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Five Things You Need to Know About the US "Reconstruction" Effort in Afghanistan

Five Things You Need to Know About the US "Reconstruction" Effort in Afghanistan

Monday, 24 August 2015 00:00 By Kanya D'Almeida, Truthout |

Local Afghan police prepare for a mission in Kakeran, Afghanistan, Feb. 18, 2013. (Bryan Denton/The New York Times)Local Afghan police prepare for a mission in Kakeran, Afghanistan, February 18, 2013. (Bryan Denton/The New York Times)

Let's start with what we know: Since 2002, the US Congress has appropriated just over $109 billion for Afghanistan's development, making this the largest foreign reconstruction program the government has ever undertaken (and surpassing the amount spent on the Marshall Plan to rebuild Europe's economies following World War II). Much of the money has already been spent, with just $11.9 billion remaining in the kitty as of July 2015.

This much is clear. The rest - where the money has gone (and to whom), how it has been spent (and why), what there is to show for it (and where) - is guess work.

Were NATO Dogs Used to Rape Afghan Prisoners at Bagram Air Base?

Were NATO Dogs Used to Rape Afghan Prisoners at Bagram Air Base?
By Emran Feroz
January 04, 2015 "
ICH" - "Alternet" -  After the release of the CIA torture report by Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) the world is reeling in shock at the level of brutality revealed in the documents. In fact, the whole report is nothing more than a confession of sadistic procedures that could have been lifted from the diaries of Torquemada, from “rectal feeding” to nude beatings and humiliation — horrors that were well-known but not officially confirmed. But the report remains incomplete. Indeed, some 9000 documents have been withheld.
What new horrors could be discovered with the publication of these records?

Shannonwatch: Ireland likely to continue to participate in NATO-led Mission in Afghanistan

Ireland likely to continue to participate in NATO-led Mission in Afghanistan

It seems clear from the language used by the Minister for Defence this week in response to a parliamentary question from Clare Daly TD that the Government is planning to send further Irish soldiers to Afghanistan with the planned NATO follow-on mission. If they do that, the soldiers will be exposed to even greater danger than at present due to withdrawal of most of the NATO forces and the increased attacks by Afghan insurgents.

Shannonwatch is opposed to any such decision, and will make its position on this clear to the government. We encourage others to do the same, and hope that Dublin-based activists might even be able to make their opposition known through protests and placards outside the Dail. This needs to be done as soon as possible to influence the government decision so it is hoped that small daily protests could be undertaken at lunchtime, starting next week.

The parliamentary question was as follows:

To ask the Minister for Defence further to Parliamentary Question No. 255 of 25 November 2014, if he will clarify the impression that the Defence Forces are considering sending soldiers to Afghanistan after 31 December 2014and that those Defence Forces personnel will be directly involved in training Afghanistan soldiers, in view of such an exercise being inappropriate for Irish personnel to be involved with; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

The reply given by the Minister for Defence was:

Ireland has participated in the NATO-led UN mandated International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mission in Afghanistan since 5 July 2002. Seven members of the Permanent Defence Force are currently serving in the mission headquarters in Kabul.

eyewitness accounts: The "forgotten war" on ordinary Afghans.

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Proud Day For USA- Obama Kills More Children

Another Proud Day For The USA
Obama Regime Kills More Children In Afghanistan

Furious Afghan president says US drones have struck a home in Helmand, killing a small child and wounding two women.

President Hamid Karzai has condemned the drone strike as yet another example of US disregard for civilian life. The strike comes in the midst of a standoff between the Afghan government and the US over a security deal.

VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VuRTdUpTf6k

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article37009.htm

 

 

Typhoon Haiyan and Afghan War - letter in IT, 141113.

Letter in today's Irish Times re Typhoon Haiyan and Afghan War - http://www.irishtimes.com/debate/letters/help-for-philippines-typhoon-victims-1.1593792

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