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Why We Can't Win

When it comes to waging war on Afghanistan, we might as well turn around and go home. The British occupied that country from 1839 to 1842, and ended up going home with their tails between their legs, and it looks like we will too.

In the August 16th issue of the New York Review of Books, Rory Stewart writes: "The British 'Army...
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Don't Like Your History? Change It!

At the same time our soldiers keep on fighting in Afghanistan, that country is rewriting its history books to LEAVE OUT its many wars.
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Vets Having Trouble Behind the Wheel

Our Iraq and Afghanistan war vets are coming home with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disease), and due to the roadside bombs they encountered when they were abroad, many of them are having trouble...
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Afghanistan Mineral Wealth NOT

In the June 19th issue of the UK magazine "The Spectator," John C. Hulsman and Jaakko Kooroshy state their opinion that the "good news" of trillions in mineral wealth in Afghanistan is just part of the propaganda war of Obama and General Petraeus, as they try desperately to keep voters positive about a war that seems like a hopeless quagmire....

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Afghanistan: Mineral Wealth may Change Everything

And it may mean we never leave. - The US (and especially the Brits, one of the few countriesleft in the "coalition"), are being pressed by voters to get their troops out of Afghanistan, which seems to many people to be a futile war being waged in a country with no desire to become democratic. One of the problems with our...

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New Insight Article: Are We Fighting the Right War?

Retired Army nonlethal weapons expert Col. John Alexander offers his thoughts on whether or not we are actually using the right strategy to efficiently defeat terrorism. In this thought-provoking article, first published in the Las Vegas Sun, he discusses the need for a strategy that will win the hearts and minds of terrorists and their...

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The Women of Afghanistan Fight Back, Part II

An Unknowncountry.com reader send us this reply from RAWA, the Afghan feminist organization in Pakistan:

?Dear friend: ?We are so touched and impressed by your kind and supportive emails. All of your emails are so meaningful to us and they give us strength and energy to fight the brutal fundamentalist terrorists with more...

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The Dangers of Winter War in Afghanistan

Colin Powell recently announced that we expect to have completed our mission and be out of Afghanistan before the winter. This may be a veiled threat to the Taliban that they should not try to wait us out, because if there is American military activity on the ground in Afghanistan in the winter, troops will run into the problem that has always...

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Geologist Recognizes bin Laden Hideout

A geologist says he knows where Osama bin Laden is hiding because he recognizes the rocks behind him in the video he released after the September 11 attacks.

John Ford Shroder, who spent years living in Afghanistan, says that particular type of rock only exists in one region. The video must have been filmed in either Paktia or Paktika...

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Heavy Attacks on Kandahar--Rumors of Ground Troops

A heavy strike on Kandahar has led to speculation from witnesses on the ground that US helicopters and ground forces may have been involved.

The Pentagon has responded that an AC-130 "Spectre" gunship was in use in the area, and the staccato pounding of its large cannons may have caused the reports of helicopters. The AC-130 was last...

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Afghan Women Fight Back

In the October 16 issue of the Los Angeles Times, Rone Tempest reports on the women who live in the Khaiwa Refugee Camp in Pakistan. Camps such as these, on the Pakistani-Afghan border, have long been breeding grounds for fundamentalist male militants in Afghanistan. But the Khaiwa camp is a center for militant feminism in the form of the...

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Bush Notifies Congress: US May Deploy Ground Troops

In a letter to House and Senate leaders today, President Bush stated that the US would deploy ground forces in connection with the war on terrorism. He added, in an interview after the letter was sent, "Whether or not we are going to put troops on the ground (in Afghanistan), I'm not going to tell you."

British Defense Secretary Geoff...

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The Kabul Eight Are Abandoned to their Fate

President George W. Bush made another agonizing decision today. The Taliban said that the eight Christian aid workers who have been held as hostages would be freed if the US ceased to threaten their government with military action.

Mr. Bush made the decision to leave the eight to their fate by repeating the the US would not negotiate...

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US and British Air Forces Attack Afghanistan

President Bush has announced that air strikes have begun against targets in Afghanistan. Explosions are being heard in Kabul, Kandahar and Jalalabad, and appear to be concentrating on Taliban and al-Qa'ida installations, and communications and power systems.

The electricity was off in most of the country until approximately 10:00PM...

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Attempt to Depose Taliban Before any US Ground Action

Diplomatic moves are being made to unite various tribal forces opposed to the Taliban in an effort to topple the regime before any US ground action against Osama bin Laden is undertaken. US air strikes are expected to support efforts by Afghan forces to topple the Taliban.

The Northern Alliance is calling Afghan tribal groups to a Loya...

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US Military Moves Expected At Any Time

US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld is making a tour of the middle east in what BBC Correspondent Tom Carver is saying is a process of "laying out the case for military action."

The trip was arranged within the past two days at the request of President Bush. Rumsfeld will stop in Saudi Arabia, Oman, Egypt and Uzbekistan. He will...

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In Afghanistan, Winter Kills

Death is descending on the border region between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Aside from the upcoming war, a starving mass of human beings are experiencing the worst drought in 30 years and the approaching bitter winter.

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New Anne's Diary: She Explores the Saudi Connection

Anne Strieber's new diary entry explores the importance of the Wahhabi sect in the current conflict, and points out that this sect, which began in Saudi Arabia, is extremely intolerant and has a long history of violence. It is also an extremely important force in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States. All the terrorists in the Attack on America were...

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Pakistan Mission Appears to Fail; US Special Forces in Afghanistan

The Pakistani mission to the Taliban has returned with an agreement to continue talks, but one delegate is reporting that bin Laden was not discussed in the meeting just concluded. It appears that the Taliban continue to play for time, as the US comes closer and closer to overt military action.

Meanwhile administration officials are...

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Taliban Support May be Fading in Afghanistan

Afghan cities are ghost towns. Refugees are pouring out of the country, despite attempts at border control by surrounding countries. As many as eight million Aghans may soon be at risk of starvation soon, and one and a half million are at immeidate risk.

Now, lower level Taliban officials and soldiers are quitting, and military...

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Afghan King May Return

The Frontier Post, a Pakistani newspaper, reports that Russia, India, the Central Asian Republics and Turkey have agreed with United States to annihilate the Taliban and establish a new government in Afghanistan.

The question is: Who would head this new government? One possibility is Burhanuddin Rabbani, who now heads the Northern...

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British May Be In Afghanistan

The UK Ministry of Defense refuses to discuss reports that a Special Air Service (SAS) Reconnaisance Unit disturbed Taliban soldiers a few miles from Kabul and exchanged fire with them.

The Mail on Sunday and the Sunday Times are reporting that a four man SAS unit escaped unhurt after the clash. Both papers are also reporting that the...

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Pope in Kazakhstan: Vatican Reports US Says No Strikes During Visit

Pope John-Paul has arrived in Kazakhstan for a four day visit and Vatican sources are telling the news media that it has been assured that there will be no US military action in the area during this time. Kazakhstan is a former Soviet republic bordering Afghanistan.

The Pope refused to cancel his visit, despite the tensions in the region...

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LEFT BEHIND

Diplomats and family members who had been in Kabul attempting to support the eight aid workers accused by the Taliban of spreading Christian beliefs have left Afghanistan along with all other foreign nationals, with the exception of a few journalists, members of the International Red Cross, and Medicins Sans Frontiere. None of these groups have...

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