Notorious CIA-Backed Units Will Remain in Afghanistan
Staff Host Account
/ Categories: Islam Times-English

Notorious CIA-Backed Units Will Remain in Afghanistan

James Mattis immediately resigned as secretary of defense, writing in a letter to Trump, “you have the right to have a Secretary of Defense whose views are better aligned with yours.” As the US military kills civilians in Syria and CIA-led Afghan forces continue to commit war crimes, it appears Trump is doing the right thing in pulling out military troops. But the CIA will remain and grow stronger after the US troops leave. “[A]s American military forces are set to draw down, the role of the Central Intelligence Agency is only likely to grow in importance,” according to The New York Times. On December 31, The Times described a CIA-sponsored Afghan strike force that operates “unconstrained by battlefield rules designed to protect civilians, conducting night raids, torture and killings with near impunity.” In the article, journalist Mujib Mashal cites an October 2018 United Nations report that raised concern about “consistent, credible accounts of intentional destruction of civilian property, illegal detention and other abuses.” Mashal reports that the abuses by the CIA “are actively pushing people toward the Taliban” and when few US military troops remain, “the [CIA-led] strike forces are increasingly the way that a large number of rural Afghans experience the American presence.” Indeed, Mohibullah, whose relative was killed when his home was attacked by a strike force, told The Times he saw “no difference between the CIA-sponsored force and the Islamic State if the result was to be attacked with no warning.” International Court: Reasonable Belief of US War Crimes in Afghanistan Last fall, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Fatou Bensouda, asked the court’s Pre-Trial Chamber to open a formal investigation into the possible commission of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by parties to the war in Afghanistan, including US persons. Bensouda’s preliminary examination found “a reasonable basis to believe” that “war crimes of torture and ill-treatment” had been committed “by US military forces deployed to Afghanistan and in secret detention facilities operated by the Central Intelligence Agency, principally in the 2003-2004 period, although allegedly continuing in some cases until 2014.” Bensouda noted these alleged crimes “were not the abuses of a few isolated individuals,” but rather “part of approved interrogation techniques in an attempt to extract ‘actionable intelligence’ from detainees.” She concluded there was “reason to believe” that crimes were “committed in the furtherance of a policy or policies … which would support US objectives in the conflict in Afghanistan.” Like its predecessor, the Trump administration is adamant that US war criminals escape justice. In response to Bensouda’s referral, National Security Adviser John Bolton told the right-wing Federalist Society the United States would punish the ICC if it mounts a full investigation of Americans for war crimes committed in Afghanistan. Trump issued a statement saying that in the event the ICC opens a formal investigation, he might negotiate “even more binding, bilateral agreements to prohibit nations from surrendering United States persons to the ICC.” Trump threatened to prohibit “ICC judges and prosecutors from entering the United States, sanction their funds in the United States financial system, and, prosecute them in the United States criminal system.” He would consider “taking steps in the United Nations Security Council to constrain the Court’s sweeping powers.” But Bensouda will not be bowed. After Bolton’s speech, she stated that the ICC is “an independent and impartial judicial institution” based on the principle of complementarity, where the ICC will step in only if the accused’s home country does not. Bensouda added, “The ICC, as a court of law, will continue to do its work undeterred, in accordance with those principles and the overarching idea of the rule of law.” Meanwhile, the ICC has received an astounding 1.7 million allegations of war crimes committed in Afghanistan during a three-month period ending in January 2018. Some accusations encompass entire villages. The US Should Completely Withdraw From Afghanistan and Syria Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) is one of the few Congress members who favor pulling US troops out of Syria and Afghanistan. She told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, “I think it is right to get our troops out of Syria ― and let me add, I think it’s right to get our troops out of Afghanistan.” Warren, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said she disagrees with the “foreign policy establishment” position that US troops should “stay forever” in Afghanistan. Robert D. Kaplan, senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security, a bipartisan think tank, wrote in The New York Times that the United States should withdraw from Afghanistan. “No other country in the world symbolizes the decline of the American empire as much as Afghanistan,” he opined. “There is virtually no possibility of a military victory over the Taliban and little chance of leaving behind a self-sustaining democracy — facts that Washington’s policy community has mostly been unable to accept … It is a vestigial limb of empire, and it is time to let it go.” While Kaplan writes, “it may soon be time to for the United States to get out of the country altogether,” he presumably includes CIA, as well as military, forces in that withdrawal. Regardless of Trump’s motivation in pulling out of Syria, it is the correct decision, says international law scholar Richard Falk. But, he adds, Trump should also end the air strikes and use the money saved by terminating military operations to help Syria recover from the humanitarian disaster wrought by seven years of war. Falk slammed “Mattis’ geopolitical hubris” for writing in his resignation letter that “the US remains the indispensable nation in the free world.” Falk wrote, “Really. Such an opinion is not widely shared in most parts of the world. Many people and foreign leaders now worry far more about what the United States does than they do about China and Russia.” The “near-universal condemnation by Democrats and Republicans alike” of Trump’s announcement that he will withdraw US forces from Syria “says less about Trump than it does about the US foreign policy establishment’s blinkered vision,” Columbia Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs wrote at Project Syndicate. Sachs disputes the notion that the United States has “been in Syria (or Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, the Horn of Africa, Libya, and elsewhere in the region) because of ISIS.” Sachs sees ISIS as “more a consequence than a cause of the US presence.” Sachs disabuses us of the notion that the United States — from Obama to Trump — has sought to overthrow Syrian president Bashar al-Assad for the purpose of bringing democracy to Syria, citing US support for the undemocratic Saudi Arabia. “The real purposes,” Sachs astutely notes, “have been US regional hegemony; and the real consequences have been disastrous.” In a statement following Trump’s announcement, Veterans for Peace (VFP) lauded the goal of a total removal of US troops from Syria, hoping it would lead to the complete withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan and the Saudi-led war in Yemen as well. “It is high time to unwind all these tragic, failed and unnecessary wars of aggression, domination and plunder,” VFP stated. “It is time to turn a page in history and build a new world based on human rights, equality and mutual respect for all. We must build momentum toward real and lasting peace. Nothing less than the survival of human civilization is at stake.” Indeed, the United States should withdraw all of its forces, including the CIA, from Afghanistan. All US troops should be removed from Syria and all bombing must end. And the US government should make reparations for the devastation it has wreaked in both of those countries.

Link to original article

Previous Article Seven Gates of Damascus And Concrete Walls of Kabul
Next Article Chinese Scholar Offers Insight into Beijing’s Strategic Mindset
Print
112 Rate this article:
No rating

Leave a comment

Add comment

x
«June 2019»
MonTueWedThuFriSatSun
27
2829
3031
Islamic Channels are Fading out | Save Them

Islamic Channels are Fading out | Save Them

Islamic Channels are Fading out | Save ThemDonate here: Gofundme: https://www.gofundme.com/rationalbeliever Paypal: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=EN79XRUF35QWL **************************************************************************************************************************************** As'salamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh, Dear viewers! As some of you are aware, it’s a couple of months that YouTube has updated its policies by setting the algorithms so that it targets Islamic content and channels. They removed so many Islamic channels from their partner program while almost none of those channels violated any of their policies. With this they try to fade out the Islamic Dawah. Same thing happened to our channel too… It is the third time that our channel is being targeted by YouTube. First they have banned a video worldwide for couple of hours, then they deleted a video with the claim that it violated their terms and conditions while it wasn’t the case... and recently they have demonetized our channel (the only source that could cover a part of our production costs) again by claiming that our content is violating their terms and conditions while in reality we have never promote violence, or produce inappropriate content. It seems like they want to demotivate us so that we stop producing Islamic contents. But by the will of Allah (swt) that will never happen! Indeed production of a professional content needs huge costs and time. A lot of efforts (e.g. providing topics, doing research, providing footage, making narration, recording, graphics, editing & etc...) goes into making only one video. And we alone are not capable of covering the whole costs since we have no more financial source. Therefore we ask you to join and take part in our dawah mission and support our channel in order to continue with even more amazing contents and to help us educate people around the world about the beautiful religion (ISLAM) and make them come closer to Allah (swt). Currently we are unable to create any patreon page due to some problems. But you can donate to the below gofundme and paypal links: For those brothers/sisters who have problem with the donation campaigns for Islamic channels: Just know that Allah is enough for them, it’s about your responsibility for your religion. They didn’t make these channels to make money out of them, for sure if they were looking for money, they would choose some other ways which would make way more money for them. But they chose to serve for their religion. They all try their best and have their own way of presenting the message of Islam… they face huge problems while making those contents which help you and your children. Be with them Support them to spread the truth And be the cause for guidance of masses In Sha Allah In sha Allah your donation will be counted as (Sadaqah Jaariyah) and will get continues rewards since these contents will reach to millions of viewers by the passage of time. If you can't support us financially, please make Dua for us. Jazzak Allahu Khairan, Rational Believer
Read more
1
2
3
4
5
67
8
9
10
11
12131415
16
17
18
19
20
21
Prophet Muhammad (Saw) Stories | Old Woman And The Prophet Muhammad (Saw) | Quran Stories For Kids

Prophet Muhammad (Saw) Stories | Old Woman And The Prophet Muhammad (Saw) | Quran Stories For Kids

Prophet Muhammad (Saw) Stories | Old Woman And The Prophet Muhammad (Saw) | Quran Stories For KidsAssalamu Alaikum ! A long time ago, there lived an old woman who was carrying a heavy load along the road in the desert. It was a bit difficult for her, but she was managing as best as she could. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) helped her and took the luggage from the woman and carried it for her. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) asked the woman that where she was going and why? She said that I am leaving this town as I have heard that a magician named Muhammad is in town. Then what happened ? Will Prophet (SAW) help the old lady? Watch the full episode and learn more!!! We are bringing to you, for the very first time, the Stories of the Prophet (pbuh). The stories are structured to teach your little ones about the life and achievements of Prophet in an easy to understand format. Our videos are ideal for 6-12 year old children, and the adults too can enjoy our videos. Our videos are ideal for 4-12 year old children, and the adults too can enjoy our videos. Each of our videos presents the stories of Prophets from different times. Every video highlights the work of a Prophet, and how He preached the message of Allah (swt). The length of each segment, and the easy to understand narrative makes our videos an ideal teaching resource for parents and teachers. Please support us to keep making more videos! Subscribe our channel for latest updates : https://goo.gl/MgzqIw Download ► https://bamazoo.com/Prophetstories Watch our Prophet Stories : 1. Prophet Adam(as): https://goo.gl/qEcc9c 2. Prophet Nuh (Noah) (as): https://goo.gl/g28ENa 3. Prophet Hud (as): https://goo.gl/CxTZz4 4. Prophet Salih (Saleh)(as): https://goo.gl/jbiRQL 5. Prophet Ibrahim (as): https://goo.gl/SCVmrm 6. Prophet Isma'il (Ishmael): https://goo.gl/0b89zs 7. Prophet Ishaq (Isaac) &Prophet Yaqub (as) : https://goo.gl/InP2fB 8. Prophet Lut (Lot) (as): https://goo.gl/Mwiqvb 9. Prophet Yaqub (AS): https://goo.gl/mVEDh4 10. Prophet Shuaib (as) : https://goo.gl/t4hWCh 11. Prophet Yusuf(as): https://goo.gl/ydO3eQ 12. Prophet Ayyub (as) : https://goo.gl/ot5uyu 13. Prophet Yunus (Jonah) (as): https://goo.gl/IqGLeq 14. Prophet Musa (AS) : https://goo.gl/B4PYRg 15.Prophet Yusha AS & Prophet Hizqeel (AS) : https://goo.gl/zWzmVm 16.Prophet Shammil (AS) : https://goo.gl/4v3Q6d 17. Prophet Dawud (AS) Story Part - 1 : https://goo.gl/eBLXpU 18. Prophet Dawud (AS) Story Part-2 : https://goo.gl/2ziQg8 19. Prophet Sulaiman (AS) : https://goo.gl/yKjthN 20. Prophet Isaiah (AS) : https://goo.gl/eoDMHn 21. Prophet UZAIR(AS) : https://goo.gl/ptwfqR 22. Prophet Zakariyah (AS) : https://youtu.be/70qnWsQv5DM 23. Prophet Yahya (AS) Story : https://youtu.be/rGbzcz7tnz0 24. Prophet Isa (AS) Story Part - 1 : https://youtu.be/J-fOJKnU3o8 25. Prophet Isa (AS) Story Part - 2 : https://youtu.be/qE-1TxjIRN4 26. Prophet Isa (AS) Story Part - 3 : https://youtu.be/Zf-YX6Lwn0w 27. Prophet Muhammad(saw)Part1: https://youtu.be/WEEORXFj-lo 28. Prophet Muhammad (saw) Part2 : https://youtu.be/LO3WUk1b7fk 29. Prophet Muhammad (saw) Part3 : https://goo.gl/mtzZ8Z 30. Prophet Muhammad (saw) Part4 : https://goo.gl/iA1uED 31. Abbad Ibn Bashir (RA) : https://goo.gl/q3FDkQ 32. Prophet Ibrahim (AS) : https://goo.gl/ru1Xgd 33. Abdullah Ibn Masood (RA) Part 1: https://goo.gl/ZVmmH7 33. Abdullah Ibn Masood (RA) Part 2: https://goo.gl/BVNEjs 34. Abdullah Ibn Umm Maktum (RA) : https://goo.gl/Uy4Qti 35. Abu Darda (RA) : https://goo.gl/oXuqio 36. Abu Ubaidah ibn al-Jarrah (RA) : https://goo.gl/Psd9Uw 37. Noaman Ibn Muqqarin (RA) : https://goo.gl/SyNwq1 38. Syed Ibn Aamir Al Jumahi (RA) : https://goo.gl/W8PWGJ 39. Abuzar Al Gaffari (RA) : https://goo.gl/CUnr58 40. Salman Al Farisi (RA) part 1 : https://goo.gl/e88h72 41. Salman Al Farisi (RA) Part 2 : https://goo.gl/fbc6vm 42. Hazrat Ammar Ibn Yasir (RA) Part 1 : https://goo.gl/uuCzTJ 43. Hazrat Ammar Ibn Yasir (RA) Part 2 : https
Read more
22
23
24
25
26
27282930
1234567