Airstrike was a “tragic mistake”: Gen. Frank McKenzie (US Central Command)

21 October 2021 — Airstrikes

Airstrike was a “tragic mistake”: Gen. Frank McKenzie (US Central Command) Posted on October 21, 2021 by admin Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby said in a statement late Friday that the United States will make “condolence payments” to families of Afghan civilians killed by mistake in U.S. drone strike on August 29. File photo courtesy the U.S. Department of Defense.

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Reflections on Events in Afghanistan-27

13 October 2021 — Indian Punchline

Uzbekistan Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov (left) escorted by Acting Taliban Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi (R) and Deputy Prime Minister Mullah Abdus Salam (L), Kabul, October 7, 2021

27. Russia draws red lines for US

Moscow has categorically stated that it will not accept a US military presence in the Central Asian region. This reiteration has come at the level of Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov who told Tass that Afghanistan had been discussed at a meeting with Victoria Nuland, the visiting US Undersecretary of State in Moscow on Tuesday.

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9 October 2021 — Indian Punchline

Taliban delegation led by Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi (C) left Kabul for talks with US team of State Department, CIA & USAID officials through the weekend at Doha, Qatar, October 8, 2021

26. Taliban back in American swing chair

The US state department admitted belatedly late last night that the first face-to-face meeting between American officials and the Taliban since the regime change in Kabul would take place in the weekend at Doha.

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8 October 2021 — Indian Punchline


Taliban Dy Prime Ministers Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar (C) and Mawlawi Abdul Salam Hanafi (R) met with British High Representative for Afghanistan Sir Simon Gass, Kabul, October 5, 2021

25. Taliban receives overtures from near and far

The Taliban is getting many suitors lately. It is far from the “pariah” that the Biden Administration thought it was destined to be. During the past month alone, the Taliban received six suitors from the region and beyond offering courtship — the foreign minister of Qatar; the special envoys of Russia, China and Pakistan; the High representative of UK Prime Minister; and the foreign minister of Uzbekistan who visited Kabul on Thursday.

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The U.S. Wants Back Into Afghanistan

9 October 2021 — Moon of Alabama

Just six weeks after leaving Afghanistan the U.S. wants to get back in:

A U.S. delegation will meet with senior Taliban representatives in Doha on Saturday and Sunday in their first face-to-face meeting at a senior level since Washington pulled its troops from Afghanistan and the hardline group took over the country, two senior administration officials told Reuters.

The high-level U.S. delegation will include officials from the State Department, USAID and the U.S. intelligence community, will press the Taliban to ensure continued safe passage for U.S. citizens and others out of Afghanistan and to release kidnapped U.S. citizen Mark Frerichs, the officials said.

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5 October 2021 — Indian Punchline

Sir Simon Gass, British Prime Minister’s representative on Afghanistan, seated second from left, with Taliban Foreign Minister Mullah Amir Khan Muttaqi, Kabul, October 5, 2021.

24. UK fires the first shot in the New Great Game

While India’s External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar is doing a masterly job to canvass support for the Biden Administration’s project to delay any constructive engagement with the Taliban Government in Kabul by the international community until Washington gets its act together, on a parallel track, the Anglo-American axis has been working systematically to re-engage the Taliban. read more

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Afghanistan News Links 4-5 October 2021

5 October 2021 • 15:00 — The New Dark Age

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Taliban open Salt Pit ‘Dark Prison’ for visits

Taliban arrests 11 ISIS members in Kabul after explosion outside mosque

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Reflections on Events in Afghanistan-23

3 October 2021 — Indian Punchline

Friendship Bridge from Uzbekistan to Afghanistan

23. With eyes on Taliban, US to reset Uzbek ties

When Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman lands in Tashkent tomorrow, she will be practically carving on a tiny piece of ivory. This is not to blame Sherman who is arguably a strategic asset for the Biden Administration as she brings into the foreign policy team in Washington a high-level of diplomatic skill that virtually makes her an indispensable trouble shooter — low key but highly effective.

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Afghanistan News Links 30 September – 1 October 2021

1 October 2021 • 21:00 — The New Dark Age

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Afghanistan Highlights Link Between Religious Soft Power And Gulf Security

Lt. Col. Scheller Jailed for Demanding Accountability from Biden and Milley’s Machiavellian Afghanistan Withdrawal Continue reading

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29 September 2021 — Indian Punchline

Chinese ambassador Wang Yu met Acting Foreign Minister of Taliban Mawlavi Amir Khan Muttaqi, Kabul, September 26, 2021

22. US, UK prepare to re-engage Taliban

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has written yet another opinion piece in the Washington Post, sensing a turning point lies ahead with the Biden Administration assembling a sustainable, durable policy toward Afghanistan taking into account the new reality of the Taliban government.

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Afghanistan News Links 29-30 September 2021

30 September 2021 • 15:00 — The New Dark Age

The Empire Does Not Forgive

The Military Industrial Media Complex: How the Pentagon Leaned on Hollywood to Sell the War in Afghanistan

Afghanistan’s Impoverished People Live Amid Enormous Riches

On Afghanistan and Legitimate Resistance

60 Hours After Publishing A Fake News Report On Afghanistan The New York Times Still Spreads The Story

Victims “Stunned” After International Court Drops Probe Into US War Crimes In Afghanistan

US, UK prepare to re-engage Taliban