Category Archives: Afghanistan

So much a head …

“Taliban political spokesman Suhail Shaheen told The Associated Press there would be no cooperation with Washington on going after the increasingly active Islamic State group affiliate in Afghanistan. IS has taken responsibility for a number of attacks, including a suicide … Continue reading

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Taliban – like watching a monkey f–k a football.

“The Taliban has no experience in delivering or maintaining existing state services, such as electricity or water, let alone tackling complex issues like setting macroeconomic policies. The immediate effects of the financial squeeze saw cash liquidity in Afghanistan drop, driving … Continue reading

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“Inside every —— there is an American trying to get out …”

I wrote the other day about the responsible job that I thought Austin, Milley and McCkenzie did in their testimony before Congress.  I stand by that judgment but would like to expand my thought in that post. Several times during … Continue reading

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Counterinsurgency – a much failed strategy? (Originally published on SST in 2013. Re-published on the occasion of our 2021 defeat)

Some time ago (2009)  I was asked to encapsulate my views on the afghan policy situation.  The resulting summary is quoted below.  Since policy has clearly gone in a different direction I feel free to state my view for the … Continue reading

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Not surprisingly the generals fought back to defend themselves.

“Top military officials wrapped up the second day of testimony on Capitol Hill over Joe Biden’s botched Afghanistan withdrawal. In Wednesday’s House Armed Services Committee hearing, Joint Chiefs Chairman Mark Milley and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin continued to contradict Biden’s … Continue reading

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State Department F-77 reports and U.S. citizens in Afghanistan

By Robert Willmann Sitting over at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), formerly known as the General Accounting Office, is a report from October 2007 entitled: “State Department Evacuation and Preparations for Overseas Posts Can Be Improved”. The 62-page document, … Continue reading

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“State Department obstruction of private rescue flights from Afghanistan revealed in leaked email” foxnews

“A Sept. 1 email that a State Department official sent to Montalvo underscores the extent to which private evacuation efforts have run into bureaucratic roadblocks.  “No independent charters are allowed to land at [Al Udeid Air Base], the military airbase … Continue reading

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“Pakistan Air Force Drones Killed Afghan Resistance Group Spokesperson …” News 18

Comment: According to this Indian media outlet the Pakistan Air Force and ground forces have entered directly into the fighting to suppress the last flames of resistance to the jihadis. pl  10,969 total views,  8 views today

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The Hazara and the Liwa Fatemiyoun – TTG

This article leads to a PBS FRONTLINE documentary by Najibullah Quraishi that was released on 20 July. It highlights two threats to Taliban rule not emanating from the Panjshir Valley. The Hazara, like the Tajiks of the Panjshir Valley just … Continue reading

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The “Lion Cub”

“The only son of legendary rebel commander Ahmad Shah Massoud, nicknamed the “Lion of Panjshir” for repelling both the Soviets and the Taliban before his assassination by al-Qaeda in 2001, Massoud junior now represents the last hope that Afghanistan will not fall … Continue reading

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