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Posts Tagged ‘Hamid Karzai

Secret pact reveals US troops stuck in Afghanistan until 2024

August 27, 2011

If you thought President Obama was ending the war in Afghanistan, think again. Your children will be fighting it in 2024 if the Pentagon has its way. Maybe you thought we’d get out of Afghanistan this very year, the drawdown date President Obama set as he surged U.S. troops into the country in December 2009; […]

CIA asset bodyguard killed Karzai’s brother

July 17, 2011

The bodyguard who assassinated President Hamid Karzai’s brother had been working closely with US Special Forces and the CIA before he was recruited by the Taliban, raising fears over the Islamist movement’s increasingly sophisticated intelligence apparatus which has managed to threaten the inner circles of power in Afghanistan. Sardar Mohammad, who shot Ahmed Wali Karzai […]

The Taliban and the future of Afghanistan

June 30, 2011

The Afghan Taliban are not one unified group. They are many groups. As Juan Cole said, “what the U.S. calls the Taliban is four or five different groups, and they’re not necessarily all Mullah Omar people.” Mullah Omar is the fellow who was basically in charge in Afghanistan when the Americans invaded in 2001. Today […]

Afghanistan War assessment by 16 US intelligence agencies isn’t pretty

December 22, 2010

A new National Intelligence Estimate (NIE), the combined findings of all 16 US intelligence agencies, is out. The NIE reportedly asserts that the Afghan War, now costing over $13 billion monthly, is at best stalemated; at worse, Western occupation forces are on the defensive and their vulnerable supply lines increasingly threatened. The Taliban is expanding […]

The Karzai Brothers and Top Level Corruption in Afghanistan

September 30, 2010

“[Afghan President] Hamid Karzai is under a lot of pressure right now,” says Mahmoud Saiqal, a former deputy foreign minister who served as a diplomat for several years under President Karzai. President Karzai has faced a drumbeat of criticism from Western governments urging the Afghan government to crack down on corruption. One of the Afghan […]

The War in Afghanistan meets the avenging angel of Afghan history

July 5, 2010

The bottom line is that the United States and NATO stand defeated in Afghanistan. The Taliban-led insurgency continues to grow. The once southern-Afghanistan-based insurgency spread across the nation; the Taliban and its allies struck in Kabul at their pleasure; and the large military/social-work operation to clear insurgents from Marjah District in Helmand Province—framed as the […]

The Afghanistan War Nightmare

June 28, 2010

The war in Afghanistan cannot be won and the country as a whole does not support it. There is no evidence at all that counterinsurgency will work in Afghanistan. It’s not working now. And even if we managed to put all the proper pieces together, the fiercest counterinsurgency advocates in the military will tell you […]

Talking Points on the Trans-Afghanistan Pipeline

April 25, 2010

American troops will not be back home from Afghanistan until after 2014. That is when the Trans-Afghanistan Pipeline is scheduled to be operational. In the mid 1990s, Unocol [Union Oil Company of California, which merged with Chevron in 2005] began plans for an oil and a gas pipeline from rich oilfields in Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and […]

Karzai’s Brother and Corruption in Afghanistan

February 3, 2010

In Afghanistan, the theft of public and private land is a growing form of corruption. President Hamid Karzai has vowed to tackle the vexing issue. But one obstacle is his own brother, who is part of the problem. The spoils of corruption can be seen several times a week at Kabul’s tiny airport: bags of […]

Less corrupt under the Taliban, say Afghans

January 22, 2010

Corruption in Afghanistan has become so entrenched that the population is being forced to pay out the equivalent of a quarter of the country’s GDP in bribes, according to a new UN report. Six out of 10 Afghans view corruption as a bigger problem than violence, the dossier, compiled by the UN Office of Drugs […]