War between Afghan Security Forces and Pakistan Army’s Taliban units enters critical phase. Dostum has fled Afghanistan. Saleh, Abdullah and Ghani are in America and we don’t know when they will return, if they return. How do you suppose this is possible with a ragtag bunch of terrorists who took the country in record time? Because there is no Taliban. They are a just another extension of Pakistani Army’s terror apparatus like Laskhar-e-Toiba and Jaish-e-Muhammad. Who can forget Pakistan mobilizing in the anger that India attacked a terrorist den in Balakot? Yes. Pakistan is angry not because some terrorists are killed. Pakistan is angry because it’s Army’s non-uniformed units are attacked.
Taliban is no different. Developed and pampered by Pakistan all along, when the Taliban government collapsed, it didn’t surprise anyone when Taliban fled to their home country – Pakistan. They based their headquarters at Quetta in Pakistan Occupied Balochistan and ran the show from there under the formal protection of Pakistani Army till Pakistan sent them back to create trouble. And it shouldn’t surprise anyone that Osama bin Laden, the son in law of Taliban Chief Mullah Omar was under Pakistani Government protection when he was executed. Even Mullah Omar, the head of Taliban retreated into Pakistan and died there.
A UN report warns that the insurgents continue to make strong gains and have captured 50 of 370 districts in Afghanistan, many of them on the outskirts of major Afghan cities.
Security officials believe the seizure of so many districts, close to the centres of major Afghan population hubs, suggests that the Taliban are positioning itself to seize control of the districts once the last of the foreign forces have withdrawn.
All the promises made by Pakistan Army’s Taliban Units with participation of Pakistan as a party to the talks were only a set of lies which blindfolded US and NATO could not see.
Noted Defence Analyst and Strategic thinker Brahma Chellaney from his twitter handle @Chellaney tweeted, “Biden told Ghani Afghanistan’s future is now in its own hands. Not really. By withdrawing as part of a deal with the Pakistan-sponsored Taliban, the US has legitimized that terrorist militia and emboldened its cross-border backers. US’s surrender to the Taliban has doomed peace.”
America’s longest war, the two-decade-long conflict in Afghanistan that started in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, killed tens of thousands of people, dogged four U.S. presidents and ultimately proved unwinnable despite its staggering cost in terms of lives lost and over $2.26 Trillion lost.
For 20 years, US poured in $2.26 Trillion into its operations for what cause? Was US policy misguided or was it on wrong assumptions?
US war on Terror started with a wrong step to include Pakistan as a partner in War against Terror without even thinking for a second that it could be Pakistan Intelligence Agency and Pakistan Army Officers who could be controlling the strings of Al-Qaida, ISIS, Taliban Terrorists against whom US and NATO forces had been fighting.
No steps were made to stop Pakistan from earning illegal drug money from cultivations of poppy under Taliban control. No steps were taken to freeze Taliban bank accounts in Pakistan. No steps were made to prevent Pakistan from financing Taliban because Taliban was nothing but Pakistan Army’s another unit that was coordinating its operations and was directed by Pakistan Intelligence Agency ISI.
With all the Intelligence resources at its disposal, how could US and NATO make this biggest blunder and continue to pump in US tax payers money blind folded for 20 years without realizing that Pakistan was not a partner but the Terrorist Producing Factory of the world and is the sole entity that is controlling, financing and sponsoring Pakistani Invasion of Afghanistan using its armed units called Taliban.
This short video shared of Pakistani Foreign Minister’s Interview should be sufficient to understand that it was Pakistan who was running the show and was misleading US and NATO forces for 20 years.
This final chapter, with President Donald Trump’s decision to pull all American troops from Afghanistan, has prompted a reckoning over the war’s lost lives and colossal expenditure. Current President Biden is just following what Former President Donald Trump started.
THE COST IN LIVES
Afghans have paid the highest price. Since 2001, at least 47,245 civilians have been killed in the war as of mid-April, according to the Costs of War project at Brown University, which documents the hidden costs of the post-9/11 wars.
Gun and bomb attacks by Pakistan Army’s Taliban units targeting civilians surged to previously unseen heights since the intra-Afghan peace negotiations opened in Qatar last fall, according to the U.N. Watchdogs say the conflict has killed a total of 72 journalists and 444 aid workers.
The Afghan government keeps the toll among its soldiers secret to avoid undermining morale.
The war has forced 2.7 million Afghans to flee abroad, mostly to Iran, Pakistan and Europe, the U.N. said. Another 4 million are displaced within the country, which has a total population of 36 million.
Meanwhile, 2,442 U.S. troops have been killed and 20,666 wounded in the war since 2001, according to the Defense Department. It’s estimated that over 3,800 U.S. private security contractors have been killed. The Pentagon does not track their deaths.
The conflict also has killed 1,144 personnel from the 40-nation NATO coalition that trained Afghan forces over the years, according to a tally kept by the website iCasualties. The remaining 7,000 allied troops also will withdraw by Biden’s 9/11 deadline.
THE COST IN DOLLARS
The U.S. has spent a stunning total of $2.26 trillion on a dizzying array of expenses, according to the Costs of War project.
The Defense Department’s latest 2020 report said war-fighting costs totaled $815.7 billion over the years. That covers the operating costs of the U.S. military in Afghanistan, everything from fuel and food to Humvees, weapons and ammunition, from tanks and armored vehicles to aircraft carriers and airstrikes.
Although America first invaded to retaliate against al-Qaida and rout its hosts, the Taliban, the U.S. and NATO soon pivoted to a more open-ended mission: nation-building on a massive scale.
Washington has poured over $143 billion into that goal since 2002, according to the latest figures from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR).
Of that, $88 billion went to training, equipping and funding Afghan military and police forces. Another $36 billion was spent on reconstruction projects, education and infrastructure like dams and highways, the SIGAR report said. Another $4.1 billion has gone to humanitarian aid for refugees and disasters. The campaign to deter Pakistan Army’s Taliban units from selling heroin around the world cost over $9 billion.
Unlike with other conflicts in American history, the U.S. borrowed heavily to fund the war in Afghanistan and has paid some $530 billion in interest. It has also paid $296 billion in medical and other care for veterans, according to Costs of War. It will continue to pay both those expenses for years to come.
There have been several evidences shared by NewsComWorld.com in the past showing Pakistan Army Regulars among the Taliban Terrorists arrested in operations by Afghan Security Forces. However neither US nor NATO took cognizance of this fact and take any action against Pakistan Army.
A senior Pakistan Intelligence Agency ISI officer has been arrested in Paktia in the form of beggar.
Ministry of Defence, Afghanistan has been posting its daily success via its Twitter handle @MoDAfghanistan. Here are some recent tweets in last 24 hours:-
16 #Taliban terrorists were killed and 3 others were wounded in an airstrike conducted by #AAF in Balkh district of #Balkh province today. Also, some amount of their weapons and ammunition were destroyed.
27 #Taliban terrorists including one of their commanders were killed and and 4 others were wounded in operations conducted by #ANDSF with support from #AAF in Gelan & Muqur districts of #Ghazni province, yesterday. Also,a large amount of their weapons & amos were destroyed
8 #Taliban terrorists were killed and 3 others were wounded in an airstrike conducted by #AAF in Tagab district of #Kapisa province, yesterday. Also, some amount of their weapons and ammunition were destroyed.
14 #Taliban terrorists were killed and 6 others were wounded in operations conducted by #ANDSF with support from #AAF in Shinwari district of #Parwan province, last night. Also, some amount of their weapons and ammunition were destroyed.
193 #Taliban terrorists were killed and 110 others were wounded as a result of #ANDSF operations in Nangarhar, Maidan Wardak, Khost, Ghazni, Uruzgan, Kandahar, Zabul, Herat, Farah, Samangan, Helmand, Kunduz, Baghlan, Takhar, Parwan & Kapisa provinces during the last 24 hours.
8 #Taliban were killed and 4 others were wounded in a clearing operation conducted by #ANDSF with support from #AAF in at the outskirts of Trenkut, #Uruzgan province, yesterday. Additionally, 4 enemy hideouts and a large amount of their weapons, amos & explosives were destroyed
22 #Taliban terrorists were killed and 8 others were wounded in #airstrikes conducted by #AAF in Mizan district of #Zabul province, yesterday. Also, 3 enemy vehicles, 10 motorbikes, a large amount of their weapons, amos & explosives were destroyed.
23 #Taliban terrorists were killed and 12 others were wounded in clearing operations conducted by #ANDSF with support from #AAF in Grishk district of #Helmand province, yesterday. Also, 6 enemy hideouts, 5 strongholds, 3 motorbikes, 22 weapons & 8 of their radios were destroyed.
57 #Taliban terrorists were killed and 11 others were wounded in clearing operations conducted by #ANDSF with support from #AAF in Panjwae, Ghorak, Khakrez & Zherai districts of #Kandahar province, yesterday. Also,a large amount of their weapons, amos & explosives were destroyed
There are also reports of Afghans who were misled by Pakistan Army and were fighting for Pakistan Army’s Taliban Units are surrendering en masse in Western Afghanistan. They are equally tired of this nonsense war. They can not justify or be fooled to justify the killings after withdrawal of foreign forces. Hope rest of them follow the suit. Afghans deserve peace. Enough bloodshed already.
War between Afghan Security Forces and Pakistan Army’s Taliban Units Enters Critical Phase – Anxiety among people regarding future.
Many Afghans, especially the country’s emerging class of well-educated professionals, fear the country will be subjected to more conservative strictures if the Taliban extend their influence over the country.
People are sharing concerns over the social media showing raising apprehensions on the future of women and children in Afghanistan if Taliban comes to power.
People are coming out on streets in support of Afghan Security forces and are ready to fight for their freedom from Pakistan Army’s Taliban Units.
Women are coming on Streets to defend their freedom and are equally ready for their freedom from Pakistan Army’s Taliban Units that seeks to impose strict Sharia Laws in Afghanistan.
As per reports, Taliban Lashed 2 Women for Attending Music Party in Noristan Province, Afghanistan, in Taliban controlled area. Several reports from October 2018 allege that women were also flogged by local Taliban leaders for visiting the doctor in the absence of a male guardian and for using their mobile phones. Another video shows that Taliban lashed women in Nuristan for “singing/dancing”. Taliban’s leaders in Qatar told U.S. Special Representative Zalmay Khalilzad that they are no longer “the old Taliban” but the video has raised fresh question over the issue.
From the Doha Accord — The English version of the accord assures Afghan women of their fundamental “rights in political, social, economic, educational, cultural affairs”. But the Pashtu version — that the Taliban insists is the official one — has no reference to women’s rights at all.
Perhaps worse, the parties have agreed to “institutionalize [an] Islamic system in the country for the implementation of comprehensive peace”. This clearly suggests Afghanistan’s existing constitutional system, that claims to be based on religious principles, will be overthrown. In the Taliban’s view, moreover, an “Islamic system”.
This shouldn’t surprise anyone. Following a dialogue in Moscow in early 2019, a Taliban statement described the current Afghan constitution as “un-Islamic”, and labelled women’s rights “immoral”. And Taliban chief Haibatullah Akhundzada vowed in an Eid message to continue fighting until “ending the occupation and establishment of an Islamic system”.
Little imagination is needed to see why the Taliban isn’t willing to embrace a republican system. From a recent report from United Nations experts, among other sources, we know the Taliban works closely with global jihadist groups like Al-Qaeda, along with Pakistan’s Lashkar-e-Taiba. Younger Taliban commanders, ideologically committed to the global jihad, see anything short of total power in Afghanistan as a betrayal.
In large parts of Afghanistan, moreover, Taliban shadow governments already rule — their power cemented with generous revenue from narcotics trafficking and taxes on businesses. Few young commanders see sense in giving up that power for arrangements governed by legal norms, in which elections can change fortunes overnight.
Zalmay Khalilzad — Trump’s Afghanistan policy czar — had, in the course of his long career, demonstrated formidable talent for defending the indefensible. Khalilzad had made it clear to Trump that the ISI alone can coerce the Taliban into sticking with whatever deal it makes. Khalilzad knew that it is Taliban is nothing but Pakistan Army’s another unit that is controlled by Pakistan Intelligence Agency ISI, however no attempt was made to address the root cause of Terrorism which was Pakistan itself. Pakistan continued to produce Terrorists and export not only to India and Afghanistan but also to fight alongside Hamas Terrorists in Palestine, Libya, Yemen, Azerbaijan, Syria and other conflict zones of the world.
Points to Ponder
While Pakistan is still out spreading Terror worldwide, shouldn’t strict action be taken against Pakistan and sanctions be imposed against Pakistan so that Pakistan cannot send more arms/ammunitions/funds to its Taliban Forces that are trying to invade whole Afghanistan?
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