A senior security official has said that the threat coming from the so called Islamic State [also known as ISIS, or ISIL] was absolutely real for Russia and its neighbors.
“The threat from ISIS is real because quite a lot of citizens from the Shanghai Cooperation Organization(SCO) are taking part in its activities,” deputy director of Russia’s Federal Security Service told reporters Friday after a session of the SCO’s regional anti-terror body.
General Sergey Smirnov added that law enforcement agencies possessed information on about 1,700 Russian citizens fighting in Iraq on the side of Sunni extremists. “The danger of ISIS is also in their ability to infiltrate other terrorist groups,” he added. In particular, the terrorists have demonstrated interest in the Imarat Caucasus group and some of its leaders have already pledged loyalty to ISIS, Smirnov said.
Officials in Tajikistan have estimated the number of the Central Asian country’s citizens fighting on ISIS’s side at about 300, the Russian general said. The overall number of people from post-Soviet Central Asian republics who are fighting for ISIS could be up to 4,000, he added, referring to data provided by the International Research Group for Crisis Regions.
Members of the SCO’s regional anti-terror body have agreed to monitor the movement of ISIS terrorists in their states and jointly thwart their activities, the Russian security official added. Formed in 2001, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization consists of Russia, China, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. Belarus, Afghanistan, India, Iran, Pakistan and Mongolia hold observer statuses in the organization.
In December, the Russian government proscribed the Islamic State as a terrorist organization, outlawing membership or any support for it under threat of criminal prosecution. In addition, the Russian Foreign Ministry called upon all nations to recognize ISIS and its fellow jihadist militia, the Al-Nusra Front, as terrorist groups, noting that such a step would be supported by UN Security Council resolutions.
In late March, a major Russian Muslim group issued a fatwa against ISIS, announcing that all of its members were enemies of Islam and calling for their punishment as criminals.
Also last month, the head of Russia’s State Security Council, Nikolay Patrushev, called on the international community to abandon double standards on terrorism and start fighting the threat in line with universally-recognized norms of international law.
Patrushev told reporters that he and other Russian officials preferred to use the term “Islamic State” in quotation marks to avoid insults to true Muslims who, in his view, had no relation to terrorists and extremists. For the same reason he called on people to refer to it by its original name – the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL.
Afghan opium cultivation ‘grew 40-fold’ during US operation - Russia Security Council chief.
RT.com April 14, 2015 17:45
Opium production in Afghanistan has “grown fortyfold” in the 13 years of US Operation Enduring Freedom, according to the head of the Russian Security Council. The intervention has “exacerbated existing problems,” rather than solved them.
“Unfortunately, the failed policy of Washington did not solve, but on the contrary exacerbated, the existing problems,” Nikolai Patrushev has said while addressing the heads of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Security Council.
At the same time, the aims of introducing foreign military to Afghanistan, including the destruction of Al-Qaeda and Taliban, were not accomplished, he added.
According to Patrushev, Afghan extremists’ organizations benefit from lax law enforcement and use their positions in northern Afghanistan to enter neighboring countries in Central Asia.
He stressed that the situation in Afghanistan is one of the crucial factors in building stability in the Central Asian region.
In the meantime, opium production has been on the rise in Afghanistan over recent years despite US counter-narcotics efforts.
It was previously reported that since the US toppled the Taliban in 2002, opium production in the country has tripled.
Afghanistan remains a homeland for the largest opium poppy production and distribution network in the world, supplying more than 90 percent of the global crop.
The United Nations says opium cultivation in Afghanistan increased by 7 percent in 2014, hitting a record high despite costly US led efforts to battle the production.
Earlier the head of the Russian Federal Drug Control Service, Viktor Ivanov, said the area of poppy plantation is growing. He has called for this problem to be addressed on the UN level as it represents a threat not only to Russia but to the European security.
"The transit of heroin from Afghanistan though the Islamic State-controlled territory is huge financial sponsorship. According to our estimates, the IS makes up to $1 billion on Afghan heroin trafficked through its territory," Ivanov said.
The International Narcotic Control Board says Heroin trafficking from Afghanistan has increased the consumption of opiate drugs in East European countries to levels higher than the world average.
Operation Enduring Freedom lasted for over 13 years and officially ended in December 2014. Currently thousands of NATO troops are still in Afghanistan as part of a peacekeeping mission.
US drone strikes kill US, Italian hostages in Pakistan.
RT.com April 23, 2015 13:44
The White House says that two hostages, an American and an Italian, died in Pakistan earlier this year as the result of a United States-launched drone strike that also killed two US citizens involved with Al-Qaeda.
“It is with tremendous sorrow that we recently concluded that a US government counterterrorism operation in January killed two innocent hostages held by Al-Qaeda since 2011,” reads a statement released by the White House press office on Thursday morning.
Officials say that an attack in January against a suspected terrorist compound caused the death of American development expert Dr. Warren Weinstein and Giovanni Lo Porto, an Italian aid worker.
“As president and as commander-in-chief, I take full responsibility for all of our counterterrorism operations,” US President Barack Obama said during a press briefing from the White House on Thursday morning, “including the one that took the lives of [Weinstein and Lo Porto].”
“On behalf of the US government, I offer our deepest apologies to their families,” Obama said.
Two Americans considered by the US government to be prominent members of Al-Qaeda were also killed during counterterrorism operations in the same region, the administration said. Ahmed Farouq, an American considered by the US government to be an Al-Qaeda leader, was killed in the same strike that caused the deaths of Weinstein and Lo Porto.
The administration has also concluded that Adam Gahan, “a prominent member of Al-Qaeda,” was killed during a separate strike that month.
“While both Farouq and Gadahn were Al-Qaeda members, neither was specifically targeted, and we did not have information indicating their presence at the sites of these operations,” the White House said in a statement.
Obama said that the US was never aware that either Weinstein or Lo Porto was being held at the compound that was struck.
“Based on the intelligence that we had obtained at the time, including hundreds of hours of surveillance, we believed that this was an Al-Qaeda compound, that no civilians were present and that capturing these terrorists was not possible,” he said on Thursday.
The White House says it has already launched an investigation into the incident, the results of which may prompt the administration to revamp its drone program.
The death of Weinstein is the first known instance in which a US drone strike has accidentally caused the death of an American hostage. Previously, the White House has admitted that drone strikes waged by the US in 2011 had killed two suspected members of Al-Qaeda with American citizenship and one of their teenage sons, also a US citizen.
Weinstein had been a member of the Peace Corps and later the United States Agency for International Development, Obama said on Thursday. He had been working as a contractor for USAID helping Pakistani families escape poverty when he was abducted in 2011.
Weinstein and Lo Porto, the president said, were “two humanitarians who came from different countries but were united by a spirit of service.”
The president said he spoke earlier this week with Weinstein’s widow, Elaine, and the prime minister of Italy. CNN reported that Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs had no immediate comment.
Post by TsarSamuil on Oct 21, 2015 16:25:41 GMT -5
Taliban capture former British stronghold in Afghanistan.
RT.com 21 Oct, 2015 14:30
Taliban forces have taken control of former British Army stronghold Lashkar Gah just one year after UK troops withdrew. Civilians are reportedly fleeing the provincial capital over fears militants could soon seize the town.
Fighting in the north of the province comes days before the first anniversary of the withdrawal of UK troops and will be an embarrassment for Prime Minister David Cameron, who is trying to convince MPs that more military intervention in Syria will be necessary to secure peace.
The Lashkar Gah offensive also follows the re-capture of Kunduz by the Taliban, in the north of Afghanistan, three weeks ago. One official said Lashkar Gah is now “under serious military pressure.”
Another local official said the town of Babaji, which was cleared of Taliban fighters during the British campaign, has already fallen to insurgents.
“The Babaji area has fallen in the hands of the Taliban and heavy fighting is ongoing in Chah-e Anjir area,” the official said.
The local head of the Civil Societies Union, Farhad Dawary, has described the fighting as “heavy.”
“For three days, heavy fighting has been ongoing in Nad-e Ali district and the Babaji area,” he said.
“Babaji area has fallen to the Taliban, with heavy fighting ongoing in Nad-e Ali and the front line is now Chah-e Anjir.”
He added: “There is fear among the people in Lashkar Gah, with lots of rumors that city might fall. Some of the families are moving out of the city, and at the same time families from Nad-e Ali are coming to the city.”
Officials also warned the fighting is taking place near the country’s main ring road, which could result in its closure.
Lashkar Gah was the focus of Britain’s Panther’s Claw offensive in 2009, and was later a focal point for aid and training.
There has also been fighting with the Taliban in Nad-e Ali, another district which housed a large British defensive force during the war.
It is thought that some 400 Taliban fighters are advancing on Chah-e Anjir, which is situated only 10 miles from Lashkar Gah.
“Helmand’s capital appears to be under serious military pressure. We’re hearing reports about civilians fleeing in large numbers,” a Western official told Reuters.
Afghan Interior Minister Sediq Sediqqi expressed his confidence in the country’s armed forces.
“We are in no way concerned right now,” he said.
The Afghanistan offensive cost NATO allies billions of pounds. Such lapses in security will prove embarrassing for world leaders who staged the intervention.
President Barack Obama announced last week he would delay plans to withdraw the last US troops from the country, saying at least 5,500 would remain until 2017.
Britain has around 500 troops stationed in Kabul, as well as a number of Special Forces.
Post by TsarSamuil on Oct 27, 2015 15:35:55 GMT -5
Afghan Overdose: Battle against opium trade (RT Documentary)
RT Oct 26, 2015
Afghanistan is the world’s biggest exporter of black-market opium, from which heroin is made. It’s a multi-billion dollar business, responsible for around a hundred thousand deaths every year and it’s a major source of income for terrorists. RT Doc traveled to the poppy fields where death is harvested to find out why no one can put a stop to this deadly trade.
Post by TsarSamuil on Dec 19, 2015 14:25:42 GMT -5
Taliban attacks in Afghanistan spike in 2015, ISIS growing stronger – Pentagon.
RT.com 16 Dec, 2015 14:13
Afghanistan's security deteriorated in the second half of 2015, with an increasing number of Taliban attacks and higher casualties among Afghan forces, according to a Pentagon report. The document also says Islamic State is becoming a greater threat.
"Insurgents are improving in their ability to find and exploit [Afghan forces'] vulnerabilities, making the security situation still fragile in key areas and at risk of deterioration in other places," says the document, which was presented to Congress on Tuesday.
The semiannual report goes on to state that the “Taliban have remained active in their traditional strongholds, namely in Helmand in the south and Logar and Wardak in the east, and also created a sense of instability for brief periods of time in other parts of the country, such as in Kunduz in northern Afghanistan.”
The September capture of Kunduz was deemed one of the Taliban's biggest victories in 15 years, although Afghan forces backed by US aircraft and NATO soldiers were eventually able to drive the insurgents out of the city.
Although the Pentagon praised Afghan forces for regaining territory and becoming capable of staging large-scale operations, it called their overall performance “uneven and mixed.”
The report mentions that casualties among Afghan national defense and security forces, or ANDSF, rose 27 percent from January 1 to November 15, compared with the same period last year.
It cites recent surveys showing public confidence among Afghans in the security forces remains high, at 70 percent, but is down from 78 percent in March.
The document also acknowledges a threat from Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) in Afghanistan, noting that the militant group has seized areas from the Taliban in Nangarhar province – despite being far away from the group's strongholds in Iraq and Syria.
"The group [IS] continues to recruit disaffected Taliban and formerly Taliban-aligned fighters, most notably the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan," the report states.
The Pentagon acknowledged steps by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's government to address leadership challenges within the military, including moves to replace ineffective officers.
This month marks one year since the US- and NATO-led mission in Afghanistan transitioned into an Afghan-led operation.
US President Barack Obama reversed his policy on Afghanistan in October, saying he would prolong American military engagement in Afghanistan by maintaining a force of 9,800 through most of 2016.
Obama had previously aimed to withdraw all but a small force based at the US embassy in Kabul before leaving office in January 2017. The new plan will see troops drawn down to 5,500, beginning sometime in 2017.
Criticizing Obama's change of plan, Sara Founders of the International Action Centre told RT that the president is simply “passing this problem onto the next administration.”
Those thoughts were echoed by political analyst Chris Bambery, who called the move a “failure for the Obama administration.”
“We should remember that President Obama was first elected with a promise to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan. This announcement - American troops are likely to remain in Afghanistan when he has left the White House - so this represents a failure for the Obama administration,” Bambery told RT.
US troops have fought in Afghanistan since the 2001 invasion, with more than 2,300 American soldiers losing their lives on Afghan soil.
School of jihad: RT talks to journalist who visited ISIS child camp in Afghanistan.
RT.com 26 Dec, 2015 21:25
Islamic State is teaching boys as young as three jihadist ideology, the handling of fire arms, beheading techniques and how to be suicide bomber, a journalist, who risked his life to visit a children’s militant camp in Afghanistan, told RT.
Filmmaker and journalist, Najibullah Quraishi, said that he was shocked at what he saw at the jihadist school in Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar Province.
“Imagine children (boys) aged from three to nine or 12 years old. How they should know about Jihad? So, they’re teaching them what’s jihad; how should they do jihad; the jihadists should be against whom,” he said.
The training has, apparently, been going on for months, with the young students making significant progress.
“All the children knew all the names of the weapons and they all knew how to use [them]... It means they were taking training a while ago,” Quraishi said.
According to the journalist, the pupils in the school weren’t only from Afghanistan, but also from Pakistan as well as being the children of the militants themselves.
The classes took place six days a week from 8:00am to 4:00pm, with a two-hour break, he said.
Afghan children are the latest to be recruited by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) jihadists, who have implemented similar brainwashing programs in Syria and Iraq.
Quraishi, who has been a war journalist for over a decade, filming Taliban and other militants, has called IS “the worst and most dangerous group I’ve ever seen in my life.”
“They’re harsh. They don’t care about children or elders,” he said, adding that the IS fighters were also searching “home by home for daughters” in order to organize forced marriages with girls from 10 years of age.
“ISIS presence will destroy not only Afghanistan, but other neighboring countries,” the journalist warned.
The jihadists are after using the Afghan territory as a base to spread their operations to other Central Asian countries, Quraishi said.
There are 2,000 Islamic State families from Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan in northern Afghanistan at the moment, getting ready to cross the border back into their countries, he stressed.
“It’s a big threat to Russia. Their aims are to do something to Russia,” he said.
Russia has been carrying out a massive air campaign against Islamic State and other terror groups in Syria at the request of Syrian President Bashar Assad since September 30.
The rise of Islamic State in Afghanistan came after the withdrawal of US combat troops last year.
The jihadists have captured territories in the eastern Nangarhar province, driving back Taliban militants.
Afghan militia behead 4 ISIS terrorists in revenge barbarity.
RT.com 28 Dec, 2015 01:50
Pro-government militiamen in Afghanistan have beheaded four Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) terrorists in Nangarhar province and placed their heads on public display in a show of tit-for-tat brutality, which was widely condemnation by officials.
Local village militia loyal to Afghan lawmaker and deputy speaker of parliament Haji Zahir placed the four severed heads on the side of a main road in the Achin district of the eastern province of Nangarhar. The brutal execution came in retaliation for an IS beheading of fighters loyal to Zahir from the Pasoon (Uprising) militia.
The militia decided to retaliate in kind after IS captured four of their fighters and beheaded them, Zahir told reporters.
“If they behead you, behead your son, do you expect us to cook sweets for them?” Zahir asked. “Sweets are not distributed during war. People die.”
Zahir forces have been battling IS militants, who have been trying to assert their influence in the war-torn state, for a few weeks. The fighting between IS and rival groups in the area, ranging from local militias to the Taliban, has become increasingly brutal and violent.
Local authorities condemned the brutality and public display of severed heads, which were placed on stone piles along the road.
“If they were criminals then they should have been punished by the judiciary, not by a kangaroo court,” district chief Haji Ghaleb said in comments cited by the local media. “This barbaric incident should not have happened.”
The provincial governor’s spokesman, Ataullah Khoqani, said that the incident is being investigated, stressing that Afghan’s government forces were not involved in the incident.
Meanwhile, IS fighters have recently launched an FM radio channel in the Nangarhar province, which the group uses as a platform from which to attract new recruits via a 90-minute Pashto-language radio show called “Voice of the Caliphate.” Kabul claims that it has been trying to block the daily broadcast, which is streamed from a secret location.
Islamic State surfaced in Afghanistan in early 2015 aiming to capture and consolidate territory in the “Khorasan Province,” that would be loyal to a “caliphate” based in the territory of Syria and Iraq. According to the US commander of American and NATO forces in Afghanistan, IS challenged the Taliban for control of the Pakistan-Afghan border during the summer. Currently, four districts – Achin, Nazyan, Bati Kot and Spin Gar – are believed to be under IS control, according to General John F. Campbell. IS forces are concentrated in the Nangarhar province along the Pakistan border.
In October, Campbell said that IS was recruiting members of the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), a branch of the Taliban. Earlier in August, the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU), which is fighting in Afghanistan and is present in Pakistan, pledged alliance to the Islamic State caliphate. The Afghan government believes that the IMU has thousands of fighters and is among the most active terror groups in Afghanistan.
The latest Pentagon report released earlier this month classifies IS as an “emergent competitor to the other violent extremist groups that have traditionally operated in Afghanistan.” The Pentagon warns that this “may result in increased violence among the various extremist groups in 2016.”
‘Anti-Islamic’: Pakistan rejects bill banning child marriage.
RT.com 16 Jan, 2016 06:01
Legislation to ban child marriages was struck down in Pakistan as the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) said it was “anti-Islamic” and “blasphemous.” The new law failed at the first stage of the legislative process.
The Child Marriage Restraint (Amendment) Bill 2014, which would have made it more difficult for children to marry, was quickly withdrawn on Thursday by Marvi Menon of the Pakistan Muslim League party.
The decision to pull the plug on the anti-pedophilia bill was triggered by CII speaking out against the idea. The council provides advice for lawmakers on whether the newly proposed laws comply with Sharia laws.
The proposed legislation was shut down in its infancy on “purely religious grounds,” The Express Tribune reported.
CII Chairman Mohammad Khan Sheerani said the proposed law contradicted Islamic teachings.
“Parliament cannot create legislation that is against the teachings of the Holy Quran or Sunnah,” Sheerani had.
According to Pakistan’s Constitution, the CII Chairman has the final say in the Council and can overrule all of the other members. Even though the CII rulings have no power over Parliament, lawmakers take its suggestions as guidance when passing laws.
The move to withdraw the new bill goes against Pakistan’s pledge to end child marriages by 2030.
The rejected bill would have introduced tougher punishments for those entering into marriage with minors, including prison terms for up to two years. It also proposed raising the minimum age for marriage up to 18.
Current legislation is already in violation of Islamic law, according to CII, since it requires a minimum age of 16 for girls to marry.
In contrast, the CII believes that girls as young as nine could be married off, “if the signs of puberty are visible,” according to a May 2014 statement.
Over 21 percent of Pakistani girls enter into marriages before they turn 18, according to the organization Girls Not Brides.
Post by TsarSamuil on Apr 23, 2016 13:11:02 GMT -5
10,000 ISIS fighters in Afghanistan ‘trained to expand to Central Asia, Russia’
RT.com 19 Apr, 2016 13:49
The terrorist group Islamic State has dramatically increased its presence in Afghanistan and is preparing to expand into other Central Asian countries and Russia, a senior Russian diplomat warned.
The presence of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) in Afghanistan, is a significant security threat, said Zamir Kabulov, the head of the Asia and Middle East department of the Russian foreign ministry, who also serves as special envoy of the Russian president to Afghanistan.
“There are now 10,000 IS fighters in Afghanistan. A year ago there was a hundred. This growth over a year is spectacular,” he said.
“The Afghan branch of IS is definitely specialized against Central Asia. Russian is even one of their working languages,” Kabulov added. “They are being trained against Central Asia and Russia.”
Last October, Kabulov estimated the strength of IS in Afghanistan at 3,500, but said the number was rapidly growing. Many of the fighters are not new arrivals but rather Afghan militant groups, who pledged allegiance to IS, which originated in Iraq, but had expanded into neighboring Syria and some other countries, most notably Afghanistan and Libya.
Moscow believes that Afghan government forces are either unable or unwilling to fight IS-affiliated groups, focusing whatever resources they have on opposing the militant group Taliban. The Taliban suffered from IS advancement too, losing men, lands and influence to the group.
Russia sees the weakness of Kabul as a major failure of the United States, which occupied Afghanistan in 2001, but couldn’t ensure its transition into a strong and stable nation.
Post by TsarSamuil on Apr 23, 2016 22:05:36 GMT -5
‘We fund terrorists, if those terrorists serve our purposes’ – retired US Lt. Col.
RT.com 20 Apr, 2016 14:54
US authorities are continuing the gravy train for many Washington bureaucracies, increasing insecurity around the world, according to retired US Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Karen Kwiatkowski. The more conflict the bigger the market place for arms, she adds.
The deadliest single attack since 2011 has rocked Kabul just a week after the Taliban launched their spring offensive. The battle against the Taliban has been going on since 2001. Even US Secretary of State John Kerry became a target of rocket strikes carried out by the Taliban in the Afghan capital on Saturday. However, the US said the latest attack doesn't mean efforts to establish peace talks should be abandoned.
RT: Despite the recent carnage witnessed in Kabul, the US State Department is willing to include the Taliban in the peace process. Isn’t it contradicting Washington’s supposed refusal to negotiate with terrorists?
Karen Kwiatkowski: Well, to some extent it is… Some of the Taliban is actually working with ISIS in Afghanistan, so it’s both literally true and figuratively true. The US government itself behaves in many ways like a terrorist organization. When we say we don’t negotiate with terrorists that is really more like rhetoric for television shows in the evening for people watching. In real life, in real negotiations I honestly don’t think that it matters. If the terrorists are on the US side, we not only negotiate with them, we support them. So I don’t buy that argument that it is part of US foreign policy that we don’t negotiate with terrorists. We fund terrorists, if those terrorists serve our purposes. That has been very well shown in the past 15 years – at least.
RT: The Taliban has openly made attempts on John Kerry’s life. What does it say about the US position that he still wants to talk to them?
KK: I know recently, when John Kerry came to Kabul the Taliban claimed to make an attempt on his life. If you look at why Kerry was there – he was trying to resolve problems in a US propped-up, US-facilitated government in Kabul, which is not a real people’s government; it can’t be… It is never going to be accepted, it is an external enforced artificial government and it’s struggling of course. The whole story reeks of failed US foreign policy, which most people in this country recognize. But what I can’t understand is why Ash Carter, Kerry and Obama don’t recognize it. The people in this country understand that we have no clue as to what we’re doing in most of the countries in the Middle East. Certainly not in Afghanistan, certainly not in Syria and certainly not in Iraq.
RT: The Taliban must be aware of Washington’s willingness. Are attacks like today’s basically telling America, “No thanks, we’re not interested!”?
KK: I think the Taliban explained very well what their objective was in the article that I saw on CNN. They had published the interview with the Taliban. The Taliban said: “We are planning to wear down the enemy. We’re going to make this a long slog, which is what we knew it was anyway. And we’re going to demoralize the Americans.” In particular the Americans, because the US is mainly the one supporting this government that they have created in this nation-state that they think they’ve constructed, which they haven’t in Kabul.
So the Taliban has been very clear with what their objectives are. They are planning to demoralize and to basically defeat over time the occupiers, who they consider to be the occupiers, and the ‘Vichy’ government in Kabul, which is, as they see it, certainly not a legitimate government.
RT: Why doesn’t the US government understand then that what they are doing isn’t working, and instead of it do something different to solve the problems in Afghanistan?
KK: … Clearly, Washington DC has no real understanding either of the ground situation and the political situation in Afghanistan, nor do they have an understanding of what might work. The US government solution is that we will transplant a government that is loyal to us, that is a pseudo-democracy that operates in some sort of democratic fashion on the surface and that it would stay there - static. That is utterly insane.
... I can give you some reasons why I think they are holding to that. I think you know what these reasons are. There is money being made. Carter wants more troops to go into Afghanistan; he wants more troops in Iraq, he wants more troops in Syria; he wants a bigger budget to face down terrorism such as what the Taliban is conducting with these attacks. The bureaucracy in Washington D.C. benefits from continued problems around the world – they justify the budgets; they justify their missions.
We’re selling arms to just about everyone on the planet. The more conflict, the more insecurity –the bigger the market place for arms. And certainly I don’t think there is any interest in the US government whatsoever to reduce the opium crop that comes out of Afghanistan every year. That money from the sale of drugs, from the sale of opiates, particularly out of that part of the world, is eventually laundered and entered into the system and becomes legitimate. There are many governments on the planet, including the US, that benefit from those deposits once they are cleaned, so to speak…
What they are doing is continuing the gravy train for many Washington bureaucracies and it increases insecurity around the world… Fundamentally for the US there has been a great deal of benefit for people in government over the last 15 years based on what we have done in Afghanistan: people have gotten rich, companies have made a lot of money, the Pentagon budget has never been larger, and there are no questions in Congress. Congress rubber stamps every budget request that they ask for. These are government benefits, and of course the cost is paid by people in Afghanistan and the people around the world, who suffer insecurity as a result of our policies. I don’t mean to make a judgment here, but this is how I see it.
Post by TsarSamuil on Apr 26, 2017 14:46:20 GMT -5
USA goes full retard...
‘Unprofessional and lying’: Lavrov slams US claims of Russia arming Taliban.
RT.com 25 Apr, 2017 16:19
Washington’s recent accusations that Moscow supplies the Taliban with weapons are unprofessional and baseless, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said, adding that the US has not provided any evidence.
Lavrov was speaking at a press conference following talks with OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier in Moscow.
The Russian foreign minister said that Washington’s claims are a possible smokescreen aimed at diverting attention from changing course on Syria and returning to ‘regime-change’ rhetoric.
“As for the statements on [Russia] allegedly supplying the Taliban with weapons, which are heard from the military in Washington and from those who head the US military group in the region, including Afghanistan – those [statements] are unprofessional and groundless,” Lavrov said. The minister added that those in Washington in charge of gathering intelligence “know perfectly well that those statements are untrue,” and “not a single fact” was provided.
“We feel the attempts by some of our colleagues to scrap the UN Security Council resolution on a political solution through inter-Syrian dialogue and go to the old rhetoric of regime change,” Lavrov stated, adding that Russia will oppose it.
Recalling the absence of US representatives at the recent Afghan peace conference in Moscow, Lavrov said that this might have been a part of America’s strategy to “put the blame for Washington’s failures in Afghanistan” on Russia.
The US’ longstanding operation in Afghanistan has only multiplied terrorist and drug threats from the country, Lavrov said. He also noted that Washington itself had contacts with the Taliban after the latter opened an office in the Qatari capital, Doha.
Moscow believes it is necessary that the Taliban engages in dialogue with Kabul to achieve peace in Afghanistan, Lavrov said, adding that the group must “stop violence, cut ties with terrorism, respect the constitution.”
During US Defense Secretary James Mattis’ visit to Afghanistan on Monday, the head of the US and international forces in Afghanistan, General John Nicholson, accused Russia of sending weapons to Taliban insurgents. The allegations are nothing new, and Moscow has previously denied the claims.
The US military campaign in Afghanistan ended in 2014, though 9,800 US soldiers remain there to assist Afghan forces, and the US seeks to boost its military forces on the ground, after General John Nicholson stated that the US “cannot afford to walk away from Afghanistan,” asking Congress to send “a few thousand more” troops.
Post by TsarSamuil on May 30, 2017 23:23:43 GMT -5
No proof to back allegations Russia gave weapons to Taliban – US military intel chief.
RT.com 23 May, 2017 15:57
The thinly-veiled accusations in the US that Russia supplied arms to Taliban militants were not based on any physical evidence of weapons or money transfers, a senior US military official told lawmakers.
“We have seen indication that they offered some level of support but I have not seen real physical evidence of weapons or money being transferred,” Marine Lieutenant General Vincent Stewart, who serves as director of the US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), said at a Senate hearing.
Last month allegations against Russia were voiced by some US officials, including US Army General Curtis Scaparrotti, military commander of alliance forces in Europe, and US Army General John W. Nicholson Jr., who commands US troops in Afghanistan.
The officials claimed that Russia was exerting influence on the Taliban and may be involved in supplying weapons to the militants.
The Russian Foreign Ministry dismissed the allegations as “fabrications designed to justify the failure of the US military and politicians in the Afghan campaign.”
Stewart was reporting to the Senate Arms Services Committee on the Pentagon’s view on global threats to the US and its allies.
White Cossack: How are you, Nikolov? I heard it's a hot summer in Sweden this year. Do you enjoy it? Regards, Yaroslav
Jul 20, 2018 5:51:43 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: Very very hot...sometimes around 31-35...and it has been going on since month of May, everything is scorched yellow and dry, things are dying or dead, this is abnormal summer..must be global warming, usually have rainy dull summers, this feel like south eu
Jul 30, 2018 10:49:17 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: large forest fires, not where I live, but have country-wide BBQ ban..which I find ridiculous...not to enjoy this warm summer? pffft..
Jul 30, 2018 10:50:42 GMT -5
White Cossack: You enjoy it, huh.
Jul 30, 2018 12:41:41 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: Bbq is basic slavic right
Aug 3, 2018 10:18:31 GMT -5
Proto-Orchid: @ussrstrong: I blame general low activity on social medias, all the people sit there today
Oct 10, 2018 12:53:50 GMT -5
reznik: @proto-Orchid: very true. What's worse, is that the system is designed specifically to keep those people dormant in their echo chambers. Nothing new to learn for them there, just stupid cat videos and such. Sad.
Oct 14, 2018 5:48:26 GMT -5
Proto-Orchid: Its the substitute for going out, meeting and spending your time with friends in real life. Its just part of the story. When I was younger I remember people were meeting to play team sports, but today you see completely autistic people jogging with iPhone.
Oct 14, 2018 18:18:38 GMT -5
Proto-Orchid: Then they come back home, put pictures on Instagram or Facebook to show off how they spent their time jogging, and as mental satisfaction they get few likes or hearts, or whatever social medias have today, which is a measure of how good their life is. Sick
Oct 14, 2018 18:21:43 GMT -5
Pan-Slavic Patriot: Sto Latz! Today marks 100 years of Polska! May there be 100 more! Wish I could have gone to the Independence March to celebrate this year, of all years. Theres always the next one to look forward to...
Nov 11, 2018 6:56:57 GMT -5
prawiomir: Hello. : )
Nov 25, 2018 17:19:11 GMT -5
Pan-Slavic Patriot: The latest flare up in the Ukraine-Russia conflict is painful to watch. Two brothers pit against one-another by foriegn elites, for what? Money and power... Sad.
Nov 30, 2018 3:17:07 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: Seems like its loosing momentum? lets hope...
Dec 29, 2018 9:15:04 GMT -5
Farm needs Production with alu: To Direktor: Herr Wasilij Rosinov Adresse: Kasachstan, 110 006 Kostanay, ul. Schewchenko, 64 Tel: +7 (3142) 54 09 89 Fax: +7 (3142) 54 65 53 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.ivolga.kz
To Ms. Yuliya Ryaskina Please place this email to concerning Managemen
Feb 27, 2019 23:01:32 GMT -5
Marcinko: Looking for contacts to research Marcinko name in Slovakia.
Jun 3, 2019 0:37:57 GMT -5
White Cossack: Nikolov, my dear.. What's up
Jul 28, 2019 9:08:27 GMT -5
TsarSamuil: Bought a 3rd book shelf, for some reason I'm crazy about buying lots of books..
Aug 12, 2019 15:49:41 GMT -5
kooratz: I don't shout , it's considered rude, here in the US. I do shout a few things though, for one, ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, IS RUINING OUR NATION!
Sept 13, 2019 20:32:33 GMT -5