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

Western wars have killed four million Muslims since 1990

The US-led ‘war on terror’ has killed as many as 2 million people. But this is only a fraction of the total number of deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan over the past two decades

High fail: Afghan opium production rises as ex-Blackwater profits

The REAL reason for Western ‘intervention’ in Afghanistan and a lucrative new source of revenue for the firm formerly known as Blackwater

Frakhunda. Click to enlarge

No ISIS in Afghanistan, They Made it Up

Using it as a pretext for US troops to stay and guard the opium harvest

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

Obama says more troops will stay in Afghanistan next year

U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan suspended, at least until next year. Nearly ten thousand troops to remain

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

Flower power? Afghan opium production hits all-time high

After the Taliban had outlawed opium production, Coalition forces can now leave Afghanistan: mission accomplished

Little girl at a camp for internally displaced near the Afghan capitol, Kabul. Click to enlarge

Afghans fleeing war now face brutal winter

As Coalition forces prepare to depart at the official end of their combat mission, the misery for Afghan civilians looks set to continue. But there is one success story

Rape dogs used by US in Afghanistan

Rape dogs used by US in Afghanistan

After the release of the CIA torture the world is reeling in shock. However as Lasha Darkmoon explains, much has been omitted from the report that’s even worse

Obama Secretly Extends US Combat Role in Afghanistan

Obama has secretly authorised the continuation of US combat operations against the Taliban for another year

The primary purpose of the deal is to permit the US to continue training Afghanistan’s roughly 350,000 security forces. Click to enlarge

US troops to stay in Afghanistan until 2024 after officials sign security pact

The longest war in US history just got a little longer as a new deal will allow US troops to remain in Afghanistan for another decade

New Afghan Attack Kills 7 After US General Slain

The slaying of a US general and wounding of 15 NATO troops wasn’t the only insider attack Tuesday. Hours later an Afghan policemen fired on NATO troops before he was shot; while in Tirin Kot a third insider attack left 7 Afghan policemen dead

A NATO soldier opens fire in an apparent warning shot in the vicinity of journalists near the main gate of Camp Qargha, west of Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014.

Afghan attack kills US major general, wounds 15

Afghan insider kills U.S. general, wounds 15 other NATO soldiers including a German brigadier general

Taliban storms NATO logistic compound in E. Afghanistan, 4 killed

Taliban steps up seasonal summer offensive, storming compound and torching 25 trucks carrying supplies for coalition forces

Iran tries to block Afghanistan’s opium boom

This Associated Press article omits to mention that the U.S. led invasion of Afghanistan opened the way for the booming opium production. After the Taliban had outlawed the cultivation of opium poppies in 2000

$1 Trillion Motherlode of Lithium and Gold Discovered in Afghanistan

Beyond its lucrative drugs trade, which the U.S. invasion helped revive, it looks like there more rich pickings to be had in Afghanistan

Almost 10,000 troops in Afghanistan next year

Currently there are 32,000 American troops in Afghanistan. Now Obama says he wants nearly 10,000 to remain after the official U.S. withdrawal next year

Haji Gulalai, then Afghan intelligence chief, is in sunglasses to the right of Afghan President Hamid Karzai in 2002. Click to enlarge

Mystery surrounds move of Afghan ‘torturer in chief’ to U.S. amid allegations of spy agency abuse

Payback for the suffering he wrought means that Afghanistan’s former ‘Torturer in Chief’ can now live comfortably in the LA suburbs

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