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

UK Government Tries to Stop Soldier Revealing Jaw-Dropping Truth About Afghan War

UK Government Tries to Stop Soldier Revealing Jaw-Dropping Truth About Afghan War

British government tries to block the publication of book that it had itself commissioned

Afghan H-bomb: Record opium harvest, billions burn in ‘war on drugs’

This is the real legacy the U.S. will leave behind in Afghanistan: a booming drugs trade, millions of addicts and a resurgent Taliban

‘Unprecedented increase in opium production’

This is what the invasion of Afghanistan has actually achieved. One might even say that was the objective. To restore the country’s narcotics trade after the Taliban had all but shut it down in 2001

Karzai suspects U.S. is behind insurgent-style attacks, Afghan officials say

Even the Afghan president is beginning to entertain “conspiracy theories”. But then, knowing his U.S. allies as he does, maybe he’s in a position to know

Only US/NATO success in Afghanistan: 40 fold opium increase

After the Taliban effectively shut down Afghanistan’s drug trade in 2001, the U.S.-led invasion revived it. Rick Rozoff explains

Afghanistan’s opium crop sets new records

Forget bin Laden, this was the real reason for the invasion of Afghanistan

Afghanistan's poppy fields, which produce 90% of the world's opium. Click to enlarge

Drug War? American Troops Are Protecting Afghan Opium.

The U.S. occupation has led to an all-time high in heroin production. Includes videos

Afghan opium production hits record

After the Taliban outlawed the production of opium — the one thing Western intervention has brought Afghanistan is a restored drugs trade and record profits

Aussie, New Zealand soldiers wounded in ‘insider’ Afghan attack

Latest insider attack took place at the newly opened Afghan National Army Officer Academy

Only questions remain: A CH-47 Chinook helicopter was the wrong aircraft to fly into an uninspected and unwatched landing zone infested with Taliban fighters, according to family members of some of the 30 Americans killed. The Chinook helicopter burst into flames before hitting the ground. Click to enlarge

Families suspect SEAL Team 6 crash was inside job on worst day in Afghanistan

Did a Taliban sympathiser help set them up? Or did someone in the U.S. government want them silenced to prevent them revealing what really happened during the raid on bin Laden’s compound?

UK spies to run $100bn Afghan drug industry: Duff

The REAL reason for the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan is its lucrative drugs trade, which the Taliban had put an end to shortly before the 2001 invasion

Beverley Geisbrecht: Pollyanna or Gov’t Agent?

Beverley Geisbrecht: Pollyanna or Gov’t Agent?

Was the activist who ran a pro-Taliban website really kidnapped and murdered by them? Or was Beverly Geisbrecht’s death faked because she is actually an Intelligence asset?

US money going to terrorists in Afghanistan

U.S. military contracts have been awarded to companies and individuals in Afghanistan with known links to the Taliban and al Qaeda

More Than 200 Escape in Pakistan Prison Attack

“This is a debacle of the highest order,” said a senior government official

The three things that always accompany occupation

‘Men of violence’ have been transformed into ‘delegates’ who would chat amiably with their former antagonists. It happened with the Vietcong, Kenyatta and Begin and now the Taliban appear to be heading the same way

US to join direct peace talks with Taliban over Afghanistan

So after invading the country, killing many thousands in the process and getting bogged down in a war it couldn’t win, the U.S. is now looking for a way out without losing face. Just as it did in Vietnam and then Iraq

How MI6, CIA spend tax money on propping up drug production

By 2001 the ruling Taliban had all but shut down Afghanistan’s drugs trade. That was before the U.S. led invasion. Thanks to that the country’s drugs trade is now booming. Financed, in part, by Western taxes

Afghanistan: UK’s best armoured vehicle overcome by Taliban for first time

Afghanistan: UK’s best armoured vehicle overcome by Taliban for first time

A massive mine blast has killed 3 British soldiers and wounded six more while they were on patrol in a 23 tonne armoured patrol vehicle

Drone Missions In Afghanistan Now Flown From British Soil, Ministry Of Defence Confirms

From the safety of their control centre at RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire, drone pilots rain down death and destruction on the other side of the world

Afghanistan: high expectations of record opium crop

In reporting expectations of a record opium crop the Guardian makes one crucial ommission