Afghanistan

After 911 it marked the first phase of the War on Terror. But history may be repeating itself: first a British army was defeated here at the height of Empire, then the Soviets were forced to withdraw, now Coalition forces are facing increasing resistance

British troops arrive at Kandahar in Afganistan in 2014. Click to enlarge

SAS squad to join almost 500 soldiers being sent to Afghanistan to tackle resurgent Taliban

An SAS squad will join the 15,000 troops on the ground in Afghanistan in an attempt to contain a resurgent Taliban

Cargo City, artist's conception. Click to enlarge

New $32 Million US Military Logistics Hub in Kuwait Nearly Finished

A major new logistics hub in Kuwait will serve U.S. military operations in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and, if hostilities erupt with Israel’s arch-enemy, Iran too

Lessons to Be Learned from NATO’S Most Destructive War

Thank you US-NATO, and especially thank you, President Obama. The countries you helped wreck will take decades to recover

Helicopters await passengers at Kabul International Airport to ferry them 2 miles to the U.S. compound. Click to enlarge

Kabul under siege while America’s longest war rages on

After 16 years there’s still no end in sight. Trump has sent 3,000 more U.S. troops to ‘train and assist’ but make no mistake: America is losing Afghanistan

9/11 lies turned Afghanistan into a giant opium farm funding NATO off the books black operations

9/11 lies turned Afghanistan into a giant opium farm funding NATO off the books black operations

Dr Lucy Morgan Edwards, former advisor to the EU Ambassador to Afghanistan, on how the drugs and warlords flourished under NATO

Late teenage through elderly Afghan somen are lined up and waiting for the children to finish going through the gift stations, before they are allowed their opportunity, at the Afghan Women's Bazaar, New Kabul Compound, Afghanistan, on Oct. 23, 2013. The Afghan women and children come to NKC to sell home-spun crafts, and more, the Bazaar is an opportunity for the women and children to help support their families through sales of Afghan souvenirs. (U.S. Army photos by Sgt. 1st Class Timothy Lawn, 1st Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs/Released)

After Years of US-Led ‘Nation-Building’, Afghanistan Faces a Human Rights Disaster

After 17 years of occupation, abuses under the US-backed regime are as bad as they were under the Taliban. If not worse

An Afghan farmer collects raw opium from poppies in Balkh province, Afghanistan. Heroin production in the country has increased significantly in recent years. Click to enlarge

The Afghan War: “No Blood for Opium”

The hidden military agenda is to protect the drug trade. That’s why the U.S. is still in Afghanistan why and it is unlikely to leave anytime soon

Credible report alleges US relocates ISIS from Syria and Iraq into Russia via Afghanistan

If true, writes Eric Zuesse, it means that Trump is following through on a plan initiated by Bush I in 1990 to destroy Russia

‘Unprecedented’ surge in cheap, high-purity heroin expected from Afghanistan, UN warns

In spite of warning that the West faces “unprecedented amounts of heroin” from Afghanistan, the following report makes one vital omission.

British troops arrive at Kandahar in Afganistan in 2014. Click to enlarge

UK may double troops in Afghanistan after Donald Trump request

The Taliban is resurgent and Trump’s plan to further commit to America’s longest war, rather than withdraw, is in trouble. So now he’s asking for more British troops

Before US Troops Protected Poppies In Afghanistan, There was No Opioid Epidemic in America

While the US controls the world’s opium supply in Afghanistan, the rate of Americans addicted to heroin and who have died from drug overdoses has skyrocketed

Figures reveal dire trend in Afghan opium production

After 17-years of war Afghanistan is the world’s top cultivator of the poppy from which opium and heroin are produced.

Poppy fields in Helmand Province. In 2000 the ruling Taliban outlawed the cultivation of poppies. By June 2001 Afghanistan's drug production had all but ended. Western forces invaded the country in November and the drug trade was quickly re-established. Was this the REAL reason for the U.S. led invasion?  Click to enlarge

At Heroin’s Source, Taliban Do What ‘Just Say No’ Could Not

Flashback to 18-years-ago: a reminder of exactly why the West is in Afghanistan

The US  has sent thousands  more troops to Afghanistan.  Click for story

Amid little scrutiny, U.S. military ramps up in Afghanistan

The longest war in America’s history just intensified with no end in sight

Afghan security: Britain 'should commit more troops'

Afghan security: Britain ‘should commit more troops’

Thousands more US troops are being sent to Afghanistan and they could be joined by British troops, who will join the 600 British troops already in the country

Russia Takes the Lead in Syria While Afghanistan War Is ‘Worse Than It’s Ever Been,’ Former U.S. Defense Chief Says

Chuck Hagel’s comments echo those of Special Forces Commandant Raymond Thomas, who also says that Russia now has an advantage over the U.S.

Afghanistan War Spending, In 2018 Alone, Could End US Homelessness—TWICE

America’s longest war will cost U.S. taxpayers $45 billion in 2018. Despite this the Taliban continue to advance and they now control more territory than they did in 2001

Intensified Bombing for Victory in Afghanistan

In Dec 2013 Trump urged Americans not to “allow our very stupid leaders to sign a deal that keeps us in Afghanistan through 2024″. With Trump increasing U.S. forces in Afghanistan one wonders who is the stupid leader now?

Afghan National Army soldiers. click to enlarge

Taliban control of Afghanistan on the rise, US data reveals

Despite President Trump’s pledge to win in Afghanistan, newly released figures show the Taliban is steadily gaining ground

A-10s Return to Afghanistan as Air Campaign Heats Up

It’s not only US ground troops that are returning in strength to Afghanistan. A squadron of A1- Thunderbolts has just been deployed to provide air support