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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