Afghanistan & Pakistan

For More Than Ten Years the Richest Country in the World Has Been "At War" With the Poorest Country in the World

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Is US Ending the "good" War in Afghanistan?

afghansDebra Sweet | April 23, 2021

The political and military leaders who run the U.S. have real problems in the Middle East. Twenty years of their "war on terror" has failed to establish U.S. control over the region and only spread and strengthened Islamic fundamentalism. Just one of their justifications for attacking Afghanistan - to exact revenge for 9/11- was true, though completely unjustified. The others, to establish "democracy," to "save the women," to end "terrorism," were always designed to satisfy those who think "America equals the good guys."

Biden has been forced to conclude that the U.S. can't "win" this war. The U.S. entered in 2001 with almost no translators who spoke local languages, ignorantly killed local forces who were trying to aid the U.S., tortured and killed prisoners at the notorious U.S. airbase in Bagram and killed hundreds of civilians in night raids and with drones. “We were devoid of a fundamental understanding of Afghanistan — we didn’t know what we were doing,” Douglas Lute, a three-star Army general who served as the White House’s Afghan war czar during the Bush and Obama administrations, told government interviewers in 2015. He added: “What are we trying to do here? We didn’t have the foggiest notion of what we were undertaking...”  This aggressive, imperialist war has been a disaster for the people of Afghanistan. For one example, women in Afghanistan still have one of the highest maternal death rates on the globe.


As Trump Orders US Out of Afghanistan, Notorious CIA-Backed Units Will Remain

 | January 6, 2019 

2019 0106-afPoliticians and pundits alike have roundly criticized Donald Trump for stating he will pull our troops out of Syria and cut US forces in Afghanistan by half. James Mattis immediately resigned as secretary of defense, writing in a letter to Trump, “you have the right to have a Secretary of Defense whose views are better aligned with yours.”

As the US military kills civilians in Syria and CIA-led Afghan forces continue to commit war crimes, it appears Trump is doing the right thing in pulling out military troops. But the CIA will remain and grow stronger after the US troops leave. “[A]s American military forces are set to draw down, the role of the Central Intelligence Agency is only likely to grow in importance,” according to The New York Times.


Afghanistan in Our Sights

Debra Sweet | October 11, 2017

nyc-not-in-our-name-oct-2002Yes, Afghanistan is  in our sights as people who care about humanity.  

And yes, the people of Afghanistan and the whole region are in the gun sights of the most destructive military force on the globe, commanded by a regime under the rubric of "America first."


The murder of Hazaras and the rise of Daesh in Afghanistan

A World to Win News Service | November 23, 2015

23 November 2015. A World to Win News Service. The biggest political protests Afghanistan has seen in years took place over several days in early November. A large crowd (10,000 people according to the New York Times) marched across the capital to the presidential palace, where they chanted "Death to Taliban, Death to Dash" (Islamic State) and called on the government to resign.


Indefinite War Means Endless Suffering for Afghan People

Jay Becker | October 16, 2015

This war and occupation has never been about “protecting the American people,” or about “freeing Afghanistan” from the feudal Taliban.

President Obama’s announcement that he will cease U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan exposes the utter futility of forcing American style “democracy” on noncompliant populations. Troop levels will remain at somewhere near 10,000 through the end of Obama’s term of office, ostensibly to train local forces to replace the imperial forces of occupation.


Journalist Anand Gopal on MSF Hospital Attack and Next Phase of Afghanistan War

Rania Khalek | October 14, 2015

There was talk maybe a year or two ago about how the American war in Afghanistan was over, but actually it never ended.

Editor's Note: World Can't Wait is one organization who has been consistent in its condemnation of the US war on Afghanistan. We urge you to read this exchange with Anand Gopal, a journalist who spent years of the war in Afghanistan, and who joins in our condemnation.


No One “Deserves” to Suffer the Crimes of this Government. U.S. Out of Afghanistan. NOW.

Revolution Newspaper | October 5, 2015 asks in response to the U.S. Air Force bombing a hospital run by Doctors Without Borders in Kunduz, Afghanistan: "You want to talk about terrorism? Yes, terrorism is a method of reactionary jihadists. But they can only dream of carrying out massacres that bring destruction and death on the scale of massacres brought by the United States."


Bombing Hospitals is a War Crime

Curt Wechsler | October 5, 2015

The death toll from U.S. "sustained bombing" of a trauma center in Kunduz, Afghanistan has risen to 22. The attack constitutes a grave violation of International Humanitarian Law, charge officials of Doctors Without Borders / Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF). “The [U.S. government] description of the attack keeps changing – from collateral damage, to a tragic incident, to now attempting to pass responsibility to the Afghanistan government.” Twelve MSF staff members and at least 10 patients, including three children, were killed. Another 37 people were injured.


US Occupation of Afghanistan to Continue for At Least Another Year

Debra Sweet | March 30, 2015

Farkhunda's funeral in KabulRemember back in 2011, when the Obama administration said all US troops would be out of Afghanistan by 2014? Didn't happen. Then they said 2024, but that "most" would be gone by 2015. Earlier this week the public announcement was made that almost all of the 10,000 troops still there will stay... until at least 2016.


Sgt. Bergdahl May Get Life in Military Prison. What About the Real War Criminals?

The Real War CriminalsDebra Sweet | March 30, 2015

Last week, the Army charged Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, which could mean life in military prison.


Obama Expands U.S. Military Plans in Afghanistan

Debra Sweet | November 24, 2014

Today Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was sacked. News analysts on MSNBC explained that the Obama administration feels they need a more “war-prepared” secretary to lead the mission, which has changed from a draw-down in Iraq & Afghanistan to a new expansion of bombing and increased troop deployments.


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