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I love the poorly educated!!!

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I.C.C. Allows Afghanistan War Crimes Inquiry to Proceed
The decision by the International Criminal Court is the first time the prosecutor has been authorized to investigate U.S. forces.

Elian Peltier
March 5, 2020 Updated 8:06 a.m. ET

LONDON — An international court ruled on Thursday that its chief prosecutor could open an investigation into allegations of war crimes in Afghanistan, including any that may have been committed by Americans, setting up a potential showdown with Washington.

The ruling by the International Criminal Court in The Hague is likely to draw a strong rebuke from the United States, which does not recognize the court’s jurisdiction. Washington revoked the visa of the body’s chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, last year after she signaled her intentions to pursue the case.

The decision on Thursday is the first involving American forces by the court, which was established more than 15 years ago to seek justice for victims of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.

The State Department could not immediately be reached for a response.

Having spent years collecting information on the Afghan war, Ms. Bensouda requested permission to open an investigation into claims of war crimes and crimes against humanity attributed to United States military and intelligence forces, the Taliban and Afghan forces.


https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/05/worl ... s-icc.html

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War Crimes are by others... :madguy:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-03-06/ ... o/12031926

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo quickly condemned the decision as "a truly breathtaking action by an unaccountable political institution, masquerading as a legal body".

"It is all the more reckless for this ruling to come just days after the United States signed a historic peace deal on Afghanistan — the best chance for peace in a generation," Mr Pompeo said.

"The United States will take all necessary measures to protect our citizens from this renegade, so-called court."

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before further peace talks begin
Attack on Kabul Rally Kills 32; Top Afghan Politicians Unhurt
By Ayaz Gul
Updated March 06, 2020 11:38 AM

ISLAMABAD - Officials in Afghanistan say at least 32 people were killed and around 60 injured Friday when gunmen opened fire on a gathering in Kabul, with high-profile opposition politicians in attendance.

Witnesses said the shooting started when a former vice president, Karim Khalili, was delivering his speech to a ceremony in the Afghan capital, organized to commemorate the death of a prominent minority Shi’ite Hazara politician.

The event was being shown live by Afghan television stations and Khalili could be seen running for cover along with others when the gunfire erupted from a nearby under-construction building.

There were women and children among those killed and injured, and Afghan health officials say they expect the death toll to increase.

Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said Afghan security forces later engaged three assailants and killed them in the ensuing hours-long clash to end the siege.

Islamic State claimed responsibility for the deadly attack, saying two heavily armed men were carried out of the massacre. The Taliban insurgency swiftly denied its involvement.


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A message to our dear terrorists friends
'I Didn’t Think We’d Get Out Like That.' Veterans Have Mixed Feelings As U.S. Withdraws Troops From Afghanistan
US to Start Troop Pullback in Afghanistan
Defense Secretary Mark Esper says he has given the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan the go-ahead to begin the initial withdrawal of U.S. troops.


BY KIMBERLY DOZIER MARCH 9, 2020

Most veterans of the 18-year war in Afghanistan wouldn’t have predicted this was how the fightback after the attacks of 9/11 would end: with the U.S. President calling the conflict a waste of American blood and treasure, and a U.S. peace deal with the Taliban forcing Afghan officials to sit down with the militants and discuss dismantling a government the U.S. helped build.

The long-awaited U.S.-Taliban deal to end the war, signed on Feb. 29, has not had a smooth start. Days after it was penned, the militant group attacked Afghan forces in the south of the country, apparently over the Afghan government’s initial refusal to release 5,000 prisoners, a condition written into the deal before intra-Afghan talks can start. U.S. forces in Afghanistan, which have long provided air support to Afghan troops, bombed Taliban positions in response. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has since agreed to release some of those prisoners, according to the U.S. Secretary of State, but it’s not clear how many, or if it’s enough to get both sides to show up for talks.

The country’s leadership remains in a steady state of political crisis. On Monday, there were two separate Afghan presidential inaugurations held in the capital city, Kabul: one ceremony for Ghani and one for the other claimant to the presidency, his rival Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, who has rejected last September’s election results claiming rampant voting fraud.

President Donald Trump has shown no sign of souring on the agreement, calling the Taliban “warriors” in remarks to supporters last week, and even conceding the militants may one day take the country back from the Afghan government. “You can only hold somebody’s hand for so long…. It’s not supposed to happen that way, but it possibly will,” he told reporters Friday at the White House. And though it’s not certain when or if the Taliban will sit down with the Afghan government, on Monday U.S. forces spokesman Col. Sonny Leggett announced the U.S. will draw its troop numbers down from 13,000 to 8,600 in the next 135 days, per its agreement with the militant group.


https://time.com/5799845/us-troops-afgh ... -veterans/

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U.S. to cut Afghan aid by $1B over political rift that threatens Taliban deal
“The United States is disappointed in them and what their conduct means for Afghanistan and our shared interests,” Pompeo said.

By NAHAL TOOSI
03/23/2020 08:15 PM EDT

The U.S. is cutting aid to Afghanistan by $1 billion and will cut even more unless the country’s feuding political leaders can resolve their differences and form a government that can implement a peace deal with the Taliban.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the decision Monday after he briefly visited Kabul to try ending the dispute between Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and former Afghan chief executive Abdullah Abdullah, who are clashing over the results of their country’s presidential election last fall. Pompeo later reportedly met with a Taliban representative in Qatar.

In a statement, Pompeo said Ghani and Abdullah had informed him that they were “unable to agree on an inclusive government” despite what the chief U.S. diplomat described as an urgent need for one.

“The United States is disappointed in them and what their conduct means for Afghanistan and our shared interests,” Pompeo said, adding that “this leadership failure poses a direct threat to U.S. national interests.”

The announced aid cuts may appear harsh, given how much Afghanistan continues to rely on U.S. assistance since American troops overthrew the Taliban regime there following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

But in many ways, the cuts are part of a pattern for the administration of President Donald Trump: It relies more on sticks than carrots, and it has been willing to impose sanctions, tariffs and other penalties on allies as well as adversaries in pursuit of what it says is the U.S. interest.



https://www.politico.com/news/2020/03/2 ... aid-145331

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:brickwallsmall: IOW the US is asking Afghanistan to look elsewhere for help. After two decades of investments into the country the US is dropping it like a hot potatoe. I guess China will like to get another foothold on the Indian subcontinent.

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Munchin probably just infected half the Afgan Government.
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Sectarian divisions ‘will seal break-up of Afghanistan’
The son of the famed mujahidin commander who defied the Taliban says infighting in Kabul is wrecking his country

Anthony Loyd, Kabul, Afghanistan
Friday March 27 2020, 12.01am GMT, The Times

The loyalty of Afghanistan’s military is being stretched to breaking point by rival claims to the country’s presidency, raising the prospect of a catastrophic civil war, according to the son of a renowned resistance hero.

Ahmad Massoud — whose father Ahmad Shah Massoud was known as “The Lion of Panjshir” for leading the fight against Soviet forces in the Eighties, and who commanded the Northern Alliance against the Taliban until his assassination in 2001 — told The Times that sectarian divides in the security forces were being widened ever further by the leadership crisis in Kabul.


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Attacks across Afghanistan kill dozens of security force members, civilians


LOGAR/KABUL (Reuters) - Clashes between Afghan forces and Taliban militants killed dozens nationwide in the past 24 hours, officials said on Wednesday, even as the United States tries to broker peace talks between the warring sides.

Abdul Qadeer Mutfi, spokesman for the Mine and Petroleum Ministry, said in a tweet that eight Afghan security force members were killed in a Taliban attack on a checkpoint at the Mes Aynak Copper Mine in eastern Logar province on Tuesday evening.

The insurgent group had also attacked several checkpoints in the northern province of Sar-e-Pul, provincial governor spokesman Zabihullah Amani said, killing 11 Afghan security force members, wounding 19 and resulting in one being captured by the Taliban.

Attacks are threatening to derail a fragile peace process, with the Taliban rejecting the Afghan government’s repeated calls for a ceasefire as the country also attempts to deal with the growing outbreak of coronavirus and prisoner exchanges take place with an eye to formal peace talks.

After a week-long reduction in violence leading up to the signing of a troop withdrawal agreement with the United States in February, the militant group resumed attacks on Afghan forces, though has held back on attacking foreign forces.


https://www.reuters.com/article/us-afgh ... SKCN2242L0

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Methinks the rest of the world better start figuring out their own problems...

Because the US won't be able to act as the world's police force after this...
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Militants storm maternity clinic in Afghan capital, kill 14

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Militants stormed a maternity hospital in the western part of Kabul on Tuesday, setting off an hours-long shootout with the police and killing 14 people, including two newborn babies, their mothers and an unspecified number of nurses, Afghan officials said.

While the battle was underway, Afghan security forces struggled to evacuate the facility, carrying out babies and frantic young mothers, according to images shared by the Interior Ministry.

But the day’s spasm of violence extended beyond Kabul. A suicide bomber in eastern Nangarhar province — a hotbed of the Islamic State group — targeted a funeral ceremony, killing 24 people and wounding 68. And in eastern Khost province, a bomb planted in a cart in a market killed a child and wounded 10 people.

The violence could further undermine a peace process in the wake of a deal signed between the United States and the Taliban in February, which envisages the start of talks among key Afghan figures, including government representatives, and the Taliban. Relentless, near-daily attacks have also left Afghan authorities ill-prepared to face the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 4,900 people in the country and killed at least 127.
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BBC News: Afghanistan: Rival leaders Ghani and Abdullah in power-sharing deal

Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani and his rival Abdullah Abdullah have signed a power-sharing deal, ending months of political uncertainty.

Mr Ghani will stay on as president while both men will choose an equal number of ministers.

Dr Abdullah will lead peace talks with the Taliban, should they get under way.

It is hoped the deal in the capital Kabul will help to maintain the balance of power that existed before last year's disputed presidential election.

Mr Ghani and Dr Abdullah - who both claimed victory in last September's election - last month held rival inauguration ceremonies.

The Afghan electoral commission says incumbent Ashraf Ghani narrowly won the vote, but Mr Abdullah has alleged the result is fraudulent.

The deal comes days after a militant attack on a maternity ward in the capital, Kabul, left 24 people dead. Mothers, newborn babies and nurses were among the victims.
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Associated Press: Taliban suicide bomber kills 9 troops in eastern Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomber in a stolen military Humvee targeted a base in eastern Afghanistan belonging to the country’s intelligence service early on Monday, killing at least nine members of the force, Afghan officials said. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

At least 40 members of the force were wounded in the attack near the city of Ghazni, the provincial capital of Ghazni, according to Arif Noori, the spokesman for the provincial governor. Eight of the wounded were in critical condition and were transferred to the capital, Kabul, for further treatment, Noori added.

Earlier reports had seven dead but Tariq Arian, spokesman for the Afghan interior minister, confirmed the latest casualty tolls.

According to Noori, the bomber used a stolen military Humvee full of explosives, detonating it as he approached the main entrance gate to the base. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the insurgents were behind the attack in Ghazni province, where the Taliban control most of the countryside and the rural areas.
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Afghanistan to free 900 more Taliban prisoners: Government
The move comes after President Ashraf Ghani announced release of Taliban prisoners following Eid ceasefire by Taliban.

Afghan authorities plan to release 900 more Taliban prisoners, as a rare ceasefire announced by the armed group entered its third and last day.

"There is a decision to release 900 today," National Security Council spokesman Javid Faisal told AFP news agency on Tuesday. But the exact number could vary subject to legal procedures, he added.

Afghan Taliban leader says committed to deal with the US
The Afghan government also urged the Taliban to extend the three-day ceasefire which is due to expire at midnight on Tuesday (19:30 GMT).

"It is important to extend the ceasefire and, to avoid bloodshed, the Afghan government is ready to extend it," Javid Faisal, the spokesman for the Afghan national security adviser, told a news conference.

The pause in fighting, which came into effect on Sunday to mark the Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr, and the prisoner release offer hope of peace for the South Asian country ravaged by nearly 20 years of war.

A US-Taliban agreement signed in February in Qatar's capital, Doha, stipulated that the Afghan government would release up to 5,000 Taliban prisoners while the Taliban would free about 1,000 Afghan security forces personnel.


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