Afghanistan News Links 18-19 August 2021

19 August 2021 • 22:00 — The New Dark Age

There may be some duplication due to cross-posting and may be updated throughout the day, so please check back

HTS Congratulates Taliban, While Ankara And The Kurds Continue Their Fight
https://southfront.org/hts-congratulate-taliban-while-ankara-and-the-kurds-continue-their-fight/

As Kabul Is Retaken, Papers Look Back in Erasure
https://fair.org/home/as-kabul-is-retaken-papers-look-back-in-erasure/

Protests against the Taliban spread to Kabul, as people march along the streets with Afghan flags
https://www.rt.com/news/532505-protests-afghanistan-taliban-kabul/

Video: Taliban 2.0: Claims of Rights for Women, Free Media, No Terrorism
https://www.globalresearch.ca/video-taliban-2-0-claims-rights-women-free-media-no-terrorism/5753410

Military Situation In Afghanistan On August 19, 2021 (Map Update)
https://southfront.org/military-situation-in-afghanistan-on-august-19-2021-map-update/

Ah, Yes! The Issue of “Expertise”.
https://smoothiex12.blogspot.com/2021/08/ah-yes-issue-of-expertise.html

Biden Admitted US War In Afghanistan Is Becoming A Somalia-Like Drone War
https://popularresistance.org/biden-admitted-us-war-in-afghanistan-is-becoming-a-somalia-like-drone-war/

Afghanistan: Protesters wave national flag at Independence Day protests
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-58275284

Afghanistan: Child handed over Kabul airport wall as chaos continues
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-58267756

Afghanistan: Calls to UK veterans mental health helpline double
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-58271247

Afghanistan: Who originally supported Trump’s deal with the Taliban?
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/58271943

Afghanistan: A woman’s story of life under the Taliban in 1999
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-58250780

US Expansionism in Eurasia, Control over Afghanistan
https://www.globalresearch.ca/us-expansionism-eurasia-control-afghanistan/5753409

A Mideast Nuclear War Spearheaded by Israel Would Make Afghanistan Seem Like a Local Conflict Between Armed Factional Groups
https://www.globalresearch.ca/mideast-nuclear-war-make-afghanistan-seem-local-conflict-between-armed-factional-groups/5753421

Six Questions We Need to Ask About Afghanistan
https://www.globalresearch.ca/6-questions-we-need-ask-about-afghanistan/5753447

Did the NY Fed Confiscate $1.3 Billion in Afghan Gold: Striking Revelations from Afghanistan’s Central Bank Chief
https://www.globalresearch.ca/did-ny-fed-confiscate-1-3-billion-afghan-gold-striking-revelations-afghanistan-central-bank-chief/5753455

“The War is Worth Waging”: Afghanistan’s Vast Reserves of Minerals and Natural Gas
https://www.globalresearch.ca/the-war-is-worth-waging-afghanistan-s-vast-reserves-of-minerals-and-natural-gas/19769

Taliban Members Meet Political Leaders in Kabul
https://www.globalresearch.ca/taliban-members-meet-political-leaders-kabul/5753448

Chaos Continue In Kabul Airport As Afghans Define The Taliban To Celebrate Independence Day (Videos, Photos)
https://southfront.org/chaos-continue-in-kabul-airport-as-afghans-define-the-taliban-to-celebrate-independence-day-videos-photos/

Afghanistan Was Based on Lies. Will the Militarists Apologize?
https://www.globalresearch.ca/afghanistan-based-lies-will-militarists-apologize/5753451

Taliban’s return to power in Afghanistan is ‘moral victory of Islamism over the West’ – top Merkel ally
https://www.rt.com/news/532501-germany-afghanistan-moral-victory/

Son of anti-Soviet mujahideen commander pleads for US to supply weapons & ammo against Taliban
https://www.rt.com/news/532479-son-mujahideen-us-weapons/

Taliban declares formation of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, just days after taking over Kabul
https://www.rt.com/news/532470-taliban-declares-islamic-emirate-afghanistan/

Selected Articles: Afghanistan’s “Color Revolution”
https://www.globalresearch.ca/selected-articles-afghanistan-color-revolution-who-ali-ahmad-jalali/5753430

Afghanistan’s “Color Revolution”? Narcotics and the Opium Trade
https://www.globalresearch.ca/afghanistans-color-revolution-who-is-ali-ahmad-jalali/5753335

Taliban and Al Qaeda: Putting a fox in charge of the chicken coop?
by Dr James M Dorsey
Abu Omar Khorasani was taken from Kabul’s Pul-i-Charkhi prison and unceremoniously shot. The first and only person to have been executed since the Taliban gained full control of Afghanistan, Mr. Khorasani was the head of the Islamic State in South Asia until he was arrested by government forces last year. What are its repercussions?
https://countercurrents.org/2021/08/taliban-and-al-qaeda-putting-a-fox-in-charge-of-the-chicken-coop/

Who “Lost” Afghanistan, America or India?
by Taj Hashmi
Now, who “lost” Afghanistan – America or some other entities – is the question. I believe America had nothing much to lose in Afghanistan, while its Military-Industrial Lobby has been the sole loser. However, meanwhile the Lobby has already made a couple of trillion dollars from the unnecessary war. Some other entities, some of America’s old NATO allies, Britain in particular; and its relatively new “ally”, India under Modi, have been the main losers in Afghanistan.
https://countercurrents.org/2021/08/who-lost-afghanistan-america-or-india/

America’s Afghan Debacle & West’s Collective Bungle
by George Chakko
China could be the new beneficiary wanting to further expand its grab on Afghan minerals in toto. China may tactfully seduce a Taleban-led Afghanistan into SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organisation where Afghanistan’s neighbours India and Pakistan are members). The other loser after the U.S. will be India that had invested over $ 3 Billion in Afghanistan’s development. But if Dr. Abdallah Abdallah, an India friend, is included in a new Taleban coalition
government, then India may still be able to play a constructive role in Afghanistan’s future.
https://countercurrents.org/2021/08/americas-afghan-debacle-wests-collective-bungle/

Stakes in Afghanistan!
by Nilofar Suhrawardy
Speculations resting on numerous analyses are being voiced on what does withdrawal of United States from Afghanistan and take-over by Taliban really indicate? The former aspect is being viewed by most as defeat of the Superpower and the latter as probable return of terrorism to the country spelling distress for most, particularly women. Let us view the ground reality from another angle. How should victory and/or defeat of United States be measured?
https://countercurrents.org/2021/08/stakes-in-afghanistan/

Afghanistan: After Action Report
by John Stanton
Arguably the best novel on Afghanistan is the gut wrenching Wasted Vigil by Nadeem Aslam. One of the characters in the book, Marcus, laments that: “Both sides in Homer’s war, when they arrive to collect their dead from the battlefield, weep freely in complete sight of each other. Sick at heart. This is what Marcus wants, the tears of one side fully visible to the other” It seems it’s time for that.
https://countercurrents.org/2021/08/afghanistan-after-action-report/

Reflections on Events in Afghanistan
by M K Bhadrakumar
Afghan ambassador to Washington Ms. Adela Raz said that President Ghani and his cronies simply emptied the Afghan Treasury and left with the loot…India’s policymakers couldn’t have been unaware that a cabal was ruling Afghanistan but deliberately chose to ignore it… The Washington Post has exposed that the Pentagon commanders lied and the ‘forever war’ continued… The disconcerting fact is, in India too, a determined lobby advocated the ‘forever war’ against all logic, and Mohib was our man in Kabul, too.
https://countercurrents.org/2021/08/reflections-on-events-in-afghanistan/

Remembering Afghanistan’s Revolutionary Experiment
by Yanis Iqbal
Afghanistan was not always gloom and doom, once there was a revolutionary spark
https://countercurrents.org/2021/08/remembering-afghanistans-revolutionary-experiment/

An Even More General Amnesty: Taliban Released Thousands Of Al-Qaeda, ISIS Terrorists From Prison
https://southfront.org/an-even-more-general-amnesty-taliban-released-thousands-of-al-qaeda-isis-terrorists-from-prison/

Taliban Open Fire On Protesters In Jalalabad, Asadabad Killing At Least 6 Total
https://southfront.org/taliban-open-fire-on-protesters-in-jalalabad-asadabad-killing-at-least-6-total/

Did The NY Fed Confiscate $1.3 Billion In Afghan Gold: Striking Revelations From Afghanistan’s Central Bank Chief
https://southfront.org/did-the-ny-fed-confiscate-1-3-billion-in-afghan-gold-striking-revelations-from-afghanistans-central-bank-chief/

Taliban declares formation of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, just days after taking over Kabul
https://www.rt.com/news/532470-taliban-declares-islamic-emirate-afghanistan/

Afghanistan crisis: Biden says US troops may stay past withdrawal deadline
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-58264917

Afghanistan’s “Color Revolution”: Who Is Ali Ahmad Jalali?
https://www.globalresearch.ca/afghanistans-color-revolution-who-is-ali-ahmad-jalali/5753335

Taliban tells scared locals to stay away from Kabul airport after 12 killed by gunfire or in stampedes – media
https://www.rt.com/news/532469-afghanistan-kabul-airport-victims/

Taliban declares formation of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, just days after taking over Kabul
https://www.rt.com/news/532470-taliban-declares-islamic-emirate-afghanistan/

Gunfire, smoke grenades & barbed wire: WATCH Taliban & US troops struggle to ‘protect’ Kabul airport from desperate crowds
https://www.rt.com/news/532456-us-troops-taliban-kabul/

Six Things You Need to Know About Afghanistan and the Taliban
https://www.globalresearch.ca/six-things-you-need-know-about-afghanistan-taliban/5753185

‘First come, first serve’: Americans warned of limited flights out of Kabul, US embassy ‘cannot ensure safe passage’ to airport
https://www.rt.com/news/532442-americans-afghanistan-evacuation-flights-embassy/

Selected Articles: Afghanistan’s “Color Revolution”: Who Is Ali Ahmad Jalali?
https://www.globalresearch.ca/selected-articles-afghanistan-color-revolution-who-ali-ahmad-jalali/5753430

Afghanistan’s “Color Revolution”: Who Is Ali Ahmad Jalali?
https://www.globalresearch.ca/afghanistans-color-revolution-who-is-ali-ahmad-jalali/5753335

Afghanistan: A New Pivot in the Greater Middle East?
https://www.globalresearch.ca/afghanistan-new-pivot-middle-east/5752199

The Taliban Discredited The US’ Nation-Building Goal In Afghanistan
https://orientalreview.org/2021/08/19/the-taliban-discredited-the-us-nation-building-goal-in-afghanistan/

Afghan interpreter who worked for UK begs PM for help
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-58264397

Afghanistan: Pakistan fences off from Afghan refugees
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-58187983

Afghanistan: Joe Biden said chaos was ‘inevitable’
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-58264718

IMF suspends Afghanistan’s access to funds
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-58263525

Why the Lie Machine is Grinding Afghanistan into Dust
https://journal-neo.org/2021/08/18/why-the-lie-machine-is-grinding-afghanistan-into-dust/

How Beijing Helps Tehran
https://journal-neo.org/2021/08/18/how-beijing-helps-tehran/

How Russia-China are stage-managing the Taliban
https://williambowles.info/2021/08/18/how-russia-china-are-stage-managing-the-taliban/

The Papers: MPs condemn US president, and Johnson ‘humiliated’
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-the-papers-58264267

Afghanistan: Dominic Raab’s failure to make urgent call shameful – Labour
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-58265160

Afghanistan crisis: Biden says no American will be left behind
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-58264917

Biden forfeits his Afghan victory by defending his Deep State advisors
http://thesaker.is/biden-forfeits-his-afghan-victory-by-defending-his-deep-state-advisors/

Ashraf Ghani: Afghanistan’s exiled president lands in UAE
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-58260902

Afghanistan crisis: ‘Many here will be deeply fearful for their future’
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-58262874

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