NATO bringing back Russian soldiers to Afghanistan?


This video from the USA is called San Francisco Anti-War Protest, March 20, 2010.

From British daily The Guardian today

Russia’s military could be drawn back into the Afghanistan theatre for the first time since the Red Army was forcibly expelled by US-backed mujahideen fighters in 1989 under plans being discussed by Nato officials. The proposals precede a landmark alliance summit next month, to be attended by the Russian president, Dmitry Medvedev.

In 1989, it became clear that Russian and other then Soviet soldiers could not impose a military “solution” to Afghan issues.

Now, it is clear that US and other NATO soldiers cannot impose a military “solution” to Afghan issues.

Maybe some NATO top brass idiot now bets that NATO and Russia together might do the trick? I would not bet on it.

So, all that money from NATO countries’ taxpayers was spent on building up Al Qaeda en what later became the Taliban, “against the evil atheist Russian bear”.

After the Soviet Union had ceased to exist, NATO needing an enemy to have an excuse to continue to suck dry taxpayers, promoted an image of the Taliban as a BIG, global threat.

Nevertheless, NATO by now is talking to the Taliban.

And they are begging the “evil, though no longer atheist, Russian bear” to please please send their soldiers back to Afghanistan.

Apparently, there is a rip-roaring comedy going on at the “Afghanistan theatre“.

However, we are reminded of reality, as the piles of dead bodies of soldiers and especially of Afghan civilians got higher … and get still higher … and higher

Mikhail Gorbachev: Nato victory in Afghanistan is impossible. What’s the alternative – another Vietnam? Here. And here. And here.

WikiLeaks war logs: British forces exposed over Afghan attacks: here.

Britain: Wikileaks: MoD releases details of attacks on Afghan civilians; Telegraph: here.

Murwaid Ziayee, Afghanistan director for Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan, has said “our government always compromises human rights and women’s rights, and they will do it again”: here.

6 thoughts on “NATO bringing back Russian soldiers to Afghanistan?

  1. Afghanistan No. 2 in corruption list, receives most Canadian foreign aid

    Oct 26, 2010 12:00 pm | The Canadian Press

    OTTAWA – A new report says the top destination for Canadian foreign aid dollars is the second most corrupt country in the world.

    Afghanistan tied with the military dictatorship in Myanmar as the second most corrupt government in the annual survey of global corruption by the group Transparency International.

    Somalia won the dubious distinction as most corrupt.

    On the least corrupt scale, Canada inched up to sixth from eighth a year earlier out of more than 170 countries.

    Denmark, New Zealand and Singapore topped the least corrupt list.

    Canada has earmarked $1.9 billion in development assistance to Afghanistan through next year.

    Western concerns about the corruption in Afghanistan were revived this week when President Hamid Karzai admitted his government receives bags of cash from Iran that total in the millions of dollars.

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  2. Nearly three quarters of states, beginning with those at war such as Iraq or Afghanistan, are seen as seriously corrupt, according to Transparency International.

    Financial scandals and the influence of money in politics are helping make the United States more corrupt, says the Berlin-based corruption watchdog.

    In its latest index, it warns governments about the effects of corruption on efforts to bail out markets and fight poverty and climate change.

    The world’s least corrupt nations are the same as last year: Denmark, New Zealand and Singapore.

    Britain is classed as the 20th least corrupt.

    The most corrupt are Afghanistan, Myanmar – and, bottom of the heap, Somalia.

    For the first time, the US is not among the top 20 least corrupt nations.

    “It seems to be a trend that in the US, not only the main impact of the financial crisis, which affected other countries as well, but also the many, many, municipal corruption scandals… have really influenced the way people think about the public sector and integrity,” said Robin Hodess, Transparency International’s policy director. “And don’t forget as well that there is some concern about the role of money in politics in the US.”

    Russia’s anti-corruption drive has made little difference: it sits alongside countries like Kenya and Congo, classed among the world’s 25 most corrupt nations.

    The watchdog says several countries have improved their performance since last year, but that much more effort was needed.

    The index was compiled based on surveys with business people and other experts.

    Copyright © 2010 euronews

    http://www.euronews.net/2010/10/26/three-quarters-of-countries-seen-as-corrupt/

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  3. Afghan civilians killed by military

    Wednesday 27th October 2010, 4:20AM BST.

    Fresh details have emerged of the involvement of British forces in incidents in which Afghan civilians were killed or wounded.

    The Guardian, which obtained the details from the Ministry of Defence through the Freedom of Information Act, said they raised questions about the conduct of three British units.

    The Royal Marines, the Coldstream Guards and the Rifles were each said to have been involved in “clusters” of incidents in which civilians died or were wounded.

    The details relate to 21 incidents between 2006 and 2009 which were referred to in thousands of leaked US military logs posted on the WikiLeaks website last year.

    They disclose that the Coldstream Guards shot four civilians in Kabul over a three-week period in the autumn of 2007, killing two and wounding two others.

    Royal Marines from 42 and 45 Commandos killed or wounded civilians eight times during a six-month period in late 2008 and early 2009, while the Rifles were involved in three incidents last year.

    In one incident the Coldstreams opened fire on a mini-bus which failed to halt when they signalled for it to stop, killing one person and wounding two others. In another the son of an Afghan general was shot and killed when his car was said to have accelerated towards a Coldstream Guards patrol.

    The incidents involving the Royal Marines included one in which a child was shot dead in a car believed to have been driving towards them at a time when a suicide bomber was reported to be in the area.

    http://www.shropshirestar.com/uk/uk-news/2010/10/27/afghan-civilians-killed-by-military/#ixzz13YMEX7X1

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  4. Afghanistan IG: Work on police stations shoddy

    By Richard Lardner – The Associated Press

    Posted : Tuesday Oct 26, 2010 18:59:13 EDT

    WASHINGTON — An Afghan-owned company bungled the construction of police stations there so badly that the buildings are at risk of collapse, undermining U.S.-led efforts to beef up the country’s security forces, a government watchdog says.

    In a report to be released Wednesday, the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction found the company, Basirat Construction Firm, cut corners with low-quality concrete, substandard roofing, uninsulated windows and plastic plumbing.

    The six police stations were built in Helmand and Kandahar provinces in the country’s violent south, where the international coalition and Afghan security forces are trying to wrest control of the region from the Taliban.

    The report also faults the Army Corps of Engineers for failing to properly oversee the work, while still paying Basirat close to $5 million — more than 90 percent of the contract value.

    Basirat is liable for fixing an estimated $1 million worth of problems at the stations, the report says. But the company has little incentive to make the repairs, according to the report, because it’s already collected most of the money.

    In August, the State Department accused Basirat and another Afghan-owned company, Al Watan Construction, of fraud on a separate contract to renovate the country’s largest prison. Both companies have been suspended from receiving new government contracts while the fraud charges are investigated, according to internal State Department documents.

    The inspector general’s report underscores the challenges the Obama administration faces in meeting two major goals of the Afghan reconstruction effort: training, equipping and housing up to 134,000 Afghan national police by September; and hiring Afghan-owned companies to rebuild the country’s infrastructure.

    While Afghan firms are eager for the lucrative reconstruction contracts, they can be overwhelmed by the tight schedules and tough standards.

    At a hearing held in December 2009 by the Commission on Wartime Contracting, assistant Pentagon inspector general Kenneth Moorefield said few Afghan companies have the experience “to effectively undertake and complete projects at the required standards.”

    In comments reprinted in the report, the Corps of Engineers says security challenges in the construction zones makes oversight of the police station construction very difficult. But the Corps of Engineers agreed that “construction at each site did not meet all contract requirements” and said Basirat is committed to making the needed repairs.

    Obaidur Rahman, Basirat’s owner, did not respond to an e-mail seeking comment.

    The Corps of Engineers awarded the police station contract to Basirat in May 2007 and construction was to be completed by January 2009 — a date that had to be extended by more than a year.

    Even as Basirat was being chided by the Corps for what the inspector general’s report describes as “deficient work and chronic schedule delays,” the State Department elected to hire Basirat and Al Watan in July 2009 to renovate the vast Pul-i-Charkhi prison on the outskirts of Kabul.

    Two months ago, Corey Rindner, the State Department’s top procurement official, informed Basirat and Al Watan they were being suspended for violating U.S. procurement rules.

    According to Rindner, Rahman improperly provided confidential bid proposal information about State Department contracts to Nadeem Naqibullah, an Al Watan executive. Rahman also paid $30,000 to the contracting officer who had been overseeing the Pul-i-Charkhi prison renovation, Rindner wrote in Aug. 26 letters from Rindner to Rahman and Naqibullah.

    These “actions demonstrate a lack of business integrity or honesty that seriously affects your present responsibility to hold or perform government contracts,” Rindner wrote.

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  5. UK ministry blames three military units for Afghan civilian casualties

    Wed, Oct 27 10:55 AM

    London, Oct. 27 (ANI): The conduct of three British military units in Afghanistan has come under serious question after the Ministry of Defence released unprecedented details of incidents in which troops attacked Afghan civilians.

    The disclosure, in response to a request under the Freedom of Information Act made by the Guardian, reveals that of the casualties caused by British forces, two-thirds involved troops from the three units, triggering calls for an inquiry into their behaviour.

    Releasing information about 21 incidents, the ministry revealed that the Coldstream Guards shot four civilians in Kabul over a period of three weeks; the Royal Marine commandos killed or wounded civilians eight times in six months; and the third unit, the Rifles, were involved in three incidents last year.

    Among the casualties were children, and on one occasion a man with mental health problems.

    Details of the attacks were not released at the time, but they were among thousands of incidents mentioned in US army logs posted by the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks in the summer.

    Today’s release came after the Guardian pressed for more details of those cases.

    A ministry spokesman said: “We deeply regret all civilian casualties. Protecting the Afghan civilian population is a cornerstone of ISAF’s mission, and all British troops undergo comprehensive training on the strict rules of engagement.”

    “This contrasts directly with the attitude of the insurgents, whose indiscriminate use of suicide bombs, roadside explosive devices and human shields cause the majority of civilian deaths and injuries in Afghanistan,” the statement added.

    “We will continue our efforts to prevent insurgents harming civilians and to develop the capacity of Afghan security forces to protect the population,” it said. (ANI)

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  6. Envoy: Spread of Afghan insurgency to Russia ‘worrying’

    Today at 15:21 | Reuters

    KABUL, Nov. 11 (Reuters) – Security in northern Afghanistan had deteriorated and Russia was “seriously worried” about the insurgency spreading to its former Soviet neighbours, Russia’s envoy to Kabul said.

    Andrey Avetisyan also said there would be more anti-narcotic operations in Afghanistan involving Russian agents, similar to a raid on a drugs factory in the east last month that drew condemnation from President Hamid Karzai.

    Avetisyan said NATO had asked Russia for more “possibilities” to transit supplies for troops in Afghanistan but stopped short of saying whether that included transporting weapons.

    Security in all parts of Afghanistan had declined, Avetisyan said, but particularly in the north where fighting in some areas was as severe as in insurgent strongholds in the south and east.

    “The deterioration of the situation in the north is very worrisome. It worries us seriously because it is closer to us,” he told Reuters in an interview.

    “It is almost on the border with Tajikistan and Uzbekistan … so what we are afraid of in Afghanistan is extremism, terrorism, drugs coming from it to our direction.”

    Former Soviet republics Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan act as transit nations for U.S. Afghan supplies and some have reported armed clashes with Islamist groups.

    This week the commander of day-to-day operations for U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan, Lieutenant General David Rodriguez, told Reuters insurgents had made gains in the north in part due to a lack of foreign military operations there.

    However, Rodriguez said this would not delay plans to hand over security responsibility of some areas to Afghan forces from mid-2011. Some of the districts thought to be handed over first are in the north and west of Afghanistan.

    Thousands of U.S. troops have been arriving in northern provinces in recent months as part of U.S. President Barack Obama’s 30,000-troop drive announced last December. Avetisyan said this was one reason for an escalation in the violence because more troops attracted more insurgent attacks.

    “We support the goals of the international coalition and will continue to support it but some results are long overdue,” Avetisyan said.

    MORE DRUG RAIDS

    Russia has also long been critical of what it calls the West’s “soft” anti-narcotics campaign in Afghanistan, which produces around 90 percent of the world’s opium used to make heroin, and which feeds a major drug problem in Russia.

    Officials hailed an unprecedented Russian-U.S. operation last month as a sign of improving relations between Washington and Moscow but the raid, in which four drug laboratories were destroyed, drew sharp condemnation from Karzai.

    But Avetisyan said the operation had always been planned in conjunction with Afghanistan’s Interior Ministry and Karzai’s reaction had been because of “misinformation.”

    Avetisyan said Russia would carry out similar operations in the future, involving unarmed Russian agents, but said the chance of Russian military taking part was “out of the question”.

    “It is not even being discussed and nobody has asked us.”

    Avetisyan said NATO had asked Russia for “more possibilities” on supply routes through Russia but said he could not comment on whether the request included carriage of arms.

    U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan have been increasingly relying on supply routes through Russia and Central Asia in recent months following a spate of attacks on its convoys coming through Pakistan. Only non-lethal goods are allowed to be transported along these routes.

    On Wednesday, NATO diplomats said Russia was expected to let NATO take armoured vehicles to Afghanistan through its territory under an expanded transit deal but would stop short of opening the Russian route to weapons.

    “Well if armoured vehicles are unarmed, why not, it’s a means of transportation but generally I will not go into details while discussions are still going on,” Avetisyan said. Russia has always ruled out the possibility of sending troops to Afghanistan but Avetisyan said his country had recently given the Afghan police force “a large amount” of Russian Kalashnikov rifles and ammunition, and could provide more in the future.

    http://www.kyivpost.com/news/russia/detail/89589/#ixzz14zZwa7ye

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