Afghanistan: It’s Still There

Believe it or not……Afghanistan is still there and still fighting rages……fierce fighting.  I know the media does not seem to care but believe me there is more happening in Afghanistan than you can imagine…….

Did you know or were you told that the Northern city of Kunduz has fallen to the Taleban?  No?

During their annual Spring Offensive, the Taliban set its sights on northern parts of Afghanistan, particularly centering on the Kunduz Province. The fighting continued throughout spring and summer, with Taliban forces seizing several districts. Today, they captured the city of Kunduz itself.

The Afghan Interior Ministry confirmed that defenses in the city had “collapsed” in the face of the latest offensive, and while they’re talking up a counteroffensive to try to retake the city, the Taliban have wasted no time in capturing all the significant buildings in the city, and are moving on the airport.

This is why some observers say the takeover of Kunduz is more a failure of the Afghan state than a victory for the Taliban.

“The Taliban did not come out of nowhere to take over Kunduz. Their fighters had been there for quite some time launching small-scale attacks on the city. This was meant to be a war of attrition against Afghan forces that would in turn pave the way for a full-scale offensive. And that’s exactly what happened,” Michael Kugelman, Afghanistan expert at the Washington-based Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars, told DW.

The US has responded by launching the usual airstrikes……and since airstrikes do not retake territory….the US went to plan B….

Special forces from the US-led coalition in Afghanistan, reportedly including US troops, battled Taliban militants on the ground in Kunduz Wednesday in an attempt to retake the city after Afghan forces were overrun Monday. It marks the first time foreign forces have clashed with the Taliban during the conflict in Kunduz, Reuters reports. Coalition rep Col. Brian Tribus says the forces took part in a mission near Kunduz airport where Afghan forces have made a base. “Coalition special forces advisers, while advising and assisting elements of the Afghan Security Forces, encountered an insurgent threat in the vicinity of the Kunduz airport at approximately 1am,” Tribus says. “When they encountered the threat, they defended themselves.”

Tribus wouldn’t provide the nationalities of the coalition fighters, but a senior Afghan security official says 100 members of US special forces were involved. He adds they wore night-vision goggles as they left the airport and returned after eliminating Taliban attackers. Tribus adds US forces also conducted their third airstrike near Kunduz since Tuesday, targeting a spot near the airport Wednesday morning. A rep for the Public Health Ministry says 30 people have been killed and 200 injured in the fighting and “around 90% of them are civilians.” The coalition said Wednesday that a soldier was killed in northern Afghanistan, but from a “non-battle cause,” reports the Washington Post. A US military official says he expects the estimated 500 Taliban fighters to be expelled from Kunduz within weeks.

The fighting continues…..and could this be the beginning of a whole new war?

Should we get involved?  Or should we let the Afghans do the heavy lifting?

This smells like deeper involvement.

Thoughts?

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We all know what the Super PACs are all about, right?

Well to me it is just a legal form of corruption that all politicians seem to flock to by the hundreds……

Does it sound like bribery to you?

You are not alone…..

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Could Syria be Putin’s Afghanistan?

For those of us that watch the Middle East daily we have a new problem in the making.  ISIS is bad……Assad use of CWs bad……..Iraq fighting ineptitude is bad…….the conflict is at a stalemate is again bad……so what could be worse?

I am so glad someone asked an important question…….

Russia’s upper house of parliament has granted President Vladimir Putin authorisation to deploy the country’s air force to Syria, according to the head of presidential administration.

Sergey Ivanov said on Wednesday that the Federation Council backed Putin’s request for approval unanimously.

“The operation’s military goal is exclusively air support of the Syrian armed forces in their fight against ISIL,” he said, referring to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group fighting against President Bashar al-Assad.

Now there will be yet another fighting force in Syria……it is already difficult to tell the good from the bad and now…….we have another problem with seemingly no solution.

All that said and done….Russia made a monumental mistake in 1979 when it invaded and occupied Afghanistan that eventually lead to a the downfall of the country……what is Putin thinking?

Putin sees the Middle East as another region on his global chessboard that can serve as a spoiler of Western policy.

Source: Could Syria be Putin’s Afghanistan? – Al Jazeera English

Apparently the Cold War never ended at all……just took a breather before restarting the games…..

If Putin is making a mistake then why is the US not making the same one?

Does Waterloo sound familiar?

 

Benghazi……Benghazi……..Benghazi!

Did you know that the Benghazi investigation is the longest in US history?

he House committee investigating the Benghazi attacks “is now the longest congressional investigation in history,” ABC News reports.

“As of Monday, the House Select Committee on Benghazi, has been active for 72 weeks — surpassing the record previously held by the Watergate Committee in the 1970’s.”

And the GOP has NOTHING to show for the waste of time and resources…..

Have you had enough of the Benghazi witch hunt?  It has slid down the order of importance now that the GOP has e-mails to chew on……but it is still in the wings waiting….waiting…….for a rebirth.

I got this image from “It Is What It Is”….who got it from “Last Of The Millennials”

 

4 people died…..a tragedy and the GOP went batcrap crazy…..and yet the murder of 34 American sailors in 1967, 8 June to be exact,  goes unnoticed for all these years…..why is that?

Enough said?

The female guerilla fighters of the PKK | Middle East Eye

The news a month or so ago was about the 2 female Ranger trainees that made ot to the end and graduated….allowing them to proudly wear the Ranger tab on the uniform……

Even though these young ladies made it through the grueling Ranger process they will still NOT be allowed in combat……women have a way to go before the military is willing to allow them to fight alongside the men……

But across the world there are women fighting and dying alongside men in various conflicts……

If the media wants to celebrate women and their abilities in the military then may I suggest that they look NO further than the women fighting with the Kurds in the Middle East……

MEE meets female Kurdish Workers Party fighters in the mountains of Iraqi Kurdistan – and finds a diverse group united by a vision of freedom

Source: The female guerilla fighters of the PKK | Middle East Eye

Women are more than capable of handling armed conflict and performing their duties under pressure….then why be so Victorian in thought……let women prove themselves!

Jihad: it’s Not What You Think it is

I am always looking for ways to help Americans and my readers to understand what they hear daily in the news….believe it or not everything i not as clear cut as politicians and pundits would like you to think…..

I tried to help with the understanding of the term “The Great Satan”…..its origin and use…..and now another one of those terms that is used incessantly is “jihad”……

We all know the term…but we actually do not know the term at all…..

It’s time to deconstruct the media’s false representation of Muslims and Jihad.

Source: Jihad: it’s Not What You Think it is

Keep in  mind….on 9/11 the hijackers not only hijacked some planes but they also hijacked a whole religion……

What Goes Around Comes Around

I believe that is called karma…..right?

You guys know me…that is if you are a regular……I enjoy making my readers look at history of the world and especially of the adventures the US has had that is now driving the geopolitics of the 21st century.

There are times when our actions have not been followed up with programs that would keep America safe……in other words we, the people, lost interest.

It happened in Vietnam….we finally ended things and brought the troops home and we lost all interests in the country or the region……..again look at Afghanistan in the 80’s….we were so worried about the USSR that we went all in in the fray between the Russians and the rebels…….then after 10 years the Russian cut and run and we pulled assets out of Afghanistan and forgot about it….and the Taleban and AQ came back to bite us in the ass.

We are at it again in Iraq……read on, my friends…..

Source: Recognize That Iraq Is History by Ivan Eland — Antiwar.com

Ever since the Cold war we, the US, have looked for proxies to fight our adventures for us…..Africa in the 70’s……Central America in the 80’s…….Middle East in the 2000’s……

We seem to be at it again in Central Europe and Southern Europe…

It is getting more complicated by the year………I am afraid that all this will make history not kind to the US at all.

I have a question for you……in how many countries does the US have special ops people operating?  (Pause for thought….I can hear the jeopardy music……)……..time up!  135 countries!

If you would like more info then please…..read on……..

Source: A Secret War in 135 Countries by Tom Engelhardt — Antiwar.com

Does anyone else see a problem in the making with this large number of operations going on at one time?

How many is too many?

Please let me know your thoughts…….