Tag Archives: Afghanistan

NWO illegal drug operation gets more powerful and prosperous

Illegal drugs are now cheaper and purer globally than at any time over the last 20 years, a report has warned. The International Centre for Science in Drug Policy said its report suggested the war on drugs had failed. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-24342421  The report, published in the British Medical Journal Open, looked at data from seven international […]

US drones attacks violating Pakistani sovereignty

A suspected American drone strike killed four people in an attack on a compound in North Waziristan, a volatile tribal region bordering Afghanistan, a Pakistani intelligence official and local journalists said. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/01/world/asia/suspected-drone-strike-kills-4-in-pakistan.html?ref=world The missile strike, which occurred in Datta Khel district, a known sanctuary of local and foreign Islamist militants, was the second in the […]

US ex-military lead international band of mercenary assasins

This past spring, the onetime sergeant, Joseph Hunter, 48, and two other former soldiers agreed to murder an undercover agent of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration and one of that agency’s confidential informers, both in Liberia, for a total of $800,000, federal prosecutors said on Friday in Manhattan. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/28/nyregion/former-army-sergeant-became-contract-killer-authorities-say.html?hp&_r=0 The plot had been proposed […]

US, Turkey initiate new fund for islamist radicalization

A new fund, formally called the Global Fund for Community Engagement and Resilience, will for the first time combine financing from both government and nongovernment entities to identify credible local organizations; develop, monitor and evaluate programs; and channel funds to local projects that target groups and individuals vulnerable to appeals from terrorist groups. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/27/world/us-and-turkey-to-create-fund-to-stem-extremism.html?hp&_r=0   […]

US drone strike kills civilians in Afghanistan

Underscoring the continued threat to civilians in Afghanistan, a drone strike in an eastern province killed up to 16 people, Afghan officials said Sunday. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/09/world/asia/two-deadly-attacks-in-afghanistan.html?ref=world&_r=0 The drone strike occurred Saturday afternoon in the Watapur district of Kunar Province. Afghan officials said the drone was targeting four insurgents who were picked up along the road by […]

18th American drone strike in Pakistan tribal belt this year

A drone suspected of being American killed at least four militants early Saturday in an attack on a compound in the North Waziristan tribal district, near the border with Afghanistan, a Pakistani security official and local residents said.  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/01/world/asia/drone-strike-kills-suspected-militants-in-pakistan.html?hp&_r=0  The drone fired missiles at a building and a nearby parked vehicle in a village close […]

Julian Assange exposes Google collaboration with NSA et al

It has been revealed today, thanks to Edward Snowden, that Google and other US tech companies received millions of dollars from the NSA for their compliance with the PRISM mass surveillance system. http://cryptome.org/2013/08/assange-google-nsa.htm   So just how close is Google to the US securitocracy? Back in 2011 I had a meeting with Eric Schmidt, the […]

Islamist prison breaks may be connected to Syrian conflict

Interpol cited prison escapes in Iraq, Libya and Pakistan, and asked its members to examine if they were connected. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-23560889  In the most recent escape, 248 prisoners were sprung from a jail in north-west Pakistan. Militants used automatic weapons and bombs to break down the walls of the jail in Dera Ismail Khan on 30 […]

Drone killings escalate in Pakistan

There were more drone strikes in Pakistan last month than any month since January. Three missile strikes were carried out in Yemen in the last week alone. And after Secretary of State John Kerry told Pakistanis on Thursday that the United States was winding down the drone wars there, officials back in Washington quickly contradicted […]

Military Industrial Complex continues to suck the DOD tit

The Defense Department on Tuesday announced an agreement in principle to buy 71 more F-35 fighter jets from Lockheed Martin at somewhat lower prices than last year. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/31/business/pentagon-buys-71-more-f-35s-from-lockheed-martin.html?ref=us  People briefed on the latest deal, which includes ancillary equipment, said it was worth more of what is by far the Pentagon’s largest program, which could cost […]

Civilian deaths still rising in Afganistan

The number of civilians killed or injured in Afghanistan rose by 23 percent in the first six months of 2013. From January to June, the number of civilians killed in war-related violence rose to 1,319 from 1,158 a year earlier. In the same period, 2,533 civilians were injured, compared with 1,976 in 2012. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/01/world/asia/civilian-casualties-in-afghanistan-rise-23-percent.html?ref=world&_r=0 The […]

Judge orders Guantanamo to stop molesting detainees

A federal judge on Thursday ordered the military to stop touching the groins of detainees at the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, when they are moved from their cells to speak with lawyers. The procedure had led some prisoners to stop meeting with or calling their lawyers. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/12/us/judge-halts-groin-searches-at-guantanamo-calling-them-abhorrent-to-muslims.html?ref=us  In a 35-page opinion, Judge Royce C. […]

US Special Ops asset arrested for torture killings

Afghan officials confirmed Sunday that they had arrested Zakaria Kandahari, whom they have described as an Afghan-American interpreter responsible for torturing and killing civilians while working for an American Special Forces unit.  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/08/world/asia/suspect-in-torture-is-arrested-in-afghanistan.html?ref=world&_r=0   “Everybody knows and you should know that Zakaria Kandahari and these people with him were there with the Americans and were working […]

Pentagon looks to aid foreign troops that violate human rights

The Pentagon is increasingly training and equipping local security services to combat militants in their countries. A 16-year-old law that bars American aid to foreign security forces that violate human rights is drawing unusual fire from some top military commanders who say it undermines their ability to train the troops to fight militants. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/21/us/politics/military-says-law-barring-us-aid-to-rights-violators-hurts-training-mission.html?ref=us  The […]

Journalist who brought down General McChrystal killed

Michael Hastings, a reporter who was believed to have been alone in the car when it struck a tree at high speed at 4:30 am in LA, died  on Tuesday at the age of 33. He was known for  intrepid, gonzo-style journalism that brought down a United States Army general.  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/20/business/media/michael-hastings-award-winning-journalist-dies-at-33.html?ref=world The article quoted the […]

West continues to kill Afghan women and children

The United Nations reports that a coalition airstrike killed three children in eastern Afghanistan. http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2013/06/14/world/asia/ap-as-afghanistan.html?ref=world  The United Nations Children’s Fund cited the alleged incident in a statement this week condemning a steep rise in child casualties. The statement said an aerial attack by international forces killed three children in the eastern province of Kunar this […]

Afghans shot protesting deaths at US base

Soon after family members found what they believe are the bodies of the last three people still missing out of 17 Afghan men detained by an American Special Forces team in Wardak Province, another tragedy found them: they said one person was killed and another was critically wounded on Tuesday when Afghan Army troops opened […]

More bodies found outside US base

Of the 17 people from Wardak Province whom Afghan investigators said disappeared into American custody, 14 have now been found dead. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/02/world/asia/brothers-search-comes-to-grim-end-in-afghanistan.html?ref=world The spokesman for the governor of Wardak Province, confirmed that four more bodies had been uncovered and identified by their relatives as being among the missing, but he said their identities had not […]

UN expert calls for killer robot ban

A United Nations expert called Thursday for a global moratorium on the testing, production and use of armed robots that can select and kill targets without human command. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/31/world/europe/united-nations-armed-robots.html?ref=world  “War without reflection is mechanical slaughter. A decision to allow machines to be deployed to kill human beings worldwide, whatever weapons they use, deserves a collective […]

Drones continue to strike with impunity

At least four people were killed and four others injured in a drone attack on a house near the Pakistani-Afghan border early Wednesday. Wednesday’s strike came just six days after President Obama unveiled his new drone policy, curtailing their use to limit civilian casualties and moving oversight of the program from the C.I.A. to the […]