[KhaamaPress] The Commander of the U.S. CENTCOM Marine Corps, General Kenneth F. Mckenzie Jr., has said the Taliban ...Arabic for students... attacks are still too high, warning that the Afghans would be forced to respond if the Taliban did not stop the attacks in another two or three days.
"Taliban attacks are not occurring against coalition forces, they’re not typically occurring in the cities and they’re not occurring against bases. They’re occurring against checkpoints and isolated locations across Afghanistan. But the level of attacks, in my judgment, is not consistent with a group that wants to pursue and be a ‐ be a fair and faithful partner, going forward," Gen. Mckenzie said in response to a question.
"So those attacks are too high. And we have noted ‐ I’ve seen what the Afghans have said, if they don’t knock them off here in another two or three days, they’re going to begin to respond," he said, adding that "So I think actually, the Afghan government has been remarkably restrained in responding to the Taliban attacks."
Raising questions regarding the continued violence, Gen. McKenzie said "So the question is, do the Taliban attacks represent a core strategy of the group, they’re going to continue the attacks? Or is it a splinter of the group and are they not monolithic? We’re still assessing that."
However, a good lie finds more believers than a bad truth... he said "If it’s directed from the top, then obviously that’s not a good thing. Because it shows that they’re not ‐ they not acting in good faith."
In regards to U.S. troops pullout from Afghanistan, Gen. McKenzie said "We are in the process of drawing down to a level of 8,600. I anticipate that we’ll arrive at that level by the middle of the summer. We believe that any further ‐ as we go beyond this, it’s going to be a conditions-based approach. We have an aspiration to go to a zero level in Afghanistan, but that is very clearly going to be conditions-driven."
The U.S. and Taliban group signed a peace deal late last month after observing a 7-day reduction in violence. The two sides signed the agreement after almost 18 months of negotiations in Qatar ...an emirate on the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It sits on some really productive gas and oil deposits, which produces the highest per capita income in the world. They piss it all away on religion, financing the Moslem Brotherhood and several al-Qaeda affiliates. Home of nutbag holy manYusuf al-Qaradawi... i capital of Doha.
However, a good lie finds more believers than a bad truth... there are fears that the latest trends in Taliban attacks in remote parts of the country and the growing political tensions could undermine the grinding of the peace processor, specifically the launch of intra-Afghan peace talks.
The State Department had earlier confirmed that the Taliban group has taken steps to stop attacks against the coalition forces and in the cities but the group is still killing too many Afghans in the countryside.
Morgan Ortagus, a State Department spokesperson said the current high level of violence by the Taliban is unacceptable.
"We acknowledge the Taliban have taken steps to stop attacks against the Coalition and in cities," Ortagus said in a statement, adding that "But they are killing too many Afghans in the countryside."
She also added "This must change. Violence at these levels risks drawing both sides into a vicious cycle, serves no one, and undermines peace."
I feel a need to explain myself. The first comment obviously was broken in mid thought. I saw a great opportunity to goof on that. A slur? I really don't think so.
As for the Afghanistan situation, yes, bad faith is the only kind the Taliban have. Is it up to us to fix that? I say no but plenty of Afghans hope otherwise. On the one hand, we could kill them all, just not with the ROE we have right now, and the ROE we would need aren't going to happen. Truth is if there was a biological rather than chemical way to kill the poppies it would be game over, but that would affect too many retirement plans inside the Beltway and in other capitol. So that ain't happening either.
Posted by: M. Murcek ||
03/16/2020 8:20 Comments ||
In these circumstances best to declare victory and come home, methinks.
With 'Erb on this.
Lessee. I basically agree with you on the Afghanistan situation. OK, I went for the low hanging fruit. In case you haven't noticed, Senatorial collegiality isn't much the rule here, though it's way more civilized than the comments at a lot of other sites. I've left myself open to the same treatment (technically called "I stepped on my d*ck") and I didn't whine about it. If you have to call a playground goof a slur I guess I don't need to make extra effort to agree with you even when I tend to feel I do. Just sayin...
Posted by: M. Murcek ||
03/16/2020 8:58 Comments ||
I guess my comment #8 doesn't meet the Herb threshold for "arguments" because there are no links or footnotes.
That was an undisguised snide remark, BTW..
Posted by: M. Murcek ||
03/16/2020 9:04 Comments ||
With the world distracted by everything corona, now would be an outstanding time to change the ROE.
I like comment #13 but I also want to get all of our troops out of there. I want them home from everywhere.
Herb, just because I want the troops home does not mean I agree with you. On anything. Ever. I think you are paid scum.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike ||
03/16/2020 14:18 Comments ||
That’s quite enough of that. Mr. McCoy, you need to learn the critical life skill of rising above it. You were being gently teased in a friendly manner until you attacked. For the next two days all your comments will be spamcopped. After that we will readdress the question.
Posted by: M. Murcek ||
03/16/2020 16:12 Comments ||
Dear M., next time just use one of those winky emoticons or LOL or something similar to indicate the teasing even I caught, though I, too, can be overly literal. I’ve had to apologize for it more times than I care to remember.
When SUICIDE BOMBERS think your continent is too dangerous to visit…
Posted by: g(r)omgoru ||
03/16/2020 03:48 ||
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"In the wake of Corona Virus outbreak, ISIS also found it sensible to follow the Pakistan government advisory and advised the terrorists do work from home for quarantine period. However, the decision didn’t go well and one of the ISIS terrorists based out of Karachi blew his own house with 18 kgs RDX.."
Posted by: John Frum ||
03/16/2020 14:31 Comments ||
[Rudaw] Coronavirus has already ground daily life in Iraq to a halt ‐ but disarray in Baghdad threatens to worsen the economic forecast amidst a price war that continues pinching global oil markets.
Oil prices globally plummeted by nearly half in the past week, with crude prices dipping as low as $35 a barrel as a result of a standoff between rivals Soddy Arabia ...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face... and Russia.
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[JPost] - Balad’s decision on Sunday to join its partners in the Joint List by endorsing Blue and White head Benny Gantz to form a coalition government came as a surprise to Arab Israelis, who appeared to be divided on the move.
While many welcomed Joint List’s unanimous endorsement of Gantz, others expressed disappointment over Balad’s change of heart.
After the election in September, Balad refused to join its allies in the Joint List by endorsing Gantz for the premiership.
In recommending Gantz then, Joint List leaders told President Reuven Rivlin that "for us, the most important thing is to remove [Prime Minister] Benjamin Netanyahu from power." Should've made Israeli "Anyone but Bibi" crowd stop and think. Alas, they can't think.
[SANA.SY] The Syrian Arab Red Islamic Thingy (SARC) condemned the terrorist groups’ acts of assaulting its volunteers and hijacked its properties in the cities of Idleb and Ariha on Saturday.
In a statement on Sunday, SARC said that turbans broke into its branches and clinics in the cities of Idleb and Ariha, assaulting the volunteers in them, damaging and ransacking their contents, and taking over their premises.
SARC said this blatant attack on its branches in Idleb and Ariha constitutes a war crime and a crime against humanity, holding those who control these areas and their supporters responsible for this.
The organization called for respecting international humanitarian law and the Geneva Conventions, calling for helping the SARC branches and volunteers and allowing them to resume their humanitarian activities, which include providing locals with food, medical services, and aid convoys.
In the same context, the International Committee of the Red Thingy (ICRC) expressed in a statement deep concern over this incident, stressing the need for respecting and protecting humanitarian relief workers.
Posted by: Fred ||
03/16/2020 00:00 ||
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Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
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