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Brown University Report: U.S.-led global ‘war on terror’ cost 1 million lives and $8 trillion – others say it can be up to 6 million lives and $21 trillion

[Middle East Eye] “The US-led “war on terror” has killed nearly one million people globally and cost more than $8 trillion…

Posted in Afghanistan UK

Tony Blair has some nerve to to say the west should stay on in Afghanistan to protect the ‘gains’ of his 2001 invasion but he would do better to show remorse

[The Guardian] “Imbecilic, tragic, dangerous and unnecessary are the words used by Tony Blair to describe the US withdrawal from Afghanistan –…

Posted in Afghanistan Iraq USA

420 to 1: Now vindicated, California’s Barbara Lee was the only member of U.S. Congress to vote against Afghanistan war in 2001

[Los Angeles Times] “Twenty years ago, Rep. Barbara Lee stood before her House colleagues and pleaded with them not to…

Posted in Afghanistan USA

‘This is not Saigon’: Blinken tries to defend U.S. evacuations from Kabul despite it looking exactly as ‘The Fall of Saigon’

[Al Jazeera] “As the United States withdraws personnel from its embassy in Kabul amid the Taliban’s rapid advance on the Afghan capital,…

Posted in Afghanistan USA

TIME Taliban covers: Wishful thinking in 2001 and a realisation in 2014 of what is becoming a reality today in 2021

[TIME, The New Yorker] TIME magazine cover from Dec 17, 2001: THE LAST DAYS OF THE TALIBAN – Related cover…

Posted in Afghanistan USA

Joke becomes reality: Satirical news site The Onion predicted in 2011 that US will sneak out of Afghanistan secretly at night – as it did of Bagram

[The Onion, AP News] The Onion, 2011: “U.S. Quietly Slips Out Of Afghanistan In Dead Of Night” “KABUL, AFGHANISTAN—In what…

Posted in Iraq USA

The Daily Beast: “The only thing tragic about the death of Donald Rumsfeld is that it didn’t occur in an Iraqi prison”

[The Daily Beast] “Do not mourn the defense secretary. Mourn his victims. There were nearly too many to tally, but…

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AOAV Report: 40% of civilian casualties from airstrikes in Afghanistan were children

[Action on Armed Violence] “Hundreds of children have been killed and hundreds more injured by US and Afghan airstrikes in…

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Biden will withdraw 2,500 troops from Afghanistan but over 18,000 Pentagon contractors and special operatives to remain

[CovertAction Magazine] “On Wednesday April 14th, President Joe Biden announced that he would end the U.S.’s longest war and withdraw U.S….

Posted in Pakistan USA

Legacy of Fake CIA Vaccination Programs Leads to Vaccine Hesitancy in Pakistan

[Vice] “While hunting for Osama bin Laden, the CIA organized a fake hepatitis B vaccination program. Now, after years of…

Posted in Afghanistan Australia

War Crimes Inquiry Report: Australian special forces killed 39 unarmed Afghans

[REUTERS, The Guardian] “The inquiry into alleged war crimes by Australian special forces in Afghanistan has delivered its final report to the…

Posted in Afghanistan Australia

Video: Australian SAS soldier shoots unarmed man at close range in Afghanistan

[ABC] “Extraordinary footage captured on the helmet camera of an Australian soldier in Afghanistan could result in charges of war…

Posted in Afghanistan USA

U.S. and Afghan Government Forces Killed More Civilians Than Taliban Did, U.N. Report Finds

[The New York Times] “For the first time since the United Nations began documenting civilian casualties in Afghanistan a decade…

Posted in Afghanistan Australia

Whistleblower David McBride charged for exposing Australian war crimes, ‘not afraid to go to jail’

[The Guardian] “A former defence lawyer charged for blowing the whistle on alleged misconduct by Australian special forces in Afghanistan says he…

Posted in Afghanistan Australia

Admitted: Australian Troops Committed War Crimes in Afghanistan

[Countercurrents] “Kevin Frost, a special forces sergeant in the Australian Army, has done something unusual. He wishes, even demands, to…

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Government agents ‘directly involved’ in most US terror plots since 9/11, ‘may have created terrorists’

[The Guardian, Human Rights Watch] “Nearly all of the highest-profile domestic terrorism plots in the United States since 9/11 featured…

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A “war-dependent economy”: Big money and the military-industrial complex behind perpetual U.S. war

[Al Jazeera] “In January 1961, US President Dwight D Eisenhower used his farewell address to warn the nation of what…

Posted in Afghanistan Pakistan Somalia USA Yemen

Indiscriminate drone attacks increased under Obama, creating more terrorists than removing, warns former CIA official

[The Guardian] “A former top terrorism official at the CIA has warned that President Barack Obama’s controversial drone programme is far too…

Posted in USA

Ban on U.S. government propaganda targeting Americans to be lifted

[BuzzFeed News] “An amendment that would legalize the use of propaganda on American audiences is being inserted into the latest…

Posted in Pakistan USA

‘State-sanctioned extra-judicial executions’ – CIA drone attacks deliberately target rescuers and funerals, killing civilians

[The Bureau of Investigative Journalism] “The CIA’s drone campaign in Pakistan has killed dozens of  civilians who had gone to…

Posted in USA

Is the FBI’s massive network of informants busting terrorist plots or leading them?

[Mother Jones] “Ever since 9/11, counterterrorism has been the FBI’s No. 1 priority, consuming the lion’s share of its budget—$3.3…

Posted in Pakistan USA

CIA organised fake vaccination drive to get Osama bin Laden’s family DNA

[The Guardian] “As part of extensive preparations for the raid that killed Bin Laden in May, CIA agents recruited a…

Posted in Iraq UK USA

UK: Alastair Campbell, Tony Blair’s propagandist, had Iraq dossier changed to fit US claims

[The Guardian] “Fresh evidence has emerged that Tony Blair’s discredited Iraqi arms dossier was “sexed up” on the instructions of Alastair…

Posted in Afghanistan Pakistan USA

Hillary Clinton: today’s terrorists in Afghanistan were funded by US in past, Saudi Arabia imported Wahhabism

[CNN] Transcript of AMERICAN MORNING, aired April 24, 2009 – 06:00 ET JOHN ROBERTS, CNN ANCHOR: “These are new pictures…

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Falsely Accused Scientist Paid Millions by U.S. in Unsolved 2001 Anthrax Mail Attacks Suit

[The New York Times] “The Justice Department announced Friday that it would pay $4.6 million to settle a lawsuit filed…

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Report: Netanyahu says 9/11 terror attacks good for Israel as it ‘swung American public opinion’

[Haaretz] “The Israeli newspaper Ma’ariv on Wednesday reported that Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu told an audience at Bar Ilan university…

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Colin Powell: today’s greatest threat is the “terror-industrial complex”

[GQ Magazine] “What is the greatest threat facing us now People will say it’s terrorism. But are there any terrorists…

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Gen. Wesley Clark: US government had plans to attack Iraq, other 6 countries 10 days after 9/11

[Democracy Now!] “General Wesley Clark, the retired four-star general […] was the Supreme Allied Commander of NATO during the Kosovo War. In…

Posted in Iraq Israel Palestine Syria USA

Eli Chomsky Exclusive: Hillary Clinton on fixing Palestinian elections, meddling in Syria, the War on Terror

[The Jewish Press] “On the eve of her expected reelection victory, New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton met with the…

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US and UK complicity in 9/11 and London 7/7: who funded terrorists “is of little practical significance”

[The Guardian] “During the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in the 1980s, the US funded large numbers of jihadists through Pakistan’s…