UN Contradicts US Happy-Talk About Afghanistan

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US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates delivered a very optimistic report about Afghanistan to Congress last Wednesday, June 16.

“I think we are regaining the initiative; I think we are making headway.”

But on Saturday a different assessment was published by the United Nations.

Violence in Afghanistan has continued to increase in recent months, as has the use of improvised explosive devices and suicide attacks, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a new report.

And “anti-government” violence isn’t just more intense, it’s also better organized.

There are also an average of two more complex suicide attacks per month — bigger operations involving more assailants — double the average for 2009, the report said.

“The shift to more complex suicide attacks demonstrates a growing capability of the local terrorist networks linked to al Qaeda,” it said.

Meanwhile “collateral damage” continues to make blood enemies for the United States and its puppet-government in Kabul.

Ten civilians, including at least five women and children, were killed in NATO airstrikes in Khost Province, the provincial police chief said Saturday.

But there’s always good news for somebody in the Global War on Terror!

The United States Embassy here said Saturday that the company once known as Blackwater Worldwide has been awarded a contract worth more than $120 million to protect new United States consulates in the Afghan cities of Herat and Mazar-e-Sharif, The Associated Press reported.

 

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  1. Two bombs set up in push carts exploded minutes apart Sunday in a provincial capital in southern Afghanistan, just two in a series of violent attacks across the country.

    A young girl and a woman were killed and at least 14 other people were wounded in the first blast in front of a bank in Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand Province, the Afghan Ministry of Interior said.

    Lashgar Gah is crowded with refugees from the nearby village of Marjah, where the biggest NATO “success” of the war in Afghanistan has dissolved into chaos.

  2. Under Obama the increasing militarization of the planet will escalate, with the US leading the charge.

    The Obama Doctrine

    The United States Embassy here said Saturday that the company once known as Blackwater Worldwide has been awarded a contract worth more than $120 million to protect new United States consulates in the Afghan cities of Herat and Mazar-e-Sharif, The Associated Press reported.

  3. re-establishing the poppy crop money for black operations.

    Sub plot would be the gigantic money sink hole which will accellerate the destruction of the US.

    • banger on June 21, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    the evidence is unambiguous–the U.S. is losing this war and losing it at a more rapid rate than ever before. Furthermore the U.S. press seems to agree in its coverage, at least in the NYT. Stories there have consistently pointed out the folly of this war without saying so, of course–that is forbidden but it is obvious.

    To me, this administration is just drifting towards one disaster after another. It is rudderless and hopeless. I believe the government has been hollowed out and Obama will be left holding the bag–very interesting.

  4. We never belonged in Afghanistan in the first place.  We were simply lied to and misled about the pursuit of Obama.  Afghanistan and Iraq were on the agendae of the Bush Adm. before 9/11.  

    Here is one of several posts I’ve had on the subject (some stretch back further).

    jimstarro has a diary here today that discusses the many laws and policies the Bush Adm. had put in place that have served to hinder, in so many areas, beyond imagination.  Worth noting.

    As to Blackwater/Xe — I am confused:

    June 15, 2010 — The Blackwater/Erik Prince saga took yet another dramatic turn last week, when Prince abruptly announced that he was putting his company up for sale. . . . .

    Yet they just obtained a contract last Friday?  If Prince is trying to sell Blackwater/Xe, then how could they/he  accept a contract?  (Or, maybe, the so-called attempt to “sell” is BS, too!) Maybe, Prince will do what Halliburton did — take their corporate headquarters to Dubai.  Maybe, change the name of the corporation again, etc.  Serves many purposes.  

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