Post-American Afghanistan through the looking glass

29 April 2021 — Indian Punchline

by M. K. BHADRAKUMAR

Debris of Afghan civil war: A boy runs past a destroyed Soviet-made armoured tank on a Kabul street, Afghanistan. (File photo)

Ex-CIA officer Bruce Riedel at Brookings Institution in Washington, DC, whose familiarity with Afghanistan is never in doubt, has held a looking glass to figure out the future course of events even as the US troop withdrawal commences.

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Afghanistan: US exit is with caveats

22 April 2021 — Indian Punchline

US to withdraw troops from Afghanistan by Sept 11, 2021

The United States and NATO are yet to begin the withdrawal of their forces from Afghanistan but the eyes are cast over the horizon at what lies after the ‘forever war’ formally ends. The US exit strategy in Afghanistan assumes the look of that random arbitrariness of a lottery that was the case with its Iraq war ending inconclusively in 2011.

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Chronicle of the unavailing Afghan war

15 April 2021 — Indian Punchline

M.K. Bhadrakumar

President Joe Biden wipes his eye as he walks through Arlington National Cemetery to honor fallen veterans of Afghan war, April 14, 2021

One missing part in US President Joe Biden’s remarks Wednesday announcing troop withdrawal from Afghanistan was that he didn’t order a commission of inquiry into the disastrous military invasion of 2001.

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Biden’s Claim To Be Ending America’s Longest War Misleading

15 April 2021 — Covert Action Magazine

American soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division at Bagram Air Base in 2013.U.S. soldiers at Bagram air base in Afghanistan. [Source: nytimes.com]

Special Forces, Pentagon Contractors and Intelligence Operatives Will Remain

On Wednesday April 14th, President Joe Biden announced that he would end the U.S.’s longest war and withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan on the 20th anniversary of the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks.

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Will U.S., NATO Give Up and Leave Afghanistan By September 11?

13 April 2021 — Moon of Alabama

This from the Washington Post is surprisingly good news:

Biden will withdraw all U.S. forces from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, 2021

President Biden will withdraw all American troops from Afghanistan over the coming months, people familiar with the plans said, completing the military exit by the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks that first drew the United States into its longest war.

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A “win-win” for US, Turkey in Hindu Kush

11 April 2021 — Indian Punchline

Turkey is a pillar of NATO mission to Afghanistan (File photo)

The zeal with which Washington is soliciting Turkey’s services to plot the pathway leading to the mainstreaming of Taliban in Afghanistan raises some troubling questions. Acting on Washington’s request, Turkey will be hosting high-level talks on the Afghanistan peace process (likely April 16) to bring together the Afghan government and the Taliban. Turkey has appointed a special envoy to assume the mediation role.

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Media Concern Trolling About Afghanistan Withdrawal Again

11 April 2021 — Caitlin Johnson

by Caitlin Johnstone

Concerns mount that US withdrawal from Afghanistan could risk progress on women’s rights,” blares a new headline from CNN.

“Concerns are mounting from bipartisan US lawmakers and Afghan women’s rights activists that the hard-won gains for women and civil society in Afghanistan could be lost if the United States makes a precipitous withdrawal from the country,” CNN tells us.

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China resents US presence in Afghanistan

26 March 2021 — Indian Punchline

Unidentified militia group shot down  helicopter with laser weapons in Wardak March 18 killing Afghan military personnel.

The “hidden agenda” of the war on terror in Afghanistan has been an open secret. The first inkling of its geopolitical character came when it transpired that even after installing a pro-US regime in Kabul in 2002-2003, Pentagon was in no mood to vacate its Central Asian bases. Finally, the bloody Islamist uprising in Andijan in Fergana Valley in May 2005 prompted Russia and China to orchestrate an SCO consensus seeking the expulsion of the US from those bases.

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Trump admin insider reveals how US military sabotaged peace agreement to prolong Afghanistan war

16 March 2021 — The Grayzone

Appointed in the final days of Trump’s presidency to remove all US troops from Afghanistan, Douglas Macgregor tells The Grayzone how military leadership undermined the withdrawal and pressured Trump to capitulate.

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Retired Colonel Douglas Macgregor (Photo credit: US Army / public domain)

March 16, 2021

Deep State Member Admits Sabotage Of Trump’s Policies

13 November 2020 — Moon of Alabama

Katie Bo Williams @KatieBoWill –

11:46 UTC · Nov 13, 2020

In a particularly frank moment during an exit interview, departing Syria envoy Jim Jeffrey acknowledged to me that when it came to troop levels there, “We were always playing shell games to not make clear to our leadership how many troops we had there.”

Jeffrey was always a part of the ‘deep state’ that tried to sabotage Trump’s policies.

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