Afghanistan News & Discussion - April 2016

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Re: Afghanistan News & Discussion - April 2016

Postby Rudradev » 26 Jun 2018 08:16

Fazlullah == "Mullah Radio", correct?

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Re: Afghanistan News & Discussion - April 2016

Postby nachiket » 03 Jul 2018 00:52

Rudradev wrote:Fazlullah == "Mullah Radio", correct?

Correct.

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Re: Afghanistan News & Discussion - April 2016

Postby ArjunPandit » 04 Jul 2018 15:27

do we discuss/avenge only the attack on Indians in India? or Indians (Hindus/Sikhs ) in Afghanistan too haram to avenged. ISI seems to be working on the strategy of keeping attacks on forces in india and civilians outside.

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Re: Afghanistan News & Discussion - April 2016

Postby Falijee » 10 Jul 2018 01:05

Pompeo makes surprise visit to Kabul: Afghan official
AFP
July 9, 2018

KABUL: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a surprise visit to Kabul Monday for talks with Afghan leaders, an Afghan official said, amid renewed optimism for peace in the war-weary country.Pompeo´s first official visit to Afghanistan since he was sworn in as America´s top diplomat in April follows an unprecedented ceasefire during Eid last month.
The Islamic holiday was marked by spontaneous street celebrations involving Afghan security forces and Taliban militants.The official confirmed Pompeo´s arrival on the condition of anonymity. A joint press conference with President Ashraf Ghani is due to start shortly.
The Pakis and the Afghanis have also been talking recently !
A security official told AFP that the number of Taliban attacks across the country had fallen since the ceasefire, but the claim could not be verified.US-backed President Ashraf Ghani, who is under international pressure to ensure credible parliamentary elections are held in October ahead of next year´s presidential vote, has been leading the push for peace talks.
Pompeo´s visit to Kabul comes almost a year since US President Donald Trump announced his much-vaunted South Asia strategy to tackle Afghanistan by including a broader regional approach.The aim is to convince the Taliban through diplomatic, military and social pressure that it cannot win and must reconcile.International Islamic scholars meeting in Saudi Arabia this week are expected to add their weight to stopping the Afghan conflict.

Who knows. Pompeo may do a "flying visit" to Isloo as well !

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Re: Afghanistan News & Discussion - April 2016

Postby Rudradev » 12 Jul 2018 02:03

Astonishing and detailed investigation by POLITICO

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/07/ ... ban-616316

The secret story of how America lost the drug war with the Taliban

As Afghanistan edged ever closer to becoming a narco-state five years ago, a team of veteran U.S. officials in Kabul presented the Obama administration with a detailed plan to use U.S. courts to prosecute the Taliban commanders and allied drug lords who supplied more than 90 percent of the world’s heroin — including a growing amount fueling the nascent opioid crisis in the United States.

The plan, according to its authors, was both a way of halting the ruinous spread of narcotics around the world and a new — and urgent — approach to confronting ongoing frustrations with the Taliban, whose drug profits were financing the growing insurgency and killing American troops. But the Obama administration’s deputy chief of mission in Kabul, citing political concerns, ordered the plan to be shelved, according to a POLITICO investigation.


Now, its authors — Drug Enforcement Administration agents and Justice Department legal advisers at the time — are expressing anger over the decision, and hope that the Trump administration, which has followed a path similar to former President Barack Obama’s in Afghanistan, will eventually adopt the plan as part of its evolving strategy.

“This was the most effective and sustainable tool we had for disrupting and dismantling Afghan drug trafficking organizations and separating them from the Taliban,” said Michael Marsac, the main architect of the plan as the DEA’s regional director for South West Asia at the time. “But it lies dormant, buried in an obscure file room, all but forgotten.”

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Read it all in detail but here is a top-line summary:

1. Bush Administration determined that the resurgence of the Taliban, 2005-2007, was fueled by drug money from the heroin trade
2. As Afghanistan plummeted towards becoming a narco state (with all levers of governance, justice, and law enforcement coming under control of heroin suppliers), US began to put together "Operation Reciprocity". This was primarily a US Dept of Justice operation helmed by the DEA. The idea was that with the collaboration of the Kabul regime, the highest leadership of the narco-trafficking organizations could be decapitated (similar to successful efforts in Colombia etc. during the 1980s-90s). This would in turn block the flow of drug money to the Taliban.
3. The plans for Operation Reciprocity were finally coming to fruition in May 2013.
4. In July 2013, Operation Reciprocity was abruptly terminated by Deputy Chief of Mission Wendy Kaidanow, a staffer of the Obama Administration State Department (under Nishan-e-Pakistan John Kerry). The official reason given was that to continue with its implementation would interfere with Obama Administration's goal of a complete "draw-down" from Afghanistan by 2014. DEA officials surmise that intra-departmental rivalry between State Dept and Dept of Justice may have played a role.
5. Operation Reciprocity was never taken up again. Many DEA officials believe that it would have changed the course of the war, had it been carried through and all the money trails followed to their logical conclusions.

For us, of course, there is one more data point NOT covered in the article.

David Coleman Headley was recruited into the DEA for unspecified services in Afghanistan. The services are very likely to have involved Operation Reciprocity. Given what we know... that Headley himself was an ISI operative, it becomes obvious that Operation Reciprocity was compromised even before 2008, because obviously the primary beneficiary of the drug trade is ISI and Pakistan military. The shutting down of Operation Reciprocity may have stemmed from (1) a realization that it had been compromised by the same Paki-state criminal networks whom it was targeting (2) a realization that following through with it would have required openly targeting the very top leadership of TSPA and ISI in international criminal investigations.

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Re: Afghanistan News & Discussion - April 2016

Postby Falijee » 02 Aug 2018 21:47

X posted from Terroristan Thread

Paki Agent Robin Raphael Still Willing To Do Pakistan's "Dirty Work" :roll:

Inside the Secret Taliban Talks to End America’s Longest War
Daily Beast
Aug 2, 2018

If the United States’ longest foreign war actually draws to a negotiated close, a significant amount of credit will go to a former U.S. Army colonel and a former senior U.S. diplomat. (AKA A Paki Agent !)
In November, Chris Kolenda and Robin Raphel boarded a plane to Doha, Qatar, for a conversation with Taliban representatives. It was the beginning of a quiet channel, never authorized by U.S. officials—who neither paid them nor asked them to carry any messages—that proved to be instrumental in convincing the Trump administration, and particularly senior Pentagon and U.S. military officials, that there was a real chance to broker an end to the war.
Sponsored by Saudi Arabia and Pakistan :roll:
Kolenda, an Afghanistan veteran himself, had been here before. He had been part of an ultimately fruitless attempt during the Obama administration to talk with the Taliban. But this time, talking with the Taliban in Doha, “I was struck by what I detected was a much higher level of seriousness about bringing the conflict to a close than I saw in 2011,” Kolenda told The Daily Beast. This "movie" has been played before as well . The details are in Steve Coll's latest book !
That seriousness was manifested through Taliban leaders showing pliability about the future of the U.S. troop presence. Despite their strident public position that U.S. troops must withdraw, the Taliban communicated to Raphel and Kolenda that there were circumstances under which they can envision living with a continued American military presence. And they again vowed that an Afghanistan open to Taliban political participation would not host a foreign terrorist presence, satisfying the central U.S. objective of the 17-year war. Pakistan and the Taliban cannot be trusted. Nothing short of a pro Pakistan and an anti - India Govt is acceptable to the sponsors of the Taliban !
From Kolenda’s perspective, all that meant the Taliban were willing to live with the core interests—no terrorism, stability under an inclusive and legitimate government, human-rights protections, curbing the narcotics trade—that the U.S. had been futilely fighting to secure.
But skepticism in Washington about the Taliban ran high, as did habituation to such a long war. Kolenda and Raphel encountered it when briefing administration officials after their trip. During a follow-up visit in Doha in January, which Cotta-Ramusino couldn’t attend, the Americans urged the Taliban to make a public statement that signaled their willingness for diplomacy on terms the U.S. could accept.
Within the Trump administration, there was also strong skepticism that the Taliban could deliver on the promises they heard via Kolenda and Raphel. For years, U.S. officials have held that the Taliban are a decentralized umbrella group of factions, rather than a united force. The impact of that conventional wisdom is to render diplomacy pointless, since it was unknown if Taliban interlocutors actually spoke for anyone else. A procession of military officers, for the better part of a decade, have preached fracturing the Taliban through “reconciliation” efforts, despite their dismal track record.
Everyone involved in the process emphasizes that it has barely begun. Every hard question about the future course of Afghanistan, and the U.S. presence within it, remains untested by the likely arduous diplomacy ahead. That diplomacy must contend with the scars of two generations of war in Afghanistan.
But it’s diplomacy among combatants. It’s not fighting indefinitely with little more than gestures at maybe finding a way out of conflict through training Afghans and gradually withdrawing, as if the Taliban are irrelevant to the future.“It’s our responsibility and our duty to pursue a diplomatic solution to this conflict and the way things have evolved in the last year or so, it’s clear there is an opportunity. It’s our responsibility to seize it,” Raphel said. “We can’t stand by and let it pass, considering the number of Afghans, Americans, and others who have died in this war.”
And for Kolenda, the process ahead represents the closest thing the U.S. can call victory: an accord on the future of Afghanistan to secure war aims left over from the 9/11 attacks. “You’ve got to put personal animosities aside and look at what’s in the national interest,” Kolenda said. “It’s not easy to do. It’s not easy to put aside those personal feelings. But you’ve got to do it, in order, essentially, to win a war through a negotiated outcome. It’s an obligation.”
With Raphael involved in the talks, not sure if she represents US interests or Paki interests !

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Re: Afghanistan News & Discussion - April 2016

Postby Falijee » 09 Aug 2018 01:03

X posted from Terroristan Thread

Shocking Claim By Hamid Karzai, Ex President Of Afghanistan !

Karzai concerned regarding alleged financial US support to fence Durand Line
Khama Press
Aug 7, 2018

The former Afghan President Hamid Karzai has expressed concerns regarding the alleged financial US support to Pakistan for fencing the Durand Line.The Office of the Former President in a statement said Hamid Karzai is deeply concerned over the US financial assistance to Pakistan for fencing the Durand Line.The statement further added that the former President strongly condemns the move and call it it a violation of our rights and sovereignty.He said “The US funding to Pakistan for fencing the Durand line is helping Pakistan’s policy of separating Afghans on both sides of the Durand Line.Karzai further added that the Durand line was imposed by the British colonial rule which the Afghans have not and will never accept.
Pakistan started work on fencing the line in June last year, covering the areas which according to the Pakistani authorities are the most prone in terms of the movement of the militants.Major General Nauman Zakaria, the commander for the South Waziristan tribal region had earlier told reporters that no “terrorist” will be able to use Afghan or Pakistani soil to launch cross-border attacks after the fencing is completed.

Of course, some of the recent agitation in Waziristan can be partly explained because of this ! The Pakhtuns on the Paki side are denied free movement to the other side and vice versa due to the so -called "terrorists" crossing over from Afghanistan to Pakistan and "doing terrorism" there. The Pakis must be convinced the (naive) Americans that they cannot "control terrorism" unless they build the fence . And since, they do not have money, the Americans probably obliged . And the Pakis have "succeeded" in dividing the Pashtuns of Pakistan and Afghanistan, in the name of "fighting terrorism" . That is my interpretation anyway . And therefore Karzai is protesting !

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Re: Afghanistan News & Discussion - April 2016

Postby Falijee » 09 Aug 2018 06:09

Subramanian Swamy's advice to Modi Govt !

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Biggest strategic decision for Namo: Sign a Indo-Afghanistan military assistance treaty and help Afghans with US armoury, or allow US to handover the country to Taliban and leave. Just have one year to decide
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Re: Afghanistan News & Discussion - April 2016

Postby arun » 16 Aug 2018 15:09

X Posted from the IWT thread.

Bravo! India needs to provide all the help to Afghanistan to squeeze the last drop of water from the Kabul River Basin. Not a drop of water must be permitted to cross over from Afghanistan to the Mohammadden Terrorism fomenting Islamic Republic of Pakistan. India must help the Shahtoot dam to be completed as early as possible.

India-backed Afghan dam to put Pakistan under pressure


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