Afghanistan

Britain's war costs in Iraq and Afghanistan triple over last 4 years

The annual cost of U.K. military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan has more than tripled in the last four years as the extra troops deployed to fight the Taliban outweighed the drawdown of Britain’s presence in Basra.
Total spending for both wars will reach 4.37 billion pounds ($7.15 billion) in the current fiscal year, which ends in March 2010, compared with 1.56 in the year ended March 2006, according to Ministry of Defense figures published by the House of Commons Defense Committee.

It is estimated the Afghanistan war will cost 3.5 billion pounds in the current fiscal year, up from 2.6 billion pounds last year and 199 million pounds in 2005.

In Iraq, the U.K. expects to spend 877 million pounds in the current year. It’s finishing the troop withdrawal this month. Last year it spent 1.96 billion pounds, up from 957 million pounds in 2005.

Public Debate - OBAMA’S AFGHAN WAR: Should Foreign Troops Withdraw?

15/07/2009 - 19:00
15/07/2009 - 21:00

OBAMA’S AFGHAN WAR:

Should foreign troops withdraw?

PUBLIC DEBATE
Wed 15 July 2009 7pm
Davenport Hotel, Merrion Square, Dublin

Speakers: Robert Faucher (Chargé d’Affaires, US Embassy), Jonathan
Neale
(US Author), Sahar Saba (Revolutionary Association of Women of
Afghanistan).

Chairman: Deaglán de Bréadún.

Irish Anti-War Movement

www.irishantiwar.org

Pakistan's new catastrophe - Feature by Geoff Brown, Asim Jaan, Jun 2009

Recent attacks on the Swat region of Pakistan have caused a deep political crisis in the country. Geoff Brown looks at the situation and talks with Asim Jaan, a socialist based in Karachi, about the impact of the offensive and how the left is responding

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Irish troops in Afghanistan

There have been 7 Irish troops in Afghanistan since 2002, in rotation (for a total of 99). Mary Fitzgerald of the Irish Times reports on them. They are based in ISAF headquarters in Kabul. They serve in counternarcotics and counterinsurgency operations.
Ireland is not part of NATO but Irish troops in Afghanistan operate under NATO command, which gives rise to worries that Ireland is moving closer to NATO and could well join it one day.

IRISH ANTI WAR MOVEMENT PRESS RELEASE - 10 May 2009 US BOMBING OF AFGHANI AND PAKISTANI CIVILIANS

IRISH ANTI WAR MOVEMENT

PRESS RELEASE 10 MAY 2009

US BOMBING OF AFGHANI AND PAKISTANI CIVILIANS

 

Pritest Killings in Afghanistan - Picket at Wednesday 13 May at Dáil Eireann 12.30pm.

13/05/2009 - 12:30

The Irish Anti-War Movement condemns the recent US bombing in Afghanistan that may have killed as many as 147 Afghans, including many women and children.  If the reports of over 100 dead are true it will make it the most deadly incident involving civilians since foreign troops invaded Afghanistan in 2001. This one act of terror equivocates to over five Omagh bombings, which puts Hilary Clinton’s casual apology into stark perspective.

There will be a picket at Dáil Eireann on Wednesday 13 May at Dáil Eireann 12.30pm.

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