1/19/14 Afghanistan Overview

Let our position be absolutely clear: an attempt by any outside force to gain control of the Persian Gulf region will be regarded as an assault on the vital interests of the United States of America, and such an assault will be repelled by any means necessary, including military force.
President Jimmy Carter, State of the Union Address, 20 January 1980

The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy And Its Geostrategic Imperatives,Zbigniew Brzezinski,1997
"A Geostrategy for Eurasia," Foreign Affairs, September/October 1997, Council on Foreign Relation

"US made plans for a major assault on Afghanistan before WTC attacks"
9/18/01, BBC, George Arney, http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/1550366.stm

US planned war in Afghanistan long before September 11
11/20/01 www.911review.org/Sept11Wiki/WarWasPlanned.shtml

Iran, Afghanistan Sign Security Accord
3/12/04 http://www.stratfor.com/sample/situation-report/iran-afghanistan-sign-se...
The interior ministers of Iran and Afghanistan signed a security agreement March 12 to increase cooperation between their nations regarding border security. The agreement also calls for collaboration on surveillance of their shared border and fighting drug trafficking. (full article subscribers only)

Afghan-Iran pact will not affect U.S. postwar plans, says top U.S. diplomat
http://thehill.com/blogs/defcon-hill/policy-strategy/192684-afghan-iran-...
."At this point I would not attach a lot of importance to it," Ambassador James Dobbins, U.S. special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, told the Senate Foreign Relations panel Outside of Tehran, "there is a quite a ...consensus" from regional powers for US troops to remain in Afghanistan after 2014, Dobbins said. 

United States Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy
http://www.state.gov/pdcommission/
Since 1948, the United States Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy (ACPD) has been charged with appraising U.S. Government activities intended to understand, inform and influence foreign publics and to increase the understanding of, and support for, these same activities. The ACPD conducts research and symposiums that provide honest assessments and informed discourse on public diplomacy efforts across government.

NEW STRATEGIC NARRATIVE
Afghanistan 2013: time to evolve the strategic narrative http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/11/world/asia/karzai-and-obama-to-meet-to...
(‘strategic narrative' the explanation of actions: the lens we propose people look through to view the conflict.)

This is the Afghanistan strategic narrative we need now
Thomas E. Ricks http://ricks.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2013/01/11/emile_simpson_this_is_the_strategic_narrative_we_need_in_afghanistan_now>
[Ricks covered U.S. military for the Washington Post 2000 - 2008]
a. We need to adjust the strategic narrative in relation to the 2014 transition deadline [...]
b. We should not invest any coalition credibility in holding the peripheral areas:[...]
c. The narrative needs to allow for maintaining some (but significantly less than today) coalition combat power in Afghanistan beyond 2014 [...]
d. ‘Moshtarak' is over -- the narrative now needs to emphasise Afghan sovereignty [...]

"a regional strategy is needed"
2014: South Asia's Make or Break Year
1/7/14 http://asiasociety.org/blog/asia/2014-south-asias-make-or-break-year
2014 is perhaps most critical for Afghanistan. Unfortunately, there remains uncertainty on both fronts. After months of negotiating, the U.S. and Afghanistan finally brokered a bilateral security agreement in November, providing a legal framework for U.S. troops to remain i post-2014 to train, advise, and support Afghan forces as well as carry out some counterterrorism operations.
Shortly after the agreement was finalized, President Hamid Karzai stymied U.S. plans by deciding to delay signing the agreement until after the 2014 elections or until the U.S. agrees to certain preconditions it finds unacceptable....
To fully grasp the importance of the next twelve months, one must understand the connections between India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan and consider how the 2001 U.S. invasion of Afghanistan transformed the region. The U.S. invasion and its dependence on Pakistan in the initial “War on Terrorism” led the U.S. to pressure Pakistan to ease tensions with India. The U.S.-Pakistan alliance also forced Pakistan into an awkward balancing act: it committed to fight terrorism, but some of its agents did so selectively, continuing to support militants in Afghanistan and India. The invasion redirected significant militant and Pakistani military attention from India and Kashmir toward Afghanistan and northwest Pakistan. As the U.S. prepares to draw down its presence in Afghanistan in 2014, there will be far-reaching regional implications once again. The U.S. withdrawal will leave a vacuum for international influence in Afghanistan and a more precarious security situation on the ground.... Therefore, the U.S. must pursue a proactive regional strategy to stabilize Afghanistan and strengthen India-Pakistan relations in 2014.

Afghanistan and Iran sign Strategic Cooperation Agreement
12/10/13 http://nsnbc.me/2013/12/10/afghanistan-iran-sign-strategic-cooperation-a...
Afghanistan and Iran signed a Strategic Cooperatio agreement that encompasses bilateral military, intelligence and economic cooperation between the Middle Eastern neighbors and suggests possible trilateral extensions with, among others, Pakistan. The Strategic Cooperation Agreement finalizes a Memorandum of Understanding, signed between the two countries during Hamid Karzai’s visit to Tehran at the occasion of the inauguration of Iran’s President Rouhani. The agreement was originally drafted in early 2012, followed by a 2013 joint declaration by Afghan and Iranian Deputy Ministers of Foreign Affairs.

President Karzai Leaves for Iran While Hagel is in Kabul
12/8/13 http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/13002-president-karzai-leaves-for...
Hagel's unannounced visit lands him is in the center of chaos surrounding BSA negotiations...Karzai refuses to sign the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA), despite mounting US pressure... while Karzai and a high-ranking delegation were in Iran meeting with Iranian President Rouhani and other Iranian officials to negotiate a bilateral relations agreement between Tehran and Kabul..

Brzezinski,under Carter, created, armed and supported afghan mujahadeen, under osama bin laden - which morphed into 'al qaeda' for ongoing US purposes
Zbigniew Brzezinski tells mujahadeen 'god is on their side, they will prevail'
Hillary Clinton Explains why U.S. Created 'al-Qaeda', a big mess today:
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31276.htm

"Al Qaeda" - the Database
11/20/05 by Pierre-Henri Bunel http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=1291
"Al Qaeda" is not a terrorist group but a database of CIA - Saudi mujaheddin fighters and international arms smugglers former British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook testified to the House of Commons shortly before his untimely death

“U.S. Military propaganda campaign to magnify role of al-Qaeda in Iraq"
4/09/2006 By Thomas E. Ricks, www.washingtonpost.com/ wp-dyn/ content/ article/ 2006/ 04/ 09/ AR2006040900890.html
[Thomas E.Ricks Washington Post military coverage 2000 to 2009, previously had same beat at Wall Street Journal, now a Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS)
The U.S. military is conducting a propaganda campaign to magnify the role of the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq, according to internal military documents and officers familiar with the program. The effort has raised his profile in a way some military intelligence officials believe overstated his importance and helped the Bush administration tie the war to Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The documents explicitly list the "U.S. Home Audience" as one of the targets of a broader propaganda campaign... "Strategic Communications" prepared for Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr., top U.S. commander in Iraq, describes the "home audience" as one of six major targets of the US side...Another briefing slide states that after U.S. commanders ordered the atrocities of Saddam Hussein's government be publicized. U.S. psychological operations soldiers produced a video disc not only widely disseminated inside Iraq, but also "on Fox News."...The Zarqawi campaign is discussed in several internal military documents. "Villainize Zarqawi/leverage xenophobia response," one 2004 U.S. military briefing stated. It listed three methods: "Media operations," "Special Ops (626)" (Task Force 626, elite U.S. unit assigned primarily to hunt in Iraq for senior officials in Hussein's government) and "PSYOP", U.S. military term for propaganda work.
One internal briefing by the U.S. military headquarters in Iraq, said Kimmitt concluded "The Zarqawi PSYOP program is the most successful information campaign to date." Kimmitt is now the senior planner on the staff of the Central Command that directs operations in Iraq and the entire Middle East...Kimmitt said, "... an information campaign to raise the public awareness of Zarqawi, primarily for Iraqi audience but also the international audience." ...s to drive a wedge in the insurgency by emphasizing Zarqawi's terrorist acts and foreign origin, said officers familiar with the program. "Through aggressive Strategic Communications, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi now represents: Terrorism in Iraq/Foreign Fighters in Iraq/Suffering of Iraqi People (Infrastructure Attacks)/Denial of Iraqi Aspirations," the same briefing asserts. Officials said one indication the campaign worked is that over the past several months, there have been reports Iraqi insurgents attacked Zarqawi loyalists..."What we're finding is indeed the people of al-Anbar -- Fallujah and Ramadi, specifically -- have decided to turn against terrorists and foreign fighters," Maj. Gen Rick Lynch, a U.S. military spokesman in Baghdad, said in February

“What is Al Qaeda? The truth is there is no Al Qaeda”
Yemen’s Drive on Al Qaeda Faces Internal Skepticism
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/04/world/middleeast/04yemen.html

US Strategy towards Post Taliban Afghanistan: State-building Efforts
Summer 2010 Institute of Regional Studies, Islamabad, http://www.academia.edu/846777/US_Strategy_Towards_Post_Taliban_Afghanis...
In Afghanistan, about 28 nations fought for resources, political influence or acquiring strategic depth, but could not establish their hold... After the establishment of democracy in 2001 which lacked legitimacy...the “manufactured” central government in Afghanistan with president Hamid Karzai became a "spoiled‟ darling of the west...Under the banner of state-building various approaches were formulated, yet all were implemented half-heartedly. To target and hit al-Qaeda hard was the first strategy executed by president Bush Operation Enduring Freedom ousted the Taliban.. But the Taliban re-emerged...The ongoing war launched by the US is portrayed as an operation to pursue al-Qaeda. After announcing the ouster of the Taliban November 2004.. the US defined [state-building] as a prominent part of their strategy. However, since US policy kept shifting from one line of action to the other, state-building remained just a slogan....Afghanistan is in a shambles...This war has become the most unpopular US conflict...the general US population turning in favour of an “exit” strategy.....the deteriorating security situation could not be controlled and Taliban resurgence is now an uncontrollable and chronic phenomenon...
Michael O’Hanlon... “Desperate for a Taliban Deal”, Brookings Institution, 2 February 2010. Bruce Riedel, “Stuck with Karzai,”Brookings Institution 13 April 2010.

Despite Doubt, Karzai Brother Retains Power
3/31/10 http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/31/world/asia/31karzai.html?th&emc=th
Senior US officials, after months spent weighing the evidence against Ahmed Wali Karzai: that he launders money, that he seizes land, that he reaps enormous profits facilitating the shipment of opium through the region..concluded that the evidence...was not clear enough to persuade the president to move his brother out two NATO officials said....
At the heart of Kandahar sits Ahmed Wali Karzai, who has been a prominent public figure in southern Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban government in 2001... There is little doubt here that few important matters are settled without him...American officials say he has provided extensive help in battling the insurgency. He helps the C.I.A. operate a paramilitary group, the Kandahar Strike Force [AKA DEATH SQUAD] used for raids against suspected insurgents. Ahmed Wali Karzai is also paid for allowing the C.I.A. and American Special Operations troops to rent a large compound outside the city, several American officials said....

Ahmed Wali Karzai, ally and obstacle to U.S. in Afghanistan
6/12/10/ http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/12/AR201006...
Ahmed Wali Karzai returned to Afghanistan in 1992 after living 10 years in the United States...he has long-standing CIA ties and reportedly paid by the agency for providing security forces and safe houses in and around Kandahar...critics have little doubt Karzai is involved in the opium trade, some estimate he receives millions of dollars a year in illicit income. The widespread perception in Afghanistan is that Karzai is complicit in the kind of industrial-strength corruption that has left Afghan people furious with their government..."He's a key tribal leader," a U.S. official said earlier this year. "If you take out Karzai, you don't have good governance, you have no governance. He's done very good things for the United States. He's effective."..The fact that Karzai remains in power means anything related to him is politically sensitive, and U.S. officials would speak about him only on the condition of anonymity.

Afghan Drug Production Up 40 Times Since NATO Occupation
12/5/13 http://www.interfax.com/newsinf.asp
Federal Drug Control Service head Viktor Ivanov told a conference "The global illegal drug market is estimated at $800 billion a year. Drug production in Afghanistan presents the biggest danger for Russia and Eurasia, Drug production in Afghanistan has grown 40 times since the beginning of Operation Enduring Freedom... the world has two planetary drug production centers: heroin is made in the eastern hemisphere and cocaine is made in the western hemisphere."

Obama: We are ending Afghanistan war responsibly
10/7/11 usatoday.com/ communities/ theoval/ post/ 2011/ 10/ obama-we-are-ending-afghanistan-war-responsibly/

"To watch the courageous Afghan freedom fighters battle modern arsenals with simple hand-held weapons is an inspiration to those who love freedom. Their courage teaches us a great lesson—that there are things in this world worth defending. To the Afghan people, I say on behalf of all Americans that we admire your heroism, your devotion to freedom, and your relentless struggle against your oppressors."
Ronald Reagan 1983

"Today American occupying invaders and their coalition are facing the same future the Russian invaders faced "
2/15/12 Taliban

"The Enduring Strategic Partnership Agreement" framework for U.S. in Afghanistan after scheduled 2014 drawdown of U.S. combat forces, has a duration of at least 10 years"
US-Afghanistan Sign 'Enduring Strategic Partnership Agreement'
5/1/12 http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/obama-makes-surprise-vi...
President Obama arrived in Kabul in an unannounced trip on the first anniversary of Osama bin Laden's death to sign the agreement, visit US troops in Afghanistan and address the US nation from Bagram Air Base about his plans to responsibly end the war in Afghanistan. The US-Afghanistan Sign Enduring Strategic Partnership Agreement, providing the framework for U.S. involvement in Afghanistan after the scheduled 2014 drawdown of U.S. combat forces, has a duration of at least 10 years ...

Rocky Future for Afghanistan, US Intelligence Warns
12/29/13 http://www.voanews.com/content/rocky-future-for-afghanistan-us-intellige...
The Washington Post reports a new National Intelligence Estimate predicts all the gains made by the US and its allies will be lost by 2017, with the Taliban and supporters becoming increasingly
influential if Washington and Kabul do not sign a security pact to keep a military contingent in Afganistan beyond 2014.

Under US Occupation Afghan Opium Industry Surges to Record Levels
11/13/13 http://www.commondreams.org
The cultivation of opium poppy in Afghanistan-a nation under the military control of US NATO forces for over twelve years-has risen to an all-time high, according to the UN 2013 Afghanistan Opium Survey...the U.S. military has allowed poppy cultivation to appease farmers and government officials who might otherwise turn against the Afghan Karzai government ...In the ever-shifting New Great Game in Eurasia, a key question -- why Afghanistan matters -- is simply not part of the discussion in the US... the idea energy and Afghanistan might have anything in common is verboten.... rest assured, nothing of significance takes place in Eurasia without an energy angle. In the case of Afghanistan, keep in mind Central and South Asia have been considered by US strategists crucial places to plant the flag; once the Soviet Union collapsed, control of former Soviet republics was seen as essential to future U.S. global power... there, as they imagined it, that the U.S. Empire of Bases would intersect crucially with Pipelineistan leaving Russia and China on the defensive...Afghanistan sits at the crossroads of any new Silk Road linking the Caucasus to western China and four nuclear powers (China, Russia, Pakistan and India) in the vicinity... added to this lethal mix: the narco-dollar, the fact that global heroin cartels feasting on Afghanistan only work with U.S. dollars...Russia's anti-drug czar Viktor Ivanov routinely blasts the disaster that passes for the U.S./NATO anti-drug war...Afghan heroin now kills 30,000 Russians annually, twice as many as were killed during the decade-long U.S.-supported 1980's anti-Soviet Afghan jihad...Russia's anti-drug czar Viktor Ivanov routinely blasts the disaster called US/NATO anti-drug war, stressing Afghan heroin now kills 30,000 Russians annually, twice as many as were killed during the decade-long US.-supported anti-Soviet Afghan jihad of the 1980s.

Afghanistan, Iran to sign wide-ranging cooperation pact
12/8/13 http://www.allvoices.com/contributed-news/16120694-afghanistan-and-iran-...
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani welcomed Afghanistan’s President Karzai on an official visit to Tehran Sunday....The as yet unsigned Afghan-US Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA), is the foundation of the "enduring strategic agreement" for continuing US military presence in Afghanistan after the intended 2014 withdrawal deadline.... After the heads of state meeting, Aimal Faizi, spokesman for President Karzai, told Reuters , "Afghanistan agreed on a long-term friendship and cooperation pact with Iran...for long-term political, security, economic and cultural cooperation, regional peace and security."
In August, Afghanistan signed a strategic cooperation pact with Iran covering principally security issues. But Faizi said the new agreement, to be signed shortly by the Afghan president and his Iranian counterpart, would be much wider in scope. A formal document is expected to be prepared and signed soon by the two states.
The alacrity with which Afghanistan moved to bolster relations with Iran is destined to raise concerns in Washington. After months of negotiation to agree to terms fo US troops to remain in Afghanistan post-1914, Karzai announced late November that he would not sign the US-Afghan BSA unless a number of other issues were also addressed....
Iran has long argued against US-NATO presence in Afghanistan, the only country known to have specifically asked Karzai not to sign the agreement with the US. The US wants Karzai to commit to the new agreement by the end 2013. BBC reports Susan Rice, US envoy in Afghanistan, said Karzai's delay...until after next year's elections was "not viable".
Iran President Rouhani posted on his official Twitter account, “Iran-Afghanistan enjoy fraternal ties. Welfare & security of Afghan people will increase regional co-op & development”... Rouhani reaffirmed Iran's opposition to the presence of any foreign country in the region, the Middle East and the Persian Gulf....that all foreign troops should be withdrawn. Afghanistan, security should be entrusted to the Afghan people he said.

Thursday, January 9, 2014 8:06:49 P
Post Exclusive Karzai unlikely to meet deadline on signing long-term security deal: U.S. envoy
1/9/14 http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/karzai-is-unlikely...
The lead US negotiator for a long-term security agreement with Afghanistan warned the Obama administration privately that its efforts to persuade President Hamid Karzai to sign the document on the U.S. timetable are likely to fail, according to officials. The assessment, if borne out, would leave the administration with little time to assemble a military coalition to remain in Afghanistan and could raise the chances of a hasty and messy troop withdrawal by the end of the year.

“We have shot an amazing number of people, but to my knowledge, none has ever proven to be a threat."
General Stanley McChrystal, Tighter Rules Fail to Stem Deaths of Innocent Afghans at Checkpoints, http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/27/world/asia/27afghan.html

US Special Forces 'Tried to Cover-up' Khataba Raid in Afghanistan
By Jerome Starkey, Kabul, http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article25136.htm
US special forces dug bullets out of their victims' bodies in the bloody aftermath of a night raid, washed their wounds with alcohol, then lied about events Afghan investigators told The Times.

Collateral Murder
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article25147.htm
WikiLeaks released classified US military video of the deliberate slaying of over a dozen people in the Iraqi suburb of New Baghdad -- including two Reuters news staff.

US private Bradley (Chelsea) Manning charged with leaking Iraq killings video
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2010/jul/06/bradley-manning-charged-iraq-killings-video>

Bradley E. Manning, convicted of leaking video WikiLeaks calls “Collateral Murder.”
8/21/13 http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/aug/21/bradley-manning-sentence...
Manning,25, was convicted July 30 on 20 charges, six under the Espionage Act, for downloading, copying and passing to WikiLeaks more than 700,000 raw U.S. military battlefield reports from Iraq and Afghanistan and State Department cables, classified “Secret.”

Taliban Launch Intense Assaults On Police Complex In Kabul
1/20/13 AP Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid in a text message to The Associated Press claimed responsibility for the attack...A NATO special forces unit that trains Afghan police was at the scene but not taking part in the operation. Police headquarters is located on the square leading to the Afghan parliament, next to Afghan police headquarters ...the second insurgent attack inside Kabul in less than a week. Last Wednesday Taliban bombers attacked the Afghan intelligence agency in downtown Kabul, killing one guard, wounding dozens...The attacks highlight the ongoing violence in Afghanistan and the insurgency's determination to continue fighting as the U.S. and President Karzai negotiate for a quicker pullout of US forces.

Taliban rejects US Afghan troop withdrawal plan
2/14/13 http://www.rediff.com/news/report/taliban-rejects-us-afghan-troop-withdr...
“The Taliban will not agree to gradual withdrawal and vows to continue their ‘holy jihad’ until not a single foreign soldier stays on Afghan soil,” the statement came in the wake of reports the US plans to bring home about 34,000 troops from Afghanistan by February 2014, a 50 percent cut in the number of US troops now there.. The Taliba statement continued, “Time has come for the US president Obama and other head of states of invading countries to understand the realities of this futile war and instead of tactical efforts, troop reductions and gradual withdrawals, focus on the conditions, calls and needs of its own people and immediately extract all its troops from our country. Thousands of their soldiers were killed, maimed and mentally disabled; billions of dollars was spent; economies of involved invading countries faced decline; its own people were reduced to beggary and other such ills”.

Taliban Kills 17 Afghan Soldiers
3/7/13 http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/07/world/asia/taliban-kill-17-afghan-sold...

18 Afghans Killed in Attacks During Hagel's Visit
"no apparent connection between the bombing and Secretary of Defense Hagel's unannounced visit"
3/9/13 http://www.voanews.com/content/new-us-defense-secretary-visiting-afghani...
http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/03/09/173878788/with-hagel-in-a...

Taliban kill at least 23 Afghan police, wound 21, abduct 24 in Badakhshan
9/19/13 http://www.khaama.com/taliban-kill-16-afghan-police-abduct-24-others-in-...
According to local authorities in north-eastern Badakhshan province of Afghanistan, dozens of Afghan police officers were killed or injured and several others kidnapped following a Taliban ambush Provincial council chief Mawlavi Zabiullah Atiq confirming the report said the incident took place late Wednesday in Wardooj district, Taliban claimed responsibility for at least 23 police officers dead, 21 others wounded and kidnapped about 24 other police officers. Wardooj is among the most volatile regions in north-eastern Badakhshan province with Taliban openly operating. Afghan national special forces recently conducted the “Hindukush” operation to clear militants and announced the operation ended after the area was cleared.

NATO optimistic about post 2014 US security agreement with Afghanistan
10/22/13 http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/nato-optimistic-about-us-security-ag...
10/23/13 http://www.stripes.com/news/nato-upbeat-on-post-2014-security-arrangemen...
Talks on the new post-2014 accord have been stalled over Karzai’s insistence that U.S. troops do not have immunity from prosecution in Afghanistan. Washington rejected the demand that Americans be under Afghan judicial jurisdiction. A similar immunity dispute derailed U.S. talks with Iraq two years ago. Recently, however, administration officials expressed optimism...
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told reporters traveling with him to a NATO Defense ministers’ meeting that good progress was made last week between Karzai and Kerry...
Despite their overwhelming superiority in firepower and numbers, NATO and its Afghan allies have been unable to stamp out the Taliban insurgency during the 12-year war.

"Even during the Cold War, NATO was wholly dominated by the U.S."
* NATO's Ordinary Future, By Robert D. Kaplan. Stratfor, http://www.stratfor.com/analysis/natos-ordinary-future-robert-d-kaplan#i...
US Admiral James G. Stavridis, Commander US European Command and NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe. www.eucom.mil/organization/senior-leadership/comm...

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“In transferring command and control to NATO, the U.S. turns the reins over to an organization dominated by the U.S. militarily and politically...the U.S. runs the show that is taking over running the show.”
3/28/11 AP www.foxnews.com/ politics/ 2011/ 03/ 28/ fact-check-obamas-libya-claims-fit-facts/

Despite Doubt, Karzai Brother Retains Power
3/31/10 http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/31/world/asia/31karzai.html?th&emc=th
Senior US officials, after months spent weighing the evidence against Ahmed Wali Karzai: that he launders money, that he seizes land, that he reaps enormous profits facilitating the shipment of opium through the region..concluded that the evidence...was not clear enough to persuade the president to move his brother out two NATO officials said....
At the heart of Kandahar sits Ahmed Wali Karzai, who has been a prominent public figure in southern Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban government in 2001... There is little doubt here that few important matters are settled without him...American officials say he has provided extensive help in battling the insurgency. He helps the C.I.A. operate a paramilitary group, the Kandahar Strike Force [AKA DEATH SQUAD] used for raids against suspected insurgents. Ahmed Wali Karzai is also paid for allowing the C.I.A. and American Special Operations troops to rent a large compound outside the city, several American officials said....

Afghan Drug Production Up 40 Times Since NATO Occupation
12/5/13 http://www.interfax.com/newsinf.asp
Federal Drug Control Service head Viktor Ivanov told a conference "The global illegal drug market is estimated at $800 billion a year. Drug production in Afghanistan presents the biggest danger for Russia and Eurasia, Drug production in Afghanistan has grown 40 times since the beginning of Operation Enduring Freedom... the world has two planetary drug production centers: heroin is made in the eastern hemisphere and cocaine is made in the western hemisphere."

US airstrike January 15 killed at least 14 civilians, including 3 women and 5 children
1/17/14 Khaama Press,, * http://www.rawa.org/temp/runews/2014/01/17/us-airstrike-killed-at-least-...
A delegation of the Afghan officials including parliament members, who were assigned by president Karzai to investigate the US airstrike in northern Parwan province of Afghanistan, revealed at least 14 civilians were killed in the air raid. Afghan lawmaker Abdul Satar Khawasi, heading the probe team... met with local residents in Siah Gerd district, who told Khawasi US forces resumed airstrike from 10 pm local time until early morning Wednesday. He said a brief report has been prepared which includes pictures of the victims and the documents will be presented in Afghan parliament Saturday.... The U.S. NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) on Wednesday confirmed the civilian casualties during a joint military operation in northern Afghanistan: ” ISAF regrets civilians were killed Jan. 15 during a deliberately-planned, Afghan-led clearing operation to disrupt insurgent activity in a high threat area, the Ghorband district in Parwan province.. to target senior Taliban leaders...
* http://www.rawa.org/rawa.html... In 1979 RAWA became directly involved in the anti-Soviet war of resistance. In contradistinction to the majority of Islamic fundamentalist "freedom fighters"...RAWA believes freedom and democracy can’t be donated; it is the duty of the people of a country to fight and achieve... Under the US-supported government, the sworn enemies of human rights, democracy and secularism have gripped their claws over our country and attempt to restore their religious fascism on our people...