Afghanistan news Links 19-20 August 2021

20 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

Dumbest headline of the Year Award goes to the New York Times for this:

Afghanistan: Watching It All Fall Apart

By Douglas Schorzman
Yeah, us, too. We’ve been watching Afghanistan with a sick feeling in our guts, with worry in our hearts about colleagues and friends, and with spinning heads as we try to assess the failures of vision and execution that allowed a 20-year development effort to utterly collapse over just nine days.

No country has ‘clear picture’ what flights its citizens are actually on, Dutch FM says, amid chaotic evacuation from Kabul
https://www.rt.com/news/532669-kabul-evacuation-chaos-netherlands/

Phyllis Bennis and Matthew Hoh on Afghanistan Withdrawal
https://fair.org/home/phyllis-bennis-and-matthew-hoh-on-afghanistan-withdrawal/

“Antiwar Sentiment In The Military Is Stronger Than Ever.”
https://popularresistance.org/antiwar-sentiment-in-the-military-is-stronger-than-ever/

Joe Biden to Americans in Afghanistan: ‘We will get you home’
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-58285923

“Surely, President Biden, you must be joking”
https://dissidentvoice.org/2021/08/surely-president-biden-you-must-be-joking/

Afghanistan: Boris Johnson says he has full confidence in Dominic Raab
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-58283588

American Howl !
http://thesaker.is/american-howl/

There Will Be No Ferries Coming To Save Us, by Kenn Orphan
https://dandelionsalad.wordpress.com/2021/08/20/there-will-be-no-ferries-coming-to-save-us-by-kenn-orphan/

Iran, China To Cooperate On Regional Stabilization
https://popularresistance.org/iran-china-to-cooperate-on-regional-stabilization/

How The Taliban Surge Exposed Pentagon’s Lies
https://popularresistance.org/how-the-taliban-surge-exposed-pentagons-lies/

‘They will kill me’: Desperate Afghans seek way out after Taliban takeover
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-58286372

Will Americans Who Were Right on Afghanistan Still Be Ignored?
https://dissidentvoice.org/2021/08/will-americans-who-were-right-on-afghanistan-still-be-ignored/

Fight them on the beaches
https://dissidentvoice.org/2021/08/fight-them-on-the-beaches/

Britain Wants A Rerun Of The War On Afghanistan
https://williambowles.info/2021/08/20/britain-wants-a-rerun-of-the-war-on-afghanistan/

‘Taliban called and informed me I should continue my job,’ mayor of Afghanistan’s capital tells RT
https://www.rt.com/news/532631-kabul-mayor-taliban-return/

A third of Afghanistan’s population at risk of severe or acute hunger amid war and drought – UN food agency
https://www.rt.com/news/532627-one-third-afghanistan-severe-hunger/

British and US Troops at Odds in Afghanistan as UK Engages Rescue Missions. Reports
https://www.globalresearch.ca/sources-british-us-troops-odds-afghanistan-uk-engages-rescue-missions/5753549

Britain Wants A Rerun Of The War On Afghanistan
https://www.moonofalabama.org/2021/08/britain-wants-a-rerun-of-the-war-on-afghanistan.html

Germany sends 2 light helicopters to assist with Kabul evacuation, but military says people must get to airport themselves
https://www.rt.com/news/532626-germany-helicopter-kabul-evacuation/

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

The World Froze in Anticipation of the Steps that the Taliban May Take
https://journal-neo.org/2021/08/20/the-world-froze-in-anticipation-of-the-steps-that-the-taliban-may-take/

Afghanistan: Dominic Raab defends interpreter phone call decision
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-58282163

Imperialism and its discontents
https://williambowles.info/2021/08/20/imperialism-and-its-discontents/

The IPCC Report: Key Findings and Radical Implications
https://williambowles.info/2021/08/20/the-ipcc-report-key-findings-and-radical-implications/

Afghanistan and infrastructure
https://anticap.wordpress.com/2021/08/20/afghanistan-and-infrastructure/

‘When will they learn’: Beijing taunts Washington, claiming Afghanistan is another example that military intervention doesn’t work
https://www.rt.com/news/532620-china-usa-afghanistan-military

The Afghanistan Debacle and “The Great Reset”. The Strategic Role of Zalmay Khalilzad
https://www.globalresearch.ca/afghanistan-debacle-zalmay-khalilzad-great-reset/5753538

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/

U.S. Cooperating With Taliban To Evacuate Americans Out Of Afghanistan: Pentagon

Afghanistan’s “Color Revolution”? Narcotics and the Opium Trade (Updated)

Leaked State Department Cable Proves Biden Was Warned Of Afghanistan Collapse – Report
https://southfront.org/leaked-state-department-cable-proves-biden-was-warned-of-afghanistan-collapse-report/

US fears possible terrorist attack by ‘Taliban’s sworn enemy ISIS-K’ amid Afghanistan evacuations, national security advisor says
https://www.rt.com/news/532554-afghanistan-isis-terrorist-threat-sullivan/

US Speeds Up Military Pivot Towards China Following Its Retreat From Afghanistan
https://southfront.org/us-speeds-up-military-pivot-towards-china-following-its-retreat-from-afghanistan/

Afghanistan’s “Color Revolution”? Narcotics and the Opium Trade
https://www.globalresearch.ca/afghanistan-color-revolution-narcotics-opium-trade/5753335

Ministers never made key call to help Afghan staff
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-58277008

Why Afghan National Army Failed?
https://orientalreview.org/2021/08/20/why-afghan-national-army-failed/

Afghanistan: Taliban carrying out door-to-door manhunt, report says
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-58271797

The United States Does Not Learn from its Past Mistakes
https://dissidentvoice.org/2021/08/the-united-states-does-not-learn-from-its-past-mistakes/

Afghanistan: Taliban ‘tortured and massacred’ men from Hazara minority
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-58277463

The Papers: ‘Bad call, minister’ as pressure increases on Raab
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-the-papers-58276354

How the Taliban Surge Exposed Pentagon’s Lies
https://dissidentvoice.org/2021/08/how-the-taliban-surge-exposed-pentagons-lies/

Afghanistan Was Based on Lies: Will Canada’s Militarists Apologize?
https://dissidentvoice.org/2021/08/afghanistan-was-based-on-lies-will-canadas-militarists-apologize/

LGBT in Afghanistan: ‘I could be killed on the spot’
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/newsbeat-58271187

Inside US Afghanistan pullout : The Grayzone interviews Pepe Escobar
http://thesaker.is/inside-us-afghanistan-pullout-the-grayzone-interviews-pepe-escobar/

The Afghanistan Debacle, Zalmay Khalilzad and The Great Reset
https://journal-neo.org/2021/08/19/the-afghanistan-debacle-zalmay-khalilzad-and-the-great-reset/

Afghanistan: America’s Moment of National Embarrassment
https://journal-neo.org/2021/08/19/afghanistan-america-s-moment-of-national-embarrassment/

Biden Admitted 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/

The treacherous road to Kabul’s airport
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-58271517

Why Did the Afghan Army Fold So Fast? Because They had Nothing to Fight For
https://thiscantbehappening.net/why-did-the-afghanistan-army-fold-so-fast-because-they-had-nothing-to-fight-for/

Biden on Afghanistan fact-checked
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/58243158

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