Kabul is under siege. A series of deadly attacks in the heart of the capital just this month, and a history of many others in the past few months have reinforced this fact. Simply put, the expiration date of the regime has been set, and although we cannot be for certain when it will fall, we can see that it is already crumbling at its foundation. Other articles on this website have reinforced this fact, and it only takes a cursory look through our own updates to see the writing on the wall. Ghani has even admitted that he is powerless to protect his country’s capital, and although they state they have made menial gains against the Taliban in the countryside, we are faced with the reality that Kunduz, one of the largest cities in the country, is under threat of occupation once more, that Helmand province is still strictly under the control of the Taliban, and that more cities have fallen in the past two years to the Taliban than in most of the war. The amerikans have done little to turn back the tide, as they cower in their bases but insist that they must bet here to protect strategic interests. It is clear they have absolutely no plan of action, and are completely aware of what the future tells. They likely want to negotiate a way forward, but their withdrawal is, as the Taliban has repeatedly made clear, non-negotiable. In fact, it is the only thing they have specified as non-negotiable.
(Jan. 28) Fighters from the Islamic State group in Afghanistan launched a deadly attack against the military academy in Kabul, killing 11 soldiers and injuring 16 others during the siege. The attack began when attackers detonated a suicide vest at the guarded checkpoint leading to the facility. The attackers did not manage to breach the first checkpoint and proceed to the academy itself, however, as they were quickly taken by countering military forces which surrounded the area. In the end 2 of the attackers detonated their suicide vests, 2 were killed in the gunbattle and 1 was arrested. This attack comes on the heels of a series of devastating attacks in the capital, further consolidating the siege of Kabul and the helplessness of the central government and their amerikan partners, who, for the most part, have resorted to cowering in their bases behind blast walls. Kabul, and the country itself, is on the brink, and it appears that no amount of extra boots will help to save it.
(Jan. 27) The Taliban claimed responsibility for a car bomb which killed 103 people and injured 235 in the capital city of Kabul. The attack was conducted with a stolen ambulance, which managed to penetrate a heavily guarded section of the city by informing security forces that they were delivering an injured person to the hospital. The bomb was then detonated nearby a police checkpoint to devastating effect. This is yet another attack in a string against the country’s capital. The comprador government has admitted that it is virtually powerless to stop the attacks. With such an intensity of attacks leaking into the fortified city, it appears Kabul is under siege and the power of the central government is set to soon expire.
More than 40 dead after siege of Afghan Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul
(Jan. 21) As many as 18 killed in a 14-hour Taliban siege on the Hotel Intercontinental in Kabul. Half of the 200-room eyesore was packed at the time with ministry men from the comprador government attending a conference. The Intercontinental was merely the bloody cherry topping a hectic 24 hours in the country, as the comprador government, u.$. Military, and local collaborators with the occupation suffered more than 50 casualties in all provinces.
Pentagon considering increasing troop presence in Afghanistan by 1000
(Jan. 21) In a blinding case of too little too late, the Pentagon will be accepting a petition by the u.$. Army to increase occupation troops on the ground in Afghanistan by 1,000, bringing the total to 15,000. The new force will be “assisting” the Afghan comprador forces in the face of the Taliban’s inevitable spring offensive. The new force will have to bring in new artillery pieces, helicopters and weapons, an army spokesman said. As though that will save them.
Pakistan and the united $tates clash in the UN over war in Afghanistan
(Jan. 20) The u.$., without a shred of irony, demands Pakistan stop harboring terrorists. Pakistan, in a clapback to end all clapbacks, demands the u.$. Stop sheltering and profiting from the drug trade in Afghanistan. Pakistan’s UN. Ambassador Maleeha Lodi countered that Afghanistan and its partners, especially the u.$., need to address “challenges inside Afghanistan rather than shift the onus for ending the conflict onto others.”
“Those who imagine sanctuaries outside need a reality check,” she stressed.
The exchange came after the Trump administration cut off military aid to Pakistan, in an apparent bid to show just how little he and his cronies understand about sustaining u.$. imperial power.
Armed clashes between the Taliban and u.$. and comprador forces are at their highest in ten years. No wonder the u.$. regime wants to shift blame for its incompetence. The u.$. is still convinced that an “indigenization” of combat responsibilities to the Afghan comprador forces will ensure that a military strategy for the Taliban is impossible, and that the anti-imperialist resistance will be brought back to the negotiating table. Perhaps someone at the Pentagon ought to flip open a newspaper.
Pence urges peaceful resolution to standoff over Balkh governorship
(Jan. 17) u.$. VP Pence publicly urges a “peaceful transition” of power in Balkh province, as the u.$. and its comprador Ghani regime attempt to oust the governor of Balkh province, Atta Mohammad Noor, leader of Jamiat-i Islami, a party mostly supported by ethnic Tajiks. The deadlock arisies from a regional suspicion that Ghani is attempting to stack the provinces with ethnic Pashtun lackeys, to the detriment of the country’s many ethnicities. The imperialists say that such disunity only emboldens the Taliban and weakens the u.$./comprador position. We can only hope.
(Jan. 16) Fighters from the Taliban’s well-equipped “Red Unit”—the organization’s special forces unit equipped with night vision and other high-tech equipment—launched a series of attack on Afghan army positions centered around the village of Gholam Sakhi, about 3 miles from the city of Kunduz in country’s far north. The attacks killed 8 Afghan soldiers according to government sources, but the Taliban spokesman claimed the attacks killed 20. No casualties were reported on the side of the Taliban. Already the Afghan security forces are having a difficult time maintaining security in Kunduz, between the raids from the Taliban around the periphery of the city and their control of large swaths of Kunduz province, as well as a significant increase in organized crime within the city. Although the city itself remains a fortress, and they do not, for the moment, fear a Taliban offensive to take the city, the interior of the city remains mostly ungoverned by the central authorities. All that the Afghan security forces have ensured is amerikan access to the city and its surrounding regions, it has done nothing to provide for real security for the people of Kunduz, and in fact their presence is an obstruction to real security.
(Jan. 11) A video has emerged of inane amerikan boasting and bravado, taking absolute pleasure in killing and destroying people’s homes and lives. The video itself is full of ostensible murder and explosions, some of which you wonder what they are actually shooting at, and others are rather explicit. One of these scenes has shown u.$. Special forces firing a shotgun point-blank into the driver’s side window of a civilian truck, before speeding away. Apparently the murder is so explicit that the military have now launched a probe into the content and persons responsible, deeming that they can think of no immediate alternative to murder as an explanation for their actions. It is disgusting. However they make little mention of the rest of the video, which is equally full of what the special forces commandos believe is entirely acceptable. Clear footage of destruction of homes and aimless firing of weapons shows them to believe Afghanistan more of a playground than anything else. It is theirs to enjoy, and the people are theirs to torment. And people wonder why the Taliban is such a preferred alternative.
(Jan. 11) Public affairs director for NATO troops in Afghanistan confirmed that there was an incident between pro-government militias and u.$. soldiers in Nangarhar that resulted in at least one injury. Beyond that, he was unwilling to divulge further information. Despite this, a local parliament member, Obaidullah Shinwari, confirmed that an incident did take place in which a detachment of local militia members assisting u.$. soldiers opened fire on them, killing 2 before an airstrike was deployed against them. According to the Shinwari, 22 members of the militia were killed in the airstrike. If this proves to be true, it would only reinforce the growing rift between the people of Afghanistan and their occupiers.
(Jan. 10) It appears that, bit-by-bit, Erik Prince’s dreams are coming true. The u.$. navy has confirmed that it is looking into the possibility of contracting private resources to fly their unarmed military drones in Afghanistan. Although hardly the free-market alternative that Prince desires, and hardly the hands-on, baby-killing arrangement that he’d imagined, it is still represents a step into his field. The navy has announced that it will be providing a sole-source contract to General Atomics, who manufactures the drones, to provide pilots for cash who will fly them in missions over Afghanistan. A meager step, and one totally steeped in overt nepotism and federal prerogative, but nevertheless one that demonstrates a willingness to involve the whole population in the slaughter of innocent people. Sure, they will not be dropping the bombs, but they will be picking the targets, once more, from their high-up and coldly “objective” seat. We’ve seen how such so-called objectivity works already, we don’t need Prince’s free-market to show us what economic levers can do to assist it. Cue the crocodile tears of First-Worldists, calling for better work hours for these humble proletarians, enslaved by the General Atomics company to mark peasants for death in Afghanistan.
(Jan. 5) The Islamic State group has launched yet another suicide attack in Kabul, killing 11 and injuring 25 during a protest against the death of a shopkeeper accused of being a bootlegger. Police had apparently shot the man while raiding his shop in search of contraband. As a result, the people of Kabul took to the streets to demonstrate against the anti-bootlegging measures which have claimed lives and done little to alleviate their daily hardships. The police were then rallied to stop demonstrators from reaching government buildings. It was then that an Islamic State suicide bomber approached the line of police and detonated a bomb. It is unclear why the protest was targeted specifically, but appears simply to have been an opportunistic attack aimed at a large gathering, rather than anything truly in support of protesters.
(Jan. 2) Afghan security forces claimed to have struck a major blow against the Islamic State group in Nangarhar, and eliminated 86 IS fighters in a major offensive. However their offensive has not come without cost. The coalition forces have admitted that there were at least 11 civilian casualties in the initial operation, claiming that it was because IS were using them as “human shields” and they could not be avoided. Further another 20 were injured in two other attacks that killed 26 IS fighters, it was not specified whether these 20 were civilians or combatants, but rarely does one not qualify as the other in a time of war, so we will likely never know. To address the problem of “human shields” once more, however, it should be noted that the coalition definition of a “human shield” is apparently someone who is in the area of conflict when bombing starts. This is rarely a good descriptor, unless we are talking about Israeli soldiers with kids strapped to their trucks. Oftentimes it is just an excuse to be careless in attacking a position or as a way to clean up after reckless soldiers who have attacked non-combatants. It should be written off in most cases.
(Jan. 2) Amerikan forces in Nangarhar faced deadly resistance during an operation against insurgent forces. It is not yet clear who they were engaged by, as the region is both a stronghold of Islamic State and Taliban forces, but it is clear that the attack left 4 wounded and 1 dead. The man who was killed was actually an amerikan army sergeant from New Jersey, Mihail Golin, a former Latvian citizen who migrated to the united $tates before joining the u.$. military. Naturally, there has been a storm of heartfelt propaganda over the man’s death, rarely touching upon what he was actually doing in Afghanistan to begin with. Talk of his loving relationship with his father and his willingness to serve his adopted country have replaced any real critical discussion of why he was there, or what he was doing. He was an occupier, and any heartfelt discussion of his family and his loving demeanor have escaped his real tasks: to destroy Afghan resistance and preserve amerikan empire. The world may have lost a loving son, but we can only imagine how many loving sons and daughters he and his comrades have taken from Afghanistan.
(Jan. 1) Coalition forces have claimed, in a confusing turn of events, to have killed “Seven Taliban and Daesh rebels” in Nangarhar with a drone strike. It is unclear whether they mean 7 Taliban and 7 IS fighters have been killed in separate attacks, or if some combination have been eliminated in a single attack. Nevertheless, they have also claimed to have recovered an explosive-laden vehicle intended for an attack. It is also unclear how a drone strike has left the apparently explosive-laden vehicle completely unharmed, or at least unexploded after the attack. More mystification than answers surround every NATO report, and appears more and more to be blatant propaganda filtered through third sources with dubious evidence.
(Jan. 1) Continuing their literal “war on drugs” in Afghanistan, the coalition forces have claimed the destruction of another 4 labs in Badakhshan province, a change in scenery from the normal everyday bombing of Helmand province for the same reason. Still nobody has noted the exact legality of the bombings carried out in Helmand province, which the coalition has assured do not take civilian lives. Yet, how can we be certain of this? What qualifies as a civilian life in the economic service of the Taliban? That is hardly the concern of NATO troops, however, who are far more interested in destruction than they are in construction. They forget that the economic lives of people are linked to a great many unsavory activities due to the fact that their occupation has drained them of all other resources.
Amerikan Anti-War Update
Very little has changed in the scenery of the amerikan anti-war movement. Nothing major has erupted, and people’s attention spans are still desperately low. We should call back the images of the anti-war movement present during the Vietnam war, wherein some of the most radical resistance to imperialism was seen in the united $tates. However, as soon as the draft was ended, and the responsibility to sacrifice was pushed over to someone else, we can see that the movement dried up just as quickly. Here, we have a new and unfortunate situation, seeing that they do not have to sacrifice, the people have decided they have no interest in ending the war. This is a development that emerged rather early, rather than waiting for any large buildup in the anti-war movement. It is clear that the war will be won for the Afghan people in Afghanistan. Amerikans are uninterested, and will remain so until something significant changes. Nevertheless, the highest commendation is necessary for those who have taken it upon themselves to express their real internationalist duty and to do something—anything—to resist the war. Workers’ World recently published an article about one such group which protested in Des Moines, Iowa. The group was apparently striking out against u.$. drone strikes in Afghanistan and elsewhere, by blocking the Iowa Air Guard Drone Command Center. Though, as recent developments in Afghanistan have shown, the end of the war will ultimately be the responsibility of those groups fighting to end it in Afghanistan, secular and religious, both through legal and illegal means. Amerikans will be remembered as those who were more concerned with $15 wages than with the suffering of their fellow humans. After all, in the imperial core, the former demands the latter.