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Talibal is Indefatigable: UK Brigadier Mark Carleton-Smith . The Taliban are testing the defenses of Kabul. Another daring attack on Kabul rattles Karzai’s shakey regime.They are slowly executing more and more daring assaults on the most fortified capital on the planet. Afghanistan audacious attack: Karzai-Kabul weaknesses exposed . About a 100,000 trained soldiers guard the “Mayor of Kabul” and his entourage in the heart of West Asia. Despite daisy cutters, and the most sophisticated arms known to man, this rag tag band of coarse men have kept the finest army in the history of the planet at bay. Today these cave dwelling, tobacco chewing, motor-cycle riding thugs who use donkeys for transportation and pigeons for communication control 80% of the the country formerly known as Afghanistan. The last days of the last “emperor”. The “Mayor of Kabul” is being replaced
Across the city, many streets were empty as residents were too scared to go outside. The attacks clearly unnerved Afghan officials. “The enemy still has the capability to bring this amount of weapons and explosives inside the city of Kabul and find their way to government institutions,” said Hanif Atmar, the interior minister. He promised new and strict security measures that would be “uncomfortable” for residents, but necessary. Many parts of the capital are already sectioned off for security, and foreign embassies sit behind layers of checkpoints and blast walls. The New York Times. By RICHARD A. OPPEL Jr., ABDUL WAHEED WAFA and SANGAR RAHIMI, Published: February 11, 2009. Reporting was contributed by Lynsey Addario from Kabul; Taimoor Shah from Kandahar, Afghanistan; and David E. Sanger and Eric Schmitt from Washington.
According to Bruce Reidel, Mullah Omar has promised NATO a safe passage out of Afghanistan, similar to what they had given the Soviets when they withdrew from Afghanistan.
On February 15, 1989, Commanding General Boris Gromov was the last Soviet soldier to leave Afghanistan, walking across the Friendship Bridge that connected that war-torn country with what was then Soviet Uzbekistan.
Nearly 15,000 soldiers, advisors, and other Soviet officials died during the war that Moscow launched in December 1979. Today, Gromov is convinced there are no military solutions to political problems in Afghanistan. He spoke at a recent Moscow news conference.
Gromov says force will accomplish nothing in Afghanistan, and notes that increasing or decreasing troop strength will only bring a negative result. The general says the best way to deal with Afghans is to reach an agreement with them. Voice of America
Mr. Reidel and hence President Obama does not want to hear the confidence of Mullah Omar or take the advice of General Gromov. He also is deaf and blind to what the Pakistanis are telling him.
No foreign power has remained welcome in Afghanistan for a sustained period, and the British and the Soviets paid a bitter price for trying. Our goal has never been to dominate Afghanistan but, rather, to eliminate al-Qaeda’s haven and to empower Afghans to govern their country in line with their best interests and our national security.
We shouldn’t delude ourselves into thinking that we are in anything but a race against time in a region suspicious of foreign footprints. The United States is not in Afghanistan to make it our 51st state — but to make sure it does not become an al-Qaeda narco-state and terrorist beachhead capable of destabilizing neighboring Pakistan. Senator John Kerry writing in the Washington Post
Senator Kerry is only partially right. Neither the Pakistanis nor the Afghans want the US in Afghanistan. Pakistanis know that it is the drones that are destabilizing Pakistan not the “Pakhtuns” of Afghanistan. The Pakhtuns have been present in Pakistan for thousands of years. It is only the American occupation which galvanized them into fighting. Henry Kissinger and the Bush Administration had plans to stay in Afghanistan forever.
We can’t defeat the Taliban: British Army Chief in Afghanistan . Holbrooke and company are worried about FATA. They should worry about Kabul and Afghanistan. The lectures Islamabad about the insurgents in Wazirisitan, but cannot control 80% of Afghanistan. The New York Times doesn’t miss a single opportunity to lay blame inside Pakistan–however it ignores thousands of kilometers of land that is in the hands of the insurgents. Afghanistan: Why was India attacked in Kabul? The problem in Afghanistan lies in the incompetent handling of Afghanistan. Islamabad is a convenient escape goat–but not the problem. Pakistan’s “Do More” list for the USA
Kabul, Afghanistan – Insurgents attacked three government offices in Kabul on Wednesday, killing at least 26 and wounding nearly 60. The assault was one of the most complex and daring to take place in the Afghan capital since 2001.
Five armed militants stormed the Ministry of Justice building, in a crowded section of downtown, killing some workers and taking others hostage. Afghan security forces exchanged gunfire for hours before freeing the hostages and killing all of the insurgents. At the same time, suicide bombers assailed a government prison affairs office in the north of the city, while a gunman opened fire outside the education ministry before being killed by police. Insurgents attacked three government offices in a heavily fortified area Wednesday, a day before US envoy Holbrooke’s visit.By Anand Gopal | Correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor from the February 12, 2009 edition
Solutions to Obama’s “Vietnam” -Afghanistan? . While the American envoys rearrange deck chairs on the Titanic, the insurgents are destroying the remnants of morale left in the seat of the Afghan government. Fareed Zakaria in a cover story calls Afghanistan “Obama’s Vietnam”. The blowback from the US airstrikes: Consequences of US airstrikes by Rahimullah Yusufzai. Campaign rhetoric aside, President Obama should dump the policies of its predecessor, make friends with Pakistan, stop bombing an ally, institute a Marshall plan for Pakistan and stop the Indian machinations in Kabul. These acts will quickly end the war, and eliminate Anti-Americanism in the area. Holbrooke facing Khyber poltergeist & Ganges hobgoblin: Mentioning “K” word is faux pas or deliberate provocation for Delhi
Risk of another war: How many more American Crusades? . Instead it is focusing on the targets in FATA. When he pushes the insurgents in Kabul they go to the countryside. When they push them at Tora Bora they find hideouts in FATA. When you push them out of FATA they hide in Peshawar. When you push them Peshawar they will hide in Karachi. The destabilization of Pakistan has to end. It is count reproductive and creates more insurgents. The more you the US bombs Pakistan the more rebels are created. What happens when the insurgents shoot down the drone?
The attacks come as the Obama administration is reviewing US strategy in Afghanistan. US special representative Richard Holbrooke is due to visit Kabul Thursday from Pakistan as part of a South Asian tour, and President Obama is expected to decide within days whether to send as many as 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan.
Afghan security forces run for the site of Afghan justice ministry following an attack in Kabul, Afghanistan on Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009. Assailants, some wearing suicide vests, attacked the Justice Ministry and another government building in Afghanistan’s capital Wednesday, causing multiple deaths and forcing workers to flee from building windows. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attacks.(Musadeq Sadeq/AP Photo). The last mayor of Kabul’s failures spell the end of Afghanistan. How long can the inept Karzai blame others for his corrupt Narco Warlordism?
Major incidents like this will certainly affect the debate in Washington, says Waliullah Rahmani, an expert on the insurgency with the Kabul Center for Strategic Studies. “If the insurgents can continually strike at the heart of the heavily fortified capital,” he says, “it undermines Washington’s faith in the Afghan government to provide security and could push them to send many more troops.” Insurgents attacked three government offices in a heavily fortified area Wednesday, a day before US envoy Holbrooke’s visit.By Anand Gopal | Correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor from the February 12, 2009 edition
Coming on the eve of a scheduled visit by Richard C. Holbrooke, President Obama’s special envoy to the region, who wound down a visit to Pakistan on Wednesday, the attacks underscored the deteriorating security in Afghanistan and the growing sense of siege in the capital. The New York Times
In 2001, the Pakistanis gave some sane advice to the generals who salute the red white and blue. Islamabad at the time controlled most of the men in power so it knew how to deal with these men. Islamabad told the US not to wage war against the Pakhtuns. Pakistan asked the US to station 5000 marines in Tarbela and it would hunt down Osama Bin Laden for the US. Pakistan also advised the US to deal with the “moderate Taliban” and not allow the Norhtern Alliance to take power in Kabul. All this advice was ignored. The US used daisycutters and cluster bombs, and mined the entire country. The Taliban control almost the entire country. The ISAF defeat is reminscent of the Peloponeisian wars Python swallows alligator and explodes. Iraq and Afghanistan
Today the Pakistani Army is saying “told you so”
Wednesday’s attack is the latest in a series of high-profile assaults in Kabul. In January, a car bomb detonated near the German Embassy, killing civilians and US soldiers. Last July, a car bomb targeted the Indian Embassy, killing at least 50 people. Gunmen tried to assassinate President Hamid Karzai last spring and stormed a luxury hotel early last year. In most of these cases, the insurgents were able to circumvent tight security.
More high-profile assaults in Kabul
On Wednesday, the gunmen were carrying large amounts of weaponry – including knives, grenade launchers, Kalashnikovs, and suicide vests – according to Afghan security officials.
“It concerns me that the enemy is able to bring explosives into the city, despite the security,” says Interior Minister Mohammad Hanif Atmar.
While parts of the south and east of the country are not under Afghan control, Kabul has remained a government stronghold. The periodic attacks here are creating a sense of insecurity, analysts say, and pose a challenge to US strategy since the city already has a large concentration of security forces.
“These incidents are a psychological blow to the Afghan government and its allies,” says Mr. Rahmani, “since they create the impression that the Taliban and other groups are able to strike anywhere.”
Kabul Province saw a 43 percent increase in insurgent-initiated incidents over the past year, according to numbers compiled by Sami Kovanen, a security analyst.
The insurgents periodically unveil new tactics, says Rahmani. Most of Wednesday’s attackers adopted a new look,
according to witnesses. Some were clean-shaven and wore Western-style clothes, unlike past attackers, who wore traditional Afghan clothing and sported beards.
Assaults in the capital are also becoming more complicated. Wednesday’s offensive involved at least eight insurgents in three different parts of the city, requiring considerable planning and coordination. “This is the hallmark of the Haqqani network,” says Rahmani, referring to the guerrilla network headed by Jalalhuddin Haqqani and thought to be close to Al Qaeda. “The Haqqani attacks tend to be complex and are growing ever more so.”
Officials blame the Haqqani network for most of the high-profile attacks in Kabul in the past year, such as the car bombing at the Indian Embassy. The group counts a number of foreign fighters among its ranks and is generally considered more extremist than the Taliban in their tactics and political outlook. British “Charge of the Light Brigade” in Afghanistan AGAIN: Unfortunately the lessons of the unmitigated disaster of “Auckland’s Folly”, (First Anglo-Afghan War 1838–42) have not been taught to the Oxbridge students.
Nonetheless, the Taliban and the Haqqani network sometimes coordinate attacks, officials say. A Taliban spokesman took credit for Wednesday’s assault, saying that they were in retaliation for the Afghan government’s harsh treatment of prisoners. (The Haqqani network does not have a spokesman.) Hekmatyar’s Afghan Hezb-i-Islami teach a French lesson
Retaliation for prison abuse?
Two of the besieged sites – the Ministry of Justice and the government office that regulated prisons – oversee the penitentiary system. Afghanistan’s prisons house hundreds of captured Taliban and other insurgent members, many of whom allege that authorities torture them. In December, scores of Taliban prisoners sewed their mouths shut and went on a hunger strike to protest ill treatment. Some Taliban members claim to have been falsely imprisoned, and say they turned against the government only after experiencing abuse in the prisons.
Officials with the Afghan security services say that Taliban fighters exaggerate claims of abuse, and that harsh measures are sometimes necessary to extract valuable intelligence. “The Taliban are the ones who are brutal and indiscriminately kill civilians,” says Mr. Atmar, the Interior minister. “We are trying to do our job and protect people.” Coordinated Kabul assault shows Taliban strength. Insurgents attacked three government offices in a heavily fortified area Wednesday, a day before US envoy Holbrooke’s visit.By Anand Gopal | Correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor from the February 12, 2009 edition
The story of Afghanistan and colonialism begins a long time ago. British tried to take up White Man’s burden in Afghanistan. It suffered badly in Kabul and could not hold it. NATO Lessons: 1880 UK defeat at Maiwand-Afghanistan. Today ISAF is making the same mistakes as the British did more than a century ago. Is NATO committing suicide in Afghanistan? There is a powerplay going on. …the CIA assassination. Juggling all the permutations and the permutations, the US has considered every possibility. However the most obvious one escapes the $80 Billion think tank industry in the USA. Saving the Pashtuns of Afghania from Afghanistan. Eradicating the Pashtun plight and ending occupation.
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Rescueing the Pashtuns of Afghania from Afghanistan ———-
Erase the Durand Line