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Afghanistan -- what the MSM does not want you to know --

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/exclusive-afgha...

The sound of a propeller engine is audible the moment my fixer and I climb out of the car, causing us new arrivals from Kabul to glance sharply upwards. I have never heard a military drone in action before, and it is entirely invisible in the cold night sky, yet there is no doubt what it is. My first visit to the Taliban since 2007 has only just begun and I am already regretting it. What if the drone is the Hellfire-missile-carrying kind?

Three years ago, the Taliban's control over this district, Chak, and the 112,000 Pashtun farmers who live here, was restricted to the hours of darkness – although the local commander, Abdullah, vowed to me that he would soon be in full control. As I am quickly to discover, this was no idle boast. In Chak, the Karzai government has in effect given up and handed over to the Taliban. Abdullah, still in charge, even collects taxes. His men issue receipts using stolen government stationery that is headed "Islamic Republic of Afghanistan"; with commendable parsimony they simply cross out the word "Republic" and insert "Emirate", the emir in question being the Taliban's spiritual leader, Mullah Omar.

The most astonishing thing about this rebel district – and for Nato leaders meeting in Lisbon this week, a deeply troubling one – is that Chak is not in war-torn Helmand or Kandahar but in Wardak province, a scant 40 miles south-west of Kabul. Nato commanders have repeatedly claimed that the Taliban are on the back foot following this year's US troop surge. Mid-level insurgency commanders, they say, have been removed from the battlefield in "industrial" quantities since the 2010 campaign began. And yet Abdullah, operating within Katyusha rocket range of the capital – and with a $500,000 bounty on his head – has managed to evade coalition forces for almost four years. If Chak is in any way typical of developments in other rural districts – and Afghanistan has hundreds of isolated valley communities just like this one – then Nato's military strategy could be in serious difficulty.

At the roadside, Abdullah himself materialises from the darkness. He seems hugely amused to see me again. The drone, thankfully, turns out to be a ringay – the local, onomatopoeic nickname for a small camera drone. Abdullah says it's the armed versions, the larger-engined Predators and Reapers, known as buzbuzak, that we need to worry about – and this definitely isn't one of those. I imagine some CIA analyst in Langley, Virginia, freeze-framing a close-up of my face and filing it under "Insurgent". In this valley, no one but the Taliban moves about in vehicles after dark.

In the middle of the night, after supper on the floor of a village farmhouse, I am taken by half a dozen Talibs to inspect the local district centre, a mud-brick compound garrisoned by 80 soldiers of the Afghan National Army who, Abdullah says, are too scared ever to come out. "We attack them whenever we like," he says, producing Russian-made night vision glasses and examining the ANA's forward trench positions. "In fact, we can attack them now if you want. Would you like that?" I politely decline the offer.

Kabul, Abdullah insists, controls just one square kilometre around the district centre; the rest of Chak belongs to the Taliban. "Last year, 30 ANP [Afghan National Police] came over to our side with two trucks full of heavy weapons...They could see how popular we were here, and that they were following the wrong path.

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Not Typical

Sadly, this isn't a typical UK Afghanistan war news story. You would get a very different picture if you were to get your news from main stream tv or the tabloid newspapers.

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a very sad bump

Afghanistan needs Jubilee so much - love, liberty throughout the land, release from slavery...

This is the article that got my posting privileges revoked:
http://bklim.newsvine.com/_news/2013/05/12/18212165-dr-stan-...

Thank you my friend

When will enough people wake up so it's possible to stop this hellish madness?

That is the question I am asking myself every single day.

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Ahh, yes...

America's new Vietnam. I did two tours in Vietnam and this war is the same damned thing. Those men are up in the air knowing that the people don't want it, have no will to win it and we shouldn't be there in the first place. They know! So it is just a matter of survival for most and a killing opportunity for the very small minority of unbalanced killers who'd do it for free..What have we become?

"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is argument of tyrants. It is the creed of slaves." William Pitt in the House of Commons November 18, 1783
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Excellent article and should

Excellent article and should come as NO surprise. Our foreign policy seems fueled by Nazi-like thinking. It is wrong.

Thanks Crickett

added to my website { http://www.libertypoet.com/ }along with two other articles:

# Timetable Abandoned: U.S. And NATO To Wage Endless War In Afghanistan

# West cannot defeat al-Qaeda, says UK forces chief
The West can only contain, not defeat, militant groups such as al-Qaeda, the head of the UK's armed forces has said.

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bumping--

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it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

Thank you

Thank you and others who gave this very important article a bump.

Going to post it on my website as well.
Enjoy your Sunday everyone.

Peace!

p.s.
I hope American media picks up on this story reported in the British news outlet.
This is my Sunday wish.

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wow..

just wow..

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Me too

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the ending of the article

the ending of the article exposes the big lie quote:

His men are genuinely perplexed by General Petraeus's assertion that Nato's purpose in Afghanistan is to prevent the re-establishment of al-Qa'ida. "There were some foreign fighters in Chak for a while last year," Mullah Naim recalls, "Arabs, Chechens, Pakistanis. But they were fighting under the Taliban, obeying our orders. They were nothing to do with al-Qa'ida. There are no al-Qa'ida fighters in Afghanistan any more. I have fought in the south and in the east as well as here. In seven years of operations I have not seen a single al-Qa'ida fighter. Not one."

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http://www.dailypaul.com/203008/south-carolina-battle-of-cow...
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15