weeks, using that and other examples.) To call U.S. policy in Afghanistan a failure is, of course, unutterably wrong. Whenever you hear someone peddling this line, you can quickly and safely move along to find an analyst who actually knows what he’s talking about.” [editor’s note: “Failure” v. “success” assumes purpose. And claiming that Afghanistan is all one or all the other unduly assumes only one possible purpose – TLK] (09/01/17)

http://powerofnarrative.blogspot.com/2017/09/restating-obvious-briefly.html

Mattis begins Afghanistan occupation “surge”

Source: Washington Post

“The Pentagon has begun sending additional troops to Afghanistan to carry out President Donald Trump’s new war strategy, which will stick to his predecessor’s approach of supporting the Afghans’ fight against the Taliban rather than doing the fighting for them, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Thursday. ‘Yes, I’ve signed orders, but it’s not complete,’ Mattis told reporters in an impromptu news conference at the Pentagon. He would not say how many additional troops are deploying or what their exact roles will be. … Other officials have said the U.S. will send about 3,900 additional troops.” (08/31/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/mattis-begins-sending-additional-troops-to-afghanistan/2017/08/31/ee42149a-8e71-11e7-9c53-6a169beb0953_story.html