A failed state will always be a failed state as long as Islam is the prime motivating factor to its existence.
Yet another reason to reject the ”take them all in mentality” of the loon Left and crony corporatist faux free marketers. There will always be a steady stream of these people, best to help them where they are then to deprive even more people who can’t leave.
Taliban are at the gates of Kabul as their suicide bombers launch latest in wave of attacks in the Afghan capital
Afghan security officials desperately help one badly injured man, who was caught up in the deadly suicide bomb attack
- The Taliban have claimed responsibility for a deadly attack on a civilian contractors compound in Kabul
- A man drove a truck laden with explosives into Camp Baron close the capital city’s main airport
- At least 30 Afghan civilians, including nine children, were wounded in the attack on Camp Baron
- Yesterday a suicide bomber carried out a Taliban attack at a military checkpoint on the outskirts of the city
- See more of the latest news updates on the Taliban bomb attack in Afghanistan
The Taliban carried out a truck bomb attack on a compound for civilian contractors near Kabul airport today, just hours after a lone suicide bomber detonated his explosives vest as the latest in a series of attacks in the Afghan capital over the past week.
At least 30 Afghan civilians, including nine children, were wounded in the attack on Camp Baron, a heavily protected residential compound for civilian technical contractors close to the city’s main airport, a health ministry official said.
A police official said a truck packed with explosives drove up to the armoured gates of the complex before being detonated, smashing windows and sending glass flying and badly damaging nearby houses.
The Taliban later claimed responsibility for the attack which targeted the heavily walled compound in a bid to cause further terror in the city.
NOTE: Obama’s mission complete moment.
Both Russia and the West are all over the map in the fight against the Islamonazis of every stripe.
Russia is exchanging information with the Taliban and sees shared interest with the insurgents when it comes to counteracting the spread of the Islamic State group, a senior Russian diplomat said Wednesday.
“Taliban interests objectively coincide with ours,” Zamir Kabulov, head of the department at the Russian foreign ministry responsible for Afghanistan who is also a Kremlin special representative in the country, told Interfax news agency.
“I have said before that we have communication channels with the Taliban to exchange information,” he said.
For Obummer, it’s mission complete.
UN DATA: TALIBAN AT ITS STRONGEST IN AFGHANISTAN SINCE 2001
The Taliban terrorists’ reach in Afghanistan is greater than at any point since their regime was dethroned by the United States military in 2001, United Nations data obtained by The New York Times (NYT) reveals.
In September, more than half of the districts in Afghanistan’s 34 provinces were reportedly rated by the UN as having either “a substantial, high or extreme level of risk… more than at any time since the American invasion ousted the Taliban in 2001.”
Overall, about half of the Afghan districts were considered to have a “high” or “extreme” threat level, which means UN workers cannot travel to or through the area, The Timesreported October 11.
The UN data revealed that in September, 38 districts across 14 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces (about 40 percent) were considered to be under an “extreme” threat level.
“In all, 27 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces [nearly 80 percent] had some districts where the threat level was rated high or extreme,” reported The Times.
Districts under an extreme threat level have no government presence at all or the government presence is limited to the district capital.
The UN “assessment, which has not been publicly released but is routinely shared by the United Nations with countries in the international coalition, appears at odds with the assessment of its American commander, Gen. John F. Campbell, in his testimony to Congress last week,” noted The Times.
“The Afghan security forces have displayed courage and resilience,” General Campbell told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday. “They’re still holding. The Afghan government retains control of Kabul, of Highway One, its provincial capitals and nearly all of the district centers.”
In many of the districts currently under siege by the Taliban, Afghan officials offered a significantly different version of the situation, reported The Times.
“The government is failing in their governing, and it’s better to let the Taliban rule,” Wali Dad, the police chief in Oruzgan province’s Charchino district in central Afghanistan where an estimate 400 police officers have been surrounded by the Taliban for months, told NYT.
The refusal by Doctors Without Borders to admit that the Taliban were using the hospital and immediate area as a command post, or staging area/pillbox for engaging in hostilities, says more about DWB than about U.S. forces listening to Afghan soldiers on the ground who ordered the hit.
Afghan forces called for air strike in Kunduz: U.S. general
Afghan forces asked for U.S. air support while fighting the Taliban in Kunduz shortly before an air strike resulted in the deaths of civilians there, the American commander of international forces in Afghanistan said on Monday.
U.S. Army General John Campbell fell short of squarely acknowledging U.S. responsibility for an air strike that killed 22 people in an Afghan hospital run by aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) on Saturday.
MSF reiterated its call for an independent investigation into the incident, though the White House said on Monday it was confident ongoing probes by the U.S. military, NATO, and Afghan security officials would provide a full account of the circumstances surrounding the strike.
Campbell said U.S. forces were not under direct fire in the incident and the air strike had not been called on their behalf, contrary to previous statements from the U.S. military.
H/T: Nikorama @ Weasel Zippers
The scumbags knew it but spun a different tale……
Doctors Without Borders’ personnel are once again lying through their teeth, denying the facts put forward by US and Afghan personnel and covering up the use of medical facilities by the Taliban Jihadists as human shields.
IT’S TIME TO TREAT DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS AS A TERRORIST ORGANIZATION
End non-profit status for them and for any organization that funds them
Tard melee ensues…….
NOTE: Vlad asked me to upload this to YT, so I gladly did.
Taliban storms into northern Afghan city in major blow for security forces
KABUL — Taliban insurgents fought their way into a major city in northern Afghanistan on Monday, driving back stunned security forces in a multi-pronged attack that also sent Afghan officials and U.N. personnel fleeing for safety.
The fall of Kunduz would be a huge blow to the Western-backed government in Kabul and would give Taliban insurgents a critical base of operations beyond their traditional strongholds in Afghanistan’s south. Afghan government leaders and the U.S.-led coalition here view the battle for Kunduz as a key test of the Afghan security forces in their continuing fight with the Taliban.
For the moment, Afghan officials acknowledged, much of the city is in Taliban hands, and Afghan authorities were left struggling over how to turn the tide, although they insisted that they would prevail once they mount a counterattack.
We owe those who helped our soldiers.
Translator abandoned by UK is executed as he tries to flee Taliban: Interpreter killed after being captured in Iran amid fears four more have suffered the same fate
At risk: Afghan interpreter Chris, centre, at work with other translators. The men’s identities have been concealed for their own safety
- The interpreter, known to UK soldiers as Popal, was tortured and murdered
- Captured in Iran after being refused help by UK investigators despite pleas
- Four others feared to have died the same way after trying to flee the group
- Sources say anyone found to have worked for Britain is tortured and killed
An Afghan military interpreter denied refuge by Britain has been executed trying to reach the West.
Known to the UK soldiers he served with as Popal, he was tortured and murdered after being captured in Iran.
Another four interpreters are feared to have suffered the same fate while using people smugglers to flee the Taliban. Their families believe the missing men may have been killed by the Iranian authorities or by militias.
‘Anyone they find who has worked for Britain or allied forces is tortured and killed, the smugglers have told us, because they are seen as Western spies,’ said a source who served with British forces alongside Popal.
‘The smugglers warn us before we begin the journey that there is a good chance we will be captured and that if that happens “you are on your own”.
‘Some Afghans who were stopped making the journey to Europe have been enrolled in the Iranian military and sent to fight in Syria. Others have been brutally questioned. If you say you have worked for the British or the Americans, then it is likely you will be killed.’
Another 23 interpreters ‘abandoned’ by Britain have successfully reached Europe, with 20 thought to be in Germany.
Popal decided to flee Kabul after repeated death threats from Taliban agents. UK investigators refused to help, claiming there was insufficient evidence that his life was at risk.
Popal, who was wounded in Helmand while serving with the Parachute Regiment, is said to have been executed near the Iranian city of Mashhad.
You can’t trust them as far as you can spit.
US long suspected Pakistan of sheltering late Taliban leader Mullah Omar, report says
Just another day in Afghanistan.
2 dead, 31 wounded as Taliban attack Afghanistan parliament
Taliban militants attacked Afghanistan’s parliament Monday, detonating a suicide car bomb at an entrance and sending gunmen to storm the building, engaging security forces in a gunfight that left two dead, as lawmakers inside voted to endorse a new defense minister.
Afghan security forces managed to repel the attack, killing all seven gunmen and ensuring that no members of parliament were harmed. But the audacious assault on one of the most heavily guarded compounds in the capital came as the Taliban captured two northern districts in as many days, displaying their ability to operate on multiple fronts.
Iran reportedly stepping up shipments of arms, cash to Taliban
The Iranian government reportedly has stepped up shipments of weapons and money to the Taliban in Afghanistan in recent months.
According to The Wall Street Journal, which cited Afghan and Western officials in its report, Iran’s motivations for stepping up support for the militants are to prevent ISIS from gaining a foothold in Afghanistan and providing a check on U.S. influence ahead of the planned withdrawal of most American troops by the end of 2016.
The report quotes a Taliban fighter as saying that the militants receive weapons from smugglers paid by Iran’s government who traffic the contraband through the remote border region where Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan meet. Among the weapons Taliban units allegedly receive are mortars, machine guns, rifles, and rocket-propelled grenades.
Iran has repeatedly denied providing financial or military aid to the Taliban. No Iranian officials immediately commented on the Journal’s report.
Like I said earlier, the child molesting Taliban are going to start feeling the pinch as soon as the Islamic State come knocking at their doors.
ISIS IN AFGHANISTAN BEHEADS 10 TALIBAN MILITANTS
The Islamic State beheaded at least 10 Taliban militants in Afghanistan this week in a remote area in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar region, where the jihadist groups are locked in an intense battle for control over many of the surrounding provinces.
ISIS and the Taliban officially declared war against each other in April of this year, when the Islamic State carried out its first attack there.
According to India.com, a dozen Taliban militants were captured while retreating and trying to flee, following a gun battle with the Afghan security forces. Numan Hatifi of the 201st Corps of the Afghan National Army reportedly said that ISIS has taken control from the Taliban in several regions, even replacing them completely in one district, since May and has begun recruiting candidates for its aspirations of creating a worldwide Islamic Caliphate spawning from the Middle East.
The Taliban has long sent a message to the world that Afghanistan should only be controlled by Afghanis, evidenced by their history of fierce resistance to foreign invasions. Yet, the Islamic State’s creeping infiltration could virtually reshape the security measures implemented in that region. The Taliban have expressed countless times their intent to maintain their scope of influence in Afghanistan and not beyond its borders.
Like I predicted.
TALIBAN LEADERS TRADED FOR BERGDAHL MIGHT BE RELEASED BACK INTO BATTLEFIELD
WASHINGTON (AP) — Five senior Taliban leaders released last year from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl could move freely around the world next week as their one-year travel ban expires.
The five detainees were sent to Qatar, where government officials agreed to monitor their activities and prevent them from traveling out of the country under the terms of the May 2014 exchange. Bergdahl, who had been held captive by the Taliban for nearly five years after walking away from his Army post in Afghanistan, was released to the U.S. military.
He recently was charged with desertion.
U.S. officials have discussed with the Qataris the possibility of extending the travel ban after it expires on June 1. But so far, the White House has not publicly announced any new agreement with Qatar, meaning the five could leave the tiny nation on the Arabian Peninsula at the end of the month.
“In Congress, we spent a lot of time debating whether the Qataris were going to adequately keep an eye on them in the course of the 12 months,” said
of California, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence committee. “My point all along was that I’m more worried about month No. 13 than the first 12.”
Schiff has been privy to the details of the still-secret memorandum of understanding the U.S. reached with Qatar that put the five under a 12-month watch following their release.
“The Qataris did pretty good — I wouldn’t say perfect,” he said about the year-long monitoring. “But the big question is what comes next.”
Oh, but he said that they’ll never return to the battlefield.
Taliban commander who returned to Afghanistan as recruiter for ISIS after he was freed from Guantánamo Bay is killed in drone strike
- Mullah Abdul Rauf, 33, killed by NATO drone strike along with son-in-law
- The former Guantánamo Bay detainee recently pledged allegiance to ISIS
- The ex-Taliban commander claimed to be recruiting fighters for ISIS
Mullah Abdul Rauf, 33, was killed by a NATO drone
A former Guantánamo Bay detainee who recently pledged allegiance to ISIS has been killed in Afghanistan.
Mullah Abdul Rauf, 33, was killed by a NATO drone strike along with his son-in-law and six others as they drove through Kajaki district in the volatile southern province of Helmand, Afghan officials said.
Rauf, an ex-Taliban commander, declared allegiance to Isis in January, and claimed to be recruiting fighters on behalf of the group which holds large swaths of Syria and Iraq.
He was branded by the Washington Post last month as ‘the shadowy figure recruiting for the Islamic State in Afghanistan.’
A Pakistani militant commander said Rauf had been an important liaison between various factions which have broken away from the Afghan and Pakistani Taliban movements in recent months.
His defection had caused deadly infighting and raised fears the movement was gaining footholds in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
A statement from Resolute Support, the new name for the NATO mission in Afghanistan, said ‘coalition forces conducted a precision strike in Helmand province today, resulting in the death of eight individuals threatening the force’.
Ehsan’s my name, jihad’s my game.
Senior Taliban leader used LinkedIn to boost twisted career, listing his skills as ‘jihad and journalism’
- Ehsanullah Ehsan listed job on LinkedIn as terror group spokesman
- Online profile offered information including education and employment
- Account was removed by internet company, which said it could be fake
A senior terror commander used a business networking site to advertise his twisted set of skills, it has been reported.
Ehsanullah Ehsan listed his profession on LinkedIn as a spokesman for the TTP Jamaat Ahrar – a splinter group of the Pakistani Taliban.
He described himself as ‘self-employed’ and listed his skills as ‘jihad and journalism’. He also provided details on his education, employment history and language skills.
The account was taken down by the company on Friday after it was approached by reporters from The Sunday Telegraph, who saw Ehsan’s claims.
Ehsan formed Jamaat Ahrar along with former commanders of the the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, the Pakistan wing of the Taliban. The group declared their separation in August 2014.
The newly-formed terror group was blamed for the devastating suicide bombing on the Attari-Wagah border in Pakistan last November that left at least 61 dead.
Days after the attack, Ehsan issued a series of tweets, including one that identified the bomber and another that threatened India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
He had his Twitter account suspended after the incident, but now operates using a different name.
A £650,000 bounty was placed on the terrorist’s head in 2012 after he boasted that the group was responsible for the attempted assassination of schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai.
A spokesman for the TTP told Pakistani newspaper The Express Tribune at the time that Malala was shot because she was a ’secular-minded lady’.
Too bad he can’t be killed 150 times over.
Taliban commander who helped plan Pakistan school attack which left 150 dead is killed in hour-long gun battle with government security forces
- A commander known as Saddam has been killed in security forces raid
- He was alleged to have helped facilitate deadly Peshawar school massacre
- 132 children were killed in the deadliest militant attack in Pakistan’s history
- Seven other militants have been killed by suspected U.S. drone strikes
- The Pakistani military is waging war on Taliban militants in wake of attack
- It has created military courts and reinstated death penalty for terror crimes
One of the masterminds of the Pakistan school massacre in which 132 children were slaughtered has been killed in a raid carried out by government security forces, officials claim.
A top government official in the Khyber tribal region said security forces conducted a raid in the Bara area late Thursday night which left a leading Taliban commander known as Saddam dead.
The troops were involved in a gunfight with Saddam and a group of those living with him, said Shahab Ali Shah, the head of police administration in Khyber.
The cork pop!
DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (AP) — A suspected U.S. drone fired missiles at two compounds in Pakistan’s North Waziristan tribal region Friday, killing at least seven alleged militants, while security forces killed the alleged planner of the deadly recent attack on a school, Pakistani officials said.
Four intelligence officials said the early morning strikes hit the compounds of the Punjabi Taliban and a group of Uzbek militants in the Shawal area of North Waziristan.
Two missiles struck the compound of the Punjabi Taliban in the village of Kund, killing four militants, the officials said. They said the compound was being used as a training facility by the group’s commander, Qari Imran, but it was unclear whether Imran himself was present at the time of attack. The officials all spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media.
Minutes later, another drone-launched missile struck the compound of a group of Uzbek militants in the village of Mangrotai, killing three alleged militants, the officials said.
Drone strikes are largely unpopular in Pakistan where many consider them a violation of the country’s sovereignty and resent the collateral damage caused to Pakistani civilians. But the U.S. insists these attacks are effective to eliminate militants in areas inaccessible to the Pakistani military.
It’s like Iv’e been saying all along, the Taliban, Islamic State, Boko Haram are Islam 101 (fundamental Islam).
Season Greetings Taliban style.
H/T: Weasel Zippers