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Wars of Attrition

The official American reaction to the coordinated attacks in Kabul, the Afghan capital, as well as at Jalalabad airbase, and in Paktika and Logar Provinces, reveals a fundamental misunderstanding of guerrilla warfare.

Posted on Apr 24, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Karim Kadim

He’s Back

Anti-U.S. cleric Moqtada al-Sadr has returned home to Iraq from his self-imposed exile in Iran, delivering a speech urging support for the new Maliki government and resistance against the U.S.—but not necessarily through armed struggle.

Posted on Jan 8, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Allauddin Khan

Pakistan and the Taliban, Sitting in a Tree

A new report issued by the London School of Economics claims that Pakistan’s intelligence agency is not only funding and training Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan but also holds sway in the insurgency’s leadership council.

Posted on Jun 13, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Karim Kadim

Iraq Hit by Wave of Bombings

A series of deadly bombings in Baghdad and elsewhere in Iraq struck a party headquarters, two mosques and other sites, in apparent retaliation for a U.S.-Iraqi raid five days earlier that killed the two top leaders of the country’s insurgency.

Posted on Apr 23, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / So Cal Metro

Border Agents Shoot Man at Tijuana Crossing

Seemingly taking a cue from Iraqi anti-insurgency manuals, U.S. border agents opened fire on a man as he attempted to drive through the border checkpoint at the Tijuana-San Ysidro crossing, fleeing officials after he failed to present legal identification.

Posted on Apr 18, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Army / PFC Ali Hargis

Iraq Welcomes Back Saddam’s Soldiers

One of the most criticized decisions made by the U.S. back in 2003 when it stumbled into Iraq like a drunk Mel Gibson at a bar mitzvah was the disbanding of the Iraqi army. All these years later, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is reinstating 20,000 of Saddam Hussein’s officers. (continued)

Posted on Feb 25, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Army / Sgt. Matthew Moeller

Getting Out of Afghanistan With Grace

The best way to deal with an insurrection is not to go in the first place. The second-best way is to get out as quickly and gracefully as possible.

Posted on Nov 12, 2009 READ MORE


McChrystal in Afghanistan
AP / Anja Niedringhaus

Keeping Afghanistan Safe From Democracy

The most idiotic thing being said about America’s involvement in Afghanistan is that the best way to protect the 68,000 U.S. troops there now is by putting an additional 40,000 in harm’s way. 

Posted on Nov 3, 2009 READ MORE


Mullen
defenselink.mil

Top Admiral Says U.S. May Need More Troops in Afghanistan

There are already about 62,000 American troops in Afghanistan, and more may be sent to combat the Taliban and contain insurgent violence, according to Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who said Tuesday that the next couple of weeks could be telling in terms of how many more troops the U.S. might deploy.

Posted on Sep 15, 2009 READ MORE



U.S. Army / Sgt. Zach Otto

Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough

After an initial bulk-up in the number of troops in Afghanistan earlier this year, the commander of NATO forces in that country is preparing to ask for 20,000 more international troops as part of the ongoing war against the perpetually resurgent Taliban.

Posted on Aug 30, 2009 READ MORE


Pakistan missile
AP photo / B.K. Bangash

How Safe Are Pakistan’s Nukes?

President Barack Obama and his Pakistani counterpart, Asif Ali Zardari, will have a lot to talk about when Zardari visits the White House on Wednesday, what with al-Qaida and the Taliban stirring up trouble of late and sparking concerns over the security of Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal.

Posted on May 4, 2009 READ MORE


Clinton
AP photo / Marko Drobnjakovic

Clinton Signals Support for Iraq During Baghdad Visit

Arriving soon after the deadliest suicide bombings in the last year, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made her first visit to Iraq in her new position, assuring Iraqis in Baghdad that they have the United States’ continued support despite the Obama administration’s focus on Afghanistan and talk of troop withdrawal.

Posted on Apr 25, 2009 READ MORE


Obama’s Coalition of the Unwilling

President Barack Obama met recently with the prime ministers of Canada and Britain, two NATO allies looking for a way out of Afghanistan even as the U.S. is talking escalation.

Posted on Mar 3, 2009 READ MORE


Good News for the Taliban

We seem to have spent our way—to the tune of $864 billion—into allowing our friends the Pakistanis to enter into a peace treaty, or something that looks like it, with the Taliban.

Posted on Feb 18, 2009 READ MORE



DoD / Michael L. Casteel

British Commander Calls Taliban Unbeatable

Victory in Afghanistan? That’s “neither feasible nor supportable,” according to the outgoing commander of British forces there, who tells The Times of London that the Taliban “seems relatively impervious to losses.” The Afghan government must instead reach some political settlement with more moderate insurgents, concluded Brigadier Mark Carleton-Smith.

Posted on Oct 5, 2008 READ MORE



AP photo / Dusan Vranic

Farewell, General—but Did You Bring Iraq Hope?

Gen. Petraeus’ oft-declared uncertainty about the future stability of Iraq is genuine. It is the Shiites and their Iranian backers, not the Americans, who are the true victors in the Iraqi war.

Posted on Sep 17, 2008 READ MORE


ENTER_ALT_TEXT
news.ninemsn.com.au

Attack on U.S. Embassy in Yemen

An attack on the U.S. Embassy in Yemen killed 16 Wednesday, though it failed to breach the inner walls of the building complex. The act, which has been claimed by the group Islamic Jihad, is probably a response to both an internal Yemeni crackdown against insurgent groups and the U.S. global “war on terror.”

Posted on Sep 17, 2008 READ MORE


Zardari
AP photo / Shakil Adil

Bhutto’s Husband Wins Pakistan Presidency

Pakistan will have a new president, Asif Ali Zardari. The widower of slain Pakistani politician Benazir Bhutto has successfully continued along his wife’s path, drawing upon the support of her allies to emerge the victor by a wide margin in the election held to replace Pervez Musharraf, who stepped down as president in mid-August.

Posted on Sep 6, 2008 READ MORE



AP photo / Anja Niedringhaus

The Second Insurgency

Many Iraqis struggle every day to find work, but a shortage of jobs, superimposed on a tradition of using personal connections to do business, has led to what Iraqis complain is an explosion in corruption and graft among their nation’s officials.

Posted on Aug 18, 2008 READ MORE


Marulanda
AP photo

Colombian Army Reports FARC Leader Dead

The demise of Manuel “Sureshot” Marulanda has been rumored many times before, but this time the Colombian army has announced that the long-time leader of the rebel group FARC is dead and has challenged FARC to disprove the report. Sources close to Marulanda have yet to confirm the news.

Posted on May 24, 2008 READ MORE


Iraqis walking
warnewsradio.org

Business Stirs in a Walled Neighborhood

In this first installment in her series of stories from Iraq for Truthdig, veteran foreign correspondent Anna Badkhen reports about the civilian costs of war, life under occupation and the precarious state of a Baghdad burger joint.

Posted on May 9, 2008 READ MORE


Saddam statue
AP photo / Jerome Delay

‘You Left Us With 50 Saddams’

As the U.S. government is learning much too late, democracy is not a one-size-fits-all application that can be lifted from one culture and grafted onto another.  Here, UK reporter Ian Black from the Guardian Unlimited takes a look at what’s really going on politically and culturally in Iraq according to a prominent historian and his Iraqi contacts.

Posted on Sep 24, 2007 READ MORE


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Pervez
abc.net.au

Musharraf Fires Back

Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf has criticized the tough talk coming out of Washington and the presidential campaign as counterproductive. President Bush and Barack Obama, among others, have recently raised the possibility of attacking targets in Pakistan without necessarily consulting that nation’s government.

Posted on Aug 7, 2007 READ MORE


Cheney Admits He Was Wrong

Vice President Dick Cheney is on a tear these days, standing up for his pal Alberto Gonzales, the Bush administration’s failed Iraq policy and his place in the executive branch (or not). But just when you thought you’d heard it all, Cheney came out with a shocking admission: He now knows he was wrong about the insurgency being in its “last throes.”

Posted on Jul 31, 2007 READ MORE


black hawk
army-technology.com

Bloody Tuesday in Baghdad

Imagine if helicopters were firing on civilians in downtown Omaha or Manhattan, and that might come close to the scene in a busy section of downtown Baghdad on Tuesday, when Black Hawk and Apache helicopters zoomed in and battled insurgent forces.

Posted on Apr 11, 2007 READ MORE


Al-Sadr Calls on Iraqis to Fight U.S.

Anti-American Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr ordered his militia to redouble efforts to oust U.S. forces and called on Iraq’s army and police to join him. The U.S. military, meantime, said 10 American troops were killed over the weekend, including six on Sunday.

Posted on Apr 8, 2007 READ MORE


binladen
chinadaily.com

Calling on Bin Laden

As if the Iraqi insurgency situation wasn’t bad enough, now an al-Qaida chapter based in Iraq is causing additional trouble with homegrown rebel groups—and calling on Osama bin Laden for assistance.

Posted on Apr 7, 2007 READ MORE


Pilgrims Killed in Baghdad Blast

Yet another deadly attack on Iraqi pilgrims underscored the importance of this weekend’s talks between international officials about insurgent violence in Iraq.  A suicide bomber in Baghdad on Sunday targeted a truck carrying Shiites going home from a pilgrimage, leaving 19 dead and 25 wounded.

Posted on Mar 11, 2007 READ MORE


ENTER_ALT_TEXT

Petraeus’ Iraq Plan:  Finesse, Not Just Force

More American troops are being deployed to hot spots of insurgent activity near Baghdad, Gen. David Petraeus announced Thursday.  Petraeus, just beginning his tenure as U.S. military commander in Iraq, called for future negotiations with anti-government groups as well as those in support of the new Iraqi regime.

Posted on Mar 8, 2007 READ MORE


Deadly Week, Deadly Weekend in Iraq

The week’s deadly trend of sectarian aggression accelerated Friday and Saturday.  Yet another car bomb claimed 12 lives Saturday in Ramadi.  Meanwhile, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki pledged to avenge the deaths of 14 police officers found slain in Baquba on Friday. 

Posted on Mar 3, 2007 READ MORE


Ramadi Blast Details Diverge

The proliferation of conflicting, even contradictory, media accounts of Tuesday’s explosion in Ramadi is reaching head-spinning proportions.  The mystery deepened Wednesday, a full day after the BBC and other news outlets originally reported that 18 children were killed and 20 others injured by a car bomb as they gathered to play football in the western Iraqi city.

Posted on Feb 28, 2007 READ MORE


Conflicting Reports About Ramadi Explosion

Breaking story: The BBC originally reported the deaths of at least 18 Iraqi boys who were lining up to play football today in Ramadi.  However, the BBC story has apparently changed: The headline now reads “Confusion over Iraq soccer blast,” and the article cites an American official who claims that U.S. troops carried out a “controlled explosion” near a football field in the volatile western city.

Posted on Feb 27, 2007 READ MORE


Saudi currency
greatestcities.com

Saudi Links to Iraq Insurgency

Private Saudi Arabians have allegedly donated millions of dollars to Sunni insurgents in Iraq, according to the Iraq Study Group and Iraqi officials. It’s an open secret that Iran has supported Shiite militants, causing some to worry that Iraq’s sectarian strife could develop into a regional quagmire.

Posted on Dec 8, 2006 READ MORE


Nightmare: Iraq

  • A classified Marine Corps report says that the U.S. cannot defeat the insurgency in western Iraq.
  • Iran-backed Hezbollah is training Shiite militia members in Iraq, according to a U.S. official.

  • Posted on Nov 28, 2006 READ MORE


    insurgent
    telegraph.co.uk

    Secret Report Says Insurgency Is Self-Sustaining

    A classified U.S. government report leaked to The New York Times says the insurgency in Iraq has funds to sustain itself annually, thanks to oil smuggling, kidnapping and other nefarious activities.  What’s more, the report finds insurgents may have enough money left over to finance terrorist activity outside Iraq—all while spending less in a year than the U.S. spends per day.

    Posted on Nov 26, 2006 READ MORE


    Taliban Resurgence Produces Record Opium Harvest in Afghanistan

    Opium production in Afghanistan is at the highest level ever recorded and shows an increase of 50 percent from last year. The increase in opium cultivation is a result of the resurgence of Taliban rebels.  The head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Antonio Maria Costa, said in a statement: ?The southern part of Afghanistan was displaying the ominous hallmarks of incipient collapse, with large-scale drug cultivation and trafficking, insurgency and terrorism, crime and corruption.?

    Posted on Sep 2, 2006 READ MORE


    Killings Rose in Iraq After Zarqawi’s Death

    Baghdad’s morgue received 1,595 bodies last month, 16% more than in May, showing that the pace of killing has actually increased since the death of terrorist mastermind Abu Musab al Zarqawi.

  • This is some of the most disheartening news to come out of Iraq in a long time. It’s yet more proof that we’re fighting a Vietnam-like insurgency that can survive and even prosper after the death of its leaders.
  • Posted on Jul 5, 2006 READ MORE


    Ramadi
    Joao Silva / The N.Y. Times

    Destroying an Iraqi City to Save It

    The city of Ramadi, epicenter of the Iraqi insurgency, has already been reduced to such ruins that constantly under-fire American forces are planning to bulldoze three blocks in the center of the city and create a mini Green Zone in an attempt to gain the upper hand on the insurgents.

    Posted on Jul 5, 2006 READ MORE


    Nir Rosen

    Nir Rosen: How I Reported From Inside the Insurgency

    The acclaimed journalist (and Truthdig contributor), who has spent the last three years in Iraq, explains how his street smarts, Arabic skills and Middle Eastern looks afforded him a view of the Iraqi insurgency almost unparalleled among Western journalists. Check out the Buzzflash interview.

    Posted on Jul 5, 2006 READ MORE


    Afghanistan Spiraling Ever Downward

    Afghan President Hamid Karzai is proving unable to control the insurgency that is terrorizing large swaths of the country.

    Posted on Jun 26, 2006 READ MORE


    Paper Publishes New Details of Insurgency Amnesty Deal

    The Times (U.K.) reports that the Iraqi government is ready to announce a sweeping peace plan that includes amnesty for legitimate resistance fighters. Under the plan, there would be a U.N.-approved timeline for withdrawal of foreign troops; a halt to U.S. operations against insurgents; and compensation for attack victims….

    Posted on Jun 23, 2006 READ MORE


    Cheney whitewashes history

    Cheney Tries to Whitewash Warnings About Iraqi Insurgency

    Speaking at a press conference today about the Iraqi uprising, the vice president said, “I don’t think anybody anticipated the level of violence that we’ve encountered….”

    Problem is, Cheney’s statement seems patently false…

    Posted on Jun 19, 2006 READ MORE


    Beheading video
    AP

    Insurgents Post New Beheading Video

    Beheading videos were the favored means of propaganda of Abu Musab al Zarqawi, and this new one was clearly made to quash hopes his death would hamper the insurgency.

    Posted on Jun 10, 2006 READ MORE


    Experts: Zarqawi Death Unlikely to Stop Insurgency

    The death of the Al Qaeda leader is likely to downgrade sectarianism in the medium term, an expert on terrorism tells the Washington Post. “But,” he added, “the dynamic of sectarian violence is probably past the point of no return.”

    Posted on Jun 9, 2006 READ MORE


    Military Funeral
    From Interventionmag.com

    U.S. Death Toll Climbs Sharply in Iraq

    Just 12 days into April, 33 soldiers have been killed—a figure that surpasses American military deaths for all of March. For several months, U.S. soldiers’ deaths had been on the wane, but they now are rising quickly, especially in the heart of the Sunni Arab insurgency.

    Posted on Apr 12, 2006 READ MORE


    Violence Claims 81 Lives in Baghdad

    The sectarian violence continues unabated.
    Also, a N.Y. Times reporter returns to Iraq after a year away and immediately sizes up the difference between an anti-U.S. insurgency and a civil war (although he doesn’t use that word).

    Posted on Mar 26, 2006 READ MORE


    paintball_sign
    From the NY Times

    Grim Details Emerge in New Detainee Abuse Scandal

    The New York Times uncovers the story of a top-secret detention center in Baghdad where American jailers “used detainees for target practice in a game of jailer paintball.”

    Posted on Mar 19, 2006 READ MORE


    Iraq Not ‘Standing Up’ Anytime Soon

    The Iraqi army now has ZERO battalions capable of fighting the insurgency without U.S. support. (The one battle-worthy battalion that the White House was so proud of has been downgraded.)

    Posted on Feb 27, 2006 READ MORE


    Iraq the Disaster, Officially Speaking

    I do hope this is responsible criticism that aims for cures, not defeatism that refuses to acknowledge anything but failure.

    Posted on Feb 3, 2006 READ MORE


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