Nick Turse: Secret Wars and Black Ops Blowback

By: Thursday January 16, 2014 7:08 pm

These days, when I check out the latest news on Washington’s global war-making, I regularly find at least one story that fits a new category in my mind that I call: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

 

Night Raid by US-Backed Forces Reportedly Leads to Death of Eight Afghan Civilians After Airstrike

By: Wednesday January 15, 2014 4:48 pm

There are only a few details currently, but what is known suggests that forces led by the United States in Afghanistan mounted a night raid to hunt down militants in a residential area. When they were fired upon by insurgents, the forces decided to call in an airstrike to attack a compound. That led to the deaths of up to eight civilians.

Karzai’s Ban on US Special Forces: Is It a Response to Operations of CIA Assassination Squad?

By: Tuesday February 26, 2013 9:15 am

Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai ordered United States special forces to leave the Maidan Wardak province after reports of units engaging in the torture and disappearing of Afghan civilians.The order came on February 24 and was immediately followed by the US military rejecting the allegations.

Leaders in the province issued the order in response to Afghans working with US special forces who were allegedly responsible for the “disappearance of at least nine men and the murder of an Afghan university student.” But, on February 25, NATO spokesman German Gen. Gunter Katz said the “International Security Assistance Force found no evidence showing foreign forces were involved in abuses. Katz “did not comment on the Afghans allegedly linked to the Americans.” He added, ”We could not find evidence that would support these allegations.”

Karzai’s Double Game: Denounce US Presence, Offer Permanent Bases

By: Monday March 19, 2012 7:00 am

It appears that the US is negotiating with two heads of state. There’s the Hamid Karzai who publicly lambasted the Americans as “demons,” accuses them of “Satanic acts,” and equates the presence of US forces with the Taliban. Then there’s the Karzai who, behind the scenes, pliantly offers permanent bases to the Americans.

Public Turned Against Afghan War Well Before Shooting Rampage

By: Monday March 12, 2012 6:30 am

The President has delivered condolences, both in a public statement and in a private call to Afghan President Hamid Karzai. But these may ring hollow to an Afghan public weary of war and occupation. The biggest near-term consequence is a delay to the strategic partnership agreement with the Afghans, which appeared on track after a Friday agreement on transferring prisoners from Bagram Air Base into Afghan custody. Both the American public and Afghans have long since turned against the war.

US Inks Prison Transfer Agreement With Afghanistan

By: Friday March 9, 2012 11:30 am

The United States and Afghanistan have signed a deal to transfer all prisoners in the military-run prisons at Bagram Air Force Base to the control of the Afghans, a move that paves the way for a long-term security arrangement.

The Strategic Partnership Agreement, which Washington and Kabul have been discussing for over a year, will be the framework for U.S. involvement in Afghanistan beyond 2014, when the last foreign combat troops are due to leave Afghanistan.

Lindsey Graham: If No Night Raids, Then No Troops in Afghanistan

By: Wednesday March 7, 2012 10:01 am

Lindsey Graham said he’d “pull the plug” on continued US troops in Afghanistan unless President Karzai agrees to US demands for maintaining control of detainees and continuing night raids on suspected Taliban houses, claiming we can’t “win” without that authority. Last year he criticized Obama for getting most troops out of Iraq even though the Iraqis refused to grant immunity for crimes committed there.

Afghan Night Raid Leads to Thousands Protesting, More Death

By: Wednesday May 18, 2011 8:03 am

David Petraeus’ favorite tool for cowing populations into quiescence, the night raid, has led yet again to deaths NATO characterizes as insurgents but Afghans say are civilians. In this case, four were killed in an overnight raid Tuesday night, two men and two women. A crowd of two to three thousand took to the streets in Taloqan and there were multiple deaths when police opened fire on the crowd.

Public Support for War in Afghanistan Drops Sharply

By: Thursday November 18, 2010 1:15 pm

At the same time that the US and NATO are explicitly setting the end date in Afghanistan later and later into the decade, a new poll from Quinnipiac shows that public support for the war has completely collapsed. A majority of Americans now opposed continued involvement in Afghanistan. The ideological lines on this issue are interesting. . . .

Petraeus Pouts When Karzai Pierces Silence on Night Raids

By: Monday November 15, 2010 12:40 pm

Earlier this year, while Stanley McChrystal still headed US forces in Afghanistan, McChrystal lost control of messaging and stories began to come out revealing the extent to which Special Operations Forces night raids were alienating Afghan civilians. One of the more telling reports was by Anand Gopal, where he described in detail the anguish of families who lose members to these intrusions into family compounds, with loved ones disappearing into a secret prison system. Shortly after that report, we had the disgusting revelation of Special Operations Forces carving their bullets out of the dead bodies of women they killed in a botched raid on a family compound. Somehow, even though the number of these night raids has increased dramatically since David Petraeus has taken over after McChrystal was fired, stories detailing the horrors of night raids and the deaths and destruction caused to families who are incorrectly targeted have not appeared as frequently as they did in the spring. This weekend, the silence on night raids was broken by Afghan President Hamid Karzai, and that action sent David Petraeus into a toddler-level pout.

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