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Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
« Reply #40 on: July 05, 2009, 11:27:32 PM »
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Iran ‘holding back a flood of heroin’ from Afghanistan, UN drug official says

Aflatoxin - Hepatitis B - Liver Cancer - Genetic Warfare - Eugenics

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found aflatoxin B1 in four of 13 caches of heroin that they analysed

http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg12316790.800-hiv-threat-lurks-in-heroin-fungus.html

HIV threat lurks in heroin fungus
26 August 1989

FUNGAL toxins that contaminate heroin may weaken the immune systems of heroin addicts, making them abnormally susceptible to the effects of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, and the hepatitis B virus. The researchers say that 'a hitherto unsuspected group of people are exposed to aflatoxins', and recommend further studies.

The warning appears in a report in the British Medical Journal (19 August, p 492) by Ralph Hendrickse and his colleagues at the Department of Tropical Paediatrics and International Child Health at the School of Tropical Medicine in Liverpool. They note that in Africa, where the fungal toxins are especially common in food, AIDS and hepatitis B are widespread. The toxins, called aflatoxins, are produced by a fungus, Aspergillus flavus, which thrives on stored grain and nuts.

Aflatoxin B1, the most toxic compound, is known to suppress the body's immune system and is linked with the onset of liver cancer. 'Heroin is produced in subtropical countries from plants and may be susceptible to contamination by aflatoxins,' say the researchers. They found aflatoxin B1 in four of 13 caches of heroin that they analysed, and in 9 samples of urine taken anonymously from 133 heroin addicts in London, Amsterdam and Liverpool.

In total, 27 of the urine specimens contained various aflatoxins. The researchers point out that people who eat food contaminated with the toxins destroy the compounds in the liver, but that this line of defence is bypassed if people inject the toxins directly into blood.

http://www.hindawi.com/journals/cdi/2008/790309.html

Aflatoxin-Related Immune Dysfunction in Health and in Human Immunodeficiency Virus Disease

Received 18 March 2008; Accepted 28 May 2008

Yi Jiang,1 Pauline E. Jolly,1 Peter Preko,2 Jia-Sheng Wang,3 William O. Ellis,4 Timothy D. Phillips,5 and Jonathan H. Williams6
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Hendrickse et al. [23] investigated the reasons for the rapid progression of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) in heroin addicts in the Netherlands and Scotland. They found that street heroin was often contaminated with aflatoxin, and that aflatoxin derivatives were commonly found in the body fluids of the addicts. They speculated that the accelerated rate of HIV progression was due to aflatoxin-related immune suppression, but did not undertake studies to examine this. This suggestion of synergy between aflatoxin and HIV progression is also supported by the broad correlation between estimated aflatoxin exposure and the commonly perceived faster rate of HIV progression in Africa than in developed countries in Europe or the United States of America [24, 25]. The HIV pandemic is critical enough for this possibility to be investigated as a matter of urgency.
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Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
« Reply #41 on: July 05, 2009, 11:59:14 PM »
I wonder if Al Gore runs naked in the poppy fields master baiting to the cap and trade bill...  :-\ Lord when will this madness stop...

Someone care to make a comic of that? I would laugh my ass off.

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Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
« Reply #42 on: July 06, 2009, 01:20:02 AM »
Hey Monsanto could get in on it - and make BT Toxin producing Poppy plants...

Or they could make terminator seed, so the farmers cannot get two crops out of their seed, but only one...

Then the corporates could come in buy off all the farmers for 'patent infringement' and then take it over, making the locals penal workers in the fields..


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Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
« Reply #43 on: July 06, 2009, 01:35:34 AM »
there was an article like this at the beginning of 2009 about how the US stopped marijuana cultivation in the hindu kush valley, but the afghan "government" spun it around and said 'they' stopped the production of poppies and opium during the last of the US invasions.
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Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
« Reply #44 on: July 06, 2009, 01:51:09 AM »
http://kennysideshow.blogspot.com/2009/04/destroy-afghan-opium-crops-for-monsanto.html

Destroy the Afghan Opium Crops for Monsanto

Diary Entry by Kenny

US occupation of foreign countries is a corporate profiteer's dream.

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The occupation of Afghanistan will include a farming mix of opium and corporate genetically modified seed and herbicides.

The Afghan opium crop and the resulting drug trade create a multitude of problems for a great number of people. It also creates a monster of a money trail from the farmers right on up to the globalist world banking system.

It doesn't matter if you are totally anti-drug or for legalization to stop the insane 'war on drugs' or somewhere in between, there are a few corporate/government/fascist side trails that should be looked at.

Monsanto is not one to shy away from exploiting the US war/occupation of Afghanistan. It plays one side for the made for TV crop eradication programs and the other as 'friend' who will give the Afghani farmers 'free' seed if they won't grow their only cash crop.

Destroy the crops.
Although opium poppy production is reported to have decreased 19% in 2008, Afghanistan remains the world's largest producer of the drug, reports The Raw Story, which quotes new Obama-administration ambassador Ambassador Richard Holbrooke speaking at the Brussels Forum conference:
"The United States alone is spending over 800 million dollars a year on counter-narcotics. We have gotten nothing out of it, nothing."

One eradication method is aerial fumigation, a Bush-era policy of spraying chemicals such as Monsanto herbicide Roundup Ultra to eradicate the crop. Aerial fumigation -- one of the widest anti-drug efforts in Afghanistan -- began in 2008.

Roundup Ultra, which has glyphosate as an active ingredient, has also been blamed for health problems in people living near the targeted sites
{more}

Enter the seed.
From Robert Soave...my outrage wasn’t triggered until the very end of the article {The Wall Street Journal (U.S. Defines Its Afghan Strategy, 03/27/09) }, where the plan for handling Afghanistan’s illegal opium trade was detailed. Farmers who grow opium — an illegal substance used to produce drugs like heroin and morphine — will be offered wheat seeds for free from either Afghan or U.S. officials to start growing wheat instead of opium. Then the kicker comes: “If the farmers refuse, U.S. or Afghan personnel will burn their fields, and then again offer them free replacement seeds.” Let’s repeat that for effect — U.S. personnel will burn their fields and then pressure the farmers again. And we wonder why the Afghan people have not yet warmed to our presence in their country. {more}

Corporate, hybrid, GM seed for the farmers. "The first one's free."

The genetically modified infestation into Afghan farming has been going on for awhile.

Multinational companies move into farming
Soya has never been grown in Afghanistan and it doesn't form part of the country's culinary tradition, but a new programme, supposedly devised to combat malnutrition, plans to change all that. 1 USAID has funded Nutrition and Education International (NEI), set up by Nestle, to teach Afghans to sow and eat soya beans. 2 NEI is linked to the World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH),3 which was founded by the American Soybean Association (ASA) in 2000,4 to organise the distribution of free soya milk to pregnant women and infants throughout the developing world. WISHH works with the North American Millers' Association (NAMA), whose members include global giants ADM, Bunge Milling and ConAgro. In Afghanistan NEI works with Stine Seed Company, Iowa, and Gateway Seed Company, Illinois, both of which supply it with genetically modified Roundup soya and Roundup-Ready herbicide to be sold on to the farmers. According to NEI, it distributed two tonnes of genetically modified soya seed in Afghanistan in 2005. {more}

The seed fascism in Iraq seems to have worked so the same plan is being implemented in Afghanistan.
The Real Victor in Iraq: Monsanto

It now looks like Monsanto is going to be the real victor in Iraq thanks to a postwar document known as Order 81.
Part of the infamous 100 Orders, Order 81 mandates that Iraq’s commercial-scale farmers must now purchase "registered” seeds. These are available through agribusiness giants like Monsanto, Cargill Corporation (a private company) and the World Wide Wheat Company (also private), but Monsanto is far and away the most significant player in the registered seed market.
Originally developed to avert world hunger (at least according to Monsanto), these GM crops not only do not produce more than their non-modified cousins, but the herbicide Roundup, developed in tandem by Monsanto to treat GM fields, is becoming increasingly ineffective. This has led to more herbicide purchases among farmers, greater profits for Monsanto, increasingly smaller yields, and greater environmental pollution overall.

Roundup, a glyphosate, is the direct descendant of Agent Orange (also produced by Monsanto), and is especially toxic to marine animals. Glyphosates, known as endocrine disruptors, are being increasingly implicated in neurological disorders, DNA damage and even death.
Order 81, by first forcing Iraq’s farmers to use GM seeds, and then by declaring natural seeds an infringement on Monsanto technology, will result in the sorts of tragedies seen elsewhere in the developing world, reducing Iraq’s farmers to drinking field-grade herbicides to escape financial catastrophe.
Nor will the Iraqi people benefit in terms of more food. Order 81, mandated under the dystopian title "Plant Variety Protection,” turns the agricultural world on its head by defining indigenous crops as invasive and GM crops as uniform and stable. Moreover, the six varieties of wheat developed for Iraq are primarily used in pasta. Since the Iraqis don’t eat pasta, one can only assume these food crops are destined for Western nations, leaving the average Iraqi that much closer to starvation.
Order 81, carefully crafted to look like humanitarian legislation aimed at rescuing a country decimated by half a decade of war, is in fact a Monsanto power play under U.S. government sponsorship. Farmers who do not comply will have seeds, farm implements and even land seized.
The infamous 100 Orders, of which 81 is only an instance, are clearly a ploy to allow multinationals like Monsanto to take over an entire nation. As Iraqi resentment over this privatization grows, expect continued resistance, more deaths, and ultimately a failure of democracy. {more}
 
The ones you don't kill, you must rape. That sounds like a good motto for the occupying empire and their corporate sponsors.

 

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Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
« Reply #45 on: July 06, 2009, 02:30:18 AM »
Hey Monsanto could get in on it - and make BT Toxin producing Poppy plants...

Search : anti-crop bioweapon coca poppy mycoherbicide

Notice here the the Sunshine Project (which is probably funded by Soros I don't know) - is against anti-crop measures for Coca and Poppy....

http://www.sunshine-project.org/agentgreen/qanda.html

Mycoherbicides like Fusarium oxysporum and Pleospora papaveraceae are a form of biological control. Used to control plants, biological control is the science of using living organisms to attack and control targeted weeds

http://www.sunshine-project.org/publications/pr/pr171202.html
Agent Green: New US Bioweapons Threat on Colombia

The Sunshine Project News Release 17 December 2002

US Legislators Renew Calls for Bio-Attack on Illicit Crops
(Austin and Hamburg, 17 December 2002) – As the United States prepares to invade Iraq under the banner of destroying that country's alleged biological weapons programs, US legislators are making new threats to use biological weapons in Colombia's civil war. The weapons are pathogenic strains of fungi designed to kill drug crops. Ascendant Republicans in the US House of Representatives, supported by the US Department of State, lead the push.

The Sunshine Project is alerting governments and nonprofits that a new effort is required to stop the US from waging biological warfare in Colombia. This effort should include action by the Biological Weapons Convention, the principal treaty against biological warfare. The ramifications of the US bioweapons plan are global. If it proceeds in the Colombian conflict, pressure to use anti-crop bioweapons will quickly extend to other countries of Latin America and other world regions, particularly Asia.

US Congressional Testimony: At a hearing on Friday of the Committee on Government Reform of the US Congress, Florida Representative John Mica, a senior drug policy legislator, repeatedly pushed for the US to move ahead with biological warfare in Colombia. According to Mica, the time has come for the US to mount an attack. " We have to restore our... mycoherbicide," said Mica in reference to the biological agents, "things that have been studied for too long need to be put into action." He added, "we found that we can not only spray this stuff, but we can also deactivate it for some period of time... it would do a lot of damage... it will eradicate some of these crops for substantial periods of time."

In response, US Ambassador to Colombia Anne Patterson stated that she thought that the US had already tested anti-crop biological agents in Colombia. She later retracted the statement, saying that it was made under duress.

Appearing with Colombia on the US target list is Afghanistan, the major producer of opium poppy for heroin. Afghanistan's opium poppy crop is recently resurgent. Also on the firing line are other countries with coca and opium poppy production in South Asia, Southeast Asia and Latin America. The US has a huge illicit cannabis crop; but efforts to use the agents there were quashed by environmental regulators from Representative Mica's own state of Florida.

Agent Green Background: The US plan is to use airplanes to spray massive quantities of crop disease agents (specially formulated pathogenic fungi) in efforts to eradicate opium poppy and coca crops. Critics say that the plan proposes illegal acts of biological warfare, poses major ecological risks in the world’s 2nd most biodiverse country, and will increase the human damage of a failed eradication policy. The agents have been developed by the US Department of Agriculture in Beltsville, MD, and – by two others with US government funding - a private company in Montana and a former Soviet biological weapons facility in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. The lead agents are types of Fusarium oxysporum (to kill coca and cannabis) and Pleospora papaveracea (to kill opium poppy). Their ecological and human health safety is very poorly tested, and they are known to impact non-target species.

The fungi are designed to be more powerful than the chemical agents currently used for the same purpose. Termed 'mycoherbicides' by supporters, they are better known as "Agent Green", as the Sunshine Project dubbed them. Proponents say that their goal justifies the agents; but as the history of the South African Apartheid regime's bioweapons reveals, claims of law enforcement ends can conceal heinous biowarfare plans.

If Agent Green is used anywhere, it will legitimize agricultural biowarfare in other contexts. Reasoning in a similar manner as the US, others might prepare a biological attack on the US tobacco crop, which poisons millions worldwide, or those opposed to alcohol might target grapes or hops. Opium poppy, cannabis, and coca are also cultivated for legal industrial and pharmaceutical purposes, and by indigenous peoples and traditional farmers for reasons unrelated to narcotics. These uses of these crops are also threatened.

See also:
http://www.bioone.org/doi/full/10.1641/0006-3568%282002%29052%5B0619%3APrison Planet Forum%5D2.0.CO%3B2

The United Nations Drug Control Program (UNDCP), with strong backing from the United States and Britain, has seriously investigated reducing drugs at their source through use of plant pathogens (Jelsma 2001). The interesting thing about this work is that many of the procedures for producing and storing inoculum, and its subsequent delivery by release from aircraft, are very similar to those developed in the former US and Soviet programs for biological warfare. The antidrug programs came to light in the popular press in 1999, partly in response to opposition by various groups (Kleiner 1999). There are at least three points of opposition to the real-life program. One is environmental, in that the release of large numbers of spores will have many undesirable consequences. Infection of plant species other than the intended targets is one example.
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Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
« Reply #46 on: December 14, 2010, 03:29:01 PM »
Richard Holbrooke - RIP

Now this is rich, I almost can't believe someone wrote this:
http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/International/29-Mar-2009/US-wants-to-engage-Iran-on-Afghan-drugs
US wants to engage Iran on Afghan drugs
Published: March 29, 2009
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States said Saturday it hoped to engage Iran on ways to stem the lucrative narcotics trade in Afghanistan at an international conference on the country next week.

A day after the US envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke described Iran's decision to participate in the meeting in The Hague as a step forward another senior official outlined steps of possible common interest.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton worked with the Dutch, the Dutch have invited Iran to join the meeting in The Hague on Tuesday, said Denis McDonough, a deputy national security advisor to President Barack Obama. Our hope is that she has an opportunity to constructively engage this issue.
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Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
« Reply #47 on: December 14, 2010, 08:12:37 PM »
 The CIA enlists (recruits) the DEA, business is booming. the smack track..$$

Moons ago a group of soldiers gave testimony confirming the CIA controlled opium trafficing, golden triangle, Laos, Vietnam...A friend of mine gave testimony, he was TDY under CIA-Intell, controll.
This  congressional hearing was labeled Winter Soldiers, the evidence was irreputable and confirmed by congress. ( The CIA controlled the opium traffic).
The final result??  000000000000000000000000000000000000. No suprise, history repeats as the more things change the more they remain the same.

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Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
« Reply #48 on: May 03, 2011, 11:57:36 AM »
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hashim_Tha%C3%A7i


President of US George W. Bush shakes hands with Kosovo President Fatmir Sejdiu (center) and Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaçi (left) during a meeting in the White House on 21 July 2008, after Kosovo declared independence.
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Alleged Criminal Activities
Thaçi is alleged to have extensive criminal links. During the period of time when Thaçi was head of the Kosovo Liberation Army, it was reported by the Washington Times to be financing its activities by trafficking heroin and cocaine into western Europe
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A recent analysis of organized crime in Kosovo prepared by German intelligence service BND and a confidential report contracted by the German military, the Bundeswehr accuse Thaçi, as well as Ramush Haradinaj and the majority Kosovo parliament faction Xhavit Haliti of far-reaching involvement in organized crime.

The BND writes: “The key players (including Haliti, Haradinaj, and Thaçi) are intimately involved in inter-linkages between politics, business, and organized crime structures in Kosovo.”

The report accuses Thaçi of leading a “criminal network operating throughout Kosovo.” in the end of the 1990s.

Related: What's CIA director Hayden hidin'? By Ray McGovern 
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Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
« Reply #49 on: August 07, 2011, 05:55:16 PM »
related: NATO in-fighting on wheather to suspend opium trade in Afghanistan - January 30, 2009

http://rt.com/politics/russia-opium-afghanistan-nato/
Russia slams NATO for losing Afghan opium war
Published: 01 March, 2011, 16:45

Moscow is growing impatient with US and NATO over what it says are "inadequate" methods for dealing with Afghanistan's verdant poppy fields.

Citing Russia’s “goodwill” decision to open an air and rail corridor over its territory for the transit of NATO cargo and personnel into Afghanistan, Viktor Ivanov, Russia’s Federal Drug Control Service Director, said that Russia “has not received an appropriate reaction from NATO” in return when it comes to combating heroin production.

"Why has the Russian government's good-will decision to make a corridor available for the transportation of personnel and NATO civilian cargo by rail and air from Europe to Afghanistan not received an appropriate reaction from NATO,” Ivanov asked during a visit with his Italian counterparts in Rome.

Ivanov added that NATO is responsible for controlling the heroin situation in the country.

Russia, which has witnessed a dramatic surge in heroin-related deaths since US forces opened military operations in Afghanistan almost 10 years ago, has repeatedly requested that the fight against opium producers be given top priority.

In October, Ivanov told the Carnegie Moscow Center that although the amount of opium harvested in 2010 was half of the amount produced the previous year, it is still twenty times higher than it was in 2001 under the Taliban.

He attributed last year’s decline in production to “climate factors” and opium crop disease rather than eradication efforts. He based his conclusion on the fact that the number of acres planted—123,000 acres—had not changed since the previous year.

Russia has long advocated the use of defoliants, sprayed on poppy fields via aircraft, as a means of eliminating the problem, but for various reasons – none of them acceptable to the Russian side – these plans have not been put into motion.

“When the US says you can’t deprive farmers of their livelihood, it actually sends a message to the Afghan leadership as well, saying they shouldn’t do it because, first, this will destroy people’s livelihoods and, second, you push farmers into the hands of the Taliban,” Ivanov told RT in an interview . “I think this is merely an excuse.”

According to the Federal Drug Control Services, an estimated 711 tons of heroin are consumed annually in Europe, 549 tons in Russia, and 212 tons in North America.

Meanwhile, unprecedentedly high consumption levels are taking an enormous toll: an estimated 100,000 people die annually as a result of consuming Afghan opiates.

These figures indicate that an estimated 1 million opiate-related deaths have occurred worldwide since 2000.

In light of these disturbing statistics, it is understandable why Moscow wants more cooperation on the opium front in return for allowing US and NATO non-military flights to access Russian airspace en route to Afghanistan.

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Russia’s War on Drugs: 30,000 casualties a year

Sergei Ivanov, who revealed that “at least 30,000 young Russian lives” are lost each year to heroin addiction, said the upcoming 10-year anniversary of military operations in Afghanistan would be a “sad jubilee.”

"October 2011 will mark exactly 10 years since the start of the U.S. and NATO-led military operation in Afghanistan," Ivanov said. "This sad jubilee calls for a serious assessment.”

Russia has expressed its frustration with US-NATO efforts in Afghanistan, where heroin production has exploded by 40 times since the Enduring Freedom operation was launched on October 2, 2001, the Director of Russia’s Federal Drug Control Services said.

He then ridiculed the coalition member states for giving their citizens 5,000 tons of heroin in return for their taxes.

"The taxpayers of the coalition countries invested more than $300 billion into resolving the Afghan problem,” Ivanov argued. “In exchange, they received 5,000 tons of heroin, half of which landed in their stomachs, while global criminal and terrorist networks earned $1 trillion.”
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The inadequacy of the international community's efforts in Afghanistan… has had a boomerang effect on health and public order in Europe,” he continued. “The international medical prescription for Afghanistan has produced an opposite effect in the form of large-scale drug production.

Ivanov portrayed the coalition’s failure on the heroin front as “a side effect of the military operation and a…major factor in the proliferation of criminal and terrorist elements.”
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Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
« Reply #50 on: August 07, 2011, 06:18:15 PM »



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Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
« Reply #51 on: October 13, 2013, 02:12:56 PM »
U.S. Nears Agreement With Afghanistan on Troops Post-2014
13 October 2013
, by Indira A.R. Lakshmanan and Eltaf Asefy Najafizada (Bloomberg)
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2013-10-13/kerry-gets-partial-deal-for-u-s-troops-staying-in-afghanistan.html

Excerpt:

Afghan President Hamid Karzai and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said they are close to completing a security agreement that would allow some U.S. troops to stay in Afghanistan beyond 2014.

After two days of negotiations in Kabul, both leaders said the remaining obstacle to concluding the deal is whether Afghan representatives will endorse the U.S. having legal jurisdiction over international forces accused of committing crimes in the country.

Any agreement must be approved by both Afghanistan’s parliament and a council of elders, Karzai told reporters.

“We reached agreements,” he said at the presidential palace in Kabul after the two sides hammered out a draft text of the Bilateral Security Agreement,

wrapping up talks 10 hours later than planned. Karzai said he received “written guarantees” from Kerry’s side that detailed the U.S.’s commitment to defend Afghanistan against an outside attack.

President Barack Obama has said U.S. troops won’t stay to train and assist Afghan forces after the North Atlantic Treaty Organization withdraws all combat units next year unless the U.S. has a security agreement that protects any remaining forces.

Last year he had set a goal of completing a deal by Oct. 31.

U.S. and Afghan officials involved in the talks said both sides agreed on the wording of a draft text.

The next step is for a Loya Jirga, a national consultative assembly of tribal elders, to meet and consider the deal, a gathering that will probably take place next month.
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Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
« Reply #52 on: October 13, 2013, 04:05:40 PM »
Just enough troops so that Skull & Bones can guard their poppies and to be sure the money keeps flowing in.

FOX - The Cultivation Of Opium Poppies http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_gOaPeSCME

Drugs always was and is the main task of the CIA to secure their funding of all those black projects.

We all can remember the Drug trafficking, Oliver North and Noriega affaire http://www2.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB2/nsaebb2.htm
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Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
« Reply #53 on: October 13, 2013, 04:34:17 PM »
Drugs Traffic now has become the Achilles heel of the whole U.S. banking sytem LOlz

No drugs, no banking system, no full prisons and no very expensive black water wars.

Part of the U.S. system does the drug trafficking mainly CIA with the Army and further down the rat-line even FBI, DEA and Police forces and what have you.

Blast, the U.S. has more agencies than the alphabet … it’s just over the top. NSA … and they all have their little king domz.

Skull & Bones always was and is about drugs trade and Opium in particular.

Did you ever wonder why NATO troops are protecting opium fields?

The Yale secret society was built on the profits of opium smuggling, which dramatically increased after opium was made illegal around the world.

http://snippits-and-slappits.blogspot.nl/2012/07/opium-origins-of-skull-bones.html
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Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
« Reply #54 on: October 13, 2013, 04:43:52 PM »
'Cause you can't bleed America enough...
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Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
« Reply #55 on: October 13, 2013, 07:48:46 PM »
 The golden triangle was a Big $$ for the agency & their masters.
 A friend of mine went TDY to Laos, agency, Sgt Paul Withers, his mission was to provide safety for a landing strip and for the hills tribe that grew & harvested the opium, he later regreted it... He left TDY went back to Nam and was wounded, retired.. Shortly after he appeared before congress, along with many others vets, testifying for what was called" Winter Soldiers "congressional hearing.
 Proven without a doubt the Agency ran the opium, Congressionaly..
 What happened, 0- Nothing, -business as usual.
 Col. Oliver North proven to have run dope in S.A., what were the results, nothing.
 Afghanistan has the crop the MSM don't discuss.
  Heavy duty class 1- Narcotics bring in more profit than Big oil, (pharmaceuticals are getting there-FDA approved).
 The money trail............
                               

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Afghan Minister Daudzai Sees Accord With U.S. on Security
7 November 2013
, by Gopal Ratnam (Bloomberg)
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2013-11-07/afghan-minister-daudzai-sees-accord-with-u-s-on-security.html

Afghanistan’s interior minister said tough negotiations with the U.S. will pay off in a security agreement letting American forces maintain a presence in his country after most troops depart next year.

“The most important part is we want the highest level of friendship and partnership and the longest friendship with the U.S.,” Umer Daudzai said in an interview yesterday at his office in Kabul.

The agreement is taking time because “we Afghans want to make sure that the details are such that all Afghans subscribe to it, both my generation and the next generation.”

Agreement on a limited U.S. presence to train Afghan forces and fight terrorism has foundered in part over Afghanistan’s demand that the U.S. commit to defending the South Asian nation against external threats, a reference to insurgents backed by neighboring Pakistan.

The U.S. “will be committed to help us overcome any external threat, whether obvious and conventional or proxy and unconventional,” said Daudzai, 56, who has served as President Hamid Karzai’s chief of staff and as Afghanistan’s ambassador to Pakistan and Iran.

At the same time, Afghanistan has resisted the American demand that any remaining troops be exempt from local prosecution.

Failure to reach such a status-of-forces agreement led President Barack Obama to pull the last U.S. troops out of Iraq in 2011.

The on-and-off negotiations on an accord don’t “mean that you may not sign it or we may not sign it,” Daudzai said.

“My instinct tells me it’ll be signed,” he said, without predicting when.

Tentative Accord

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry reached a tentative agreement with Karzai last month over a draft text after talks that lasted 10 hours more than was planned.

Karzai has called for a loya jirga, a national consultative assembly of tribal elders, to meet this month to consider and approve the accord.

Mullah Mohammad Omar, leader of the Taliban in Afghanistan, has warned of “grave consequences” for the U.S. and its allies if the agreement is signed.

Daudzai, who was a mujahedeen fighter against the Soviet Union after its invasion of Afghanistan in 1979, was named interior minister in September.

In the interview in his office, near several embassy compounds on a street blocked off from vehicles, Daudzai discussed his long-term plans for the Afghan Local Police force, which he oversees.
Insider Attacks

The local police, a community-based militia that’s being trained by U.S. special forces, was set up in 2010 to provide enforcement in areas where the national police force is weak.

Some Afghans have accused the militia of atrocities, and some officers have been involved in insider attacks against U.S. and allied forces.

In September 2012, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization temporarily suspended training for the Afghan Local Police after a spate of attacks.

Deaths of innocent civilians have stopped since he assumed office, said Daudzai, who’s responsible for all police forces in the country.

“There are combined special-forces and police operations every night, but we’ve streamlined our operations and we’ve applied cautions to bring it down to zero,” he said.

The ministry is weighing a long-term strategy that foresees the police “making a U-turn to its normal duty” as a law-enforcement agency rather than fighting an insurgency, Daudzai said.

Phasing Out

The Afghan Local Police force has about 24,500 members currently, according to an Afghan law enforcement official, who asked not to be identified because he isn’t authorized to discuss details.

Daudzai said the force strength will increase in 2014 and 2015, to guarantee safety during national elections next year and then when a new government takes office.

Starting in 2016, the local force will be gradually reduced and will be phased out by 2018, Daudzai said.

Many local officers will be absorbed into the Afghan National Police, the primary law-enforcement agency, Daudzai said.

The rest may be let go to “become businessmen, or go back to their village and become farmers.”

Top police officials have been disciplined to send a message to the force that they’re not to support or work against any candidate in the elections, Daudzai said.

Fair elections and a smooth transfer of power from Karzai to a successor may determine the continued flow of international aid to Afghanistan, which has been instrumental to its economy’s growth at an average of 9% a year since 2001.

Daudzai said he’s also cracking down on corruption within the police because “if this agency is clean, then we can implement strategies and laws for fighting corruption” in other agencies and ministries.

Progress in Afghanistan has been hampered by “the deeply embedded nature of societal corruption,” the U.S. Defense Department said in a July report, citing in particular the Afghan military.


Of course Skull & Bones Kerry doesn't want to give up on his poppy riches http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_gOaPeSCME

Skull & Bones originates from the opium trade btw: http://www.voxfux.com/features/scull_bones_opium.html
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« Reply #57 on: November 08, 2013, 03:56:22 PM »
US may leave 'residual force' in Afghanistan post-2014   ::)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXp9g-2f-MQ


So, how many troops are in a "RESIDUAL FORCE" Obama? More WORD GAMES? What a joke!  ::)

So, how many promises have we heard OUT OF THE LIAR-IN-CHIEF'S MOUTH ABOUT WITHDRAWING TROOPS FROM AFGHANISTAN (and all the other preemptive war locations?  If you didn't know, they are still in Iraq also.) YET THEY ARE STILL THERE, AND NOW THEY ARE SAYING THEY WILL BE THERE EVEN LONGER.  YOU SEE, THEY NEVER PLANNED ON BRINGING THE TROOPS HOME, THEY JUST TOLD YOU THEY WERE! IT'S THE SAME THING OVER AND OVER AND OVER!


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« Reply #58 on: November 19, 2013, 03:42:59 PM »
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States said on Tuesday it was still working through details of a security pact with Afghanistan, denying the two countries have agreed on the final text of an agreement that will determine future U.S. troop presence in the country beyond 2014.
                    Agreement, 3 bags full.. WASHINGTON Tue Jul 9, 2013 1:45pm EDT .... The number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan — now around 63,000
 OK, how many mercs or security etc , 108,000 Private Contractors Are in Afghanistan and We Have No ...
www.policymic.com/.../108-000-private-contractors...‎

      Total, 171,000 remain in Afghanistan, its an occupation,$..Afghans want us out of there, but try to tell that to the elites and their political muppets. 
              Smedly Butler was strait up about it, he was in effect working for corporations, special operations for the big dogs.

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« Reply #59 on: November 19, 2013, 04:39:26 PM »
P.S: Promises, promises,,,,,,,,kinda gettin tired of em?

OBY-“We are bringing our troops home from Afghanistan. And I've set a timetable. We will have them all out of there by 2014,” Obama said in Boulder, Colo., in September 2012. “Gov. Romney doesn't have a timetable. I think he's wrong. That's what's at stake in this election.”
  P.S.lestbereal. this is the site,
 108,000 Private Contractors Are in Afghanistan and We Have No ...


www.policymic.com/.../108-000-private-contractors...
05/06/2013 - By Aubrey Bloomfield June 5, 2013 ... Although the U.S. presence in Afghanistan is ostensibly winding down towards an eventual handover to Afghan security forces, as Francis argues, "the increase in ... Although still dwarfed by the ever-mounting total costs of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, CRS reports ...       

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Endless Afghanistan? US-Afghan agreement would keep troops in place and funds flowing, perhaps indefinitely
19 November 2013
, by Richard Engel, NBC News Chief Foreign Correspondent - Kabul (NBC News)
http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/11/19/21534305-endless-afghanistan-us-afghan-agreement-would-keep-troops-in-place-and-funds-flowing-perhaps-indefinitely?lite

While many Americans have been led to believe the war in Afghanistan will soon be over, a draft of a key U.S.-Afghan security deal obtained by NBC News shows the United States is prepared to maintain military outposts in Afghanistan for many years to come, and pay to support hundreds of thousands of Afghan security forces.

The wide-ranging document, still unsigned by the United States and Afghanistan, has the potential to commit thousands of American troops to Afghanistan and spend billions of U.S. taxpayer dollars.

The document outlines what appears to be the start of a new, open-ended military commitment in Afghanistan in the name of training and continuing to fight al-Qaeda.

The war in Afghanistan doesn’t seem to be ending, but renewed under new, scaled-down U.S.-Afghan terms.

“The Parties acknowledge that continued U.S. military operations to defeat al-Qaeda and its affiliates may be appropriate and agree to continue their close cooperation and coordination toward that end,” the draft states.

According to a document obtained by NBC News, the war in Afghanistan may not be over for years to come. NBC's Richard Engel reports.

The 25-page “Security and Defense Cooperation Agreement Between the United States of America and the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan” is a sweeping document, vague in places, highly specific in others, defining everything from the types of future missions U.S. troops would be allowed to conduct in Afghanistan, to the use of radios and the taxation of American soldiers and contractors.

The bilateral security agreement will be debated this week in Kabul by around 2,500 village elders, academics and officials in a traditional Loya Jirga.

While the Loya Jirga is strictly consultative, Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said he won’t sign it without the Jirga’s approval.

The copy of the draft -- the full text is available here --  is dated July 25, 2013.

As a working draft, it is particularly revealing because it shows the back and forth negotiations, as U.S. and Afghan officials added words and struck out paragraphs.

The changes are marked by annotations still revealed in the text.

The document is a work in progress. US officials say there have been more changes since July.

The draft, however, does indicate the scope of this possible agreement with major implications for Washington, Kabul, U.S. troops and the continuation of America’s longest war.

Taken as a whole, the document describes a basic U.S.-Afghan exchange.

Afghanistan would allow Washington to operate military bases to train Afghan forces and conduct counter-terrorism operations against al-Qaeda after the current mission ends in 2014.

For that foothold in this volatile mountain region wedged between Pakistan and Iran, the United States would agree to sustain and equip Afghanistan's large security force, which the government in Kabul currently cannot afford.

The deal, according to the text, would take effect on Jan. 1, 2015 and “shall remain in force until the end of 2024 and beyond.”

It could be terminated by either Washington or Kabul with two years advance written notice.

There is however what U.S. officials believe is a contradiction in the July draft, which would effectively ask American troops to provide training and confront al-Qaeda from the confines of bases.

While it says operations against al-Qaeda may be necessary, it also says US troops will not be allowed to make arrests or enter Afghan homes.

“No detention or arrest shall be carried out by the United States forces.

The United States forces shall not search any homes or other real estate properties,” it says.

“[The contradiction] was a matter of serious consternation at the highest levels” of the Obama administration over the weekend, according to one senior defense official.

“It is the one remaining issue that could ultimately kill the deal."

However, US officials believe that in a more recent draft, which was circulated among key Pentagon officials and US lawmakers on Monday, the US has won its position on this point.

The document doesn’t specifically say how many U.S. and NATO troops would remain in Afghanistan beyond 2014.

Afghan officials tell NBC News they hope it will be 10 to 15 thousand. U.S. officials tell NBC News the number is closer to seven to eight thousand, with an additional contribution from NATO. Factoring in troop rotations, home leave, and breaks between deployments, the service of tens of thousands of American troops would be required to maintain a force of seven to eight thousand for a decade or longer.

The anticipated costs would likely run into the billions quickly.

Afghan officials tell NBC NEWS the agreement is critical to Afghanistan’s future stability.

Without ongoing military assistance, training and funding, those officials say the government could collapse and Afghanistan would enter a civil war.

If the agreement passes, the draft says Washington would commit to a long -term, indefinite military involvement in this land-locked Asian nation.

A spokesperson for the White House National Security Council did not comment on the draft version of the agreement, but said that "the President is still reviewing options from his national security team and has not made a decision about a possible U.S. presence after 2014."

The agreement circulating this week is unlikely to be the last. It first must pass through the Loya Jirga, then go onto parliament for final approval.

“We’re looking at 60-days or more” before the US and Afghanistan sign any agreement, defense officials said.

Here are highlights of the July draft of the bi-lateral agreement:

American bases

While the document specifically says the United States would not seek “permanent bases” in Afghanistan, the US military would have “access to and use of the agreed facilities and areas.”

Some of these areas would be for the “exclusive use” of US troops.

“Afghanistan hereby authorizes United States forces to exercise all rights and authorities within the agreed facilities and areas that are necessary for their use, operation, defense, or control, including the right to undertake new construction works,” the document says.

US troops would be allowed to carry weapons, wear uniforms and guard the perimeter of those areas.

The agreement does not say how many “exclusive use” sites there would be in Afghanistan.

The United States also would also be permitted to keep vehicles and aircraft in Afghanistan, take off and land from Afghan soil, and fly though Afghan airspace. 

The facilities would be provided the US government “rent free,” but significant costs would mount in other ways.

U.S. payments

The draft agreement says the Afghan government should “eventually” pay for all of its defense and security personal.

But until then, “so long as the strategic partnership agreement so provides, the United States shall have an obligation to seek funds on a yearly basis to support the training, equipping, advising and sustaining of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), so that Afghanistan can independently secure and defend itself against internal and external threats, and help ensure that terrorists never again encroach on Afghan soil and threaten Afghanistan, the region, and the world.”

The specific amount of payment is not stated. The money would be “managed by relevant Afghan institutions.”

Sticking points

The document shows a long and hard series of negotiations, particularly on the issue of legal jurisdiction.

The draft initially insisted that U.S. military personnel be subject to Afghan laws and, if accused of a crime, be tried in Afghan courts.

This section in the July draft is crossed out.

Afghan officials tell NBC NEWS the jurisdiction dispute appears to have been overcome, with U.S. troops only being subject to American laws.

Endless Afghanistan?

The document suggests Afghan negotiators want a long-term U.S. presence, with U.S. forces and contractors providing intelligence, training and funding, but also to keep American forces as confined as possible.

It shows Afghans want to keep their U.S. partners, but on their terms.

It also suggests the United States is not confident that without a long-term commitment, the Afghan government can bring stability or effectively fight terrorism. 

NBC News' Jim Miklaszewski and Courtney Kube contributed to this report.
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« Reply #61 on: November 20, 2013, 08:20:18 AM »
Letsbereal.
               The takedown of the the Republic. The wars cost close to a billion a day, multiply that times 10 years and running.
               The Pentagon can't account for 8.3 trillion dollars, up in smoke, FRAUD/TRAITORS...
Historicaly-When a country goes belly up it has either been invaded or in debt. We have been hit on both sides of the coin, our Gov is infiltrated (parasitic insiders) and we are broke and in debt.
             The domestic issues are pathetic, the constitution / Bill of rights have been referred to as nothing but GWB:"GD pieces of paper".
                         Obama promised us we would have a troop withdrawal by 2014, do folks continue to believe this guy.
                           We are mucked inside out. Not the heavy's with titles and their suckling gang of shiitbags.
The end game, the final day, the shitstorm- only the elites know the day. Depending on Pols/ or the administration  to fix this is absurd, to beleive they can pull a rabbit out of the hat is insanity, there is no magical cure.
              Invest in items that will keep you and yours safe during the first few months of this abomination, buckle up, please.
                       I'm not a freaked out alarmist, the writing is chiseled in the wall, it is inevitable.

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U.S. Has Deal on Afghan Pact Before Tribal Leaders Meet
20 November 2013
, by Gopal Ratnam and Eltaf Najafizada (Bloomberg)
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2013-11-21/u-s-has-deal-on-afghan-pact-before-tribal-leaders-meet.html

After more than a year of negotiations, the U.S. and Afghanistan have forged an agreement that now needs approval from Afghan tribal elders and lawmakers to pave the way for a continued American troop presence in the country after next year and a continued flow of aid.

“We’ve reached an agreement as to the final language of the bilateral security agreement that will be placed before the Loya Jirga tomorrow,” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters yesterday in Washington, referring to the council of elders gathered in Kabul.

While the Obama administration intends to remove all U.S. combat troops from Afghanistan by the end of next year, the tentative agreement would permit some American forces to remain to train Afghan soldiers and conduct counterterrorism operations.

Questions remain about whether, even with some American and other foreign support, Afghan security forces will be able to maintain security, prevent the Taliban from retaking parts of the country and protect infrastructure such as railroads, mines and roads that are essential to economic growth.

While U.S. officials have said Afghan forces are improving, they lack military necessities such as air mobility, logistics and intelligence support.

Maintaining foreign troops in the country would ensure security and also guarantee that international aid that has been pledged continues to flow, Army General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Nov. 19 at an event in Washington.

Extended Negotiations

Talks about a long-term U.S. troop presence began after Afghan President Hamid Karzai and President Barack Obama signed a strategic partnership accord in May 2012 that committed the U.S. to providing economic assistance and funds to support and train the Afghan military.

The U.S. now has 48,000 troops in the country, and the coalition of allies has an additional 27,000, according to the U.S. Defense Department.

Since the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan, the U.S. has lost 2,155 troops in the war and an additional 19,475 have been wounded in action, according to Pentagon data compiled by Bloomberg.

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization has said that about 8,000 to 12,000 troops may remain in Afghanistan after next year to train and advise the Afghan military and police forces.

U.S. Marine Corps General Joseph Dunford, the commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan, has said that number wouldn’t include forces needed to carry out counterterrorism missions and protect U.S. diplomats.

Larger Units

U.S. troops are likely to focus their training on Afghan ministries and larger units of Afghan security forces to help them manage their combat capabilities, retired Army Lieutenant General David Barno, who led U.S. and coalition troops in Afghanistan in 2003, said in a phone interview.

Doing that also would keep U.S. troops out of the line of fire and keep casualties to a minimum, particularly considering that Obama has said repeatedly that the U.S. is ending its combat mission in Afghanistan by 2014, said Barno, now a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security in Washington.

In addition to stationing troops in Kabul, the U.S. may want to rotate forces through different areas of the country, especially to carry out raids against remnants of al-Qaeda, Barno said.

“Given the size of Afghanistan, and depending on how the threat evolves, the U.S. may want access to bases especially in the north and northeast,” Barno said. Afghanistan is slightly smaller than the state of Texas.

Counterterrorism Missions

U.S. forces are likely to carry out such counterterrorism missions in conjunction with Afghan forces, particularly because Afghan leaders disapprove of unilateral U.S. military actions, Barno said.

A U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan beyond 2014 also would pave the way for NATO allies and other nations to keep forces in the country.

In the absence of such support, “if security deteriorates to a point” where the $6 billion in annual aid promised to Afghanistan “dries up, then they can’t survive,” Dempsey said.

The agreement being considered by the Afghan elders and parliament came after contentious negotiations that began last May as the U.S. insisted on immunity for its troops from prosecution under local laws.

Afghanistan wanted a guarantee that the U.S. would defend it against external threats, a reference to insurgents backed by neighboring Pakistan.

It remains unclear how the two sides resolved these pending issues because the text of the bilateral security agreement hasn’t been made public.

‘Manufactured Crises’

“One can never be sure about whether the BSA language is actually final, given how long it’s taken to get to where we are now and the constant manufactured crises,” Caroline Wadhams, a senior fellow and Afghanistan specialist at the Center for American Progress said in an e-mail.

Karzai “consistently surprises us with his efforts to derail and delay, Wadhams said.

‘‘But probably the most contentious issues’’ in the agreement ‘‘are now resolved.’’

The latest crisis came two days ago, after the New York Times quoted Karzai spokesman Aimal Faizi saying the two sides agreed on allowing home raids if Obama wrote a letter acknowledging mistakes by the U.S. military in Afghanistan. Faizi didn’t answer calls to his mobile phone yesterday.

The dispute over raids concerns whether U.S. troops operating jointly with Afghan forces may enter Afghan homes, according to a U.S. official who spoke yesterday and asked not to be identified discussing the sensitive talks.

The U.S. is seeking to preserve the right in situations involving self-defense, the official said.

No Apology
 
Kerry yesterday dismissed reports about an apology, saying, ‘‘President Karzai didn’t ask for an apology.

There was no discussion of an apology. I mean, it’s just not even on the table. He didn’t ask for it. We’re not discussing it.”

Last year Obama did apologize to Karzai after U.S. troops burned copies of Korans at an airbase, setting off riots over the treatment of Islamic scripture.

The agreement now goes before the loya jirga, a national consultative assembly of 3,000 tribal elders and intellectuals that’s meeting in Kabul to consider the deal.

Karzai has said the country’s parliament also needs to bless the agreement.

Tribal elders “may ask for some wordsmithing, but I imagine the draft is largely final, absent an external shock,” Wadhams said.

“At this point, I don’t believe the loya Jirga will add further demands or conditions for the U.S. government.”
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U.S.-Afghan Officials Extend Dispute on Signing Accord
22 November 2013
, by Gopal Ratnam and Eltaf Najafizada (Bloomberg)
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2013-11-21/u-s-wants-afghan-accord-this-year-to-plan-troop-presence.html

The U.S. and Afghanistan extended their dispute over the deadline for concluding a security pact that would pave the way for a continued American military presence after 2014.

President Barack Obama’s spokesman. Jay Carney, said today that the U.S. needs the agreement “done by the end of the year.”

He said the text now being weighed by a council of tribal elders in Kabul was the “final offer” on the agreement for some U.S. forces to remain after combat troops depart at the end of next year.

Aimal Faizi, the spokesman for Afghan President Hamid Karzai, repeated today Karzai’s comment to the council, known as a loya jirga, that the accord shouldn’t be signed until after his country’s presidential election in April.

“No U.S. deadline” is acceptable, Faizi said in an interview. Afghanistan needs “peace, guaranteed security and good elections,” and all are “essentials” in signing the accord, he said.

The loya jirga, a gathering of more than 2,500 Afghan tribal elders, political leaders and intellectuals, is due to make its recommendation on Nov. 24.

After that, the agreement would have to be signed by both countries before it’s ratified by Afghanistan’s parliament and signed into law by Karzai, according to two U.S. officials who briefed reporters yesterday on condition of not being identified discussing the process.

While the U.S. doesn’t want to set a hard deadline, the officials said, waiting several months wouldn’t leave enough time for military planning.

‘Timely Conclusion’

“We need a timely conclusion of this in order to plan for any potential post-2014 presence -- which means signing it by the end of the year,” Jen Psaki, a State Department spokeswoman, told reporters yesterday in Washington.

The agreement would let some U.S. forces stay to train Afghan soldiers and conduct counterterrorism operations. At stake is billions of dollars in annual aid money.

Within weeks of the bilateral agreement being concluded, Obama would decide how many troops to keep in Afghanistan beyond 2014, according to one of the U.S. officials.

The American administration foresees completing the mission in Afghanistan well before the security accord expires in 2024, the official said.

As many as 15,000 troops from the U.S., Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and other countries would remain in Afghanistan, Karzai said at the opening of the loya jirga.

Karzai’s Praise

The deal will “help strengthen our Afghan forces, bolster our economy and boost stability,” Karzai said.

“Pulling out international forces after 2014 without an agreement signed with the U.S. is not beneficial for us.”

Tribal elders “may ask for some wordsmithing, but I imagine the draft is largely final, absent an external shock,” Caroline Wadhams, a senior fellow and Afghanistan specialist at the Center for American Progress, said in an e-mail.

“At this point, I don’t believe the loya jirga will add further demands or conditions for the U.S. government.”

The U.S. now has 48,000 troops in the country, and its allies an additional 27,000, according to the U.S. Defense Department.

Since the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan, the U.S. has lost 2,155 troops in the war and an additional 19,475 have been wounded in action, according to Pentagon data compiled by Bloomberg.

Obama’s Letter

“America’s role in Afghanistan will be one of a supporting partner,” Obama wrote in a Nov. 20 letter to Karzai.

The number of U.S. forces would be “much reduced” after 2014, Obama wrote, without citing a figure.

Talks about a long-term U.S. troop presence began after Karzai and Obama signed an accord in May 2012 that committed the U.S. to supporting and training the Afghan military.

Sticking points have included U.S. insistence on immunity for its troops from prosecution under local laws and Afghan demands for a guarantee that the U.S. would defend it against external threats, mostly from militants based in neighboring Pakistan.

Afghanistan has conceded the U.S. right to prosecute its troops under American law, according to the text of the agreement, which listed 26 articles that cover issues from prosecution to registration of vehicles.

The agreement says the U.S. will conduct counterterrorism operations against al-Qaeda and its affiliates in which Afghan security forces will take the lead.

It promised “full respect for Afghan sovereignty and full regard for the safety and security of the Afghan people, including in their homes.”

Obama said in the letter that U.S. troops will conduct raids on Afghan homes only “under extraordinary circumstances involving urgent risk to life and limb of U.S. nationals.”
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Isn't this all just a negotiation on the dollar Opium/Heroin cut for the security contract?  What's Brown & Root's cut?

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Karzai Adds to Demands on U.S. in Meeting With Susan Rice
25 November 2013
, by Gopal Ratnam and Eltaf Najafizada (Bloomberg)
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2013-11-25/karzai-repeats-demands-on-u-s-after-meeting-with-rice.html

Afghan President Hamid Karzai added to the demands he said must be met before he’ll sign an agreement permitting some U.S. forces to remain in his country after the end of next year.

In a dinner meeting yesterday in Kabul with U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice, Karzai insisted that the U.S. release Afghan inmates from the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as a condition for the Bilateral Security Agreement, according to a Persian-language statement e-mailed by his office.

U.S. officials have been frustrated by Karzai’s shifting demands, even after a council of 2,500 tribal elders endorsed the draft agreement over the weekend, and by the delay he’s seeking in signing the pact until after Afghanistan’s presidential election in April.

“Karzai outlined new conditions for signing the agreement and indicated he is not prepared to sign the BSA promptly,” according to a statement issued by the White House describing Rice’s meeting at the presidential palace.

Without a “prompt signature, the U.S. would have no choice but to initiate planning” to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan, Rice told the Afghan leader, according to the statement.

Under an agreement, the U.S. would keep some forces to train the Afghan military and conduct counterterrorism operations after combat troops depart by the end of next year.

In her first meeting with the Afghan president, Rice told Karzai “that we have concluded negotiations and that deferring the signature of the agreement until after next year’s elections is not viable,” according to the White House statement.

Assurances Sought

The Afghan president sought assurances from President Barack Obama for a “complete cessation” of U.S. and allied counterterrorism raids on Afghan homes as well as the holding of “transparent elections” before he’ll sign the agreement, according to the statement from his office.

The delay threatens to torpedo the deal, jeopardizing billions of dollars in aid and threatening an increase in violence throughout the region.

Karzai told the tribal council in Kabul over the weekend: “The U.S. waited for two years, but can’t wait for only five months more -- why are they in a hurry?”

Afghanistan’s presidential elections are scheduled for April 5. “After we are assured we have guaranteed peace and security in the whole country, and secure elections, I will sign it,” Karzai said on Nov. 24.

‘Compelling Affirmation’

“I can’t imagine a more compelling affirmation from the Afghan people themselves of their commitment to a long-term partnership with the United States and our international partners,”

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said in a statement commenting on the endorsement of the agreement by the tribal assembly known as a loya jirga.

He said the “critical next step” is to get the agreement signed in “short order.”

U.S. patience with Karzai’s demands is wearing thin, according to an American official, who asked not to be identified discussing the state of U.S.-Afghan relations.

The U.S. now has 48,000 troops in the country, and the coalition of allies has an additional 27,000, according to the U.S. Defense Department.

Sibghatullah Mojaddedi, a former president who headed the loya jirga, called on Karzai to sign the agreement quickly.

The security pact was “endorsed by the members,” Mojaddedi said. “The president must give us promises he would sign it sooner because the pact will benefit the country.”

Nine Bases

The agreement would provide the U.S. with access to nine bases at Kabul, Bagram, Mazar-e-Sharif, Herat, Kandahar, Helmand, Gardez, Jalalabad and Shindand.

While allowing the bases is “very hard emotionally and rationally,” Karzai said, the country is obliged to do so given the current volatile security situation.

The Taliban condemned the loya jirga’s endorsement and vowed to increase the fervor of their insurgency.

Afghanistan will “truly become the graveyard of international arrogance,” Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the militants, said in an e-mailed statement yesterday.

In his speech to the loya jirga, Karzai again criticized the U.S. for operations in Afghan homes. The agreement would be broken if the operations in homes are conducted “once more,” he said.

Obama said in a Nov. 20 letter to Karzai that U.S. troops will conduct raids on Afghan homes only “under extraordinary circumstances involving urgent risk to life and limb of U.S. nationals.”

Karzai said on Nov. 24 that he’s concerned that his legacy may suffer if the agreement fails to provide security. Term limits bar him from running for election again after 12 years as Afghanistan’s leader.

“If I sign it today, and tomorrow we don’t have peace, who would be blamed by history?” Karzai said. “So that is why I am asking for assurances.”
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« Reply #66 on: December 05, 2013, 07:36:00 AM »
Dempsey Says Signing Afghan Pact This Month Isn’t Urgent
5 December 2013
, by Tony Capaccio (Bloomberg)
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2013-12-05/dempsey-says-signing-afghan-pact-this-month-isn-t-urgent.html

Contradicting a White House statement last month, the top U.S. military official said Afghan President Hamid Karzai can continue to delay signing an agreement on a post-2014 U.S. military presence until as late as June.

Even if Karzai refuses to sign until midyear, the U.S. military would have time to withdraw what’s expected to be about 34,000 U.S. troops by then, down from the current level of 46,000, in an orderly fashion, Army General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said yesterday.

“We’re not the limiting factor,” Dempsey said at a press conference at the Pentagon.

“Nothing is irreversible, but we wouldn’t be to a level where we’d begin to affect the options until probably early summer,” he said.

Dempsey’s comments followed remarks on Dec. 3 by Secretary of State John Kerry that he has no “hard, fixed, specific” deadline for signing the agreement.

Both statements were at odds with comments from White House press secretary Jay Carney.

Carney said in Washington Nov. 22 that Karzai needs to act “before the end of the year” because “it is just untenable -- impossible really” for the U.S. and allies “to plan for a potential post-2014 military presence” without concluding an agreement before year’s end.

Two other administration officials said yesterday that Carney’s comments overstated how much time the military needs to plan for the withdrawal of all U.S. combat forces from Afghanistan by the end of next year.

Both officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to discuss the matter publicly.

Artificial Deadline

One of the officials said Carney’s comments prompted some officials in the State and Defense Departments to worry that the White House might be giving Karzai an artificial deadline to create a reason to make an early exit from an increasingly unpopular war in a congressional election year.

Dempsey said that instead of affecting the military’s withdrawal plans, a delay in signing the agreement has the more immediate effect of damping the confidence of Afghan military personnel “as they begin to be anxious, literally, about whether we’re going to be there to support them.”

“So it really needs to be done now, mostly because what’s hanging in the balance in Afghanistan is confidence,” Dempsey said. “The Afghan security forces are very capable, but they’re not confident.”

Afghan tribal elders have endorsed a security pact with the U.S. that would allow a follow-up mission aimed at training and counterterrorism missions by U.S. special operations forces.

Karzai’s Objections

Karzai has continued to raise objections about military operations that he says put Afghan civilians at risk.

He also has suggested that he may not be ready to sign the accord until after Afghanistan’s election to choose his successor as president in April.

Both U.S. officials, who have years of experience in Afghanistan and elsewhere in South Asia, said they’re discounting what they called Karzai’s theatrics, which they said are intended in part to demonstrate his independence from the U.S.

They also said they expect him to sign the agreement sometime in the first half of next year because he knows that his forces can’t maintain security in Afghanistan with international training, logistics, intelligence and other support.
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« Reply #67 on: December 15, 2013, 02:42:16 PM »
Karzai Sticks to Pact Demands in Dismissing U.S. ‘Brinksmanship’
14 december 2013
, by Kartikay Mehrotra (Bloomberg)
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2013-12-14/karzai-sticks-to-pact-demands-in-dismissing-u-s-brinksmanship-.html

Afghan President Hamid Karzai dismissed concerns that the U.S. is willing to withdraw all of its troops from his country next year as he refuses to sign a security pact until the administration of President Barack Obama meets his conditions.

“I don’t think Americans are thinking of the zero option,” Karzai told reporters in New Delhi, referring to a scenario under which all U.S. troops might leave Afghanistan in 2014.

“It’s brinksmanship they’re playing with us. Even if they did, then come what may.”

Karzai said he wouldn’t sign the pact that was endorsed by an assembly of Afghan leaders last month until the U.S. stops bombings and publicly starts peace talks with the Taliban.

The two conditions are “an absolute prerequisite” to concluding the agreement, he said.

“It is not time bound,” Karzai said, dismissing U.S. calls for him to sign the agreement. “It is action bound.”

At stake is a deal that would ensure billions of dollars in aid money flows to one of Asia’s poorest economies and increased security in a region with two nuclear powers.

While failure to reach an agreement would hurt Afghanistan’s economy, Karzai said, it wasn’t worth signing if the pact didn’t lead to peace.

The proposed agreement would let some U.S. forces stay to train Afghan soldiers and conduct counterterrorism operations after combat troops leave by the end of next year.

The U.S. now has 48,000 troops in the country, and the coalition of allies has an additional 27,000, according to the U.S. Defense Department.
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« Reply #68 on: March 18, 2014, 02:11:54 PM »
Peace in Afghanistan ----

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/18/afghan-suicide-bombing-kills-13
Afghan suicide bombing kills 13
Man riding rickshaw blew himself up at market in Faryab province, authorities say
theguardian.com, Tuesday 18 March 2014 02.44 EDT   

A US helicopter in Afghanistan. The latest suicide bombing comes as national elections loom and foreign forces prepare to pull out. Photograph: Reuters

A suicide bomber riding a rickshaw blew himself up outside a checkpoint at a market in northern Afghanistan on Tuesday, killing at least 13 civilians, officials said, in the latest attack in the countdown to presidential elections to be held in less than three weeks.

Nobody immediately claimed responsibility for the attack in the capital of Faryab province but it happened in an area where the Taliban and allied militant groups are active. The Taliban have threatened a campaign of violence to disrupt the 5 April vote, which will choose a new president to lead the country as foreign troops prepare to end their combat mission by the end of the year.

The attacker was approaching the checkpoint at the entry of the market in Maymana, the capital of Faryab province, when he detonated his explosives, which were hidden in the rickshaw, the officials said.

The provincial governor, Mohammadullah Patash, gave the death toll and said 23 people also were wounded in the attack.

The Taliban have staged numerous attacks in Faryab, far from their traditional strongholds in southern and eastern Afghanistan. In October 2012 a suicide bomber struck a mosque packed with senior regional officials in Maymana, killing 41 people.

Afghan civilians are frequently caught up in the violence as insurgents battle Afghan and international troops in an effort to undermine the Western-backed government. The United Nations said 2,959 civilians were killed and 5,656 wounded last year, a 14% increase from the previous year.

The Taliban deny that they target civilians, but the UN report blamed 74% of all civilian casualties last year on insurgents.

http://www.cbsnews.com/pictures/afghanistans-opium-problem/
Afghan drug trade


Afghan farmers collect raw opium as they work in a poppy field in the Khogyani district of Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, May 10, 2013.

Afghanistan's opium production surged in 2013 to record levels, despite 12 years of international efforts to wean the country off the narcotics trade, according to a report released Wednesday by the U.N.'s drug control agency
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« Reply #69 on: March 18, 2014, 03:23:40 PM »
DEA, will enforce whatsoever they are told to, their Federal,   who runs the Gov runs these guys.
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« Reply #70 on: March 18, 2014, 04:14:57 PM »
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Afghanistan's opium production surged in 2013 to record levels, despite 12 years of international efforts to wean the country off the narcotics trade
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« Reply #71 on: March 21, 2014, 03:59:36 PM »
(Religion of) Peace in Afghanistan continues ...

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/21/taliban-gunmen-kill-nine-kabul-serena-hotel
Taliban gunmen kill nine civilians in attack at Kabul's Serena hotel

Four foreigners among victims in attack on luxury hotel as wave of violence sweeps Afghanistan ahead of presidential elections

Teenage Taliban gunmen who slipped into a top luxury hotel in Kabul on Thursday night shot and killed two young girls along with seven other civilians in the latest attack in a wave of violence hitting Afghanistan ahead of presidential elections. Six others were injured.

Four foreigners were also among the victims of the carefully planned assault, which was apparently aimed at undermining a vote now just two weeks away. Election monitors were among the Serena hotel's guests.

It came days after a marketplace bomb killed 16 people in the north and just hours after a complex attack on a police headquarters in Jalalabad city claimed at least 18 lives. On Friday morning an attack in southern Kandahar killed three.

The Taliban has vowed to disrupt the poll and said anyone who votes or works on the election is risking their life.

"This attack is connected to the election, our enemy is trying to sow uncertainty about our future," said Sediq Sediqqi, an interior ministry spokesman, at a news conference the morning after the assault on the hotel. "They are threatening the security of the election, which is one of the biggest events in the history of Afghanistan."

The gunmen launched their attack by opening fire in the Serena's popular buffet restaurant, which was packed with families and officials celebrating the start of the Afghan new year to live music.
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« Reply #72 on: April 06, 2014, 12:12:19 PM »
It's a religion of peace ....

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/associated-press-photographer-killed-reporter-wounded-in-afghanistan/2014/04/04/91cd9e0c-bbdc-11e3-96ae-f2c36d2b1245_story.html
Associated Press photographer killed, reporter wounded in Afghanistan [ By Afghan police officer ]
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 KABUL — A photographer for the Associated Press was killed and a reporter wounded Friday when an Afghan police officer shot each of them multiple times.

The journalists were traveling with election workers in eastern Khost province in a convoy that was protected by Afghan soldiers and police officers, according to the AP.

Anja Niedringhaus, 48, a German photographer, was killed instantly. Kathy Gannon, a Canadian reporter, is in stable condition. Both were veterans with deep experience in the region.


Photographer Anja Niedringhaus killed in Afghanistan: A look at her work: Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus, 48, was killed when an Afghan policeman opened fire while she and a reporter were covering the election there. The Pulitzer-winning photog was a veteran in the region, but also captured images from all around the world.

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The man who shot Niedringhaus and Gannon goes by one name, Naqibullah, and was described as a mid-level police officer. He had been transferred to Khost about three months ago, according to Sardar Abdul Makinzoi, a member of the provincial council.

According to the AP report, “Naqibullah walked up to the car, yelled ‘Allahu Akbar’ — God is Great — and opened fire on them in the back seat with his AK-47.”

The two journalists had arrived at the government headquarters of Tani district, where they were covering the delivery of ballots across the province.

The gunman was taken into custody, according to Mubarez Mohammad Zadran, a spokesman for the provincial governor.
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« Reply #73 on: November 23, 2014, 05:07:20 PM »
Yes we need our troops there to keep those tourist dollars coming ...

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30169457
23 November 2014 Last updated at 11:22 ET

Bomber 'kills 45' at Afghanistan volleyball match

A suicide bomber has killed at least 45 people at a volleyball tournament in eastern Afghanistan, officials say.

A spokesman for the governor of Paktika province told the BBC that the attacker had detonated the bomb amid a crowd of people gathering for a game.

About 60 people were also wounded in the bombing in Yahyakhail district.

It came after Afghan MPs approved security deals allowing Nato and US soldiers to remain after the withdrawal of most foreign troops next month.

The total number of soldiers in the new Nato force will be about 12,000. Their mission has been defined as training, advising and assisting the Afghan security forces.

There will also be a separate US-led force dealing with the remnants of al-Qaeda.

It emerged on Saturday, however, that President Barack Obama has approved guidelines to allow US troops to fight the Taliban and provide air support for Afghan missions.

'Heinous attack'

Sunday's bombing occurred when a crowd of people were preparing to watch the final of a regional volleyball tournament.

Local reports say a suicide bomber walked into the large gathering before detonating the explosives.

A spokesman for the provincial governor told the BBC that the crowd was made up mostly of young people. He said all of the casualties were civilians.
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« Reply #74 on: November 23, 2014, 05:13:53 PM »
bump

http://kabul.usembassy.gov/dea.html

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is a component of the United States Department of Justice. Our mission is to enforce the controlled substances laws and regulations of the United States and bring to the criminal and civil justice system of the United States, or any other competent jurisdiction, those organizations and principal members of organizations involved in the growing, manufacture or distribution of controlled substances appearing in or destined for illicit traffic in the United States, and to recommend and support non-enforcement programs aimed at reducing the availability of illicit controlled substances on the domestic and international markets.

In Afghanistan, DEA provides substantial cooperation and assistance to the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in support of its narcotics investigations, operations, and capacity building throughout the country. Working together, DEA, the Ministry of the Interior (MOI) and the Counter Narcotics Police – Afghanistan (CNP-A), target major narcotics trafficking organizations that support the insurgency, corrupt officials involved in narcotics trafficking and illicit finance.

The CNP-A was created in 2005 and has since established a presence in every province in Afghanistan and in the capital. CNP-A is the premier drug enforcement agency in the country, bringing counter-narcotics investigative and tactical expertise to the fight against the illegal drug trade. Several small subunits of the CNP-A have been established to provide specialized training. 

In support of CNP-A, DEA mentors and trains the Afghan National Interdiction Unit (NIU) and the Sensitive Investigative Unit (SIU). The NIU is a tactical enforcement unit, conducting counter narcotics law enforcement operations in the field. The Afghan government’s SIU conducts investigations. 

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« Reply #75 on: November 27, 2014, 01:51:47 PM »
It's a complete success in global politics .... look at all those peaceful happy Muslemen.... the lovers of life and earthly harmony

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/nov/27/kabul-suicide-attack-uk-embassy-six-dead
Kabul suicide attack on UK diplomats leaves six dead
Briton among casualties of Taliban attack on British embassy vehicle between Jalalabad and Kabul

At least six people including a British embassy guard were killed on Thursday when the Taliban launched a devastating suicide attack on a British diplomatic convoy near the Afghan capital Kabul, in a day of mayhem that also saw gunfire in the city.

The convoy was travelling on the road between Jalalabad and Kabul – about three miles east of the heavily fortified British embassy – when a suicide bomber struck. The bomber’s Toyota Corolla vehicle exploded – hurling the armoured British embassy SUV across the road and blowing off its roof completely. Smouldering debris was flung across a packed area including a mosque.

Later on Thursday there was a second explosion in Kabul’s Wazir Akbar Khan district, where the British embassy and other foreign missions are located. According to Afghan police, three Taliban fighters attacked a foreign guesthouse at 7.30pm. One fighter blew himself up while the other two staged a shoot-out with Nepalese security guards. Both attackers were eventually killed, police said. The compound belonged to International Relief and Development, a development agency.

The UK foreign secretary, Phillip Hammond, said that two British embassy workers died in the morning’s convoy attack. One was a British civilian security team member and the other an Afghan national working at the embassy. A second British member of the security team was injured, Hammond said. The private security firm G4S said both the dead security guard and his injured colleague were its employees.

Hammond described the bombing as an outrage and an “appalling attack on innocent civilians”.

“The families of the victims have been informed and my thoughts are with them,” he said. The dead Briton has not yet been named.
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According to the local Pajhwok news agency, the Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack, the latest in a series in recent days that have killed dozens and wounded hundreds.

The attack on a high-profile British target appears to send a deliberate political message. It comes a week before a major conference on Afghanistan on 4 December in London, co-hosted by the UK and Afghan governments. According to Downing Street, the conference to be attended by international donors will “provide a platform for the government of Afghanistan to set out its vision for reform”. It will also give the international community an opportunity to demonstrate its continuing commitment to Afghanistan, as the majority of foreign combat troops withdraw after 13 years of war against the Islamist Taliban and their allies. A smaller support mission will stay behind.
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The Taliban have long sought to use violence in Kabul itself to undermine confidence in the Afghan government and its foreign supporters, as well as to sap backing for continued involvement in the country in the west.
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As foreign troops withdraw, Taliban militants have intensified assaults on government troops, particularly in provinces in the east and south.

About 4,600 members of the Afghan security forces have been killed already in 2014, more than 6% higher than the same period of 2013.

This year has also been one of the bloodiest for Afghan civilians, according to the United Nations, which recorded nearly 5,000 deaths and injuries of civilians in the first half of the year.

Barack Obama recently issued new orders to increase slightly the number of American troops who will stay in Afghanistan and to allow them a more significant combat role than previously envisaged.
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« Reply #76 on: November 27, 2014, 03:06:23 PM »
DEA= Drugs Enabling Agency

DEA, CIA, FBI NSA and the whole alphabetsoup are the biggest drugsdealers on the globe.

The Growth of Opium Trade in Afghanistan is a Direct Result of US Invasion http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-growth-of-opium-trade-in-afghanistan-is-a-direct-result-of-us-invasion/5409315



US spends $7bn but fails to stop Afghan opium poppy growth http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29713547
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Re: DEA to oversee Afghan Opium Trade
« Reply #77 on: November 27, 2014, 03:47:37 PM »
Kratom works as well as heroin without the nasty effect if you run out. Just sayin

And its legal

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« Reply #78 on: November 27, 2014, 04:00:41 PM »
There seems to to be so much heroin on the market that it's sold as cocaine which is very dangerous. Probably imported by the DEA into the Netherlands.

Two British men die 'snorting white heroin' in Amsterdam
26 November 2014
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/30216771

17 people have needed medical attention after taking white heroin in the city. All of them were tourists.
 

We help The Cultivation Of Opium Poppies https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_gOaPeSCME

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« Reply #79 on: November 27, 2014, 04:53:50 PM »
Afghanistan Opium Crop Guarded By Military, While US Conducts Failed War on Drugs! (It's the same story every time! Hypocrisy and lies!)
http://z4.invisionfree.com/The_Great_Deception/index.php?showtopic=8236
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