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Friday, September 14, 2018

The Afghan conflict could overtake Syria as the deadliest conflict in the world this year, analysts say, as violence surges 17 years after the US-led invasion. The grim assessment contrasts sharply with the consistently upbeat public view of the conflict from NATO's Resolute Support mission in Kabul, and underscores the growing sense of hopelessness in the war-torn country. It suggests that US President Donald Trump's much-vaunted strategy for Afghanistan is failing to move the needle on the battlefield. Data for casualties suffered by Afghan security forces are not available to the public after Washington last year agreed to Kabul's request to classify the numbers. Most analysts believe that number understates the reality on the ground. This year's death toll for government forces could be 'horrific'.

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I put that Pakistan video up there to show you that THAT is the closest a Westerner can ever hope to get to Afghanistan. Also because there are no nice videos about Afghanistan that aren't a lie.

Afghanistan is going to get worse and worse and worse and worse until it will suck itself into a singularity and vanish from this universe. LOL

#1 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2018-09-14 03:30 AM | Reply

When you're wounded and left on Afghanistan's plains,
And the women come out to cut up what remains,
Jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains
An' go to your Gawd like a soldier.

R.Kipling

#2 | Posted by 1947steamer at 2018-09-14 11:44 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

where empires go to die.
R.Kipling

#3 | Posted by ABlock at 2018-09-14 11:47 AM | Reply

Sad. It would be nice if the people of the country wanted things to get better but the millennia of strife in that geographical area proves they don't. Most Middle Eastern countries want religion to control and history has already proven that's not possible.

#4 | Posted by humtake at 2018-09-14 12:11 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I just can't conceive of a life lived in a constant state of war. if you didn't know anything else then i guess you just live till you die, virtually moment by moment some of the times. from here in kansas it's hard to see where my priorities intersect with those of afghanistan's. why are we there?

#5 | Posted by ABlock at 2018-09-14 12:31 PM | Reply

in that geographical area proves they don't. Most Middle Eastern countries

Afghanistan is not part of the Middle East. Only an ignorant person would say that. Try not being that person.

want religion to control

The Afghan troubles are tribal in nature, not religious. The taliban don't attack Afghan pashtuns. They like killing Tajiks, Uzbeks, etc... this tribe against that tribe. They can use religious symbolism to get cred but they are a simply, idiotic, tribal people.

ISIS is of course an exception, being secretly funded by America.

millennia of strife

Afghanistan has been eating it's own intestines since 1979... a long time, true, but hardly "a millennia". LOL

#6 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2018-09-14 01:35 PM | Reply

why are we there?

1. So we can keep an eye on China's One Belt One Road and frak with it if possible.

2. So we can counter Russian influence in Central Asia.

3. So we can frak with Pakistan and try and guess what kind of missiles and nukes they have.

4. So we can frak with Iran by pushing ISIS and drugs at them.

All this... mainly #4... all this from one single location.

USA would be an idiot to leave Afghanistan.

#7 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2018-09-14 01:43 PM | Reply

"It would be nice if the people of the country wanted things to get better but the millennia of strife in that geographical area proves they don't."

Victim blaming

#8 | Posted by DirkStruan at 2018-09-14 01:50 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

Sad. It would be nice if the people of the country wanted things to get better but the millennia of strife in that geographical area proves they don't.

#4 | POSTED BY HUMTAKE

How is it the people of Afghanistan's fault when they've been constantly invaded by foreign powers?

#9 | Posted by Derek_Wildstar at 2018-09-14 05:37 PM | Reply

USA would be an idiot to leave Afghanistan.

#7 | Posted by J_Tremain

Also, we are idiots if we stay.

As you well know... Afghanistan is where Empires go to die.

#10 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-09-14 07:27 PM | Reply

Wellllllllllll.... we were gonna save them from themselves... the women would cast off their burqas and be free. ...blah blah democracies don't attack each other blopadablam....

On the upside... the free trade agreement with opium farmers in Afghanistan is going swimmingly well in the red states.

so much winning

Our bud Toss wants us to stay in Afghanistan because Pakistan makes good money selling us jet fuel to fight the war on terriers. Nothing like a circular firing squad scenario to solidify diplomatic relationships.

#11 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2018-09-15 10:17 AM | Reply

Pakistan makes good money selling us jet fuel to fight the war on terriers

Could you PLEASE say that a little louder, dammit??? (he said in his best sarcastic voice..)

#12 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2018-09-15 11:00 AM | Reply

3.9 zillion according to the same people that revised Puerto Rico tally.

#13 | Posted by visitor_ at 2018-09-15 01:47 PM | Reply

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