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

Calls For More Western Troops in Afghanistan

Growing calls for more troops to deploy to Afghanistan to avoid “collapse” of Western installed government

‘Blackwater Air’ Is Back, and Flying for U.S. Special Forces

The mercenary air force that became a symbol of the U.S. occupation of Iraq is back in action—this time in Central Africa

US troops at Afghan base. Click to enlarge

Afghanistan backs call for more foreign troops

Afghan Defence Ministry endorses calls for more foreign troops to fight the Taliban

U.S. General Seeks ‘a Few Thousand’ More Troops in Afghanistan

Despite the much publicised withdrawal the West still has more than 13,000 troops based in the country. Now Gen Nicholson is calling for thousands more to join them. Meaning that America’s longest running war is far from over

Western air strike in Kobane. Click to enlarge

Pentagon reportedly failed to disclose thousands of US airstrikes in Middle East

Last year alone 456 unreported air strikes took place in Afghanistan — meaning the U.S. is still at war there

Afghanistan's poppy fields produce 90% of the world's opium. Is this why Obama wants nearly ten thousand U.S. troops to remain? To continue to guard the lucrative drugs trade? Click to enlarge

Trump and the War in Afghanistan

Afghanistan is America’s longest war, and it is not over yet. The U.S. still has a military presence in the country with more than 10,000 troops on the ground

US to deploy hundreds of Marines to Afghanistan

Where they will join the more than 10,000 U.S. troops still in the country

The invasion of Afghanistan 15 years ago was an arrogant, wretched adventure that caused a migrant crisis

When the West finally packs up and leaves, become Mafiastan. Perhaps it already is

US drone enters Iran’s airspace, leaves after warning

US drone enters Iran’s airspace, leaves after warning

Probably on a mission to test Iran recently upgraded air defences

Provoking nuclear war by media

Having created jihadism in Afghanistan in the 1980s – to destroy the Soviet Union – the US is doing something similar in Syria. Like the Afghan Mujahideen, the Syrian “rebels” are America’s and Britain’s foot soldiers. John Pilger explains

British troops being sent back to Afghanistan as Taliban gaining power

Actually Western forces never withdrew entirely. They will be joining more than eight thousand U.S. troops and more than 400 British troops who remained in Afghanistan

Syrian Fighter Jet Shot Down by US Stinger Missile: Military Source

This illustrates how the U.S. and its alllies are still more than ready to support terrorists to further their own ends

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

Taliban are ‘close to overrunning Sangin’ where 106 British soldiers died

Were those 106 soldiers cynically sacrificed to ensure Afghanistan’s drugs trade was revived, after the Taliban had all but shut it down?

U.S. and Afghan troops on patrol near the town Yawez

US planning to keep military forces in Afghanistan for “decades”

Will Washington embark on another large-scale redeployment if a resurgent Taliban threaten to oust the U.S. installed regime in Kabul?

As Taliban advance in Helmand, Afghan police flee

More than 100 British military personnel were killed in and around Sangin. Now the Taliban are advancing, recapturing old stronghold with the Afghan police in flight. Raising questions over whether the original Western deployment was worth it

One U.S. service member killed, two wounded in Afghanistan

So despite claims to the contrary, U.S. forces are still engaged in combat operations in Afghanistan and there are thought to be around 10,000 U.S. military personnel still in the country

Afghan Security forces defeated by Taliban fighters in southern Helmand province. Click to enlarge

You won’t hear it, but news from Afghanistan is bad

General John F Campbell, the US commander of Western forces in Afghanistan, has admitted there could be as many as 5,000 ISIS fighters in the country

Afghan Army soldiers. Their officers have finally received equipment, ammunition and food in Sangin

Inside the battle for Sangin: Taliban ‘in control of all but handful of buildings’

After Russian troops left in 1989 the Taliban took control. Now 14 months after British troops left Helmand, the Taliban are close to retaking it. Is history repeating itself?

Residents flee as smoke rises over a suicide bomb attack that targeted foreign forces in the Helmand capital, Lashkar Gah Nov, 2015. Click to enlarge

Afghanistan’s Helmand province may fall to Taliban, official says

With security deteriorating conditions, the US halted troops withdrawals from Afghanistan in October, 2015. But that may not save Helmand

Britain says to maintain military presence in Afghanistan in 2016

Joining the U.S. and its NATO partners, Britain will postpone completing the withdrawal of its remaining troops in Afghanistan following the recent upsurge in Taliban activity