War in Afghanistan

Terrorist atrocity in Mumbai

By Keith Jones, 28 November 2008

Whoever were the authors of this week’s terrorist attack in Mumbai, it was a vile act that will only serve reaction in India and internationally.

Pakistani military launches new offensive in border areas

By James Cogan, 17 November 2008

A Pakistani military offensive against Islamist militants is now being extended into the tribal agency of Mohmand.

Iranian regime reacts to Obama’s election

By James Cogan, 13 November 2008

The Iranian view that Obama’s election would lead to a shift in US policy was reflected most clearly in a letter of congratulations sent to the president-elect by Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Another US massacre in Afghanistan

By James Cogan, 8 November 2008

An Afghan government investigation into US air strikes carried out on Monday in the province of Kandahar has found that at least 37 civilians taking part in a wedding celebration were massacred. Another 30 people or more—men, women and children—were injured.

US carries out more airstrikes in Pakistan

By James Cogan, 3 November 2008

In open contempt of the repeated protests by the Pakistani government, the US military carried out another two air strikes on October 31 inside Pakistan, killing at least 27 people.

Advocate of Afghan “troop surge” selected as head of British Army

By Harvey Thompson, 30 October 2008

Gen. Sir David Richards, recent commander of the NATO’s ISAF in Afghanistan, has been appointed the new head of the British Army.

US carries out fresh air strike in Pakistan

By Keith Jones, 28 October 2008

The US military is now routinely violating Pakistani sovereignty, extending the Afghan War to its southern neighbor.

The economic crisis and war

24 October 2008

While the world’s attention has been focused on the global economic crisis, the United States has continued to prosecute its neo-colonial war in Iraq and has expanded its military violence in Afghanistan and the adjoining border regions of Pakistan. Early Thursday morning, a US drone fired four missiles into a religious school, or madrassa, in a tribal area of Pakistan’s North Waziristan, killing 11 people, according to Agence France-Presse. It was the latest in a series of US strikes into Pakistan, including at least one commando raid by Special Forces ground troops, launched since the beginning of September.

More recriminations over US/NATO quagmire in Afghanistan

By James Cogan, 24 October 2008

An increasing number of commentators describe the occupation of Afghanistan as a failure.

Biden’s chilling remarks at fundraiser

What “incredibly tough” foreign policy actions is Obama preparing?

By Patrick Martin, 22 October 2008

In remarks made over the weekend in Seattle, Democratic vice presidential candidate Joseph Biden warned that Barack Obama, if elected president, would be compelled to take deeply unpopular actions in both domestic and foreign policy within months of taking office.

New York Times demands escalation of Afghanistan war

By David Walsh, 16 October 2008

In an editorial October 15 entitled “Downward Spiral,” the New York Times calls for the next administration to carry out “a swift and serious buildup of troops” in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan: Growing talk of a political deal with the Taliban

By James Cogan, 15 October 2008

Seven years after the invasion of Afghanistan, the discussion in US political and military circles is increasingly focusing on some form of political settlement with insurgent organisations, including leading figures of the former Taliban regime.

US intelligence, military deliver dire estimates of Afghanistan war

By Bill Van Auken, 11 October 2008

Seven years after the Bush administration launched “Operation Enduring Freedom,” US intelligence agencies have concluded that the situation in the devastated country is on “a downward spiral,” according to a classified draft National Intelligence Estimate.

Continuing US air strikes in Pakistan’s tribal agencies

By James Cogan, 9 October 2008

US aircraft are attacking alleged militant targets inside Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Agencies (FATA) at a growing rate.

British diplomat paints bleak view of Afghan war

By James Cogan, 6 October 2008

With insurgent activity rising and casualties at an all-time high, the representatives of the US and NATO occupation of Afghanistan are growing increasingly pessimistic about the prospect of establishing a stable client-state. This year has already registered the largest annual number of US and NATO casualties—236 dead and over 1,000 wounded so far—since the invasion of Afghanistan on October 7, 2001.

US-Pakistani skirmish points to threat of wider war

By Keith Jones, 30 September 2008

Washington and Islamabad are seeking to downplay the significance of last Thursday’s military clash between US and Pakistani armed forces on the Afghan-Pakistani border.

Afghanistan: US, NATO, Karzai regime investigate Azizabad massacre

By Harvey Thompson, 29 September 2008

The United States, NATO, and the Karzai regime in Kabul have announced a joint investigation into the most recent coalition air strike massacre of Afghan civilians.

French parliament votes for continued military presence in Afghanistan

By Antoine Lerougetel, 25 September 2008

On September 22, the French National Assembly and the Senate voted for government’s motion approving the continued presence of France’s military contingent in Afghanistan.

The LCR covers for “left” supporters of French imperialism in Afghanistan

Support from the LCR

By Francois Dubois and Peter Schwarz, 24 September 2008

On September 20, demonstrations were held in 10 different French cities demanding the withdrawal of NATO troops from Afghanistan. Protests against the war in Afghanistan were also held in a number of other European countries, including Britain, Italy and Germany.

Germany’s war in Afghanistan

By Ludwig Weller, 24 September 2008

The official explanation that the 3,500 German soldiers stationed in Afghanistan are only “construction workers in uniform” is no longer tenable. The events in which they are embroiled are becoming bloodier each day. Increasingly, German soldiers are killing insurgents and civilians, or are themselves being killed.

Marriott Hotel bombing: another sign of Pakistan’s deepening crisis

By Peter Symonds, 22 September 2008

The massive bomb blast that devastated the luxury Marriott Hotel in Islamabad on Saturday evening is one more sign of the deepening political crisis in Pakistan produced by the Bush administration’s spreading “war on terrorism”.

Withdraw all troops from Afghanistan and Iraq! A socialist answer to war and militarism

The perspective of the “peace movement”

By the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (Germany), 20 September 2008

Demonstrations calling for the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan are taking place today in German, French and British cities. The Socialist Equality Party and the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit, the British and German sections of the International Committee of the Fourth International, support this demand. We call for the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of all troops from Afghanistan and Iraq.

US-Pakistani relations remain on the boil

A new understanding?

By Keith Jones, 20 September 2008

Only hours after giving military assurances that US forces would respect Pakistan’s sovereignty, the US staged another predator-drone attack inside Pakistan, killing at least six people in a South Waziristan village.

Obama and McCain on 9/11: “unity” in support of war and repression

By Bill Van Auken, 12 September 2008

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and his Republican rival John McCain walked side by side down the ramp into the pit where the World Trade Center once stood Tuesday in what was promoted as a demonstration of national unity on the seventh anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

President Bush authorises US ground operations inside Pakistan

Pakistani anger

By Peter Symonds, 12 September 2008

In a reckless and criminal attempt to suppress the growing insurgency in Afghanistan, President Bush has secretly authorised the use of US Special Forces against targets inside the border areas of Pakistan.

Obama denounces Bush for sending too few troops to Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 11 September 2008

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama blasted as too little and too late the decision announced by President Bush Tuesday to withdraw 8,000 US troops from Iraq and divert combat units to Afghanistan.

Another criminal US missile strike inside Pakistan

By Peter Symonds, 10 September 2008

A third US missile strike in less than a week inside Pakistan again underscores the danger that the escalating war in Afghanistan will spread into its neighbour. At least 20 people died on Monday when up to five missiles fired from US unmanned Predator drones hit a madrassa and a compound in North Waziristan.

Amid rising casualties, Australian establishment debates a wider engagement in Afghanistan

By James Cogan, 10 September 2008

The wounding on September 2 of nine Australian special forces troops by Afghan insurgents loyal to the former Taliban regime has led to a renewed focus in the political and media establishment on Australia’s involvement in the US-led occupation.

Afghan president blames “the West” for Islamic extremism

US policy and Al Qaeda terrorism

By James Cogan, 8 September 2008

The propaganda used to justify the US-led occupation in Afghanistan typically leaves out any explanation of the origins of tendencies such as Al Qaeda, the Taliban movement and other Islamist groups resisting American and NATO troops.

Controversy continues over French soldiers’ deaths in Afghanistan

By Olivier Laurent, 8 September 2008

Further information has emerged about the August 18 ambush that killed 10 French soldiers in Afghanistan and wounded 23 more in the valley of Uzbeen.

US attack inside Pakistan threatens dangerous new war

An expanded war

By Peter Symonds, 5 September 2008

A ground assault by US Special Forces troops on a Pakistani village on Wednesday threatens to expand the escalating Afghanistan war into its neighbour.

A bloody month in Afghanistan

By James Cogan, 2 September 2008

The August death toll of US and NATO troops in Afghanistan reached 45 on Sunday—the equal highest monthly total of the near seven-year war. A Romanian soldier providing protection to a supply convoy was killed when the vehicle he was travelling in drove over a mine that had been planted on the main highway connecting the capital Kabul with the country’s eastern provinces. Three other Romanian soldiers were seriously wounded.

Pentagon denies responsibility for US massacre of Afghan villagers

By Tom Eley, 1 September 2008

As anger mounts in Afghanistan over the August 22 US bombing of a village that killed ninety civilians, the great majority women and children, the Pentagon continues to claim a much smaller death toll comprised largely of “Taliban fighters.” Anonymous US officials, who claim to have investigated the attack in Azizabad in Herat province, insist that 25 Taliban were killed, along with five civilians.

Was the US government alerted to September 11 attack?

Part 4: The refusal to investigate

By Patrick Martin, 24 January 2002

This series has reviewed evidence that US intelligence agencies had ample advance information about the September 11 attacks, from specific details of the methods and the likely targets to the identities of a number of the hijackers, including the alleged principal organizer, Mohammed Atta.

Was the US government alerted to the September 11 attack?

Part 3: The United States and Mideast terrorism

By Patrick Martin, 22 January 2002

An essential aspect of the official version of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon—which maintains that these attacks came as a complete surprise to the US government and its intelligence apparatus—is the claim that the CIA and other intelligence agencies relied too heavily on electronic surveillance rather than on-the-spot agents infiltrated into the terrorist organizations.