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News Meanwhile - another day in Afghanistan

  1. May 11, 2016 #1

    Astronuc

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    and Yes - we're still involved

    US-Afghan Raid Rescues Abducted Son of Former Pakistan PM Yusuf Raza Gilani
    http://abcnews.go.com/International...afghan-raid-rescues-son-pakistani-pm-39001568

    "U.S. and Afghan forces conducting a raid Tuesday against Islamic militants unexpectedly found and rescued the son of a former Pakistani prime minister who had been abducted three years ago, officials said." The raid took place in the Gayan district of Paktika province, Zafar Hashemi, a spokesman for Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, told The Associated Press.

    The raid was conducted under the authority of the U.S. anti-terrorist mission in Afghanistan, Operation Freedom's Sentinel, according to the U.S. military in Afghanistan.

    So the mission has a name.

    It's probably fighting season again, which potentially means renewed offensives by Taliban, possibly al Qaida and/or Daesh affiliates.
     
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  3. May 14, 2016 #2

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    Probably if they didn't find the son then you'd never know the name of the fighting mission.
     
  4. May 15, 2016 #3

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    This source has 27 coalition fatalities in 2015, and 5 this year (so far, most of them US troops). This source is in rough agreement for 2015.
     
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  5. May 15, 2016 #4

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    New York Post reports that the US has essentially wasted $113 billion in Afghanistan. Bear in mind that it's the NY Post, something of a tabloid, but it seems pretty accurate with respect to money spent (or wasted) and the problems of wasted and corruption.
    http://nypost.com/2016/05/15/we-wasted-113b-in-afghanistan-no-wonder-america-first-resonates/
    I think this is the report - https://www.sigar.mil/pdf/quarterlyreports/2016-04-30qr.pdf
    https://www.sigar.mil/about/index.aspx?SSR=1

     
  6. May 15, 2016 #5

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    A 'global terrorist' comes in from the cold: Afghan warlord was ally of CIA, then Osama bin Laden
    http://www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-afghanistan-insurgent-20160515-snap-story.html
    He was financed by the US (CIA) through Pakistan (ISI), even though his jihadist organization was anti-US, anti-western. Hekmatyar was opposed to Ahmad Shah Massoud - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ahmad_Shah_Massoud - who was trying to form a more representative government of Afghanistan. Pakistan's Zia ul Haq wanted to establish an Islamic state in Afghanistan, but one under the control of Pakistan.
     
  7. May 29, 2016 #6

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    http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-36378228

    So much for peace, democracy and stability.
     
  8. Oct 30, 2016 #7

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    Some of the most important gains made in Afghanistan are slipping away
    https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/most-important-gains-made-afghanistan-211541788.html

    Afghanistan is in serious need of attention.
     
  9. Oct 31, 2016 #8

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    What exactly is "it"?
     
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