A century after the Anglo-Afghan peace treaty, the Fourth Afghan War is about to escalate

Introduction – Aug 24, 2019

Numerous reports in the independent media have claimed that the U.S. was covertly transporting ISIS (otherwise known as ISIL or Daesh) militants to Afghanistan. Although the Western authorities ignored such claims or officially denied them, thousands of militants were allegedly secretly transported to Afghanistan.
It has long been claimed in the independent media that ISIS was a Western creation. Now we can see why. First they were used in Syria in a failed attempt to oust President Assad.
The West hasn’t finished with its terrorist proxies, however. Having been covertly transported to Afghanistan, ISIS has now forced the Taliban into negotiations with the U.S. Before their arrival this would have been unthinkable but things have changed. Not only has it led the Taliban into negotiations it has opened the way for the U.S. to withdraw its forces without losing too much face.
In other words the use of terrorist proxies has now become an integral, but covert and unpublicised, part of U.S. foreign policy. So much so that it’s almost routine now.
We’ve edited out the first half of Robert Fisk’s article, which is basically a history lesson, and cut to the relevant portion.
Finally, readers will note that while Fisk writes: “ever since Isis migrated from Iraq and Syria to Afghanistan” he doesn’t mention how they ‘migrated’ there or why. He must know of allegations that the U.S. transported militants to Afghanistan but he doesn’t even allude to this.
Instead he waffles on about what was happening in the northwestern corner of Britain’s Indian empire over a century ago. In plain language, this is called lying by omission. Yet Fisk is one of the most ‘highly regraded’ journalists in the Western media today.
The article in its entirety can be read here. Ed.

A century after the Anglo-Afghan peace treaty, the Fourth Afghan War is about to escalate

Robert Fisk — The Independent Aug 22, 2019

…. ever since Isis migrated from Iraq and Syria to Afghanistan (it was they, of course, who suicide bombed the Shia wedding in Kabul last weekend), the so-called Islamic State has become Washington’s target-of-choice in Afghanistan. And the Taliban, believe it or not, are America’s new best friend. So the talks in Doha revolve around the Taliban’s willingness – even its promise, if such a notion can be entertained even by a US president who has completely lost his marbles – to crush Isis, talk to Ghani and allow America’s 14,000 troops to go home.

Oh yes, and the Americans would apparently release – whether Ghani likes it or not – 13,000 Taliban prisoners. Almost two decades of war have cost the Americans well over 2,000 US military lives. Three months of the Third Afghan War, 100 years ago, cost the British and their Indian allies 236 dead. Almost all of the Afghan casualties then were soldiers of the Amir.

But since 2001, the Afghans themselves have lost around 31,000 innocent souls. And if Khalilzad has his way and secures the Taliban’s promise – that word again – to liquidate Isis, every man, woman and child in Afghanistan stands to be betrayed. That’s certainly the way the Washington Post sees it. Its team of reporters have unearthed enough evidence to convince their editors that Khalilzad’s commitments from the Taliban are weak and will only involve “negotiations” between the Islamists and Ghani’s government about a political settlement and a vague promise of a ceasefire.

It’s all back to American “national interest”: bring Trump’s boys back home and cross our fingers that the good old let-bygones-be-bygones Taliban will crush the thousands of Isis fighters prowling the deserts and mountains of Afghanistan and thus prevent them striking at mainland USA in a second version of 9/11.

Be sure that many millions of dollars will be made available for this forlorn project – and even a few American anti-terrorist squads – before the US has to come back and fight part two of the Fourth Afghan War. Or, if they take up the offer of help from some of America’s most ruthless “contractors”, rely on mercenaries to brutalise Afghanistan all over again on behalf of democracy, freedom and all the other products on Washington’s military supermarket shelves.

There’s only one thing that the reports from Doha don’t mention: the Durand line – the straggling, perplexing, outrageous border more than 1,400 miles in length which Sir Mortimer Durand drew in 1893 between British India (now Pakistan) and Afghanistan.

The line, like all colonial frontiers, bisected people, tribes, families. It divided the home of the Pashtun people – Pashtunistan – and today’s Taliban are Pashtuns. Now that’s something to reflect upon. If Pashtunistan ever exists as a state, it will take part of Afghanistan and part of Pakistan to create it.

Was that discussed at the secret Doha talks? Pakistan would want to know if it was. And what would Isis have to say about that? It is interesting, and quite sinister, that Sunday’s suicide bomber at the wedding house in Kabul came from – Pakistan.


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